In this section I will introduce  the instruments of the Bell 209 AH-1 F Cobra which I have collected and integrated in the actual project. Unfortunately this collection is  and will probably never be completed if I get no parts supplied from a company who is still operating the Bell 209 AH-1F in civilian or privat version or in a heritage foundation. It is nearly impossible to get all original parts of such a helicopter simulator cockpit project nor can rare parts being payed or ordered. But..... my enthusiasm will not stop.

June 2013

Main panel of the pilots station.

This prototype was milled out with wrong cut outs for the instruments, so it will remain as an exhibition part for spare instruments which I have as surplus.

Bell 209 AH-1F prototype 04/2012
Bell 209 AH-1F prototype 04/2012
Bell 209 AH-1F Cobra caution panel
Bell 209 AH-1F Cobra caution panel

Jan 2013

Original Bell 209 AH-1F Caution panel

Finally the original Bell AH-1F caution & advisory panel is wired and illuminates up when the TEST switch is pressed. Very nice action.

Waltham ABU-43/A

8 -day clock

5 V- internal light ( green )

Original COBRA right pedal
Original COBRA right pedal

April 2013

finally my original Bell AH-1F Cobra pedal

arrived.

Now I  try to build the left one by

my self. No original left pedal showing the BELL lettering is available on the market.If its finished I will post the complete assembly. An original anti torque pedal assembly is absolute hard to find but I hope not impossible.

circuit breaker assembly panel
circuit breaker assembly panel

 

June 2013

This will be the circuit breaker panel located in the rear right console of the pilots station , which was very complicate to build having only one original picture available.

rebuilt Bell 209 AH-1F Cobra circuit breaker panel
rebuilt Bell 209 AH-1F Cobra circuit breaker panel
Original Bell 209 AH-1F  Circuit breaker panel
Original Bell 209 AH-1F Circuit breaker panel

August 2014

I was happy to receive an original

NOS CB panel for the right console after a long search. Has red back light incl.connector 28V. the lamps are parallel connected.

Unfortunately there was a big difference between the rebuilt and the original.

So base plate for the CB`s have to be manufacured once again.... 

This face plate will not be backlighted ! Unfortunately it has hundreds of cracks in the top layer due to improper storage or age from the supplier ! See picture below.

Bad luck, but I don`t fly IFR :-)

Original Bell 209 AH-1F  Circuit breaker panel
Original Bell 209 AH-1F Circuit breaker panel

August 2014

Back lighted face plate of the CB panel

with hundreds of cracks.

Bell 209 AH-1F HSI control panel
Bell 209 AH-1F HSI control panel

This is the rebuilt HSI control panel.

HSI indicator
HSI indicator

HSI horizontal situation indicator. 5 V internal light. NVG light frame is under construction.

ARU-39A ASI
ARU-39A ASI

ADI Attitude Direction Indicator ADI

ARU-39A with

original instrument light frame 5V.

Has also internal red lights 5V.

Working with 115V 400Hz 3 phase.

It comes out of a F-15 simulator and is unfortunately not the same as for the Bell 209 AH-1F Cobra

TGT
TGT

Oct. 2013

Bendix Turbine Gas Temperature indicator

TGT with

Pin out : A+ ( violet ) B- (green) for

internal red light  5V.

Working with 115V 400Hz 3 phase

TGT
TGT

Bendix Turbine Gas Temperature indicator

all sides open to give an impression

about  the contstruction of this instrument

 

Bell 209 AH-1F Cobra TGT & RPM
Bell 209 AH-1F Cobra TGT & RPM

Bendix Turbine Gas Temperature indicator

and Gas Producer Tachometer

with 5V internal red light 

Bell 209 AH-1F Torque
Bell 209 AH-1F Torque

Original Bell 209 AH-1F Torque indicator

with 5V internal light 

in the next picture you will see the same

instrument opened

Torque
Torque

Original Bell 209 AH-1F Torque indicator

with 5V internal red light 

AN/ARC-114A
AN/ARC-114A

Nov.2013

This is the VHF FM  AN/ARC-114A radio control panel rebuilt. Only face plate was available.

Internal red lightning. 

RCVR Test knob still missing .

Placed in the bottom left  of the main panel.

Position varies from type to type.

AN/ARC-115A
AN/ARC-115A

June 2014

This is the UHF AM AN/ARC-115A radio control panel located in the bottom  center of the main panel. Position varies from type to type.


Bell 209 AH-1F anti torque pedal
Bell 209 AH-1F anti torque pedal

Jan 2104

It was like christmas reciving 2 sets of original anti torque pedals for my project.

After installing the original Bell 209 AH-1F anti torque pedals a potentiometer was adapted as z-axis.

Connected with the BU-0836X it works perfect and can

be fine adjusted with FSUIP in FSX.

So tail rotor function is working!

Bell 209 AH-1F Light Control Panel
Bell 209 AH-1F Light Control Panel

May 2104

The Light Control Panel is finally

finished and installed. Equipped

with 4 rehostat items it will dim the 5 V

and 24V instrument light circuits

separately and independently.

Light Control Panel
Light Control Panel
Light Control Panel
Light Control Panel
Bell 209 AH-1F CB breaker panel right console
Bell 209 AH-1F CB breaker panel right console

June 2014

Finally the CB breaker panel inclusive the case is finished and installed with a new laser engraved face plate.

Due to the lack of original dimensions some geometrical deviation my occur on this face plate. It seems much bigger than the original .The face plate was laser cutted base on original pictures. Up to now it is not back lighted but all the numbers of

CB `s are installed but not functioning.

Bell 209 AH-1F CB breaker panel right console
Bell 209 AH-1F CB breaker panel right console

July 2014

The following pictures show the actual status of the project building a 

Bell-209 TAH-1F Cobra cockpit simulator

Bell 209 AH-1F main panel console
Bell 209 AH-1F main panel console

July 2014

 

Bell-209 TAH-1F Cobra cockpit simulator

AN/APR-39V RWR Bell 209 AH-1F
AN/APR-39V RWR Bell 209 AH-1F

Nov 2014

 

Radar Warning receiver ( RWR) AN/APR-39V of the Bell-209 AH-1F Cobra.

This is a rebuilt from scratch of the actual radar warning receiver indicator used in the AH-1F Cobra. Has 5V internal illumination. Only pictures were available to rebuild it.

 Bell 209 AH-1F Main panel
Bell 209 AH-1F Main panel

Nov 2014

 

Now the main panel  has the AN/APR-39V installed. Looks much more perfect than before. Also the positions for the AN/ARC-114 and AN/ARC-115 have been changed. Now they have the same positions as in the Red Bull`s TAH-1F Cobra

Altimeter, AAU-31A
Altimeter, AAU-31A

Jan 2015

 

This original AAU-31A Altimeter will be used for instrument bending to work with the servo card from OC with FSX.

The next pictures show the inside of this altimeter.

Pin out: M - 28V

            P + 28V ( for the vibrator )

            A  case ground

            Y  5V red light

                                                                         X  lightning common

                                                                         Z  5V white lightning

Altimeter, AAU-31A
Altimeter, AAU-31A

Jan 2015

 

back side of the  AAU-31A Altimeter 

Pin out: M - 28V

            P + 28V ( for the vibrator )

            A  case ground

            Y  5V red light

            X  lightning common

            Z  5V white lightning

Altimeter, AAU-31A
Altimeter, AAU-31A

Jan 2015

 

right  side of the  AAU-31A Altimeter 



AH-1 Cobra collective assy
AH-1 Cobra collective assy

June  2015

 

this is an original AH-1 collective which was istalled in the earlier versions like AH-1G

 

AH-1 Cobra collective assy wiring
AH-1 Cobra collective assy wiring

June  2015

 

 original AH-1 collective opened to identify the single wires for function 

 

 

AH-1F Cobra original main panel
AH-1F Cobra original main panel

Nov.  2017

 

I was lucky to receive the  original AH-1-F instrument panel. Now all the wiring for the lights become a professional layout.

Much work again !

 

 

 

AH-1F Cobra original main panel
AH-1F Cobra original main panel

Nov.  2017

 

Happy to see that the light panel stil was installed and ready for use. Also the fire warning panel

and the air vent panel and some clamps still were there.