There can be no doubt that being freelance gives you a whole lot of freedom. You can work the hours you want to when you want to. It’s invigorating. Then again so is performing on a trapeze without a net! Because that’s what freelance is. Working without a safety net.
Within the aviation community at large, there exists a subsection that’s dedicated to replicating the real world from the comfort of their home. Home flight simulation has been with us since the dawn of the home computer itself, and these days, the entire world is available for you to fly in and around as many times as you like.
It was a little after 01.30 am on a cold winters evening. It was fairly peaceful, with just the sound of a lone jet aircraft approaching one of the UK’s busiest airports, London Gatwick. As it crossed the A23, and barely 2 miles from touchdown onto Runway 27, the unthinkable happened.
Once in a while, I get away from cockpits, airlines and airports and back to something a little less stuffy and formal. Most reading this article will perhaps be familiar with my work in various aviation magazines over the last few years. However, much of my early adult life was spent in the theatre working both on stage and off.
From complete real-world cockpits right the way down to individual replica panels, if you have the money, time and space, you can build the simulator of your dreams. It’s a big community and one that, once a year, comes together to do something special. Welcome to Worldflight.