November 1, 2012
By Alton K. Marsh
You are standing on a virtual reality platform in the Cessna exhibit at NBAA2012 in Orlando. By drawing your left hand from left to right, you can select the model of aircraft you would like. By raising your right arm, you can control a cursor. Pumping a fist in the air allows you to change the paint scheme or interior, depending on which way you pump. By leaning forward, you can zoom in, or by doing the limbo and leaning back, you can zoom out. Cessna will bring this to their website in the future, and you will be able to do all the things just described if you have the right equipment.
AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Alton Marsh has been a pilot since 1970 and has an airline transport pilot certificate and instrument and multiengine flight instructor certificates, aerobatic training, and a commercial seaplane certificate.
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