5 ideas for your Flight Simulator Experience

So, you have been given a Flight Simulator experience with us as a gift. One of the most common questions we hear in this situation, is what can I do with it? 

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1 – Take to the skies – and explore

Our Simulator can visit over 24000 different airports around the world (we can’t promise we can get back out of all of them!) So if there is somewhere that you have always wanted a go, your experience can be an ideal opportunity. From turning tightly over the bustling streets of Hong Kong on the way into the old Kai Tak airport, to exploring the stunning fjords around Tromsø in Norway, or admiring the expanse of the Indian ocean on the way into Velana International Airport in the Maldives, we have you covered. 

2 – Landing and Taking off – How hard can it be? 

One of the oldest and most essential rules in aviation is that your number of takeoffs should always be equal to your number landings! Unless of course, you like to throw yourself out of perfectly serviceable aircraft for fun, but that’s slightly outside the realm of our experiences. Our Simulator provides the ideal environment to get to grips with getting up off terraferma and back down again. As you become more proficient, we can start to add environmental variations, such as wind and rain, to keep you on your toes. Our Simulator also keeps track of our landing performance and will produce a report to take away at the end of the session. 

 

3 – Emergencies – How do you cope under pressure? 

Aviation is the safest mode of transport in the world. One of the key reasons for that, is that flight crews are prepared for when the untoward happens. So how would you cope under pressure? We can inject any number of failures or problems into a flight in our Simulator, and then coach you through how to handle them from Engine failures to Fuel leaks. You can see first hand during your experience how the redundancy and automation on the aircraft works and just what the flight crews goes through to bring you home safely. 

4 – Flying on Instruments – Landing when the weather closes in

Being based in the UK means that less than ideal weather conditions for flying are the norm. The aviation sector has innovated over the last 100 years to develop methods of getting us down safely back on the runway in visibilities down to 75m. The Simulator provides us with a unique ability to change the weather conditions rapidly to let you experience landing a 62 ton Boeing 737 home in those challenging conditions. 

 

5 – The Gate to Gate experience – Time to be a captain for the day? 

Why not go one step further, and take your experience from gate to gate on a full sector? One of our most popular routes in Bristol to Edinburgh, starting with the aircraft powered off at the gate, and with one of our experienced instructors in the first officer’s seat to guide you through, you can take the skies with 180 passengers. Culminating with a landing at your destination. The adventure draws to a close with one last challenge, as you park the aircraft at a gate. Unfortunately, not all sessions are long enough to accommodate this, as we recommend at a minimum 90 minutes for this type of experience, however, you can contact us to upgrade your voucher to make the most of your time! 

Are you ready to make the leap into the world of aviation?

It’s easy to purchase a Flight Experience today, by visiting our product page!

 

737NG Fixed base Sim approaching Mauritius at sunset

737NG Fixed base Sim approaching Mauritius at sunset

 


 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Statement

Update – 20MAR20 – 2000

Due to the changes in government advice and instruction today, we have made the difficult decision to close temporarily from today (20MAR20) until further notice. While we have been taking every step possible to ensure the safety of our customers and staff, we cannot escape the fact that the flight deck of a 737 is not a spacious place. Therefore we feel this is the only course of action available to us at the moment. 

For the avoidance of all doubt, this is not due to any of our customers or staff displaying symptoms of COVID-19, but following government guidance and limiting any spread of the illness must take precedence. 

As ever, our customers are our priority, and therefore we will extend the expiry date of all vouchers by 6 months (Groupon customers will receive notification of this from Groupon in the coming days).  

We will still be available to contact via Social Media, Phone and Email as usual over the coming weeks.  

Please sign up to our newsletter, because as soon as we can reopen, we will send out a special edition to let you know. To keep up-to-date with the latest news, you can follow our Facebook or Instagram

Kind Regards, 

Hamish, Duncan & the Team. 


Update – 19MAR20 – 2100

We have spoken to Groupon today with regards to the voucher expiry situation that some of our customers are facing. Any customers who have brought a voucher from Groupon to use with us, and it is still valid as of today, will be given an extra 6 months to use the voucher.

Groupon should be communicating this to you in the coming days.


16MAR20 – 1800

We continue to monitor the government advice surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. At this time, we remain open and are running sessions/taking bookings. To reduce the risk to yourselves and the rest of our customer base, we are taking extra precautions. These include extensive cleaning of our simulator between customers and at the start and end of every day. To facilitate this, please do not arrive more than 5 minutes early for your session, as the team will be undertaking these tasks. We would also be grateful if you could attend your session on your own or with a maximum of one guest.

However, further precautions are prudent:

  • If you are feeling unwell, have a cough or fever, have had recent contact with someone who has.

or

  • If you fall into a high-risk category as per government Coronavirus guidelines

Please let us know ASAP, and do not attend your booking with us. We will be happy to rebook you at a convenient time, once the risk levels have dropped.

In addition, if you have any concerns, or would you would rather delay your session, please let us know ASAP, and we will be happy to rebook you at a convenient time, once the risk levels have dropped.

If any of the above applies to you, or your voucher is approaching its expiry date. Then please let us know in your email/phone call, and we will work with you to resolve the issue free of charge.

We will update our bookings either by Email or Phone if the situation changes at our end. Information will also be posted here, and on our social media channels as required. As ever, if you have any questions, or want to talk to us about the situation, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Sunset over Eastern Europe

An Exciting start to 2020 in the Simulator

It has been a busy and exciting start to the year here at Velocity Flight Training with our 737-800 Flight Simulator. We have seen many new, and some familiar faces with our Flight Experience Sessions and virtual Type Rating courses.

Also, we have been working with multiple commercial crews to prepare them for interviews and help them achieve their airline dream. We have also welcomed two new additions to our Instructor team, Chris, who you will hear from later in this post, and Mark, who has is a highly experienced First Officer.

We have also been planning with Fly2Help for the upcoming Air Smiles day, which has been funded by our charity efforts over the last few years.

A lovely scenic approach into Kelowna, BC

Instructor’s Corner – Chris

Hi All, my name is Chris, and I am one of the new instructors here at Velocity. I have recently graduated from CAE Oxford with a frozen Airline Transport Pilots Licence and hoping to put my commercial licence to use in the right-hand seat of an airliner soon.  

Back in June 2018, I embarked on an integrated ATPL course in the pursuit of becoming a commercial pilot. While there are various options for training, including modular, I felt that CAE offered a comprehensive training package alongside strong links with airlines which ultimately sealed the deal for me. That being said, it was more expensive than some other options and carried no guarantees of an airline placement at the end.

The course was tough, and although people are keen to tell you how hard it is, nothing really prepares you for ground school. It is widely likened to 14 GCSE’s in 6 months, and I would firmly agree. However, a basic knowledge of maths and physics, coupled with hard work and hours of revision is enough to get you through.

The Flying Phase

Next up was 7 months in Phoenix, Arizona flying the Piper Archer (PA28-181) and finally the Piper Seminole (PA44). This was undoubtedly one of the best parts of the training, especially being let loose in a plane by yourself for the first time, flying into Las Vegas and flying alone at night being personal highlights.

Chris exploring Las Vegas during his ATPL

After the CPL test, it was back to Oxford for three months to complete the Instrument Rating in the Piper Seneca (PA34). The fleet at CAE were all equipped with the Garmin 1000 which was beneficial, being able to fly with a glass cockpit from day one with continuity between all the planes. The IR presented lots of challenges, studying and cancellations due to bad weather (yes, even in the IR phase!). Breaking out from the clouds at 400ft to land was something special.

Finally, after the IR, I spent three weeks in Gatwick for the last part of my training, the MCC/JOC. This part of the training incorporated elements of becoming familiar flying a jet and working as part of a crew. For me, this was the best part of the training, flying the B737-300 full-motion simulator and finally being in a commercial environment. 

Now, while on the hunt for an airline job, I have the pleasure of working with Duncan and the B737-800 at Velocity. Having flown variants of the same sim, I am impressed with the quality of the Simulator, the visuals and the value for money, whether it be for crew training or a gift experience. I thoroughly enjoy the variation of instructing, the limitless destinations and the chance to meet new enthusiasts each day.

Captains (10h) and First Officer (5h) Simulator Packages

We offer two larger blocks of time in our Simulator, the 5-hour First Officers package and the 10-hour Captains package. These are ideally suited for those that want to experience what a “Day in the Life” of a 737-800 Pilot feels like. These sessions can either be taken as a block of time or separated down into multiple sessions as you wish. One of the things that we use these sessions for the most is flying full sectors, with complete procedures, real weather and sometimes even air traffic control (VATSIM, Pilot Edge, etc.). These sessions are ideal for a PPL Holder,  Flight Simulator enthusiast, or someone with a keen interest in aviation who wants to start to learn how the 737-800 is used in the commercial world.

Weather Radar on Approach to Tallinn

Weather Radar on Approach to Tallinn

FlyBe Offer

We were incredibly saddened to hear about the collapse of FlyBe, one that hits rather close to home and affects our team here at Velocity. Therefore, any FlyBe crew who have upcoming interviews, please get in touch for a specially discounted rate on our 737-800 Simulator.

In Memoriam

Angus MacKellar

Velocity Flight Training is sad to announce that founder and instructor, Angus MacKellar sadly passed away on the 18th of December. Angus was instrumental in the formation of Velocity Flight Training and performed many sessions with customers, receiving glowing feedback every time.
Angus will be sorely missed by all at Velocity Flight Training.
737-800 Sim Turning left at Dusk

Our 737-800 Sim Turning left at Dusk.


 

Christmas Gift Vouchers, WorldFlight 2019 & more

 

737-800 Fixed Base Simulator over the Great Pyramids in Egypt

Our 737-800 Fixed Base Simulator approaching the Great Pyramids in Egypt

Christmas Gift Vouchers

The goose is getting fat and you still don’t know what to buy your loved one?

Why not get in touch and arrange for gift vouchers for a fantastic experience in our Simulator? We also offer customised hard copy and E-Vouchers for anything from a taster session to our new “virtual Type Rating”!

 

WorldFlight 2019 Wrap Up

The dust has just about settled on WorldFlight 2019, and we have raised over £3440 for Fly2Help. I would like to take this opportunity to send a huge thank you to everyone who watched the stream, donated and of course to the crew who made it all possible!

We are planning one final live stream for the year, and that will be VATSIMs Fly and See Santa event on the 14th of December. You will be able to join us on the flight deck on our LiveStream as normal, with a crew of Marc, Paul and Duncan. We are hoping to be airborne around 1630z. The arrival time will mainly depend on how long we have to hold on our way to Tromsø. During the stream, we will still be taking donations for Fly2Help on our Virgin Money Page. We also have some upgrades to our streaming equipment to showcase during the event!

virtual Type Rating Package

The brand new virtual Type Rating is designed to take the student from little to no experience, to “Solo” in our 737NG Simulator. Covering a wide range of topics including:

  • Aircraft Startup from Cold and Dark
  • Visual & Instrument Approaches (ILS/NDB/VOR & RNAV)
  • Cross Wind Landing technique
  • Flight Management Computer usage

This is only a small subsection of the course, as it is spread out over 8-10 hours in our Simulator. The student also receives a ground school package that covers each module in detail. As well as a further 4 hours with our instructors covering the theory and technical information behind the course material. The course is aimed at any level of experience and ability. It is especially well suited to those with a passion for flying, who want to challenge themselves in the next chapter of their aviation journey.

For more information on the course, or to discuss it with our team you can call us on 03333 031351 or email us at info (at) velocity.aero

737-800 Fixed Base Simulator approaching Mauritius at sunset

Our 737-800 Fixed Base Simulator approaching Mauritius at sunset

World Flight 2019 is underway!

We are well and truly underway now. We started on Saturday evening at 2200 with our departure from Sydney. Operating 24 hours a day until this coming Saturday, we’re flying around the world in 44 sectors.

As I type, we are on our way down to Mariscal in Ecuador as we begin the South American leg.

WorldFlight is an annual event in which 14 full-sized simulators, similar to our own, are flown in unison for a week, 24 hours a day, circumnavigating the world in 44 legs. The event tests both the crews and the simulators to the extreme and is all for the purpose of raising money for each of the individual sims charities of choice. This year we have set ourselves the goal of raising £2,500 for the Gloucestershire based charity Fly2Help.

The flights will be conducted online on the VATSIM network, providing live Air Traffic Control through most of the countries that we visit. A 45-60 minute turn around is allowed at each stop and during that time the incoming crew will be fully briefed as to weather conditions along their route as well as other operational requirements.

If you would like to get involved with World Flight, then you can watch along live on our Twitch stream and interact with the crew via the chat box as we continue on our journey.

More importantly, you can visit our donation page and help push us closer to (and hopefully beyond!) our £2,500 target!

WorldFlight 2017 – Wrap Up

We are recovering slowly after a crazy first week in November, around the world in the Sim, running it 24/7. Huge thanks to the guys that came from across the country to crew it, without you all, it would not have been possible. We have so far raised £2502.23 for Fly2Help, which is far better than we could have hoped when we started planning our WorldFlight 2017 adventure! Another massive thank you to everyone who has supported the team, by donating, dropping off food/drinks and providing words of encouragement! Donations will be open for a few weeks yet, so if you are able and want to contribute towards the amazing work that Fly2Help do, you can do so here: http://bit.ly/VFTWF

We have attached a few photos from the week for your enjoyment!

Surveying the Weather before commencing the appproach

Enroute to the Sydney Harbour Bridge with BAW37C (SimFest)

On Approach to Nagasaki

Parked up at Paro

The DeciBelles joined us for a sector