Peter Inglis in an RAAF F-111 at Amberley Air Force base, 1995.
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September 11th, 2001
World Trade Centre and Pentagon Attacks.

On September 11th, 2001 the world was shocked by the attacks on the financial and political / military control centres of the USA.

Most of the world would have been glued to the Cable News Network - CNN broadcasts and the information available on their website. The simulation community has responded with messages of condolence and information to try and help the public understand this tragic set of circumstances.

I have decided to set up a section on the site where I will collate information and reports specifically from the aviation and simulation community angle. - HERE

Also, in light of the often innacurate speculation that unfortunately creeps into some of the media coverage, I also offer a little information from the simulation perpective.

Note - these articles were composed after much soul-searching and are offered with utmost respect for the many victims, and relatives and colleagues of victims.


QUESTION : "What problems might be faced in dealing with the domestic airspace security implications of this type of incident.?"

ANSWER Followers of the Techno-thriller genre pioneered by Tom Clancy will have seen precisely this question considered in the 1994 book by Dale Brown - "Storming Heaven". In this book he considered precisely the scenario of terrorists using hijacked civilian aircraft to attack Government targets in Washington and other cities. This is by no means a new idea.

QUESTION : " How is it possible to fly a plane into the World Trade Center?"

ANSWER My USA correspondent Chino conducted a trial using the PC flight simulator FLY ! - Read about it HERE.

QUESTION: "Can a person learn to fly solely by using a PC flight simulator?"

ANSWER The answer is Yes ... and No - Can I learn to fly in a flight sim?

The World mourns

European nations

European nations

Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen, Denmark



London, UK

Volkswagon factory

The Volkswagon factory, Germany



These images of world citizens responding to the terror attack are from http://public.yahoo.com/~dballing/coldleaf.org

Links to news.



Note - these articles were composed after much soul-searching and are offered with utmost respect for the many victims, and relatives and colleagues of victims.


Using a simulation we look at the piloting aspect of the incident.