Michael Raisch is teaching his 2-year-old daughter that when it comes to her imagination, the sky is quite literally the limit. That’s because Raisch built an incredible Boeing 737 flight simulator for his 2-year-old daughter Eve — right in his living room!
An aviation buff who developed a love for flying in 1995 when he took his first ride in a cockpit, it was important to Raisch to pass down his love to his daughter.
“I didn’t fly the plane, but I got the sensation of flight,” Raisch explains in a video posted to his website. “And that’s something, if you talk to anyone in aviation, they’ll tell you how once you get that feeling, it stays with you for the rest of your life. For me as a father now, I saw it as a wonderful experience to share with my daughter. And that’s why I built a flight simulator in my living room.”
While Raisch isn’t a pilot, he has logged some hours towards a private pilot’s license. But what really gave him the ability to create such a complex simulator is his background in design and branding.
Raisch originally planned to simply set up a row of chairs behind the flight simulator he already owned, but things took off (pardon the pun) when he noticed how into it his daughter was. “She enthusiastically joined in,” Raisch explains. “[She] brought her stuffed animals and dolls to ‘sit’ in the chairs and took special care to buckle everyone in.”
So Raisch was inspired to take his simulator to the next level, using foam board to create the look and feel of a real plane.
One of the coolest parts about this project is that the DIY plane is equipped with real-time audio from air traffic controllers from John F. Kennedy International Airport, creating as authentic an experience as one could hope for.
It seems all the practice has paid off and helped to make flying an exciting experience for Eve, who, earlier this year, took her first real flight. Her proud father told Babble that she, of course, did “great.”
If the smile on Eve’s face is any indication, we think it’s safe to say that this little girl is totally hooked. Well done, Dad!More On