A number of months in the past, I used to be very kindly invited by TFT Aero to come back all the way down to their simulator and expertise flying, as a pilot! I’ve been cabin crew for nearly 9 years now, so I’m pretty conversant in the cockpit, nevertheless I’ve by no means really tried flying the aircraft myself.
As you’ll be able to think about, I used to be tremendous excited to strive flying… and let me inform you, it’s not as simple because it appears! TFT Aero have a Boeing 737 Sim, so while it’s a distinct plane to the 777’s we’ve at Emirates, the cockpit is analogous. Don’t ask me for any technical particulars although as I’m positively no knowledgeable!
I used to be invited to carry a pal, so I took alongside my pal Sally to expertise the Sim. She beloved it simply as a lot as I did!
As soon as we arrived on the simulator in JBR, the pilots welcomed us and confirmed us to the Sim, which they’d constructed fully themselves. Extraordinarily spectacular!
I used to be first to strive flying, and I had the selection of lots of of airports to decide on the place to take off from, so in fact I needed to decide my house airport, London Stansted! I used to be sat within the captain’s seat on the left, hoping that by some means I’d know what to do!
Fortunately every thing was defined to us very nicely, and I felt assured I’d have the ability to take off. With some assist from my first officer, we had a profitable take-off!
We flew by some relatively turbulent climate, attempting to keep away from the clouds, and it truthfully felt similar to being on the aircraft!
As soon as I managed to efficiently land (fortunately everybody had their seatbelts on tightly… haha!) I solely had a slight detour from the runway and slid onto the grass on the edge a bit; seems steering the aircraft isn’t simple both!
After I completed flying, we swapped seats and Sally took over. She flew by the Austrian mountains, which was wonderful. The simulator has all types of various airports programmed in and it actually felt like we had been flying over the luscious inexperienced countryside.
She was additionally significantly better than me, and managed to land with none sliding off the runway!
We completely beloved attempting out the sim, nevertheless I don’t assume I’ll be making the swap from cabin crew to pilot any time quickly! For those who’re inquisitive about checking it out, take a look at TFT Aero’s web site right here to see the completely different choices on supply. Thanks a lot to Alex and the staff, we completely beloved attempting out the Sim!