Flightdeck Air Combat Center

Anaheim

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In a Nutshell

Boeing 737-700 flight simulator re-creates experience of taxi, takeoff & landing with 180-degree wraparound view

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Promotional value expires Dec 3, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 4 per person. Reservation required, subject to availability. 48hr cancellation notice or fee up to Groupon price may apply at appointment. Must be 11 or older. 285lb weight max. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Flight simulators allow pilots to practice landings without fear of causing injury and perform barrel rolls without having to refill passengers’ spilled Big Gulps. Learn the earthbound basics with today’s Groupon: for $39, you get a 30-minute Boeing 737 flight-simulator experience at Flightdeck Air Combat Center in Anaheim (an $89 value).

The flight simulators at Flightdeck Air Combat Center afford novice aviators the exhilarating experience of helming a real aircraft while staying firmly planted on the ground. After a 20-minute preflight briefing, participants sit next to an instructor inside a Boeing 737-700 simulator, with a 180-degree wraparound view. A preflight check ensures that the plane will avert simulated disaster, after which participants taxi to the runway for takeoff and bring the flying machine to cruising altitude. Participants then complete several turns and keep a lookout for such familiar landmarks as the ocean and the sky’s concrete ceiling, then vector in for the final approach to the airport and a perfect landing.

Flightdeck Flight Simulation Center

"Shake it!" your headset blares as you push on the jet's throttle. Your nose tips, the ground becomes a wall, and you're diving in a last-ditch effort to lose the fighter behind you. Its shots go wide and it swoops overhead, leaving you to level out just as the radio tower ends the dogfight: "Knock it off, knock it off." With your wheels back on the ground, you step out of the simulator's cockpit and catch your friend’s eye: Missed me.

At Flightdeck Flight Simulation Center, aerial battles between friends take place on the ground. The screens of nine authentic military fighter-jet simulators broadcast the same views a pilot might see while soaring at 600 knots. Though the simulators remain on the ground, all the controls, radio orders, and UFO weigh stations mirror those encountered on an actual flight. People may come in with a friend or with a party, where guests and friends target one another during virtual missions, from the introductory Fox-1 experience to the three-hour Viper-1 course, which covers advanced topics such as missile avoidance. After team-building events, participants can even receive personalized dog tags as souvenirs.

Flightdeck Flight Simulation Center also has an exact replica of a Boeing 737-700 cockpit. Inside, a 180-degree wraparound screen transports pilots to airport runways from around the world. Commercial-flight drills present common challenges such as piloting through turbulence and wiping spilled coffee off the controls, testing visitors between their takeoff and landing.

Customer Reviews

This was fun and educational. I probably wouldn't do it again for full price. The fighter combat is intriguing...
Mark W. · January 22, 2013
I was amazed by the size of the place and the many flight decks they have there. Place is clean and has a professional presentation. I enjoyed my experience there.
Kitty K. · January 19, 2013
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Thanks for taking the time to post a review of your experience at Flightdeck. If you would like to return for another round, please ask for me when making the reservation and I'll set you up with our ace pilot discount. And, if you're so inclined, it would be great if you could copy and post your review on TripAdvisor also. Thanks! --- Paul Wigboldy
Merchant replied · February 1, 2013
We had a great experience. We absolutely loved it!
Helen D. · January 18, 2013

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