Share
Share
Share
 

Soon, you can pretend to be an economy passenger on a 6-hour flight

Photo: Flight Simulator/YouTube

Gaming simulators have built a huge following over the last few years, allowing you to take on various roles such as truck drivers, farmers, pilots, construction managers, and much more.

While I am a fan of driving a few big rigs myself (shout out to the American Trucking Simulator fans out there), I never imagined someone developing a game to simulate the role of being an economy passenger on a 6-hour flight from New York to Iceland. The game titled “Flight Simulator” is being built by Hosni Auji, an independent game developer based in the Brooklyn, New York area.

Passengers…uhh, I mean players, will be able to simulate many of the things real economy passengers can do on a real flight. In the YouTube demos I have seen so far, the player flies from New York, New York to Reykjavik, Iceland on an Airbus A320. During the 5-6 hour trip, the player can interact with a host of items such as raising or lowering the window shade, viewing the safety card or reading a book, watching movies on the IFE seat-back TV, taking photos of the scenery outside, among other things.

Auji says once the game has been completed, we should be able to access other features such as calling a flight attendant, choosing meals, buying WiFi and duty-free items, and even signing up for a rewards program. There will even be the option of purchasing in-game add-ons such as upgrades to a business class cabin.

For those who like to stare out the window, the scenery will be provided via Google Earth. As mentioned before, you can even snap a picture like you might in real life.

The game will simulate events like adding a crying baby to the ambient cabin noise, or broken seat-back tables, or it might even throw in a bit of spotty WiFi along the way. There may also be one-off random events like sudden cabin depressurization or even a plane crash, even though Auji has programmed the probability of occurrence to mimic real life statistics of one in 10 million.

Auji hopes to partner with a major gaming development studio to help publish his game by September 2019 for PC gamers. He hopes that it can be used as a form of therapy to ease the fears of those who are afraid of flying, even though he suspects there may be a wider audience interested in the title.

Follow
Subscribe
Follow
Follow
Back in July, we talked about WestJet introducing a proper “Premium” cabin on their 737 MAX 8 aircraft. Now the…
A Fly Jamaica Boeing 757-200 overran the runway at Cheddi Jagan International Airport (GEO) in Timehri, Guyana after attempting to…
As WestJet prepares to roll out its 787 service next year, Charles Duncan, the company’s Executive Vice President and Chief…
Southwest Airlines already has a reputation for speedy boarding thanks to its open seating policy, but the airline is looking…
Lion Air is once again back in the news after one of their Boeing 737-900ERs clipped a light pole at…
If you’re a regular flyer with Ryanair, you may have heard about the new fee being slapped on to small…
One of Airbus’s major selling points for the A220 is its really quiet Pratt & Whitney PW1500G engines, but a…
Falling asleep on the train or the bus is one thing, but falling asleep in an airplane’s cargo hold and…
Leisure airline Sunwing Airlines has added Tobago to its list of winter destinations with service beginning in late December 2018….
Airbus has finally rolled out its A330-800 with a pair of Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines. The smaller A330neo aircraft is…
We're looking for up and coming writers to join our expanding team!