In just a couple of weeks, flight sim enthusiasts from across the country (and perhaps around the world) will gather for the annual FlightSimCon 2016 event held at the New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks, CT. You may remember I wrote about the panel discussion from the 2015 FlightSimCon here and here. The 2015 event was a huge hit and 2016 promises to be just as spectacular. Unfortunately, my work/life schedule will not allow me to travel to FlightSimCon 2016…but I will await all the wonderful news which I hope will flow out in the days and weeks following the event.
The speakers for the FlightSimCon 2015 event were rather impressive and I very much enjoyed the panel discussion which you can view here. The discussion was moderated by Evan Reiter (from Boston Virtual ATC) and included D’Andre Newman (Owner and Managing Editor, AirDailyX), Winfried Diekmann (CEO, Aerosoft), Robert Randazzo (CEO, PMDG), Pete Wright (Frooglesim) Nels Anderson (Founder, FlightSim.com) and Tom Gilmore (Training Coordinator, US Division, IVAO). I wrote a review of this panel discussion with some of my own opinions regarding both the questions asked and the answers given. I truly hope something similar takes place for this years event.
From the looks of both the list of sponsors and exhibitors, I believe FlightSimCon 2016 will be a huge hit. The list of exhibitors include Orbx, Jetline Systems, A2A Simulations, FSFX Packages, QualityWings, IVAO, VATSIM, HiFi Simulations, GoFlight and JustFlight. The list of sponsor attendees is also rather impressive including Aerosoft, REX Game Studios, Dovetail Games, FlightBeam, FlightSim.com, AirDailyX.net, PC Pilot Magazine and LiveATC.net.
While the list of sponsors and exhibitors is rather impressive, the full schedule of events is what has my attention. On Saturday, Austin Meyer, President of Laminar Research (X-Plane) will present and the panel discussion will focus on the benefits of Flying Online. But Sunday….Sunday is the big day when Stephen Hood, Creative Director of Dovetail Games will discuss “Dovetail Games Flight Simulator – My Vision”. Perhaps we’ll finally know what Dovetail Games plans are with regards to the future of flight simulation beyond FSX.
It’s all unclear what BIG news will come out of FlightSimCon 2016. I’m confident the folks covering it will ask all the right questions and relay those answers to us all. Until then…we just have to wait patiently.
Until next time…