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Mycockpitview. Huge cumulonimbus cloud on our way to Milano.Huge cumulonimbus cloud on our way to Milano. On the other hand it was very isolated so finding a way around was not a big deal…

Mycockpitview. Luxair Bombardier Dash8 Q400 departing London City Airport on a grey morning.Luxair Bombardier Dash8 Q400 departing London City Airport on a grey morning.

How does a Bombardier Q400 simulator look like?

Mycockpitview. Bombardier Dash8 Q400 full flight simulator. Lufthansa flight training vienna.This is the Bombardier Dash8 Q400 simulator at the Lufthansa Flight Training center in Vienna. Every crew flies it every six month for two days. The first day being a session to train the crew to numerous failures that could happen in real life, from minor navigation instruments failure, to engine fire or smoke in the cockpit. The second day is a checkride where an examiner checks that the crew complies with the procedures and has the level of proficiency required to renew their licence and continue flying for the company. The simulator is mounted on electric cylinders and can move on 6 axis (3 rotations and 3 translations) to reproduce all the flying sensations, from accelerations during takeoff or turns to turbulences.

Mycockpitview. Bombardier Dash8 Q400 full flight simulator. Lufthansa flight training vienna.

Once inside, it looks like a big room. In the back is the instructor’s panel, with a small table to take notes, and several screens. The lower one is used to set up the simulator parameters and the failures, the upper one is mostly used to check the aircraft routing and the precision of flying during the approaches and the last one reproduces the picture seen in the captain’s head up guidance system.

Mycockpitview. Bombardier Dash8 Q400 full flight simulator. Lufthansa flight training vienna.

The front part is the exact replica of the Q400 cockpit. The outside view is generated by computers and transmitted by several projectors, creating a 180 degrees outside view for both pilots.

Mycockpitview. Boats crossing eachother between Danemark and Sweden. The sunset turning water into gold.Boats crossing eachother between Danemark and Sweden. The sunset turning water into gold.

Mycockpitview. Luxair Bombardier Dash8 Q400 first officer.Luxair Bombardier Dash8 Q400 first officer.

imageCargolux Boeing 747 shortly before it’s landing runway 24 in Luxembourg (ELLX) on a hazy spring morning.

Mycockpitview. Madrid Bajaras LEMD, Spain.Madrid Bajaras LEMD, Spain.

Mycockpitview. Thrust levers, Luxair Boeing 737 NG.Thrust levers, Luxair Boeing 737 NG.

Mycockpitview. Descending towards Copenhagen, bridges over water turned into gold due to the sunset.Descending towards Copenhagen, bridges over water turned into gold due to the sunset.

Mycockpitview. Luxair Boeing 737 taxiing to runway 24 in Luxembourg on a foggy spring morningLuxair Boeing 737 taxiing to runway 24 in Luxembourg on a foggy spring morning