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Sha's Guide To Identifying Commercial Passenger Airliners

Ever spent time plane-spotting? Or watched videos such as these? Have you, as I have, looked at a plane and wondered what make and model it is? The easiest way to find out is is to do a google or FlightRadar24 search on the registration number of the aircraft, which will usually give you the history of that particular aircraft and some pictures. You can also narrow down the choices by looking up their airlines fleet. But what if you're out and about and don't have the internet handy? Or ...

FlightLog: WMKK - WADD 15 Dec 2016

A few more flight videos from a recent trip, flying MH851 between WMKK and WADD on 15 Dec 2016. Aircraft was a B737-800, with registration 9M-MXT. We departed WMKK on runway 32R. I was seated on the left side (seat "A") of the aircraft so managed to get an alternative view to my previous runway 32R video. (My apologies, as my Note 3's camera focusing went nuts between 0:50 and 1:56 #IMissMyNote7) The weather was rather hazy but I got an aerial view of the entire WMKK airport as the pla...

Aircraft Navigation Data Layer on Google Earth

I recently updated my FlightRadar24 subscription and realized you can download a .kml containing the flight track of any flight. .kml files can be visualized in Google Earth, and since they also contain the altitude information, allow you to see a flight's progress in 3D. I found this user interface much easier to manipulate than FlightRadar24's web interface. The only thing I missed was the NAVAids and airways that you can now add as an overlay on FlightRadar24. Since .kml is an open stan...

FlightLog: KLIA (WMKK/KUL) Take-Off Runway 33

On a recent short business trip, I finally got an opportunity to take-off from runway 33 out of KLIA (WMKK/KUL) which serves the KLIA2 terminal. It was quite a busy morning with a number of low-cost carrier planes queuing for take off. Weather on take-off: METAR WMKK 122300Z VRB02KT 9999 FEW030 SCT140 BKN280 25/23 Q1009 NOSIG RMK F05 P00.0 R87 HZ A/R From the track logs downloaded from FlightRadar24, here's my guess of the flight plan: WMKK AGOSA1F AGOSA A457 VPG DCT RIGTO M769 DCT ...

DIY Boeing 737 Overhead Panel - Part 4 - Little White Toggle Switch Caps

The 737 overhead panel has around 70 toggle switches. The ones I've used are readily available at most electronic stores and also on eBay, and are great for their cheap price -- you can get 10 pieces for around USD2 with free shipping. They do the job, even though they're not quite in the same league as the original switches -- which is acceptable if you're on a budget. The original switches come in two varieties, standard levers and "locking" levers. The locking variety require they the lev...

X-Plane : Building My New Playground

I spent the weekend building some new local scenery for the Flight Sim. I used:*ortho4xp*This uses digital elevation models and satellite imagery to rebuild the underlying base of the flight simulator world. I used the data from the SRTM 3 arc second data set downloaded from http://viewfinderpanoramas.org/dem3.html.For satellite imagery, ortho4xp has a downloader that extracts images from * cough*cough * a major web map provider. Unfortunately the data around Malaysia is not very consistent...

DIY Boeing 737 Overhead Panel - Part 3 - Moving Gauges

Although I had planned to work on the annunciator lights next, I was still waiting for some parts, so in the meantime, I started work on the overhead panel's moving gauges. The 737 overhead panel has a number of gauges with needle indicators. Earlier, when I made the panels, I had cut out circles into the panels wherever the gauges are, and so now it is time to work on the actual mechanics behind the gauge. I used 2mm acrylic (RM5 per sheet from Art Friend at The Curve shopping mall), as I...

DIY Boeing 737 Overhead Panel - Part 2 - Panel Faces

Having built a frame and a stand for the 737 Overhead Panel in Part 1, I now look at building the "face" of the individual panels. Most of this is heavily inspired by Peter of Build a Boeing's youtube videos. Choice of Material There are a number of materials that can be used to make the panels. The ideal material would be 3 mm white acrylic/plexiglass, painted with the panel colour and then run through a CNC mill to cut them to shape, cut and drill out holes, and then engrave the l...

DIY Boeing 737 Overhead Panel - Part 1 - Building the Structure

Having spent many hours on my X-Plane flight simulator, I've come to start using my displays only for the "outside view" from the cockpit. This means having the flight control instruments in hardware as much as possible. I've achieved this to some degree with the "glass cockpit" monitors I added a while back. However, when flying the 737 I still need to use the "virtual" overhead panel, so this was a good next target to move to hardware. You can buy fully functioning 737 overhead replicas in...

FlightLog : Because Five screens are better than Three!

I added two permanent displays below my monitors to form a "glass cockpit". At the bottom center is the Primary Flight Display (PFD) and Navigation Display (ND), running on a "naked" 12" LCD panel. I bought the panel as a spare part for an Asus 1215B laptop. It was the only one i could find on http://lelong.com.my that featured a LED backpanel (instead of a CFL one). It's using a LCD driver board (purchased on ebay.com) that lets it interface to the PC via HDMI. This is my second LCD driver ...