Hello dear readers,
My name is François A. Dumas, aka 'Navman', and despite my French name I am born and living in The Netherlands, with a little 'pied à terre' in the French Alps, near 'my' airfield. I am one of the European AOPA members and was invited to help get more people 'into the air' as it were. Although I am a pilot and a 50-year long aviation nut I don't have a current license, but I have something else to bring to the table: I have been involved (and am now even professionally so) with flight simulation for over 30 years!.
Now I know that many of you have never heard of that, and an equal number of readers will very likely think of it as a 'game' (and they CAN be right in many cases). All fair enough. What I would like to do in these columns is to show you and tell you about flight simulation and its definite postive links to AND effects on real world aviation.
I'll start my series of blogs soon with a story about MY very first real half hour at the stick, and will follow up with many more stories about real world flying and about where the simulator(s) come in.
Meanwhile I am happy to be here and hoping to be able to share just a little bit of my experience with you. Experience of the tremendous adventure that flight is, AND of everything associated with it!
Wishing you all Happy Holidays !