We have all kind of folks existing here. It’s just a matter of fact that how many you come across that broadens your perception. I was amazed at the zest and passion of this plane fanatic John Davis who has actually built a jumbo jet cockpit in his bedroom. He can actually fly all over the world sitting in his bedroom only. The flight deck boasts a £15,000 ($30,000) simulator which recreates every switch and sound on a Boeing 747. You can actually listen to all the rumble of the mighty engines as he thunders down the runway, and his eyes flick across nine monitors and 90 switches as the “aircraft” climbs into the skies. He has spent eight years and thousands of hours working to make the simulator as lifelike as possible. It must have been hard and frustrating but this man had all the patience and obsession needed. John Davis quotes, “I had to study photographs of a real Boeing 747-400 cockpit on aviation websites to make sure the design was correct. The software has all the landscapes of the world, from the Alps to the skylines of London and New York – and security procedures mean you can no longer visit the flight deck of a real plane.”
Sitting in his leather flight chair he lifts the undercarriage, switches to automatic pilot and settles back to enjoy the ride. He can even make announcements to his imaginary passengers. John, who holds a pilot’s licence to fly gliders, has now quit his job as a graphic designer to run a flight simulation business from his two-bedroomed terraced house in Tile Hill, Coventry. The guy has the guts to admit that, “I have always wanted to be a pilot but I was never any good at maths – so this is the next best thing.