Sibson may not be the obvious choice of airport for the international ‘jet-setting’ but that has all changed, thanks to local pilot and business entrepreneur Jonathan Lockton.
Former trainee airline pilot, Jonathan has built a Boeing 737–800 flight training simulator that has been described by a leading airline’s Pilot Training Captain as: ‘near to the real as I’ve flown yet.’
The simulator is so realistic it is suitable for qualified airline pilots preparing for interviews but can also be used by budding enthusiasts looking to take control of a jetliner in a safe and fun environment.
Jonathan explained: “The simulator took six months to build and is an exact replica of a 737-800. We sourced original parts for the simulator from around the world to ensure the flight experience is as close to actually flying as possible.”
The 737 simulator can take off from and land at more than 15,000 airports around the world and includes full, accurate flight planning. It is even equipped with features not found on simulators costing over $20 million. Flying instruction for professional pilots is provided by fully qualified and serving airline pilots to ensure it is relevant and up-to-date with current airline best practice.
The simulator is based at Sibson Airfield, home of Peterborough Flying School, which provides a wide range of aviation services including trial flights, Private Pilot and Light Aircraft Pilot’s license training, instrument training for the IR (R), a ground school and self-hire.
The combination of jet simulator and light aircraft flying is quickly establishing itself as the ‘must do’ team building event for businesses looking to offer their staff a truly unique experience.
Jonathan continued: “We can offer groups of up to twelve people a unique team building day, where they will fly the simulator as well as actually taking to the skies in a light aircraft.
Companies are constantly looking for a valid and rewarding day out that differs from the norm, but one where people can learn how to work together in small teams, and our team building days can certainly provide this, all at a very reasonable cost.”
The Jet Sim School and Peterborough Flying School are open seven days a week. The simulator is available for use 24/7 (outside of normal hours by prior arrangement), and the flying school is open daily from 9am – 6pm and until 9pm on Thursdays and Fridays during summer months, weather permitting.
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We look forward to welcoming members of the press to Sibson Airfield to experience first-hand the Boeing simulator and light aircraft flying experience. To arrange a suitable date and time please contact Ken Wallace on 07966 139797.