(Note: the text of this post is essentially the script of the video blog below, so if you wanna cut to the chase, scroll down and watch the YouTube vid!)
Ask any airline pilot what his typical day at the office is like, and most likely they’ll tell you long, boring and uneventful—just the way we like it.
|Hard at work!|
But, for the rare inflight emergency, the pilots need to have the proper emergency procedures down solid to save the day.
So, how does a pilot keep sharp on procedures he never uses?
|Next-Gen, full-motion Airbus A320 Simulator.|
|A320 Simulator. Note Sim Instructor seat, Left.|
CRT screens fill every window to present a realistic, real-time display of the airport, passing terrain, even simulated storms.
|First-Gen A320 Simulator|
|Foggy day in the sim!|
Believe me, if you were blindfolded and set in the seat of a sim, you’d swear you were flying the real McCoy.
|Hydraulics give the pilots an amazingly realistic sensation of flying.|
Once or twice a year, airline pilots go through what’s called, “Recurrent training.”
|Lear 35 Simulator|
|Lear 35 simulator interior|
This usually consists of several day of ground school, refreshing the pilot’s memory on aircraft systems and procedures, which is followed by a couple days of simulator work, where the procedures are put to practice.
|Simulator Bay, with multiple types.
This bay can house up to ten.
A typical sim session lasts four hours, two for the Captain to fly, and two for the First Officer.
|Airbus/Boeing Combined Cabin Simulator|
|Canadair CAE CRJ (Regional Jet) Simulator|
|Yay! We scraped by–er, PASSED! Qualified to fly the friendly skies for one more year!|
Direct Video Link: http://youtu.be/eYXLyGfg59o
STOP THE PRESSES!!
|I just found out:“The Last Bush Pilots” MADE IT TO THE QUARTERFINALS of Amazon’s Worldwide Breakthrough Novel Contest—|
Top 100 out of 2,000!
This has been a lifelong dream!
Thank you, Mom & Dad and novelists Tawni Waters & CloudDancer for believing in me. And for those of you who took a chance and read my book, your enthusiasm has inspired me even more!
|Avid blog reader & certified AvGeek Dave W. curls up with a good book & a beer in the Maldives—Now that’s Paradise!|
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MY HEARTFELT THANKS TO ALL!