15 JULY 2013
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Emirates now has introduced an interactive aviation experience at the North Greenwich O2 terminus of the Air Line cable car (see BTN 17 June). Mayor Boris Johnson opened the attraction, supported by the Dubai-based carrier’s President Tim Clark. Never short of words Mr Johnson said: “The Emirates Aviation Experience is a veritable Aladdin’s cave of technological wizardry and gizmos that will give people of all ages a real insight into the wonders of flying”.
Available for anyone to fly is an Airbus A380 simulator and also a Boeing 777.
There are interactive and educational displays, including a Rolls-Royce Trent 800 jet engine partially built in Lego and a virtual wind tunnel application, allowing guests to play around with the aerodynamics of an aircraft wing. A touchscreen game explains the complex elements of the turnaround process of an A380, where guests must beat the clock unloading and reloading passengers, luggage, fuel and food. A 3D cinema shows a bag’s journey through the complex underground handling system at Dubai airport and onto the plane. On display is a setup of the very comfortable A380 Economy seating with aviation-themed videos on the seat back screens. The experience is just £3 for adults and £1.50 children. Simulator prices start at £45 for a pre-booked 30-minute session. www.emirates.com
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