Captain Sim Boeing B737-200

Captain Sim Boeing B737-200
Test of
Boeing B737-200 + Expansion Packs
Produced by Captain Sim
The Boeing B737-200 is a short-to-medium range, midsize, twin engine jet airliner built by Boeing Commercial
Airplanes back in the late 1960’es. The 200 model is an extended version of the original 100 model and was built
until 1988 with more than 1100 aircrafts delivered to various buyers as commercial airline companies and the
military.
The 737-family is today the best selling aircraft at all times, and has up through the 1990’es and until now
developed into various versions which are described after the review. The original versions were the 100 and 200
models, and they were the foundation of what we today know as B737s.
Specs:
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Produced by Boeing Commercial Airplanes
First Flight April 9th 1967
Introduction February 10th 1968
Role Narrow body twin jet airliner
Status A few is still in service
Built +1100
Unit Cost US$ 32,0 million
Primary Users was:
o LuftHansa
o American Airlines
I received this add-on from Captain Sim and the download went really fast, so even though I was downloading
Base pack + the 3 different expansion packs, the download didn’t take more then 5-6 minutes. That was nice to
download with such a good connection.
The installation was perfect – quick, easy and very user friendly. Just follow the installation wizard and nothing
else needed to be done or corrected – the same for all three expansion packs. It didn’t take me more than a few
minutes to install and activate all files, and then I was ready to start the fun part.
I opened FSX to find the models installed and quickly saw that they were perfectly placed in the FSX library
under Captain Sim. Included were in total 13 variations of the B737 – this was for both the Base pack and the
three expansion packs. One of the expansion packs is the original version – the B737-100, so this package
contains both the 100 and 200 model and by this covers all of the B737 originals.
If you would like to get additional liveries, then you can login to Captain Sims website and through there find
many extra liveries – the library re-directs you to the Avsim libraries. Also included in the package are multiple
manuals – here you can again login to Captain Sims website and find 4 manuals covering all from User manual,
Aircraft and Systems manual, Normal Procedures manual and Flight Crew Training manual.
I started by viewing the aircraft from the outside. This is indeed a model of very high quality both when it comes
to texture quality, accuracy, details, animations, effects, sound and finish. You get a model that are superb
created with a huge number of details which all are modeled very nicely and placed as far as I could see –
perfectly. Captain Sim has animated more or less everything I could ask for e.g. control surfaces, spoilers, reverse
thrusters, gear, doors and many others. On top of that you also get controllable ground vehicles as e.g. a loading
ramp for the cargo version. This really adds tremendous realism and I am very stunned by the level of detail that
Captain Sim has provided with this add-on.
If I instead of the cargo version chose a passenger version, the cargo area was changed to a full modeled cabin of
very high quality. If you then choose to use the 2D cockpit which is not modeled, you will find a program giving
you additional features to use as opening different cargo doors or usage of ground vehicles etc. Together with all
of this Captain Sim has also included extra view that you can easily select in the top bar of FSX – E.g. cabin
view, gear view and many others.
Going from the outside to the inside, you will e.g. in the cargo version find a very well made cargo area divided
in both an upper and a lower deck. The textures here are very good and you can also see the door opening and
closing. Very good indeed.
Hereafter I went into the virtual cockpit, and here I have to say, that this probably is one of the very best virtual
cockpits that I have ever seen. You have high quality textures, a huge number of animations, perfect depth and a
superb finish. E.g. I noticed on the throttle quadrant that when you set your flaps, the lever reacts just like the
real one, and not just moves down in a straight line.
The cockpit is made to look old and used, and this I really like a lot, because this is an old and used aircraft.
From the captains seat I normally checks out the views and if the wings is modeled which for me is very
important – in this case I could see the wing including the wingtip lights perfectly.
The sound set included in this B737 is very good. It is also of a very high quality – clear, clean and very accurate
according to the youtube video’s I could find of the old B737-200 sounds. You of cause have the spooling of the
engine sound and the reverse thruster, but you also get a complete set of environmental sounds including the
actual sound of the wheels spinning just after take-off before they are raised into flight mode. This was a very
nice surprise and something that I found to be a very good detail. This adds in my opinion to even more realism
and I simply just love it.
The B737 has also a very good smoke effect when throttling up the engines and this I do very much appreciate
because this is as you know an older jet airliner and the engines was back then not that environmentally
oriented, so this indeed is also a huge plus in my opinion. When flying standard FSX airplanes you normally find
the effect with the wings that are flexing when flying or making the touchdown. Here Captain Sim has created a
superb flex-effect, and I must say that it is very well made. The wings are flexing nicely and this also contributes
to an added realism. Very well made indeed.
As an additional feature Captain Sim has included in their package a configuration program. Here you can setup
the configuration that fits your needs. E.g. loading and placing of cargo and also configuration of passenger
seating’s. Together with this there is also included an installation wizard for additional repaints, so that you
don’t have to do this the old manual way. The program is very user friendly and provides the user with a very
good overview – to make and include this program was a very nice idea.
I took my first test flight from the Greek Island of Rhodes in the Mediterranean Sea. I took off from Maritsa
Airport (LGRD) and this flight was just to get familiar with this aircraft. I wanted to make a start-up, taxi, takeoff, in flight, decent and landing simply just to get the idea of how this old aircraft handles.
First I made a semi start-up which was not after any checklist, but I got the B737 going and ready for taxi.
Hereafter I started taxiing to the runway, and tried out the general handling of the aircraft. This is a very easy
aircraft to handle on the ground, and it is of cause very similar to other jet airliners in that size. When
performing the take-off I discovered that the aircraft is extremely steady going down the runway, and even
though it is an old aircraft, the engines were actually quite efficient. At V2 I started raising the nose and just
after I got airborne the sound effect of the wheels spinning was activated – wow this was really very realistic.
I kept it on manual and climbed to 15000’ where I toured the islands below. I tried out the autopilot and that
was a bit of a challenge. This was not like an autopilot in the newer versions of the B737, so it took me a while to
get used to. The aircraft itself is very easy to fly and I would imagine that simmers on all levels would be able to
fly this bird after a few hours of training. When I was cruising I also got the chance of trying out the extra views
that are added to this model. You get a lot of extra views that you can select in the main bar quite simple. This
again adds to my conclusion that this really is a superb add-on. I had very high expectations for this model and I
have to say – they were met 110%.
After flying for about one hour I started my approach to Maritsa Airport (LGRD) – I flew the final with an
airspeed of 140 kts with gear down and full flaps – this seemed to work nicely and I made a very nice
touchdown without any problems. I activated the reverse thrusters and spoilers and quite quickly the speed
went down without me even using the wheel brakes. Of cause these were applied as I taxied of the runway and
to the parking at the gate.
My second test flight was from Nadi International Airport (NFFN) on the island of Fiji. Here I wanted to create
a flight from Fiji to the island of Tahiti in French Polynesia because I think that a few of the B737-200 that are
still in service, could probably be in service in this part of the world + I love the islands here – they have a
sensational tropical mystic surrounding them.
I made this to be a passenger flight and after boarding I started pushback and taxi to active runway. The
weather theme was set to fair and time/season was summer at 11:00am. I made take-off and climbed to 34000’
which I had set to be my cruising altitude, activated the autopilot and now I could really enjoy the aircraft. I
jumped outside the aircraft and viewed it all over and tried out all the additional camera views that are included.
Damn this is indeed a really well made model with a lot of beautiful details and animations – Really impressive
and very realistic.
The flight from Fiji to Tahiti is quite long so I cheated a bit and sat FSX on extra speed – when I reached the
starting point for my decent, I reset FSX to normal speed and flew the rest of the flight this way. I started a slow
decent because I wanted to tour the islands of Tahiti and Moorea before landing (eye candy when using
AeroSofts Tahiti X) – and after a fly-over of Moorea I went on a long final to Faa’ International (NTAA).
This aircraft is very easy to fly and therefore I could really enjoy the whole final. I set the wheels perfectly on the
concrete and after the ground roll I taxied to parking at the gates for medium size aircraft and made a modified
shutdown.
This was a superb flight, and I loved every minute of it. To fly an aircraft so well modeled, with so many details,
animations, effect etc. just gave me such a great feeling and I love the realism put into this model.
The third test flight was to see how the aircraft would react when making take-off and landings in different
weather conditions and with wind coming from different direction and with various speeds. Just to spice it all
up I also wanted to test this both at dusk / night and morning / day.
If you first get used to fly this aircraft, then I see absolutely no issues flying this bird in bad weather. I tried
various settings, even the thunderstorm with wind set on severe and with various gusting and I still managed to
make a good take-off and landing without crashing into the runway. I would say that you probably would get
into trouble if you tried to land in 30 knots of crosswind in a thunderstorm, but keeping the angle of the wind
within +/- 45 degrees of head-wind, then even this was no problem. After spending about 2 hours doing this, I
am now very familiar with this aircraft, and I really love the way it flies.
This is the best add-on I have tried from Captain Sim and I can only advice fellow simmers to buy this add-on.
You do get an add-on of extremely high quality which by the way does not impact your frames what so ever, and
you will be stunned by the level of details, animations, effects and realism that you get from this aircraft.
I thank Captain Sim for creating this very beautiful old classic aircraft to the perfection as they have, and I can
really only rate it with a full 5/5-stars rating = full house and a 5-stars rating equals the Professional Expert level as
per Rays Aviation rate description. If it was possible I would have rated it with 6 stars – it is really a superb
add-on and to this date, one of the best add-ons that I have ever tried. Therefore this add-on is rewarded with
the Rays Aviations Gold Award.
This aircraft I am very sure I am going to spend many hours of enjoying and never delete from my virtual hangar
– it is placed there permanently. I will of cause recommend to buy the expansion packs that fits your needs – for
me I love the cargo version, but that is just me.
Rays Aviation
The B737’s history and version overview
The Boeing B737 is Boeings best selling passenger aircraft of all times. Per June 2011 the sales reached more than
8,900 aircrafts in total and per March 2012 Boeing has delivered over 7,000 aircrafts – the rest is as options and
in production for scheduled delivery.
Boeing has over the time created a lot of different version of the original B737, and we can still today see that
more versions are being developed. Even though the aircraft model is now almost 50 years old, Boeing is still
trying to fine tune the model to the modern time age that we live in, and the idea for the new version is named
MAX and will after the schedule be ready for delivery in 2017. The specifications for this version MAX are not
known yet, but a good guess would be an extension of the NG-series – probably with more efficient and
environmental engines and a better aerodynamic.
The versions are divided into several groups as follows:
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Original
Classic
Next Generation (NG)
BBJ
Military
MAX
The Original versions are the B737-100 and B737-200 which are easy to recognize on their long and slim
engines.
The Classical versions are the series of B737-300, -400 and -500. These models are among other things
equipped with new engines that are oval shaped to avoid sucking in alien object into the engines, which are
placed quite low and close to the ground.
Next Generation is the series of B737-600, -700, -800 and -900. This generation is named NG for Next
Generation and here Boeing has modified the wings – actually that have made huge changes on the wings and
also taken focus on the cockpit, which are now built as a glass cockpit instead of the old analogue.
BBJ is basically the NG series, but this version is customized for business flight. It can be built and customized
per request from the clients, and if you want a pool table in the cabin – then no problem. E.g. bigger fuel tanks
and an flying office with conference rooms etc.
Military version is used by the US Air Force and the US Navy, and they have today various versions in their fleet
that covers different needs (is described further down)
MAX is the newest version, but is only on the drawing board. It is scheduled to be ready for delivery in 2017, but
the specifics are not yet known.
In Denmark the B737 are used by several airlines as SAS, Jet Time and Cimber Stearling and was actually also a
huge part of the Maersk fleet. Also the Norwegian company Norwegian has the B737 in their fleet and they have
a permanent base in Copenhagen (EKCH Kastrup)
B737-100 and -200/ Boeing had to develop a new aircraft to expand their portfolio. They need an aircraft for
short-to-medium range that could be used as a commercial airliner but with less passengers as e.g. the B707,
B720 or B727. This turned out to be the B737 which was introduced back in 1965, but per request from
LuftHansa, which were their first customer, Boeing had to change the design and stretch the model to contain
100 seats. First flight was in April 1967 and LuftHansa got the first aircrafts delivered already February 1968.
After a short while Boeing realized that they needed an extended version of the 100 model. The production
changed quickly to the 200 model and this production kept on going until 1988. In total more than 1,100
aircrafts were built of the original versions and sold to various buyers all over the world. E.g. the US Air Force
that needed larger jets for navigational training and for transport of troops and equipment. These were
designated as T-43A and CT-43A
The -300, -400 and -500 versions became the replacements for the very popular predecessors and were
introduced in the early 1980s. The biggest difference was new engines – CFM56 Turbofans – which has a
significantly improved fuel consumption, better performance and a reduced noise pollution. This contributed to
make the B737 even more attractive to potential buyers, and with this series you could choose either a short or
an extended version (-400 & -500) which enabled the airliners to gain variable seating configurations between
108 and 188 seats. Now Boeing became a very dangerous competitor to Airbus and their A318-A321 series.
Boeing 737NG (Next Generation) consists of the versions -600, -700, -800 and -900. The upgrade for this
series compared to the Classic series is primarily improved engines, new wing design and a new design of the
tale. Also Boeing started introducing the modern EFIS cockpit filled with multiple LCD screens instead of the
old analogue cockpit – this is what today is knows as a glass cockpit. The development started back in 1993 and
Boeing started the deliveries from December 1997. The seating capacity is from 110 seats in the -600 version and
up to 189 seats in the -900 version. Actually it can seat up to 215 passengers in the -800 and -900 version,
however this is not permitted due to the number of emergency exits. This is compensated for in the -900ER
version (Extended Range) where the version is equipped with additional emergency exits needed.
As an addition Boeing has also started introducing the Blended Winglets for all their models, which has proved
to be very popular. This provides a better aerodynamic and thereby a reduction in fuel burn which equals cost
savings. The purchase price including the assembly of these winglets are peanuts compared to the savings you
get on the fuel. The fuel has raised more than 170% from November 2008 till February 2012 (Jet-Fuel Index)
As a pilot on the B737NG you don’t need separate ratings to fly the other versions in the series. All you need is
differential training for each version – just as in the Classic series.
The NG version has already been developed further to include various additional versions as the C-model (e.g.
B737-700C) which stands for Convertible and means that the buyer can customize the interior to be either a
freighter or passenger version or maybe even a combination of both. The ER-model is offered for the -700 and 900 version and the ER stands for Extended Range. This model is upgraded with strengthen wings and extra fuel
tanks providing the possibility for longer flights. As extra the model is fitted with the extra emergency exits
which allow the model to reach a seating capacity of 215 passengers.
Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) is based on the NG series and is normally equipped the extra fuel tanks as the option
with the ER models. This provides private companies the opportunity for intercontinental flights without pit
stops in between. This version also provides the buyer to customize totally after own requests or ideas. You can
get everything from a custom cabin or business cabin to an office or just super luxury with all that your heart
wants. You can order your own private flying apartment if that is what you desire, but this of cause is not cheap
and you will have to pay about US$ 90 million.
The Military started the -200 version back in 1973. This was designated T-43A Gator and was delivered for the
US Air Force. This version was primarily used for navigational training but the military quickly realized that
this aircraft also could be used for transport of both cargo, troops and equipment, and that version was
designated the CT-43A. Actually the US Air Force has a CT-43A with the call sign Air Force Two.
Back in the 1990ies the US Air Force and US Navy again started looking for a new aircraft to be used for VIP
transports. Here they decided that the Boeing B737 was perfect and chose the NG group – these aircrafts were
designated C-40 Clipper. Hereafter several other countries have also shown a lot of interest in the possibilities
that this new line of Boeing B737 provides. This has of cause a lot to do with the huge popularity on the civilian
market that the B737 has, because this contributes to keep down the costs on maintenance and it will be a lot
cheaper to provide spare parts + you can have maintenance worldwide without problems.
When looking at the military assignments that this aircraft has completed it was mostly training and transport
assignments, but the US Navy has now realized that this aircraft could be a perfect solution to replace the aging
P-3 Orions, which is a military surveillance aircraft with possibility to carry weapons as e.g. torpedoes.
Furthermore several countries as Australia, Turkey and South Korea have also made options for the airborne
radar station version AEW&C (Airborne Early Warning & Control) – These are expected to be in service
within the nearest future.
General specs for the B737-200
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Wing Span: 93 ft (28,35 m)
Cockpit Crew: 2 pilots
Length:100 ft 2 in (30,53 m)
Wing Areal: 1098 sq ft (102 m²)
Empty Weight: 69,700 lb (31.600 kg)
Max Take-off Weight: 115,500 lb (52.400 kg)
Cruise Speed: Mach 0,74 (485 mph / 780 km/t)
Max Speed: Mach 0,82 (544 mph / 876 km/t)
Service Ceiling: 35,000 ft (10.700m)
Design Range: 1,900-2,300 nmi (3.500 – 4.300 km / 2,200-2,600 mi)
History Specs
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Produced by Boeing Commercial Airplanes
First Flight 9th of April 1967
Introduction 10th of February 1968 (Lufthansa)
Role Twin engine jet airliner
Status In production and active service
Primary users are
o Southwest Airlines
o Ryanair
o United Airlines
o American Airlines
Built 7.068 per march 2012
Unit Price US$ 32,0 to 89,6 million
Versions
o Original
o Classic
o Next Generation
o MAX (forventes klar til levering i 2017)
o T-43A Gator
o C-40 Clipper
o CT-43A
o CT-43A Air Force Two
Pictures taken during the test and review
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