• FlightSimCon 2015


    Two years ago this event had started as primarily a meet-up for online multi-player flyers. This is still a major component and VATSIM was well represented. Here you can see a group of pilots and controllers in action.

    FlightSimCon 2015 - VATSIM
    The VATSIM display

    Boston Virtual ATC

    Evan Reiter and Boston Virtual ATC are actually partially responsible for putting this event together and the Boston Virtual setup is the largest on the show floor. They have a full complement of pilots and controllers who were active throughout the weekend. Anyone interested in getting involved with multi-player flying had a great opportunity here to observe and learn what is involved.

    FlightSimCon 2015 - Boston Virtual ATC
    Boston Virtual ATC

    Boston Virtual ATC is a free multiplayer aviation community for FSX, much like IVAO and VATSIM. What makes them different is that they focus on a smaller area and more on general aviation traffic and smaller airports. They are a smaller group than the others but operating this way concentrates activity so the airspace in use is busy, making it interesting for pilots and controllers.

    FlightSimCon 2015 - Boston Virtual ATC
    Boston Virtual ATC - Evan Reiter on the right

    Seminar: As The Pros Fly

    The best speaker was saved for the very end of the convention. It's hard to believe, but I've known Tony Vallillo now for over a decade, yet we've never actually met until this convention! Tony is a retired American Airlines and USAF pilot, who began telling stories of his flying days with the Golden Argosy series way back in 2004.

    FlightSimCon 2015 - Tony Vallillo
    Tony Vallillo

    Since then he has shared many stories of his airline flights, others about airline pilot training, and even some about GA flying in the rather unusual light plane that he owns and uses to this day (Read all his feature articles here.) As it turns out, Tony is just as good a speaker as he is a writer and he kept the crowd entertained past the end of his allotted time -- and in fact past the scheduled end of the convention.

    FlightSimCon 2015 - Tony Vallillo


    And then suddenly it was over, and people where heading for their cars and shuttle buses. Despite spending two full days there and talking to more people than I can remember, there were still some with whom I did not spend enough time and wish I could have presented better here.

    There were other flightsim personalities that I got to meet, like Robert Randazzo of PMDG, Winfried Diekmann of Aerosoft and Greg Sanderson of computer maker Jetline Systems. And just as important, lots of just regular flightsimmers who shared their interests and experiences.

    So what happens when several hundred flightsimmers converge on a museum in Connecticut? Great things. Maybe next year you'll be one of them.

    Nels Anderson

    1. silverheels2's Avatar
      silverheels2 -
      Was LM there officially?
    1. gene172's Avatar
      gene172 -
      Great review, Nels. Flight Sim Con 2015 was outstanding in every respect, especially the quality of the seminars, the hospitality of the hosts, & of course the comradery of the attendees. This is the second Flight Sim Con I attended & I look forward to next year.

      Gene W
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      RatRace -
      I guess this puts mgh's recent post "The hobby is contracting" in a different light.
    1. britfrog's Avatar
      britfrog -
      Quote Originally Posted by RatRace View Post
      I guess this puts mgh's recent post "The hobby is contracting" in a different light.
      there is no doubt that is certain sectors sales are down, some companies keep releasing products too frequently with the result that people are only prepared to spend so much per month on their hobby. Also as quality has got better one expects better products to be released, those that cant keep up will also feel the market has shrunk.

      However looking at the conference I had hoped it would have attracted more people and more companies, in the end it seems to have been a nice little local meet-up for simmers.
    1. ricardo_NY1's Avatar
      ricardo_NY1 -
      Looks like there was an excellent turnout. Will the venue be the same for next year?
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      chucktannehill -
      I thoroughly enjoyed Flightsimcon 2015 and am hoping to attend next year, for Platinum Airways virtual airline.
    1. Ragtopjohnny's Avatar
      Ragtopjohnny -
      I intend to go next year. I wanted to this year, but with health conditions it was not possible.
    1. Nels_Anderson's Avatar
      Nels_Anderson -
      I think this was far more than a "little local meetup". Consider that the two biggest sims, X-Plane and FSX: Steam, considered it important enough to send representatives. It's also growing. I suspect a larger venue will be needed next year.
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      Clutch Cargo -
      Hope the momentum keeps growing for events like this in the USA. Would like the venue to change year to year tied to various aviation locations throughout the country to attract new visitors as well as repeat "conventioneers" getting a different experience each year.
    1. Ragtopjohnny's Avatar
      Ragtopjohnny -
      How about various locations? Not just this one, but others. Please don't change it - this is the closest to my house I can get to easily. LOL
    1. mutleyshangar's Avatar
      mutleyshangar -
      Quote Originally Posted by Nels_Anderson View Post
      I think this was far more than a "little local meetup". Consider that the two biggest sims, X-Plane and FSX: Steam, considered it important enough to send representatives. It's also growing. I suspect a larger venue will be needed next year.
      Hi Nels,

      Shame, I missed this show by 10 days, I was in the USA at the beginning of June and met up with Froogle Pete. I had an invite to appear at the show but couldn't change my plans. It looked every bit as good as the FS show at RAF Cosford in the UK last year maybe we'll try to make it next year or 2017!

      Loved your report,


      Joe (mutleyshangar.com)
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      avallillo -
      I spoke with Nicole, the organizer of the event, about additional venues and they are looking at the possibility, probably based upon where a good concentration of flight simmers live. We shall have to wait and see.
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      pchimbolo -
      Incredible event! I went to the first one two years ago when it was held on the top floor of an old hotel in the center of Hartford. I was among 20 - 30 attendees. Not knowing what to expect, but slightly dispappointed about the 1st event, I did not attend last year -- but I was intrigued by the change in venue to the Air Museum near BDL. This year felt right to go... and what a treat! I agree with Nels... next year the Museum may not be large enough to support all the vendors and attendees. But, 100% guaranteed... I will be there!
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      nywingrider -
      Nels, I thought this was an excellent event... I loved every minute of it... It was great to see you and others in the industry.... Can't wait until next year....
    1. richard_stratman's Avatar
      richard_stratman -
      This was a nice event and looking forward to next year. Glad to see there is a healthy interest in this hobby. Hats off to those that are behind this event.
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      gilmo6d1 -
      Holy Cow, You can comment?!?! Great sitting next to you on the panel, Nels!!!
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      porchpooch4 -
      I had the good fortune of attending for the first time this year and for an avid enthusiast like myself, it was excellent. I was able to get some great ideas for my personal simulator in the process even though it means backing up a little bit and re-doing a couple of things on my simulator. I believe Tom's presentation and his full scale real C-172 simulator was excellent. He offered some excellent tips on planning and executing your own home cockpit simulator. There were quite a few displays of hardware were you could test out the equipment and form your own opinions based on what you are looking for in realism. It was well worth the time and effort and the connections I made while there. I am already planning for next year here and in Europe.
    1. felix69's Avatar
      felix69 -
      He, he, he, Intrepid Museum NYC, here we come. Now, hosting it there would shatter all attendance records, although it would be challenging for the exhibitors to get into the city (maybe!).
      But NEAM was a good host for the past two years, I'm sure they can accommodate for bigger participation.
    1. Iceman07's Avatar
      Iceman07 -
      Hi Nels

      Just to let you know, I was the unidentified home built panel on page 4. I was invited to display by Nicole, and though I was a bit hesitant to do so, as I knew there was going to be a lot of "Heavy Metal" types, I am glad I did. I really had a great time. I talked to quite a few people who seemed to appreciate what I was trying to accomplish with my set up. It's always nice to know that there are fellow nerds out there!

      I am mostly interested in early jet and rocket plane test flying, esp. Edwards Air Force base in the 1950's and 60's. I designed and built my "Simpit" with the idea that I could very easily and quickly change the configuration. I can, within minutes, go from a standard yoke set up to a side-stick to a standard joy stick set up. Depending on what I am flying at that time. For instance, when I'm flying the X-15 (my favorite) I use a side-stick set up. When I fly the X-24, I use the Yoke.

      Most of my simpit was built using materials from Home Depot, for a minimum cost. I designed and built the chair myself.

      This was my first experience with Flightsim Con, and I am looking forward to future events.
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