Buy Your Very Own Commercial Flight Simulator

If you happen to live near Phoenix, Arizona, have a spare US$10,000 or so kicking around, and have always fancied your own true-to-life commercial flight simulator, today is your lucky day. With just over a week to go on the auction, you can bid on a used flight simulator for a Bombardier CRJ200 regional jet airliner.

The CRJ200 jet was produced between 1991 and 2006, first being introduced in 1992 by Lufthansa. It’s a twin-engine design, with about 50 seats for passengers. With a length of more than 26 meters, 12,500 km (41000ft) ceiling, 785 km/h (487mph) cruising speed and a range of around 3,000 km (1864 mi) (depending on the configuration), it offers plenty of opportunities for the aspiring (hobbyist) pilot.

The auction stands at the time of writing at $4,400 offered and lasts until Monday, January the 28th. Local pick-up is expected, but the FAA-certified simulator comes complete with all of the manuals and the guarantee that it was 100% working before it was disassembled to ready it for auction. Just make sure that you have somewhere to put it before putting in that bid, and you could be the owner of a rig that would leave some of the best we’ve seen so far behind in the dust.

25 thoughts on “Buy Your Very Own Commercial Flight Simulator

    1. If you can get the full suite of PPL/Multi/Instrument/CPL/ATP/CRJ-200 Type Rating for US $3500 there, every trainee pilot in the planet, including the military (and me) will show up within the week. Commercial flight schools charge nearly six figures for the first four on that list and the rest are a matter of flight hours, often at unpaid rates, and add-on training.

  1. It”s a Flight Training Device (FTD) not a Full Flight Simulator (FFS) on a moving platform, but it seems to have a real collimated display. Its point is not not have the best fidelity (a FFS hour is similar to a flight hour in a logbook) but to train the student with cockpit systems. Seems to be a nice path for a startup pilot academy!

  2. There seems to be some confusion with the commas and dots: 41000ft are 12,5km (or 12.5km in US writing form) and 3000km (or write it 3.000km) are the 1864miles. Although in flying AFAIK normally nautical miles (about 1,8km) are used. It would best, to stay consistemtly with US or European use of commas and dots as 1000 separator and decimal dot/comma.

    1. Agreed ! might bid on it myself.

      The FAA certs on it might be in question after dis-assembly/reassembly though. Uncharted territory, maybe the FSDO and manufacturer rep may need to inspect/test/recertify the device(after the new owner re-assembles it).

      I’m used to Flight Safety’s level D sims (full motion platform), since I recert annually for my Citation / Learjet type ratings. Those are the multi-million $$ machines on hydraulic struts moving a pod around,need a *VERY* big room with huge power requirements.

      For those unfamiliar, an initial type rating (say 3 weeks of training), is ‘about’ $30k… recerts run about $10k for a week or so of class/sim time. Your employer typically pays the bill. Heaven help you if you fail the checkride with the DE !

      1. She’d probably enjoy it, but I think we both could come up with a good number of better ways to spend $10k :-)

        With this sort of thing (like boats, swimming pools and airplanes), it’s far better to have a friend who has one.

  3. No thanks… that particular plane has stranded me in ANA, LAX, BUR, PHX, DEN, and various other airports for “maintenance” issues that I’d rather not see one in any form again.

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