The team have been working hard this week to ensure Phoenix is ready for judging on Wed 11th. Being joined by Niall Patterson of Sellafield STEM program, the cables were secured to allow the yokes and pedals to work in the fuselage. Niall talked students through the process of clamping the cables to joysticks, explained why the joysticks were important and congratulated them when the pedals and yoke worked like a treat.
The simulator fuselage was greatly enhanced with the addition of a chair, one of the original from the former Tomahawk plane. Having sat in the cockpit, I was surprised at how much space there really is for two people to sit together.
“I can’t believe how good it is looking now, can’t wait to get the program installed and working,” said Ben Gillson of year 8, “I want to be the first to fly it!”
“I have really enjoyed working on the fuselage this week, I have learnt a lot. I have a flight simulator at home and love it, can’t wait to play on this one,” said Jacob Swinburn of year 7.
Whilst Niall and some students worked on the cables, Mr. C Grant and a few other students worked at the front of the fuselage securing the monitors to the simulator. These will be connected together to give one few of the program as the plane takes off, flies and lands. Together with surround sound, the view out the front will greatly enhance the experience and users will indeed feel like they are flying a plane.
Of course, this is just the prototype and the requirements are to ensure it is working like a flight simulator, when we start on the real project next year, we anticipate a full 360 degree rotational experience.
Special note must be given to Sellafield who have donated £500 to the project. This will be used to buy much needed resources. The cheque was received this week with much excitement from the team.