On a recent trip to Dubai, hipmunk got the chance to tour the Emirates Crew Training College. It’s where I learned that unlocking-the-bathroom-from-the-outside-trick.
Thanks to Daniel Romaniuk & Emirates Airline, we got a fantastic tour of not just the training facility, but also got to fly an Airbus A380, the largest passenger airplane in the world. OK, it was just a simulator (c’mon, these things cost over $300,000,000 each) but it was still pretty fantastic. Steve Huffman, hipmunk co-founder, has a pilot’s license, but wasn’t available for a trip to the UAE, so I had the honor.
I didn’t get the landing right on the first try (this was a bit different from the Cessna I used to pilot in Microsoft Flight Simulator 5) but that’s just yet another reason why I’m not a pilot. Feeling the entire cockpit convincingly shift with every thrust and turn was quite a thrill. Thought it felt like a fantastic video game for me; the pilots training on it rely on having as realistic an experience as possible.
At one point I did in fact try shutting off all the engines in an effort to make an emergency landing. It did not end well. Hollywood has lied to me yet again.See the full gallery on Posterous