Mel Stride

    A UNIQUE tourist attraction in Chudleigh had a special visitor today (21/10/16) when the town’s local MP was given a tour by its founder. Captain Andy Wilkins showed Central Devon MP Mel Stride around his Virtual Jet Centre, which includes a Boeing 737-800 simulator with a 220degree wrap around visual display, and explained that while most visitors come to the centre to enjoy the rare experience, some attend courses specifically designed to help people overcome their fears of flying.

    Captain Wilkins said:

     “It was great to welcome Mel to the centre and give him a tour of the place. We have had a fantastic 12 months, capped off with a Gold Tourism Experience/Activity award at the English Riviera and South Devon Tourism and Hospitality Awards earlier this month.”

    Mr Stride, who himself hold a private pilot’s licence, added:

    “Friends who have visited the centre have raved about how good it is and it is certainly well worth a visit. Captain Wilkins should be very proud of its success and the wider role the centre plays in bringing visitors to the area from across the country. Tourism is vital to towns like Chudleigh and this attraction is a great draw.”

    Virtual Jet Centre is located just off the Chudleigh Knighton turning of the A38. In addition to its award earlier this month, the centre was also Runner up in the South Devon Business Excellence Awards in March for the “Most Innovative Company” and in April was chosen as a Small Business Sunday winner by Theo Paphitis, formerly of Dragon’s Den. For more information, visit

    Photo: Central Devon MP Mel Stride being given a tour of the cockpit at the Virtual Jet Centre in Chudleigh by founder Captain Andy Wilkins.