PIREP - Jetline Simulation Bahamas

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  1. Aviator305

    Aviator305 Pre-Flight

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    http://jetlinesimulationbahamas.com/
    W Bay St | The Pointe Plaza One, Shop 115D, Nassau, New Providence Island

    I went on a cheesy weekend Bahamas cruise for my wife’s friend’s birthday. After deboarding at Nassau, we ignored all of the taxi drivers and “tour guides” harrasing the tourists near the customs area. My wife and I just kept walking down the street and let the wind blow us where it may. It was actually a very nice walk and we passed some nice shops and were able to borrow some wifi at the Dunkin Donuts. We walked across the street and were about to bite on a virtual reality arcade, but we passed. We kept walking just a little more around the corner of the street and noticed a big jet poster on the door of the next business suite. We tried to open the door, but it was locked. So, we just kept going, but this lady excitedly open the door and exclaimed, “hey!!! You’ve got to come here! I’m an American. I don’t work here. You have GOT to see this place.” So, we backpedaled to the front door of Jetline Simulation and walked in. We were met by a young man wearing a pilot uniform with one-stripe lapels (later, I learned he is working on his private pilot rating at KFXE) and an enthusiastic smile. Some nonpilot customers that had just gotten out of the simulator wore big smiles and told us, “you HAVE to do this.” To make a long story short, I eventually got on the simulator but revealed that I was an instrument-rated single-engine pilot. I asked pilot owner/manager to start the simulation cold and dark, and he obliged. He went over the startup procedure in absolutely perfect detail; after this, we taxied to runway 4L at JFK. After taking off, he put me through my paces doing several instrument approaches at JFK and LGA. The cockpit was a full replica. Everything - the switches, the yoke, the pedals, the throttle, thrust reverses - felt absolutely real. The only thing missing was full motion for crying out loud. It was an incredible experience sitting on the left seat with this guy. He went above and beyond and was quizzing me on IFR procedures and probed my decision making. For $150, I spent an hour on a real B737 simulator next to a true professional that loves what he does. I tried to tip him in the end because I felt like I was robbing him (who knows how much I would have been charged in the states for something like that...I know I would have been charged almost just as much for 6 approaches at my local flight school’s ATD with 1980’s graphics and dumb flight model), but he refused and told me, “I’m a pilot. I do not get tipped for doing my job. If you want to help, please write a nice review on TripAdvisor.”

    I highly recommend that anyone traveling to Nassau go to this place. As a pilot, I thorooughly enjoyed it, and the nonpilots coming out of the simulator seemed just as enthusiastic as I felt. I will make sure to make a flight over to Nassau to jump in the simulator again and have my wife have a try at it!

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  2. dreyna14

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    Holy crap, that is freaking cool!! I would have told the wife not to wait for me as I probably would have missed the boat for that deal. Here's my question, was the time loggable??
     
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  3. flyingcheesehead

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    Very cool!

    "Hey hon, we need to go to the Bahamas... I can get sim time so cheap, the vacation is practically paid for!" :D
     
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  4. Sinistar

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    Man that is so cool.

    On then one hand this is like: "Now I know where the terrorists train." And on the other hand it looks like you could log sim time in that thing!!!

    Did he mention how he got it...is it a "run-out" simulator and he bought it for more entertainment purposes?
     
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  5. Aviator305

    Aviator305 Pre-Flight

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    It’s an FTD. I logged the approaches for currency.
     
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    He is using it for tourism/entertainment for now. He wishes to expand his business to use this as an actual training tool for airline pilots. It looked brand-spanking new to me. I don’t think it’s a runout simulator.
     
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    Thanks for heads up, heading to Nassau next week and will have to check it out.
     
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  8. Groundpounder

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    That's exactly what I want to do on vacation, pretend I'm at recurrent.

    That's a no from me, dog.