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Flightdeck Flight Simulation Center, Anaheim

Categories: Entertainment Centers, Fun & Games
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4.7/5 based on 340+ reviews on the web
Experience the thrill of air combat in an F-16 at Flightdeck Flight Simulation Center. Put on your flight suit, then get briefed on aircraft controls and flying maneuvers before heading into one of the eight F-16 simulators. Cruise down the runway and begin a dogfight as you go head to head with other pilots. After the battle, test your landing during day and night conditions. Hang out afterward in the officers' club and compare your scores. Guests can view and listen to all of the action on large LCD monitors, as well as hear the interactions between pilots. Boeing 737 flights are also available for 30-, 60-, or 90-minute intervals. You can choose from several levels of missions for more advanced training. Advance reservations are required. Work out when and for how long to visit Flightdeck Flight Simulation Center and other Anaheim attractions using our handy Anaheim trip generator.
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  • Flew the Fox1 program. You are the pilot with takeoff and landings, and realistic dog fights. Very friendly and competent staff to help you get everything out of the experience. 
  • Really had a great time and the people are helpful and friendly, even cheerful because everybody is there just having fun. Didn't know we would be giving a training briefing ahead of time. Obviously, ...  read more »
  • Went back for a 2nd visit and did the Fox 2 mission, well worth it as expected, friendly staff are still there, wifi available for non flying family members to help them be entertained if they don't w...  read more »
  • Flew the 737 last Saturday May 7, 2016. Great experience and flight instructor was super nice and extremely patient. I give him a big thumbs up. If I was to say anything negative it would be the affordability and lack of true simulation experience. For the $169, I was hoping for a simulator that was the type used by actual airline pilots in training. The simulator I flew was bolted to the ground so all the sensation of flight is non existent. If it was less expensive, I'd be going back as many times as my schedule would allow. For the $169/hr, I'll have to say maybe someday in the future I'll be back.
  • Outstanding gift, to my 14 year old grandson. From the time he stepped into the venue, sat through the pre-flight briefing, and then through the simulation, he was transfixed on every detail. He hasn't stopped talking about his experience, in the F-16 simulator, from launch, combat ops, and finally rtb. we will be back for return matches, and will be bringing some friends, along. We want to see the rebirth, of a new combat team, as they had previous. Great Job!
  • My 12 year old son did the air combat simulation and absolutely loved it. Although I think I may have had more fun watching his mission in the waiting and watching area than he did! His flight instructor was so fun and encouraging to my son, even giving him advice on how to follow his dream of becoming a pilot. Great place and a great time.
  • I was there during spring brake and flew on a Boeing 737. The simulators are very good, I had a lot of fun! The instructor was a professional pilot who flew on real B737 (American Airlines). He invited my parents to see all the process. He was very nice to me and all his instructions were very clear during the learning process and flight. I had 60 minutes flight, but on the last 10 minutes, cockpit electronics had problems. That's why they insisted to take full refund of $160! We didn't asked them to do the full refund, but they insisted. I would definitely recommend this place.
  • Flightdeck's Fox-1 and Fox-2 were a spectacular experience! Having heard from a friend how great it was to have part of his bachelor party there, when it came time to plan another friend's bachelor party, I decided to put it on the list of things to do. All of us had a wonderful time, dog-fighting, landing on an airbase, and even doing a carrier trap at the end of Fox-2. While a bit on the pricey side, it was money well spent for the shared experience we all had, as well as the memories for years to come. The people at Flightdeck were great, the atmosphere is wonderful, and the experience from briefings, to cockpits, to simulation is all geared to ensure an enjoyable time. So why not 5 stars? Well, a few reasons. As mentioned before, the experience is geared to ensure an enjoyable time, which means some concessions have been made. When a person has their F-16 shot out from under them, they are re-spawned, and put back in the fight, which is great, but to make sure people feel like they are shooting down lots of bogeys, they are not only given 6 AIM-9 missiles to begin with, they are also given 6 new missiles every time they die and re-spawn. This fresh set of missiles has the consequence of taking what should be an intense battle of piloting skills, and trades them out for an arcade-like experience of a missile free-for-all. Gun-kills are awarded an extra 3-points each in the final scoring, but with the missile free-for-all, any attempt to try to get a guns-kill is met with a barrage of AIM-9's directed up your tailpipe. Also, the controls seemed very sluggish, and unresponsive on occasion (most of the time they were good). I would imagine making a knifes-edge, 90-degree turn in an F-16 would be a neck-snapping experience, yet sometimes it felt more like taking the car out for a lazy Sunday afternoon drive. Now this may be due to some damage suffered by the aircraft, but that is just a guess; they don't tell you whether the simulated aircraft can suffer flight-control issues, if your aircraft is damaged. It would be good to know, so people can decide whether to ditch the aircraft, or persevere through to deny the kill to the aggressor. While the people were great, a couple times they were asked questions, to which they would respond that they did not know, with no offer to find out. I know we had a few new employees, and my guess is that they were still learning, but they should have had a more senior person there to ensure a better experience. Other than that, I would like to see more mission offerings. Sure they have the Viper experience, but the cost difference between Fox-2 and Viper is huge, and really requires two people. All that being said, getting to climb into the cockpit, and strap on an F-16 is not an experience any of us will soon forget.
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