The fixed base B737-800 simulator is one of the most comprehensively equipped machines we’ve had the privilege of visiting. The simulator has almost total functionality, full internet connectivity and an impressive cabin section. The 220 degree wrap around visuals (not collimated at the time of our visit) are of a very high quality, with realistic airports and scenery mesh. As mentioned above, we believe the gold standard is achieved by having the visual displays aligned with the eye line of each pilot, but we realise this is an extremely costly option – especially considering the investment to date in the rest of the product.
The simulator is fully connected to the internet, allowing real-world weather to be imported to the experience, as well as full online Air Traffic Control via the VATSIM network, allowing for ultra-realistic, real-time airline flights to be conducted.
System functionality is top level, with almost every switched modelled – something many other companies struggle to achieve. This allows full airline procedures and emergency functions to be simulated, further increasing the simulator’s appeal from experience flights right though to practising airline pilots. Flight dynamics were very good and we can honestly say, having flown the real aeroplane for many thousands of hours, it flies like the real thing. Much of the operation was based on Jet2 procedures.
We’ve mentioned quite a few times about the cabin section that Jet Sim School have produced. This is exceptional and is a credit to the owners. Upon entering, you really get the sense you have boarded a Boeing 737 and their attention to detail didn’t stop at the flightdeck door! There are 8 airline seats, and the cabin is complete with overhead lockers, working air conditioning packs and operational windows, where you can actually look out at realistic moving scenery wherever the simulator is currently flying.