Councillor Pete West climbed on board a flight simulator and declared: “It was incredibly realistic. I took off at Shoreham, barrel rolled and nearly flew under the pier, before managing to get down in one piece at Gatwick.”
The mayor was visiting the university’s College of Life, Health and Physical Sciences in Moulsecoomb, Brighton, where he was awarded a first class MEng(Hons) degree in Electronic Engineering in 1992.
The flight simulator gives aeronautical engineering students an unrestricted view of landscape and a realistic flying experience. The simulator is a ‘Six degrees of Motion’ platform using an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset.