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Fighter Jet Simulators

TLM Lyon – 08/10/2014

20 Minutes – 06/10/2014 : «

Patiently the instructor explains to me which buttons to push and how to push the stick of the plane, which is actually much more sensitive than a speed knob. One too sudden blow and it’s a guaranteed crash. And it’s bound to happen. Needless to say, I didn’t even know where the eject button was! Here we go again for a second try. This time the instructor takes the controls before letting me fly again. Opposite, a 180° screen representing the sky. A very realistic environment. “Careful, miss, you’ll have to straighten the wings,” the instructor tells me. »

MétroNews – 03/10/2014 : «Sitting in an F-16 cockpit and facing a 180-degree screen, thrill-seekers find themselves immersed at 800 km/h in an environment screaming with realism. The handling requires a few minutes of adaptation and the instructor’s advice is not too much. Then, it’s up to you to be concentrated enough to avoid crashes and enjoy the loops, rolls and battles in the sky. » – 04/10/2014 :

Flying a fighter plane is now within everyone’s reach. At least in a simulator… The Fighters Academy has just opened its doors at the Pôle Pixel de Villeurbanne. For the first time in Europe, this simulator offers to take the controls of an F-16, a fighter plane used by the American army. The company offers to embark in a replica of an F-16 cockpit facing a 180-degree screen. No knowledge or special physical condition is required, all you need is to be over 14 years old to pilot this plane launched at over 800 km/h.
A session lasts half an hour and costs 59€.

Le Progrès – 04/10/2014 : Taking control of an F16 is now possible… without leaving the cows’ floor. The Fighters Academy has just inaugurated two simulators in its premises in the city of Villeurbanne. A first in Europe! Top Gun enthusiasts start by donning a pilot suit before climbing into the cockpit. It is an exact replica of American fighter planes.

Helicopter Simulator

AviaSim Fear Of Flying Courses (23/01/2017) :

I tested the AviaSim Fear of Flying course

“Getting into a simulator that looks exactly like a cockpit helps demystify what’s going on at the front of an aircraft. At times, I’ve even found myself thinking that it’s not that complicated to fly an airplane. Being an actor in a take-off and landing phase, allowed me to have an explanation behind every sound we usually hear. Like the sound of a flap retracting because the plane has reached a sufficient altitude to reduce its speed. I really came out of this course convinced that it had had a beneficial effect. A therapy that I continued by writing this article that led me to deepen my knowledge. For the first time in a long time, I felt like saying: “Where are we going next vacation? ». Phobic friends, I therefore really recommend this experience to you. Especially as it is not so expensive: count 349€ at AviaSim. »

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Nice Matin (07 avril 2015) : I have tested for you the AviaSim aeronautical anti-stress courses.

Commercial Jet simulator

France 3 Normandie (23/06/2017) : Fly an airliner… without leaving land!

Ouest France (08/06/2017) : With this simulator, you’re the pilot!

Mirabelle TV (24/11/2016) : Take the controls of an airliner in Metz!

20Minutes Nice (06 novembre 2014) : « On the program for our night, a tour of the Baie des Anges. Nice airport is one of the 24,000 destinations registered in the system. Above the Prom’, we recognize the Negresco and the cape of Nice, on the images displayed all around us by video-projectors. After a few minutes of trying to “keep the trim”, the TCAS switches on. “Another plane is coming in front of us”, Andreas informs Andreas. The device avoids the drama by inviting us to gain altitude. The flight continues over a moonlit Mediterranean Sea. Peaceful… until a new alert. The right engine is on fire! The checklist is displayed. We cut the turbine, switch on the fire extinguishers and immediately set course for the tarmac. »

Les Echos (14 novembre 2014) : « Notice the people boarding an aircraft, one out of every two looks inside the cockpit. “It is this passionate or curious audience, but also passengers with real apprehension that the company wants to reach. »

Sud Ouest (14 octobre 2014) : « A 180-degree screen scrolls through the landscape. All the lights and controllers are real. The AviaSim company opened two days ago its offices in Bordeaux. This simulator is aimed at various audiences. Of course the private individuals who want to offer themselves the sensations of a flight. Companies within the framework of training courses for their employees. To people who are afraid of flying and learn how to control their stress next to a real qualified pilot on the aircraft. »

20Minutes Bordeaux (14 octobre 2014) : « Sensations guaranteed. The weather is not good, it’s very cloudy… hard to see anything. The airport isn’t far now. In the picture, you can finally see it more clearly. The airplane’s nose is down. The pilot intervenes. The simulator’s moving. Runway 10 is very close. The wheels are touching down. The anxiety of missing the manoeuvre is gone. Mission accomplished. »

Lyon Plus (21 Septembre 2012) : «AviaSim offers you a totally new experience. Take control of an aircraft, an exact replica of a European airliner. To do so, a briefing will allow you to discover the cockpit. Then, alongside an instructor, you will take the controls of the simulator. With your right hand on the throttles and the other on the controls, you will take off. »

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Le Progrès (11 Octobre 2012) : « The strong point of the concept is obviously the pedagogy. Twenty minutes of briefing during which the instructor explains the functioning of the instrument panel (absolutely identical to that of a European aircraft) and chooses the flight that will be made. Forty airports are systematically proposed, but the 24,000 airports that can accommodate an airliner are memorised. …] The environment is ultra-realistic. Very positive point: the absence of a jack that avoids heartache and therefore allows you to take full advantage of the experience. »

Métronews (26 Octobre 2012) : « The reality of the airport images and the scenery are so realistic that I feel like I’m there. Stress included. Once in flight, like a real pilot, I can admire land and sea. […] In short, this aircraft, which is also intended for professionals, offers a unique sensation and allows all those curious about aviation to discover the other side of the scenery. …] Even children can enjoy it, from the age of 12. »

Lyon City Crunch (15 Octobre 2012) : « The entire cockpit has been reconstructed to offer maximum realism. A nice instructor (a real one, qualified, with diplomas and everything) teaches you how to operate the imposing craft. You can choose a large number of airports as well as the duration of the flight. The experience is really pleasant (feeling like you’re flying one of the most powerful planes in the world) and challenging (it takes a lot of concentration and skill to land your plane successfully). »

Le Petit Paumé (19 Octobre 2012) : « First sensations? “My God, what’s with all the buttons? There’s a thousand of them! ». Don’t worry, the co-pilot is here to explain everything. The immersion is already total, even though we haven’t yet started to take off. Hop, here we go for take-off… I gently pull the stick out, straighten up, stabilise and listen carefully to my instructor’s advice. The feeling of flight is guaranteed, it’s like flying in the sky in a real plane but with the passengers less (it’s not worse considering my level). Suddenly, the storm appears on the horizon. Panic on board, you’ll have to change your flight plans! I slowly continue my crossing when suddenly an engine failure happens… Once again, we’ll have to play it tight! I stabilise and finally set off for Hong Kong for a landing on one of the most technical runways. As you can see, flight simulation is now possible and it’s unique in Lyon! Don’t hesitate any longer! »

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