Flight Simulator Experiences Nationwide

 

Flight simulators let you experience the thrills of flying without leaving the ground. Jump into the captain's seat, enter your flight co-ordinates and get ready to fly wherever you fancy going. You can even make it rain, add some turbulence, or fly a full sector from start to finish. Flight simulators FAQs...

 

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Nationwide Flight Simulator Voucher
Based On 2 Reviews

Nationwide Flight Simulator Voucher

21 Nationwide Venues

Best Seller Buy For £99.00

Nationwide Flight Simulator Voucher
  • Flexible flight simulator vouchers
  • Choose where you go & what to fly
  • Experience amazing simulated flight
  • One-to-one in cockpit teaching
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Boeing 737 Flight Simulator Luton International Airport

London Luton Airport

Save 23% From £99.00

Boeing 737 Flight Simulator Luton International Airport
  • Fly a state-of-the-art 737 simulator
  • Based at Luton International Airport
  • 30, 60, 90 and 120-minute slots
  • Over 24,000 airports in the database
top gun flight
Based On 1 Review

Top Gun Maverick Simulator Experience

Little Gransden Airfield, Sandy

Save £70 Buy For £79.00

Top Gun Maverick Simulator Experience
  • A fighter pilot flight sim session
  • Fly the same missions as Maverick!
  • A practice at low-level flying
  • Only Top Guns succeed in the main mission
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Based On 20 Reviews

Lancaster Bomber Flight Simulator

Brighton City Airport, East Sussex

From £119.00

Lancaster Bomber Flight Simulator
• Fly an Avro Lancaster bomber simulator
• Based at a flying club at Brighton City Airport
• Get a feel for what it was like as WW2 bomber pilot
• Choose between one or two 30-minute sessions
Weekday Flight Simulator Cheltenham Offers

Weekday 737 Simulator Cheltenham Offer

Gloucestershire Airport, Cheltenham

Save £100 Buy For £89.00

Weekday 737 Simulator Cheltenham Offer
  • Weekday simulator experience deals
  • Fly with SimAir737 in Cheltenham
  • Fixed based 737-800NG sim
  • 75 min slots to do what you want!
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Based On 8 Reviews

Spitfire vs Messerschmitt Combat Experience for Two

Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire

Save £20 From £75.00

Spitfire vs Messerschmitt Combat Experience for Two
• Virtual aerial dogfighting in flight simulators
• It's the Spitfire vs Messerschmitt Bf109
• Two of you will 'fly' in the sims at the same time
• See if you can hunt & shoot down the enemy!
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Helicopter Simulator Luton International Airport

London Luton Airport

Save 27% From £99.00

Helicopter Simulator Luton International Airport
  • 30, 45 & 60-mins helicopter sim sessions
  • Based at Luton International Airport
  • Sim is a fixed base Robinson R22 helicopter
  • Built using a real airframe
Concorde Flight Simulator Experiences

Concorde Flight Simulator

Brunswick, Newcastle upon Tyne

From £149.00

Concorde Flight Simulator
  • Fly the world's only Concorde simulator
  • Fully-functioning replica Concorde cockpit
  • Virtually experience supersonic flight!
  • 30, 60, 2hr & 4hr experiences offered
Full Motion F16 Jet Simulator-Racing for Two

Full Motion F16 Fighter Jet Simulator Air Racing for Two

Little Gransden Airfield, Sandy

Save £40 From £59.00

Full Motion F16 Fighter Jet Simulator Air Racing for Two
  • Air racing in F16 jet fighter simulators
  • Fly side by side in full motion F16 sims
  • Aerial slalom around the air gates
  • Launch missiles & fire at each other!
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Based On 21 Reviews

737 Simulator Gloucestershire Airport

Staverton, Cheltenham

Discounted Offers From £59.00

737 Simulator Gloucestershire Airport
  • Fixed-base sim sessions at Gloucestershire Airport
  • Be the captain of a Boeing 737-800 airliner!
  • A huge range of durations available up to 2hrs
  • Choose where you'd like to fly from and to
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Based On 24 Reviews

Full Motion Airbus Flight Simulator Manchester

Salford Quays, Manchester

From £140.00

Full Motion Airbus Flight Simulator Manchester
  • This is a full-motion Airbus A320 simulator
  • A facility run by ex RAF & commercial pilots
  • A full range of sim flight durations available
  • Choose where to fly in your Airbus sim!
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Full Motion 737 Simulator Cambridgeshire

Woodston, Peterborough

Discounted Offers From £99.00

Full Motion 737 Simulator Cambridgeshire
  • Full-motion sim flying near Peterborough
  • Captain the full-cockpit Boeing 737 sim
  • Feel every bump & move as you fly
  • Hosted by current & retired pilots
The Deck 747 - The UKs only 747 Converted into a Simulator
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The Deck 747 Simulator Experience

City Airport, Manchester

From £74.95

The Deck 747 Simulator Experience
  • Fly the Boeing 747-400 series flight sim
  • A real BA 747 converted to a simulator
  • A unique & very authentic experience
  • 20, 45, 90 & 120-minute sessions available
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Based On 14 Reviews

The Ultimate Spitfire Simulator

Goodwood Aerodrome, West Sussex

From £275.00

The Ultimate Spitfire Simulator
  • Fly the world's only pro MkIX Spitfire simulator!
  • Sim is based on a genuine WW2 Spitfire
  • Learn the basics of flying this iconic plane
  • Looks, feels and even sounds like a real Spitfire
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Boeing 737 Simulator Warwickshire

Wolvey, Warwickshire

Special Offers From £69.00

Boeing 737 Simulator Warwickshire
  • Fixed-base Boeing 737 simulator
  • 240-degree visuals & control feedback
  • 30, 60 & 90-minute sessions available
  • Hosted by commercial airline pilots
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Alpine Challenge Simulator Offer

Gloucestershire Airport, Cheltenham

Save £70 Buy For £79.00

Alpine Challenge Simulator Offer
  • A Boeing 737 flight sim experience to the Alps
  • See if you can land at the tricky Innsbruck Airport
  • Soar over snow-capped peaks & tackle turbulence
  • The experience gives you 45 minutes in the sim
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Based On 23 Reviews

Full Motion Flight Simulator Bristol

Bristol Airport, North Somerset

From £59.00

Full Motion Flight Simulator Bristol
• Simulated flight from Bristol International Airport
• This is a full motion flight simulator
• Based at a purpose-built training facility
• Lunch in the Flight Lounge add on available
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Based On 1 Review

Commercial 737 Flight Simulator Peterborough

Peterborough, Cambridgeshire

Special Offers From £95.00

Commercial 737 Flight Simulator Peterborough
  • Sessions in a 737-800 fixed-base sim
  • 30, 60, 90 & 120-minute experiences
  • Hosted by commercial pilots
  • Free flight deck e-books for the budding pilot
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Fighter Jet Combat Experience for Two

Little Gransden Airfield, Sandy

Save 20% From £79.00

Fighter Jet Combat Experience for Two
  • The UKs only multi-player F-35 sim experience
  • Take on aerial combat missions in a duo of F-35s
  • Both planes are linked so you can fly in formation
  • A variety of gnarly missions for you to choose from
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Based On 9 Reviews

Boeing 737 Simulator Experience Surrey

Albury, near Guildford

From £59.00

Boeing 737 Simulator Experience Surrey
  • Authentic Fixed-base Boeing 737NG sim
  • Fantastic location at Albury near Guildford
  • Try being an airline pilot, travel will never be the same!
  • Friendly and expert tuition from qualified pilots
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F-35 Fighter Jet Simulator Cambridgeshire

Little Gransden Airfield, Sandy

Save 20% From £47.20

F-35 Fighter Jet Simulator Cambridgeshire
  • 30, 60 & 120-mins flights in the simulator
  • Fly the Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II
  • You'll be flying solo in the simulator
  • Hyper real 4K HD graphics
Airbus A320 Simulator Fareham - Flight Simulator Experience
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Airbus A320 Simulator Fareham

Whiteley, Hampshire

From £140.00

Airbus A320 Simulator Fareham
  • 1, 2, 3 & 4-hour A320 sim sessions
  • At this sim centre in Whiteley near Fareham
  • 220-degree HD graphics & immersive sound
  • Fly pretty much anywhere in the world!
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Battle Of Britain Simulator Experience for Two

Newcastle upon Tyne

Save £20 From £99.00

Battle Of Britain Simulator Experience for Two
  • It's Me109 vs Spitfire in a virtual battle
  • The high-tech simulators are linked
  • Your voucher is for 2 to battle it out
  • Fly both sims on the 60-min session
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Based On 1 Review

Supermarine Spitfire Simulator Newcastle

Newcastle upon Tyne

From £99.00

Supermarine Spitfire Simulator Newcastle
  • Experiences in a realistic Spitfire simulator
  • This is a full-scale cockpit replica
  • Features original Spitfire parts 
  • A 300-degree screen with 4k visuals
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Jet Ranger Helicopter Flight Simulator

Newcastle upon Tyne

From £119.00

Jet Ranger Helicopter Flight Simulator
  • Bell JetRanger 206 helicopter sim flights
  • Built using an actual JetRanger fuselage
  • Over 50,000 airports in the database
  • Choose a 30 or 60-minute session
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F3 Tornado Experience

Hawarden Airfield, Cheshire

From £99.00

F3 Tornado Experience
• Meet an ex-RAF F3 Tornado at this Heritage Centre
• A fascinating experience for fast jet fans
• Guided tour of the aircraft & sit in the cockpit
• Spend time in the Tornado Procedures Trainer/Sim
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Based On 1 Review

The SULLY Experience

Coventry Airport, Bagington

Buy For £199.00

The SULLY Experience
• Simulate the famous 'Miracle of the Hudson' flight
• Practice the 3 emergency scenarios of flight 1549
• Will you handle the pressure of an aerial MayDay?
• A total of 60 mins in the Airbus A320 simulator
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Based On 9 Reviews

Motion Flight Simulators Coventry

Coventry

From £125.00

Motion Flight Simulators Coventry
• 737, 747 & A320 airliner simulators in Coventry
• Be wowed with latest 3D graphics on your flight
• Hydraulic Motion on 737 and A320 is included
• Trip Advisor 'Certificate of Excellence' 2017/16/15
Sim
Based On 40 Reviews

737 Simulator Suffolk

Mildenhall

From £99.00

737 Simulator Suffolk
• Flights on a professional-rated Boeing 737 sim
• 15-20 min ground briefing plus flight time
• Take control from engine start up to shut down
• A choice of 24,000 airports worldwide for you
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Based On 10 Reviews

737 NG Boeing Simulator Newcastle

Brunswick

From £119.00

737 NG Boeing Simulator Newcastle
  • Flight simulator experiences in Brunswick
  • Captain a Next Generation Boeing jet airline
  • Choose your flight path and flight duration
  • 4k visuals & full working controls
f16 flight simulator
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F16 Fighter Pilot Yorkshire

Castleford, West Yorkshire

Save 24% From £45.00

F16 Fighter Pilot Yorkshire
• Pilot an F16 flight sim on aerial missions
• Choose from 30, 60, 90 or 120 flight durations
• Sit in a ejector seat mock up for your flight
• Full ground briefing before you 'fly' in the sim
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Based On 29 Reviews

737 Simulator Doncaster

South Yorkshire

From £120.00

737 Simulator Doncaster
• Fly a Boeing 737-800 flight sim in Doncaster
• Hosted by working commercial airline pilots
• Fixed base, hyper real wraparound graphics
• Decide on your flight itinerary before take off
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Based On 4 Reviews

737 Flightdeck in Boston

Boston Aerodrome, Lincolnshire

Special Offer From £99.00

737 Flightdeck in Boston
• Fixed base sim flights at Boston Aerodrome
• Be the Captain of a replica Boeing 737 flight deck
• A huge range of airports worldwide to choose from
• Invite up to 5 friends to watch on the flight deck
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Flight Simulator Glasgow

Glasgow International Airport

From £80.00

Flight Simulator Glasgow
• Flight simulator training at Glasgow Airport
• Learn how to virtually fly on these 1:1 sessions
• Excellent in-cockpit training by qualified pilots
• Each experience is geared towards the student
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Based On 5 Reviews

Fighter Pilot Experience

Stalybridge, Cheshire

Special Offer From £39.00

Fighter Pilot Experience
• Top Gun-style jet fighter simulator experience
• Genuine ex-Romanian Air Force Delfin 29 cockpit
• Wear a genuine RAF fighter pilot flight suit
• 'Real time' flying & full military flying skills
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F4 Phantom Full Motion Simulator

Woodston, Peterborough

Special Offers From £99.00

F4 Phantom Full Motion Simulator
• A McDonnell Douglas F4 simulator 
• Uses an ex-operational military Phantom
• Full motion hydraulic platform simulator
• Sim centre is near Peterborough
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Based On 1 Review

737 Simulator Glasgow

Glasgow International Airport

From £129.00

737 Simulator Glasgow
• Flight simulator experiences at Glasgow Airport
• Captain a Boeing 737-800 series airliner
• This is a fixed base sim at a flight training school
• On 60/90mins: fly a full sector in 'real time'
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Lynx Helicopter Simulator

Mildenhall, Suffolk

From £99.00

Lynx Helicopter Simulator
• Try your hand at piloting a helicopter simulator
• Created from an actual ex-Army Westland Lynx heli
• Virtually experience military helicopter power!
• Choose between a 60 and 90 heli sim session
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Based On 2 Reviews

737 Flight Simulator Bedfordshire

Leighton Buzzard

From £60.00

737 Flight Simulator Bedfordshire
• Virtually fly with Capt. Mark in Leighton Buzzard
• Take control of a Boeing 737-800NG simulator
• Fixed base, with motorised seats & surround sound
• Invite up to 2 to share flight time on 1hr+ flights
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Cessna Skyhawk Yorkshire

Wakefield, West Yorkshire

Special Offer From £45.00

Cessna Skyhawk Yorkshire
• Flight simulator sessions in Wakefield, Yorkshire
• Take to the virtual skies in a Cessna Skyhawk
• Sit in the replica cockpit for your sim flight
• Choose your take off, landings, weather etc
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737 Simulator Ellesmere Port

Cheshire

Save £22 From £108.00

737 Simulator Ellesmere Port
• Flight simulators at Ellesmere Port nr Liverpool
• Captain a Boeing 737 or an Airbus A320 sim
• Genuine cabin & cockpit set ups with HD visuals
• Ultimate experience: fly a sector in real time
Sim
Based On 9 Reviews

F35 Combat Simulator Suffolk

Mildenhall

From £99.00

F35 Combat Simulator Suffolk
• 60-minute experiences in an F-35B flight simulator
• Hosted by a specialist sim company in Mildenhall
• An insight into life as a modern combat fighter pilot
• The F-35B - try short take offs & vertical landings
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737 Simulator Blackpool Airport

Blackpool, Lancashire

Discounted Offers From £95.00

737 Simulator Blackpool Airport
• Be captain of a Boeing 737-800NG in Blackpool
• Full range of sim flight durations to choose from
• Hugely realistic with 220-degree wraparound screen
• Invite up to 5 passengers to sit in the cabin seats
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Based On 2 Reviews

Boeing 737 Simulator Barnsley

Wombwell, South Yorkshire

From £135.00

Boeing 737 Simulator Barnsley
  • Boeing 737-800NG simulator near Barnsley
  • Over 20,000 flight destinations to choose from
  • Full range of sim flight durations available
  • Impressive 220-degree, 4K enhanced visuals
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Based On 3 Reviews

Diamond Flight Simulator Lee-on-the-Solent

Solent Airfield, Fareham, Hampshire

From £149.00

Diamond Flight Simulator Lee-on-the-Solent
• Flight simulator experiences at Solent Airport
• Fly in a virtual Diamond DA40/42 light aircraft
• Hosted by expert sim trainer instructors
• Fly in LA, with Innsbruck add-on for 45-min sessions
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Helicopter Simulator Experience Cheshire

Ellesmere Port, Cheshire

Buy For £120.00

Helicopter Simulator Experience Cheshire
• Fly in a helicopter simulator in Ellesmere
• The sim is built using a real Agusta 109 fuselage
• Lots of heli flying tasks to choose from
• Surround sound and 220-degree high definition graphics
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Based On 3 Reviews

WW2 Flight Simulators

Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire

From £60.00

WW2 Flight Simulators
• Virtually fly a World War Two fighter plane
• Choose between the Spitfire & Messerschmitt Bf109
• A wide variety of flight durations are available
• Authentic, full-size simulators are super realistic
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Light Aircraft Flight Simulator Newcastle

Brunswick

From £59.00

Light Aircraft Flight Simulator Newcastle
  • Simulator sessions in a PA-28 Cherokee
  • Built using an actual PA-28 fuselage
  • Choose between 30 or 60-minutes
  • Invite 2 to sit in the rear seats
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Messerschmitt Flight Simulator Newcastle

Brunswick

From £59.00

Messerschmitt Flight Simulator Newcastle
  • A full-size replica Messerschmitt 109 cockpit
  • Choose a 30 or 60min experience
  • Hosted by ex-RAF /fast jet pilots
  • Fly with a 180 degree curved screen
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F/A-18 Jet Fighter Top Gun Simulator Experience

Newcastle upon Tyne

From £99.00

F/A-18 Jet Fighter Top Gun Simulator Experience
  • Fly in an F/A-18 Hornet simulator
  • Built using an actual F/A-18 airframe
  • Go supersonic & fly air combat missions
  • Full 4k 320-degrees visuals
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737 Flight Simulator Darlington

Darlington, Co Durham

From £129.00

737 Flight Simulator Darlington
  • Full Boeing 737-800 flight deck
  • 18-seat authentic cabin set up
  • 60 & 90-minute sim flights
  • Hosted by commercial pilots
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Based On 1 Review

737 Flight Simulator Lincoln

Hykeham, Lincoln

From £99.00

737 Flight Simulator Lincoln
  • A Boeing 737NG flight sim
  • Built in a genuine 737 cockpit
  • Full range of flight durations available
  • Located in Hykeham near Lincoln centre
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Based On 1 Review

Boeing 737 Flight Simulator Chester

Hawarden Airport

Save £20 From £75.00

Boeing 737 Flight Simulator Chester
  • 45 & 60-min simulator flights
  • A fixed-base Boeing 737-800NG 
  • Fully-operational software & hardware
  • This airport is the home of the UK Beluga!
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Boeing 737 Simulator Inverness

Inshes, Inverness

From £120.00

Boeing 737 Simulator Inverness
  • Fixed-based Boeing 737-800NG sim
  • Based in Inshes, Inverness
  • 30,60,90 & 120-minute flight slots
  • 4k HD visuals & 20,000+ airports
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F16 Fighter Pilot Simulator Experience Inverness

Inshes, Inverness

From £60.00

F16 Fighter Pilot Simulator Experience Inverness
  • 30, 60, 90 & 120-min sessions
  • Fly the F-16 Flying Falcon sim
  • A full-scale cockpit setup
  • Pick your type of aerial mission
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General Aviation Flight Simulator North London

London, NW7

Save £10 From £39.00

General Aviation Flight Simulator North London
  • Fly a Beechcraft Bonanza simulator
  • 30, 60 and 90-minute experiences
  • 180-degree visuals - very realistic
  • Located in North London - easy to get to!
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Boeing 747 Cockpit Workshop Manchester

City Airport, Manchester

From £129.95

Boeing 747 Cockpit Workshop Manchester
  • Tour the upper deck of a genuine Boeing 747-400
  • Hosted by former BA training pilot who flew this plane
  • G-BYGA was one of the last 747s flying at BA
  • An amazing insight into life as a 747 pilot
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Based On 2 Reviews

Immersive Spitfire Simulator Training Suffolk

Mildenhall, Suffolk

From £99.00

Immersive Spitfire Simulator Training Suffolk
  • 60 & 90-minutes in the MkIX Spitfire sim
  • Full-size replica cockpit & tactile seat
  • Sounds & feels like a real Spitfire
  • Run by ex-RAF avionics engineers
Flight Simulator Experience Essex at Stapleford Aerodrome
Based On 5 Reviews

Flight Simulator Experience Essex

Stapleford Aerodrome, Essex

From £69.00

Flight Simulator Experience Essex
• Fly an ALX Alsim medium jet flight sim
• Used for commercial pilot training
• Impressive HD wraparound screens
• Simulator resembles an Airbus A320
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Ultimate 'Pilot for a Day' Simulator Experience

Fareham, Hampshire

Buy For £995.00

Ultimate 'Pilot for a Day' Simulator Experience
  • Full day 'Be a Pilot' simulator experience
  • Be the Captain of an Airbus A320 sim
  • Work a full shift just like a real pilot!
  • Flight planning, checks & flying sectors
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Electric Flight & Simulator Experience Day

Norwich International Airport

Buy For £349.00

Electric Flight & Simulator Experience Day
  • Visit the Saxon Air facility at Norwich Airport
  • Hangar tour, sim session & electric flight
  • Fly the all-electric Pipistrel aircraft 
  • Three experiences in one voucher!
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Flyers Choice

Locations Nationwide

From £50.00

Flyers Choice
  • Choose from a wide choice of Flying Experiences
  • Locations across the UK
  • Option to top up your voucher on line
  • FREE premium packaging included worth £4.99
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Professional Full Motion Flight Simulator

Burgess Hill & Crawley, West Sussex

Buy For £949.00

Professional Full Motion Flight Simulator
  • Full-motion, Level D Boeing & Airbus sims
  • Professional training facilities West Sussex
  • Fully CAA certified, £15m training simulators
  • Centres open 24 hours a day for busy pilots
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London Helicopter Pilot Simulator Experience

Kent, Stoke Medway Airstrip

Save £20 Buy For £39.00

London Helicopter Pilot Simulator Experience
  • Helicopter pilot sim sessions near London
  • At Kent's Stoke Medway airfield 
  • Super realistic Bell 206 pro simulator
  • This is a 20-minute 1:1 experience
 

 

Should I buy this experience?

Who it's for

If you're ever been curious about what it's like to be on the flight deck, these flight simulator experiences are for you. Whether you're a fan of super fast military jets like the F3 Tornado, quite fancy emulating Captain Sully when he landed on the Hudson River in his Boeing, or want to guide a Cessna over your local skies, we've got a simulated flight experience for you.

Who it's not for

You might not be keen on trying a flight simulator because you're worried you won't be able to do it. However, there's nothing to be nervous about. The staff are all super patient and very skilled at building confidence and getting the best out of those who have never even tried a home simulator before, let alone stepped inside cockpit. So go on, give it a go. We reckon these experiences are for everyone!

Flight Simulator FAQs

 
 

Do pilots use these flight simulators?

Yes! All of our flight simulators are professional standard and many (especially the airliner sims) are indeed used by licensed pilots. The quality is second to none and it's a very realistic experience. You'll soon get immersed in the whole sensation of flying and forget you're in a simulator!

 
 
 

Can flight simulators teach you to fly?

Yes and no. You can indeed learn to how to fly a plane by clocking up time in a simulator, but it doesn't give you any qualifications to actually fly a real plane.

 
 
 

Are these flight simulators games?

Definitely not. Many of us have tried the flight simulator programmes on games consoles and computers and they are nothing like these high-powered simulators. Even if you have a fairly decent home set up with joysticks and a seat, you probably won't have anything like these full cockpit set-ups.

 
 
 

Can you use a flight simulator experience to overcome a fear of flying?

Yes you can. Several of our flight simulator centres offer 'fear of flying' experiences as part of their programme. It's a really good way to get over the anxiety you feel when taking a flight and should help you be able to fly off on holiday without the panic.

 
 
 

Do I choose where I fly?

Yep. The software is so sophisticated now on simulators that many have an impressive database of over 24,000 different airport and airfields around the globe. What you'll do and where you fly is usually discussed with your instructor as part of your pre-flight briefing.

 
 
 

Why does everyone go on about St Maarten, Innsbruck and Kai Tak airports?

Ah yes. These are legendary airports for various reasons. St Maarten's is the one where you fly in straight over the beach, Innsbruck is a very narrow valley in the Austrian mountains and Kai Tak is the former Hong Kon airport that meant a final approach in amongst the skyscrapers. They are often mentioned as they are by far the most popular airports (alongside local UK ones) that participants want to try.

 
 
 

Are the cockpits real?

Whilst many of the cockpits used for our flight simulators are highly accurate replicas, some are actually real, in the sense that they are ex-airworthy airframes used to create the cockpits. So you could be sitting in an ex-Romanian Air Force L-29 Delfin, or on the slightly worn seat of Airbus A320-111 that has flown hundreds of thousands of miles on commercial routes for GB Airways.

 
 
 

Can friends and family come and watch?

Yes. Often there's room inside the airliner cockpits for one or more in the 'jump' seat. Some sim operators have a cabin set up with several rows of airline seats where friends and family can be 'passengers' on the flight. In the case of the fighter jets and smaller aircraft simulators, there's usually an area where you can spectate and watch screens that are showing what is happening inside the cockpit.

 
 
 

Do these simulator experiences count towards pilot licence training?

No. If you want to go for a Private Pilot's Licence (PPL) you'll need to take flying lessons in real aircraft. If you're keen to find out what it's like flying a light aircraft, you can  buy a trial flying lesson  from us. We've got flight training schools onboard around the UK so you can get a feel of what flying for real is like.

 
 
 

Are the instructors real pilots?

Many of the instructors who host these simulator sessions are indeed qualified pilots. On the Boeing and Airbus simulators, many are working commercial pilots. Others are retired, whilst some are ex-RAF working in pilot or avionics capacities.

 
 
 

Do the flight simulators move?

Most of the flight simulators we offer are fixed base. That's to say the cockpit doesn't move, but you do get all the very realistic noises that the plane makes. We do have some premium simulator sessions on fully hydraulic flight simulators, which means the whole pod moves, simulating the way the plane moves in the sky.

 
 
 

Can you change the weather?

Of course! You don't have to fly in calm sunny weather. If you want an extra challenge, the flight technician can add in some fog, a bit of turbulence or even lightning strikes. Maybe a snowy final approach to Geneva Airport would be your thing?

 
 
 

How realistic are the visuals on these sims?

We can't stress how realistic these sims are. Just sitting on stand at London Heathrow you'll see everything a real pilot in a real airliner would see, right down to the gate numbers, baggage trucks, tugs and refuellers whizzing around the apron. We're talking high quality HD graphics on wraparound 180 degree screens in the majority of cases.

 
 
 

Do I need any flying experience to operate a flight simulator?

No. In fact, most of the people who go on our flight simulator experiences have no previous flying experience, in either a real plane or a simulator. All sessions are geared to your level and what you want to do as well, so if you're a bit of a sim buff there's a challenge for you do as well!

 
 
 

Do I fly the simulator myself?

Most definitely. You will be sitting in the left-hand captain's seat, so you'll be the one in command at the controls. Help is there when/if you need it from your expert pilot instructor, but the whole idea of these experiences is that you get to see what life is like as a pilot.

 
 
 

Can I switch the seatbelt signs on and off?

Yep! Believe or not, this is the first thing that people ask if they can do when they get inside the simulator. Of course, there's none of that on the civil or military aircraft simulators, but in those cases you might have extra challenges like mid-air refuelling, aerial dog fights and aerobatics to tackle.

 
 
 

Are there flight sim centres near me?

Yes. Several simulator centres are based in or near actual airfields, with others dotted around the country at various venues. We even have simulators in city centres, including central London. Locations include:

  • London
  • Newcastle
  • Devon
  • Hampshire
  • Suffolk
  • Norfolk
  • Cheshire
  • Manchester
  • Scotland - Perth
  • Scotland - Glasgow