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Flight Similator Rides?  
User currently offlineHkg_clk From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 999 posts, RR: 2
Posted (13 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1258 times:

I heard that some airlines are selling slots on their flight simulators to the public. Does anyone know how much they cost and which airlines do this? I am especially interested in airlines that do this in the UK.




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User currently offlineIainhol From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (13 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1197 times:

BA do it and for a quick ride (30 minutes) it cost around 200! If you know people you can do it for free!
Iain


User currently offlineCapt.Picard From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (13 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1182 times:

Hi HK,

As far as I know, only BA offer the service through a company known as Virtual Aviation http://www.virtualaviation.co.uk

I flew the 744 simulator there in December-I won't go into how incredible it was-Just do it!

Some info:

-1 hour on the sim will set you back GPB570 approx. (if you want exclusive use)

-don't expect to have a real BA pilot sitting next to you on the First Officer seat (you're on the LHS). My First Officer was a Concorde pilot (even better!), and we had a lady from the Company (you may have seen her if you saw "Airport", when Jeremy from Aeroflot went on the sim.)

-These are the REAL thing, located at BA Training HQ's at Cranebank. It is a huge hangar-like building containing many sims representing the BA fleet.

-You can also choose to fly the 777 sim instead of the 744.

-I personally made two approaches into JFK and SFO (plus two departures), and zoomed under the Golden Gate bridge in San Francisco-fantastic!

-1 approach into an airfiled in Greenland (diversionary)

-Loos fairly dark outside!!

-You WILL be involved in a near-miss over JFK!! Big grin

-The 744 is VERY responsive, and thus easy to fly (in my very HUMBLEST of opinions, of course!)

-Very, very much worth it.

I can't REALLY afford what I paid (500+pounds), but as I have always wanted to be a pilot (for BA), and always, always wanted to go on a sim, the decision wasn't tough-I just did it!

And what a good time I had too. It's brilliant, go for it.


User currently offlineMit From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 166 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (13 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1173 times:

United had a program in the past. Not sure if they still do it, though.

It was pretty extensive, choices included all of their current fleet and some retired ones (DC8, etc.) Depending on the aircraft and amount of time you spent in sim & groundschool, I think the cost was between $500 and $2000.


User currently offlineCapt.Picard From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (13 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1172 times:

Ah yes, I forgot to mention that "groundschool" on the BA sim day lasts about 15 minutes!

Basically it makes sure total morons know what they're doing to the a/c (sort of)!

Raising thrust levers to vertical, engaging autothrottle thereafter, V1, VR, toebrakes, PAPI lights, gear lever (upwards and outwards/downwards), landing speeds, Vref (the speeds etc. will be mentioned if you ask)

Incidentally, you can opt to turn the Flight Director bars off during TO and L (the pink bars on the PFD).


User currently offline777x From United States of America, joined Dec 2014, 11 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (13 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1163 times:

United offers sim rides, but the're pretty expensive

http://www.ualservices.com/buissupp_pilot.html


User currently offlineN766AS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (13 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1147 times:

My uncle went down to Boeing's facility at BFI and paid something like $400/hour to use one of their sims. He had a really good time, though...

User currently offlineRAH66 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 11 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (13 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1138 times:

Get an engineering job in the simulation department of an aircraft manufacturer!  Smile

User currently offlineAeroGlobeAir7 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 586 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (13 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1126 times:

Bummer, I went to the website 777x included in his post, but you have to be 18 or older.  Crying That really stinks. Especially since I know there are people older than me that I could out fly. I'm old enough to observe, but why not fly it? I'm an expert on Flight sim and taller than some pilots (I'm 5' 8" and surely could meet the physical requirements that some 18 year olds could), what else would keep me from doing that? My grandmother works for Northrop, and has worked on the B-2, 747-100, F-18, and a few others. Some of her friends got to fly the B-2 sim, but they all crashed it  Smile/happy/getting dizzy. I would think they'd be more tight about civilians using military aircraft sims than commercial jet sims. I don't wanna wait 4 more years!!!!!!! If I knew a UAL pilot would it help? My mother works with someone who's brother is a UAL pilot. I'm wondering if that might make a difference? Dissapointing news  Crying from that site.

User currently offlineCapt.Picard From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (13 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1090 times:

AeroGlobe,

If you know someone that works with UA, its always worth trying! I find the 18 year old rule strange, but it is their equipment, and they can therefore set their own regulations!


User currently offlineGunFighter 6 From Netherlands, joined Jan 2001, 404 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (13 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1086 times:

I have Flown the F-16A-MLU Simulator at AFB Twenthe in the Netherlands. A relative of mine had set it up.
It was some sort of a birthday present  Smile

In one word. it was awsome Big grin


User currently offlineAzeem From Pakistan, joined Jul 2000, 137 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (13 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1085 times:

Contact British Airways, there is even a british website that sells time for their simulators alongwith the schedule as to when and which simulator is free. I don't remember its url. Can anyone help?

User currently offlineLBA From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 494 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (13 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1073 times:

WHSmith are selling them as gifts at the moment, costs about £200 with 20 minutes flying time. There is a simulator in Harrogate - costs are similar.

User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 52
Reply 13, posted (13 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1064 times:

UA is biased against us budding aviators-If their worried about "strength" I am 15 and have the stature of an adult over 18 5'11'' 150 lbs., and I think I could do it...I have a friend who used to fly DC-10's for AA, I think he was their chief DC-10 pilot back in the early 90's, have to get in touch with him Does BA have tis policy? I think if BA doesnt have this policy, and if I ever make it to England...hopefully I can persuade my parents that this is a worthwhile investment...

Greg



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User currently offlineAC_A340 From Canada, joined Sep 1999, 2251 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (13 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1060 times:

Back when Canadian was separate from AC, you could buy simulator time in either YYZ or YVR using your Canadian Plus points. It cost like 40000 points for an hour. I don't know if they still do this or not.

User currently offlineCapt.Picard From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (13 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1058 times:

USAF,

Check the link I provided at the top; minimum age for BA is 12.

BTW, I paid this out of my monthly allowance savings, and didn't tell my parents.....so they still don't know! Big grin


User currently offlineWeexplorer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (13 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1046 times:

Flew a BAe146 sim at Dulles many years ago and it was, as everyone who has experienced one has said, AWESOME.

Took off from Rio Santos Dumont and missed Sugar Loaf mountain by a mile. Spoke to my friend who was in the training department at the time and he said that they were training the TABA pilots and he couldn't believe how many of them 'scraped' the cablecar station at the top of the mountain....boy did I feel like the mutts nuts!!

If you get a chance to go on a sim grab it with both hands.


User currently offlineSingapore_Air From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 13745 posts, RR: 19
Reply 17, posted (13 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1045 times:

WELL THEN!!!!!

I got my one for free!!!!!

How??????

I won an essay competition 4 years ago. Wanted to be a pilot. I WON! Ha ha! Got an hour in a Monarch flight simulator at LTN and flew to LTN, HKG (KT), Innsbruck, some other place. I was excellent said the training person.

See? Essay!



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User currently offlineRyanb741 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 3221 posts, RR: 15
Reply 18, posted (13 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1043 times:

Just out of interest, does anyone know how much one of those simulators costs to buy? The machine itself?


I used to think the brain is the most fascinating part of my body. But, hey, who is telling me that?
User currently offlineCapt.Picard From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (13 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1040 times:

Virtual Aviation website quotes GBP10million.

I think that may be slightly out of my budget range.


User currently offlineRajno1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (13 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1036 times:

GBP10 million!??! Wow! Are they THAT realistic then? Well, I don't think I'll have much luck hinting to my wife that I'd like one of THOSE for Christmas then!!!

User currently offlineAirsicknessbag From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 4723 posts, RR: 33
Reply 21, posted (13 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1037 times:


Lufthansa sells time in their sims for money or miles - but horrendous sums as well.
I spent two hours in their A340-300 sim at their FRA homebase in 1995. It was not that special, it is a great experience but from articles and stuff I´ve read before I had expected more (I think you NEVER forget this isn´t a real a/c). Except for a near miss with a 707 (!) over Berlin it was pretty boring: At that time, LH was starting flights to Quito and they trained every pilot flying into UIO on the sim first, because that airport must be rather diffucult. And they did that nearly all the time, on take off the other (OK, the aborted ones were rather interesting, one after a birdstrike in engine 1 and 2).

Daniel Smile


User currently offlineRyanb741 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 3221 posts, RR: 15
Reply 22, posted (13 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1033 times:

Capt.Picard - do you reckon they accept Mastercard?!!? Smile/happy/getting dizzy


I used to think the brain is the most fascinating part of my body. But, hey, who is telling me that?
User currently offlineCapt.Picard From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (13 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1024 times:

Certainly Sir. We also accept Diners, American Express, and Visa for your convenience.

User currently offlineRyanb741 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 3221 posts, RR: 15
Reply 24, posted (13 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1020 times:

Oh well, in that case I'll take 2 of them (one for spares you see....). Smile


I used to think the brain is the most fascinating part of my body. But, hey, who is telling me that?
25 Sydneysider : As Airsicknessbag mentioned above, you can make a ride at LH´s simulators. I did one in 1998 in FRA at the LH-Base in a B742, making some holdings ar
26 Hkg_clk : Thank you for all the information. I have just booked a flight simulator ride from www.virtualaviation.com. It will be on a 747-400 simulator. I'm rea
27 Patrick_L : Sydneysider !!! WHAT ? You only paid 350 DM ? I cant believe that! Do you know anyone there or what ? Thats extremely cheap. I read on a UA page that
28 Post contains links and images Capt.Picard : Well done boy, you're going to have a great time!! My tips are: just fly the plane Seriously though, don't be intimidated. It is an easy a/c to fly-be
29 Post contains images Log : http://www.britishairways.com/inside/biztobiz/flightsim/flightsim.shtml I've had 3 hours at cranebank 1-767 1-777 1-747 , two times birthday/xmas prez
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