Perfect for true aviation fanatics, this is the chance to pilot a virtual Boeing 737 from the safety of the ground. After an extensive briefing, enter the flight deck and get to grips with high tech software normally only used to train actual pilots. Guided by the support and instruction of a fully trained pilot, this intensive session will leave you familiar with the intricacies of taking off and landing the virtual aircraft. You're also welcome to bring along a couple of friends to sit in the passenger cabin and witness your newly acquired skills.
Seven days a week (excluding Christmas and New Year), subject to availability.
Minimum age 10 and no other restrictions.
After a 30 minute briefing, spend 90 minutes in the simulator at the controls. Please arrive a few minutes prior to your booked flight time to register.
This is a solo flying experience but you are free to take turns at the controls with a friend if you bring someone along.
Invite up to two guests into the cabin with you.
No special clothing is required, so just dress comfortably as you would for driving.
Mobile phones must be turned off before entering the facility.
This simulator not only launched me as a professional airline pilot for 90 minutes, but also telescoped the 90 minutes down to 5.
I was delighted with the gift of a Red Letter voucher and, having always been keen on flying, had no hesitation in converting it into a simulator experience. The reality was stunning and I found it difficult to believe that the cockpit was not rolled around by hydraulics. The sensation of climbing, banking, descending, etc was totally convincing. The only giveaway was that there was no bouncing and rumbling from the undercarriage on landing - and I knew it wasn't due to my perfect landing skills!
I flew out of and into two airports - Manchester and Liverpool - in a variety of weather conditions. I marvelled at instructor Kevin's calmness in the face of some fairly critical flightpath deviations. It required considerable effort to remind myself that this was a simulator, and we weren't really airborne.
All too soon the session came to an end - it seemed more like a 5 minute slot than an hour and a half. Many thanks to Red Letter, Virtual Flight and Kevin for a first rate mid-winter experience.
Excellent instructor with a very good manner which helps steady any nerves. Would recommend this experience to others
This simulator experience was brilliant fun! The instructor was very informative & had a wealth of experience with airports, airlines and gave a really good briefing session beforehand. We had 90 mins in the 737 simulator. Great fun, and very realistic! The venue itself is a little tired looking and being refurbished, however the experience was brilliant and would recommend it to anyone.The venue is quite rural, so plan plenty of time to get there!
Well organised instructor very knowledgeable
Received this present at the beginning of the year and have been excited ever since....the experience did not disappoint. Virtual Flight Centre are a very professional, informative, yet relaxing operation. I was made to feel welcome and spoke to in a very friendly manner. I would highly recommend this experience. Only negative point was that 90 minutes was not enough time I wanted to stay and fly all day...shame I will have to return again on another day. Many thanks to all at Virtual Flight
One of the best experiences I have ever done. Great fun and the landings were a real adrenaline rush as the ground leaps up at you. Surprising as your sitting in a simulator! Put this on your bucket list. Run by very nice people too
My Instructor Kevin was very friendly, I had an amazing time, did not want it to end. Would thoroughly recommend and it was well worth the money.
Many thanks to the Virtual Flight Centre who made us feel welcome and provided great instruction. Having never tried piloting a plane in any form, this was a good test of coordination & sometimes a lack of! A range of scenarios were presented including take offs & landings, day & night and various airports including landing at the old Hong Kong, Kai Tak Airport. A enjoyable experience and very much recommended.
Had a brilliant day piloting a 737 ( in a simulator that is ) not a real one. But it's the next best thing to it. Good instructor, friendly & very helpfull. Can't wait to try out the other simulators coming soon. Just a brilliant experience.
I purchased this experience for my husband's birthday, he thoroughly enjoy it and is likely to book again ! The instructor was excellent and explained everything very clearly and calmly ( you would feel in very safe hands if this was a real flight) Both my husband and I were very impressed with how the whole day was put together and we would definitely recommend this experience to anybody interested in flying.
After some simple flight maneuvers, had a chance to land at different airports throughout the world. Instructor was helpful and the instructions clear. I was able to share some of the flight time with my friend. Important Note: You will need the "How to Find Us" sheet which you will be sent (link) when booking. Car sat nav alone will not find the location.
Such a thrill to experience flying a real Boeing 737, or at least manipulating the controls. Excellent service from chief pilot Kevin. Anyone who has a fascination with commercial airliners will adore this experience!
Will do this again, great experience
A wonderful experience for anyone interested in flying! Our instructor was very professional and made the whole 90 mins really interesting Only problem was time went very quickly so I would definitely recommend the 90 min slot and we will be back for another go as soon as we can...!!!
Great day out, the instructor was very professional on the briefing and in the cockpit. Now we all have an insight into the work done by the pilots when it comes to landing those big birds. Will be doing it again. Thanks Red Letter Days and Virtual Flight.
Great fun, and educational too. My host (Kevin - a retired 737 & 757 captain) proved to be an excellent instructor. Whilst the company has in mind the basis of what each 90 minute session will involve, participants are asked at the start what background/ level of prior experience they have. It seems that the details are then tailored so as to provide a flying experience that is suitable for that participant, as the session fitted me perfectly. Don't be put off by fears of having too little or too much prior knowledge - the instructor will adapt to provide just the right level of challenge. As for realism, the flight deck is taken from a real aircraft, so all controls are authentic. Visuals use multiple projectors and are much more realistic than a home computer screen. Whilst this simulator is a fixed base unit (i.e. it does not swivel on hydraulic stilts), this is suitably reflected in the price. Highly recommended.
I'd never been in an aeroplane cockpit before and there were a bewildering array of controls, and a quite different way of handling to what I was used to. But the instructor was patiemt, clear and helpful and it was great fun. Was certainly excellent value and something I'd do again.
From the initial briefing, to the end of the day it was a great experience. Even the coffee was good. It truly gives an insight to the operations of multiengine aircraft and the descent into Hong Kong's Kai Tak airport was terrifying. The satisfaction when you make it safely leaves you with a huge grin on your face. It left me with the question am I too old to retrain.
Great briefing. Totally realistic. Great fun
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