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 few more hours of sunlight in some warmer destinations in our sim – it’s not like there has been a lack of Mediterranean scenery releases lately.
For those of you wondering what this article is about, this is a new series of short editorials I want to publish once every month. Looking back at the past month from an FSElite perspective, but most of all, from my own. Please, do let me know what you think of this because your feedback is very welcome. I want to write what’s on my mind, but also what you want to hear about. Consider it a tiny peek in to the FSElite kitchen, if you will.
October has been a fantastic month for the flightsim community. The start of the month saw Flight Sim Show 2018 happening in Cosford. It was my first time to attend and to meet some of the FSElite team in person and it couldn’t have been better. Such a great atmosphere. It was really amazing to see so many people come together over, forgive me, such an incredibly nerdy hobby. I had an absolute blast meeting some of the developers behind my favourite sceneries. But also to meet and talk with some members of our own team for the first time. In an increasingly digital world, sometimes there just isn’t anything quite like meeting someone in real life and having a chat over a beer. Or two.
The month did not just see Flight Sim Show 2018, though. We saw some amazing product announcements and releases. Many of us got really excited by Orbx’s TrueEarth Great Britain South announcement, and even more so by its release soon afterwards. October was also the month in which Aerosoft decided to drastically change things, and instead of showing previews of the progress on their A330, they started showing work-in-progress previews of liveries that they are working on. Yeah, we did a double take on that too. In all its glory, they were now showing the A330 with the new Lufthansa livery – as if it won’t have changed again by the time Aerosoft releases this aircraft.
Jokes aside, October wasn’t everyone’s month. Some of you want to read about it. Others of you, according to our comment section, clearly don’t. Either way, there is no denying that Matt Davies, together with his company Mettar Sim, dominated the headlines and community discussions a lot. After a month that started out rather well but ended with a lot of turbulence, Matt decided to take a break from the community until he was “ready (if ever)”. It all turned out to be a rather short break as he was back on Twitch and commenting online within a week of the ordeal.
As for the coming month, I have decided to temporarily take a break from my desktop. I didn’t necessarily want to do so, but I’ve got a home redecoration project going on that requires me. Time to dive into some mobile simulators and hopefully get back to you about that very soon.