Originally posted by Guzzeppi
Mr Lear, Why dont you test the simulator yourself, since you have all the experience amongst us all in multiple aircraft!? What do you say sir?
Thanks for the post Guzzeppi. I haven't flown in 6 years so I am not current.
I have about 500 hours in simulators of all types and all types of aircraft. I even have time in a Link Trainer which was the very first simulator.
The last airplane I held a command rating in was the Lockheed L-1011. Our company Kitty Hawk International used the Delta L-1011 simulators in Atlanta
for recurrent training.
I was one of the few Captains that didn't crash after a (simulated) dual engine flameout on takeoff at 400 feet. The way I did it was to instantly
dive to 50 feet and at the same time retracted the flaps to 14 degrees and commanded 'Dump fuel". I took advantage of the ground effect while we
struggled along with one engine. It took about 10 minutes to get to a speed where I could retract the flaps and start a climb. I am not bragging but I
will say very few pilots can do that. I was at the peak of my proficiency and I was a check airman.
I was also one of only 4 Captains (For our airline) authorized to ferry the L-1011 on 2 engines called a two engine ferry. The check ride for this was
extremely demanding and there were 6 of us who were seeking authorization. I was the only pilot who qualified.
Pilots rarely complement each other because its just business as usual. However later in the hotel, the Check Pilot who gave me the 2 engine ferry
check, the former Chief Pilot of L-1011 production test at Lockheed (Rod Boone) told me, "John, that's about the best I ever saw."
Again, I am not bragging. I am telling you that at one time I was very qualified.
The reason I tell you all of this is that in my opinion, at the peak of my career, I could not hit the World Trade Center going 500 mph at 800 feet
altitude in a large airplane. I could make a very good attempt but if I did hit the WTC it would have been just luck.
However, I would not even make the attempt for this reason: most pilots spend their entire careers protecting their aircraft and their passengers. I
know I did. I would consider it a very painful experience to try and line up and hit a building. I am sure that there would be something inside me
that would make it impossible for me to hit the building.
But I am sure that there are other pilots who would consider it merely a professional task and do their best and these are the pilots we will use.
We will be using a Level D simulator with everything on. When and if the pilot hits the building the only thing that will happen is that the simulator
will freeze its position.
There will be no feeling of a crash and there will be no harm to the simulator.
In the old days they had the simulators rigged to actually simulate a crash and there would be loud crashing sounds and you would experience severe
But they don't do that anymore. It's extremely hard on the simulator and its not necessary.
The visual portion of the Level D is extremely realistic and they can vary the weather from day to night to any kind of weather, any wind velocity and
direction, any shear forces, turbulence, lightning, anything that would be encountered in flight.
You can be parked at the gate of any major airport around the world, ask for push back, start the engines, ask for disconnect, get your wave off and
taxi clearance and taxi, realistically, to any runway. Catering or fuel trucks can even be driven in front of you. Of course, we will not be using any
of this. I am just telling you how realistic Level D simulators are.
I thought that SimPro www.simprousa.com had a Boeing 757/767 simulator. They do not, so we will have to look elsewhere.
Thanks for the post.