Wonderful day I had a lovely day in the 737 simulator. Mak was so friendly and an excellent instructor. He gave me great confidence to try difficult scenarios including landing on one engine in Geneva and in the snow in Innsbruck in a strong cross wind. I can't wait to book again. - 21/09/21
Brilliant! Brilliant! Flight simulator session We signed up for a 90 minute flight for my 2 sons, 13 and 16. I thought the time would drag as my wife I weren't going to fly but we really enjoyed watching from our front row seats.
Our instructor Howard was really friendly and genuinely enthusiastic and helped us plan the flights we wanted to try.
We opted for the VIP package and we are so pleased we did as the video is a great way to remember the day
We will certainly be back. Thanks Howard for a great day
Richard and family, Milton Keynes - 20/09/21
Aerospace experience fir hubby’s 60th birthday Amazing experience from beginning to end. Hubby throughly enjoyed. Would highly recommend. I even took on the role of co-pilot. Gary our instructor went over and above during our visit. There was a mix up with the booking and the 60 minute first class experience I had booked for my husband’s 60th birthday hadn’t been recorded. Gary took us back into the simulator for a third flight even though it was well over his time and he was due to go home. It was nearly 7o’clock when we left. What pilots have to remember while getting us safely to our chosen destinations is incredible. Good luck to Gary in his career as a pilot. - 19/09/21
Worth every penny This is something I've wanted to do for ages! It was a brilliant present to receive from my husband.
The day itself was utterly brilliant. Mak was really helpful and funny and let me choose where I did my take-off and landings and gave excellent instructing as to what to do.
I definitely want to do this again on a different aircraft type (this was a 737) at some point! - 19/09/21
Excellent session, adapted to level of customer I’m a repeat visitor to the 737 (static) simulator at Virtual Aerospace at Shoreham Airport. On my latest visit (September 2021) my instructor was Nigel, who was friendly and professional from the moment I walked in. After the briefing, during which he asked about any previous experience, he asked which airports/routes I wanted to do. He came up with some great suggestions based on what I had done previously, which made for a challenging session (which is what I wanted). I had a 90 minute session with the addition of the Gate to Gate experience and a video of the entire session. Pushing away from Gatwick North, taking off, then touch-and-go landings at Luton, Stansted, City Airport and landing at Heathrow. A quick reset to take off from Samos, loop around and land back at Samos. Then another reset to take off from the new Hong Kong airport and do a night landing at the old Hong Kong airport. Between them, a mixture of visual only landings, instruments using raw data, and instruments using ILS. I was slightly frazzled by the end, but it was an excellent session. Nigel did one thing which I have not seen before, which is to use a physical pointer and a laser pointer, which sounds like a small thing, but which is really handy when you’re trying to spot a runway in the distance in an area that you don’t know.
Having done this previously, I’ve found that the instructors are great at adapting to the level of whoever comes in the door, so don’t be put off by the intensity of what I did on this session if you’re a beginner. They will adapt accordingly.
Excellent. Definitely recommended. - 19/09/21
Excellent from start to finish can’t wait to have a go myself Was greeted by Tim who introduced himself to my son aged 12 who was here for the experience as a Christmas present from last year
From the offset Tim concentrated on my son and was speaking to him in a way that centered on him instead of us as parents
Tim gave my son a choice of options and asked if he had a thought on where he wanted to fly from and to as again he said it’s your experience you do what you want
Eventually it’s was decided to do a take off from LaGuardia and a landing in JFK
Followed by a take off from Bodrum and landing into Dalaman taxi to the gate , shut down and then start up from cold and dark
Tim was very patient with my son and was not phased by any question or comment
I would highly recommend this to anyone who has a love for aviation
Thank you Tim for the time you gave today and I look forward to getting in the captains seat myself - 18/09/21
Amazing experience My Dad went to the Virtual Aerospace Northampton for a gate to gate experience with instructor Tim Upton. KLAS las vegas Rio De Janeiro shut down and bring to life.
We cannot recommend a visit highly enough. Professional service. Tim was so knowledgable friendly and made the trip. Realistic experience defiantly worth a visit and we will defiantly love to go again. 5 star experience . - 18/09/21
Must do experience I was a bit nervous to start with but Gary, my instructor, was great and quick to put me at ease. He made the whole experience a lot of fun. I took off and landed in Istanbul and then took off again from Cape Town with my wife as co pilot. It was a great experience to see the other side of flying. Thoroughly recommend it. Thanks Gary! - 18/09/21
Brilliant B737 Experience My daughter had a 90 min B737 experience with Virtual Aerospace at Stockport as a birthday present. She has just started A levels and is thinking of commercial aviation as a possible career. Instructor Alan F guided her through the controls and helped her fly between Manchester and Dublin in real time. We still had a few minutes left after that, so switched to taking off from San Francisco; flying low over Alcatraz; under the Golden Gate Bridge (!) before returning to SFO for a slightly soggy landing. All in all a surprisingly realistic mixture of serious flying and fun. Alan was very informative and really interested in passing on his knowledge and experience as a pilot. He even followed up with an email containing information on how my daughter can find out more about flying as a job. - 17/09/21
Fantastic experience highly recommend Had a lovely welcome from Mak, from the minute we arrived he was determined to make the experience everything you wanted. It was my husband's experience but Mak made me feel so welcome as well. Wayne said it was s fantastic experience as it's something he had never done and would definitely recommend and love to do again. It was easy to find, had parking would 💯% recommend. - 14/09/21
Flight on a 737 wow Everybody should do this, its a great experience. Our Instructor Gary was Brilliant and so human, even laughed when i made a simple error ( like almost Crashing) It was so realistic and worth every second, I just want to go back and do it again. flew into 2 airports and the second was was a Great landing , albeit a bit bumpy . JUST DO IT... - 13/09/21
Pilot Respect. Like many others on here, we both thought Mak and the simulator was brilliant; just at the right level for a couple of novices whose cockpit experience stretched only as far as watching every episode of "Air Crash Investigation"!
We spent most of the time concentrating on the maze of flying instruments, though Mak had me also flicking the switches for passengers to belt-up and the crew to prepare for take-off and landing!
How pilot's cope when something goes awry is a mystery to us!
My landing hit the trees short of the runway, but my good lady did better; ending up parallel with, though not on, it. That's why she got to wear the pilot's cap in the photo Mak took and framed for us.
Hope you Dad's ok now Mak, and best wishes for your impending move to commercialism! - 11/09/21
Absolutely amazing! An amazing experience !! The best customer service of any business this year. Mak ( the instructor) was just brilliant. Elaine in customer support and Mak helped us through a difficult day ( car trouble ! ) to make sure we got our slot. Thanks a million guys. The two hour session was all we could have wished for, and more. Mak was patient and supportive from the outset and it was fantastic being guided by such an experienced pilot. Thanks for everything! Thoroughly recommended. - 08/09/21
Very good with some caveats I want to start of by saying I had a fantastic time! The instructor (think it was Mak, apologies if it wasn't) was friendly, helpful, and extremely knowledgeable. I have a bit of experience with Flight Sims, as I spend a lot of time in Microsoft's one, and he spent time on explaining things I didn't know/understand and didn't waste time explaining things I did know. 11/10 to him!
However (there's always a 'however'), I marked it down for two reasons:
1) the graphics are quite dated, resembling MS's 1998 flight Sim, so don't expect state of the art graphics. That said, the cockpit is so realistic that you spend most of the time looking at the cockpit so the poor graphics really aren't much of an issue. Just be aware this is no MSFS2020 🙂
2) the MAIN reason for marking it down is the quality of the video you get if you upgrade. The resolution is very low, it's blurry, poorly lit, and the audio doesn't fair much better. No way worth the £25 they charge. £5-£10 is a more reasonable charge. Same goes for the photo. £10 for a 6"x4" photo (in a frame to be fair), taken on the sort of camera you'd slip in your pocket for holiday.
All in all, you'll have a fantastic day just don't waste your money on the 'extras' - 06/09/21
Brilliant experience. Thoroughly recommend. What a wonderful experience. My instructor Mak was brilliant. Very welcoming, relaxed and patient. Was my first time in a simulator and Mak made it most enjoyable. He was very informative and explained everything clearly. Landed and took off from many airports, Gatwick, Heathrow, Brisbane and of course Kai Tak in Hong Kong. Which was incredible. Mak was so calm throughout it all, even with my lack of experience. Would thoroughly recommend him and everyone at Shoreham Airport. Had a great day. - 06/09/21
Brilliant experience Instructor Mak was brilliant. Talked over the whole thing with us before we went in and tailored it to how we liked. Couldn’t have asked for any more. Very helpful in getting information and advice of starting pilot training and how to go about this. Would recommend this to anyone. Perfect for beginners who have no experience whatsoever on aircraft or anything. - 04/09/21
Great experience What a great experience. I received a warm and friendly greeting from Gary and after a briefing on the controls I picked two airports for a take off and landing circuit in my 60 minute experience.
Gary provided positive instruction and lots of encouragement to safely take off, fly and land, although I could do with more practice to keep on the runway once I had landed on it.
Having never piloted a 737 before I can't say how realistic it is, but everything about the experience felt real and this is something I would love to do again.
Virtual Aerospace have also been great at rearranging my flight due to covid restriction cancellations.
A brilliant experience and something I would really recommend. - 03/09/21
Interesting experience My flight experience was with Paul, who was very welcoming and very proficient with me, an absolutel novice. I learned a lot and appreciated how skilled Paul was.
In lockdown, I choose to go 'on a flight' more for the experience of being in the air and I think, in retrospect, I should have just said to Paul, just fly anywhere you fancy, that you think would be good fun but instead, I had gone down the route of really taking on board flight technicalities which I found quite demanding! Also, the two airports I chose were graphically very drab!
I might go again just to have a pilot chauffeur me around!
I give Paul 5 stars and my experience 4 stars - 01/09/21
10/10 A brilliant experience! I am currently half way into my training to become a commercial pilot, working towards attaining my ATPL and I was given the 737 Flight Simulator Experience as a Christmas Present. I decided to hold onto it until completing the Ground School phase of my training. Mak my instructor was fantastic - prior to starting we discussed the extent of my studies so far and he tailored the experience to suit. We built on the knowledge I had attained in Ground School and I was able to bring to life some of the concepts I had previously learned about. Mak took me through powering up the aircraft from start, programming the FMS, and completed both VOR and ILS approaches. The experience was not only informative but great fun and time definitely 'flew'!
Excellent instructor - would recommend. - 26/08/21
Amazing experience! I bought the 2 hour gate to gate Boeing 737 experience for my husband and we had our session at Stockport. We were shown the full start up of the aircraft including all the safety checks which was so interesting, and it was down to my husband to carry out these checks under guidance. Once in the air it just got better and better, the graphics were absolutely amazing and you truly felt as though you really were 37,000 feet above the ground. Our instructor, who was a previous captain for TUI was brilliant, so informative. This is was an exact replica of a Boeing 737-800 that pilots use to train in. Very highly recommended, want to do it again! - 20/08/21
Fantastic Experience Booked the ten-hour 737 familiarisation course and had a fantastic time over several days. Was at the controls the entire time and had a great instructor in Mak who guided me through everything I needed to know to handle the aircraft. Practiced powering up the plane, programming the route and then the taxi, take-off, climb, cruise and landing. Highly recommended for anyone who is at all interested in aviation! - 20/08/21