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Ever wonder what it's like to fly? Flight City Enterprises gives laypeople the chance to see what it's like to helm a 747 without going through the training, testing, and feather collecting a real pilot does.
Flight City maintains a professional-level flight-training simulator, about which former airline pilots have claimed, "I felt like I was right back in the cockpit." The simulator creates weather situations, such as snow, and random traffic patterns, as well as reproducing operative malfunctions.
After a quick briefing, newbie fliers take the helm alongside their instructor, who shows them every last duty, from preflight to landing. Together, they check gauges and meters before they take the "plane" into the sky, stressing the three major tasks: aviate, navigate, and communicate. Finally, the instructor guides them through an approach and landing, plus final breathing exercises to shake off the stress.