WHAT WE DO
Combat Simulations is a privately held company that allows ANYONE to come to our facility
and climb in the cockpit of an F-16 Fighting Falcon. This is NOT a fibreglass knock-off or some
plywood and switches, this is a REAL simulator, the likes of which you have not seen before,
unless you have flown the simulators at General Dynamics (Lockheed), and even these
sims don't allow air combat.
Most simulators are merely instrument trainers, that is, they do not have air combat capabilities.
From the first moment you step in the door at Combat Simulations, you KNOW that
you have stepped into the world of the fighter pilot. We first outfit you in a flight suit,
helmet, G-suit, torso harness. Next, you will go to the briefing room, where you will be
briefed on ACM (air combat maneuvering) tactics and aerial warfare in general. We
discuss maneuvers (Yo-Yo's, scissors, etc.), energy management, corner speed, aerial
intercepts, weapons systems and deployment. You actually receive more information
about ACM than did our fighter pilots in their training for WWII.
Next, we take you to the PTT (part task trainer), which IS a cockpit mock-up.
This to familiarize you with the F-16 cockpit environment, instrument locations, systems
operations and general layout.
Next, we take you to THE simulator. Open the canopy, place the ladder on the side
and climb in. Once you're strapped in (and plugged in), you open the COMM channel
to the simulator director. He will help you initialize the systems and set up all of the
systems. Choose your targets and weapons load and complete the pre-flight checklist.
THEN, IT'S SHOW TIME. You've already kicked the tires, now it's time to light the fires!
You are at Nellis AFB, sitting on runway 36, to your left; a number of other aircraft sitting
on the ramp; to your far right; the weapons arming area. Push the throttle forward, you are
pressed back in your seat as the aircraft accelerates down the runway. Pull back on the stick
and your F-16 heads straight up. You are pressed into your seat and as you look back,
you can see the base getting smaller and smaller. Climb to 20,000 feet (quickly) and turn
to a heading of 250 degrees. Fly for a couple of minutes and there is Las Vegas; sporting
numerous targets of opportunity. Take out the pyramids!
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