speedbrds
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Flight Simulators For The Public

Wed Sep 19, 2007 4:01 am

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.
 
D950
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RE: Flight Simulators For The Public

Wed Sep 19, 2007 4:08 am

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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RL757PVD
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RE: Flight Simulators For The Public

Wed Sep 19, 2007 4:11 am

Most Dave & Busters have a cool commercial airplane simulator
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danimarroquin
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RE: Flight Simulators For The Public

Wed Sep 19, 2007 4:16 am

any body knows about any simulators at florida ?
 
JKJ777
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RE: Flight Simulators For The Public

Wed Sep 19, 2007 5:35 am

Kind of surprising that this is still allowed after 9/11. I am sure there is a thorough background check......right?
 
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RE: Flight Simulators For The Public

Wed Sep 19, 2007 5:41 am

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.

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AF340
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RE: Flight Simulators For The Public

Wed Sep 19, 2007 5:47 am

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

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777jaah
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RE: Flight Simulators For The Public

Wed Sep 19, 2007 6:13 am

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.


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777jaah
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RE: Flight Simulators For The Public

Wed Sep 19, 2007 6:15 am

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.


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richm
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RE: Flight Simulators For The Public

Wed Sep 19, 2007 6:16 am

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]
 
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RE: Flight Simulators For The Public

Wed Sep 19, 2007 6:49 am

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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RE: Flight Simulators For The Public

Wed Sep 19, 2007 9:47 am

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?
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RE: Flight Simulators For The Public

Wed Sep 19, 2007 12:09 pm

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
 
helvknight
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RE: Flight Simulators For The Public

Tue Sep 25, 2007 9:31 pm

You can also book time on LH's sims through their duty free catalogue, I think only with M&M miles.
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InbarD
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RE: Flight Simulators For The Public

Wed Sep 26, 2007 1:09 am

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...
 
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RE: Flight Simulators For The Public

Wed Sep 26, 2007 12:45 pm

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!
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RE: Flight Simulators For The Public

Wed Sep 26, 2007 9:04 pm

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

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UncleBuck
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RE: Flight Simulators For The Public

Fri Sep 28, 2007 6:23 am

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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