Upcoming Events

August 16, 2018

Upcoming flight simulation events including training and larger conferences in the US and abroad. Bookmark...

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Navigating the Redbird jungle, an interview with Ethan Willinger

August 6, 2018

We caught up with the very knowledgeable Ethan Willinger at  the busy Redbird tent at Airventure, to discuss the many products Redbird has on the market now and their different niches....

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AOPA: ABCs of simulators

August 4, 2018

“First, if the simulator has a number, it doesn’t move. If it has a letter, it moves and costs a lot of money…” Bookmark...

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New Rules: an interview with NAFI’s Chairman Robert Meder

August 3, 2018

We caught up with NAFI at Airventure.  Chairman Robert Meder through a super-busy day found time to discuss the implications  of the new FAA ‘simulator’ rules for CFIs and...

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ALsim Interview at Airventure 2018

August 2, 2018

AFSBI: Let’s start with a little overview of the company for our readers and members. Give me an idea where you’re based, how you started. ALsim (Mike Tonkin, Business Dev....

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We fly Alsim’s AL250 twin simulator.

August 2, 2018

ALsim AL250 flight review First impressions are important, and our mind categorizes them almost immediately as positively or not. Stepping into the AL250 was one of those nice-to-remember...

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Thrustmaster new and (maybe) upcoming. Interview with Tim Gorham

July 30, 2018

(Tim Gorham is North America’s Product Manager at Thrustmaster. We met him briefly in Oshkosh at Airventure.) AFSBI: These are great looking pedals. Tim: So the rudder pedals are what...

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Oshkosh Diary 2

July 30, 2018

AirVenture 2018 Thursday to Saturday, July 28, 2018 Continuing our quest for all things simulator here at Oshkosh AirVenture 2018, I spent some time visiting used parts vendors. There is a...

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Oshkosh Diary

July 26, 2018

Oshkosh Diary Oshkosh, WI. Thursday, July 26 So far Oshkosh has been nothing but extraordinary for AFSBI. Not only for a simulator presence much larger than we expected, but also because of...

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A Simulator Primer: Flight Simulation Level 1.

July 16, 2018

Level 1 In our simulation level classification system,  a Level 1 simulator is the basic “buy and fly”. You purchase the software, install it on your desktop computer or laptop and...

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Redbird: How to Use Your Aviation Training Device When the Part 61 Changes Take Effect

July 11, 2018

More on the implications of the new sweeping rules about logging simulated time. Bookmark...

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FAA Revises Simulator Time Logging and Validity Rules

July 5, 2018

Background: In an effort to cut training costs and increase the number of licensed pilots, the FAA, with AOPA’s input, issued a new ruling, effective  as early as June 27, 2018. The...

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AOPA: FAA CUTS COST OF TRAINING, PROFICIENCY

July 2, 2018

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An X-Plane Road Map From FlightSimExpo

July 1, 2018

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Aussie Star FS Supports AFSBI

July 1, 2018

The Flight Simulation Community The flight simulation community is disjointed. A plethora of organisations, websites, Facebook pages and You Tube channels &c. exist for the flight...

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Flying the Sabreliner: A legend revived.

June 30, 2018

Matt Bailey, AFSBI member 001279, is definitely a flight simulator enthusiast, expert and all around genius. With wife Ruth, and while taking care of their two children, they acquired a...

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New to Flight Simulation? Start with this primer.

June 29, 2018

A Flight Simulator Primer. We had the same question asked again and again, through emails, at our Expos booths and directly to us: “I want to fly a simulator: Where should I start?...

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Takeaways from FlightSimCon 2018

June 18, 2018

AFSBI supported FlightSimCon 2018 in Dallas this past weekend (June 23-24 2018). This was an interesting event, with live sim demonstrations, compelling presentations, a great crowd and,...

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Certifying your Simulator?

June 18, 2018

Basic information on what’s involved in certifying your simulator as an ATD. By Gabriel Accascina with Jim Williams AFSBI – June 2018 – All rights reserved. Like several of...

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SimControlX Now Available on the Apple App Store

June 6, 2018

SimControlX Now Available on the Apple App Store A Sophisticated Operator Station for Flight Simmers ORLANDO, FL. — June 4, 2018 – SimControlX is the successor to SimControl, a...

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Good Vibrations

June 1, 2018

The sense of vibration sits somewhere between touch and sound. Its unique experience depends much on the frequency: low frequencies are felt, while higher frequencies are heard. In an...

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G1000: Vendors’ List

May 25, 2018

The Garmin G1000 is a marvel of technology. Released 15 years ago and approved for use in many light aircraft, the system is an all-in-one with most, if not all, functionality needed to...

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10 Best simulator tips on the way to flight proficiency

May 24, 2018

If you have, or are training for, a pilot license, a flight simulator it’s an excellent tool for proficiency and one that can go a long way to make you a better student and a better...

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Members’ Survey Apr-May 2018

May 18, 2018

New statistics from Member survey for the period April-May. Since our last stats (Feb-Mar) some interesting changes: More seasoned simulator users joined....

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Check Flow G1000

May 18, 2018

Pre-Taxi Check List Flow for the Cessna 172R equipped with the GARMIN NAV III package. These procedures are meant for use by LeTourneau University Flight Students and in no other context...

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Briefing the Approach

May 18, 2018

How do professional pilots brief the approach? Here is a great video that walks you through the steps and explains it all. (c) Airline Pilot Hiring Bookmark...

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Captain for a Day: Airline Flight Simulators in Las Vegas.

May 17, 2018

A veteran airline pilot, Rod MacLennan, AFSBI Member 001158, has an innovative simulation and training business. Partnering with PanAm Training, he uses spare simulators availability to...

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AEREUM: A Cryptocurrency for Simulators?

May 14, 2018

In several countries, a group purchasing organization (GPO) is an entity that is created to leverage the purchasing power of a group with shared common interests to obtain discounts from...

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SimWareKits GNS 530 Kit

April 30, 2018

We printed out the parts downloaded from Simware which were ready for our slicer of choice, Simplify3d, using suggested print orientation, no supports necessary. We used black PLA on our...

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Simionic updates G1000 solution

April 4, 2018

Simionic, based in China, is the manufacturer of an interesting G1000 panel solution....

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The AFSBI Departure Clearance sticky note

March 27, 2018

To make it easier and faster to copy a clearance from ATC, AFSBI has developed a simple but effective sticky note pad. This is based on a standard CRAFT sequence and adds a few quick...

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Current EASA Flight Simulation Regulations

March 26, 2018

European Aviation Safety Agency Certification Specifications for Aeroplane Flight Simulation Training Devices: (b) ‘Full flight simulator (FFS)’ means a full size replica of a specific...

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Current FAA Flight Simulator Regulations

March 26, 2018

Since the 1970s, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has gradually expanded the permitted use of flight simulation for training. Two new agency rules dealing with simulators and...

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Members’ Survey Feb-Mar 2018

March 21, 2018

Thanking all members who have filled up the registration survey, here is a glimpse at the membership engagement with flight simulation. We will keep this survey updated every quarter....

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Prepar3D triple screens, Air Manager, D250 and more

March 19, 2018

Roger Dodger Aviation First flight with Lockheed Martin Prepar3D and the D250 Deluxe Desktop Flight Sim. Bookmark...

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Multi-monitor setup on X-Plane 11

March 19, 2018

Russ Barlow walks us through the details of setting up three monitors in X-plane 11. Bookmark...

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Interview: Flying the 737 Simulator

March 19, 2018

James Price, the 737 Flight Simulator Guy, takes us on a virtual flight through the Bay Area aboard his incredible Boeing 737 simulator. Will is flummoxed by one of the most amazing things...

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Free Membership!

March 1, 2018

We value your participation! As explained in other sections of this website, AFSBI is a member-driven Association. Yes, that means your role is more than just participant, we hope that you...

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Building Tips. Taking Simulation Seriously

February 6, 2018

I train lots of people in my simulator, mainly box management (yes, the G1000). I find that simulators offer a great opportunity to learn how glass cockpits work. Properly done, even if...

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Simulator Single Screen vs Multi-Screens

January 31, 2018

So you bought a nice beefy computer with a 24″ monitor and some simulator software. You installed the software and tried to fly using a keyboard and mouse. Difficult. So then you...

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A Word from the Editor

January 28, 2018

Flight Simulation has been with me since the 1960’s. At that time I had a cardboard cockpit panel with instruments drawn on it, and my brother holding it up and doing some fancy sound...

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Advanced Simming. De-lidding How-to

January 20, 2018

Since Intel decided to use low-grade thermal material underneath their Integrated Heat Spreader or IHS, the practice of “De-Lidding” or “DE-lid” the CPU has spread widely throughout...

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Flight simulation

December 18, 2017

Digital technology allows us to simulate very complex environments, from medical to engineering, and environment to weather. Flight simulation exists from longer before computers were...

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December 18, 2017 / Comments (0)

CAE releases Pilot demand Report

December 15, 2017

CAE’s Airline Pilot Demand Outlook, a 10-year view, provides key insights on global airline pilot needs. Bookmark...

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