You Can Own a Flight Simulator or an Emergency Evacuation Training Simulator

You dream about it every day: the ability to pilot a large commercial aircraft through the skies — whether they are clear and calm or turbulent — from taking off to “greasing” the landing on a runway. Perhaps you secretly relish the chance to escape a cabin filled with smoke and whump yourself down on the emergency evacuation slide to freedom — but then, there is that whole pesky fire and crash thing going on there which can be rather dangerous…

…and who wants to deal with the annoying crowds who are also trying to flee while carrying their baggage?

You Can Own a Flight Simulator or an Emergency Evacuation Training Simulator

Your fantasies could become a reality — provided that you have enough cash to pay for them. For example, how would you like to be the proud owner of a Boeing 737 flight simulator? It can be yours for as little as $97,000.00.

Perhaps you would rather own your very own Boeing 757 equipment emergency evacuation training aircraft cockpit simulator cabin — apparently owned by Air China — and it will be shipped in a wooden crate to you at a cost of only a cool $280,000.00.

You prefer Airbus, you say?!? Not a problem. How about this baby: an Airbus A391/A320/A321 equipment emergency evacuation training Class C aircraft cockpit simulator cabin — also from Air China — will set your wallet or purse back a cool $280,000.00. That is $30,000.00 less than the Boeing 757 version. Go buy yourself a car…

…or maybe a simple Airbus A320 flight simulator is more your speed. Cough up a cool $97,000.00 for this beauty, which was owned by a little old lady — she may or may not be from Pasadena — who only used it once per month since she bought it when it was brand new. It has been garaged, too.

Flight attendants are not included in the price of any of these simulators.

Summary

I cannot imagine how costly is the maintenance per month for any of these simulators — and the learning curve to be able to use them properly can be steep for some people. Then there are software upgrades; the electric bill; and the supplies needed to create effects — such as a smoke-filled cabin and extra oxygen masks, which your local Walmart may not sell or have in stock…

…but it sure would be a cool conversation starter when inviting friends, colleagues and family members to your home basement — which, by the way, would need to be significantly expanded in terms of height, width and depth to fit one of these “toys”properly; as well as have a thick poured concrete foundation — and have them take turns encountering bird strikes, thunderstorms, and crashing nose first in dead spins resulting from wake turbulence.

That would be a great name for an actor: “Hello. My name is Wake Turbulence. You may remember me from such movies as The Troy McClure Story and Planet of the Grapes, in which all of the actors did nothing but — er — wine about their low pay scale.”

I digress, though.

Personally, I prefer to conveniently head on over to the nearest local headquarters of a major commercial airline and use one of their flight simulators for a couple of hours — such as was done with this brand-new Airbus A350 flight simulator, of which I still have to post the video in a future article…

The Boeing 737-200 flight simulator seen in the photograph at the top of this article is not the one which is for sale — but the person standing near it should give you some idea as the the scale in size and proportion if you want to put one in your home basement. Photograph ©2014 by Brian Cohen.

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