I am truly humbled by the response we received from our visitors over the last two and a half days. Thank you to everyone who made the time to visit us at the Aero South Africa Exhibition and thank you for your interest and wonderfully encouraging response. I also have to thank my wife Caroline who valiantly made time to take everyone through what Heritage Flight Simulation was about and explain the Spitfire offering while I had my head down providing hundreds of Virtual Flight demonstrations. Also without my daughter Kathryn pitching in on Saturday we would have floundered in the midst of all the interest.
Of course the kids loved the VR and all flew pretty well in the DCS World Spitfire. Talk about the Playstation generation!
What struck me the most though, was the reaction from real world pilots. We had many visiting our stand, including retired and active airline, commercial and recreation pilots. Without exception they were the ones who were truly gobsmacked. I could not have wished for better! I believe the experience in the actual cockpit will be unsurpassed.
We had a Visitors Book going where individuals could register their interest in being notified when our Spitfire Experience at Krugersdorp Airfield is up and running. This is expected to be towards the end of this year. The experience will entail an hour of tuition in the HFS Spitfire Mk.IX cockpit with a qualified instructor from the Aviatech Flight Academy. This will encompass basic operational procedures such as start-up, taxi, take-off, basic manoeuvres and landing. Upon booking you will be sent the Spitfire Pilots Notes in preparation. Eighty six people have already expressed interest by signing up in the book! Many left comments as well, such as “Fantastic!” “Love it!” “Can’t wait!” “I want one!” and “Amazing!”
Here follow a few pics from the preparations and the exhibition…