WHAT THIS SITE IS
This site is dedicated to the design and building of a B737 NG Flight
Training Device (FTD) in my home.
Located in Orlando, FL, at the heart of the simulation
industry for the military, I am embarking upon an exciting project that
will take years for completion. This site is dedicated to my
loving wife - Lucy.
Utilizing as a base simulator, a B737-200 FTD I obtained from Q4
Services (a previous employer). This project officially started in
February 2013 with the clearing out of the garage to make room for this
elaborate hobby. Much of the design work will be original but I
will also make judicious use of my predecessors efforts and the
excellent work other enthusiast have done. Links to thier work
will be published wherever possible.
Much of the focus of this web site will be the underlying
architecture of the hardware and software used to build the device.
It is not my intent to write code, but to utilize as much commercial off
the shelf (COTS) software and hardware as possible. There will
extensive sections on the how and why of which software applications
where chosen and the integration of them into the device.
As a boy, I was thrilled with flight at all levels. I
recall sitting in front of the fan at the age of 10 holding my airplane
models and letting the propeller spin. Dreaming that I was a
pilot, ready to join the military and prove my bravery. At the age
of 16, my mother realized I wasn't college bound, and agreed to help
support my obtaining a pilots license. My lessons were provide by
Columbus Flying Service located in Columbus, Ohio at Port Columbus
Airfield near the old terminal building. Ann Esselburne was my
instructor; a tall attractive blond who I believe tried out for the
astronaut program. The year was 1966 and life was good.
Flying came easy and it wasn't long before I was flying with friends
and family. My career was chosen at quite a young age, the Navy was the
place for me. Following in the foot steps of my father, I
transfered from the Navy's youth program straight to active duty.
Following a few years of active duty and transfer to the Reserves, I
used my GI Bill to fund further flight training. Completing my
Commercial, Instument and Multi-Engine licenses, I dreamed of further
careers in aviation. Much later in life, at the age of 40, I
attended Georgia Institute of Technnology on a full scholarship and
grant from NASA. There while working towards my Masters in Systems
Engineering, I designed the first Synthetic Vision display systems for
commercial jet aircraft with support of Delta Airlines in Atlanta.
They provided me with B757/767 flight training. My career has evolved
and now I work with AVT Simulation in Orlando where we design and build
flight training device, primarily for the military.