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Old 21st May 2007, 20:36
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I see your point Mr Horgy...
But just being negative and a tad realistic,pointing you out to sea and letting you run out of fuel makes less mess.
I have been lucky enough to fly a 737 sim and if I do say myself with pride, managed an ILS into Manchester,perfect glideslope until about 10 feet and LOC was 2/3 deg from center, I do have a PPL so there was a little prior knowledge.
It is still an emotive and thought provoking thread and there are many people sitting reading this and wishing that the next time they fly a hostie is going to come out of the flight deck screaming the immortal words " can anybody fly a plane "
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Old 22nd May 2007, 02:28
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Gon Tek,

My hand shall be raised only if it is a Lodestar. That gets me nicely off the hook as I can't imagine that there are any of these still aloft, particularly ones with trolley dollies. My head shall be deeply buried in a book should the door open on a Seven Four . .
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Old 22nd May 2007, 15:44
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BA currently offering 1 hr in one of their 737 simulators in London for 299, for those of you who are interested. Better value for money than some of their tickets
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Old 22nd May 2007, 21:09
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Can't be bothered to read the whole thread, but..........

For the last few years I have been conducting quite a number of 'trial lessons' on B737 sims (classic and NG). My observations are:
I have yet to meet a PPL without prior 737 knowledge who can either fly or land the thing without significant input from me.

I have met many MS flight simmers who have never piloted an aircraft themselves who can operate the automatics and set up an autoland without my help.
On larger aircraft, system knowledge is vital. If you don't know where to find the correct switch, it isn't going to do what you want it to do.

I fly the 737, but am in no doubt I wouldn't have a clue how to fly and/or operate an airbus without the appropriate training.

Sorry to spoil your day.

Ps: I can land a Tiger Moth. What an appalling handling.......
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Old 23rd May 2007, 13:48
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Don't feel bad. I've had the appropriate training and still have no idea how the Airbus operates!
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Old 24th May 2007, 10:36
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"Ps: I can land a Tiger Moth. What an appalling handling......."

How dare you, sir!!!

Did you notice that the footrests affect the turn coordination?
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