• Flying With The Family

    Fitting Flight Sim into the Family Routine

    So where are we today? It's a long story! I get asked a lot to do different sorts of flightsim content, and I have a lot of pressure from my audience to produce more and more content each week.

    There are a number of barriers in the way of me doing what a lot of flightsim YouTubers out there do. For example: VATSIM flights and long-haul flights are kind of impossible at the moment due to my personal and family commitments. I simply don't have the time. Looking after and spending time with two young children at the same time as juggling my own stressful work life outside of YouTube in my job role at a secure mental health hospital can be extremely difficult. If you then try adding VATSIM in there - a platform where pausing the simulator isn't really possible, you start to realise how little time I really have to do the content that I do.

    On top of all of this, I do like to spend time with friends and family, and I and my fiancee will often do things as a family together with the kids. This means my YouTube activity can sometimes be greatly reduced, but I soon manage to come up for air again every now and then with some new content.

    I also get asked a lot why I keep doing what I do if I have so little time. My answer? I have a passion for aviation, and I love simulation as a hobby. This is one of the main reasons I love sharing the content that I do in my own way, on my own platform and with my own rules and schedule. I rarely change what or how I operate because I prefer to do things my own way, which is kind of why I call the channel MrYorkiesWorld - it's my world, and it's for me to share with the world one of my hobbies and interests, at the same time as caring for my family as well.

    What Does MrYorkiesWorld Actually Do?

    So what content do I actually create then? Well the answer is pretty simple - a little of this and a little of that. I prefer to create full flight videos from airport A to airport B with a chosen aircraft, mainly with the use of Ultimate Traffic Live and Pro ATC X to add to the realism. I record the departure and arrival of the flight along with some cinematic shots from the journey itself. I either commentate on the video whilst recording, or sometimes I choose to add the commentary later, and then it gets uploaded to YouTube. It really is that simple.

    In terms of procedures and the "right and wrong" ways to do things, I prefer to keep things simple. You won't see me following every rule down to the dot, and you certainly won't see a mistake-free video. What you'll see is me taking you from airport A to airport B with the chosen aircraft - mainly replicating real-world routes so that you can see the amazing scenery that P3D itself, and third-party add-ons can offer. I get a lot of comments saying "you didn't do this properly" and "that's not the right way to do that", but the reality is - I'm a very casual and laid back flight summer who doesn't really care - I just like to produce videos with eye catching scenery, awesome cinematics and videos that might even be useful for those flight simmers out there who are just getting started, and want to know how to get the aircraft off the ground, and then land again safely.

    Another common question I get is what add-ons I use, what scenery is this, where can I get your config, etc. I'm happy to say I now have a web site where all of this information is easily accessible - https://www.mryorkiesworld.co.uk

    The Setup

    So what setup do I use? Well below I've attached a picture of my thrown together setup featuring two PCs - one of which being an i9-9900k system as my simulation PC, and one being an i7-4790k system used mainly for video capture and streaming. Both machines could do with a little clean both internally and externally, and my desk isn't the biggest or most organised desk, but what you see in the image is basically what it looks like when I'm recording, editing and streaming - a little cluttered, but it works!


    So pretty basic, right? A lot of flightsimmers out there tend to have these huge desks with a clean and tidy setup, but me? Not really - I've always struggled to keep my setup tidy. I suppose it "just works" and it does the job intended really.

    I use the Thrustmaster Hotas One for my joystick and throttles, which can be separated into two parts, or left as a single unit. Again, nothing too technical, and rather "budget" orientated, but it certainly does the job intended, and even comes with a twist rudder system for those of you (like me) who don't have rudder pedals.

    My keyboard and mouse are simple Microsoft products - nothing too special there. They're quite noisy and don't really do anything special, but they do the job.

    I'm using two standard 23-inch LG monitors, with a LOGIK TV on the stand just behind them for the streaming PC, and everything is captured and streamed using the Elgato Game Capture HD60 Pro through OBS and Streamlabs OBS.

    Aside from this, each machine has 16 GB of RAM, and the main flight simulation PC is running a GTX 1080TI, with the i9-9900k CPU set to default speeds, which can reach up to 5 GHz in Turbo mode. Hyperthreading is switched off to maintain better stability, and I have a custom cooling configuration for my fans which is controlled by the BIOS.

    Both machines are running Windows 10 Pro 64-bit, and are linked via my home network for easy transfer of videos and files between machines. Sometimes I edit my videos or record them on the i9 system, sometimes it's done on the i7 system - dependant on my workload.

    My Personal Goals

    So I get asked a lot about what my personal goals are for this channel, and where I want to be in the not too distant future. Ideally I'd love to be able to keep doing what I'm doing and make a living doing something I love. It has always been a dream of mine to turn this whole YouTube thing into a second income as well as a hobby, and I am grateful to have an extremely generous and widespread audience that supports me in my goals and aspirations in flight simulation-based content.

    At the time of writing this article, we are literally only a short time away from reaching 5,000 subscribers. I have no idea how many we'll have in a year, nor do I know how many we will have in five years, but I am ever grateful for every single one of my supporters, and I hope to keep going and keep reaching milestones again and again.

    If you're interested in checking out my content, feel free to head on over to my YouTube channel.

    You can also show your support via my Patreon page.

    If you'd like to follow me on social media, feel free to check me out on Facebook and Twitter as well!

    I also have my web site mentioned earlier. Feel free to pay it a visit.

    Jay / MrYorkiesWorld

    1. DominicS's Avatar
      DominicS -
      Great article Jay, really enjoyed reading through it :-)

      Many thanks for sharing with the community!

    1. darrenvox's Avatar
      darrenvox -
      cool article
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