Zibo mod B737-800X


Such a fantastic free aircraft.

I use this a lot, so I thought it was big enough to merit its own topic.

One new feature in v3.31 is the VR steering tiller. Works so well. The latest AVItab integration is great as well, as is the Terrain Radar.

Anyone else fly this?


I fly it as well, it’s a great addition to XP11 (and one of the main reasons I finally purchased XP11).

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Yeah…I really like it. Pretty hard to believe something like that is free. There is also a 737-900 based on the Zibo mod. The X-Plane ORG links are dead, but these still work…


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I’m a sucker for all the ambient noises as well, with the call-outs etc. Over time the zibo has got better and better, and agreed - amazing it’s all free.


Because my computer is not very well (as documented here: Delid My CPU - Day 0 Status: waiting for bits to arrive in mail) I’ve not been able to flight sim that much, or not much without it shutting down out of heat exhaustion. It’s a sad story, and I’ve got Bill Murray lined up for the movie.

To fill the time, I’ve revisited my cold and dark 737 start-up procedures. In VR I used the Avitab in-built checklist, but it’s not very good, so I hunted around for some better ones.

Here’s a picture one, although it is translated from French, so it is a little bizarre in places.

737-800 zibo C&D V11.fr.en.pdf (4.4 MB)

Next up is a better one, and that I used quite a lot, but I got fed up with doing the safety and lights tests. It’s not like I am ever going to do this for real:

Boeing 737-800 Checklist.pdf (710.0 KB)

After that I found a ‘one page’ summary one. Resolution in VR isn’t great, so it is good to have it all one page rather than scroll around in the avitab Charts window (where you put these PDFs). It’s pretty good (wrong in a few places I think) with the only downside being the font is really hard to read in VR:

one-page-startup.pdf (1.1 MB)

So to solve that, I made this, which is essentially a Mr Magoo-o-vision bit version for AviTab in VR, just to help remind me to do different bits and when:

ZIBO 737 800 Abridged Checklist.pdf (415.1 KB)

Btw, the new 737-700U is the cutest thing in the world. Look at this lil’ thing:

The 737-700U (which is based on the Zibo mod) is found here:

EDIT: Added a better pic of ol’ Stubby, as that VR one is not good.