An exact replica 1:1 scale simulator of the Boeing 737-800 NG is proving a hit following its launch in February.

The world class machine has received a great reception from amateurs and professionals since its opening in Newburn in Newcastle

Importantly, all of the components within the simulator are made to the exact scale and functionality of the real aircraft bringing the highest level immersion simulator available on the fixed based market, to the North East.

The complete 220 degree field of view wrap around screen gives the highest level of realism available and the company behind the project is The 737 Experience It is led by owner and aviation enthusiast Anth Fitches and he’s been delighted by its popularity, particularly in the early stages of the business.

He said: “We wanted to bring an affordable but highly realistic experience to the region for anyone interested in experiencing sitting in the cockpit and through loads of hard work we’ve managed to achieve it. The comments we’ve received so far have been great and the BBC have just been along to film us on one of our school education days. I think people are stunned by how far this kind of tech has come and the realism of the experience has left them quite surprised.”

Perhaps not so shocked by the sim are a number of experienced pilots and training pilots the facility has attracted.

Anth added, “We worked closely with active 737 airline pilots during the project to ensure that it was as close to the real aircraft as possible both visually and in terms of the fidelity of flight”