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60 Min Full Motion F-18 Simulator Session provided by The Aviator Experience

60 Min Full Motion F-18 Simulator Session

60 Min Full Motion F-18 Simulator Session
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from $156.00 per adult
Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
About
The only full motion F-18 simulator in NZ or Australia outside of the military. Highly rated by ex military and commercial airline pilots. Whether it's just flying around, taking off and landing or full on combat, this is the most realistic combat aircraft simulator around. NB: Combat is not recommended to 1st time flyers
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
If you want to experience the most realistic F-18 flight simulator experience available to the public anywhere, you NEED to try this. The cockpit has been fabricated to replicate a real F-18 Hornet jet as closely as possible, complete with an instrument panel you won’t believe is just for show. You’ll feel like you are really climbing into the ejection seat of one of these incredible planes, and when you put the VR headset on, you’ll see the same cockpit in Virtual Reality. The surround sound envelopes you and completes the magic of this astounding flight simulation, tricking your brain into feeling like you are 8000 feet up, or skimming the mountains and weaving through the valleys. With the Six Axis of Motion you’ll feel the acceleration as you take off, every little vibration as your aircraft begins to stall, and the roll as you bank to avoid an enemy aircraft. Pitch, roll, yaw, heave, sway and acceleration; this simulator does it all. Strap in and hold on.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 166675P1
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
60 Minutes in a Full Motion (6DOF) F-18 Hornet Simulator • A full briefing is provided so allow an extra 15 minutes • An instructor will guide you through flying this aircraft simulator
Duration
1h 30m
Departure details
142 Aerodrome Road, Bay of Plenty 3116, New Zealand Veer left at the Tauranga Airport roundabout then immediately turn right into the lane between the airport parking. Turn right at the end of the lane and you'll see The Aviator Experience hangar. Park directly in front of the hangar or at the East end of the lane near the Aeroclub.
Inclusions
60 Minutes in a Full Motion (6DOF) F-18 Hornet Simulator • A full briefing is provided so allow an extra 15 minutes • An instructor will guide you through flying this aircraft simulator
Departure details
142 Aerodrome Road, Bay of Plenty 3116, New Zealand Veer left at the Tauranga Airport roundabout then immediately turn right into the lane between the airport parking. Turn right at the end of the lane and you'll see The Aviator Experience hangar. Park directly in front of the hangar or at the East end of the lane near the Aeroclub.
Duration
1h 30m
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Not wheelchair accessible
Service animals allowed
Near public transportation
Not recommended for travellers with back problems
No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
Not recommended for travelers with Epilepsy
Most travellers can participate
This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
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Graham Rous
Auckland Central, New Zealand2 contributions
Awesome experience!
May 2021
What a fantastic experience. The setup, including real aircraft cockpits is incredible, and Craig was very generous with his time and expertise which made it even more memorable.
You really feel like you are flying a Spitfire, or a near-supersonic F-18 at 200 ft!
Highly recommended!
Written 31 May 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Treeman76
New Zealand2 contributions
Just WOW!!!
Apr 2021
The Aviator experience is a must do if you are in the Bay of Plenty area. In fact if you are in New Zealand full stop! The F/A 18C Hornet motion cockpit is the most immersive and realistic simulation I have ever been on. There is nothing like it. Putting the VR glasses on was like stepping into another world and combined with the full motion cockpit, just incredible. The feeling of rolling down the taxiway felt so realistic, the uneven surface of the runway and vibrations of the motor. It felt like I was a real fighter pilot in a real fighter jet. Every bump and every shake. Taking off was a whole other experience as well, it genuinely felt like I was going 200km/h! Dogfighting the two MIG 29’s made my adrenaline pump. Going upside down, turning left, turning right, going up and going down, looking for the enemy planes. It all felt real. When you get there you will see the amount of effort and hard work that has gone into these simulators. I am absolutely going again. Craig the owner-operator is passionate and a pleasure to deal with. He really goes the extra mile to give you a fantastic experience. 5 stars!
Written 29 April 2021
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Blanka Schuster
1 contribution
Best experience ever
Apr 2021 • Family
Best experience ever worth the price. Craig is an amazing teacher. Loved loved loved it highly recommend.
Written 22 April 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Wow thank you so much Blanka, so happy your son enjoyed his recent sessions during the holidays.
Written 27 April 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Matt S
Auckland, New Zealand1 contribution
Immersive and addictive fun!
Mar 2021
A professional pilot and self confessed aviation nut, I loved my recent visit to the Aviator Experience. I flew several different combat missions in the Spitfire and also low level flying in the mountains in the F18 simulator. The combination of the VR headset and the physical cockpit make flying both very immersive, realistic and extremely addictive activities. Craig is an excellent host and coach and I highly recommend this for anyone, but particularly those with a love of aviation.
Written 28 March 2021
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Cheers AlfaSprite, we appreciate the review very much. So glad you found it so good.
Written 27 April 2021
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96raphaelv
Sursee, Switzerland1 contribution
Great experience!
Soon it is one year ago I met Craig. It was just after the level 4 and 3 lock down in NZ that I spent a great time in Craig’s little paradise and couldn’t stop to enjoy the full motion F18 experience... Back in lock down in Switzerland right now, I wish to be able to return to NZ and if I could I would immediately book for the aviator experience again.
I saw Craig’s Spitfire under construction last year. So, you lucky kiwis who can do it, go for the SPITFIRE Mk IX experience which is available just now...
Thanks Craig, hope to meet you again!
Raphael, Switzerland
Written 16 February 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Doug H
Tauranga, New Zealand3 contributions
10/10 XMAS FUNCTION 2020
Dec 2020
We had our 2020 Xmas function at the Aviator experience and Craig and his team were suburb. We had higher numbers attend than expected but Craig went above and beyond to make it work for our whole team. Sims were awesome and venue was brilliant. Was a beautiful night so also had helicopter rides right outside the hanger doors which was a highlight. Thank you again Craig for our best ever Xmas function!
Cheers Doug
Written 14 February 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Amanda C
Auckland Central, New Zealand3 contributions
An addictive blast of fun!
Sep 2020
Very highly recommended! Both my husband (a non-aviator) and myself (a pilot) had a go on this, and had an absolute blast! It really feels really real (even to the wind in your face when the canopy of the aircraft opens!). Its very addictive, as you try time and again to chase the other aircraft, or follow the river bends. My husband found that 30 mins was enough for him, not being used to the aircraft movement. My 8 year old daughter had a go on the non-motion simulator and also had lots of fun.
Written 11 February 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Warren H
New Zealand4 contributions
Top gun wannabe
Feb 2021 • Solo
As a pilot I wondered how this would measure up but what a fantastic experience and a lot of fun. I was in awe of the work these guys have gone to give the experience that edge of realism that's missing in other similar simulator activities. Craig has done himself proud in achieving a remarkable flight and the full motion F18 makes you feel like Maverick could be your wing man, awesome.
Written 7 February 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Thank you so much for your review - we really do appreciate it.
Written 8 February 2021
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Greg D
2 contributions
Awesome fun
Jan 2021 • Solo
Just tried The Avaitor’s brand new Spitfire experience (the first customer on it !) What a blast !
You sit in a genuine to -scale Spitfire cockpit and fly in VR - adjusting throttle , propeller pitch and firing guns, cannon.
This is the closest thing you’ll get to flying a real spitfire!
You are totally immersed in another world over Southern England during WW2. Takes time to learn to fly since the plane responds just like a real Spit.
Great fun strafing a train and doing tight turns in a dogfight. Take care- you can feel a little queesy as you engage the enemy !
Written 16 January 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Thank you :) so glad you enjoyed it that much to write a review. Isn't it amazing how you can feel queesy even though it doesn't move :)
Written 8 February 2021
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Josh Mckay
1 contribution
Loads of Fun
Nov 2020
I was given a voucher for this Simulator session for my birthday. It was great fun and a supa experience. The staff are so friendly and helpful. Must be experienced if you enjoy a thrill.
Written 7 December 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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By: The Aviator Experience
Freedom673470
Freedom673470
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Topgun experience
Just like to say a huge thanks to Craig, we had a fantastic time on the F18 motion cockpit. Craig’s expert tutoring
Uhuru6948
Uhuru6948
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A "Must Do" for anyone with an interest in aviation, and even those without!
On my bucket list was a flight in a genuine WW2 Spitfire, which is indeed available in both NZ and the U.K., but I
markwoodog
markwoodog
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Spitfire - Just Awesome
I'm a bit of WW2 enthusiast so bought myself and the old man a flight in the new Spitfire flight simulator. There i
Mark L
Mark L
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Attention to detail and the realism was just amazing!
WOW! Having flown flight simulators since the ZX Spectrum Psion Flight Simulator and dabbling in real flying in Au
murrayspar
murrayspar
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Awesome Christmas Party!
Premiere Showers had there Christmas work function at the Aviator. Craig, Anita and the team were amazing, the guid
99KLM
99KLM
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Amazing Experience
We went to The Aviator for our work Christmas Function and had an amazing time. The staff were very friendly and h
Scott841
Scott841
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As Close To Flying A Spitfire As You Can Get (without paying for the real thing)
Craig and Mike of The Aviator Experience put on a fantastic session for Baz and me. Flying the Spitfire for the fi
Enfiladenz
Enfiladenz
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Spitfire lovers heaven !
My first time flying the Spitfire replica Sim and it certainly does not fail to impress. Climbing into it you alrea
Shimoda63
Shimoda63
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You'll love this !
I found these guys by accident just before Xmas, & was blown away by the enthusiasm, as well as the stunning capabi
kiwiinkensington
kiwiinkensington
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Fantastic fun for all
We held our work function here last weekend and can not fault Craig and the team at the Aviator experience at all!
NZ-GAZ
NZ-GAZ
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Bloody Awesome.
Had an absolutely awesome hour in the Spitfire simulator this morning. I’ve never tried anything like this before b
daveclarkesquasher
daveclarkesquasher
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Spitfire experience
I had the opportunity to get in the new Spitfire simulator today at the Aviator experience. I am a big fan of the S
martymonsta1
martymonsta1
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Amazing fun!
This was the second time for me and simply mind blowing. 30 minutes flying the F/A 18 Hornet motion base simulator
kcihciwik2018
kcihciwik2018
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Brilliant experience
My Mum got to 'fly' in a Spitfire over France just like Grandad did in the war. Very special experience for her. Cr
553tristal
553tristal
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5 star all the way!!
Such an awesome awesome experience! I couldn't believe how life like this experience was! The staff is amazing an
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