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Chilling, thrilling, stressful: Learn to fly a Boeing 737 in Bangkok

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Bangkok's new flight simulator lets wannabe pilots feel what it's like to take off and land one of the world's most popular passenger aircraft (www.cnngo.com) Más...

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unclebigpete
Peter Douglas 2
I hate to be pessimistic, but wouldn't it be a tad too easy for terrorists to learn enough to do another 911-type hijacking? I think that with a few cheap sessions, I could fly enough to keep the plane aimed at where I wanted to go, and I bet the screening of the wannabe's is effectively non-existant.
andytyler
Andy Tyler 1
yeah you're being pessimistic since pretty much such skills can be learned at any flight training center in the world. But that's why we have reinforced cockpit doors...
WALLACE24
WALLACE24 1
And in a lot of cases armed pilots. Passengers are the first line of defense once the doors are closed.
WALLACE24
WALLACE24 1
Also, remember the pilots have the controls and can make it impossible to move around the cabin.
Derg
Roland Dent 1
my first thought Andy YES
unclebigpete
Peter Douglas 1
What I meant here was that the fee for the session in the simulator is a lot less than the commitment to do a course at a flying school, and a very cheap way to get realistic experience.
eagle763
John Hale 2
sounds like fun to me
Beeskip
Beeskip 1
I meant "if"...sorry about that!
Derg
Roland Dent 1
Don't worry if you are an airbus fan. There is a super video on youtube on how to steal an A320 "Airbus A320 - From Cold and Dark to Ready for Taxiing"
Beeskip
Beeskip 1
Pete is you'll remember, the scumbags from 9/11 used Microsoft Flight Simulator as a learning aid.
unclebigpete
Peter Douglas 1
I seem to remember that the terrorists went to flight schools, and one comment from an instructor was that they 'only wanted to know how to fly straight and level'
FedExCargoPilot
I've been in one of these in Australia, they said that they do simulations with current pilots with Qantas and Virgin, however, I could not log any hours or instructional time, it wasn't a designated simulator. To be honest, the flight decks are a little more fancy than a Cessna, but the way I remember the principle is about the same as a small airplane. Takeoff was easy, staying level required you to be on top of the trim and have a feel of the plane, approach was the hardest, that's the main difference, you can easily get behind the airplane, it was hard to slow the plane down for the approach, not sure if that's true in real life. Landing itself with practice, you can get it if you re good at video games. This was VFR of course. You learn the basics at a flight school and with a GPS.

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andytyler
Andy Tyler 1
yeah then all terrorists would have to do would get into an ATC center and press that button instead of going thru the trouble of airport security and breaking thru a reinforced cockpit door
Derg
Roland Dent 1
I would not want the public Neanderthal paws on my hardware. Let em book a lesson on a C152 like we all did. This is like one of those Japanese love dolls..ersatz.

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