I got a turn after him. Just a simple task, take off, enter the
approach, and "follow the needles" back to the runway. I managed
to get it down on the grass parallel to the runway. I also looked
like I had taken a shower.
The wild part is that (a) it feels REAL and (b) they added
weather while I was flying.
I want one of these at home.
A 64-year-old French pensioner was recently peer pressured into flying in a fighter jet to celebrate his retirement. The man was so nervous he reached out during the flight and accidentally ejected himself mid-flight, a report from IFL Science reveals. ...
> they added weather while I was flying
This I don't understand, like they spray water on you when you're in the cockpit or how was this implemented?
But there is no "visual" in the first place in the "Link Trainer".
You mean that the gauges start showing false/modified values than what they really should? Or that the outside instructor fuddles with the instructions they give you?
The gauges on that particular one have been removed; on others, they may have been replaced, or the radioactive paint stripped off, or the dose deemed low enough to not be worth worrying about.
I had the opportunity to spend a couple of hours in a full-motion T-38 trainer while in the Air Force (a roommate was there TDY making some repairs and needed a hand testing them). The motion makes you feel like you're really in a plane. I made three approaches - the most "successful" of them had me run off the runway into the grass and slide sideways to a stop (landing a jet is no joke). While the Link Trainer is obviously primitive compared to the one I was in, the sensations are just as real, as is the stress of trying your hardest not to crash.
While I will give the Navy grief over nearly everything :) I have the utmost respect for carrier pilots.
Btw, sweating when it's cold somehow feels much worse.
Didn't realize how lucky I was to have such experiences until much later in life.
I did the 737 course when it was at United and it was some of the best fun/interest per dollar and hour.
http://www.atopjets.com/ (no affiliation other than long-ago satisfied customer)
> The ATOP offers any FAA certificated U.S. pilot with an interest in the airlines...
I can also recommend that, but it’s admittedly not something to just do on a whim some weekend sometime… :)
Here is a video of a similar ride in Georgia. Is it still there?
Atlas Obscura talks about several of these type rides over the years in amusement parks: https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/classic-carnival-rides...
So much so, that I would feel comfortable if in a pinch, attempting landing a handful of the planes I have been flying in FS. Full disclosure, I also do have around 4 hours logged with an instructor as well so it's not like I have zero real-life flight experience.
The one that the Youtuber was looking at had all the gauges removed because they had radium paint; honestly, without the gauges it's really only a good demonstrator of how it's completely futile to try to fly a plane without visual cues or instruments due to somatogyral and somatogravic illusions of the vestibular system.
I could only find this , but I'm not sure how to find information about radium paint.
While I have you here - what do you think of Clickspring? Do you have any cool escapement pictures?
> The factory manufactured glow-in-the-dark watch dials that used radium to make them luminous.
> The women would dip their brushes into radium, lick the tip of the brushes to give them a precise point, and paint the numbers onto the dial. That direct contact and exposure led to many women dying from radium poisoning.
When I was taking flying lessons, for one session the instructor had me wear a visor so I could only see the instrument panel for a while, and then try holding a course. I believe it's mostly just to demonstrate that you shouldn't try it until you're trained for it.