Motion v Fixed Based Simulators

The Boeing 737 800 – NG Flight Simulator

This flight simulator is a full replica of a Boeing 737 – 800 NG

Although it is a fixed based simulator, below is what you will experience


The world really is your oyster with over 24,000 flight destinations on offer at this flight simulator in Warwickshire! Most of us have been on a big commercial jet at some point, but rather than flicking through the duty free catalogue and paying over the top for a lukewarm coffee, on this flight you will be up front in the flight deck! Hidden in the Warwickshire countryside, there’s no indication from the outside of this building that you will be tackling perhaps a lightning storm over New York, or bringing the plane in to land with one engine down. Of course, none of these scenarios are real, but it does indeed all feel very real. As you pull the curtain back to step up into the cockpit, it’s all dimmed lights, dials, gauges, levers and screens just as you’d expect. If you’ve never flown before you won’t know where to start with it all, but that’s where your pilot instructor comes in with the tips and help. What’s more, this Warwickshire simulator team have flown more flights than we’ve had hot dinners, but in essence it’s you in charge.

Motion Versus Fixed Base

motionThe above is a full motion Level D simulator

A flight simulator is a device that recreates an aircraft and its environment in order to simulate its flight behaviour, understand how the aircraft’s systems work and how external forces such as air density, wind, rain turbulence (and many other factors) affect the aircraft’s flight. A full motion state of the art flight simulator is used primarily to train real pilots; however, there are a lot of various flight simulator games available to anyone interested in flying. A simulator is especially useful, if a pilot needs training before switching to a new aircraft model. For example, when transitioning from one aircraft type to another or just to undergo differences training like from the Boeing 737-200 cockpit to a 737 EFIS/NG cockpit


Full motion cockpit simulators feature movable hydraulic legs and actuators that are at least 15 ft. above floor level and recreate the motion of a moving cockpit. These legs are also controlled by the central computer and react in accordance to the pilot’s control movements and the weather profile inserted in the system. When the pilot decides to change the direction of flight in a full motion simulator, the hydraulic legs will then tilt the entire cockpit in the requested direction.

This allows the pilots not only to see a visual picture of a turn but also to feel the movements that result from his/her control movements. In an advanced motion cockpit simulator, you can also feel acceleration when adding or reducing power. This is done by either tilting the whole simulator back (during acceleration) or forward (when simulating braking). Very advanced simulators can even simulate an environment on the ground showing cars on the road and airport service vehicles as well as ground personnel.


So if you decide one day that you want to become an airline pilot then at some point in your future career you will most likely be flying a full motion cockpit simulator both during your type training as well as subsequent revalidation flights and exams.

There are generally two main types of flight simulators. The first ones are PC-based flight simulators that replicate some systems of the aircraft (this could include a visual environment like in the Flight Simulator X or Prepare 3D for example). The second ones are full cockpits (pilot training simulators) with which may vary from simple fixed base platforms (FNPT I and FNPT II) to more advanced models and can be a full copy of real aircraft with motion platforms that move according to the pilot’s control movements and the simulation of external forces. These are commonly used to train real airline pilots.


A full cockpit (pilot training simulator) allows its user to become familiar with the aircraft cockpit of a specific aircraft type and/or variant. The interior of such a cockpit will closely resemble the real thing only instead of the windows there will be computer screens that will display sky or earth/airport images depending on the pilot’s movements. These screens, together with all the instruments, are connected to a central computer that coordinates their functionality. In addition, the cockpit simulators will have several large speakers, to recreate three-dimensional sound in order to build a very convincing illusion of flight as close to reality as possible

Below is a Fixed Based 737 Flight Training Simulator


If You Require a full Motion Simulator experience, please click on this Link, they are the only company that can supply this experience in the Midlands area, beware though, you may have to travel south.


Full Motion Simulators