Quarantäne mit Familie, aber wie?

Liebe Kindes- und Erwachsenenschutzbehörde.

Wir haben für unseren Sohn vom Kantonsärztlichen Dienst des Kantons Bern eine 10-tägige Quarantäne verordnet bekommen, mit der Bitte “Wenn sie mit weiteren Familienangehörigen zusammenleben, müssen sie sich von diesen isolieren”

Wie sie sich vorstellen können, gestaltet sich dies mit einer 5-köpfigen Familie in einer Wohnung nicht so einfach. Wir sind jetzt etwas in der Zwickmühle zwischen den Anforderungen des Kantonsarztes und unseren Wertevorstellungen, wie wir unsere Kinder behandeln sollten.

Wir haben unseren Sohn nun in einer Kiste im Garten untergebracht, wo er von uns Abstand hält. Wir bringen ihm auch viel Liebe und Schoggi nach draussen. Es wird im Februar schon etwas kalt in der Nacht, aber wir glauben, dass wir damit sowohl die Isolations-Empfehlung des Kantonsarztes wie auch die extravaganten Wünsche von Kindern bestmöglichst erfüllen**.

** für alle diejenigen, die jetzt zum Sorgentelefon greifen wollen: Dieser Blog ist nicht ernst gemeint. Und falls doch: es geht allen gut!

Thermal Insulation using Sheep Wool

There are all-natural thermal insulation materials out there. The Swiss company Fisolan AG is specialized in turning sheep wool into thermal insulation blankets ready to be used to insulate buildings … or commercial aircraft. Unlike glass wool the sheep wool blankets can be handled without health protection measures.

So that is how the Cockpit looked like before:

And after putting the sheep wool blankets:

Maybe a hint for aircraft manufacturers to plan their next zero-fossil-fuel aircraft with a natural insulation like sheep wool from Fisolan AG ?

From old make new …

The COVID-19 lockdown during spring with good weather was the start of a major refurbishing action of all cockpit interior parts. This included removing 2-3 layers of paint by sanding, filling and remodeling broken parts, sanding again, filling scratches, sanding again, painting with primer and with the RAL 7011 (gray) and 9001 (beige) Boeing colors and finishing with matte paint. The interior was finished a few days ago in November 2020 and thus took some time. The thing could now be sold again as a brand new B737-300 cockpit …

Reworking interior parts. Left: before after 30 years of use; middle: after paint removed and while remodeling broken parts; right: finished with RAL 9001 color.

Sanding, scraping off paint in the interior of the Cockpit … and …

… finally finished with almost “living room quality”. Includes an entry carpet and an anti-slip grip cover which would otherwise find its use on a skateboard.

Next in line is piping work for the air conditioning outlets in front of, above and behind the pilots. Then we’ll proceed to thermal insulation (likely with natural sheep wool) and start planning the electrical wiring of cockpit lighting and placement of computers, power supplies and audio equipment. Maybe the design of the minibar will have priority.

4 Apple Varieties on a Single Tree

Planting season has also started (see last post on porcino season). Thanks to Peter Coendet’s professional connection to Glauser’s Bio Baumschule in Noflen (BE) we planted an organically grown apple tree with four varieties of apples on a single tree. Three of them (from left to right Ariwa, Topaz, Opal, Julia is missing) are seen on this picture:

Our last Saturday thus involved digging, planing and a small party around the tree:

We also planted a new row of rasberries (Primalba, Amira and Regina) a grape (Vitis Ferninand Lesseps) and a cornelian cherry (Schönbrunner Gourmet Dirndl):

Porcino Season has startend!

In a place not far away culinaric treasures of nature are growing, waiting to be picked …

Best enjoyed with other treasures oft nature, such as the Kuonen Muscat wine from Salgesch …

Pitot probes and AOA Vanes mounted … Cockpit Minibar to be designed!

Thanks to Nick from the Airline Pilot’s Historical Society the Lufthansa B737-300 shell was outfitted with 4 Pitot Probes and 2 Angle of Attack vanes! Looks professional although these probes will never be used again.

Now to something more serious: I’ve found the perfect location for the Cockpit Minibar: just right to the jump seat there is a niche which perfectly fits a few bottles of Grappa and Vieille Prune as a reward after the heavy work of sim building or after a difficult landing (once the whole thing is finished in 15.75 years from now …):

Forward Overhead Panel finished

This required quite some wiring and night shifts … and the rather important backlighting required some thinking and handcrafting as well. Result: almost ready to perform a regular startup procedure according to the checklist.

On the Importance of proper Home Office Furniture & Clothing

Thanks to my colleague Jim Doyle from Desert Air Spares in California, two really neat Boeing 737 Ipeco J-Rail cockpit seats in working condition including headrests have arrived today. They are going to be refurbished and placed in the cockpit shell. But before that they play an important role to better suit body and soul in this long lasting home office situation …

I’d like to also express many many thanks to Patrick who provided the original office clothes including the full set of Boeing 737NG handbooks!

Circuit Breakers and Overhead Panel

Circuit Breakers are mounted, an original Boeing fire extinguisher was delivered by Nick from Airline Pilot’s Historical Society and the forward overhead panel with components from OpenCockpits is in the works …


We have moved our X-Plane Home Cockpit code repository from sourceforge to github. And it has a new name: xpcockpit.

It consists of four components:

  • XPServer, the X-Plane Plugin acting as a dataref provider to external clients
  • XPClient, a sample client to try out our famous dataref subscription method
  • XPUSB, the interface to USB-driven H/W interfaces from OpenCockpits and Leo Bodnar’s famous BU0836x/a boards
  • XPOpenGC, the revived OpenGC code now updated for B737 and A320

Try it out on: https://github.com/retostockli/xpcockpit/wiki