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19 MAY 2014
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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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