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, for us, some very interesting discussions about simulation an what it means for many different type of enthusiasts and professionals. Our booth was well attended and many new Members signed up at AFSBI. Participants were a broad section of the flight simulation + aviation community. Embry-Riddle was well represented and we got a sense of the wast amount of aeronautical knowledge waiting to be imparted on its students. This is a University that lets you get your pilot rating while at the same time giving you a graduate or post-graduate degree. Ready-to-fly simulators ranging from the ubiquitous Redbird to the very functional Gleim setups, and Volair Sims were shown.
Interestingly, many FlightSimCon exhibitors brought live displays, all offered for rides. Our favorite was Matt Bailey’s Sabreliner, original cabin from the airplane that belonged to Jack Nicklaus. The story goes that Matt and his wife Ruth bought the complete cockpit and nose cone, and Matt powered it up through a 24 volts battery. Panel lights came back to life, as much as they could, and the restoration process started from there. We will write a post on
the ride we took on it with more detail.
DMS showed some of their military fighters, including an F16 and two QuickPit sims, which are available for rent for aviation or private events. This is another interesting story we will write about, how cockpit renters make a living while supporting the simulator ecosystem. The DMS team was one of the friendliest there, also featuring their
wonderful Tom Cruise lookalike. Of interest to AFSBI’s mission in simulation and training, we had several conversations with Rick Todd, President of the National Association of Flight Instructors, NAFI, related to the policy environment as related to simulator training. We believe there is scope for action and lobbying for simulator training being revisited due to the increasing complexity of GA avionics and the advantage of instrument training in simulators. Joining the conversation was Brian Schiff, American Airlines Captain, simulation advocate and expert consultant in aviation matters. A number of people approached us with the eternal question: Where do I start from? We were so amazed by the amount of people of all ages wanting to join the sim community, for reasons as diverse as learning to fly, technology development (the “I have an idea” type), or pure entertainment, that we have decided to add to our editorial a post on sim basics and steps forward. Stay tuned for more!