Ever wanted to jump in the cockpit and fly over the skies in an air ambulance? Well, now’s your chance – sort of.
We have converted one of our charity vans into a unique mobile flight simulator. And it’s coming to an event, workplace, school, club or group near you!
Budding pilots can experience the thrill of flying a helicopter with realistic simulations of the physical, visual and auditory sensations of a real flight.
The Sim Van is a unique flying experience suitable for those aged 11+ years.
Take a look at our FAQs below and contact us if you would like to find out more and to check availability.
Our simulation experience is mobile and can be powered from mains electricity or by a portable generator.
The simulation is almost life-like. You’ll have the same flight controls our pilots have in Helimed56. A cyclic, collective, throttle and pedals.
The Sim Van is a Citroen Relay van and can fit in a normal car parking space. Our van does have an extension which requires extra space, and if we are powering from the generator, additional space will be required for this too.
We would generally recommend a space of 7 meters by 4 meters.
Your booking will depend on your event opening times. You can book to have us for a half day or a whole day, subject to availability.
Flight times will vary depending on your mission and how popular the event is, but the average simulated flight time is four minutes.
While our Sim Van is very popular, we do try to visit as many events, schools and groups as we can.
The Sim Van is available to book for free, but we do suggest those flying with us make a donation in support of our charity.
Our Sim Van has mini doctor and paramedic flight suits for our junior supporters to try on, as well as a real flight helmet that our pilots and paramedics wear during life-saving missions.
We also have a cube puzzle, a giant operation game and information about how you can support the charity.
Book the sim van for your event
Please note, the Sim Van is a computer and we will rely on broadband or Wi-Fi connection at events. Sometimes we experience connection issues outside of our control and this may delay the guests experience of the flight simulator. Our staff and volunteers will do their best to get it working again, but this may not always be possible. If we experience a bigger technical issue, our sim van will need to be taken to a tech maintenance garage for inspection and this may mean we need to cancel or arrange an alternative date to attend your event.