Generator Drive and Standby Power Panel – Backlight

Also the next panel was now retrofitted with backlights. The panel sits above the which I did some days ago. As this had only 3 switches and LEDs it was a rather simple one to do.

And again it looks fantastic. Sadly some color came of with the screw, but I will replace it in the near future with a new front plate.

Ground Power and Bus Switching Panel – Backlight

During the last weeks I have finished the re-wiring and backlight of the Ground Power and Bus Switching Panel.

Fist it was removed from the overhead panel and all wired need to be cut, as no connectors were installed in 2009.

Once removed the panel was in the refitted with 12V LED strips.

and connectors where installed in the flightdeck as well on the panels to reconnect it more easily.

The LED boxes where replaced to black ones, that the new backlight won’t shine through.

To finally reassemble it in the overhead it “only” had to be reconnected. But there the issue started…

The place behind the panel was too small to fit the new connectors in, because back in 2009 we tried a backlight through a plexiglass screen, but this was not working as expected, but there was already the full overhead built. So I needed to get some place. So I have taken some “heavy equimpent” and drilled some holes in the plexiglass.

Finally finished and it looks very good.

What I forgot now to mention was the thing that stared to whole “operation”. The perfect looking APU gauge was the initial driver of the retrofit. As all my retrofitted gauges, also this was bought from customsimparts.

Update of Fuel panel – Backlight

3 years ago I have started a retrofit to my now 10 years old overhead panel. I continued now with the fuel panel, therefore it had to be cut of all of the wiring and rewire it to add backlight and a new gauge from Tom customsimparts.com.

Half backlight done
Backside of the panel
fully integrated panel

Another step for more reality 🙂

Next on the plan: The power Source Panel with an updated APU gauge.

Cross the pond 2019 – 🇨🇦 CYYZ-EHAM 🇳🇱

Join us in the bi-annually cross the pond event from Vatsim.

This time I had Chris as a FO with me and we took the 737 from Toronto to Amsterdam. During the 8hours and 9minutes block time we burned 16.1t of fuel. 

Enjoy a mixture of time lapse and real time videos from cockpit preparation until the night landing with different camera angles including Position reports on the NAT Track.

Our flightplan filed out from FO Chris can be found here:

CTP-AUA364-CYYZ-EHAM-26-Oct-2019-2-Final

Here are some selected screenshots:

parked in Toronto
parked in Toronto
cruising over the atlantic…
… into the sunset
landed in Amsterdam