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Phuket: Man puts cockpit in house

When you’ve spent £10,000 (B547,000) to renovate a bedroom, you’d think you’d at least have a new bed to show for it.

By The Phuket News

Thursday 29 May 2014, 10:00AM

Not aspiring British pilot Richard Hutchinson, who used that money to convert a spare room into an almost exact replica of the cockpit of a Boeing 737.

“All the switches and lights work. The conditions are about 99 per cent realistic. I have never flown in a plane before, but I think if I needed to I could land a 737,” the 58-year-old said, “I've had the simulator for five or six years and there are still things I learn now.”

By day, Hutchinson is a security guard, but at night he takes off from a variety of international airports. The simulator was built from parts acquired from all over the world.

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As well as flying solo, the Peterborough-native also brings potential first-time fliers to help overcome their fears.

“I've had people come here who would not go in a plane, and then went on a holiday for the first time,” he said.




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