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baywatchNottingham
Nottingham13 contributions
Ripped off!
May 2015 • Friends
I was given a 30 minute flight simulator session costing £54 as a present. SimSpot went into liquidation before I could use it. No compensation was forthcoming.
I do hope the company directors avoided jail . . . and were able to establish another business venture despite their CJD's . . .
Written January 14, 2016
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

jarvis1983uk
Nottingham, England, United Kingdom17 contributions
Come Fly with ...... Me?
Sep 2014 • Solo
If like me the only experience of flying any sort of plane was that of Sega Arcade Classic Afterburner, or maybe even a little Microsoft Flight Simulator 98, (being not even good at that), then this will come as a big deal, as the Sim Spot Flight experience is something special, an experience that to remember, and just something that i always had an interest in doing. Its not too bad either that its bloody cool thing to do aswell!

When growing up watching the legendary Krypton Factor one of the best parts of the show was, the plane challenge, to land a plane, with great accuracy, and using all the tools of the trade in front of your, the x/y axis, degrees, wings etc, and now with SimSpot in the Corner House Nottingham, you can not only land a plane, you can also take off and fly to some of the worlds most beautiful locations, plus landing in some of the most difficult airports in the world too.

I was quite nervous in actually doing this, even though I knew it wasn’t a real plane, i had never done anything like this before, plus I’ve never actually been on a plane myself, just never traveled abroad or had the opportunity, but here i was, and this wasn’t any plane, it was a Boeing 737 so this was kind of a over coming my nerves or fears as well at this point, but they soon calmed, and this wasn’t a problem at all, everything went smooth sailing (or flying!) as the instructor made me feel comfortable, welcomed, and relaxed, which really helped a first timer!

The store layout was great, it really felt like you was at a Airport (or so i assume :) ) being in a prime location in Nottingham’s Corner House and being up in the clouds on the top floor, it just felt more of an overall experience. It was very calm and welcoming, there was also a Xbox 360 and a Kinect for anyone or groups of people waiting for someone who is experiencing the thrill of flying a plane, and could just chill in the waiting area. Everything has a nice family feel to things, so props here for SimSpot for accommodating even the non paying customer on there grounds, as they didn’t need to, they could just have chairs, but nope, its set up for people to have a smile on their faces, even if they are just waiting outside.

When you walk into the cockpit of the flight simulator I was like woah this looks amazing. It was seriously button overload, but that what a real plane is, it has all the buttons and lights with screens all the way around you, closing you in, feeling like you are sitting in a real cockpit. The surrounding screens or your ‘windows’ make it look like you or really there in the front of the plane, so you can look forward, left or right, and its all as it should be if you were on the ground of in the air. This certainly helps, that you can just look out the window and fly by any skyline you wanted and of course, and just have the all around real feeling, just remember to try and not hit a tree, because how real it feels flying this beast of a machine, you might get a squeaky bum time, with a forest coming in the head lights!

My instructor would brief me on where we would be flying from and set the course of destination to. My first flight plan would be Stansted Airport to Heathrow Airport. This would be nice short touch landing just as a little tester to the whole experience and get the feel for the plane/flying and landing I flew past many of London’s greatest landmarks and even flew right between the Canary Wharf and The London ‘Gherkin’ building which was pretty awesome.

Now that i did the basics the instructor gave me a bigger and better challenge. I flew through the cliffs and hills of Finland, and this was one of the destinations that the instructor said to me that’s one of his favorites, and he flies for real when he does cargo runs. This was a little more difficult, with all the snow in my eyes, the hills, and pure whites, so hats off to the instructor for doing it in real life. I didn’t do too bad I guess, apart from missing the runway at then end a just every so slightly getting closer to hitting a tree, but i think it just scrapped my nose, so I’m pretty pleased there, especially as there was a few sharp turns in the pure white mountains, and i come down pretty well.

Lastly the instructor gave me a more challenging experience and this one was one of, if the most difficult airports to land at in the world and this was in Japan. I can safely say that I did this well as the instructor thought so, even though I didn’t see the airport landing strip till the very end but I made it, little bit wobbly but all in all it was a good landing. That’s the point of this airport landing strip, the sharp turn, and the mist of red lights with the other sky line makes it massively hard to notice the very very sharp turn by the harbour, so i was impressed here with my flying.

I had a amazing time at SimSpot and would recommend this to anyone even if it was something that you had no plans in doing it truly is something you need to experience as it feels so real and you can like me overcome fears and boundaries of flying, get yourself booked in to SimSpot on the top floor of the Corner House in Nottingham it was something I would like to do again and again.

Check out some of our photos and videos of my experience at SimSpot and visit SimSpot Ltd website for booking and more information on how you can experience for yourself and this is by far “One of the best things to do in Nottingham”

SimSpot Website – http://www.simspot.co.uk/

SimSpot Twitter – @SimSpotLtd
Written July 12, 2015
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Paul c
Nottingham, UK12 contributions
Great fun, even the other half enjoyed it
Feb 2015 • Couples
It was Christmas the kids were asking what we wanted, no more jumpers, slippers please, came across the Simspot offer 1 hr flying and meal for 2 after. Kids paid for the experience on-line a few days later received the voucher, (the session had to be booked within 12 months). In January phoned booked time and date, easy no issues.

The experience itself, turned up on the day at time, polity note on door explaining that only 1 staff on, so will be let in once previous session complete, so had wait outside, this was not a real issue as inside,but thought i would mention it. Once in the 10 min induction explaining the layout and asking what you want to do, then you start flying. I enjoyed it, being Ps4 games player it my type of thing, was less sure if the the wife. she loved it, taking off, doing some turns and then landing.

As part of the package we had 3 course meal in saltwater, the food was good. The only thing to be aware of, you can not choose from the normal menu , it is a simspot menu. still a reasonable choice and like i said earlier the food was good and probable go back to saltwater for meal.
Written February 22, 2015
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SwedeAbroad
Dartmouth, Canada394 contributions
Absolutely Brilliant
Feb 2015 • Couples
My wife and I had booked a one hour flight experience followed by dinner at Saltwater. I have always been interested in flying and planes but not had the opportunity to try flying since I was a teenager in a little two seater plane.

The simulator has the same layout as a Boeing 737-800NG and flight controls etc. are fully functioning. Our instructor (he did not introduce himself so I am afraid I do not know his name) was friendly and provided good instructions. I flew first and I was given a brief introduction to the cockpit. I was somewhat familiar with most of the main flight controls prior to the experience as I enjoy watching documentaries about flying.

There is a wide variety of airports available and I flew from Newark to JFK. The graphics may not be HD but I found them perfectly adequate. All details you would see in real life are there. I have flown and out of both EWR and JFK numerous times and the simulator offers an authentic experience. It would obviously have been fantastic to be in a 'real' moving simulator but Sim Spot offers a good and affordable alternative.

My wife flew from Malmö Airport to Copenhagen Airport and again the graphics corresponded with reality e.g. our approach was next the Öresund Bridge.
She did not enjoy the flight experience as much as I did but still thought it was fun.

I will certainly come back for another sim experience. I have also decided to try 'real' flying and see if I like it enough to get a private pilot's license.
Written February 18, 2015
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Philip H
Nottingham8 contributions
Great fun.
Dec 2014 • Friends
I treated my son for Christmas. It was great fun, good directions were given to him and he was able to follow them pretty well. Perhaps slightly over ambitious in choosing the old Hong Kong airport as our final landing site but we didn't crash or go for a swim so, not too bad at all.
Worst part, only having half an hour and the need to cram so much instruction in to so short a time. That's hardly Sim Spot's fault though, I should have just paid the extra for an hour. They will need to update their graphic's in reasonably near future I suspect if they are going to continue to compete with the computer games so many have available to them at home.
Written December 29, 2014
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wref
nottingham61 contributions
You really must try this!
Dec 2014 • Family
Visited with my two sons, and we all thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The incredible 180 degree detailed graphics give a feeling of movement even though the equipment is fixed. The instructor, Greg Jones explained the aircraft controls in a simple and effective way which added to the experience. We landed at four different airfields, and the time was spent taking off, approaching the destination airfield, and landing, often with very funny consequences. When a successful landing is achieved, the sense achievement is huge! The layout of the cockpit is exactly the same as a 737, and you have a choice of over 2000 airfields to choose from. I recommend this experience unreservedly.
Written December 29, 2014
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Anna B
Nottingham, UK1 contribution
Excellent experience, would recommend!
Oct 2014 • Friends
Went with a friend a couple of months ago- found it a fascinating and very enjoyable experience, the pilot was helpful and knowledgeable throughout. Got the chance to 'land' in several different airports around the world which was huge fun. Would definitely recommend, feel it would suit a flying novice (like me) or enthusiast (like my friend).
Written December 28, 2014
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Nick P
Nottinghamshire, UK3 contributions
Very good experience
Oct 2014 • Friends
A lot of fun. Very interesting experience. You can choose from various airports around the world. Instructor was very helpful. Would recommend.
Written December 28, 2014
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brianureds2014
Nottingham, UK10 contributions
disappointing
Dec 2014 • Couples
seems only one person ever works here so the place is closed up when there doing the flying experience,
Written December 22, 2014
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ail
Nottingham, UK33 contributions
Present for my other half
Oct 2014 • Solo
My other half loves this type of thing and really enjoyed it. He got to fly to destinations he flys to regularly and also had time to do Hong Kong (old airport) twice as he missed the runway first time!

The controls all seemed very realistic and the instructor was helpful.

I thought the graphics were a bit basic but I was not in the hot seat.
Written November 17, 2014
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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