Gwyn Per­rett’s Boe­ing 737-800NG sim­u­la­tor Vir­gin 738 (C/S ‘Ve­loc­ity 738’)

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Now a nat­u­ralised Aus­tralian, 58-year-old Gwyn was for­merly British. He has had a life­long in­ter­est in avi­a­tion but found out at an early age that he was par­tially colour blind and wouldn’t be able to fly pro­fes­sion­ally. He started fly­ing lessons at the age of 39 and holds a Recre­ational Pi­lot’s Li­cence, oc­ca­sion­ally tak­ing a Cessna 172 for a spin around the Perth sub­urbs, but he says hav­ing a fully func­tion­ing 737 sim­u­la­tor in the home work­shop is a much more con­ve­nient and cheaper fly­ing thrill.

Gwyn, a me­chan­i­cal engi­neer by trade, started by mak­ing a throt­tle quad­rant for his desk­top com­puter, and then one for an A320 cus­tomer. This was fol­lowed by more cus­tom sim parts and so his hobby busi­ness ‘Aerosim So­lu­tions’ was founded. Gwyn now makes sim­u­la­tor parts for clients world­wide, in­clud­ing for a very re­al­is­tic Spit­fire cock­pit, a real C172 fuse­lage con­ver­sion, sev­eral ex­ec­u­tive jets and most of the pop­u­lar air­lin­ers, as well as for three of Perth’s com­mer­cial flight sim­u­la­tors. Gwyn was only the twelfth mem­ber of an early sim­u­la­tor builders’ on­line fo­rum which now has over 13,000 mem­bers. With half a dozen of these fo­rums in ex­is­tence there are po­ten­tially more than 60,000 full-size sims be­ing built in English-speak­ing coun­tries alone.

This, Gwyn’s sec­ond full­sized 737 sim build, is housed in a big metal shed in the gar­den of his home in the north­ern Perth sub­urbs. Gwyn started the Grey Lady in around 2012 and, like Greg’s, it has cost him ap­prox­i­mately AU$50,000. With ac­tual 737-200 pi­lots’ seats and flight con­trols, I can at­test that it flies and op­er­ates pre­cisely like the real thing. Gwyn has set his up more like an air­line’s, in that he can also sim­u­late as many fail­ures as could be imag­ined for train­ing.

2017 was the fourth World­flight for ‘Ve­loc­ity738’. Com­bined with Greg’s team, ‘World­flight Perth’ crew has raised over $26,000 so far for the Royal Fly­ing Doc­tor Ser­vice.

Gwyn on fi­nal into R13 Kai Tak Hong Kong

Gwyn set­ting up his Grey Lady

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