MD-80 Simulator

Tue Jan 09, 2001 10:15 pm

I'm going to fly a Swissair MD-80 simulator next sunday and i would like to know one or two things  Maybe you could give me specific answers to the "swissair simulator".
Do they still have the old instrumenatation or replaced them them with displays?
Do you feel like your flying the flightsim4.0 when ur in the MD-80 sim (like in the 737-200 sim) or is there a remarkable difference?
If you ever flew a full-flight simulator, what were ur impressions?
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RE: MD-80 Simulator

Wed Jan 10, 2001 12:36 am

Sorry that I dont have your answer but I do have a question ?
Are you a pilot ? If not how can you fly the simulator ? Or do you pay them for it ?


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RE: MD-80 Simulator

Wed Jan 10, 2001 1:56 am

I had a chance to fly the CRJ simulator last summer. There is absolutely no comparison to FS! This was a Level D sim, and you really get a feeling for three dimentional flight. The takeoff thrust was incredible, and the landings were unbelievably realistic, complete with neck snapping jolts.

The visuals are fantastic for nightime at least, and I was quite surprised with the feedback and the stiffness of the control column. Since then, FS just hasn't been as enjoyable.

Enjoy the MD-80 sim, you'll remember it for the rest of your life.

RE: MD-80 Simulator

Wed Jan 10, 2001 2:03 am

Sorry, I don't know how Swissair's sims are set up but no doubt they will be set up the same as what is out on the line. Have been in the B737, DC-10, and A320 sims of another airline. They are 'just as found' in the real A/C - extremely realistic to what is be flown by the company, whether it be an EFIS or traditional style flight deck. These things make even the best desk top flightsim seem like a child's toy - but that is what you get for a couple of million dollars. Have a great time - make the most of it and try to study a picture of the flight deck beforehand so that you have an idea where and what the various functions are.

RE: MD-80 Simulator

Wed Jan 10, 2001 6:08 am

You can fly ever Simulator Swissair has, from MD80-MD11 , from a320-a340(coming soon). No im not a pilot but i want to become 1, since as long as i can think.
lol, np, i already know the flightdeck of MD-80 and its functions...btw there is a 1h - 1.5h breefing befor the 1h flight.....thx, ill enjoy it!!
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RE: MD-80 Simulator

Wed Jan 10, 2001 6:55 am

Last autums when I visited Switzerland a Swiss friend of mine had just celebrated a round birthday. His local friends had, as a birthday present, given him such a Swissair sim session.
That guy kept talking about that experience all week long!!! I am sure that you have something great to look forward to. Just when I was sure that we had heard it all, then noch eine Stange (one more beer), and he kept on talking for one more hour.
You must be careful during the instruction session and listen carefully. There is just too much to pick up, my friend said. 3-4 hours with a pause in the middle would be better than those one and a half hours - I think that he said two hours.
His background was many years with radio controlled model aircrafts and not much FS. Training on PC FS will make the instrument panel look somewhat familiar, but hardly no more.
During the one hour "flight" session my friend made three landings. For the first two landings he crashed, but third time he actually did land the plane in one piece on the runway and came to a stop before the end of the runway.
Happy landing, Preben Norholm
Always keep your number of landings equal to your number of take-offs
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RE: MD-80 Simulator

Thu Jan 11, 2001 3:34 pm

I flew 3 hours in the 767 simulator. And before i was like yah this is gonna be a easy as riding a bike. WRONG!! its nothing like flightsim. The feel of the plane and just everything going on at once. Have a lot more respect for pilots! Then a year later I flew the DC-10 sim and came out sweating. Even more harder!
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RE: MD-80 Simulator

Thu Jan 11, 2001 9:39 pm

A few months ago I could fly the Swissair MD 11 simulator. It was very impressiv. You can not compare it to any computer sim. In the real simulator it is like flying in a real aircraft. I think in the MD 80 simulator they have the same cockpit as the Crossair MD 80 have. All simulators have the same cockpits as the aircrafts have of the respective airline.

RE: MD-80 Simulator

Fri Jan 12, 2001 12:54 am

Acctually i wanted to fly the MD-11 sim, but hell they've cut down their selection to the MD-80 and**. Well, as a fan of the of the MD aircrafts i took the MD-80.

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