Face it, given a chance, everyone would like to fly. A lot of adventure sports seek to satisfy that craving. Skydiving, balloon rides and gliding to name a few. Needless to say, these sports involve a lot of risks unless you are trained to practice them. That’s where simulators come into the picture. A bunch of Ozs realized this and have designed what they call a “Portable Gliding Simulator.” They have done so because they believe that the Australian public is not into gliding despite the weather there being so very right for the sport. So the Portable Gliding Simulator comes into the picture with a very noble intention of increasing the pilots that would be gliding in the years to come. By the by, let us just warn you that the Portable tag might actually be a bit of misnomer, since the whole paraphernalia is about 450 kgs and needs to be towed by a car! And yet since there practically none that a less bulky, we’d have to go with this.
So the thing is that you tow this one into the real arena and set it up. Extend the seat and place the roof upright in front. The latter is a projection screen and the aircraft is supposed to be just like the real thing. It has, “a full working instrument panel, cockpit, and head tracking,” and all this is sure to provide a quality experience, or so we are made to believe. Doubt anything but you sure can’t doubt the good intentions which the designers have. Hooking people to something that’s dangerous and fun at the same time. Ah, we just love this sort of thing.