A little time ago I was participating at an event. When I was arriving at the Kloten Balsberg station I was not sure what to expect. This station is near the airport and it only took me about three minutes to my destination, the Swiss aviation training center. A little later I found myself in a room with a retired Swiss pilot, he was our instructor for this day. He said he did fly for 40 years, form 1964 to 2004 and is now training pilots in the flight simulators. When it comes to airplanes he is rather old school, he dislikes the newer airbus A320 in which you use a joystick to fly the airplane. He needs to have something real, like a classical control yoke. He was flying Boeing aircrafts like the MD 80 and the Jumbo jet. He then told us something about the flight control surfaces and the cockpit instruments of the Boeing MD 83. After everything was said and done, it was time to go to the flight simulator. Such simulators are actually quite expensive (12 million Swiss francs) but really very impressive. Everything seemed to be real, the cockpit, the sound of the engines, even my copilot was real (the instructor!). The former Swiss pilot also said that the simulator comes close to the real thing. With more than 2000 hours of experience with the MD 83 he should know.