Well that’s 2019 over and done with! It has been a steady year at the simulator, not our busiest but that fine, unlike some operators this is as much a hobby as a source of income. We have always been more about sharing the airline experience with the public than trying to make a profit from people curiosity.
We have met lots of new people who have left the building with big smiles on their faces and some questions answered, and that is where we differ from most of the simulators in the area. You are sitting next to a pilot and mostly someone who makes their living flying. We can show you what really happens on the flight deck of an airliner not what someone thinks happens.
We have also helped a few pilots get their first jobs as well as some very experienced pilots get new jobs after Thomas Cook went out of business. Happy landings to all of you!
We are looking forward to welcoming those of you who were lucky enough to get a flight experience voucher for Christmas and sharing the joy that you will no doubt feel when you take control of our Boeing 737 NG airliner simulator!
We have just been told that the essential maintenance work that was due to be carried out during two weekends in May has been changed to the last two weekends in May.
This work includes there being no electricity to the building at all during the following dates: 19th – 21st May and also 26th – 29th May.
Unfortunately this is going to affect our program. We haven’t been able to contact all of our bookings to let them know of the interruptions so if you are booked in on these dates please call us to reschedule.
We are very sorry for this disappointing news but unfortunately this is entirely beyond our control.
Its been a busy week at the simulator; late nights and long days as we have been catching up on planned and some unplanned maintenance!
When it comes to software to run simulators there are several options as there is with the hardware. Dual linked fully adjustable rudders and linked control columns are what sets the Jetsimulator apart from most of the others out there however with complex controls comes complex maintenance requirements so we had planned on some downtime to get this done before the real work of providing realistic airliner flight deck experiences begins.
We are testing several new options for software too which involves hours of hacking away at keyboards, calibrating flight controls and comparing figures to those for the real aircraft. You can be sure though when you come to visit your aircraft will be signed off and ready to go!
With Christmas just around the corner why not treat the aviation enthusiast in your life to a gift that will be unique? We can send you one of our special gift vouchers with a personalised message from you along with the Jetsimulator ID card as a memento of an unforgettable experience.
Or perhaps go for membership of our Captains club, which will entitle the holder to 50% discount for the next year! This discount wont be around after Christmas so hurry!
We had a call from a good friend of ours the other day who is a captain for a UK airline with a strange request: could we do a skype video call from the simulator to a class of school children? We like a challenge and its always good to be able to help a friend out so last Tuesday at 20,000 in the hold over DSA airport we made contact with the school. The pupils and teachers were asking questions like “how long have you been flying” and “how do I become a pilot”.
I thought I had it hard as I struggled to hold the phone and keep the Captain in view whilst descending the simulator then outbound from the hold for an ILS (all sitting ‘side saddle’ I might add!) but then the questions started to get harder, for example “how do radio waves travel through the air” Hopefully the pupils couldnt see the camera shaking as I tried not to laugh as the Captain racked his brains to remember radio theory!
Anyway all went well and after a smooth landing we all said our goodbyes and hung up. I have to say it is one of the most worthwhile flights we have done so far, maybe we have inspired one or two pupils to give it a go!
Thanks for those of you who have taken the time to review your experience either on TripAdvisor or Facebook it certainly looks like we are doing something right.
So if you are unsure where to go to experience what its like to fly an airliner check out our reviews on TripAdvisor.
Things have really taken off (pun intended!) which means we aren’t always in the operations office where the land line is. We forward the phone (if we don’t forget!) to a mobile however if we are in the sim it may go to the answerphone.
If your call isn’t urgent the best way is to email us and we will get back to you usually within an hour, if you leave us a phone number we will call you back if you prefer.
We have been promised that the new gift vouchers will be with us on Tuesday so if you are looking for the perfect gift for fathers day then get in touch!
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