Indulge your passion for flying
You’re at the controls of a Boeing 737 approaching Queenstown Airport. The mountain scenery is breathtaking, but you have a job to do, landing the big jet in a flight deck lit by a myriad of lights and dials.
Not a dream ... not quite reality ... but it’s as near to the real thing as you’ll get, flying the jet simulator of Flight Experience in Botany Town Centre.
Even people in the aviation industry have described it as “awesome”, “realistic” and “memorable”. In just 18 months of operation Flight Experience has provided flying thrills for around 5000 people, with a number of exciting packages including simulations of city-to-city flights and challenging airport approaches.
Now new projection systems, photo-realistic images and seat vibrations have made the experience even more convincing.
With your flying instructor you enter the fully enclosed cockpit, complete with full functioning avionics and computers, switches, throttles and control wheel. You receive clearance from the control tower and start your flight - perhaps over Auckland’s isthmus, or flying city-tocity, into the great cities and resorts of the world. or white-knuckling it into spectacular airports like Innsbruck or Kat- mandu. You can even tailor-make your flight to introduce extreme weather conditions like monsoon or snow.
Flight Experience Botany Town was first started by Mike Pero, a man with a passion for flying who employed Air New Zealand 747 pilot instructor Koke Killian as ‘flight instructor’. Koke tried it and liked it so much he bought the business.
He and his fellow experienced instructors have hosted people of all ages, introducing them to the sheer exhilaration of flying.