Calgary Flying Club goes with ALSIM

August 14, 2019

ALSIM is excited to announce the sale of an AL250 simulator to Calgary Flying Club in Calgary, Alberta, Canada for its advanced training operations conducted by the Calgary Aviation College...

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Oshkosh! AirVenture2019 Simulators

August 13, 2019

Our super-experienced member Russ Barlow’s video of a flight simulator view of AirVenture2019. Next year we would like to push for higher recognition of simulators, perhaps having a...

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MakerPlane: Real avionics from open-source innovators

August 8, 2019

The community of our builders, regardless at what level they operate, is an innovative one. Be it for a home use C172, or a professional, fully functioning B737, simulator builders go at...

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SimBird, a turnkey desktop flight simulator

August 7, 2019

At AirVenture2019, we spotted a new offering. The company is Montauk Systems, based in Virginia. The product is SimBird. The man behind it is John DiMattei. The idea is to integrate...

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Simulation Driving Innovation: the BETA AVA eVTOL Story

August 6, 2019

It seems logical. Fly an innovative, futuristic aircraft on a sim first, then build it. Beta Technologies, based in South Burlington, Vermont, is doing exactly that. Well, with some help,...

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Stream your Sim: an innovative approach from CloudFlyt

August 5, 2019

Sim streaming may be the way to go. CloudFlyt, a Palo Alto California-based company has a new and innovative simulation approach. Rather than buying a computer and setup a simulator in it,...

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Airbus: leading the way in education and future flights

August 1, 2019

Airbus was omnipresent at AirVenture 2019 . Communication Manager Bart Greer introduced us to John O’Leary, V.P. for Airbus US engineering. We discussed innovation and outreach,...

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InfiniteFlight: a Flight Simulator App with ATC

July 31, 2019

This year at EAA AirVenture, innovation seemed to be the name of the game in the sim space. InfiniteFlight‘s Laura Laban, a pilot, and tech-savvy aviation enthusiast co-started her...

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July 31, 2019 / Comments (0)

Inside the Pilot Proficiency Center at AirVenture 2019

July 31, 2019

We all know that, as pilots, we often struggle to remain proficient. Sometimes it’s work pressures keeping us away from flying, or perhaps financial reasons or simply those long, cold...

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SkyCamp for Kids

July 15, 2019

Each summer the Middle Georgia State School of Aviation hosts a summer aviation camp for aspiring aviators. Kids between the ages of 10 – 14 may attend. From the web here SkyCamp...

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What Happens When You Put a Sim in a Library

July 10, 2019

Martin County Library system, north-west of Palm Beach, has six branches. A while ago, back in 2015, the system’s Director was looking for interesting ideas for her community-based...

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Thought your seat was tight? Stand up!

July 8, 2019

A new “stand-up” plane seat had a mixed reception at this year’s aircraft shows. The latest iteration of the the Skyrider 3.0 seat, designed by Italian firm Avio Interiors, was on...

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This UFA ATC Simulator is amazing!

July 8, 2019

UFA and its subsidiary ATCSim GmbH are the big names in ATC simulation. Their ATCSim Innovation Center offers state-of-the-art Air Traffic Control (ATC) Tower, Radar and Airside Driving...

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No risk simulator solution for flight schools

July 3, 2019

one-G is the company to look into for innovative financing solutions in bringing simulators to flight schools at no upfront cost other than shipping, a physical space and the utilities to...

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Radial Engine Zip Assembly

July 1, 2019

Dan Cabral is a master of rendering. See his magnificent video below and his website here. Cabral is a product design engineer and used Keyshot to render this animation and After Effects to...

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The RAF’s new pilot training rig will spin you until you vomit

June 26, 2019

From Wired UK (original article here): One of the toughest forces military pilots have to deal with is gravitational force, or G-force. To make sure they can handle this while in the air,...

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Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020: I am back!

June 26, 2019

14 years later, since the last release in 2006 (not counting the Steam re-release), and MSFS is back! Weirdly, Microsoft chose gaming industry show E3 in Los Angeles as its announcement...

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Bridging the gap at FSExpo2019

June 22, 2019

Our take on FSExpo2019? It was a great event! Why? Firstly because of the great attendance, just short of 1,800 people, considering attendees, exhibitors and the many speakers...

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Check out our new videos from FSExpo2019

June 20, 2019

A view of the AFSBI booth at FSExpo2019, showing our Simulation for Beginners book and simulator components built by our members. Here is a link to our YouTube channel. Check out our videos...

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Simulation for aerobatics makes perfect

June 13, 2019

Laura Radigan is a member of the U.S. National Aerobatic Team (gliders), and AFSBI’s member # 003752. This July, she will travel to Romania to represent the U.S. at the 22nd FAI World...

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June 13, 2019 / Comments (0)

RealSimGear-HotStart TBM900 Sim

June 12, 2019

Rarely, at the level of prosumer simulation, you see such level of professional detail in a sim display like the one we spotted at FSEXPO 2019. With RealSimGear hardware and HotStart...

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Honeycomb Aeronautical

June 12, 2019

A new yoke and a throttle quadrant are arriving this summer! Stay tuned as Honeycomb Aeronautical’s Founder and CEO Nicki Repenning told us in an interview at FSExpo 2019 this past...

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@OSHKOSH: EXPANDED PILOT PROFICIENCY CENTER

June 11, 2019

Growing popularity brings upgraded training devices, scenarios –  EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wisconsin — (June 11, 2019) — Expanded hands-on activities and equipment are...

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Pilotedge, an Interview with Keith Smith

June 11, 2019

For pilots wanting to stay current, and students who are learning ATC comms, Pilotedge offers a cost-effective, human-based ATC solution when flying their simulators. It provides...

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FSExpo 2019 was a great show!

June 10, 2019

Well organized, well attended and very inspiring, we just came back from Orlando FL and FSExpo 2019. We loved everything about it, from the amazing range of participants, of all ages and...

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Preparing for FSExpo 2019

June 4, 2019

FlightSimExpo 2019: it is that time of the year when we feel the flight simulation community coming together. Preparing to travel to Orlando to spend a few days with one of the most...

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Flight Simulator Market Worth $7.7 Billion by 2025

June 1, 2019

According to the new market research report “Flight Simulator Market by Platform (Commercial (NBA, WBA, VLA), Military (Helicopters, Combat, Special Mission Aircraft), UAV), Type...

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ALSIM AL172 RECEIVES FAA AATD APPROVAL

May 29, 2019

Wednesday, May 29th, 2019  Alsim is very pleased to announce that the FAA has approved the Alsim AL172 simulator as an Advanced Aviation Training Device (AATD). The AL172 is an exact...

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The IMC Club

May 29, 2019

“The IMC Club’s purpose is to promote instrument flying, proficiency, and safety. The intent is to create a community of pilots willing to share information, provide recognition,...

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Virtual Flight Academy Review

May 25, 2019

A great VFI – Virtual Flight Instructor – knows exactly what you are doing right and what you are not doing right. It can teach you the fundamentals of flight and even some more...

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May 25, 2019 / Comments (0)

Simulation gone wrong? Boeing 737 Max

May 23, 2019

Boeing acknowledged design flaws in the simulator software used to train some Boeing 737 Max pilots. As AFP noted, the statement marked the first time the embattled plane maker clearly...

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F-Helix: Innovation at work

May 15, 2019

Want new and different? Look at F-Helix. Italian design, Italian innovation. Bookmark...

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May 15, 2019 / Comments (0)

Which Simulator For Your Flight Training Phase?

May 10, 2019

Recently, a member interested in ultralights asked the question: “What sim should I use to learn to fly?” This question was interesting from a few different perspectives....

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Stay Level Avionix Panel Review

May 8, 2019

Stay Level Avionix (SLAVX) was founded by John Albers with the specific intent to make simulators more realistic and add that professional touch to home-built sims. John ended up doing a...

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Virtual Fly RUDDO+ Pedals Review

May 6, 2019

As always with Virtual Fly’s products it’s hard to find any flaws: their quality is simply impeccable. This review completes the triad of primary flight controls, including the...

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Virtual Fly TQ6 Throttle Quadrant

May 4, 2019

Aircatglobal’s Virtual Fly is a Spanish simulator manufacturer with products ranging from FAA-approved GA flight simulators to controls and other components. Their product’s...

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Gearing up to Oshkosh, a Sim Perspective

May 3, 2019

Last year we were amazed by the role simulation is taking in GA real-life training, from policy changes by the FAA to the obvious bubble in the sim market. AirVenture 2018 presented us with...

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Virtual Fly YOKO+ Review

May 2, 2019

It is rare to find a line of products so well built that they prompt only compliments. Such are Spain-based Virtual Fly ‘s offerings. Expectations were therefore high when we received...

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The Brave New World of VTOL vehicles

April 26, 2019

Sometimes you stare at the future and you know it will happen. That’s what I heard people looking at VTOL and eVTOL at Heli-Expo in Atlanta this month saying. Vertical Take Off and...

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April 26, 2019 / Comments (0)

WIN AN ALL-EXPENSES PAID TRIP TO ORLANDO FOR FLIGHTSIMEXPO 2019

April 23, 2019

Courtesy of Thrustmaster, one lucky simmer will win travel, accommodation, and event access for FlightSimExpo on June 7-9, 2019 and a Thrustmaster prize package. Visit...

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EFBs for your Sim, a comparison table

April 15, 2019

If you are using your sim to complement your real life flying, aviation training, or just learning as a student pilot, you likely have discovered the importance of a tablet in the cockpit....

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What to Expect at FlightSimExpo 2019: an interview with the organizers

April 12, 2019

AFSBI: So, what’s new and exciting this year in Orlando? Evan and Phil: A lot! Let’s start with Captains’ Corner, our Friday afternoon seminar series designed for the true flight...

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FLIGHTSIMEXPO RELEASES 2019 SPEAKER SCHEDULE, ANNOUNCES NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH EAA

April 10, 2019

Registration is open now for FlightSimExpo 2019, held June 7-9 at Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld®. In addition to two-day event access, drinks and appetizers, and a conference bag,...

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Can home-built simulators really help real flight training?

April 5, 2019

Increasingly, people are using a simulator at home, to become proficient with controls and procedures and then venture in the real world and fly an aircraft. In this post, we look at some...

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Women in Aviation International Offers New Scholarships

April 4, 2019

WAI, the nonprofit organization dedicated to the encouragement and advancement of women in all aspects of aviation, announces 5 new scholarships. This year, the organization awarded more...

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11-Year-Old Girl Trains with Flight Simulator to Become Pilot

April 3, 2019

By Stephanie Bechara, Spectrum News 13 PUBLISHED March 4, 2019 @5:05 PM  Read original article here KISSIMMEE, Fla. — As Afton Kinkade made it up a flight of stairs and into the...

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New Film Celebrating Women in Aviation

April 3, 2019

Debuting this April after two years in production, “Fly Like a Girl” promises to showcase the often underestimated contribution women gave, and are giving, to aviation. See the...

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April 30 – May 2 – Orlando, Fl.

April 2, 2019

This April 30th, the world’s largest gathering of aviation training professionals including airlines, regulators, training providers and industry returns to Orlando, FL with over 1,200...

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What Happens When You Order a SLAVX Panel?

April 2, 2019

sponsored post Here is a glimpse behind the scenes of the different steps that go into a SLAVX panel while it is built in Chicago.   Manufacturing begins on the 1st day of each month and...

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G1000 Simulator: Vendors’ list and updated comparison table

March 30, 2019

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 functionality needed to conduct a safe...

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Jetline Simulation Bahamas

March 29, 2019

Sometimes, out of the blue, you bump into a really great training environment. When it happens, it’s usually in an unexpected place, out of the way, lying low that is, until you get...

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Air Manager 3.5 Released

March 29, 2019

Long awaited for Air Manager 3.5 has been released today by Siminnovations. Russ Barlow shows the new capabilities and more in this video: Among many other improvements: More than 65 new...

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Planning to Build a Home Flight Simulation Panel? Keep it Simple with SLAVX

March 23, 2019

sponsored post    Stay Level Avionix came onto the Aviation and Flight Sim market in early 2018.  John Albers, President of Stay Level Avionix, simply wanted to create a more realistic...

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Is the flight instructor of the future a simulator?

March 22, 2019

Artificial Intelligence (AI) can do a lot. IBM’s Watson can analyze trillions of data elements to predict event outcomes, diagnose medical problems and have a go at looking into the...

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Record Learning with a Simulator

March 21, 2019

AINonline discusses how Bill Forelli learned to fly using X-Plane. He soloed in 10 hours! From: AINonline, by Matt Thurber Editor-in-Chief, at AIN Publications. January 29, 2019. See the...

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Ethiopia crash: simulating the expected flight

March 16, 2019

From The Conversation March 15 2019 an Analysis of the Max 8 crash in Ethiopia. by: Timothy Takahashi,  Professor of Practice for Aerospace Engineering, Arizona State University. Timothy...

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HELI-EXPO 2019 field report: Part II

March 13, 2019

Continuing from Part I, our field report looked at innovation, portability and cost of several rotary wings simulators. As we do for fixed wings ATDs, we have initiated collating...

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HELI-EXPO 2019 field report: Part I

March 12, 2019

HAI Heli-Expo 2019 in Atlanta closed this week. We covered the simulation side of this premier helicopter-centered show, which was quite extensive, in a series of video interviews here and...

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AVWeb Simulator Field Report

March 11, 2019

AVWeb Video article on ATDs looking at FlyThisSim by Larry Anglisano. Original here. ATDs (Aviation Training Devices) can serve a variety of purposes. Whether it’s initial flight...

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Rotary ATDs comparison table

March 11, 2019

As we publish for fixed wings simulators, here is an initial list of rotary ATDs. This list includes simulators approved by the FAA with designation from BATD through AATD and FTD. We also...

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RPI to test “Internet of Airplanes” on Flight Simulator

March 9, 2019

Rensselaer Polytech Institute, one of the top tech universities in the US, has received a three-year $ 325,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to develop “Virtual...

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Interview: TakeFlight Interactive

March 8, 2019

Takeflight Interactive is a new company which offers simulated flight lessons in well-organized packages. It leverages existing simulation software such as P3D and, soon, X-Plane. We caught...

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Flight Simulation for Beginners eBook

February 28, 2019

This eBook is for those who are just starting in flight simulation. In a concise format I walk the reader through the choices available in selecting and installing a basic flight simulator,...

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PUMA Pro Flight Trainer

February 25, 2019

Light and elegantly built, the PUMA flight trainer is an effective helicopter control simulation device. We purchased one from Helicopters Only in Canada. We received it in about two weeks...

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February 25, 2019 / Comments (0)

HAI Helicopter Expo 2019

February 22, 2019

Featuring over 700 Exhibitors, Helicopter Expo opens its doors in Atlanta on March 4. Among the hundreds of exhibitors, many are simulator manufacturers. Participating in the annual event...

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February 22, 2019 / Comments (0)

NATIONAL FLIGHT CENTRE PILOT ACADEMY IN IRELAND SELECTS ALSIM’S ALX

February 21, 2019

Alsim announced the sale of an ALX flight simulator to the National Flight Centre Pilot Academy, located in Leixlip, near Dublin, Ireland. The Alsim ALX simulator offers up to 4 classes of...

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Pilotedge announces 121.5 Emergency Frequency

February 21, 2019

From Pilotedge Press release: “Let’s talk about GUARD, the emergency frequency (121.5) that is intended to be used for pilots and controllers to reach each other in case of a...

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Sala’s doomed final flight recreated by haunting computer simulation

February 21, 2019

The final moments of football star Emiliano Sala’s doomed flight have been recreated using official flight data, the Sun reports. See the original article and simulation video published...

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Airbus, Helisim Break Ground On Texas Training Center

February 21, 2019

Helisim broke ground on a new 23,000-square foot helicopter pilot and maintenance crew training center in Grand Prairie, Texas. The new center, at the Airbus Helicopters Inc. campus,...

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Pilot Expo 2019

February 20, 2019

Calling all aspiring and current pilots! Pilot Expo is being held this weekend in Berlin. The event is Europe’s largest event dedicated to Flight Crew Recruitment and Training and...

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February 20, 2019 / Comments (0)

The en-1000 entrol simulator from European Flyers achieves FNPT II certification.

February 20, 2019

The en-1000 simulator of European Flyers, a flight school based in Madrid and Alicante and one of the best known in Spain, has achieved the FNPT II certification granted by EASA. The...

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Trends in Flight Simulator Technician Jobs

February 8, 2019

Is a Flight Simulator Technician job in your future? It may be. Worldwide, there are thousands of flight simulator technicians employed today, and more technicians are needed for this...

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Plane Mechanic Simulator

February 7, 2019

Always loved tinkering? Well now you can indulge your inner mechanic with this new game developed by Disaster Studio. Set during WWII, Plane Mechanic Simulator requires you to repair and...

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Frasca RTD features Real Garmin G1000 NXi software

February 7, 2019

Frasca RTD features Real Garmin G1000 NXi software Bookmark...

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Personal vs. Revenue use software: What’s Right?

February 4, 2019

Several UK-based media outlets (Daily Mail, Sun, BBC), reported a few days ago (Jan. 2019) that a person had built a Boeing 737 simulator in his living room and rented it by the hour for...

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How Airplanes Are Made

February 1, 2019

Always wanted to know the ins and outs of aircraft construction? This 5-minute video from the folks at minutephysics will take you from the design stage to flight testing, and final...

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Geo-FS: Instant Sim Gratification with this free flight simulator!

January 31, 2019

Do you want a flight simulator but don’t want to spend too much time and money buying and installing software, add-ons, and hardware? Just click here and go!  Geo is an online flight...

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January 31, 2019 / Comments (0)

VIVE Pro Eye: VR Precision

January 29, 2019

You are turning your head, but what are you looking at? VIVE Pro Eye is a huge improvement to your VR experience. It tracks the movement of your eyes, so you can experience more of your...

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$10.25B Global Military Simulation, Virtual Training Market Forecast to 2027

January 29, 2019

The Airborne segment is expected to be the fastest growing simulation and training segment, says a report titled “Global Military Simulation and Virtual Training – Market and...

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Want Sim Power and a new Yoke? Try This.

January 29, 2019

Maingear has teamed with flight sim outfit Honeycomb Aeronautical on a desktop PC designed for flight simulator nerds. “Honeycomb by Maingear” is built to handle the complex...

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SIMIONIC Releases Synthetic Vision Beta for its G1000

January 18, 2019

As expected,  G1000 sim developers are starting to offer SV (synthetic vision). China-based SIMIONIC, which provides a solution based on pairing iPads with their apps and bezels (see our...

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January 18, 2019 / Comments (0)

Self-built Helicopter Sim: what are the hardware options?

January 17, 2019

If you are interested in building a helicopter wing simulator, you will need to add a realistic way to control it. Your standard fixed wings control will either not be suitable at all, if...

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TAHITI BASED PILOT TRAINING CENTER, C3P, BUYS AN ALSIM ALX FLIGHT SIMULATOR

January 16, 2019

C3P, Polynesian Center of Piloting Improvement, located in the heart of the South Pacific in Tahiti, has been using an Alsim simulator since 2012. As part of the introduction of their new...

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MissionFit: The future of flight simulation?

January 10, 2019

FlightSafety Development Corp. has applied for a patent for a new flight simulation device under the name MissionFit. According to their patent application: Flight simulators, namely,...

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Panamedia acquires an entrol A32 FNPT II MCC simulator

January 9, 2019

Panamedia, a top level professional pilot school located in Spain, has purchased an entrol A32 FNPT II MCC simulator. It will be installed at its base in Mallorca. The A32 FNPT II MCC is...

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8 Awesome Instagram Aviation Accounts You Should Follow This Year

January 4, 2019

At AFSBI we love aviation, and one of our favorite ways to spend some downtime is to check out all the awesome aviation related content that has sprung up on Instagram. From spectacular...

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STEM and Aviation

January 3, 2019

2019 will be the year of STEM and Aviation. It seems that, given the lack of pilots today, aviation is a great and current career opportunity. Many pilot’s careers start with...

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Add it to your Sim practice: Autoland interfered

January 3, 2019

There is a great learning in practicing approaches on a simulator, but how often are interference (and confusion) practiced? A Boeing 777-312ER, 9V-SWQ of Singapore Airlines, was flying...

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A comprehensive look at Navigraph’s sim community survey

December 20, 2018

Navigraph, the leading sim charting and navigation data company, has released a large survey on the state of the home sim market. Surveying 15,000 users through various channels, including...

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AFSBI Stats, end of 2018 activities, a year in review.

December 19, 2018

We started our online life in March 2018 as a benefit corporation, when we introduced the Association to our early Members. Here is a brief review of how the Association has grown in its...

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Redbird: How to Set up a Home Flight Simulator

December 18, 2018

Redbird’s article on how to setup a home flight simulator. A very concise and well written post! Posted by AFSBI Member Ethan Willinger on the Redbird site. Re-posted with permission....

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From Prosumer to full-on Pro? Industry Evolution of Flight Simulators.

December 13, 2018

A noticeable trend. What’s happening in the world of entry-level flight simulators? More specifically, what is happening at the juncture between ‘prosumer’ products and flight...

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FIRST ALSIM SIMULATOR IN IRELAND

December 12, 2018

Alsim is very pleased to announce the sale of an AL42 VI simulator to Atlantic Flight Training Academy, a flight school located in Cork, Ireland. This will be first Alsim simulator in the...

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Little Navmap: little but capable free Map + Planner

December 6, 2018

Looking for free Navigation and Mapping software with Navigraph included? Look no further. Little Navmap by Alexander Barthel, now in mature version 2.02, is a free open source flight...

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December 6, 2018 / Comments (0)

I/ITSEC 2018: Education and STEM

December 4, 2018

I/ITSEC 2018 was themed: “Launching Innovation in Learning: Ready Set Disrupt.” Organized by NTSA, the STEM Pavillion (STEM is the acronym for science, technology, engineering...

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I/ITSEC 2018 Takeaways

December 3, 2018

New at I/ITSEC we didn’t know what to expect. We do not normally cover the military flight simulation environment. That is, until now. The theme and the exhibitors at the event were...

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Learn to speak like a pilot.

November 27, 2018

From the web, we found two very useful posts highlighting “Pro Pilot” voice and announcements to passengers. The first, here, offers announcements in all phases of flight, such...

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Entrol sells the first H135 FTD Level 5 simulator in the USA.

November 27, 2018

Sunny Aviation, located in Denver (USA), has purchased an H135 FTD Level 5 simulator from entrol, a Spanish simulator manufacturer. AFSBI reviewed the H135 during a visit to the factory...

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Paro RWY 15 Visual Approach. Try it in your sim!

November 22, 2018

I had the good fortune to work in Bhutan in the late 90’s. At that time we installed the first Internet connection there, at the request of the Royal Government. I had some friends...

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November 22, 2018 / Comments (0)

The Knobster, twists and turns.

November 20, 2018

If you remember your IFR training, the five key steps to a successful instrument approach, upon crossing the final approach fix or entering a hold are: TURN, TIME, TWIST, THROTTLE, TALK. In...

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FS Weekend 2018, Two Days in Two Minutes

November 17, 2018

      FS Weekend 2018 was a great event. For all of you that couldn’t attend this year, here’s a quick tour of the largest flight simulator show in the world....

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EATS2018: Aviation Training’s Premier Meet

November 16, 2018

Madrid, 6-7 November 2018. Airlines’ heads of training meet here, major aircraft and simulator manufacturers announce their latest products and services, training and tech companies...

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C172 from TRC’s Dutch flight simulation company

November 15, 2018

We have been interested in TRC‘s products since, branded as SimKits, the company produced advanced instrument and avionics for the prosumer market. Since a few years TRC Simulators...

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SERA Synthetic ATC Simulator by ASTi

November 15, 2018

At EATS 2018 in Madrid We caught up with the team showing SERA, a high-end, synthetic ATC add-on for full flight simulators and flight training centers. SERA’s features an immersive,...

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An Interesting Precedent: $20,000 to pilot following flight simulator saga

November 15, 2018

Read original article  here. By: Grant Bradley Aviation, tourism and energy writer for the NZ Herald *protected email* @gbradleynz From the NZ Herald: Air New Zealand must pay $20,000...

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What Amateur Flight Simulation should probably NOT be…

November 15, 2018

This YouTube video spells “Caution… Caution… of things amateur flight simulation should likely avoid doing.  You’ll be the judge. In our experience flight simmers...

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Firefighter Aerial Training: Conair buys AT-802 FTD Level 2 by Entrol

November 15, 2018

Conair has purchased from Entrol an AT-802 FTD Level 2 simulator. It will be installed in Conair’s new Aerial Wildfire Training Center (AWTC) in Canada. The Training Center will house a...

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Entrol, advanced flight simulators for professional training

November 14, 2018

Recently, we had the opportunity to visit Entrol’s factory in Torrejon de Ardoz, Spain. We demoed one of their advanced helicopter sims and visited their production floor. Probably...

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FSWeekend 2018, Sim Magic at work

November 9, 2018

We started our all-sim and aviation tour in Lelystad, Netherlands at the Aviation Museum during the two-day FSWeekend. What a great venue for a great show!  Our booth was right under a...

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Member Profile: Dustin Clifford, the FRedBaron

October 30, 2018

Dustin Clifford, aka “FRedBaron” AFSBI’s Member 0158, is a Jack of all trades and good at all of them. Musician, pilot, leader maximum of a much-loved and supportive...

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New FAA Rule and a Proposal may make training easier in the US

October 30, 2018

Ever tried to schedule an FAA Designated Pilot Examiner for a CFI check ride? Well… “wait” was the keyword. This may change. The FAA now allows schools and students to...

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NextGen Flight Sim released in native VR by FlyInside Inc.

October 29, 2018

A new, fully VR, Simulator? FlyInside Inc. of Troy, NY announced on 15 October 2018 the “First fight simulator ever designed with VR in mind from the start”. In a statement, CEO...

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Behind the scenes at CAE simulators: Perhaps your future?

October 26, 2018

Always dreamed of working with the big simulators? Watch the technicians and other people involved in building some of the world’s most realistic and highly-sophisticated full...

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History of Microsoft Flight Simulator – A Timeline from 1979 to 2016

October 26, 2018

For those who started early and are still at it, this video will bring you back in time and through the evolution of what is arguably the most popular flight simulator ever made. See the...

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Simulation & Training for Resilience & Safety Symposium – Call for Papers

October 25, 2018

October 22, 2018 Press Release: The Halldale Group in association with the European Training and Simulation Association (ETSA) is now accepting presentation abstracts for the first...

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October 25, 2018 / Comments (0)

Combining Virtual and Actual Reality in a Sim: Haptic Feedback

October 24, 2018

We caught this interesting article which reflects an issue we’ve all been thinking about, given the interest in VR in simulation we see today: where do Virtual and Actual Reality...

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October 24, 2018 / Comments (0)

Girls in Aviation Day features sims in St. Louis

October 23, 2018

More than 100 young women from 15 bi-state area high schools learned about future careers in aviation as they participated in the first ever Girls in Aviation Day Friday, Oct. 12, at the...

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October 23, 2018 / Comments (0)

A Six-year-old Flying an Airbus A380? Well… almost. See how he does.

October 22, 2018

It all started when six-year-old Adam Mohammed Amer made a visit to the cockpit on an Etihad Airways flight from Morocco to Abu Dhabi.  Adam gave the pilots on board detailed procedural...

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A must have for B737NG Flight Simulator Enthusiasts

October 20, 2018

Product Known for its excellent study resource materials, Avsoft publishes a quick study guide for the B737NG. This color book  describes all the controls and indicators in the flight...

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Pilot shortage translates into greater demand for flight simulators

October 19, 2018

With a demand for 70,000 new pilots a year for the next 12 years and a supply capacity of only 44,000, the wold is facing the first, real pilot shortage. Airlines, flight schools and...

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October 19, 2018 / Comments (0)

From sim to flight school: What a blast! What to expect.

October 18, 2018

So, you have been flying your flight simulator and got really good at it. You have practiced takeoffs and landings, went cross country, operated the radios, checked the ATIS and understood...

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October 18, 2018 / Comments (0)

The Future of IMC Flying? Real VR Flight Demo with Oculus

October 17, 2018

What’s going to be the future of IMC flight under IFR? Well, here you get a glimpse of a VR future. Don’t look out to try to find the runway environment, look into your Oculus...

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Flight Training: 8 Best flight simulator tips to stay proficient during the winter.

October 16, 2018

During the long winter months, a flight simulator is an excellent tool for proficiency and one that can go a long way toward make you a better pilot or a better student.  When nights are...

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Propwash Sim G530 GPS

October 15, 2018

G530 GPS Review In this review we look at PropwashSim‘s G530 offering. This unit comes pre-assembled including a custom PCB, an Arduino Mega clone and a power supply. LCD Display and...

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Quiz: Think you know simulators well? Test your knowledge here.

October 11, 2018

Take this short quiz to test your basic knowledge about all things simulators and share your results!   Bookmark...

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ALSIM opens new demo center and sim lab in Florida

October 11, 2018

Press Release Thursday, 11th of October 2018 – ALSIM has once again expanded its presence in North America with a new joint Alsim/Cirrus Aviation demonstration center and simulation lab...

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Member profile: Evan Reiter – FlightSimExpo

October 11, 2018

Member Profile 28 year old Evan Reiter embodies all that makes flight simulation so great. At 16 he got Microsoft FSX as a Xmas present. Today he flies for a North American regional...

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FS-flightcontrol Instructor Station

October 9, 2018

What is it? FS-flightcontrol is a full-feature, touch-enabled instructor station developed by Andreas Breitschopp in Germany, running on several simulator platforms and devices. The...

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New to Flight Simulation? Make it easier with this updated primer.

October 4, 2018

A Home Flight Simulator Updated 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...

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October 4, 2018 / Comments (0)

When in the UK, fly the Concorde!

October 3, 2018

From the  Brookland museum and the Concord Project sites: The Concorde simulator is at the Brookland museum, just 1 hour from London, with easy access from the M25 and A3. Built in 1974,...

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October 3, 2018 / Comments (0)

Member profile: Brian Dressel – M1

October 1, 2018

Member Profile NFL? Flight simulation? How do they fit together? Meet Brian Dressel, AFSBI Member 1324.  Brian is the mastermind behind M1 Interactive, a thriving entertainment company...

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RUDDO Rudder Pedals from VirtualFly

October 1, 2018

... one gets what they pay for here, quality construction materials guarantee a lifetime of use and abuse. If given the chance, do try them out at the next expo, these pedals will not...

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Quatam River Airport from PropStrike Studio

October 1, 2018

Installation From PropstrikeStudio. Install into the X-plane custom scenery folder. Copy the quatam river airport and quatam mesh folders into custom scenery, followed by a quick running of...

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one-G: Simulators with a mission

September 25, 2018

Interview with Dave Rider, one-G Simulation AFSBI: Let’s start with a little bit of a background about one-G. Dave Rider, Vice-President one-G Simulation: We’ve got a small,...

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September 25, 2018 / Comments (0)

Revisiting the original simulator: the Link Trainer

September 24, 2018

Where does the name Link trainer come from? This got to be the oldest type of flight simulator in existence. Edwin Link created the Link trainer in the late 1920s. The son of an organ...

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September 24, 2018 / Comments (0)

New products from ELITE Simulation Solutions

September 21, 2018

Orlando, Fl. — September 20, 2018 — ELITE Simulation Solutions  announced today the availability of several new hardware products and a new version of their widely-used IFR training...

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September 21, 2018 / Comments (0)

Simionic G1000 PFD, MFD and Audio Panel

September 18, 2018

General Overview: Simionic is a high-quality simulator component manufacturer based in Tianjin, China. It’s owner, Li Chen is a 37 years old software programmer who has been an...

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Motion, visuals or both? What’s best?

September 10, 2018

This post delves into a key question in flight simulation: Is motion contributing to a realistic experience more than visuals alone or are both needed? Is motion in the absence of other...

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Spanish FLYSCHOOL Air Academy buys Alsim AL250

September 10, 2018

September 10, 2018. Alsim announced today the sale of an AL250 simulator to Spanish flight school Flyschool Air Academy, located in Madrid, Spain. The AL250 contains the best,...

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F-35 flight simulator built by Sim2do.

September 10, 2018

Realistic flight simulators with accurate dimensions are now been built all over the world, including military aircraft types like this F-35. The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II is a...

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Entrol: FTDs for the high-end simulator market

September 4, 2018

With high-end products, a targeted marketing philosophy and worldwide support, Entrol, a Spanish company based in Madrid, is a manufacturer to watch. The company employs 25 people in their...

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September 4, 2018 / Comments (0)

A (relatively) inexpensive 2 projectors sim full immersion display

August 22, 2018

Introduction A recent study, conducted by a manufacturer of professional simulators, concluded that the perception of motion is 83% visual. An immersive, wraparound (>150°) display...

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Flying IFR? An ATC Coms Primer by NATCA Controllers

August 20, 2018

This was part of a great communication workshop held by NATCA, the National ATC Association. Worth reading it, as it describes exactly what they like to hear and how for some phases of IFR...

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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 met 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. With a few...

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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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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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August 2, 2018 / Comments (1)

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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July 30, 2018 / Comments (0)

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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Reality check: How to crash a flight simulator

July 10, 2018

Flight simulators are a safe way to train young pilots before they fly an actual airplane. But exactly how real are these simulators, and does the learning experience transfer to flight?...

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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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June 30, 2018 / Comments (0)

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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June 18, 2018 / Comments (0)

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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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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May 18, 2018 / Comments (0)

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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May 17, 2018 / Comments (0)

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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May 14, 2018 / Comments (1)

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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March 27, 2018 / Comments (0)

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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March 21, 2018 / Comments (1)

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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March 1, 2018 / Comments (0)

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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January 20, 2018 / Comments (0)

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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December 15, 2017 / Comments (0)