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Dad's perfect gift for son: A 737 cockpit simulator in his bedroom
Laurent Aigon knew exactly what his kid wanted. So, despite not being a pilot himself -- nor an engineer -- he orders the parts online and begins to build.
by Chris Matyszczyk | July 28, 2013 12:35 PM PDT

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Looks real, doesn't it? (Credit: SudOuest Screenshot by Chris Maty szczy k/CNET)

"Where shall we fly today, son?" "How about Sydney?" "OK. Strap yourself in. And don't crash the plane like you did yesterday, alright?" This might be the typical evening conversation in the Aigon household. For Laurent Aigon, from Lacanau, France, has just spent the last five years building something few other dads have done: a 737 cockpit simulator, which he's placed in his son's bedroom. I am grateful to Gizmodo and its use of Google Translate [http://gizmodo.com/dad-of-the-year-build-builds-functional-737cockpit-in-934987696? utm_campaign=socialflow_gizmodo_twitter&utm_source=gizmodo_twitter&utm_medium=socialflow] for discovering this lovely story from the French publication Sud-Ouest
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[http://www.sudouest.fr/2013/07/18/chez-lui-dans-le-ciel-11179262780.php] . At the very least, you might imagine that Aigon is a pilot, or perhaps an engineer. He's actually a waiter, who simply dreamed of being a pilot. He admits, though, that he was lazy at school.

His methods in creating this simulator were painstaking. He ordered the parts online and simply never wavered in achieving his goal.

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soon. Aigon, though, is now getting accolades for his work. He received an invitation to lecture at the Institute of Aircraft Maintenance at Bordeaux-Merignac. He also hopes now to make simulator-construction his new career. The tips might not be so good, but the prospects are surely better. [http://www.cnet.com/profile/ChrisMatyszczyk/]

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Chris Matyszczyk is an award-winning creative director who advises major corporations on content creation and marketing. He brings an irreverent, sarcastic, and sometimes ironic voice to the tech world.

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A French kid wanting a Boeing rather than Airbus? C'est magnifique!

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@pfren [http://www.cnet.com/profile/pfren] i notice it isn't a 787, however.

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6 hours ago

Oh mon dieu! Now if he's willing to invest a few million more, he can add an enclosed cockpit/nose section, hydraulics and 6D full motion simulated imagery. But he'd have to move the whole thing outside.

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7 hours ago

Wanna come up to my room and get high?

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7 hours ago

Believe it or not, I saw one in a guys garage today. With the exception that his is most of the cockpit fuselage with actual instrumentation, pedals, steering and the rest. It is also moveable
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but to see it and then come home and see this was just too uncanny. 2 in one day, what are the odds? He however, built it for himself.

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7 hours ago

"Ab Dool Bin Ned Flanders - he thinks he's better than everybody else." - Homer Bin Simpson.

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8 hours ago

Well. I am now taking back my son's new Kinex set I got for his birthday.

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8 hours ago

Bestest dad in the whole wide world.

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9 hours ago

If only he had applied that same tenacity at school. Way cool though. I would practically live on that thing once I got the hang of it.

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10 hours ago

. that's what a dads love can do. cool

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