SIMULATOR

Love planes? So do we, but it’s probably a safe bet that John Davis loves them more. Rather than go for a bedroom built into a plane, he turned his own into a fully functional,professional-grade simulator. Now 47 years old, it took Davis eight years and over $30,000 to complete his working replica of a […]


Love planes? So do we, but it’s probably a safe bet that John Davis loves them more. Rather than go for a bedroom built into a plane, he turned his own into a fully functional,professional-grade simulator.

Now 47 years old, it took Davis eight years and over $30,000 to complete his working replica of a Boeing 747 cockpit. His rig has a centre screen measuring 12 by nine feet flanked by two 19 inch flatscreens, and uses Microsoft Flight Simulator and Aerowinx PS1 for the visuals. All the attention to detail has really paid off – Davis shelved his graphic design job and now rents out time on the simulator to pilot trainees looking to get their wings.

Asked how his wife coped with his hobby, Davis replied: "There was no room for anything else – that’s why my wife had to go!"