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Make a desktop Cessna 172 practice dashboard (visual only)

While I was browsing educational materials for pilots in training online, I found some cockpit posters for different aircraft. I purchased a Cessna 172 cockpit poster and was faced with a conundrum: if I stick it on the wall, I can't really reach it and it may be damaged when I'm moving. I decided to mount the poster on a science fair display board. That way I can carry it with me and put it up wherever there is a horizontal surface (i.e. even ground) to practice the pre-takeoff checks, take-off checks and so on.

You can find things like these to buy as well. They usually run about $60 (from what I found). In the spirit of "I'll do it myself because it's cheaper and I decide what the design will be," this project will cost at most half of that (depending on the price of the poster (mine was $20) and the other supplies).

Please let me know what you think of and how you would improve on this Instructable.
 
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Step 1: What you will need

You will need the following items (or something similar):

*cockpit poster (plane of your choice. Keep in mind that a Boeing 700 series has an overhead part too)
*science fair display board (I will refer to this as the "display board")
*glue, tape (optional) and cutting tools (sharp cutting tools, a razor blade or exacto knife would be recommended)

The poster you should be able to find online or at your local airport's supply shop.
cjellwood1 year ago
where did you obtain this poster from?
rhoddity3 years ago
That's really cool! Any chance that I could find posters like that for helicopters?
Nice! I actually thought that was really sticking out of the wall. Great job!