As a teenager, Sharon Giblett dreamed of joining the airforce and becoming a jet fighter pilot. Sadly, the occupation was considered unsuitable for women at the time, and Sharon, not interested in any other military role, pushed aside her dream to focus on a different career.
In October, that dream sprung to life once again when Sharon joined 11 other focus friends and colleagues for a VIP event hosted at Tauranga’s only dedicated virtual reality (VR) flying encounter – The Aviator Experience.
In between refreshments, we got the chance to find out just what piloting a plane feels like – while strapped into the cockpit of a flight simulator – and understand why customers, including many women, are returning again and again to take the controls and soar to the skies.
AERIAL BATTLES FOUGHT IN TAURANGA AIRPORT FLIGHT SIMULATOR
Article by The New Zealand Herald...
The closest thing to flying a real combat aircraft is thrilling hundreds of budding fighter aces in a hangar at Tauranga Airport.
Three years of work by Craig Saunders has gone into the unique flight simulator that use the latest in strap-on virtual reality technology.
The twin-seat setup, held in a transportable container, was the brainchild of Mr Saunders who designed the professionally-built seats and controls to lend a totally convincing edge to flying everything from a World War II Spitfire to the latest jet fighter.