The 757Simulator website was founded by Michael & David Lehkamp and is the Internet home of one of the world's most sophisticated personal built commercial airline simulators. This simulator, based on the Boeing 757, features a motion platform, and a number of immersive elements not found on even the most sophisticated systems.
Born out of fascination and hobby, 757Simulator is a non profit endeavor created to share our love of aviation with family, friends, and local students who excel in science & mathematics.
My passion for flight and simulators began in 1997, when my brother David and I began building a 767 simulator. At the time, it was one of only five documented home-built simulators in the world. This project, termed Deltaflight, spanned eight years and drew recognition from both the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and the Discovery Wings Channel. Deltaflight also drew attention from other regional, national and international media outlets.
A nice article was written by a local Cincinnati newspaper.
My dear brother David Lehkamp
loses battle with Spina Bifida.
New Simulator - New Goals
In 2005, the original simulator was decommissioned; however, In 2008, while a employee of the Delta TechOps team, I began initial design work for an all new and unique simulator. My primary goals were to differentiate this simulator from its predesessor in these areas:
1. Motion platform
2. High fidelity, wrap-around visuals
3. Components that are identical to those found in the real 757 aircraft
4. As near to 100% true-to-life functionality and simulation as possible
Working in the TechOps Department at Delta, and later Airborne Maintenance & Engineering, provided me the opportunity to spend countless hours on the flight decks of real 757's and 767's during downtime. I was able to photograph, measure and examine every system on the aircraft. This information, along with an actual flight manual, provided the data necessary to achieve all of the above goals.
I would like to recognize and thank the many members of the Delta Air Lines TechOps team who assisted me in various ways.
A special thanks goes out to the following TechOps team members: Chuck Brenner, Mark Jenkins, Michael Ashton, and Reyes Ortiz.
Presentation Award for Delta CEO
In 2007, as a result of other projects I was involved in, Delta management asked that I provide a design for a plaque to be later presented to out going CEO Gerald Grinstein
. Mr. Grinstein, most recently known for rescuing Delta out of bankruptcy, was one the most liked Delta CEO's as he chose to return several millions in stock options back to the employees of Delta.
I presented a design that I put together with Adobe Illustrator. The design was eventually chosen and I was directed to manufacturer it. In late October of 2007, I received a call and was informed that management was so impressed, they were flying me out to Seattle on company time to present the plaque to Mr. Grinstein.
I will never forget this evening or the pride I felt in seeing this presentation through from start to end.
A big thank you to my friends in Seattle.