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Have You Flown A Simulator?  
User currently offlineTripl7 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (14 years 19 hours ago) and read 933 times:

I was wondering: How many of us, non airline pilots, have actually flown a "real simulator" (now that's a Shakespearean pun !) ?
I have once had a go on the RJ85 sim at Woodford back in 1992 when it was the only one of its kind in the world. Take-off was dodgy, landing would have bought the farm in a real aircraft ! But I only had this one circuit. Had I been given 30 minutes, I am sure I would have done an acceptable circuit.
But it was a nice experience nevertheless.
How about you ?

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User currently offlineAirCanadaSFO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (14 years 19 hours ago) and read 907 times:

I had one shot on the KC-135 sim at Castle AFB in central California. I made it down the runway ok, rotated, then at about 200 feet I banked hard left, rolled to 90 degrees, then went down hard and bought the farm.

Did I mention I was ten years old at the time?


User currently offlineCba From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 4531 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (14 years 18 hours ago) and read 899 times:

At the Johnson Space Center in Houston, they have a space shuttle landing simulator. It's a little different than a traditional aircraft (no throttles etc.), but it was fun. There was a diamond in the middle of the screen, and you had to keep it inside a box, like a flight director on aircraft. I'll just say one thing, any landing you walk away from is a good one.  

User currently offlineWannabe From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 677 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (14 years 18 hours ago) and read 899 times:

I did, and it was the cause of my love with aviation. I had an uncle who worked at Pan Am at JFK, and every year on Easter weekend he would get us into the flight training center before it was moved to MIA. I probably have about 10 hours of 707 and 747 time, starting when I was around 16 and continuing for 5 years past that. When they moved to MIA, he retired but his sister-in-law got a job in the admin part of the operation in Miami. When I was down there on business about 12 years ago, she got me about 2 hours of time in the 747 sim. Every minute I ever spent in it was sheer delight. After a while, I was able to get an occasional flight through the pattern from TO to landing. It wasn't pretty and you woulde've been real upset if you were a revenue passanger, but you would have at least been alive. FS 2000 is real weak sister compared to the big ones.

User currently offlineCapt.Picard From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (14 years 18 hours ago) and read 893 times:

Flown the BA744 and Trident Sims with airline training Captains (one a 744, the other a British European BAe146); I also completed 2 circuits (one a low-level flyover LHR!!).

The Trident was very clumsy on the controls requiring a good measure of planning ahead, this was especially noticeable during the x-wind takeoff, when maintaining centreline was physically tough.

The 744 was much swifter to respond, and thus more predictable and easier to fly. I thought both were fairly easy to fly, and my flying impressed the Captains (oh, how proud I was  ), so I'm now considering pursuing a career in flying! Great fun, but quite expensive.

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User currently offlineB737-112 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 891 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (14 years 17 hours ago) and read 869 times:

When I was in Civil Air Patrol a long time ago I flew a Citation II simulator at Flight Safety Intl at Long Beach, CA. I went back years later and flew a Gulfstream GIII. I did two sucessful landings and a stall on the third that hurt and that would have been the Gulfstreams last flight.

User currently offlinePurdue Arrow From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1574 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (14 years 17 hours ago) and read 870 times:

I fly a 727-100 simulator every Monday. It's a class here at Purdue. After my Delta internship, I will be going into Purdue's 727-200 sim. I have also flown an F-100 at American's Flight Academy.

User currently offlineZRH From Switzerland, joined Nov 1999, 5569 posts, RR: 36
Reply 7, posted (14 years 17 hours ago) and read 864 times:

Two weeks ago I could fly a Swissair MD 11 simulator for one hour. It was great!!!!    
It is real. We pushed back from terminal A at ZRH. I was in the left seat and the instruktor my f/O. We taxied to r/w 28 and took of. In this hour we made several landings including an automatic landing with fog. The instruktor flew a stall, it was quite scaring. I wish I could go again.

User currently offlineFlyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (14 years 16 hours ago) and read 854 times:

I've flown the United 747-238B simulator in Denver.

User currently offlineArchie From Mexico, joined Aug 2000, 228 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (14 years 14 hours ago) and read 844 times:

I had a chance to fly a 727-200 simulator about a year ago in Mexicana´s Pilot training facilities.
I had one hour of flight and then they told me I could go again and I had 30 minutes.
It was great.

User currently offlineBeechbarron From United States of America, joined May 2000, 134 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (14 years 14 hours ago) and read 839 times:

Flew a Delta L1011 Sim when I was 9 or 10, with a real Captain of course! I didn't get to do T/O roll and landing, but I got to fly it! The Captain deviated us from short final right through the big "D" for Delta on top of the Tech Ops center at ATL!!!!!   THAT was cool.  

User currently offlineDash8tech From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 732 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (14 years 10 hours ago) and read 829 times:

While I was in the US Navy I had a shot in a Grumman EA-6B and Grumman A-6E simulator! Very cool!


User currently offlineCrjmech From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 260 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (14 years 10 hours ago) and read 834 times:

Kind of. I went to Montreal for their CRJ inital maintenance training and hung out in the sim bay there. A Challenger 604 sim, a Global Express sim and two CRJ sims all rocking and rolling in the same room! Very cool. The closest thing we got to a sim was a full-up cockpit sim minus the motion and exterior view. We used it for practicing troubleshooting and emergency procedures during taxi. It was a lot of fun and pretty realistic once you got into it.

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User currently offlineKbyongsj From Ireland, joined May 2000, 21 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (14 years 8 hours ago) and read 823 times:

Yes, I once tried MAS747-400. Took off from an airport (can't remember which one) where I taxied onto the grass. Landed at Kai Tak and crashed onto the terminal whilst parking. It was fun!

User currently offlineRyaneverest From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (14 years 4 hours ago) and read 808 times:

I tried out Canadian Airlines' DC-10 simulator at Vancouver last year. Took off from some runway in Toronto (I forgot which) and landed on the same airport. I got in because my aunt's friend is a working staff for Canadian... I guess she's now with Air Canada.

The DC-10 is pretty sluggish to control, but I think it's realism.

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