Background

We at MPS love the DC-3 and its rich history. There are still many DC-3’s in operation throughout the world, some even carrying passengers. Training is important for all pilots of all aircrafts. Training cost for flying a DC-3 is quite high because the maintenance of the aircraft is expensive. Moreover for safety reasons many elements can only be taught on the ground, with engines running.

 
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MPS decided to build a DC-3 simulator at its own expense. This simulator would be a great contribution to DC-3 flight training and flight safety. We also feel that it provides great insight to our engineers about the basics of flying and airplane design.

Dick Verburg, one of the founders of MPS, was able to locate an original DC-3 cockpit, which could be used for this project. It proved to be a massive undertaking since no flight data and hardly any reference data was available. All instruments had to be re-build and all mechanical parts needed to be restored and connected to electronics. Flight models had to be extrapolated mathematically and reference data collected by flying on real DC-3 airrcraft.

Other data was collected from many different sources, including NASA, Boeing and the Dutch Dakota Association.