Gallery 00002 - The LV-MLF Simulator in 2006 / Author: Pablo Edronkin

Pictures related to the development of the LV-MLF flight simulator during 2007.

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2007-01A-02P.jpg - Rear view of the LV-MLF cockpit; the seats, recycled from a written-off BAC-111 belonging to Austral Lineas Aereas and some hardware modules on the overhead panel can be seen.



2007-01A-03P.jpg - The cockpit of LV-MLF during the integration of the hardware modules; one of the main advantages of using such modules is that they can be easily changed from one place to another without need for extensive reconfiguration; so a panel can be designed, tested and improved continuously.



2007-01A-04P.jpg - A view of the all-important cup holder on the starboard door of the simulator holding a completely-Argentinean mate that oddly enough has been handcrafted by Russian immigrants following their own traditional style.



2007-01A-05P.jpg - A view of the central part of the overhead panel in the simulator cockpit, with three hardware modules and some wires still visible.



2007-01A-06P.jpg - This picture shows one of the first flights of LV-MLF, still without its projector for the external front view, as these images and those corresponding to the instruments are projected together on the three panel monitors.



2007-01A-07P.jpg - A good view from the posterior section of LV-MLF's cockpit; in practical terms, aside from the pilot and co-pilot two more people can enter the cabin for each ride.



2007-01A-08P.jpg - This view from behind shows not only the characteristic BAC-111 seats used in the simulator but the effect that the use of black for the interior decoration and finishing has; The attention of the pilots is thus kept focused on the flight and the instruments.



2007-01A-09P.jpg - In order to accelerate our work while we waited to purchase a projector with some sort of discount, we used an old-fashioned, pretty conventional monitor to test our external views; in this way we could continue working until we found a projector and purchased it saving something like 40% of its nominal price.



2007-01A-10P.jpg - A picture taken with the front door of the simulator opened, showing some main panel hardware modules and the computer monitor used to show the external views before the projector was purchased.



2007-01A-11P.jpg - A full view of one of the first, experimental panels used in LV-MLF while it flew without an external projector; the sim is particularly versatile due to the ease with which it is possible to program different panels using the three flat monitors of the main cockpit panel.



2007-01A-12P.jpg - In this test, the captain and the co-pilot work with a slightly different set of instruments, like it happens often in real life; the panel is totally configurable thanks to its architecture.



2007-01A-13P.jpg - The LV-MLF simulator was constructed around the fuselage of a Cessna 310 that crashed into a bridge near Don Torcuato International Airport (SADD).



2007-01A-14P.jpg - A view of the captain's seat during the trials of the simulator; there are lots of cables and wires still visible on the unfinished panel as web as several hardware modules.



2007-01A-15P.jpg - We used this experimental panel to test several things on LV-MLF, including instrument positioning and screen textures in order to give the production-quality panels a good and realistic look.



2007-01A-16P.jpg - Two of the computers that form part of LV-MLF's network as web as all electrical connectors and hardware not directly associated to the simulation dynamics are stored on the nose of the cockpit.



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