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User currently offlineSpeedbrds From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 98 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 3 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 6983 times:

I will be going to England in mid-November and reserved a spot to fly an Airbus A340 simulator in Manchester for 2 hours. The company I am doing it with is called Virtual Aviation. They have other locations throughout London with many types of aircraft simulators to pilot.

What I would like to know is if anyone has tried this program or a similar one and what was the experience like. Also, are there similar places in the U.S. (West Coast) that offer similar programs? I did hear at one time there was a similar program in/near San Diego, CA.

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User currently offlineD950 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 493 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (7 years 3 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 6967 times:

The Boeing simulator in Long Beach has been open to the public, I tried the 717, as I am sure other a-netters have.


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User currently offlineRL757PVD From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 4715 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (7 years 3 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 6957 times:

Most Dave & Busters have a cool commercial airplane simulator


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User currently offlineDanimarroquin From Colombia, joined Jan 2005, 450 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (7 years 3 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 6918 times:

any body knows about any simulators at florida ?

User currently offlineJkj777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 398 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (7 years 3 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 6798 times:

Kind of surprising that this is still allowed after 9/11. I am sure there is a thorough background check......right?

User currently offlineLonghornmaniac From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 3355 posts, RR: 45
Reply 5, posted (7 years 3 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 6782 times:

Quoting RL757PVD (Reply 2):
Most Dave & Busters have a cool commercial airplane simulator

That one is fun!!!! I blow all my money on it when I go there.

As for me, I've flown the AA 757 at the flight academy. Pre 9/11 of course.

Cheers,
Cameron


User currently offlineAF340 From Canada, joined Jul 2007, 2786 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (7 years 3 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 6763 times:

Companies and parties can use the WestJet and I think AC simulators. It might be open for single person use, I don't know.

http://c1dsp.westjet.com/guest/about...shQC3PHH6G9cxJzgylhHGJkJZ4!8312474

AF340


User currently offline777jaah From Colombia, joined Jan 2006, 1403 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (7 years 3 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 6700 times:

Quoting Danimarroquin (Reply 3):
any body knows about any simulators at florida ?

I know for sure that there's a 767 simulatorin MIA and they allow people to "fly it", can't remember if its Flight Safety......but I was told that by a QT Capt who told me that I should give him a call and he could at least try to get me a couple of hours on it. Let me give the guy a call and confirm this and I'll pm you with any info.


JAAH



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User currently offline777jaah From Colombia, joined Jan 2006, 1403 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (7 years 3 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 6694 times:

I forgot RG used ato have a plan to try its 737 simulator in Sao Paulo or Rio (Can't remember), which included some hours of theorical course and a couple of hours in the real simulator.

I always wanted to try it, but hey, I don't think there's much left of those plans within RG.


JAAH



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User currently offlineRichM From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 803 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (7 years 3 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 6687 times:

Quoting Jkj777 (Reply 4):
Kind of surprising that this is still allowed after 9/11. I am sure there is a thorough background check......right?

I wouldn't say it's surprising at all. Disallowing it would be silly and just wouldn't achieve anything.

I also doubt that they would carry out any "background checks".

At the most, all a terrorist would need is a few hours in a real aircraft (i.e. C172) and/or some hours "flying" the Level-D 767 for FS (Microsoft Flight Simulator) or another advanced model for FS, and they'd have learnt the basics for flying an aircraft and could potentially use an aircraft as a "flying bomb" with that amount of knowledge. It may not be as easy to learn as driving a car, but it's far from rocket science.

- RichM

[Edited 2007-09-18 23:21:24]

User currently offlineYYZatcboy From Canada, joined Apr 2005, 1091 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (7 years 3 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 6622 times:
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Try X-plane (www.x-plane.com) for a realistic desktop sim. (rated by FAA) I'm pretty sure AC and CAE will allow bookings of their sims to anyone.


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User currently offlineEbs757 From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 758 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (7 years 3 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 6601 times:

Quoting Jkj777 (Reply 4):
Kind of surprising that this is still allowed after 9/11. I am sure there is a thorough background check......right?

Have you played Microsoft's flight sims?



Viva la Vida
User currently offlinePGNCS From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 2858 posts, RR: 49
Reply 12, posted (7 years 3 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 6581 times:

Quoting RichM (Reply 9):
At the most, all a terrorist would need is a few hours in a real aircraft (i.e. C172) and/or some hours "flying" the Level-D 767 for FS (Microsoft Flight Simulator) or another advanced model for FS, and they'd have learnt the basics for flying an aircraft and could potentially use an aircraft as a "flying bomb" with that amount of knowledge. It may not be as easy to learn as driving a car, but it's far from rocket science.

And you have how much time playing MS FS? And how many hours flying a real 767?

That's what I thought.  Yeah sure


User currently offlineHelvknight From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 6492 times:

You can also book time on LH's sims through their duty free catalogue, I think only with M&M miles.

User currently offlineInbarD From Israel, joined Jan 2007, 219 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 6476 times:

Quoting Longhornmaniac (Reply 5):
Kind of surprising that this is still allowed after 9/11. I am sure there is a thorough background check......right?

Background check for what? terrorists?

I'm pretty sure if a Terrorist was determined to blow something up, a background check wouldn't stop him. As seen from 9/11 some of the terrorists were pretty intelligent and actually went to flight schools. Plus a few hours in a simulator isn't really going to help much in flying a real plane...


User currently offlineBok269 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 2104 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 6427 times:

Quoting InbarD (Reply 14):
I'm pretty sure if a Terrorist was determined to blow something up, a background check wouldn't stop him. As seen from 9/11 some of the terrorists were pretty intelligent and actually went to flight schools. Plus a few hours in a simulator isn't really going to help much in flying a real plane...

I was just fingerprinted tonight for a background check before I start flight training.

THat being said, there is a difference between flight training in a real aircraft and a couple of hours in a sim. A couple of hours in the sim, especially with no experience, won't help you fly a plane, even in superclear conditions.

Speedbrds have a great time in the sim. Let us know how it goes!



"Reality is wrong, dreams are for real." -Tupac
User currently offlineVmax From Kenya, joined Sep 2006, 26 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 6404 times:

I "won" four hours in the 747 simulator at Cranebank (LHR) some years back, at a "promise auction". The BA capt who was instructing me even offered to put the hours in my log book Big grin

Absolutely fantastic  bigthumbsup 



It's always funny until someone gets hurt. Then it's just hilarious.
User currently offlineUncleBuck From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 121 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 6349 times:

Quoting RL757PVD (Reply 2):

its fun i suppose, but you only get to do it for like 2-3 minutes, can't do realistic climbouts, etc, and you have one option for flaps- up/down, haha.


there is a public full motion 737NG simulator @ DFW , cost like $500 though.


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