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Fighter aircraft simulators

TLM Lyon – 08/10/2014

In France…

20 Minutes – 06/10/2014 : « The instructor patiently 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. A too abrupt move and it’s a guaranteed crash. And it’s bound to happen. Needless to say that I didn’t even spot where the button to eject me 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. “Attention Madmoiselle, it would be necessary to straighten the wings”, the instructor glides to 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. It takes a few minutes to get used to it 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. »

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 Bordeaux. 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.

In Lyon… – 04/10/2014 : Flying a fighter jet is now within everyone’s reach. At least in a simulator… The Fighters Academy has just opened its doors at the Pôle Pixel in Villeurbanne. For the first time in Europe, this simulator offers to take the controls of an F-16, a fighter plane used by the U.S. Army. The company is offering to board 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 aircraft launched at more than 800 km/hour.

Helicopter simulators

AviaSim anti-stress courses (23/01/2017) : I tested AviaSim’s training course against fear of flying.

« Getting into a simulator that resembles a cockpit in every respect helps demystify what happens at the front of an aircraft. At times, I even surprised myself to think that it wasn’t that complicated to fly an airplane. To be an actor of a takeoff and landing phase, allowed me to have an explanation behind every noise we usually hear. Like the sound of a flap retracting because the plane has reached a sufficient altitude to reduce its speed.

It goes on…

“I really came out of that internship 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 since it is not so expensive […] at AviaSim. »

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Simulateurs avion de ligne

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

It France…

Le Progrès (October 11, 2012) : « The strong point of the concept is obviously the pedagogy. Twenty minutes of briefing during which the instructor explains the operation 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 remembered. […] The environment is ultra-realistic. Very positive point: the absence of a jack which avoids the heartache and thus makes it possible to take full advantage of the experience.»

Métronews (October 26, 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, 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. »

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

In the Southeast…

20Minutes Nice (November 06, 2014) : « On the program of our night, a tour on 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 to try to “keep the plate”, the TCAS starts. “Another plane appears in front of us”, informs Andreas. The device avoids the drama by inviting us to gain altitude. The flight continues over a Mediterranean illuminated by the moon. Peaceful… until a new alert. The right engine is on fire! The check-list is displayed. We cut the turbine, switch on the fire extinguishers and immediately head back to the tarmac. »

Dans le sud-ouest…

Sud Ouest (October 14, 2014) : « A 180 degree screen scrolls the landscape. All the lights and controllers are real. The AviaSim company opened two days ago its premises 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 (October 14, 2014) : « Sensations guaranteed. The weather is not nice, the weather is very cloudy … difficult to see anything. The airport is not very far. On the picture, we can finally see it more clearly. The plane is nosing down. The pilot intervenes. The simulator moves. The runway 10 is very close. The wheels touch the ground. The anxiety of missing the maneuver is gone. Mission accomplished. »

In Lyon…

Lyon Plus (September 21, 2012) : « AviaSim offers you a totally new experience. Take the controls 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. »

More articles and reports on TF1, FR3, Le Petit Paumé, Actu2Geek, Le Journal des Entreprises, LyonCityCrunch, ActionCo,, Info-Economique

Lyon City Crunch (October 15, 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 handle 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 are flying one of the most powerful aircraft in the world) and challenging (it takes a lot of concentration and good fingers to land your plane successfully). »

Le Petit Paumé (Octobre 19, 2012) : « First sensations? “My God, what are all these buttons? There are a thousand of them! ». Don’t worry, the co-pilot is there to explain everything to us. The immersion is already total while we haven’t even started to take off yet. Hop, here we go for take-off… I gently pull the stick, I straighten up, I stabilize myself and I 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, it will be necessary to change its flight plans! I continue my crossing slowly when suddenly an engine failure arrives… Again, it will be necessary to play tight! I stabilize myself and finally leave 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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