• 6th Annual FlightSimCon Prepares For Take Off


    Announcing Initial Sponsors, Speakers, Highlights and Exhibitors for 2018 Event

    DALLAS, TX, USA - February 13, 2018 - FlightSimCon 2018, the original and most successful annual aviation and flight simulation exposition and conference, is proud to announce the first round of sponsors and exhibitors for the 2018 event.

    The 6th annual FlightSimCon will take place in a new, central location in downtown Dallas, Texas at the Hyatt Regency Dallas Hotel on Saturday, June 23 and Sunday, June 24, 2018. For the first time, FlightSimCon is being joined by Cockpit-Fest USA, an annual event for cockpit enthusiasts with roots dating back to 1999.

    After five successful years in Connecticut, FlightSimCon has expanded to a new, more centralized location in Dallas, Texas. Over the previous five years the conference has grown annually since 2013. FlightSimCon is for all ages, and is the largest flight simulation and aviation conference held in the United States, attracting pilots, students, air traffic controllers, industry professionals, and simulation and aviation enthusiasts from around the world.

    "Increasing the breadth and scope of FlightSimCon to include new locations, industries and markets has been the goal of FSC since its 2013 inception" says founder Nicole Glander.

    In addition to a new, more centralized location, The Exhibit Hall at the Hyatt Regency in Dallas is more spacious than previous venues, allowing more vendors, communities, and exhibitors to convene in one area. With seminar rooms adjacent to the Exhibit Hall, educational tracts are a mere few steps away. An overnight room block at the Hyatt Regency has been secured and can be reserved through the FlightSimCon.com web site. Hotel information is included below. Event admission prices for FlightSimCon are $60 ($50 for students) for the all-weekend pass and $30 for a one-day pass ($25 for students) until May 15, 2018. Prices increase after May 15. Guest registration is available. Register now on-line at FlightSimCon.com.

    Sponsors, Speakers, Exhibitors and Highlights

    One differentiating aspect of FlightSimCon is its dedication to providing an evolving spectrum of speakers and educational seminars that will continue to expand the market to reach new industries, markets and niches within the aviation community.

    FlightSimCon is pleased to be partnered with top-tier sponsor, Gleim Aviation, a company dedicated to helping aviators pass FAA exams since 1980 through publishing and distributing flight training books, online courses, and flight simulation training software and systems. Additional sponsors include: Association of Flight Simulator Builders and Instructors (AFSBI), a member-based organization promoting the use of flight simulators and collaboration across developers, builders, users, instructors and their communities, institutions and pertinent government and non-government organizations).

    "After five successful years, FlightSimCon has become much more than just an exposition or trade show. The 2018 conference has become a holistic experience of aviation enthusiasts, from simulators to aircraft industry professionals, as well as the next generation of pilots and aviators," according to Edward Main, First Communications Officer for FlightSimCon.

    Speakers will offer unique insights into multiple aspects of pilot life, building and working with simulators, including X-Plane interfaces, manufacturing for the flight sim industry as well as tales of soaring the skies in both reality and simulation. To date, FlightSimCon 2018 has confirmed the following speakers: Matt Bailey is an active pilot, X-Plane simulator interface builder and life-long aviation enthusiast. Matt will cover the basics of Arduino microcontrollers, the X-Plane API, and how to make the two talk to each other. The internals of some aircraft instrument types will also be discussed, as well as ways to modify real instruments to make them easier to drive with a PC. Ethan Hawes is a First Officer on the Embraer 170/75 and Pilot Talent Acquisition Team Member for Republic Airlines. Ethan is launching a new program, (FLAP) Future Legacy of Aviation Professionals, that will link community members to current real world professionals in an aviation field or topic they are interested in. Ethan will also talk about flight simulator to real world pilot progression. Bart Waclawik is the owner of Volair Sim, a manufacturer of flight sim chassis systems and an active commercially-rated instrument pilot. Bart's presentation will focus on examples of using flight simulator as a tool for an active pilot or student to maintain and enhance proficiency for VFR and IFR flying.

    Exhibit Hall will feature hands-on demonstrations, allowing attendees the ability to explore and test their hardware and software products first-hand. The International Virtual Aviation Organisation (IVAO), a platform for enthusiasts to enjoy their hobby in a simulated real-world environment, flying or providing air traffic control services since 1998.

    The Classic 737-200 Project, a simulator created within a cut-away body of a real Boeing 737-200 series aircraft cockpit, a 17-foot Bell AH-1F Cobra helicopter cockpit converted by Triad Micro Systems into a weapons procedure trainer for the U.S. Army; an F-16 "Fighting Falcon" Cockpit Familiarization Trainer from Wright-Patterson AFB with three 50" LCD screens and more to come.

    NOTE: At the time of this release, additional sponsors, exhibitors, partners and highlights are currently being finalized and will be announced at FlightSimCon.com, as well as its social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

    About FlightSimCon

    Flight Sim Con is an aviation and flight simulation conference designed to bring pilots, air traffic controllers,students, flight simmers, cockpit builders and aviation enthusiasts together in an interactive social setting. Conference attendees will have the opportunity to meet others in the industry and flight sim communities, experience how online flight simulation can benefit student and rated pilots and air traffic controllers, and engage with exhibitors and speakers to learn about connecting flight simulation with real world aviation.

    About the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Dallas

    Located downtown next to the iconic Dallas landmark Reunion Tower, Hyatt Regency Dallas offers accommodations with prime views overlooking downtown Dallas or the Trinity River Greenbelt. The Hyatt Regency, 300 Reunion Boulevard, is a gateway to the best of the city and is within walking distance of many tourist attractions, including Dealey Plaza, the Historic West End and other downtown restaurants and nightlife. The hotel offers contemporary, spacious accommodations, complimentary wi-fi, unique dining, a 24-hour Gym, outdoor swimming pool and a FedEx Office Business Center. Reunion Tower is a 50-stories tall landmark icon with three levels of 360-degree breathtaking panoramic viewing and impeccable dining. The hotel also has direct access to Union Station and easy access to other transportation. To learn more about Dallas visit www.visitdallas.com.


    DFW Airport is just 15 miles from the hotel (with a great place to watch planes land and take off at nearby Founders' Plaza) and the convenient general aviation airport, Love Field, is 7 miles away. The Dallas Fort Worth area has one of the largest concentration of training and entertainment flight simulators. Together DFW airport and Dallas Love Field combined are gateways to 74 million passengers annually.

    About Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport

    DFW Airport is the fourth busiest airport in the United States, with over 66 million customers annually and over 1850 flights per day. With 173 domestic and 57 international nonstop destinations worldwide, DFW is considered one of the superb airports in the world. Its accessibility is unprecedented due to its flight offerings across 29 domestic and international airlines, 165 gates, 7 runways and central location within the continental US. DFW covers more than 26.9 square miles, larger than the size of Manhattan. Source: DFWairport.com

    About Dallas Love Field

    Located 6 miles northwest of downtown Dallas, Texas, Dallas Love Field is the 31st busiest airport in the US, with nearly 8 million passenger boardings annually. Dallas Love is a city-owned public airport that is also the corporate headquarters of Southwest Airlines, the nation's largest airline, according to the US Department of Transportation, and the #1 airline in the DOT Consumer Satisfaction Ranking for 22 of the last 26 years.

    Sponsor, Exhibitor, and Speaker Opportunities are Available

    To your reserve space, visit web site at www.flightsimcon.com for pricing information, floor layout, and applications. For further inquiry call 860.727.0050 or [email protected].

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