In­dulge your pas­sion for fly­ing

Central Leader - - News -

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.

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