This panel is an accurate rendition of a real Trident airliner
as in service with BEA / British Airways.
Most of the photography was done at the de Havilland Heritage museum,
London Colney, with some also done at Cosford.
Every effort has been made to make it authentic in look and function,
while still remaining useable in FS.
The real aircraft panel has quite a wide spread, so the main view
has been set to make all the vital instruments visible for the
'single crew' FS pilot. A cut down 'pilot view' panel is
also included on the 2D version and you can toggle between the
The Virtual Cockpit (VC) is fully functional and the model can
be operated completely from VC mode. There are some helpful
viewing options built into the VC that can eliminate the problems
of panning around the 3D environment.
The panel is good for both the Trident 2 & 3. When used
with a Trident 3 model, additional gauges for the booster engine
The model is intended as a piloting simulation only. The
engineer's position is not covered in any detail except for a simple
The gauges were researched using detailed BEA manuals. Written
in the days when manuals were both informative and correct. :-)
The final development and testing phase was completed with the
help of two ex Trident pilots. Their input over several weeks
certainly proved the quality of the manuals as most of the alterations
made were down to my misreading them.
I can confidently state that this is one mighty fine Trident.
Panel design & gauges : David Maltby & Saverio Maurri
VC model : David Maltby
Photography, research material : Dave Booker
Special thanks to Peter McLeland, Jon Goldwater & Brian Withers
for their enthusiastic testing and expert advice. All have
a huge amount of piloting experience in a wide variety of aircraft
with Peter & Jon also flying Tridents for a number of years.