I don’t have a category on this blog for flying planes and I’m pretty sure I don’t need one, so this post will just have to go under travel.
Having a friend as a pilot has certain benefits and the experience I had this weekend taking control of a British Airways Boeing 747 simulator at Heathrow is certainly one of them.
I managed 5 landing attempts, 3 into Hong Kong and 2 into San Francisco, as well as a take off from Heathrow. Not sure they were the softest of landings, but I think everyone on board was safe.
Iit’s incredibly realistic and a lot of fun. There’s an overwhelming amount of controls on the dashboard (or whatever it’s called in airplane parlance) which, in the days of touch screen devices, looks extremely antiquated, but then it’s a pretty old plane I guess.