As a private pilot, it

As a private pilot, it was great to get into the front office of something that only exists in my dreams. Claudio was a great first officer and instructor. He had me maintain altitude, and follow the flight plan. I kept airspeed coming in over the threshold, flared beautifully while touching the nose down ever so softly. Much better than I had ever done in a Cessna! It was great feeling the (simulated) landing gear on touchdown. The tiller took some getting used to, and oh, taking off out of St. Maarten with the mountain at the end of the runway was awesome! I hope in the future, they’ll be a piston leg sim to fully appreciate takeoff thrust, and maybe a few G’s when banking.

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