flight simulator

noun
a device used in pilot and crew training that provides a cockpit environment and sensations of flight under actual conditions.

Origin:
1945–50

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flight simulator
 
n
Compare Link trainer a ground-training device that reproduces exactly the conditions experienced on the flight deck of an aircraft

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flight simulator

any electronic or mechanical system for training airplane and spacecraft pilots and crew members by simulating flight conditions. The purpose of simulation is not to completely substitute for actual flight training but to thoroughly familiarize students with the vehicle concerned before they undergo expensive and possibly dangerous actual flight training. Simulation also is useful for review and for familiarizing pilots with new modifications to existing craft.

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These days it is possible to simply sit at the flight simulator and learn what to do.
So they put butterflies in a flight simulator and tried to convince them to fly south.
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