Microsoft's Flight Simulator X was an awesome game nine years ago, but it has enjoyed continued success from a dedicated fanbase — the kind of people with multi-monitor, multi-TV rigs with dedicated rooms. Now FSX has its very own specialised, backlit, custom-made keyboard.
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With four vertically-mounted 55-inch LCD displays completely filling your field-of-view, it's immediately obvious that this flight simulator from VRX isn't going to come cheap. But with a price tag of $US75,000 you might actually be better off just putting all that money towards getting your actual pilot's licence.
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.
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.
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.
"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...