Canton Flight Camp Simulates Pilot Experience Of Boeing 737NG Aircraft

Photo: Kim Tunnicliffe / WBZ NewsRadio

CANTON, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — A facility in Canton is offering aspiring pilots the chance to soar high above the clouds while staying grounded on Earth.

The flight simulator from Global Flight Adventures is the focal point of a camp held for kids. WBZ's Kim Tunnicliffe entered the cockpit of the flight simulator, where pilots took the charge of a digital commercial Boeing 737NG aircraft.

Inside, the knobs and controls of the vessel mimic what a real airplane cockpit would look like.

The institution also offers "Fear of Flying" seminars to help people with their motion sickness, anxiety, or claustrophobia through a half-day activity.

"We're currently using the real configuration that Boston Logan Airport is using and what runways are taking off from which ones are landing from, as well as their real live weather," former student and current aviation instructor Charles Prenaveau said.

The program also allows for students to practice communicating with air traffic control.

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"The first time I figured out the PA system I was like, 'hello, this is your captain speaking, we're probably going to crash— because this is my first time ever flying a Boeing," one student said.

The participants had to face some curveballs too like rainy weather and bird strikes.

WBZ's Kim Tunnicliffe (@KimWBZ) reports.

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