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In the construction of the LV-MLF simulator we used as many recycled components and parts as possible, including the cockpit seats.

For this project we got a three-seat row from an old, out of service BAC-111. With some power tools, some soldering, a couple of outdated seat belts and a few original Cessna components we managed to modify these seats in order to make then fit in the rails that the Cessna 310 cockpit comes with and are used to adjust the position of each seat. So we ended up with fairly good seats for the pilots and the instructor or sysop at a price significantly lower than original seats for this make and model of plane.


A view of the pilot and co pilot seats from the rear.
A view of the pilot and co pilot seats from the rear.

In this simulator as in the real plane it is mandatory to adjust the seats; you cannot just put some bolts and keep them in one place. So we used the original cockpit rails and other parts to make the corresponding adaptations. So far and after quite a lot of flights, the components are working well.

The tray tables that come which each passenger seat were left in place so that the instructor or sysop who can walk into the cockpit through a rear door can work ,place the keyboard of the CIV and so on, and we finished up the seats by putting some Velcro in the right places to hold the armrests in different positions while entering into the cockpit and using the seats.


Pilots enter and egress from a side door, so folding the arm rests is more than a convenience item.
Pilots enter and egress from a side door, so folding the arm rests is more than a convenience item.



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