The human obsession with flight stems from a refusal to accept limitations and an intense desire to finally move out of gravity’s basement. Virtually claim your own airspace with today’s Groupon: for $69, you get a 30-minute experience on a flight-simulator modeled after a City Adventure Boeing 737 Next Generation at Flight Adventures in Richmond (a $139 value).
Flight Adventures takes to the skies with professional and amateur pilot training through flight simulations of commercial jet aircraft. The flight simulation places aspiring pilots at the wheel of a simulator modeled after a Boeing 737 Next Generation aircraft, which they control through take off, flight, and landing, with a database of visuals reflecting the scenery around more than 10,000 local and international airports, including Vancouver. Airborne adventurers can select a challenging approach into Kai Tak in Hong Kong or opt for smooth sailing and farm-animal passengers from a countryside airport. After a full preflight briefing, practice captains place their feet on rudder pedals and grip the throttle and control column while watching an array of dials and instruments to monitor airspeed, altitude, and heading. During the 30-minute City Adventure simulation, metal wings soar over open fields and city lights while climbing 41,000 feet into the air. The ATS 2 simulator is normally used in aviation training to test pilots in an aircraft environment, exploring the rigours of control turns, and camouflaging planes in packs of geese.