flight simulators

How I Got Over My Fear Of Flying With A Pilot Simulator

I’ve never been a great flyer. It’s not that I’m scared of flying per sé. I just get a bit up-chuckish with turbulence and whatnot. At least, that was until a few months ago when I got stranded in China for 33 hours following a freak storm over Hong Kong airport. Now my fear of throwing up has evolved into a fully-formed anxiety response when boarding flights. Last week I found a cure for that anxiety, however, and it’s one that everyone can get in on.


12 Mechanical Flight Sims From Aerospace's Analogue Era

And you thought testing the F-117 was a feat? In the days before building a full-scale 737 mock-up in your garage was possible, flight schools and even NASA relied on mechanical simulators to train pilots. Our friends at Oobject have collected 12 of the most advanced simulators of the day.


Of Course Santa Has To Train Like A Top Gun Pilot

By some estimates, Santa has to travel 3,000 times faster than the speed of sound to deliver billions of gifts in one night. So it’s not surprising that even he needs to log some time in a sleigh simulator.


Santa Tries Australia's Crazy Robot Arm Flight Sim

It’s almost Christmas, so Melbourne’s Deakin University invited Santa in for some last-minute flight training on their Universal Motion Simulator (UMS). If this video doesn’t make you smile a tiny bit, then you might just be a Grinch.


Australia's Deakin University Builds One Mean Flight Simulator

Your typical fake cockpit simulator has limited manoeuvrability, but this high-speed robot arm can move in multiple axis at the same time, accurately recreating the feeling of flying including the extreme g-forces that come with it.


You Can Fly The Concorde Under London's Tower Bridge

I wish that someone actually did this in real life, back when the Concorde connected London and New York in just 3.5 hours: Taking off from Heathrow 28L runway and turn to the Thames to get under the Tower Bridge.


This Morning, I Landed A 737-800 In Hong Kong

“Welcome aboard, Captain,” my co-pilot Julian said to me this morning as I stepped into the cockpit of a Boeing 737-800, the world’s most popular commercial aircraft. Despite a complete lack of training and experience, I strapped myself in, adjusted my harness and confidently got ready to take control. At least I knew I couldn’t crash…


MatCatz, Saitek Fly In Meaty New Flight Sim Controllers

Saitek and Mad Catz seem determined to literally recreate the flying experience with their line of flight simulator accessories, and who am I to argue? All that’s missing from this latest crop is the armoured flight deck door.


Acadalus Self-Levelling Tripod Head

Four years in the making, the Acadalus tripod head uses motors and an inclinometer to relieve you of fiddling and make sure your shots are absolutely, positively straight. Of course, that perspectival perfection comes at a price: $US5000.


Saitek X65F 'stick Requires Only The Subtlest Of Touches

Much like the multi-million dollar jet systems that inspired it, the Saitek Pro Flight X65F joystick/throttle system for PCs doesn’t move at all. That’s right, not an inch, and yet the controls were compared to mind control. [ars technica]