A Microsoft manager has used his spare time and technical skills to produce a real-life Boeing 737 cockpit.
Salvador Patuel, a Principal Application Development Manager in the UK, has spent the past three years creating the Boeing 737 cockpit. Patuel uses the cockpit to fly planes using Microsoft’s Flight Simulator X software. The Microsoft manager obtained a private pilot license 15 years ago and has flown multi turbo-prop engines and several simulated jet planes. Patuel used his skills from his day job as a Microsoft development manager to create the necessary software for the hardware to talk to Flight Simulator X.
“That was the interesting part, as I am a software developer I had all the necessary skills. I started developing all the software by myself, reading real Boeing 737 manuals with more technical drawings than the space shuttle (trust me!) I coded the aircraft logic as I was just using the 737 models in flight simulator,” he says in a Channel 9 post describing the cockpit.