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Air India’s first-ever flight simulator will give you a taste of being in the cockpit

PW Bureau 

‘Boeing 747-200’ — used extensively by the pilots for nearly 21 years — was manufactured and designed by the CAE, Canada and acquired by Air India in 1980 Mumbai: National carrier Air India’s first-ever flight simulator is ready for public display at Mumbai Nehru Science Centre where people can have a look at the state-of-the-art cockpit. The ‘Boeing 747-200’ — used extensively by the pilots for nearly 21 years, was designed and manufactured by the CAE, Canada (previously known as the Canadian Aviation Electronic Industries Limited) and acquired by Air India in 1980.

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Before it landed at the Nehru Science Centre some years back, the flight simulator used to train hundreds of pilots from across the country. At that time, the simulator was the most technologically superior flight crew training aid that replicated every function of the aircraft accurately. The stimulator was donated by the national carrier to the Nehru Science Centre in 2006 after it became technologically obsolete. Creating awareness on the significance of simulations in the field of aviation is one of the main purposes of the artifact, said a release, adding that this artefact sheds a glimpse into technologies associated with flight simulations. After its restoration, the Boeing 747-200 flight simulator was launched by Airports Authority of India (AAI) Regional Executive Director, western region, Keshava Sharma on February 4. For the development of an Aviation Gallery at the Nehru Science Centre, a Memorandum of Agreement worth Rs 2 crore was signed between AAI and the National Council of Science Museums.