Well it's OBE with MidnightMike's offer of $99 for 30 minutes in Long Beach...
ATOP, Inc is offering a 2-day 737 intro course for $435 at Continental's Flight training facility. It's not affillated with Continental, the company just uses Continental's facilities.
You get 10 hours ground training in 737 systems and 2 hours in a 737 sim - 1/2hr PF 1/2hr PNF and 1 hr observer, and you'll log 1 hour flight time, two instrument approaches and 2 landings. For an additional fee you can get a high altitude endorsement in your logbook.
Course prerequisites are 15 hours of flight time and a student pilot's license and a rudimentary understanding of how to shoot an ILS approach.
I got a chance to fly the F-18 simulator at MCAS El Toro before the base closed. The visuals were a two-story 360 degree projection around the cockpit. The cockpit is suspended between the first and second story of the bldg but it's not a full motion cockpit. I was standing on the catwalk leading out to the cockpit, and the pilot in the cockpit banked. Although the catwalk didn't move, I watched in horror/fascination/awe as I saw the whole world "bank." My eyes were telling me I was cranked over into a turn, my ears were telling me I wasn't moving. The end result, I ended up falling over because I wasn't holding on to anything.
I didn't know anything about flying then, so just overcame any aerodynamic difficulties with just pure power. You could connect the bank of simulators together, so several pilots could dogfight each other or fly formation, do coordinated attack tactics, etc.
Later, I had the chance to fly the Navy's F-14 simulator at NAS
Oceana. The simulator set up was very similar to the F-18 one, a two story 360 degree projection. By now I actually knew a little bit about flying, thought not much more than before, and had a chance to do a carrier landing, and managed to catch the one-wire on my first attempt in perfect weather. So that was pretty cool. I'd have to say I really like the auto-trim in the F-14. You put the nose where you want it, and the aircraft auto-trims it all out so that you stay there.
Can't wait to try an airliner sim though.
[Edited 2003-07-21 07:24:43]
Bonus animus sit, ab experientia. Quod salvatum fuerit de malis usu venit judicium.