Former astronaut supports Aerobility's simulator challenge
PUBLISHED: 11:28 09 October 2012 | UPDATED: 12:10 08 January 2013
The disabled flying charity is working to raise £100,000 to buy - and maintain for five years - an aircraft fuselage flight simulator.
Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, took part in Aerobility’s Global Flight Simulator Challenge yesterday.
The disabled flying charity is working to raise £100,000 to buy – and maintain for five years – an aircraft fuselage flight simulator. It is currently running a sponsored circumnavigation, complete with stops at ‘real’ destinations, and hopes to pick up a Guinness World Record on the way.
This simulator enables people with weak, missing or prosthetic limbs to acclimatise to the aircraft environment, without the serious expense of actual flight.
Buzz was one of a hundred pilots taking part in the challenge. He said: “It’s a lot of fun, flying this simulator, even though I’m used to faster speeds! It requires skill.”
Other famous faces taking part in the event include Iron Maiden lead singer Bruce Dickinson, world land speed record holder Andy Green and RAF chief Sir Stephen Dalton.
Click here for information on how to donate or here to follow the challenge’s progress.
Look out for a full report in Pilot’s December issue.