As FlightSimExpo 2021 has now wrapped up, it’s time to start thinking about the future of the show and also how the hybrid event was managed this year.
In a press release issued by the team, FlightSimExpo 2021 saw over 700 attendees visit the show over the course of the weekend to see what the 25 exhibitors had on offer. During the course of the weekend, attendees were able to go hands-on with the new Thrustmaster TCA Boeing Pack, the upcoming TurtleBeach VelocityOne Flight, Honeycomb’s Charlie rudder pedals and also see software updates from the likes of TFDi Design and others. FlightSimExpo really is the place to go to try the latest hardware such as yokes, joysticks, virtual reality devices, GPS replicas, and even force feedback.
In addition to the show floor, a total of 30 seminars took place covering a number of topics. From learning about Dispatching aircraft and how to fly online to learning about how those who are blind can fly and how simulation can impact real-world training. There’s plenty of topics and you can get a recap of those that took place on the FlightSimExpo website. Furthermore, numerous product announcements took place, including the 30-minute announcement from Laminar Research where they revealed X-Plane 12.
All 30 of the seminars are available to watch online now through the FlightSimExpo Online Access Pass. It’s $15.00 and you can re-watch all of the product announcements and seminars on-demand for the next 2-months (until November 28th 2021).
Looking forward to the future, Evan took to the stage at the end of the weekend to share what the plan could be for next year. With such a challenging year, Evan shared some light into some of the behind-the-scenes for putting on the 2021 show. With COVID still causing numerous travel restrictions, numerous developers had to pull out last minute. This left a few gaps in the schedule and on the show-floor, which made it difficult for the teams to arrange. There were also some troubles getting some developers onboard to even share the news, which added to the challenge of getting people to register for the event. However, in spite of the challenges and last-minute changes, Evan said that seeing so many people connect safely sparked motivation amongst the team to see what the future holds.
To that end, exhibitors, attendees, sponsors and other developers will be sent surveys and other communication on what they would like to see in the future. So whilst a 2022 show isn’t confirmed (let alone destination or dates), some pre-planning on how FlightSimExpo is shaped is underway. We’ll of course bring you the news as we get it.
Did you attend this year? What was the show like for you? If you haven’t been before, what would you want to see? Where would you want to go? Leave a comment below! You could help shape the future of FlightSimExpo.