FLYER Club members can now experience what it’s like to fly the legendary Spitfire, for a fraction of the cost of the real thing. We’ve partnered with Spitfires.com at Goodwood to offer a 10% discount on their amazing Spitfire simulator.
The Spitfires.com, formerly Boultbee Flight Academy, was established in 2010 and was the world’s first Spitfire training school and approved Spitfire flight provider, flying single seat and two seat spitfires. With such a strong connection to RJ Mitchell’s iconic fighter, Spitfires.com is the perfect place to get your first taste of that spade control column, roaring Merlin and glancing down over the elliptical wing.
We’ve had a go and can confidently say that it’s probably the finest Spitfire simulation anywhere on Earth – The Spitfire Academy’s own pilots use it to practice display sequences and to help during the transition to the real aircraft.
What is the simulator?
First of all, this isn’t a 1:1 scale mock-up. This is a Spitfire cockpit and part fuselage. 50% of the parts are from wartime Spitfires, including all of the instruments, 40% are modern Spitfire spare parts not used for the real aircraft and the final 10% of parts have been made specifically for the simulator to aid the conversion from analogue to digital information.
The fuselage is mounted in a 3 metre dome, within which 7 projectors blend imagery onto the surface, giving a huge panoramic view for pilots. Motion and force feedback systems add even more to the realism. The system is run on Lockheed Martin’s Prepar3D simulation software and features photorealistic scenery of southern England.
What can you expect?
During your session you’ll cover the basics of flying to get yourself used to the controls. You flight will involve all of the below unless there is something else you’d specifically like to do:
- Brief introduction to instruments and controls including effects of controls
- Brief introduction to handling
- Start in the air
- Basic handling and effects of controls
- Power adjustments
- If time permits, attempt take-off… Trust us, it’s not as easy as you might think!
To take advantage of this great new FLYER Club benefit contact Spitfires.com and quote ‘FLYER Club’.