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FlightSimExpo Announced for June 9th and 10th – Held in Las Vegas

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Interest in the first annual FlightSimExpo has taken off – with more than 25 organizations expressing
initial commitment to making the new event in Las Vegas a huge success. Interested attendees are
encouraged to follow the conference on Twitter (@FlightSimExpo) and ‘like’ the conference on Facebook ( to stay up to date.

LAS VEGAS – December 8 – FlightSimExpo 2018, a new, community-driven flight simulation conference, will be held the weekend of June 9-10, 2018 at Flamingo Las Vegas Resort. Located in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip and minutes from the airport, Flamingo Las Vegas Resort has newly-renovated rooms, modern meeting space, a great rewards program, and features a Caribbean-style water park and tropical wildlife habitat.

FlightSimExpo 2018 will feature a variety of interactive exhibits, and a host of educational and informative seminars from professionals across the aviation and flight simulation industries. In addition, there will be social events after conference hours for networking and connecting with other simulation enthusiasts, aviation professionals, and developers from across the simulation industry.

The conference was formed by a group of community organizers from Boston Virtual ARTCC who have years of experience in flight simulation, aviation, and event planning. FSExpo plans to bring simulation enthusiasts, current and former aviation professionals, and anyone else who has an interest in flight simulation or aviation together to witness the advances and developments within the industry. This conference is truly community-driven: the venue, host city, and activities have all been determined by feedback from the community and developers. Early support from Orbx, X-Plane, and almost 30 others have helped turn this event into a reality.

In addition to Orbx and X-Plane, the following exhibitors and sponsors have confirmed planned participation in the event: Aerosoft, AirDailyX, Boston Virtual ARTCC, FlyTampa, FSFX Packages, FSElite, HiFi Simulation, iBlueYonder, Infinite-Flight, Jetline Systems, Just Flight, PilotEdge, Prepar3D, POSCON, TFDi Design, VATSTAR, and more!

“One of our biggest goals for this conference is to foster collaboration, and connect members of the flight simulation and aviation community that might otherwise not have the opportunity to come together,” noted Evan Reiter, one of the conference organizers. “Las Vegas provides an unbeatable backdrop for the first edition of the conference, and gives attendees and partners alike access to world-class dining and entertainment all weekend,” he continued.

Early bird registration will start at just $50 for the weekend, and a 3-night stay at the FlightSimExpo special event rate will be approximately $135/night, including all taxes and fees.

Visit for more information about the event and venue. Interested attendees are also encouraged to follow FSExpo on Twitter (@FlightSimExpo) and like the conference on Facebook
( for updates.

FSElite will have an interview with the team online soon.

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Introducing “Rotate” – Professional Virtual Aviation Network


Update: Checking their FAQ section, it would also appear that there’s a monthly fee of €9 per month. Some of the reward levels give you a certain number of months free as part of the reward.

At FSElite, we’re keen to promote up and coming new ideas to help make the community a better place. Something that needs some attention is online networks to help further connect the community. This is where the team behind ‘Rotate’ has decided to step in. They want to take online flying to the next level and provide an “MMO aviation platform for flight sim and air traffic controller enthusiasts.”

Rotate looks to really enhance online flying by using more modern technology, better voice codec and include much more real-time synchronization with other pilots. For example, every light, control surface and animation will be fed to the servers multiple times per second making for a smooth experience. Further to this, they want to include a CPDLC and a realistic voice transmission service.

At first glace, it would appear that Rotate is just a more modern VATSIM network, but once you scratch the surface, it appears to really bring a lot more to the table. Things such as missions, virtual passengers, and the all important pilot career.

The pilot career will help you with training in phraseology, flight planning, navigation and map reading. It’s a neat idea to help improve pilot skill level when flying online. It will also be easily integrated with virtual airlines.

For air traffic controllers, there will be an advance radar client which will enable you to have electronic flight strips, weather radars, and time-based separation planners.

‘Rotate’ promises to be an ‘all-in-one’ package that will take online flying to the next level.

When will it be available?

Well right now, it’s currently going through a Kickstarter process, which needs your help. There’s a whole host of information and pledge rewards over on their page. In total, they’re looking to raise €100,000 to make this become a reality. Quite a high goal, but has already achieved €6,000 of it. There’s no risk to you as it’s an ‘All of Nothing’ campaign meaning that if the goal isn’t reached, you won’t be charged.

If this is successful, it’s estimated to be available this time next year (November 2018).

If you’re interested, head over to their Kickstarter page and make a pledge.


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FlightSimCon 2018 – Dates and Location Revealed

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It feels like just yesterday that the FSElite team were at FlightSimCon 2017 in Hartford. However, the nights have now drawn in and winter is upon us, meaning those sunny memories of June are now well behind us. However, today a new trailer and official confirmation of dates and location for FlightSimCon 2018 have been revealed meaning summer feels a little closer than before.

Confirmed in the trailer, FlightSimCon 2018 will take place in the Hyatt Regency hotel, Dallas Texas. As for dates, make sure you mark off Saturday June 23rd/Sunday 24th 2018.

FlightSimCon 2018 – Dallas Texas from FlightSimCon on Vimeo.

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Introducing FlightX Pilot Experience – Kickstarter In Need of Support

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We are huge fans of anything creative that the community does to further people’s knowledge of flying or aviation in general. Of course, we all love simming and we enjoy informing you about new ways to sim. But sometimes, it is good to leave the computer chair and find a simulator to hone your skills. In many parts of the world, getting to a simulator is both difficult and expensive. This is why when Sebastian came to us about his idea of creating a Boeing 737 aviation experience in Austin, Texas, got us excited.

FlightX Pilot Experience has been designed to give you an immersive way to experience the feeling of being a commercial airline pilot – without years of training or masses of debt. From the minute you walk in, you will know you’re in an aviation themed environment. Everything from the reception, bar and lounge will be littered with aviation memorabilia and interactive displays. Of course the main exhibit is the exact replica of a real Boeing 737 cockpit. Everything from displays, layouts and chairs will match the real thing.

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Support a Local Airport Documentary – Durham Tees Valley Airport

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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,
Completely 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.

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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 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 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 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.

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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 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.

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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.

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Amazon’s First ‘Prime Air’ Aircraft

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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?


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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.


Image Courtesy of SimBrief

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