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Simulators recreate 'total reality' for airline pilots

6 July 2012 Last updated at 10:22 BST

Over the next 20 years about 500,000 airline pilots and 600,000 maintenance engineers will be needed to safely fly and maintain a global fleet of aircraft carrying billions of passengers.

Training providers are working harder than ever to deliver skilled pilots and this has caused a spike in the demand for aircraft training simulators.

David Owens, senior director of flight crew training policy at Airbus, explains why simulators are effective at training pilots.