Dad Builds Realistic Boeing 737 Cockpit in His Kids’ Bedroom

The aeronautics enthusiast spent five years building an awe-inspiring flight simulator

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Many dads dreamed of becoming astronauts, firefighters or rockstars when they grew up, but sadly, many of those dreams got pushed aside. Although this was also the case for Frenchman Laurent Aigon, he decided to fulfill his fantasy of becoming a pilot, fittingly, in his children’s bedroom.

According to Sud Ouest, Laurent Aigon is a 40-year-old dad who spent the past five years assembling a realistic simulation of a Boeing 737 cockpit in a narrow space between the closet and bunk bed in his kids’ room. After thousands of hours and with the help of his friend Paul Dupuy, Aigon crafted one of the world’s most realistic renditions of a commercial jet’s cockpit. The simulator, which features five computer screens and was assembled with parts from around the world, can recreate flights to destinations as far as Sydney, Australia and Rio de Janeiro.

Now a waiter in a restaurant and bar in the surf town of Lacanau in southwest France, Aigon’s love for aeronautics began as a kid. He grew up near an airport and spent much of his free time admiring the runway as the planes took off and landed.

Aigon’s elaborate simulator has gained international attention. The Institute of Aircraft Maintenance Bordeaux-Merignac (IMA) has invited him to be a guest lecturer and give students hands-on training. More recently, a maintenance company contacted him regarding further professional projects in developing aircraft cockpits.

After years on the ground, Aigon’s childhood dream has finally taken flight.

7 comments
donvon1204
donvon1204

Blah. I agree with the previous posters.  This article is at best a set-up for the photos that should have come with.  As is, it's not worth the time to read.

BobJones
BobJones

Not having images with this story is like not having beer in a refrigerator.  It just doesn't compute.

Prof.Carter
Prof.Carter

Maybe they are following the lead of the Chicago Sun-Times and laid off all of their photographers.

TFZ
TFZ

Yes, totally wondering where the pictures are!!! Send me on assignment!!! ;)

ChrisBarnes
ChrisBarnes

And the best pictures you could get were stock from Getty? 

sachi_bbsr
sachi_bbsr

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