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.
LAUREN TAKES A TURN ON THE AVIATOR'S FLIGHT SIMULATORS
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.