Virgin sim where dreams take flight

It’s not every day that a teenage aspiring pilot gets to handle the controls of an Airbus A350-1000. Louise Rose Jones reveals how this dream became a reality for 15-year-old Mackenzie Waddell.

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Mackenzie Waddell (right) experienced Virgin’s A350 simulator thanks to training captain Chris Pohl (left).
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In December 2019, Virgin Atlantic launched a competition for four aviation enthusiasts to win a 60-minute session in a state-of-the-art Airbus A350 flight simulator at CAE’s flight training centre in Crawley, West Sussex.

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