We’re excited to be the only 777 flight simulator open to the public in Perth, Australia, and even the southern hemisphere, but what makes this so special? And how is the 777 flight simulator that we operate here in Perth different to other flight simulators, e.g. a 737 flight simulator or a 747 flight simulator?
Boeing is known for making “pilots’ planes” – aircraft loved by the crews and a pleasure to fly.
If you look at the history of Boeing’s jetliners, you could say they originated in two completely different engine technology eras. The Boeing 737 first went into service in 1967 and was designed to service short- and medium-range routes. It is a twin-engine, narrow-bodied plan with a single passenger aisle. The 100 and 200 series were powered by what is now regarded as highly inefficient engines.
The 747 was designed in the 1960s and entered service in 1969. It utilised next-generation engines providing motive power by both direct thrust and bypass thrust at a ratio of about 3 to 1. The Boeing 747 is the original “jumbo”, a wide-bodied, long-range jet plane. It also has two decks – a twin aisle main deck and a single aisle upper deck which create the obvious “hump” at the front of the plane. The 747 also has four engines. The 747 remains the fastest large passenger jet in service. A key aspect of the 747 design is in its “slipperiness” and its aerodynamic design is regarded as an enduring triumph. The 747 looks like it should be fast! A little known fact about the 747 is the trimming system. Boeing engineers used a method of trimming that sees the entire tailplane moved in-flight as opposed to using trim-tabs as is common on other aircraft. The benefits of this system were well proven in other, light aircraft such as the Mooney M20 series. Boeing took this design and applied it to the 747 with the resulting higher speed/lower fuel burn providing a ky commercial benefit. There is another Boeing airliner which uses this trimming system – the 777.
The Boeing 777 was developed in the 1980s and 1990s and put into service in 1995. The big difference between a Boeing 777 and a Boeing 747 is that the B777 has two engines rather than four engines like the B747 has. The 777 design featuring two engines was made possible through the development of even higher-bypass turbofan engines, whose higher efficiency allowed the plane to operate long haul extended twin engine operations. These engines make the operation of a 777 significantly cheaper than that of a 747. One key metric is to apply the fuel burn rates where a 777 in cruise will burn roughly 7 tonnes of fuel an hour, as compared to the 747’s 15 tonnes – and the 777 carries only about 50 fewer passengers.
The planes have different lengths (the 777 sits somewhere in the middle between the length of the 747-400 and the 747-8i), and their landing gear is configured quite differently. The 777 in fact sports the largest single undercarriage of any airliner currently flying.
Across all models of the respective planes, over 9,300 Boeing 737s, over 1,500 Boeing 747s and over 1,450 Boeing 777s have been delivered to date. If you consider that the 747 has been in service 26 years longer than the 777, this number is quite an achievement for the 777! The order book for the 777 and its variants remains strong.
How Does this Translate to our 777 Flight Simulator at Perth’s Jandakot Airport?
Our 777 Fixed Base Procedural Trainer is modelled after the Boeing 777-200LR, one of the most successful long distance carriers of all time. The 200LR can fly non-stop from Singapore to London and forms part of the fleets of major airlines like Emirates, Cathay Pacific, Air New Zealand, Lufthansa, KLM and Air Canada.
Simulators can be constructed to varying budgets. No expense has been spared on Flight City’s 777 simulator. When you are looking for your simulator experience, you should ask some key questions:
Flight City’s fully working MCP panel, EFIS, check lists, full FMC motorised throttles and speed brake assemblies, together with the high definition visual display featuring a fully immersive curved 225 degree screen and realistic noise and vibration will give you an extremely realistic experience of being at the helm of the flight deck of a 777-200LR. So it will really feel like you are in control of the 777’s two turbofan engines and its distinct landing gear!