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www.wmfd.com - CNN's use of a flight simulator to cover the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane has become something of a phenomenon on social media and CNN's Jeanne Moos reports on the trends sparked by the simulator. }}" />

   
 
 
Jeanne Moss Goes Behind Martin Savidge In The Cockpit

Story By: Larry Stine

 

 

 
 
 
   
   
  Originally Published on: 4/5/2014

CNN's use of a flight simulator to cover the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane has become something of a phenomenon on social media. CNN's Jeanne Moos reports on the trends sparked by the simulator. He's been glued to this flight simulator, ordering sharp turns... "Take it off." And steep descents... "Send us down kind of a dive." For so many days that someone started Free Martin Savidge. The phrase was transformed into the shape of an airplane. Someone tweeted "blink 3 times if you're being held against your will." "Yeah, well, don't worry," Martin blinks. Martin and the actual pilot sitting beside him have demonstrated alarming situations... "The plane would be breaking apart at this point." But even the serious subject matter hasn't stopped a public fascination with the plaid shirts Mitchell Casado always seemed to be wearing. "Mitch's plaid shirt" even started its own Twitter account. "The plaid shirt thing, that's not me," he said. "Only by force I was wearing them." Encouraged to cover up the white T-shirts he prefers. He's a pilot trainer with two bunnies for pets. a guy who's gun shy about being on TV. Normally the Canadian U Fly simulator is rented out by novices for fun. "Bask in the sensation of being in cockpit of Boeing 777." And by pilots for practice at a rat of 150 bucks an hour until CNN rented it out. "This is our world." But there's one scenario CNN wouldn't show, a simulation of a plane actually hitting the water. "It was so disturbing that we both agreed we'd never show it on the air," Savidge said. There were repeated demonstrations of a plane running out of fuel. "And it will fall tail first into ocean. The aircraft begins plummet. The ocean is here," says Casado. "I think we'll stop it right here because the rest of it you get," says Savidge. "So what do they do between live shots? Some days they have hours of time on their hands," says Jeanne Moss. "Well I've always wanted to learn to fly," says Savidge. Mitchell has been teaching Martin. "If I push it forward oop oop oop oop," says Savidge. The machine can simulate landings at 24,000 airports. So far, Martin has landed at airports ranging from Paris to Akron, Ohio. "My altitude is 32,000 and climbing, that right? I'm descending. Sorry. Descending a lot," Savidge says. With Mitchell talking him through it, Martin took off from a simulated Toronto airport and minutes later, managed to return and land there without incident. "We're down,, whew, there's the thrusters," Savidge says. After 14-to-18-hour days simulating disaster, it's a nice break to simulate a happy ending. "Well thank you for flying Martin and Mitchell airlines," says Savidge.

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