I’m writing a little scifi story that revolves around a flight academy and need help describing the flight simulation center. In my mind, the flight simulation center is sort of like a video game environment where the students can practice flying via computer generated scenarios and screens. The simulator is also able to replicate things like movement, temperature, and sounds like an amusement park ride. It feels real because the students are able to practice inside a cockpit (that is replicated from the original flight vehicle), and the controls in the cockpit will respond just like the real ones would. (This is important because, in this scifi world, each flight vehicle is different with its own unique control features and designs. So sitting in one cockpit will feel different than sitting in another.) This is done through a bunch of “stations” where individual cockpit units can be “docked” in. The stations will provide power, data, and whatever else needed to make the simulation work. The style of the story is very quick and to the point, so I’d like to cover this description in 1-3 short paragraphs at the beginning of a chapter before the students begin their practice session. But every time I try to describe it, it turns out very long winded, boring, and slows the pacing to a halt. I even tried conveying it through dialogue but it still sounded contrived and forced. I know I’m not good with words but are there any tricks to describing technical environments like this? Perhaps I can describe some of it while the characters start their practice session, but I’d like to at least give the reader a visual on what the simulation center looks before the session begins. Can anybody come up with a smooth, succinct way to give the readers a “feel” for how the simulation center works without sounding too technical and boring?