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Written by Arthur D Piercy   
Wednesday, 22 September 2004 02:00
22 September 2004

 - Back in the OLD cockpit AGAIN! -

Today an amazing event happened to me. I attended the Aero Africa & Defense 2004 show. While I was meandering through the hangers I ended up at the Virtual Aviation Stand and there I bumped into two amazing brothers namely Peter and David Dooley.

Cockpit 1Don't ask me how but these two gentlemen had got hold of the cockpit of Mirage 206 and converted it into a SIMULATOR!!

The next thing I knew I was being lifted out of my wheel chair and placed into my old cockpit again. It was both an exciting as well as emotional reunion with the aircraft and I had shivers down my spine while I was sitting in the familiar space of rather lack of space the F1 cockpit offered.

These two gentlemen had converted this cockpit into a working Flight Simulator with all  the necessary gauges and switches not to mention the sound effects. I was amazed as to how quickly I felt at home in the cockpit and while flying out of "Cape Town International" all the procedures came flooding back. I really felt at home and the visuals these guys put together was awesome.

Cockpit 2Very soon the stand was packed and there was cameras flashing a familiar faces all around me. I really enjoyed the time I spent in the cockpit.

Believe it or not I couldn't even land the simulator properly - It seems that I am not suppose to land 206 properly or she was getting her own back by embarrassing me in front of everyone present.

Peter and Dave I thank the two of you from the bottom of my heart for giving me the opportunity to fly in your simulator and I will definitely accept your offer to fly in her again!


Last Updated on Thursday, 06 January 2011 06:16


Extracts from a testimonial recieved from the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA)

"I would like to thank Arthur Piercy for inspiring us. We need to always have driven and positive human beings like him, who don't constantly dwell on the ills of the past but on the possibilties of the future" (Zola)

"To me the important points that he made were that one's life is very important and it is that indiviual's responsibility to take care of it no matter what; and that determination can conquerany obstacle" (David)

"I was humbled by his humility, determination and passion for life. Nothing can and will stand in his way and I admire it about him. He just opened my eyes to the fact that if you want to you can, all you need is determination" (Ntombi) 

"Indeed your response to a life changing circumstance certainly places you in a special class, somewhere above the rest of us. But your incredible sense of humour, your humaness - those form the bridge that allows ordinary human beings to rub shoulders with you and face their own, smaller situations, encouraged. Thank you for that." Nadia Coetzee : Director: Foreign Qualifications Evaluation and Advisory Services.

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