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Pilot For A Day!

3 May 2011 One Comment

A320 simulator at SG Flight Simulations

Becoming a pilot is the childhood dream of many – as was also the case for yours truly. Up to the end of my schooling years, this Travcult crew member still harbor the fantasy of soaring high above the clouds. It was always exciting to fantasize taking part in aerial combat maneuvers like they did in ‘Top Gun’, or (this one is my favorite) imagine that one is the pilot of an amphibian aircraft, flying between far flung, exotic islands. Sadly for this writer, who eventually settled for a very different career path, this dream remains just a dream.

So, imagine the joy on my face when I went for a 45-minute session at the SG Flight Simulations. For once in my life, my imagination is not the only thing that is doing all the hard work; an advanced flight simulator, complete with the best visual and audio systems one can ask for, helped to create a flying experience that is almost as good as the real thing.

Billboard for SG Flight Simulations

Billboard for SG Flight Simulations

Located at Orchard Central, the store is no more than a 5 minutes walk from the Somerset MRT station. Once there, head to level four. The store is visible from the building’s main escalators. While it didn’t seem like there were many patrons for the day, it could be because the store had just recently opened. To be safe, call them prior to going and book a time slot.

SG Flight Simulations outlet

The store

By this time, if you are wondering “but wait, I have no idea whatsoever about airliners, much less about flying them”, fret not. SG Flight Simulations provides an ‘on-the-job’ training with one of their experienced staff, who will play the role of co-pilot. Ironically in our case, the captain has no clue at all about flying while the co-pilot is the one who is a certified pilot (according to the gentleman, he flies smaller planes on a regular basis). The tutorial provided was very thorough, and our co-pilot very patiently explained the basics of aircraft controls, take-off and landing procedures. He also had to help correct the course when the aircraft veered dangerously close to the ground during one of our unfortunate landing approaches.

waiting area

Appropriately decorated waiting area

please check your boarding pass before flying

Please check your boarding pass before flying

The simulator experience itself was highly realistic, with almost every hum of machinery and details of the surrounding environment beautifully recreated in a small cabin that is made to resemble the aircraft’s cockpit. The video screen, extending from the leftmost cockpit window to the rightmost, created a seamless visual gateway to the artificial world. Buildings and cars on the road were visible when the aircraft was close to the ground. Although this simulator didn’t move, it was easy to ‘feel’ the banks and turns of the aircraft as one tinkered with the aircraft’s controls.

Lesson from your friendly instructor

A lesson from your friendly instructor

At the time of writing, a short 30 minute flight package at the SG Flight Simulations is priced at SGD 69.50, while the longest package of 90 minutes costs SGD 195. DVD recording of your flight experience is available at SGD 20. Aviation enthusiasts might be interested to know that Singapore is also home to another flight simulator, Flight Experience, which features a Boeing 737 NG simulator.

Travel Info

SG Flight Simulations
181 Orchard Road
#04-31/32 Orchard Central
Singapore 238896

Tel: 6634 2797
Website: www.sgflightsimulation.com.sg


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