ABOVE: Why settle for Microsoft Flight Simulator when you can fly the kind of virtual airliner that professional pilots use?
Now you can fly in a Boeing 737 without leaving the airport--and in the pilot's seat, at that. iPilot, a purveyor of "flight simulator experiences," has installed an iPilot Flight Simulator in Terminal 2 of Munich International Airport (which just happens to be one of our favorite airports).
You can book a 30-minute "trial flight" for €69 or a 60-minute "flight experience" for €129. And if you get hooked on simulated flying, you can earn a "Virtual Type Rating" for just €699. (Gift certificates are available, and the airport has two hotels next to the terminals where you can sleep between simulated flights.)
According to MUC's communications team, "The simulator mirrors the original cockpit of a Boeing 737 Next Generation. An experienced pilot instructor is on hand to guide participants through the simulated flights under real conditions. Simulator pilots can choose from 500 different airports routes. The most interesting of these include the route to Hong Kong's former airport Kai Tak, landing on the Caribbean island of St. Maarten, and flying from Munich Airport over the Alps to Innsbruck."
The iPilot simulator is in the public area of Terminal 2 (the terminal used by Lufthansa and Star Alliance airlines), and it's open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information. see Google Translate's English-language version of the iPilot Web site at www.flypilot.de.