Time to face fears

Central Leader - - News -

Get­ting a taste of be­ing a pilot in a flight sim­u­la­tor may be just the ticket for cur­ing fly­ing fears.

That’s the view of Peter Cross, a real-life 767 pilot, who runs Flight Ex­pe­ri­ence’s Taka­puna fran­chise.

Mr Cross says fly­ing fears are fu­elled by the feel­ing of los­ing con­trol of the sit­u­a­tion.

Tak­ing the con­trols of a flight sim­u­la­tor takes away the mys­tery of fly­ing a plane and gives peo­ple an idea of the checks in place that in­crease safety, he says.

You learn the pilot, not the com­puter, is re­ally in con­trol of the plane and get an idea of the warn­ing sys­tems.

Mr Cross says it’s won­der­ful to be able to share his love of fly­ing with other peo­ple.

Flight Ex­pe­ri­ence of­fers a range of pack­ages rang­ing from a 30-minute scenic flight to 60, 90 or 120 minute flights.

Gift vouch­ers are also avail­able.

You can pick from thou­sands of air­ports around the world in­clud­ing fly­ing over the Thames into Lon­don or the spec­tac­u­lar for­mer Hong Kong approach over sky­scrapers.

The sim­u­la­tor can also mimic a range of weather con­di­tions in­clud­ing mak­ing it snow in Auck­land. Flight Ex­pe­ri­ence is at 466 Lake Rd, Taka­puna, phone: 0800 Sim­u­la­tor (0800-746-852).

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