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Opinion Pieces by FSElite

FSElite Original: In Review – November


November was supposed to be a relatively calm month. Some releases to be expected, some updates here and there, and the big Black Friday sale. However, that should have been about it. It almost sounded too good to be true. And if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.

In all fairness, I might be slightly exaggerating. November started out quite calm with relatively few big news items. Halfway through the month, we saw QualityWings’ surprise release of the Ultimate 146. This was pretty big news and some members of the community got into rather heated arguments in our comment section. Is the price worth it? Should it have been free for previous owners? What’s happening on the Ultimate 787 front? In the end, nobody seemed to be able to find a consensus on these topics.

After the Ultimate 146 news we had a rather calm Black Friday. Nobody rushed to be first in line at any of the digital stores because, well, they are digital. And nobody rushed to even get in line to begin with at FlightSimStore. We probably could have suspected this and see it coming for a bit, but because they were so uncommunicative and keeping up the appearance that everything was “fine”, it still came as a bit of a surprise. It’s sad to see them go. I have been a customer there for quite a few years, and I’m losing access to a fair amount of products. However, there is no excuse for the things they have done. Not paying developers and running off with money is never a good idea. Let’s hope justice catches up with them sooner or later.

But, by far, the biggest news was the Prepar3D v4.4 surprise announcement. With PBR.

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FSElite Original: In Review – October

The end of the year is slowly creeping upon us. It seemed like just yesterday I was still enjoying cold beers on a sunny terrace, but the harsh and cold reality, mixed with the first snow of the year have reminded me that these days are long gone. Enfin, back to our simulators it is. Perhaps we can get a
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FSElite Original: Why There are Two North America Flight Sim Shows in 2018

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Since 2013, FlightSimCon has been a staple in the calendar for many flight simmers across the globe. Over the years, it has grown in popularity. More and more developers have found their way to the event showcasing their new products, more enthusiasts have taken the trip to connect with the community and many, many newcomers to the hobby now take part in the learning experience. FlightSimCon has certainly become one of the biggest events of the year and certainly the largest event in North America.

As you can imagine, for anyone attending these events, it’s certainly not a cheap weekend. Hotels, flights, food, drinks and more mean that the expenses quickly add up. Furthermore, there’s a lot of time that goes into events by people and groups. For example, we had to ensure that equipment, material and people are all in the right place at the right time. It’s a complex affair, but one that yields massive results for everyone involved.

From my personal perspective, I felt that FlightSimCon 2017 was a huge success and an enjoyable event. For sure, there was room for improvement, but my anticipation for FlightSimCon 2018 was exceptionally high.

During the months after the event in June, multiple developers, media partners and event-goers began receiving emails from a group called FlightSimExpo. At the time, my initial thought was that FlightSimCon was simply rebranding itself due to the popularity of the event. At the time, no information was received regarding locations, dates or possible exhibitors. I found myself very confused – as did many others in the community.

At this time, an email from Nicole was received stating that the team involved with FlightSimCon’s planning was no longer involved in the event. When I began receiving emails from names I associated with FlightSimCon using a different branded email address, FlightSimExpo, it was clear that there were indeed two separate events.

As the weeks went on, it became clear that these were two competing events to be held in very different parts of the country, but in very similar time frames. Soon, FlightSimCon (Glander Associates Events) announced that the next FlightSimCon would be held in Dallas, Texas on June 23rd and June 24th, 2018. At the time, I was privy to information from FlightSimExpo suggesting the event would be held in Las Vegas towards the beginning of the same month.

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FSElite Original: Does it Hold Up – FSBuild

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Huh.  It's been a long time. Following up on Integrated Simavionics heels, we have another addon from Ernie Alston. This one has been around even longer than ISG. It released in 2006 though versions of it existed long before that. It's a flight planning add-on designed to convert route strings into a file usable by the sim or other add-ons.
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Understanding What Flight Sim World Is and Will Be

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Dovetail Games released their fully fledged flight simulator, Flight Sim World, just over a month ago. The announcement trailer highlighted some key aspects of the sim including the rain-windshield effects, the use of third party applications to enhance the sim and of course, being 64-bit ready. The launch of the sim was also before Lockheed Martin finally revealed their entry
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Have You Made The Jump to P3D Version 4

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On May 30th 2017, Lockheed Martin finally released the long anticipated version 4 of Prepar3D. With multiple aircraft, scenery and utilities now available for the 64-bit sim, I want to see how many people have started the transition from a 32-bit era to the 64-bit one. I know that this poll may seem a bit premature considering that some big
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