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Support a Local Airport Documentary – Durham Tees Valley Airport

Here at FSElite, we have a huge passion for the flight simulation world, but that doesn’t stop us from having the same amount of passion for developers who want to take their creativity to the outside world. You may remember a few months ago, we introduced a relatively new developer on the scene Soarfly Concepts. The team were behind some awesome UK freeware scenery as well as the conceptual circular runway project. They’re a neat team and their latest project has nothing to do with flight sim.

Mark is looking to raise an ambitious £7000 for his project to be able to create a free to watch documentary around the history of Durham Tees Valley Airport. As it’s home to the Great North Air Ambulance, it’s an airport full of history and ‘potential’.

On his GoFundMe page, he said the following:

I would like to raise some money to create a free to watch documentary about Durham Tees valley Airport, a site full of history and great potential, home to the Great North Air Ambulance, Cobham and the international Fire training centre.

The documentary (if sucessful) will focus on the strong history and the current events at the airfield,
Completly free to watch on YouTube.

Help spread the word!

We asked Mark about what he needs £7000 to complete the project. He said as this is a much bigger project than your typical photoshoot at an airport, this requires professional equipment, media passes and have several people help him put together the detailed documentary. He wants to make sure this project is as professional as possible, so he’ll be bringing over a team of people, buying microphones  and more – all over the course of 4 months. He hopes the money will stretch far enough to make a mini-series looking at different areas such as the flight school, airfield ops and more.

Lockheed Martin Confirm Attendance at FlightSimCon 2017

The official press release is below. Basically, the team at Lockheed Martin have confirmed they will be in attendance to FlightSimCon later this year. They will be joined by other key names in the community including Aerosoft, Dovetail Games, FSFX Packages and more. Members of the Lockheed team will be on hand to answer any questions you may have. Of course, we hope they’ll also show off more of their future products, especially considering their “next major release” will be this year. I can only imagine what the questions will be…

Not only that, but we’ll be there as well with plenty of opportunity to ask questions, get a drink and pick our brains!

You can sign up NOW for your attendance to FlightSimCon 2017. We’re pretty sure this will be the biggest and best event yet, with more and more people being announced all the time.

Let us know in the comments if you’re coming.

FlightSimCon is North America’s largest annual aviation and flight simulation conference. This year, the event takes place on June 10 & 11 at the Sheraton Hartford Hotel at Bradley International Airport, just outside of Hartford, Connecticut. Prepar3D is pleased to announce we will be represented at the event and are participating in a panel discussion with fellow flight simulation developers on the first day of the conference.

FlightSimCon is designed for aviation and flight simulation enthusiasts from across the United States and around the world. Now in its fifth year, the event includes opportunities to meet exhibitors, try out products and simulator setups, and interact with a series of interesting and diverse speakers. For simmers who use Prepar3D, the event offers a great chance to meet the developers of your favorite P3D products, and to chat directly with representatives from Lockheed Martin.

Registration for the 2017 event is now available at www.flightsimcon.com. For just $60, attendees can get full, 2-day access to the conference and all events. Discounts are available for students, student pilots, and groups.

As the event approaches, the conference’s initial list of exhibitors includes Aerosoft, Boston Virtual ARTCC, Dovetail Games, EasternHops, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, FS Flight Control, FSFX Packages, GoFlight, IVAO, Javiator, Just Flight, Noble Flight Simulation, MidContinent Airlines, Orbx, PILOT’S, QualityWings, Seattle Virtual Air Traffic Control, VATSTAR, VATTASTIC, and Vaughn College. Exhibitors are being added regularly as the event approaches. The newly-released speaker list for the conference includes pilots, flight dispatchers, military personnel, home cockpit enthusiasts, and flight simulation developers.

Throughout FlightSimCon, attendees will have the opportunity to win great giveaway items from Big Fat Simulations, David Clark, ImagineSim, and JustPlanes.com. The conference will also feature a complimentary social event on Saturday night, sponsored by Private Jet Class Sponsor Orbx Simulation Systems.

To see the full list of sponsors, exhibitors and speakers—and to register for the conference—head to www.flightsimcon.com. Registering online in advance of the event is strongly encouraged, and offers substantial discounts from on-site registrations. We encourage attendees to like FlightSimCon on Facebook or follow the conference on Twitter for the latest updates.

FlightSimCon 2017 Building Momentum – Press Release

WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn – March 13, 2017 – FlightSimCon 2017, North America’s largest annual aviation and flight simulation conference, is pleased to announce several updates to its growing list of sponsors and exhibitors. The fifth edition of the conference takes place on Saturdayand Sunday, June 10 & 11, at the Sheraton Hartford Hotel at Bradley International Airport, just outside of Hartford, Connecticut.

New to the list of sponsors is Aer Lingus, which now offers non-stop flights between Dublin, Ireland and the conference location—Hartford, Connecticut’s Bradley International Airport. With dozens of connections available from around Europe, attendees from across the pond will now have a convenient and affordable way to get to FlightSimCon 2017.

“The Aer Lingus flight will make it even easier for our European-based attendees and partners to make it to the conference in 2017,” said event manager Nicole Glander.

Another new addition to FlightSimCon this year is Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Embry-Riddle, the world’s largest, fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace, will be exhibiting at FlightSimCon 2017. Embry-Riddle joins Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology, which will also be exhibiting at the event.

“One of the biggest challenges for student pilots is determining a career path from Cessna to Boeing,” said event team member Evan Reiter. “The addition of both Embry-Riddle and Vaughn to the conference will aid in showing our many high school and college-aged attendees how to turn aviation into a career.”

In addition to these additions, the conference is pleased to announce the following new exhibitors: PilotEdge, Dovetail Games (developer of Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition), Laminar Research (developer of X-Plane), FlyInside, FSFX Packages, Noble Flight Simulation, Sim Innovations, TFDi Design, VATSTAR and VolairSim. This brings the current number of exhibitors to 25—with more expected to come onboard before June.

Exhibitors will have a variety of hands-on demonstrations for attendees to try and will be showing off a large selection of hardware and software products. The conference will also be featuring over a dozen engaging speakers and seminars on topics ranging from how to make your own DIY home cockpit to turning aviation from a hobby into a career. Speakers include current and former airline pilots, military personnel, flight simulation developers, and people from across the aviation and flight simulation world. The conference will also feature a complimentary social event on Saturday night, sponsored by Private Jet Class Sponsor Orbx Simulation Systems.

To see the full list of sponsors, exhibitors and speakers—and to register for the conference—head to www.flightsimcon.com. Registering online in advance of the event is strongly encouraged, and offers substantial discounts from on-site registrations.

Don’t forget, FSElite will be at the show ensuring we deliver the most comprehensive news coverage around. We’ll be sure to give you more information on how you can get involved as soon as possible.

The Aviation World Looses a Legend in the Form of Joe Sutter.

Joe Sutter, “the father of the 747”, has sadly passed away at the age of 95. Joe Sutter was born on March 21st, 1921 in Seattle, living very close to the iconic Boeing Field (KBFI). At the age of 19 he began working at Boeing whilst studying at the University of Washington.

Joe played a large role in the development of both the 707 and 737, but gained his claim to fame with the design of the 747. The 747 was an aircraft that revolutionised the aviation industry mostly by being the first aircraft to sport two decks. The aircraft provided new opportunities with it’s large range and huge passenger capacity. At the time of it’s birth, there were very few men working on the aircraft as Boeing used most of their man power trying to develop an aircraft that could compete with Concorde. When Boeing decided to scrap their idea for a supersonic passenger aircraft, they moved their man power over to the 747. The team behind the 747, lead by Joe. The team had been deemed the Incredibles by Boeing with their staggering turn around time in the initial production of the aircraft. It took them just 29 months from conception to roll out of the first model.

By July of this year the 747 has now had 1,523 units produced and is today the most iconic aircraft that Boeing produced. With the plane slowly loosing popularity, the age of the dual engine aircraft is taking over – especially as Boeing now sells many more 787s and 777s than they do 747s.

The aircraft still remains a piece of incredible history for Boeing and holds a special place for enthusiasts and pilots alike.

Rest in Peace Joe, you will be missed by the aviation world.

Amazon’s First ‘Prime Air’ Aircraft

For a while now, Amazon have been using leased freighter aircraft to help transport it’s huge inventory of product around the US. Whether it’s to help move products, or to help with delivery for customer’s using Amazon Prime, it’s been a great tool for the shopping giant to use.

In an attempt to control their shipping and cost, Amazon have decided to lease 40 cargo aircraft to be part of their vast shipping network. Despite 11 of these aircraft already gracing our skies, Amazon have officially painted their first ‘Prime Air’ aircraft, a converted Boeing 767.

As you can see in the video above, the livery sports the iconic logos and branding, with the Prime-blue used in a subtle fashion.

I think it looks stunning. What are your thoughts?

 

Looking Back: The Gimli Glider

Our “Looking Back” feature takes us into the past of Aviation. This could be a famous incident, a milestone for aviation or an educational piece to help Simmers.

On Saturday, July 23rd, 1983, things were about to get a lot more exciting at the racetrack/former Royal Canadian Air Force Station Gimli, Manitoba.  Due to a fuel calculation error, Air Canada flight 143 ran out of fuel at 12 500m (41 000ft) asl about halfway through its flight from Toronto, Ontario to Edmonton, Alberta.

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Image Courtesy of SimBrief

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The US Congress has passed third class medical reform as part of The FAA reauthorization process. While the details of what this will actually mean for pilots remains to be written in The Federal Air Regulations, the spirit of the bill is clear. The intent is to make getting and mainlining a Third Class Medical easier for The GA Community. While this doesn’t eliminate the Third Class Medical, as some had hoped, it does lower the barrier of entry to The GA Community. Something that the struggling pilot community sorely needs.

Are you more likely to try your hand at real world aviation with this change?