19 MAY 2014


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Article from BTNews 19 MAY 2014

AND FINALLY: A simulating tale

British Airways has powered up its newest flight simulator, taking the number used by the airline to train its pilots to 18 – the highest ever.  It was not always thus.

Your Editor was reminded of the first airline simulator he ever flew, a 1960s VC10 with a fixed cockpit and a TV camera which moved up and down a model of the runway. 

So sophisticated are the latest machines that trainee pilots need never have actually flown the aircraft before sitting in the right hand seat on a commercial flight.  Not so of course with BA.  You have to put the time in on the real plane.

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