By Ian Dasho
During a recent conversation with a longtime pilot, I discovered that it wasn’t just pilots who, whether in a flight instructor renewal course or airline academy, love the portability of the American Flyers’ Simulator in a Box. Family members do too!
This particular pilot, let’s just call him Jon, loves flying to new destinations throughout the U.S. with his wife, Jan, during the summer months. They love the freedom of exploration that these flights bring them; however each flight to their new destination brings a level of anxiety, in particular to Jan.
This anxiety was the reason Jon decided to purchase a portable simulator to take with them on their journeys. The concept was simple, Jon would fly the next day’s flight once by himself to become familiar and then fly it again with Jan. This way she could see major landmarks, cities, and the airport layout upon arrival prior to stepping foot on the airplane.
Jon knew that in order for this plan to work, he would have to find a simulator system that could fit in his baggage compartment, and still leave room for him and Jan to bring their luggage. It would also have to be a simple system to use.
After reviewing several simulator systems, Jon chose the American Flyers’ Simulator in a Box due to its portability. Measuring 12” high, 16.5” wide, and 13.5” deep, Jon could have his simulator and luggage too.
So far this year’s flights have been the most comfortable flights in years, and Jan has considered taking a “Pinch Hitter” course to increase the knowledge learned with Jon on the simulator.