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Skullin
02-02-2004, 12:55 PM
http://www.fightercombat.com/rides.htm

is this for real? they'll let anyone fly their planes? sounds too good to be true if you ask me.

Skullin
02-02-2004, 12:55 PM
http://www.fightercombat.com/rides.htm

is this for real? they'll let anyone fly their planes? sounds too good to be true if you ask me.

JR_Greenhorn
02-02-2004, 01:55 PM
It sounds kind of like http://www.flymig.com to me. One can do a lot with a lot of money.

CAP401
02-02-2004, 02:04 PM
THere is a place I think in California that will take you literally in the air in a Italian prop fighter, hand you the controls and let you dogfight in real life against opponents. They have Top Gun instructors sitting right next to you to guild you along, though. The website is www.aircombat.com (http://www.aircombat.com). Sorry I couldn't post the link.

CAP401
02-02-2004, 02:05 PM
look at that I did post it! Sorry for my newbieness!

VonKlugermon
02-02-2004, 02:15 PM
Something similar in St. Augustine, Florida, They fly AT-6's! Of course, if you have the money you could always go here:

http://www.stallion51.com/home.cfm

Willy

TX-EcoDragon
02-02-2004, 06:15 PM
Yes it is "for real" though they don't just toss you the plane. . . you will have a pre-flight briefing that will go over the basics of flight as well as basic aircombat maneuvering, and of course what you can and can't do. FCI (fightercombat.com) uses Extra 300L aircraft (which would be my first choice for this type of thing) which are excellent aerobatic aircraft, other places offer this type of flying in the SF-260, or the T-6 Texan. Rates vary depending on the place, the instructor, and the selected aircraft, but approx 400-500 per hour of flight time is what you should expect to pay. FCI also does a great emergency maneuvers training course (based on Rich Stowell's method).

The targeting system uses laser light and receptors on each aircraft, which has a hit bubble like you might remember from CFS type sims, which make gunnery fairly basic, and also note that the types of maneuvering that you can use are usually fairly limited to turning fights, with the yoyo as the only maneuver that you will typically be able to employ.

If I was looking at this, I would seriously consider looking instead at an aerobatic training flight in the Extra or similar aircraft, which FCI also does, as will any aerobatics training facility. You will get more stick time, more real world flying experience, and be able to fly through a more complete set of maneuvers.

Just be sure you find a qualified school, a good place to find sucha school is here:

http://www.iac.org/begin/schools.html


thats just my .02

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