BA Flight Simulator near Heathrow: The perfect gift for wannabe pilots

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  1. LAXjunkie415

    LAXjunkie415 Gold Member

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    British Airways offers flight training near Heathrow to the general public where in a simulator you can pilot the following:
    Boeing 737-400
    Boeing 757-200
    Boeing 767-300
    Boeing 747-400
    Boeing 777-200

    All the details can be found here: http://www.ebaft.com/fly/fse.htm

    From BA:
    Absolutely no experience is required. Prepare yourself for the thrill of a lifetime as you take control of a multi-million pound, full motion flight simulator.
    This is your opportunity to fly a Boeing flight simulator, normally reserved for the exclusive training of professional pilots.
    First you will be given a 30 minute pre-flight briefing including flight deck instruments, controls and systems. Once your training is complete you will be at the controls from take-off to touchdown, including start-up and shut-down. All of this under the instruction of a British Airways pilot.
    You may either enjoy this experience exclusively or have one additional guest accompany you. They can either watch or share the flying time with you.
    Why not make a loved ones dream come true? Our gift vouchers are ideal for all special occasions. We have a number of options available giving you maximum flexibility. Gift vouchers are valid for 12 months from the date of purchase.
     
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    you can get miles for the purchase with your point earning cc but looks like no miles for the flight time :(
     
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  4. Globaliser
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    A handful of things to note:

    First, availability is only displayed online for a few weeks ahead of the date on which you search. This is because "available" sessions are scheduled around live BA training rosters which are not fixed much more in advance than that. This can be frustrating if you want to schedule something for a particular special date, and you have to keep checking to see when another batch of availability opens up, but that's the limitation of something which is an add-on to real life training.

    Second, there used to be a restriction that it was only open to British citizens. This wording does not currently appear on the website, but it might well be worth checking when you make the booking.

    Third, the system is set up to allow you to book one-hour slots or three-hour slots. If you want to book a two-hour slot, it's a bit more complicated - and requires manual intervention by the lovely ladies in the office - because if you book any one hour, the following hour slot is automatically removed from the online system. (For example, if there's availability at 1900, 2000, 2100 and 2200, booking the one-hour slot at 2000 automatically takes the 2100 slot out, so you will only see the 1900 and 2200 slots left after that.) However, my strong advice is that one hour is not enough for anyone who doesn't spend a lot of time in such sims, because after an hour you've just about got your eye and hand in.

    Fourth, at least one of the sims still has Kai Tak - ask if you're interested.
     
  5. jmjgp12

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    Does anyone know if you are able to use AVIOS or oneworld milage (elite oneworld status discount?) to reserve a spot (Since its BA sponsored) or is it only available for cash purchase - thanks in advance!
     
  6. Globaliser
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    Cash only.

    This is not "BA-sponsored". It's the actual BA facility, where BA pilots train. But it's a part of the business that has nothing to do with carrying passengers, so it deals in cold hard cash.
     
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