Can I dogfight my friends?

Sure can.  The simulators can be connected so you are all in the same airspace. Dogfighting is more difficult than it looks though.  To get the most out of your dogfight session we strongly suggest you get some flying practice with air to air combat training from one of our instructors during a prior session.

You need to request a dogfight with friends’ session when you book so we can have everything set up and ready to go when you arrive.

Is the motion sim violent?

The motion sim has been set up to optimise what your senses need to equate with what you see.  This means it doesn’t match exactly what the aircraft does, it just moves enough to trick your brain without making you feel uncomfortable.

If you crash however, this can be violent as you’d expect!  We try not to let this happen though by ejecting you or using the panic button.

Will I get motion sickness?

If you get travel sickness on a winding car trip, you may feel queasy on the static sims if you throw your aircraft around excessively for a prolonged period.  This is because your eyes tell your brain you are moving but your inner ear disagrees.

The F-18 Motion sim movement solves this though, so you shouldn’t have a problem in this sim.

How long should I fly for on my first time?

Time flies when you are on the sim’s having fun, so 30 minutes will pass quickly.  We recommend an hour to allow time to get used to flying and try out different manoeuvres or planes.  If you book for 30 minutes though and decide you want more time we can extend if there is space available. 

I’ve never flown a plane before. How will I know what to do?

Our instructors are experts at flying all the aircraft in the simulators.  They will guide you every step of the way with simple instructions that are easy to follow.  They can also remotely help with some of the controls if need be.

What if I can’t land the plane, or I don’t want to even try?

Military aircraft have an ejection seat just for these occasions! It’s quite fun to be ejected and parachute to the ground.  You can even go for a walk after you’ve landed using the control stick to direct your avatar.

If you’d like to experience crashing your plane though, you are welcome to take this option on the static sims.

How much is a group session or event?

This all depends on what you want to do, for how long and with how many people.  You are best to call or email us with your details and we’ll work out the best option for you.

Do I have to book?

Yes. Bookings are essential to get the time that you want and to ensure that we have everything set up and ready to go for your flight.  We are open from 10am to 5pm Tuesday to Friday and 10am to 4pm on the weekends.  We do take booking for times outside these hours though, just give us a call.

How safe is the motion sim?

The motion sim is ‘pre-flight’ checked every morning to ensure all parts are secure.  The software driving the motion platform also senses any problems and will not start if there is an issue.

You are firmly strapped in although the motion is not enough to tip you out.  There is also a panic button for both the pilot and instructor that immediately shuts the machine down.

I wear glasses, will I need them for this?

If you use glasses for reading you might need them.  We try the headset on you without them first then add your glasses if need be. Regardless of what you wear glasses for, bring them along just in case.

Can disabled persons use the simulators?

Yes and no…

We love to share our simulators with people of all abilities.  However, they are designed to look and feel like the real thing, so they can be tricky to get in and out of just like a proper aircraft. The equipment is also very expensive and relatively delicate, so the user needs to have good control of their movements to avoid damage.

We do have the ability to remote control individual instruments if the person can get in but not use all the controls.

VR Headset sharing is available for disabled customers who are unable to get into the cockpit. In this case the person accompanying them sits in the cockpit and flies using a screen, and the disabled person wears the VR Headset to experience the flight.  This is only available on the Static Sims.

Please let us know at the time of booking if a disabled person will be flying.

Are there any age restrictions?

We restrict use to persons 14 years or older, there is no upper age limit.  Our oldest customer so far was 93 years old!  Elderly persons do need to be physically able to climb in and out of the cockpits though.

Are there any weight limits?

To ensure that our equipment and customers are kept safe, there is a weight limit of 100kg.  The F-18 cockpit is a tight fit just like the real thing, but the static sims are a little roomier for those who aren’t built like a fighter pilot.

What software do you use?

We use the best military aviation software available on the planet – DCS.  We then build our own special missions using this software to give you the most exciting flight experience possible.

Can my friends just watch without having a flight?

Yes. We have large screens set up so your friends can see what you see. Simulator flying is fun for spectators too.

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