I recently decided to indulge my fun hobby of a little flight simulation with an added twist. My usual nerd indulgence for MS flight sim buzzing around in commercial jets took an extra step when I discovered a reasonably priced company offering time in a fixed based full Airbus A320 cockpit simulator.
The price included an instructor who noticed my vague understanding of how it all worked. My 90 minute booking (by choice) consisted of some IFR circuits around Birmingham (EGBB) followed by a flight from Birmingham to London's Heathrow.
My first approach into Birmingham was way to high and I aborted crossing the threshold at about 300ft AGL. My second attempt at a visual approach, whilst initially a bit off the centre line, was actually better than I could have wished for. Crossing the numbers at 50ft AGL I then flared way too much and on touching down, proceeded to bounce into the air like a helium filled beach ball. Although I should have gone around I was determined to put it down and managed to land with runway to spare.
The whole thing was a huge amount of fun and I will no doubt return to try and better my previous efforts.