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So succesful is the course that students finish off actually flying the simulator.<br />
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l-r - Nicki Chalk(36) and Emily Kaye(38) piloting the 737-800 simulator on the life changing course.<br />
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The sky's the limit...<br />
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A pilot has launched a state-of-the-art virtual aeroplane to help people tackle their flying phobias head on.<br />
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Captain Andy Wilkins, 56, has built a replica Boeing 737-800 complete with an aircraft cabin, cockpit, and flight simulator.<br />
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It has been made to look exactly how a real aeroplane would with tiny windows, overhead lockers, seats with limited leg room and a narrow aisle.<br />
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The model also features example messages and announcements from the crew and sounds that can often terrify people such as the hydraulic system.<br />
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Andy shows members of the public who suffer with flying fears - otherwise known as Aviophobia - into the cabin and uses counselling techniques to calm their nerves.<br />
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They then enter the cockpit of the aircraft where he shows them exactly how it works and discusses the process in detail from taking off to landing.<br />
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At the end of the three-hour long course, the client will then have the opportunity to use the high-tech simulator to fly the plane themselves.<br />
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Since launching the Virtual Jet Centre in Newton Abbot, Devon, four months ago, Andy has already helped eight people overcome their fears.