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FT BA Flight Simulator Outing to Heathrow [UK] – 26 October & 2 November 2018

FT BA Flight Simulator Outing to Heathrow [UK] – 26 October & 2 November 2018

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It’s back again! Simulator choice this year is 747 and 777, but no one will be forced to fly on something they don’t want though, and I would imagine the 747 is the one most want (and should try).

Previous Trip Reports for the 747-400 Simulators
Cost
Each simulator holds 4 people and one instructor. The total cost of a 4 hour session in one simulator would be £1,700 (this is cheaper than BA offer to the public), and this would give around 55-60 minutes of time per person on the controls – although we would rotate during the session so this would be split in to a number of smaller time chunks. Please note that the prices on the BAFT website are quoted as £1,700 excluding VAT per simulator, but we have been offered them for a price of £1,700, including VAT.

As we are charged per simulator generally a group in multiples of 4 would be ideal, with cost per person being £425. If we only had three people for example we would still have to pay £1,700 so the cost per person increases to £567 per person, although we would each get a bit more time at the controls. If we end up with 5 though it may well make sense to go to 1 simulator to reduce the cost and have say 45/50 minutes each per simulator.

Basically once we confirm numbers we can make a choice if we don't have a multiple of 4, although a multiple of 4 would be ideal.

Payment
Once the date is confirmed and booked each person would pay their share directly to BAFT, this is likely to be around September or early October when payment is due. It would be non-refundable so if you don't show you would unfortunately not get your money back, but this stops those that do show all of a sudden having to cover any no-show's share. If you do commit and pay and find in a few months you can't make it one option may be to see if a friend, work colleague, or other FT'er can come and take your place and they can pay you directly for your share which you have already paid to BAFT.

I will ensure that we are absolutely not going to be in a situation on the day where I am asking those that have come along to dip in to their pockets to cover any additional cost. Sorry this seems a bit harsh, but I don't think anyone wants to turn up finding instead of £3,400 divided by 8 it is suddenly only divided by 6.

Dates & Times
Unfortunately weekends are not possible for a group booking, so the options are weekdays. My own preference would be a Friday and probably 1900-2300 as (coming from the regions) I would only need to take half a day off work and wouldn't have to worry about getting back for working the next day. For those in London or around the South East you could come in the evening and there would be no need for any holiday being used.

If we booked for a date more than 3 months in advance we can hopefully get our choice of date & time. I have already confirmed with BA that the dates offered below are available.

The dates being offered are:
  • Friday 26 October 1900-2300
  • Friday 2 November 1900-2300

Location
The simulators are all now at the new Engineering Base at Heathrow near Hatton Cross tube station - they used to be at Cranebank which is where we went in 2014, but they were moved last year and our 2015-2017 visits were at the new facility. http://www.britishairways.com/en-gb/baft/our-location/our-location]More details here[/url].

As this is part of a secure area you would need a passport or other photo ID to enter.

Threads from previous years:
October 2014 -> FT Flight Simulator Outing to BAFT Cranebank and Trip Report here
October 2015 -> FT 747-400 Flight Simulator Outing to BAFT Heathrow
October 2016 -> FT BA Flight Simulator Outing to Heathrow
October 2017 -> FT BA Flight Simulator Outing to Heathrow
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Old Oct 24, 18, 5:50 am
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Called, paid, +1 for 'he's a pleasant chap'.

See some / all of you next week.
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Old Oct 25, 18, 4:54 am
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Just a quick reminder for those coming tomorrow, please do remember your ID - we can deal with most other things on the night but if you don't have ID then it's game over for you unfortunately!

As noted in the PM/email, we are congregating in the HGI bar and setting off just after 1800. If you are not walking there from the hotel then just make your way to Vanguard House where we will all meet up at 1820.

Don't feel you need to have a complete list of things you want to do beforehand but it may be an idea to have a think about anything you may like to try. Also the BA pilot will have some ideas for things as well. You can get some ideas looking through the comments on threads for previous years.

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Old Oct 25, 18, 5:11 am
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Thanks for the organisation Karfa, I'll be coming from the City by motorbike so will meet you all at reception of Vanguard House.

A HEL run on the Saturday (via NCL obvs) so will have passport in hand.

Hopefully my group manages not to break the sim this year.
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Old Oct 25, 18, 10:12 am
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I should land at LHR around 1330. Gonna pop by the Moxy and drop off my stuff maybe rest a bit, then do the walk around the end of the runway to do some plane spotting. Hopefully at HGI in time for dinner. Lessons were learnt last year.
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Old Oct 26, 18, 12:53 am
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I will be at the HGI from late morning, if anyone gets there early feel free to give me a shout if you want to meet.
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Old Oct 26, 18, 1:16 am
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Ironically it's also 'Pilot Careers Live' over at the Sofitel next week I believe. If I could only find a way for a year 1 pilot's salary to actually pay my mortgage and bills etc and still have enough money to fill the gas tank up so I can actually commute to base ;-)
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Old Oct 26, 18, 7:13 am
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Does anyone have plans for some food before we head over this evening?
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Does anyone have plans for some food before we head over this evening?
I'm on my way now - happy to grab a bite beforehand.
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Does anyone have plans for some food before we head over this evening?
I'd be down for some. I'm over at the moxy right now. Could be at the HGI in 20-30. If you give me a time and place I could be there. I'm on what's app and viber too if you pm me a number.
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I'm on my way now - happy to grab a bite beforehand.
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I'd be down for some. I'm over at the moxy right now. Could be at the HGI in 20-30. If you give me a time and place I could be there. I'm on what's app and viber too if you pm me a number.
Happy to meet at 4pm for some food in the HGI?
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Got down mid afternoon.





Just had a quick trip down to Mrytle Avenue to pick up some tips!









Also I note they have brought the 747 for us this evening

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My aim is to get to the HGI in time for food. If I don't, emergency energy bars
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I'm in the bar if anyone wants to join me.
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I'm in the bar if anyone wants to join me.
will be down in 10 mins.
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Have a great night everyone, I'm sure it will be a lot of fun
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