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FSElite Community Choice Awards 2018 – The Results

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As they say: better late than never! That is certainly the case with the FSElite Community Choice Awards and the results.

Back in January, we asked you, the community, to vote on a series of different categories to determine the best of the best. It’s my pleasure to finally present the results from that extensive poll.

Over 2,000 votes were cast throughout a range of categories including Best AircraftBest Scenery Developer and Most Looked Forward to in 2019. The results are finally in and they paint a picture of the choice the community made when casting their votes. Without any further delay, here are the winners and runner-ups of the FSElite Community Choice Awards 2018.

Best Large Aircraft

SELECTION Total Votes Percentage
WINNER: PMDG 747-8 792 35%
Runner Up: Runner Up: FlightSimLabs A319-X 501 22%
Leonardo Fly the Maddog MD82/88 308 14%
FlightFactor A320 253 11%
FlyJSim 727 Series Professional V3 167 7%
Aerosoft A320 Professional 119 5%
CaptainSim 757 Captain III 55 2%
QualityWings Simulation BAe146 for P3Dv4 37 2%

Best Small Aircraft

SELECTION Total Votes Percentage
WINNER: Hot Start TBM 900 564 33%
Runner Up: A2A Bonanza V-Tail 455 27%
Vertex Flight Simulation Diamond DA62 233 14%
Carenado C208B Grand Caravan 205 12%
Just Flight Piper Arrow 127 8%
Flysimware Falcon 50 106 6%

Best Aircraft Developer

SELECTION Total Votes Percentage
WINNER: PMDG 905 41%
Runner Up: FlightSimLabs 408 18%
Leonardo Softhouse 285 13%
Hot Start 214 10%
FlightFactor 178 8%
QualityWings Simulations 163 7%
Just Flight 44 2%
Vertex Simulation 36 2%
Milviz 29 1%

Best Large Airport

SELECTION Total Votes Percentage
WINNER: FlyTampa Boston 642 32%
Runner Up: Imaginesim Singapore WSSS 278 14%
Aerosoft Köln 269 13%
ShortfinalDesign – KLAX – Los Angeles International HD 236 12%
MK-Studios Lisbon 200 10%
Aerosoft Madrid professional 166 8%
UK2000 Scenery Gatwick (X-Plane 11) 158 8%
FSDG Cape Town (FACT) 48 2%

Best Small Airport

SELECTION Total Votes Percentage
WINNER: 29Palms & Captain7 Nuremberg (EDDN) 561 32%
Runner Up: PILOT’S Alicante 366 21%
Orbx Southampton Airport (X-Plane 11) 334 19%
Orbx Santa Barbara (KSBA) 290 16%
MK Studios Vagar 149 8%
Tailstrike Designs Bergamo 79 4%

Best Region

SELECTION Total Votes Percentage
WINNER: Orbx True Earth GB South 630 34%
Runner Up: Orbx TrueEarth Netherlands 467 25%
Drzewiecki Design Seattle City X 413 22%
MisterX Japan Pro 196 11%
Orbx City Scene Gold Coast 138 7%

Best Scenery / Region Developer

SELECTION Total Votes Percentage
WINNER: Orbx 893 41%
Runner Up: FlyTampa 431 20%
FlightBeam 387 18%
Short Final Design (MisterX6) 200 9%
Aerosoft / Jo Erlend Sund 121 6%
MK-Studios 105 5%
UK2000 Scenery 63 3%
Imaginesim 32 1%
Latinvfr 26 1%

Best Utility

SELECTION Total Votes Percentage
WINNER: projectFLY 835 39%
Runner Up: GSX v2 359 17%
Active Sky for X-Plane 237 11%
PFPX 2.0 196 9%
Tomatoshade 191 9%
REX Sky Force 3D 171 8%
Aivlasoft Electronic Flight Bag v2 126 6%
xEnviro 1.09 45 2%

Best Utility Developer

SELECTION Total Votes Percentage
WINNER: HiFi Sim Tech 576 26%
Runner Up: Mettar simulations 572 25%
Navigraph 423 19%
OldProp 249 11%
FSDreamTeam 231 10%
REX Simulations 121 5%
Xenviro 43 2%
Xvision 33 1%

Best Publisher

SELECTION Total Votes Percentage
WINNER: simMarket 791 35%
Runner Up: Orbx 496 22%
X-Plane.org 329 15%
Aerosoft 281 12%
Flightbeam 199 9%
Just Flight 100 4%
Flight1 54 2%

Best User Support

SELECTION Total Votes Percentage
WINNER: PMDG 540 30%
Runner Up: Leonardo Softhouse 299 16%
FSLabs 278 15%
Aerosoft 258 14%
Hot Start 256 14%
QualityWings Simulations 156 9%
ImagineSim 31 2%

Best Use of New Tech

SELECTION Total Votes Percentage
WINNER: TFDi Design TrueGlass in Any Aircraft 518 26%
Runner Up: Tomatoshade on any aircraft 437 22%
PMDG Rainmaker 346 17%
PBR in FlythemaddogX 325 16%
AviTab in VR 180 9%
A2A Rain Effects 178 9%

Best Freeware

SELECTION Total Votes Percentage
WINNER: projectFLY 663 30%
Runner Up: Simbrief 658 30%
Zibo Mod 737 565 26%
Tomatoshade 233 11%
Mister X Japan Pro 65 3%

Most Excited for in 2019

SELECTION Total Votes Percentage
WINNER: FlightSimLabs A321 544 24%
Runner Up: Aerosoft A330 505 23%
PMDG Global Flight Ops 319 14%
FlyJSim Q4XP 301 14%
FlyTampa Las Vegas 212 10%
Orbx HD Buildings 192 9%
Honeycomb Yoke and Throttle 154 7%

How Did the Winners Get Picked?

The whole point of the Community Choice Awards is to let the community decide. Myself, the team or anyone involved with FSElite have zero input into the data. Every single result, choice and award was decided by the community. Whether that was in Phase 1 which was a free text vote, or via Phase 2 which relied on people picking from the final selection.

We appreciate that not everyone’s favourite developer, product or freeware was picked and the big names took home a lot of awards. That shouldn’t take away from anyone’s contributions because everyone who provides a good service for the community should be celebrated.

You can view the ENTIRE list of votes on our Google Sheet – which includes a further breakdown of percentages and exact number of votes cast per category.

Have we learned anything this year?

Yes – as always. Each year we do this, each year we learn something new. As usual, we have taken into account a range of feedback from developers, publishers and of course community members. Next time, we’ll consider some of the following different ways to make it as robust of a process as possible.

  • Start the awards earlier (December-ish)
  • During phase 1, have a list available to users of all products
  • Give developers more lead time on the event happening

Regardless of the learnings, we’re pleased to have seen so many people get involved.

We want to make sure that the Community Choice Awards have a positive impact on the community, help developers understand the standard that the community seeks and also rewards developers for their hard work.

Until the next one!

 
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Calum Martin

The author Calum Martin

I have been an avid fan of Flight Sim since the release of ‘2000 and have developed my love for aviation ever since. I have the knowledge and experience to really deliver an excellent aviation community. Although no real life flying experience, I have a good understanding and always learning more and more.