The sky’s the limit for this reporter
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.