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737-800 Simulator

Post by sanins192 » 30 Nov 2009, 19:58

For my 18th Birthday my parents got me an hours experience flying a real life 737-800 simulator. Thought some of you guys might like to know how I got on.

Here is a picture of the simulator (BTW I didn't park it on the grass verge; it was like that when I got there :wink: ):
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The actual cockpit is an ex-Ryanair 737-200 fitted with a fully glass instruments from the -800. There was also a hangar round the back, and the pilot showed me various front ends of planes which had either crashed or been retired from service, to be made into simulators. There was an ex TNT 737 which had crash landed at East Midlands airport. If anyone wants the link it's here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ry48fSFPX4Y

The instructor was a Thomas Cook F/O flying 757s, based out of Gatwick and he was very good at getting me and the other guest familiarised with the cockpit layout. Of course a lot of it was familiar from the sim, but it doesn't beat pushing forward on a real quadrant, sitting in the captains seat.

The actual flight experience was based more for enthusiasts, and as such I didn't get to have a go on the FMC or any of the more complex systems, but it was good fun to fly in a real cockpit.

Here is a video of one of my earlier landings:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZjixoMCC ... r_embedded
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Re: 737-800 Simulator

Post by Dennis » 30 Nov 2009, 21:56

I am SOOOOO jealous right now, but glad. Welcome to the "legal" zone. :laugh: :smokin:

Seriously, how much did it cost? I may just do that for my 21st Bday (or skydive) :laugh:
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Post by RatherBFlyin » 30 Nov 2009, 21:57

Very nice! Those experiences are always great, and I highly recommend anyone who has the opportunity to get some time in a full mockup simulator to take full advantage of it.

It's a little disappointing that you didn't get to use the FMC, though. :( Were you able to log any of that time?

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Post by caps1237 » 30 Nov 2009, 22:04

Very very cool, something I've considered doing for a while now. Nice landing too!
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Post by sanins192 » 30 Nov 2009, 23:04

Cheers guys!
Dennis wrote:Seriously, how much did it cost?
I think it was around £100 for the hour (in reality it was a little over an hour), including a 30 minute briefing and 10 minute debriefing.
RatherBFlyin wrote:It's a little disappointing that you didn't get to use the FMC, though. :( Were you able to log any of that time?
I would have loved to have just been let loose in the cockpit, but the pacakge level I went on was more for enthusiasts, although they do offer more expensive, complete training for real pilots. I don't think I am able to log any of that flight time, however.
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Re: 737-800 Simulator

Post by NWADC9 » 01 Dec 2009, 01:15

Epic win!

I flew an EC135 sim a few years back. A guy at my church is the head honcho at Fidelity Flight Simulations, a company in Pittsburgh that makes full-motion sims, and invited me and some others from the church to try out the EC135 sim before it got shipped to STAT MedEvac (the guys who fly seriously injured folks to area hospitals). Awesome isn't enough to describe it, especially when a 14-year-old with no helicopter experience knocks the socks off the guys there who probably do!
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Post by flyingking12093 » 01 Dec 2009, 01:24

LUCKY! :laugh: I would love to do that. Oh and I got first Comment. I also subbed. :D did they happen to say if there was one in the U.S.? More specifically MSP? :D
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Post by seahawks7757 » 01 Dec 2009, 10:54

Noce part about working for Alaska is when you have friends who can get you in any time :)
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Re: 737-800 Simulator

Post by alma343 » 01 Dec 2009, 19:43

Cool I was in an full motion Simulator last Friday with an Pilot. Oh man that was one of the best experiences! NEarly 3 hours of Flying.

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Post by Dennis » 01 Dec 2009, 23:33

seahawks7757 wrote:Noce part about working for Alaska is when you have friends who can get you in any time :)
Or any other airline, for that matter!
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Re: 737-800 Simulator

Post by alma343 » 02 Dec 2009, 15:25

sanins192 wrote:Cheers guys!
Dennis wrote:Seriously, how much did it cost?
I think it was around £100 for the hour (in reality it was a little over an hour), including a 30 minute briefing and 10 minute debriefing.
RatherBFlyin wrote:It's a little disappointing that you didn't get to use the FMC, though. :( Were you able to log any of that time?
I would have loved to have just been let loose in the cockpit, but the pacakge level I went on was more for enthusiasts, although they do offer more expensive, complete training for real pilots. I don't think I am able to log any of that flight time, however.
Which Simulator was it?

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Re: 737-800 Simulator

Post by sanins192 » 02 Dec 2009, 16:36

alma343 wrote:
sanins192 wrote:Cheers guys!
Dennis wrote:Seriously, how much did it cost?
I think it was around £100 for the hour (in reality it was a little over an hour), including a 30 minute briefing and 10 minute debriefing.
RatherBFlyin wrote:It's a little disappointing that you didn't get to use the FMC, though. :( Were you able to log any of that time?
I would have loved to have just been let loose in the cockpit, but the pacakge level I went on was more for enthusiasts, although they do offer more expensive, complete training for real pilots. I don't think I am able to log any of that flight time, however.
Which Simulator was it?
The 737-800. The same company have a Cessna simulator as well, and they make a range of other simulators to be shipped off elsewhere.
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Re: 737-800 Simulator

Post by RSCB2B9596 » 02 Dec 2009, 16:46

It's a little disappointing that you didn't get to use the FMC, though. :( Were you able to log any of that time?[/quote]

I think and anyone correct me if I am wrong, you can't log any of that time since its a type rated aircraft at least that is what I have been told. The experience is awesome though.

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Re: 737-800 Simulator

Post by RatherBFlyin » 02 Dec 2009, 18:46

Some simulators you can actually log time in. For example, I have 36 hours of time logged in a 737NG simulator. Unfortunately, it doesn't count towards a type rating since it was not official type training, more of an introduction to complex systems in turbine aircraft. It depends on the governing agency (FAA in the US, EASA in Europe) to certify that the simulator is accurate enough for the users to be able to log time in it.

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Post by Northwestdc9 » 03 Dec 2009, 02:45

Very cool, I've always wanted to try that but alas have never been in the right place at the right time.
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Re: 737-800 Simulator

Post by alma343 » 03 Dec 2009, 18:33

RatherBFlyin wrote:It's a little disappointing that you didn't get to use the FMC, though. :( Were you able to log any of that time?
I would have loved to have just been let loose in the cockpit, but the pacakge level I went on was more for enthusiasts, although they do offer more expensive, complete training for real pilots. I don't think I am able to log any of that flight time, however.[/quote]
Which Simulator was it?[/quote]

The 737-800. The same company have a Cessna simulator as well, and they make a range of other simulators to be shipped off elsewhere.[/quote]
Sorry I mean where was it?

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Post by FJ flyer » 03 Dec 2009, 19:47

Awesome stuff Alex! I went on a fixed 737-800 simulator here in Christchurch about a year ago, great fun.
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Post by sanins192 » 03 Dec 2009, 20:12

alma343 wrote:Sorry I mean where was it?
Oh right. It was in a place called Horsham, South West of Gatwick.
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Post by a.trailblazer7 » 08 Dec 2009, 21:33

GREAT landing Alex...you did that smoother than pilots that fly everyday!! 8)
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Post by sanins192 » 08 Dec 2009, 22:21

Thanks! 8)
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