ShortList

15 August 2017 |

Could you – a normal person – land a plane in an emergency? We went to find out

It’s a staple of any disaster movie: the pilot of a giant passenger plane has been rendered incapacitated by a deadly gas, a terrorist, or, I don’t know, a slug that accidentally slid up his nose, and it’s up to a plucky have-a-go-hero to land it.

“Has anyone ever flown a plane before?” the panicked air stewardess screeches, a pair of tweezers rummaging around inside the unconscious captain’s nostril, desperately trying to remove the slug from his nasal cavity. “We’re going down!”

But wait. A shadow rises in the distance, a hand raises triumphantly aloft.

“I once completed the first two levels of Flight Simulator II on the Atari 260,” I shout, demonstrating how capable, but also how retro I am, “I’ll fly the plane! I’ll fucking fly it! There’s a reason they call me butter fingers!”

I regret revealing my nickname, but am rushed to the cockpit regardless, where I place a pair of blood-stained headphones over my ears, and am greeted by the calm, reassuring voice of an air-traffic controller.

“Are you ready?” he asks.

“I am,” I confidently reply, “ignore the fart sounds.”

Of course, this is all hypothetical: it could, but hopefully will not, happen. In fact, there is no record of this ever occurring on a large commercial flight – previous emergencies have involved qualified pilots luckily being on board as passengers, as well as cabin crew helping to co-pilot planes to successful landing, but an average Joe like you or me? Never.

Still, what if it did happen? What if, against all odds, you had to engage in a ‘talk down landing’? The pilot is OOO, and all you’ve got is a disembodied voice at the other end of the line, giving you step-by-step instructions on how to land. Would you be able to save the lives of all on board?

To find out if we could handle the pressure and win the fight against the slugs, we went to Flight Experience London, a professional flight simulator used to train pilots, to test our mettle.

Spoiler: We achieved something that not a single person has done since the simulator opened.

Firstly, what we were dealing with was an actual, literal cockpit ripped straight from a Boeing 737 and stuck in a dark room in Putney, surrounded by realistic 3D projection screens and loaded onto giant motion simulators. It feels mighty like being in a real cockpit, if I’m honest, and I’ve actually done a whole journey in the cockpit of a Boeing 747 – from Florida to London, if you’re asking, so I’m basically an expert.

For our specific ‘incident’, we were faced with an otherwise disposed (slug up the nose) pilot and therefore an empty cockpit, and nothing else. Just a load of really confusing buttons – like, a ridiculous amount, an amount so disheartening I was pretty much ready to give up there and then. Look:

PRESS ALL OF THEM IMMEDIATELY

I cannot imagine the stress you’d be under were you thousands of feet up in the air. Your arse would be spouting sweat like the bottom of a water slide.

Funnily enough, that exact same thing was happening in my current situation, seeing as a cockpit filled with three panicking chickens does not lend itself well to efficient ventilation. So yeah, big moist bums all around – not a good starting point for a calm mind and steady hand.

So, obviously, our first port-of-call was to immediately start pressing all the fucking buttons and yanking on the steering wheel (I do not think it is called a steering wheel) and giggling. This, it turned out, would come back later to bite us in our trio of arses.

After we got bored of flicking the plane’s numerous proverbial beans, we decided we should probably try and find some help, somewhere – there was zero chance of landing safely if we didn’t have a dad somewhere telling us what to do.

So we rang the first phone number we could find, and lo-and-behold, it got us straight through to good ole air traffic control. We had found our lifeline.

Our man on the ground was pretty helpful in the end – he possessed a warmly calm voice, and he took us through the steps (none of which I could possibly remember, were you to ask me now) in a collected manner. None of us panicked too much, considering the circumstances (no pilot, plane full of innocent people, drenched butts), and in actuality, you do have quite a lot of time to work out what you’re going to do.

In fact, from first “Oh shit the pilot’s got a slug in his head” to the moment we began our descent, I reckon it took about 20 minutes, which when you think about it, is a lot of time to get in the zone. Of course, being actually in the sky probably makes things a tad different, but whatever, it’s ages.

“We’ve run out of peanuts”

Anyway, after a bit of sensible button-pressing, we quite capably managed to line ourselves up with the runway, and were ready to save the flipping day, thank you: I’ll take autographs and kiss your wife by baggage reclaim.

At this point, it’s probably necessary to let you know that auto-pilot is an actual, proper thing that is really really helpful when flying a plane. It basically directs the plane to exactly where you need to go – you don’t even really need to use the steering wheel (I’m just going to call it a steering wheel from now on, @ me, pilots). So really, if you just do exactly what you’re told and let the experts tell you what switches to flip and dials to turn, you should be pretty safe.

So yeah, we’d pretty much saved everyone – we came down to the ground, right on target, nice and smoothly, a chorus of 60 thankful civilians singing our praises.

“Actually, that was quite easy, wasn’t it?” we all said, in unison, in song.

But hey, haha, the plane isn’t slowing down is it. The brakes aren’t working. Nor is the steering wheel. Why do we need the steering wheel? Because we are heading off the runway and towards the nearby Holiday Inn. Haha, we can’t stop. Everyone is screaming again. Uh oh, I will not be signing autographs in baggage reclaim. WE HAVE CRASHED INTO THE HOLIDAY INN.

Whoops, we killed everybody on board. The only people to have ever done this.

Turns out that it was because when I was ‘doing a joke’ and pressing all the buttons, I turned off the auto-pilot and so it didn’t stop us properly. So because I was ‘playing the fool’, I murdered a plane full of people, as well as a good number of Holiday Inn guests, and myself. I fucked it up, big time, because I was ‘vehemently adhering to my self-imposed stereotype of a stupid, idiotic clown-man’.

So really, I think the conclusion here, is: yes, you can land a plane in an emergency, as long as you don’t feel the constant and debilitating need to act up, even in life-or-death situations. If you can just go 20 fucking minutes without being an attention-seeking filibuster, then you might be OK. If you can think about people other than yourself and your tiring and desperate need to get a cheap laugh, then maybe you won’t horrendously murder hundreds of undeserving innocents.

Hint: This is not where a plane should be

Yeah, do it properly and you’ve got a good chance of being the epitome of an accidental hero. Congratulations, basically.

Thankfully, we were all able to attempt to land the plane again, this time with the help of a seasoned co-pilot, and I’m happy to announce – we all did it pretty much flawlessly. So really, you’re only really in the shit if both the pilot AND the co-pilot gets a slug up their nose, and also you are an infantile harlequin with a frantic need to be liked, 24/7. Any other scenario, and you should be OK.

Thankfully though, as I said before – this has never actually happened in real life, as far as we know, so the chances of it happening when you’re flying back from Magaluf, wretchedly hungover, and it all coming down to you, sunglasses on face, sick on vest, to pilot the plane, are very low.

But in case you feel you might need to pre-empt this potential scenario, and fancy having a go on the simulator yourself (which you should, it’s great fun) then head on over to the Flight Experience London site here and book your tickets.

P.S. The Clown School is just down the road. I will be there if you need me.

(Main image: iStock)

Post Originally published  yb Gary Orden on ShortList.

The National Student

10 August 2017 |

We flew a plane into Hong Kong old airport with a Boeing 737 simulator

If you live in East Putney, London, you have probably noticed this already, but on the main road right outside the tube station there is a glass building with a grey-blue sign inside saying “Flight Experience London”.

The National Student have been invited to have a chat with Nick Taylor and Paul Kendrick who opened the business in London, and to try the Flight Simulator ourselves.

The Business

“The business has two sides,” said Nick, former senior manager at Virgin Atlantic. “There is Flight Experience, that’s … a global brand. We hold the UK license to trade as Flight Experience. It’s the only business of this type that is credited globally by Boeing.

“The other side, totally of our own making, is the training side.”

When asked to elaborate, Nick said that the training they provide is not in terms of licensing, training people to become fully-fledged pilots.

“That’s a two and a half year process. However, what we identified long time ago was a gap in the market before people went into formal training.

“It might be someone who’s a little bit older – after university – on a cadetship working their own way through the whole system or it could be younger people, exploring career choices.”

According to the former pilots, choosing a possible career in aviation could be extremely hard.

“As currently stands there’s a huge demand for places,” said Paul, former pilot for different American companies. “It’s such a sought after job. The actual figures for L3 pilot training company, working with 10 airlines and based in Southampton for example, are of 27,000 applicants and only 1,154 places available.”

“With that number of applicants you need to stand out somehow. You could have some outstanding academic qualifications and a top degree, but that’d not be enough.

“They’re looking for people with practical experience, too. And the formal training costs around £120,000. If you’re lucky you get an airline cadetship and you don’t have to pay, but otherwise it’s quite though to raise that kind of money.”

“What makes Flight Experience stand out in the flight-simulator scene,” Nick said, “is the Boeing endorsement. It was a big part of the business for us.

“They had to make sure that we’re not trashing the product and they spent a lot of time with us. The simulator is actually a real aeroplane, the controls are those of a Boeing 737, and if you look at the floor of the simulator, even that is real.”

The Flight Experience

Upon stepping on the inside of the simulator, I could immediately perceive I was in a real aeroplane. It felt odd, being on the other side of that heavy door, but I sat on the pilot seat, and following Paul’s instructions – who was acting as my co-pilot – I pulled a lever that brought my seat in front of the control panel.

Paul carefully guided me through all the basics, he told me which levers to pull to start the engines and how to steer the plane when on the ground using the pedals instead of the yoke (steering wheel).

Our first simulated trip was to circulate around Heathrow airport and to land again. The take-off was not too hard, despite the impression that Paul helped more that he was willing to say out loud.

Once in the air, it took some time to get used to the steering. “You have to think as if you were under water”, Paul said. “Don’t release the yoke immediately after a turn, but gently bring it to the central position.”

The perception or left and right becomes funny where in the air, so I quickly learned I could trust my eyes only up to a point.

We flew in daylight conditions and nice weather, but I could imagine how hard that could be in a rainstorm at night. The altimeter and the other quadrants are sometimes your only eyes when in the air.

The landing was a bit rough. My speed was still too high and Paul had to slow down the aircraft to land properly. The runway was long and wide though, so I didn’t experience particular issues with that.

A whole different story was when we tried a landing in the old Kak Tak airport in Honk Kong.

Situated in between hills and with a very short runaway plunging into the water at the end, I think I must have been quite tense in attempting the manoeuvre, and it was only a simulation.

“When taking off and landing, the difficulty of the operations depends on many factors,”  Paul had told me. “Surely, the size of the runway  is one of the most important.”

“We can land in airports with five and a half miles runaway but you use the whole runaway and you need to get it right the first time. While for example, when taking off from Heathrow, which is 12 miles, we don’t even use half of it.”

I haven’t been to Honk Kong yet, but now I’m surely not planning on boarding any flight with destination Kak Tak (the new airport’s runway is much bigger, although the view is surely less breath-taking).

At the end, I managed not to virtually kill ourselves in the landing, but again, I think that was strongly thanks to my experienced co-pilot.

Paul still congratulated me for my efforts though, and seeing how realistic the experience was, I understood how they could be running there also courses to overcome fear of flying.

“We have a local psychotherapist and so we work in conjunction with her” Nick explained. People spend some time with her, then back in the simulator with us and so on. They can choose whether to fly or just seat in the back seat. In groups of singularly.”

It was a great experience meeting Nick and Paul, and to try the simulator. I don’t know if I’ll have a career in aviation, but surely next time I’ll step on plane I’ll have a better idea of what’s going on behind the closed door of the cockpit.

Post Originally published by Alessandro Mascellino on The National Student.

Head for Points

10 August 2017 |

I try ‘Flight Experience London’ in Putney and land a Boeing 737

The closest I’ve come to flying a plane was a computer game my brother had when we were kids. Though most of the time he wouldn’t let me fly the plane and I’m pretty sure whenever he did let me have a go I crashed …..

Anyway. I can now say I’ve safely landed a Boeing 737-800 in Hamburg and at the old Hong Kong airport at Kai Tak. Obviously I wasn’t actually in Hamburg and Hong Kong, but in the rather more prosaic surroundings of Putney, at Flight Experience London.

Flight Experience is a flight simulator business based in Australia, and this is the first franchise in the UK.  It is the only company to operate officially licensed Boeing 737 flight simulators.

I was offered the chance to have a free session – how could I refuse?

 

Putney is a 15 minute train ride from Waterloo.  Flight Experience is just around the corner from the mainline Putney Station.

 

The company has two parts to its business:

  • A Boeing 737-800 flight simulator
  • Groundschool London

The flight simulator is for everyone over the age of 14 who would like to experience a flight from the inside of the cockpit, taking charge of the plane.

Groundschool London is a training academy where future pilots can prepare for the complex application process.

Inside the Boeing 737-800 simulator

The best thing about the simulator is that the cockpit used to be in a functioning aircraft belonging to Alaska Airlines.  All of the switches, levers and buttons are exactly how you would find them in a real plane.

A 180 degree screen outside the windows shows the surrounding areas.

To be honest I got a little bit nervous when I saw the amount of switches and was worried that I’d crash – although as the simulator doesn’t move an accident would not have been that bad!  Luckily I had a co-pilot who explained everything and told me what to do.

I got to do two take offs and landings. The first airport I chose was Hamburg, one I have flown into as a passenger many times.  I took off, did a large circle and landed safely.

The second take off was from the new Hong Kong airport, landing at the old airport of Kai Tak (image below), famous for its white knuckle approach between the skyscrapers.

Conclusion

I am by no means an aircraft geek but this experience was genuinely amazing.  As I spend quite a lot of time in planes it was interesting to find out what’s happening in the cockpit whilst I’m drinking gin & tonic down the back!  If I can do it then you can do it too – absolutely no experience of real or video game cockpits required.

If you want to fly the Boeing 737, you can currently save a few pounds with their Summer offer:

  • Scenic Flight 30 minutes – £140 £109
  • City Circuits 45 minutes – £195 £159
  • City Flyer 60 minutes – £270 £199
  • Fly and Dine 60 minutes – £249
  • Ultimate 90 minutes – £360 £279
  • Multi City Flyer 60 minutes – £295
  • Multi Ultimate 90 minutes – £380

If you’re lucky you might also be able to grab one of the last discounted packages listed on Groupon.  We first mentioned these a couple of weeks ago and there was a big response.  There are only 30 minute weekend sessions still available at £52.  If the code hasn’t expired, you will save a further 15% if you are creating a new Groupon account by using code NEW15.

You can also book the venue, including time in the flight simulator for all guests, for corporate events.

Post Originally published by  Anika on Head for Points.

ICI Londres Magazine

7 August 2017 |

Simulateur de Vol : Devenez Pilote de Boeing !

C’est un cadeau assez proche de la perfection pour qui veut assouvir son fantasme de piloter un avion, le faire décoller, le mener à bon port et le faire atterrir sans encombres. Vous aurez même le choix dans la difficulté d’accès de l’aéroport en question mais pas de panique, vous serez guidé par un pilote professionnel (un vrai!), ce qui donnera à l’expérience un petit côté “conduite accompagnée” à la différence que l’on a pas tous les jours l’occasion de contrôler un Boeing 737.

Jouez et gagnez 30mn de vol en simulateur poru une personne, d’une valeur de £109

Tirage au sort le 20 septembre 

Flight Experience London,Tileman House, 129 Upper Richmond Road, London SW15 2TX Métro : Putney

Post Originally published on ICI Londres.

Love Exploring

4 August 2017 |

Want to fly a Boeing 737? Now you can

We took to the virtual skies in southwest London’s new Flight Experience simulator

Long gone are the days when the pilot might invite you onto the flight deck to marvel at the hundreds of switches, screens and buttons and enjoy the view from the nose of an aircraft.

Today, we passengers are kept in our respective cabins, left to wonder what it’s like up front. But now you don’t have to wonder much more. A new flight simulator has opened its doors to the public in southwest London so you can find out what it’s really like to fly one of the most common commercial planes in the skies.

Our editor, Lottie Gross, took to the runway to test it out.

What kind of simulator is it?

It’s a Boeing-approved training simulator that matches the 737 aircraft that many airlines use today. It’s a fixed base simulator, which means it doesn’t move on hydraulics to mimic turbulence or actual flight but is in a fixed position. Surprisingly, though, I only discovered this after my flight; I was pretty convinced throughout that I could feel the banking left and right, and the tilt during take off.

Flight simulator, London

So what’s it actually like to fly?

First impressions? It’s tiny. For some reason, I’d expected a fairly roomy area, but it turns out the cockpit isn’t much better than economy class. There’s just enough room in the sim for a pilot, co-pilot and a couple of guests at the back should you want to bring any.

The experience starts with a rundown of all the equipment, which can be as dizzying as the flight itself. There are three different types of steering to master (floor pedals for runway manoeuvres, a central “wheel” for flight control and a side wheel for hard turns when taxiing), plus the thrust, wing flaps and landing gear lever, never mind the hundreds of switches ahead of you, above you and even behind you. You’ll also be familiarised with the screens so you can use them during the flight.

Boeing 737 800 simulator

Fortunately, you don’t need to know or even remember it all, as the sim instructor will guide you through everything as it happens. You’ll have a new-found respect for pilots, though: they might have autopilot, but it’s still a hugely complicated job that requires precision and a serious aptitude for multitasking.

We took off from Heathrow’s second runway, climbed to 3,000 feet did a couple of turns and landed back where we began. It’s surprisingly real, despite the lack of movement, and I felt my stomach churn a little as we made a few turns.

On my second flight, we took off from Hong Kong’s international airport and landed at Kai Tak – not a long journey, but one that involves manoeuvring over skyscrapers at a right-hand turn to come into land on a runway that sticks out into the ocean. A hair-raising experience, even in a simulator.

Where can you fly to/from?

There are over 24,000 airports across the world programmed into the simulator, so you can take your pick. The Flight Experience team will call you before your flight to find out what you’d like to get from it so they can prepare the sim for your journey.

Flight simulator over LondonImage: Latn Black

Who can do it?

There’s an arbitrary age restriction of 15-years-old, but ultimately it’s about height: I’m just 5’2″ and struggled to reach all the pedals and levers, so the minimum recommended height is around 5″1′.

OK, I’m sold. Where do I go and how much does it cost?

There are a few different options, the cheapest of which sells from around £109 for a 30-minute flight, but the most popular session is £200 for a full hour – and don’t forget, your passengers fly free.

You’ll find the simulator on the Upper Richmond Road in Putney. Closest tube is East Putney and the closest railway station is Putney.

They also offer introductory training for wanna-be pilots and test preparation for qualified flyers.

Post Originally published by  on Love Exploring.

OK! Magazine

6 june 2017 |

Take flight

Originally published by OK! Magazine, 6 June 2017.

Run Jump Scrap

31 May 2017 |

Father’s Day Gift Guide

Are you panicking yet about what to buy your other half for Father’s Day? Hope I can help you a little!

I’ve never done a gift guide on the blog before, I’m moving into new territory this Father’s Day which is coming up on June 18th.

It’s hard to believe this will be his 4th Father’s Day. I usually never have a clue what to buy him. He’s a great Dad to our girls and they do adore him, so he definitely needs to be treated.

My hubby is pretty eclectic with what he likes but I did generally ask him if would like all the gifts on this guide, so he will be getting some fab pressies.

Check out the giveaway at the end as well; very worth entering!!

So here are my ideas for you.

1) An Adult Scooter from www.Skates.co.uk

Scooters are definitely not just for kids. Fathers everywhere will be able to join their kids scooting around to spend quality time together, get fit and just have fun. This Frenzy 205mm from www.Skates.co.uk is perfect. It can also be used to commute, as folds down easily. It is currently retailing at £99.95 and you can read my full review here.

2) Male Teething Jewellery from Boochew

Teething babies. Can you think of anything worse? Boochew have come up with the fabulous idea of teething necklaces for Dads.

“This, is for the Dad who has everything. For the Dad who is tired of chest hair pulling and beard pinching. For the Dad who likes to baby wear. For the Dad who wants to keep their baby entertained while having a cuppa. For the Dad who wants to help soothe his baby’s sore, teething gums. This, is a necklace for all Dads. Designed with the modern man in mind, the Flynn teething necklace is stylish and discreet. The cord features a sliding knot which allows the necklace to be extended when your Boo needs to chew or fiddle. Then just pull on the sliding knot to sit closer to the neckline. Designed to be worn by you, our necklaces are made from baby safe materials so that they can be happily chewed on by Boo.”

You can also get an exclusive discount of 20% by using the code runjumpscrap

3) A Candle by Annuk Aromatic

Relaxation is key with little ones and we are big fans of candles in our house. I do tend to get my way and get a flowery scent which is why these fabulous candles from Anuuk Aromatic have been designed with men in mind. The Finlandia candle burns a scent of summer nights, burning firewood with the feeling of nature. These candles come in a beautiful presentation box and would make a perfect gift. Each candle retails at £85, so not the cheapest gift but certainly luxurious and worth it for a treat.

4) A Personalised Peppa Pig Book from Penwizard

My hubby adored this gift from the brilliant Penwizard. Not only is it perfect for Peppa fans, you can personalise the characters to look like your children and best of all Daddy! The characters in the book even have your children’s names. There is also the option to write a personalised message in the front from your children to their Daddy. The book is entitled “Daddy’s Words of Wisdom” and retails at £14.99 for for large softback and £19.99 for a large hardback.

You can also get 20% off Daddy’s Words of Wisdom using the code RUNJUMP20

*see below for T and Cs.

5) A Morning Sidekick Journal from Habit Nest

Do you get fed up of your partner leaving his clothes all over the floor? Do you think he could benefit from a few healthy positive changes? If so this journal from Habit Nest may be right up his street! This morning journal helps you change your habits, whilst increasing gratitude and productivity. With guidance and motivation, it is really encouraging! Sounds like a miracle worker right? As you can see below you plan your mornings, overtime changing habits that don’t sit right with you, like waking and checking your phone immediately. This journals retail at $24.90 and is a really different gift.

6) Marvel Heat Holder Socks

You can’t have a gift guide without socks can you? Heat Holders have designed some awesome Marvel designs in preparation for Spiderman and The Incredible Hulk films released later in the year. These socks have a highly effective thermal design and will be perfect for the coming cooler months. These socks have actually been voted the warmest socks in the world! These socks retail at £5.99.

7) Star Wars Tee from M and M Direct

M and M Direct are just fabulous for their range of clothes and designer brands available and of course they have upped their game for Father’s Day. This awesome white Tee will definitely turn heads and bring some laughs with the classic, “I am your Father” quote from Darth Vadar. Retailing at £9.99, this brings a saving of £8; total bargain.

8) Handmade Dad Keychain From Mummy’s Bubble

Everyone loves a handmade gift and something personal too. Mummy’s Bubble sells a variety of products such as bibs and teething necklaces but also custom charms which can be used as keyrings. A “Dad” charm would be perfect and these can be customised to the colours that suit. Hubby loved this and is keen to use on his car keys. A real bargain at £4 each.

9) A Fidget Spinner from The Works

Men are total big kids sometimes eh? They love playing with the newest gadgets and why not treat them to a Fidget Spinner from The Works? The work by you pinching the centre between your fore finger and thumb and you spin them around with your other fingers. They fit neatly into your pocket and can provide hours of distraction; they provide a sensory experience and you can perform tricks. Best of all they are a bargain at £3 or £4.

10) A Storm Lantern with Seashore No 4

These nautical and fishing themed gifts from Seashore No 4 are so quirky and different. My husband was sold on the lantern immediately. The lantern has a battery operated flicker flame and would add some real character to your house. It retails at £19. There are a variety of other gifts worth looking at over on this site so check it out. I really didn’t know what to pick.

11) A Flight Experience from Flight Experience London

This is something really different for Father’s Day, a flight experience from Flight Experience London. Stepping into the simulator, Dad will become the Captain of a Boeing 737. There will be real pre-flight aircraft checks, a fully qualified instructor will take him through the take-off, climbing, crusing and landing! The software allows you to fly from 24,000 airports across the world. The experience uses high definition, panoramic visuals, with sounds and vibrations, like you are really flying. Packages start at £109 and even better you have the chance to ***WIN a 30 minute flight experience worth £140**

Please enter using Rafflecopter below [raffle entry located at original post] where you will find the full terms and conditions.

Happy Father’s Day guys!

Disclosure – we were provided with samples and or a giveaway in exchange for featuring on the gift guide. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

Penwizard Discount Code Terms and Conditions

Offer not valid in conjunction with any other offers or discount codes.
Available on our Softback or Hardback Daddy’s Words of Wisdom book.
Offer valid until midnight Thursday 13th June 2017
Post Originally published by Sarah Howe on Run Jump Scrap.

Raising the Rings

28 May 2017 |

Father’s Day Present Ideas

Ok you lovely lot, it’s not time to panic just yet but Father’s Day is approaching! It’s three weeks away so there’s plenty of time to get organised. I love doing gift guides, I really do! I love giving people ideas for Father’s Day and always hope that if I don’t have the right idea I can at least plant a seed of inspiration. You know your dad better than anyone so you’ll know what’s right for him, but if you don’t there I’ve rustled up a few ideas that encompass lots of different budgets which I’m sure will get you ahead of the game.

Flight Simulator Experience (Prices from £109)

Hey big spender! Really looking forward to treating your dad this Father’s Day, eh? Well let your dad take flight with an experience he’s not likely to forget. As he takes his steps through the cockpit door and nestles himself into his seat at the flight deck, your dad will become the Captain of a Boeing 737 aircraft simulator. Keeping it as real as possible he’ll carry out real pre-flight checks and talk to Air Traffic Control with a fully qualified instructor who will also talk him through all the controls. He’ll then experience the exciting take off sensations as well as climbing, cruising and landing the aircraft. I’ve got be honest, this is something I would love to do myself and I’m a ‘teeny’ bit jealous of any dad who gets to do this. Flight Experience London are offering special Father’s Day flight packages starting from just £109.

Personally I know I’d rather spend a bit more and get my dad something he really wants, rather than spending it on loads of little bits that’ll sit in the back of a drawer (you can guarantee that’ll happen!). But, if you don’t want to spend that much then read on for more ideas or enter this fab giveaway to win your dad a 30 minute flight experience worth £140. Terms and conditions are at the bottom of the post.

Post Originally published by Jade Wilson on Raising the Rings.

Plane Talking UK Podcast, Episode 163

Plane Talking Logo7 May 2017 |

Plane Talking UK Podcast, Episode 163

On episode 163 of the Plane Talking UK Podcast, Carlos, Matt, and Eoin speak with the owners of Flight Experience London, Nick Taylor and Paul Kendrick. More information on the episode can be found below. Listen to the episode at the podcast’s official website!

Plane Talking UK Podcast Episode 163
Released: May 7, 2017
Join Carlos, Matt, Eoin, Don Sebastian, Nick Taylor, Paul Kendrick and our very special guest Karlene Petitt for an epic episode of the show.

For more information, or to subscribe to the Plane Talking UK Podcast, visit their website.

TimeOut London

2 May 2017 |

Flight Experience London

My favourite illustrative factoid about the perpetual shitshow that is the London housing market is that it’s cheaper to live and commute into London from Madrid than it is parts of London. Well, when I’m inevitably priced out of my chosen pocket of the capital, I’ll have one up on everyone else relocating to Spain because I know how to fly a bloody plane. Well, sort of.

Flight Experience London offers the kicks of being airborne without the actual altitude, home as it is to the city’s most sophisticated flight simulator. Forget the joystick-controlled nonsense of your Amiga 500 – this faithfully remodelled cockpit is fully decked out in instruments, panels and switches from a real Boeing 737, all of which work, and all of which were, as recently as a year ago, attached to an actual aeroplane.

There are two different types of experience on offer – there’s hand flying, which is all about grappling with the controls for twisty, technical flights. The other is a sector flight – a faithful recreation of an actual passenger journey between any two airports in the world (there are 24,000 faithful recreations programmed into the simulator). The latter may be lacking a little adrenaline from the casual enthusiast’s perspective, but it’s a pure planegasm for hardcore aviation nuts, as you’re left in charge of everything from programming the autopilot to flicking on the seatbelt signs.

Coolest of all is that the sim reflects the precise weather conditions and air traffic happening above your head in real time – so check the weather forecast before you book, as there won’t be much to look at out the window if you fly on a cloudy day. Which is of course not something I’ll have to worry about when zipping into Time Out HQ from my Spanish villa.

Post Originally published by David Clack on TimeOut London