Ever wondered if you have what it takes to fly a plane? Becoming a pilot requires passion and dedication. Initial training involves up to 250 hours of flight time, with a further 750 to 1250 hours required to gain work at a regional airline. With this in mind, it’s no wonder that it can seem a daunting career path to pursue, never mind how out of reach it may seem to your average member of the public.
Everyone Has to Start Somewhere
Whilst training to be a pilot of course involves going out on real-flights, the primary method for early teaching lies in flight simulation. Pilots have trained using flight simulators since their inception in 1929. The very first flight simulator, the “Link Trainer”, became a crucial piece of equipment in World War II to train the air force. By the 1950s, commercial airlines followed suit and began to train their pilots on newer models, which could simulate not only the control settings, but also visuals, sound and movement. These days, simulators provide pilots with a safe environment in which to learn how to handle adverse conditions and aircraft failures, which they of course hope never to encounter in real life. Now, with increased accessibility to flight simulators, it is possible for members of the public and aspiring-pilots to try out a flight simulator experience for themselves.
Flying a plane can often seem like a distant dream, but a simulator can provide a unique opportunity to really experience what it’s like to fly, with no prior skill necessary. It allows a fascinating insight into the life of a pilot, and grants access to the expert knowledge needed to fly. Commercial simulators are serious business and are used in real life both to train pilots and to assess them throughout their careers. They move on hydraulic struts, which truly mimic what the pilot would feel inside the cockpit. The benefit of taking part in a flight simulator session just-for-fun is not only that there’s nothing at stake, but also that you can choose your own settings – the weather, the time of day, the airport you take off from are all in your hands. You will also be able to choose your aircraft, from a spitfire to a military jet. A dedicated co-pilot will be assigned to guide you through the controls and techniques, whilst you are able to take the reins and even press that big red button without any real consequences!
How to Get Started
These types of unique experiences are widely available from experience day and gift providers across the UK. They provide a great opportunity to see if you or your loved ones really have what it takes to fly a plane. You never know, it may even be the push you need to try it out in real life. So why not give it a go and see if the high life is for you!