Inside the Etihad training centre where crew ‘fly’ planes and experience realistic crash …

inside the etihad training centre where crew fly planes and experience realistic crash simulations

Before cabin crew and pilots take charge of a plane full of passengers, they’ve already experienced what it’s like when things go badly wrong – and been trained to deal with it – as a new travel site video reveals with footage that will be especially reassuring for nervous flyers.

Nicky Kelvin, from The Points Guy UK, was invited to spend a day at the Etihad Aviation Training centre in Abu Dhabi, where he filmed his experiences at the controls of a 787 Dreamliner simulator and inside a mock-up cabin set to replicate the effects of a nose-gear collapse – complete with passenger screams – and a fire, complete with actual flames.

The first part of the footage shows Nicky being coached in the multi-million-dollar 787 simulator – one of several housed in a huge bay – by Italian captain Luca.

Nicky Kelvin, from The Points Guy UK, was invited to spend a day at the Etihad Aviation Training centre in Abu Dhabi. He’s pictured here with his simulator trainer Captain Luca

He shows him the flight deck version of ‘Google maps’, how the aircraft can fly at night thanks to a hi-tech heads-up display and reveals that on transatlantic New York-London flights, the Northern Lights can sometimes be seen over Greenland…

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