The sky’s the limit for this re­porter

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This is your cap­tain speak­ing – we are all go­ing down.

Within min­utes of tak­ing the con­trols of a 737 aero­plane I ex­pected to be ut­ter­ing th­ese words to my ter­ri­fied pas­sen­gers, if I had enough time.

Strangely though I nav­i­gated my way around loom­ing moun­tain sides and got my pas­sen­gers to the Queen­stown ter­mi­nal with­out a drop of blood spilt.

While I’m still talk­ing up my per­for­mance I must say my land­ing approach was pretty hot.

In fact I even got the plane all lined up with the run­way bet­ter than my part­ner Steve.

To put things in per­spec­tive he’s com­pletely ob­sessed with planes and isn’t a Mi­crosoft flight sim­u­la­tor novice like my­self.

By some mir­a­cle my in­struc­tor didn’t have to snatch con­trol of the plane from me.

In fact at times I felt quite in con­trol as cap­tain.

Okay, so I did strug­gle to get the land­ing gear down – but it was quite a stretch to reach it.

And I ad­mit to putting skid marks on the grass at Queen­stown, in­stead of gen­tly land­ing the plane on the run­way.

But, hey, Steve did the same thing in Christchurch.

Nav­i­gat­ing the plane on the ground us­ing ped­als was my real down­fall. Sorry about the se­cu­rity fence – send me the bill folks.

The best I could hope for was to con­cen­trate re­ally hard on not run­ning down the nice man in the flu­o­res­cent jacket guid­ing me to­wards the ter­mi­nal.

I’m no fan of com­puter games but this is awe­some fun.

It’s just like the real thing and gives com­plete novices like my­self a real sense of achieve- Re­porter LIZ WIL­LIS takes to the skies at the helm of a 737. Plenty of boys are lin­ing up to try their hand at the new Taka­puna Flight Ex­pe­ri­ence sim­u­la­tor so she thought she’d find out if the girls are miss­ing out on any­thing.

Trust us: Liz Wil­lis and Steve Hin­ton at the con­trols of the 737 flight sim­u­la­tor.

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