Cramos From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 554 posts, RR: 0 Posted (12 years 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 12222 times:
Has anyone ever been on those pilot-for-a-day programs where they take you into a full-motion simulator? How are these programs? What was your experience? What aircraft did you fly and why? Was your experience a good one? Certainly, this will be different from an MSFS session.
AA61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 56
Reply 2, posted (12 years 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 12065 times:
Well I was in an AA sim, it was their KC-135 (they use it to train Mid-East pilots) it was a pretty sweet deal. My friend ran into the then chief AA pilot at the hair cutter. He hooked us up with a tour. It was really cool.
MidnightMike From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 2892 posts, RR: 13
Reply 3, posted (12 years 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 12048 times:
I work for a company that offers these pilot for a day programs, so I am a little spoiled! I have been in the
MD90EFD, MD11, 717, simulators, it is a very good program as you get a chance to see what goes on in front.
We offer 30 minute simulator rides for $99, send me an email
Deltadude8 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 569 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (12 years 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 12045 times:
Back before 9/11 I went on a tour with my sister (a DL F/A) and we were wandering about by ourselves and bumped into a DL employee who worked in the simulator section. It was a Sunday and he invited us to come have a look. We boarded the L1011 simulator and he closed the door and asked me if I would like to take it off. I didn't wait to respond and said how much I would love to.
He put us on the ground at ATL and I took the L1011 off with my F/A sister as my copilot...it was kinda easy. Then we climbed and he stopped the simulator. I started to get up and he said for me to hold on.
He then set me up a few miles off of ATL's runway, and told me to try and land it. About half way in a warning went off going "PULL UP.rrrr rrrr PULL UP" I panicked and threw the throttles all the way up and pulled back on the yoke as hard as I could. We stalled and the simulator reset. He said he would give me one more chance. This time I flew it perfect, putting down the flaps correctly and the gear correctly...
As I approached the runway I flared and set it down very lightly. Auto reversers kicked in and spoilers flew up...I landed it and taxied off the runway. He told me that he was amazed, that he had never in his life seen someone land an L1011 who is inexperienced. He told me that if it would have been possible he would have given me my license right there. He said it was a PERFECT LANDING...It was an amazing experience as the L1011 is my fav. a/c.
IF ANYONE EVER GETS A CHANCE GO FLY ONE...I WOULD DO IT AGAIN IN A HEARTBEAT.
Mr.BA From Singapore, joined Sep 2000, 3423 posts, RR: 21
Reply 9, posted (12 years 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 12005 times:
I think it'll still be a very wonderful experience no matter if its the B737 or B747 you choose to fly. But I'd prefer the B747, she's a beauty to fly, that weight, that size, that grace... everything...
NormalSpeed From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (12 years 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 11981 times:
In connection with one of my college classes (737-200 Systems), I was granted a free hour in a full motion 737-200 simulator at the Salt Lake City FlightSafety office. Took off, manuevered, shot an ILS approach. I'd always wondered if I could land an airliner. Now I know. Since I was doing well, we decided to try some engine-out stuff. Had an engine-out approach and a go around, and an engine-out landing in manual reversion (hydraulic failure). The most difficult by far was the single engine go-around.
Also got to do some FO duties. Since we had studied 737-200 systems, I knew how to cope with some of the emergencies. I performed a manual landing gear extension, extended the flaps using the Alternate Flaps switch, and shut down an engine due to an engine fire.
Cramos From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 554 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (12 years 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 11871 times:
It seems that everyone here has some experience with the heavies and other smaller aircraft.
The reason why I'm considering the 737 is because it could be overwhelming with the 747. I want the experience to be rewarding and I want to have some fun while I'm at it. From what it seems, everyone has had fun regardless of aircraft type.
SWA TPA From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 1560 posts, RR: 32
Reply 16, posted (12 years 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 11829 times:
I lucked out about 12 years ago and got to spend a few hours in an American Airlines 727 sim in Dallas. This was when I was in the Air Force and we had a reservist who was working with us at the time, who also was a chief sim pilot (?) with AA full time. His name was Maj. Bickle (I think Henry was his first name). Anyways, he quickly discovered my love of aviation and invited me over one day when they were training a flight engineer. I got to be the F/O. Wow! That was the best thing ever! We had an engine on fire, one landing gear stuck in the up postition; somebody even called the "tower" and told them to tell the F/O (me) they hoped I got a real "bang" out of this flight. Shortly after that an explosion occured in the first class cabin causing decompression and structural damage to our aircraft!
I will never ever forget that once in a lifetime experience I got to have
TrnsWrld From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1014 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (12 years 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 11755 times:
Years back I played around in a MD-80 simulator at the TWA training center in STL. To this day it was probably one of the greatest experiences of my life. Even more so than flying the real general aviation aircraft that I fly.
Soupthansa From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (12 years 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 11755 times:
I got to fly the C-130 sim at Little Rock AFB, Arkansas in 1991 and the C-17A
simualtor at Charleston AFB, SC in 2002. Applying the brakes in the C-17A was quite difficult, the plane would not slow down upon landing!!