• Road Trip: FlightSimCon 2016

    Road Trip: FlightSimCon 2016

    By Nels Anderson

    FlightSimCon 2016     FlightSimCon 2016

    Introduction

    The fourth edition of FlightSimCon was held June 11-12 at the New England Air Museum, at the edge of Bradley International Airport, just north of Hartford, Connecticut and south of Springfield, Massachusetts. The museum has a great collection of historic planes and makes a fine setting for a meeting of aviation enthusiasts. The event booths are right in the hangars among the museum aircraft.

    This year's event was much like the previous two years, with two full days of excellent presentations, a variety of booths to visit spread between two hangars, and some of the major names in the flightsim hobby to meet.

    There is enough going on so that it's simply not possible to do it all. You could spend all day in the forums but then have no time to meet and talk to all the companies at their booths and meet other flightsimmers. So since I cannot cover it all, I'll offer my personal journey and tell you about what I saw and who I met in more or less the order that it actually happened.

    FlightSimCon 2016     FlightSimCon 2016

    State Of The Sim-Nation

    Because of the crowd it took a while to get everyone inside and registered. After a brief resulting delay, Evan Reiter gave some welcoming remarks and got the event started.

    The conference opening/keynote talk was given first thing Saturday morning by Peter Wright, well known for his "Frooglesim" videos. His look at the state of flightsimming was quite interesting, and covered a wide range of things including sims that were not familiar to many in the audience. In his view the state of the hobby is quite good, though may be moving in new directions that some may be uncomfortable with.

    FlightSimCon 2016

    Aerosoft

    This year Aerosoft was represented by both Winfried Diekmann and Mathijs Kok. I met Winfried at a previous FlightSimCon and was pleased to meet Mathijs for the first time. Both have been around the flightsim community for a very long time and I suspect given their large product line that most people reading this have an Aerosoft product in their hangar.

    We chatted about a variety of things. One that sticks in my mind was that in Europe boxed software is still popular and there are still large stores that sell software, something we have not seen in the U.S. for some time as most have transitioned to downloads. It was also interesting to learn how popular other types of sims are, and there are quite a variety. Those who only flightsim may be missing out as apparently simming things like driving a bus can be quite interesting.


    16 Comments
    1. Bill Alderson's Avatar
      Bill Alderson -
      Nicely done Nels.

      I was there and saw you standing there by the front door but never got the chance to stop and finally meet you since you seemed to be in deep conversation with other people. I was, however, able to finally ask Mathijs Kok, after all these years, how to pronounce his first name, and to meet Ernie Alston. So, all things considered, it was a pretty successful weekend.

      Looking forward to next year....

      Bill Alderson
    1. paulferg's Avatar
      paulferg -
      That was a splendid glimpse at something I had not been aware of. I may well try to attend next year. Will you be publishing details when they are available?

      Paul Ferguson
    1. Nels_Anderson's Avatar
      Nels_Anderson -
      Yes, absolutely. We've been actively promoting this event for three years now and have published announcements as they are released and I've published a similar report for the previous two years as I did for this one.

      I was told to expect first news about next year's event in about a month and it will surely be announced on our front page.
    1. DominicS's Avatar
      DominicS -
      Great article Nels, looks like you had plenty of fun! Nice to see the event looking so healthy too!

      Cheers

      Dom
    1. timest's Avatar
      timest -
      Hi Nels,

      It was great finally meeting you and I enjoyed our conversation. I wish we could have spent more time!

      Cheers,
      Tim Fuchs
      REX Simulations
    1. vegasjon's Avatar
      vegasjon -
      Thanks for the coverage! Will next years' event be held at the same location? How did you see attendance- was there enough demand to support future events?
    1. Nels_Anderson's Avatar
      Nels_Anderson -
      Quote Originally Posted by timest View Post
      Hi Nels,

      It was great finally meeting you and I enjoyed our conversation. I wish we could have spent more time!

      Cheers,
      Tim Fuchs
      REX Simulations
      Likewise Tim, great to meet you. That was one of the biggest frustrations, so many people to meet and not nearly enough time!
    1. Nels_Anderson's Avatar
      Nels_Anderson -
      Quote Originally Posted by vegasjon View Post
      Thanks for the coverage! Will next years' event be held at the same location? How did you see attendance- was there enough demand to support future events?
      Did you read the whole article? It goes on for several pages and I did mention this near the end.

      Briefly, this year attendance was around 520 versus 320 the previous year, so very good growth in attendance. The number of exhibitors increased as well. The event has grown steadily and I expect it certainly supports future events.

      Your question about location is valid, as the venue can only hold so many. I talked with the event organizer about this and it appears the museum is doing some expansion that will help if it goes through. As I mentioned in the article, we are expecting an announcement about next years event in a month or so. Please make sure you read the entire article.
    1. andyjohnston's Avatar
      andyjohnston -
      "In his view the state of the hobby is quite good, though may be moving in new directions that some many be uncomfortable with."

      This I found this statement to be odd as I thought there would be more explanation offered. Could you expand on what people might be uncomfortable with?
    1. belgeode's Avatar
      belgeode -
      LOL, omg you actually got a picture of me in the hat huh?? Nice. It was great to meet up! Cannot wait for next year!!
    1. Nels_Anderson's Avatar
      Nels_Anderson -
      Quote Originally Posted by andyjohnston View Post
      "In his view the state of the hobby is quite good, though may be moving in new directions that some many be uncomfortable with."

      This I found this statement to be odd as I thought there would be more explanation offered. Could you expand on what people might be uncomfortable with?
      Well, reading the forums I see many people using old sims (i.e. FS2004... or even FS98!) who stick with them because change makes them uncomfortable. Future changes will be even more extreme, since we're talking about a complete break from the MSTS path we've been used to for so many years, and moving into sims that will have no compatibility with previous ones.
    1. Aviatorboy88's Avatar
      Aviatorboy88 -
      Will this event ever come to the Silicon Valley? I feel like I'm the only one whom uses FS2004 and/or FSX.
    1. Nels_Anderson's Avatar
      Nels_Anderson -
      Quote Originally Posted by Aviatorboy88 View Post
      Will this event ever come to the Silicon Valley? I feel like I'm the only one whom uses FS2004 and/or FSX.
      I rather doubt you're the only one in your area who flightsims. But meeting up can be hard.

      I don't see this specific event moving very far from its current location. The event planner is based in the Hartford area and its largely sponsored by Boston Virtual ATC which has an obvious connection with New England. This event attracted people from all over the world, many from Europe and some even as far as Japan. I was surprised to see that relatively few attendees were truly local, so many are quite willing to travel to something like this.
    1. mrzippy's Avatar
      mrzippy -
      Quote Originally Posted by Aviatorboy88 View Post
      Will this event ever come to the Silicon Valley? I feel like I'm the only one whom uses FS2004 and/or FSX.
      You haven't been around here long enough! Many SF Bay Area folks on here!
    1. MSgt's Avatar
      MSgt -
      Nels,
      I was there the first day (kicked myself later for not going Sunday) and was hoping to meet you, as I have been on flightsim.com since about 1996, but never ran into you. Hoping to see you (and belgeode!) next year!

      Russ
    1. maxam's Avatar
      maxam -
      Hi Nels,

      Just visiting from the "other" site .... It was really nice to have met you and talk about simming for a while. What a great weekend everyone had! Looking forward to travel there again next year if my schedule permits.

      Robert
      BC, Canada
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