Simulators Manual

One of the most fun and unique experiences that you will encounter at the Emirates Aviation Experience is your chance to pilot one of our 4 simulators, either the Airbus A380 or the Boeing 777.

During the simulator experience you are guided by one of our instructors. In order to get the most out of your time in the flight simulator, you can also have a look at this manual which includes the following information.

  • What are the main controls inside our simulator cockpit?
  • How are the controls operated?
  • Which are the main steps in the take-off and landing procedure?

The Cockpits

The Airbus A380 Cockpit

The main functioning controls and interactive displays within our A380 simulators are:

  • The side-sticks
  • The throttle and reverse thrusters
  • The landing-gear lever
  • The rudder pedals
  • The PFD (primary flight display) screens

The Boeing 777 Cockpit

The main functioning controls and interactive displays within our B777 simulators are:

  • The control wheel / yoke
  • The throttle and reverse thrusters
  • The landing-gear lever
  • The rudder pedals
  • The PFD (primary flight display) screens

The Controls

Side-stick / Yoke

The side-stick or yoke controls the pitch and bank of an aircraft.

Pull it back to pitch the nose up and to climb. Push it forwards to pitch the nose downwards and descend.

Pushing it left and right will cause the aircraft to bank, turning the aircraft.

Airbus A380 sidestick

Airbus A380 Side-stick

Boeing 777 Control Wheel

Boeing 777 Control Wheel

Thrust Lever

The thrust lever, or throttle, control the engine power.

Pushing the throttle forwards increases the power and speed of the aircraft.

Pulling the throttle back decreases the power and slows down the aircraft.

The two smaller levers in front of the throttle are the thrust reversers.

The thrust reversers are used after landing to slow down the aircraft. They only have effect when the aircraft is on the ground.

Airbus A380 Throttle


The pedals, also referred to as rudder pedals, have multiple functions. Their main two functions are to brake and steer the aircraft.

Pushing the left pedal steers the aircraft to the left and pushing the right pedal steers the aircraft to the right.

When on the ground, pushing the pedals at the bottom with your heels allows you to steer the aircraft along the runway.

Pressing the top of each pedal with your toes applies the left and right wheel brakes.

Landing Gear Lever

At the front central panel of the cockpit, there is a small lever. This is the Landing Gear Lever and it is used to raise or lower the wheels of the aircraft.

Gently pull the lever out and move it to the up position to raise the wheels after take-off.

Move the lever out and down to lower the wheels before landing.

The Display

Primary Flight Display

The Primary Flight Display, or PFD, displays all the important information you need to know whilst you are flying.

  • Angle
    Bank indicates the angle turning left or right. Pitch indicates the angle pitching the nose of the aircraft up or down. The bank and pitch angles are displayed on the artificial horizon in the middle of the PFD.

  • Speed
    The speed is displayed on the left in knots (1 knot = 1.15 mph = 1.85 kph) and on the left as vertical speed in feet x100 per minute.
  • Altitude
    The altitude is displayed on the right of the PFD and it is measured in feet above sea level.
  • Heading
    Below the artificial horizon is the heading towards north at 0°/360°, east at 90°, south at 180°, or west at 270°.


Take Off Procedure

  1. Push your thrust levers fully forward. It takes a few seconds for the engines to spool up so the aircraft doesn’t start moving immediately.
  2. If the aircraft starts drifting or rolling off the runway, push the bottom of your opposite rudder pedal to steer it back in the middle.
  3. Watch your speed indicator (left side of your primary flight display).
  4. At 150 knots pull your side-stick or control wheel (yoke) towards you and gently lift the aircraft.
  5. Using the side-stick / yoke, position yourself at a pitch angle of around 10 degrees, using the blue and brown box in the middle for guidelines.
  6. Pull your landing gear up.

Flying Tips

  • When you are airborne try your flight controls and make some turns.
  • Watch your airspeed by monitoring your thrust levers.
    • If your speed goes under 120 knots the plane will stall and lose altitude.
    • If you climb too steeply you will lose speed and stall.
  • Watch your altitude.
    • Going too high can slow your plane down.
    • If you go too low, gravity will make you speed up and go into a fast dive that you may not be able to recover from.
  • Watch the pitch and bank angle. If you hear the warning message ‘Bank angle’, it means you are turning too steeply and need to level out.

Landing Procedure

  1. Lower your landing gear.
  2. Begin to descend by pushing the side-stick / yoke forward, however do not descend too steeply, you will be too fast for the landing or will hit the ground before you get to the airport.
  3. Pull your throttle back and start to decrease your speed.
  4. Don’t forget there is a delay between your command (moving the side-stick) and the actual reaction of the plane.
  5. Continue to move the side-stick / yoke forward to lower the nose and pulling you throttle back to slow the plane down.
  6. Touch the plane down to land.
  7. After landing use the toe brakes and reverse thrusts to stop the aircraft.


You will have an instructor throughout your session to assist you and above all make sure your session is fun!

This manual is designed only for the purpose of aiding customers who have booked a flight simulator session at the Emirates Aviation Experience.