July 2018 – Madeir-oh dear-oh dear-a!
Hello everyone and welcome back to the blogs, this time a sequel! June was an epic month and I will cover our achievements further on in this blog but for now I just want to welcome everyone back!
Here is the line up of what we will be covering in Julys’ blog - chocks away let's go!
Jet Sim School
Well then, now we have our clearance and routing through this blog let's get under way - starting with home itself, The Jet Sim School.
So what's new?
Well we now have a jump seat area in the flight deck! Remember the cabin project I mentioned in the last blog? Well it's all starting to come together now! We are starting at the front and working our way back. The back walls of the flight deck were carefully removed and have been replaced with a wooden structure for the jump seat area. This adds more depth to the flight deck while providing a new perspective for our streams and our guests who visit for experiences.
The eagle eyed amongst you will notice this on the Team Jet Sim streams we do - as the camera has been moved to the back of the flight deck to provide an overview of the cockpit in action, you can now see everything from the throttles to the displays, it's all there and you can see exactly what the pilots are doing at any point - Swish!
The name... the myth... the legend...
As promised in the last blog, here is why our beloved sim is called 'Janet';
A long time ago in a mysterious place there was a world flight team, and within that team was a pilot who would change history at Jet Sim forever. His name remains anonymous even to this day. Legend has it that on one of the flights they were interacting with ATC, using the call sign "Channex" and the pilot performing the ATC procedure was unable to say "channex" - instead he would say Janet! That name has lived on through the ages to today where we still call the sim Janet! So now you know, as simple as that.
Team Jet Sim
So as I have mentioned previously; the sim has a charity team, called Team Jet Sim!
Team Jet Sim are a Recognised VatSim charity, we fly and stream the flights to raise money for the men's mental health charity CALM!
We have a big announcement with the charity team but I will mention that in the News section as it is a big news deal. CALM! The Campaign Against Living Miserably is a charity that provides a helpline to aid men in need, ones who are at risk of taking their own lives.
This is a global problem that is brushed over by most people, we are here to change that and raise awareness of this issue affecting not only the UK, but the world as a whole, a completely preventable killer. People talk about other killers like heart disease and cancer, and while these are all horrible things, they don't kill nearly as many men as suicide does. Mental health is one of those topics people don't like to go into for many reasons and whilst we know we can't force people to talk and open up, we want to help Calm to be there for the ones who do decide to open up about their emotions and feelings. The statistics are shocking and that is why we need to raise awareness of it. The office for national statistics have reported that 76% of all suicides are male, unsurprisingly, the helpline calls that CALM provide are increasing in number and taking longer to deal with. It is becoming more expensive to fund the lifesaving calls, which is why we need to keep the support and awareness up! £8 will fund a call that can save someone's life, this has risen up from £7 and as such it is clear to see that men are needing Calm's help more than ever.
So far we have raised a whopping amount (see the news section!) At Team Jet Sim we have made it our mission to keep the total rising! Next goal £2000!
A grand achievement! Well if I'm specific it's a grand, four hundred and sixty nine pounds and thirty seven pence achievement!
That's right we have raised a whopping £1469.37 for calm so far. This is an amazing total so far and will fund the calls for 125+ people or is the equivalent of running the website for nearly 2 weeks, with 10000 people being helped each week via the website, so that's almost 20000 people we have helped when you look at it that way, or 125 people by phone so a truly fantastic achievement!
Of course we couldn't have raised this amount without the help and support we receive in the streams from all of our followers, so thank you to everyone who tunes in, we really do appreciate your support..
So, let’s keep the donations rolling in, and as a little thank you with have some gifts for you:
For a £5 donation you will receive an awesome team Jet Sim pen
For a £10 donation you will receive an amazing team Jet Sim remove before flight tag
and in addition to these you will be helping to save lives.
To receive these gifts you need to donate the amount and then let us know the name it was donated in, the details for postage and we will get it to you; worldwide!
As I said, we now have a jump seat area taking form in the flight deck and following that the next steps are to add the forward galley area. This will soon start to take shape and will house an instructor station where the toilet would be, it will also provide a more enclosed area for people to walk through on their way to the flight deck or cabin. As such this will add to the immersion immensely and provide a greater feel for being in the airplane. Watch this space we continue with the build!
So my claim to fame as the writer of this blog is that I am the first one to do an aborted Takeoff in the sim this year! Not by choice I’d like to add, if you watch our streams you will know exactly where this was, or those who noticed the title of this blog will know. Yes it was the Portuguese island airport of Madeira, Funchal LPMA. Myself and team-mate Ed were in control at the time heading off to Faro when it happened, completely unpredicted. We set up and backtracked to 05 for takeoff. Thrust came in and off we go, further up the runway, noticing asymmetric thrust we decided to abort the takeoff, mainly because we hadn't hit V1 and our speed wasn't building enough for a safe departure. We cut throttles and let the RTO brakes take over, we then swung Janet off the runway to go back around for another takeoff. A good call and good teamwork! The second attempt at takeoff went smoothly, but the aborted takeoff definitely was fun and got the adrenaline pumping!
So last time we focussed on Sydney YSSY for our airport. This time we are bringing it home. That's right it is coming home to Leeds Bradford EGNM.
Leeds is the home of our airline of choice, Jet2. A British airline through and through from up north. Leeds is a small international airport located between the British cities of Leeds and Bradford. The airport has a single runway and small apron area with a single terminal. We have flown into Leeds several times on our streams and each time we tackle this airport there is an interesting event; from skimming trees on the way out to being told off by ATC on the way in for a dodgy approach. Be sure to watch when we fly there half asleep in world flight!!
How we are going to fit all the planes of world flight into Leeds will amaze me but it will be a fun destination none the less, a good one to look out for, we will be the ones skimming the trees on our way in and out!
As I have said before in our streams, at Leeds I don't recommend a de-rate on the engines for T/O but if you want to test yourself then by all means go ahead!
A few facts:
Built: October 1931
Home to: Jet2 and Jet2 Holidays
Country: United Kingdom
Runways: 14/32 7382’ Concrete
Passengers (2017): 4,078,069
Good scenery for flight sim is available across the internet (none are affiliated)
UK2000 FSX & P3D
Freeware via Avsim and Flightsim.com too
If this has been interesting and intriguing then let us know, we value your feedback, if there is a topic you would like to see covered then let us know and I will try my best!
If you want to fly our amazing 737 Sim then visit our website, take a look at our flight experiences and get yourselves booked in, we look forward to seeing you in the flight deck soon!
Be sure to check us out on our social media pages:
Linked in https://www.linkedin.com/company/jet-sim-school-ltd
Google Plus https://plus.google.com/+JetsimschoolUk
So do check us out, get involved and if you can donate to our charity then please, please do:
All funds raised go to Calm, none to us, every £8 is a phone call that could save a life.
Thank you all for reading and we will see you soon!