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Old 21st Nov 2022, 06:22
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Most suitable desktop simulation setup for B737-800?

Hi there,

I have perused previous threads but am searching up to date advice on the most suitable home simulation setup (hardware and software) to practice the B737-800 operation please. Specifically for practice on Australian domestic capital city sectors.
I like the X-Plane software as I am able to practice FMGC programming and it's interaction with the MCP/FMA mode changes etc. However, I would be very grateful for any advice from users who run a desktop home simulation setup and what they recommend I purchase please.

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Old 21st Nov 2022, 22:43
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X-Plane and the free Zibo 737-800 is excellent software for your goals.

A decent yoke/ throttle quadrant if you need that level of realism otherwise any good joystick will do fine for brushing up your skills.

Have fun!
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Old 22nd Nov 2022, 18:08
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Rotate2, I've tried replying to your pm but it says your inbox is full
Afraid I can't be of much help tech wise as I'm far from an expert, just go for the best graphics card and fastest processor you can afford.
As for add ons the Zibo 737 is a free upgrade is the one you want. There are many other excellent utilities and add ons available, I suggest you have a good look around https://forums.x-plane.org/ and ask any questions on there, there are people far far more knowledgeable than me
Hope this helps
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Originally Posted by Rotate2 View Post
Hi there,

I have perused previous threads but am searching up to date advice on the most suitable home simulation setup (hardware and software) to practice the B737-800 operation please. Specifically for practice on Australian domestic capital city sectors.
I like the X-Plane software as I am able to practice FMGC programming and it's interaction with the MCP/FMA mode changes etc. However, I would be very grateful for any advice from users who run a desktop home simulation setup and what they recommend I purchase please.

Regards.
Do you have a current desk top?
Are you looking to buy or build a new system?
What is the approx budget?
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I have a friend with a full size 737 simulator in his garage. He uses P3DV5 and the Prosim sim software for the 737.

I figure if anyone would know what's the best software it would be him.

I haven't seen the Prosim in a desktop monitor configuration but I imagine that every switch and function in his sim is replicated in the virtual cockpit of the desktop version.
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Old 29th Nov 2022, 09:33
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I have a friend with a full size 737 simulator in his garage..
Really?? Must have a huge gge!
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Here you go. 25,000 (plus shipping, I would assume).

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/225260219...7&toolid=10049
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Checkboard. Don't even think about it.
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Old 29th Nov 2022, 14:58
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X-plane works fine and for a couple of hundred euros for the software and a stick and throttle from Logitech or similar it will work on most PCs. The additional benefit from spending thousands is limited. I used it regularly before I retired from flying the real thing both 737 and later Airbus. It is most productive for an airline pilot if you practice actual procedures and scenarios. As with any simulator I find the hand flying element less satisfactory than practising usage of the autopilot and flight management system.
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Checkboard. Don't even think about it.
Don't worry about the missus, go ya halves, keep it at my joint ​​​​​​​
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I found that Prepar3D and the 737NGXu combination worked well when I did a 737 course a few years ago. The FMC works reasonably well and does RNP-AR approaches.
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Don't worry about the missus, go ya halves, keep it at my joint ​​​​​​​
Haha.
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Admittedly a while ago but heard VH-CZA, the -300 sim at the Ansett SIM Centre ML had been retired and being offered for sale on "as is, where is" condition.

Lots of memories (some nightmares) seen in that beast over the decades.

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Checkboard:

Here you go. 25,000 (plus shipping, I would assume).
Check out the video - wtf are the throttles (sorry, thrust levers) doing?
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Makes me think about the B727 simulator I got to play in just before it got scrapped. Was used by and in Sterling airlines (long dead) former building at EKCH. The "computer" was vacuum tubes. The visuals only showed night-time conditions, and looked as if it was a moving plate with holes in it, with light shining through to simulate runway and taxiway lights. In it's final years it was used by Iranian pilots, who couldn't go to the US due sanctions. The thing worked remarkably well mechanically, it felt as you were manipulating "something big". The control wires had weights attached to them to simulate "heavy-ness".
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Don't worry about the missus, go ya halves, keep it at my joint ​​​​​​​
Ooh! Good call. The more money he spends on silly things, the more money I can spend on bikes.
Cheers mate.
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wtf are the throttles (sorry, thrust levers) doing?
Well, no one says "Auto Thrust Lever" but they do say "Auto Throttle" - so i'm happy with throttles.

And I have no idea what they are doing.
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Ooh! Good call. The more money he spends on silly things, the more money I can spend on bikes.
Cheers mate.
Shit, now I don't know which side to play? The Monster V the SIM...........Yeah, think I prefer the Duke ​​​​​​​
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