Schedule & Speakers

Event Schedule

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The initial schedule of events for FlightSimExpo 2019 is available below. The conference schedule is also be available on Whova, the official conference app. Please note that the schedule is subject to change.

  • FlightSimExpo takes place in Oceans Ballroom, on the ground floor of the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld.
  • The exhibit floor is open to all attendees from 9:30am – 5:00pm on Saturday and from 9:30am – 3:00pm on Sunday. There is no exhibit floor access during Captains’ Corner on Friday.
  • Lunch will be available for purchase on Saturday and Sunday, and there are also restaurant options inside and nearby the hotel.
  • On Saturday morning, seminars take place in one large seminar room (“The Flight Deck”). After the first three sessions, sessions will be taking place in two rooms (“The Left Seat” and “The Right Seat”) for the remainder of the conference.

Click on any of the topic titles for a description of that event.

Topic Time Location
Captains' Corner Attendee Check-In 11:00am - 12:30pm Oceans Ballroom Foyer
Advance Attendee Check-In 3:30pm - 5:30pm Oceans Ballroom Foyer
Captains' Corner Seminar: Advanced Training and Simulation Prepar3D 12:30pm - 1:15pm The Flight Deck
Captains' Corner Seminar: Hardware Tweaking and Tuning Jetline Systems 1:30pm - 2:15pm The Flight Deck
Captains' Corner Seminar: Flying at the Next Level Navigraph 2:30pm - 3:15pm The Flight Deck
Captains' Corner Seminar: Scenery Design Orbx 3:30pm - 4:15pm The Flight Deck
Captains' Corner Seminar: World Editor (WED) X-Plane 11 4:30pm - 5:15pm The Flight Deck

Captains' Corner Attendee Check-In

Attendees who purchased the Captains' Corner Educational Seminar add-on option can check-in for the conference, pick up their badge and conference bag, and get ready for an afternoon of in-depth Q&A.

Advanced Attendee Check-In

Check-in for the conference, pick up your badge and conference bag, and get everything you need to be ready to go on Saturday morning. Avoid the line-ups and check-in early on Friday afternoon.

Captains' Corner Seminar: Advanced Training and Simulation

Attendees have the option to add Captains’ Corner Educational Seminars onto their registration. This new series of education-oriented seminars will allow enthusiastic flight simmers the opportunity to interact with leading developers and learn more about the technology they know and love.

Learn from the Prepar3D team on how this high-fidelity simulator can be optimized for the intense sim experience. The Prepar3D development team will discuss some commonly-overlooked capabilities and features of Prepar3D, and answer questions from the audience on improving performance. The team will discuss technical approaches for using Prepar3D’s capabilities to create engaging user experiences.

Captains' Corner Seminar: Hardware Tweaking and Tuning

Attendees have the option to add Captains’ Corner Educational Seminars onto their registration. This new series of education-oriented seminars will allow enthusiastic flight simmers the opportunity to interact with leading developers and learn more about the technology they know and love.

The experts from Jetline Systems will offer an in-depth question and answer session on PC performance. Building your own PC, or thinking about an upgrade? Talk about which components to upgrade, the benefits of solid state drives, where to focus your hardware spending, tweaking, tuning, and more! Bring your questions, comments, or even your PC and let Jetline Systems help you refine or create the ultimate simulation experience.

Captains' Corner Seminar: Flying at the Next Level

Attendees have the option to add Captains’ Corner Educational Seminars onto their registration. This new series of education-oriented seminars will allow enthusiastic flight simmers the opportunity to interact with leading developers and learn more about the technology they know and love.

Take the realism of your online aviation experience to the next level with Navigraph! In this session, you'll learn how to improve your skills, no matter what you like flying on the simulator. Whether you're a seasoned virtual pilot or just getting started, the team from Navigraph will show you how they plan, execute, and fly their simulators with maximum realism, using the same charts and navigation data accessible to the pros.

Captains' Corner Seminar: Scenery Design

Attendees have the option to add Captains’ Corner Educational Seminars onto their registration. This new series of education-oriented seminars will allow enthusiastic flight simmers the opportunity to interact with leading developers and learn more about the technology they know and love.

Orbx's Jarrad Marshall will educate and inspire fledging flight simulation scenery developers. Jarrad, one of Orbx's most active developers, also spends a lot of his time mentoring other Orbx team members, enabling them to complete projects efficiently and to Orbx standards. Drawing from years of personal and Orbx experience, Jarrad will share tricks of the trade with the Captains' Corner audience during this special, one-off opportunity.

Captains' Corner Seminar: World Editor (WED)

Attendees have the option to add Captains’ Corner Educational Seminars onto their registration. This new series of education-oriented seminars will allow enthusiastic flight simmers the opportunity to interact with leading developers and learn more about the technology they know and love.

The development team from Laminar Research responsible for X-Plane 11 will provide a technical workshop on World Editor (WED). WED is a utility that makes enhancing X-Plane airports with custom buildings, hangers, control towers, and a myriad of objects as easy as selecting the item and dropping it in your custom airport scenery. Attend the seminar and learn how to build your own custom, WED airport scenery from the Laminar Research experts.

Topic Time Location
Attendee Registration and Check-In 8:00am - 4:00pm Oceans Ballroom Foyer
Welcome to FlightSimExpo 2019 9:00am - 9:15am The Flight Deck
Introduction to At-Home Flight Simulation by FlightChops and Jason Miller 9:30am - 10:15am The Flight Deck
Flight Simulation Addon Developers: The Faces Behind the Products moderated by chillywillies 10:30am - 11:30am The Flight Deck
For the LUV of Flight by Paul Schulten 12:30pm - 1:15pm The Left Seat
Team Meet & Greet Lockheed Martin’s Prepar3D® 12:45pm - 1:15pm The Right Seat
Developer/Exhibitor Seminar Parallel 42 1:25pm - 1:55pm The Right Seat
The Other Half of Your Flight: Dispatching and Operations Management by Matt Bartels 1:30pm - 2:15pm The Left Seat
Developer/Exhibitor Seminar Mettar Simulations 2:05pm - 2:35pm The Right Seat
Developer/Exhibitor Seminar Mindstar Aviation 2:25pm - 2:55pm The Left Seat
Developer/Exhibitor Seminar Noble Flight Simulation 2:45pm - 3:15pm The Right Seat
Developer/Exhibitor Seminar Gleim Aviation 3:05pm - 3:35pm The Left Seat
Developer/Exhibitor Seminar Virtual Fly 3:25pm - 3:55pm The Right Seat
Developer/Exhibitor Seminar iCloth Avionics 3:45pm - 4:15pm The Left Seat
Developer/Exhibitor Seminar Orbx 4:05pm - 4:35pm The Right Seat
Developer/Exhibitor Seminar Laminar Research (X-Plane 11) 4:30pm - 5:15pm The Left Seat
Developer/Exhibitor Seminar Flight Velocity 4:45pm - 5:15pm The Right Seat
Event Social 5:30pm - 7:00pm Main Exhibit Floor

Attendee Registration and Check-In

Attendees who are arriving on Friday evening are strongly encouraged to skip the line-ups and check in to receive a badge during Advance Attendee Check-in between 12:30pm and 6:00pm on Friday, June 7. Attendees who are arriving on Saturday may receive their badge, conference bag, and pre-purchased T-shirt beginning at 8:00am and throughout the day.

Welcome to FlightSimExpo 2019

Event organizers will welcome attendees to the conference and provide an overview of the 2019 event. Access to the tradeshow floor will be available immediately following this seminar.

Introduction to At-Home Flight Simulation

YouTubers FlightChops and Jason Miller are joined by PilotEdge’s Keith Smith to talk about how at-home flight simulation software can be used to benefit real-world flight training. Designed for students, pilots, and followers of Steve and Jason’s content, this seminar will provide the ultimate introduction to at-home simulation, flying online, virtual air traffic control, and more!

Flight Simulation Addon Developers: The Faces Behind the Products

The flightsim addon market has been and will continue to be vital to the growing success of the flight simulation community. Join Will ('chillywillies') and several addon developers as they discuss their backgrounds, their perspectives on the flight simulation industry, and what is next for the community. Both newcomers to flight simulation and current enthusiasts will gain a better understanding of what goes into the development market-shaping products and what trends are being projected going forward. Audience members will also have opportunities to connect directly with developers in a face-to-face setting.

Confirmed panelists include Hot Start, QualityWings, iBlueYonder, OldProp, and POSCON.

The Other Half of Your Flight: Dispatching and Ops Management

Aircraft Dispatcher Matt Bartels offers a look behind the scenes at airline operations and what it takes to get an airplane safely from origin to destination. A large portion of this seminar will focus on the methods, rules, and thought processes used by aircraft dispatchers when planning domestic and international flights under FAR Part 121. It will conclude with a discussion of the aircraft dispatcher's role in monitoring enroute flights during regular and irregular operations as well as how to use these concepts to increase the realism of desktop flight simulators.

Lockheed Martin’s Prepar3D® Team Meet & Greet

Come meet the Orlando-based Lockheed Martin Prepar3D developers, ask your burning questions in person, and get some event exclusive free swag!

For the LUV of Flight

Hoping to inspire the pilot in everyone, airshow performer and Boeing 737 pilot Paul Schulten will discuss his career in aviation, leading to his 2008 purchase of a Christen Eagle. Paul has flown since the age of 19 and has over 23,000 hours of flight time in a wide variety of aircraft including gliders, the DC-3, business jets, the 737, DC-9, and many general aviation aircraft. Paul will talk about the aviation industry, flying—both commercially and in airshows, and what opportunities are available to youths and students who are interested in aviation careers.

Developer/Exhibitor Seminar: Gleim Aviation

The FlightSimExpo Saturday Developer Seminar series offers simulation developers and tradeshow exhibitors a 30-minute window to discuss their products and showcase new developments.

Developer/Exhibitor Seminar: Parallel 42

The FlightSimExpo Saturday Developer Seminar series offers simulation developers and tradeshow exhibitors a 30-minute window to discuss their products and showcase new developments.

Developer/Exhibitor Seminar: Virtual Fly

The FlightSimExpo Saturday Developer Seminar series offers simulation developers and tradeshow exhibitors a 30-minute window to discuss their products and showcase new developments.

Developer/Exhibitor Seminar: Flight Velocity

The FlightSimExpo Saturday Developer Seminar series offers simulation developers and tradeshow exhibitors a 30-minute window to discuss their products and showcase new developments.

Developer/Exhibitor Seminar: Mettar Simulations

The FlightSimExpo Saturday Developer Seminar series offers simulation developers and tradeshow exhibitors a 30-minute window to discuss their products and showcase new developments.

Developer/Exhibitor Seminar: Noble Flight Simulation

The FlightSimExpo Saturday Developer Seminar series offers simulation developers and tradeshow exhibitors a 30-minute window to discuss their products and showcase new developments.

Developer/Exhibitor Seminar: Mindstar Aviation

The FlightSimExpo Saturday Developer Seminar series offers simulation developers and tradeshow exhibitors a 30-minute window to discuss their products and showcase new developments.

Developer/Exhibitor Seminar: iCloth Avionics

The FlightSimExpo Saturday Developer Seminar series offers simulation developers and tradeshow exhibitors a 30-minute window to discuss their products and showcase new developments.

Developer/Exhibitor Seminar: Orbx

The FlightSimExpo Saturday Developer Seminar series offers simulation developers and tradeshow exhibitors a 30-minute window to discuss their products and showcase new developments.

Developer/Exhibitor Seminar: Laminar Research (X-Plane 11)

The FlightSimExpo Saturday Developer Seminar series offers simulation developers and tradeshow exhibitors a 30-minute window to discuss their products and showcase new developments.

Event Social

Immediately following the event on Saturday, and on the main exhibit floor, take part in our social event for all attendees. The social will include free drinks and appetizers for all conference participants.

Topic Time Location
Attendee Registration and Check-In 9:00am - 9:30am Oceans Ballroom Foyer
FlightSimExpo Juneau Landing Competition sponsored by X-Plane 11 9:30am - 10:30am The Left Seat
Military Flight Training: Past, Present, and Future by Flack Maguire 9:30am - 10:30am The Right Seat
Using At-Home Flight Simulation: Why and How by Calum Martin 10:45am - 11:30am The Right Seat
Home Cockpit Building: Design, Fabrication, and Integration 11:00am - 1:00pm The Left Seat
Using At-Home Flight Simulation: What is Online Aviation? by Sebastian Knoop-Troullier 11:45am - 12:15pm The Right Seat
Using At-Home Flight Simulation: Flying Online – Tips from the Pros by Ethan Hawes 12:30pm - 1:00pm The Right Seat
FAA WINGS Seminar: Getting Started by Robert Jex 1:15pm - 2:15pm The Right Seat
Discovering Helicopter Simulation by Sergio Costa 1:30pm - 2:15pm The Left Seat
Thank You and FlightSimExpo 2020 2:30pm - 2:45pm The Right Seat
End of FlightSimExpo 2019 3:00pm

Attendee Registration and Check-In

Attendees who are arriving on Sunday may receive their badge, conference bag, and pre-purchased T-shirt beginning at 9:00am and throughout the day.

FlightSimExpo Juneau Landing Competition

Compete to prove you’re the top dog of FlightSimExpo 2019! During the day on Saturday, FlightSimExpo attendees can attempt a landing at the Laminar Research booth using X-Plane 11 in Virtual Reality. Then, on Sunday morning, the top 10 landers will be featured on stage to compete live in front of the FlightSimExpo audience and crown a champion.

Military Flight Training: Past, Present, and Future

The history of flight sim entertainment and the use of formal flight simulation for military and civilian flight training have long been frequently separated worlds with some specific points of intersection. Today, that is all changing as the military branches in the United States are going to aggressive postures of utilizing low-cost PC flight simulation for training . The discussion will cover the past, present, and future efforts happening in Air Force and Navy circles to bring new innovation to our military aviation training pipelines.

Using At-Home Flight Simulation: Why and How

Are you new to at-home flight simulation? This three-part series will cover the why and how of at-home simulation, and provide a detailed discussion of online aviation. This first seminar discusses why pilots, students, and enthusiasts are so hooked on at-home flight simulation, and provides a practical overview to getting started in the simulator world.

Home Cockpit Building: Design, Fabrication, and Integration

Join builders Filipe Bessa, Robert Prather, Peter Wu, and Wayne Piekarski for an in-depth discussion of tools, tips, and tricks for home cockpit builders and “do-it-yourself” simmers. These four experts will discuss fabricating simulator components, mechanical, electrical, and software engineering to create instrument panels, modifying scrapped airframes and parts, and creating low-cost immersive flight simulation systems at home using open source software. Following the presentations, there will be an opportunity for questions from the audience.

Using At-Home Flight Simulation: What is Online Aviation?

Are you new to at-home flight simulation? This three-part series will cover the why and how of at-home simulation, and provide a detailed discussion of online aviation. In this second of three seminars, Sebastian will discuss the world of online aviation, and how getting connected to thousands of other virtual pilots from around the world can take your simulator flying to the next level.

Using At-Home Flight Simulation: Flying Online – Tips from the Pros

Are you new to at-home flight simulation? This three-part series will cover the why and how of at-home simulation, and provide a detailed discussion of online aviation. In the final portion of the series, Republic Airways First Officer Ethan Hawes hosts an interactive session full of exercises, tips, and tricks that real-world professionals use on a daily basis to get the job done. For the enthusiast simulator pilot, or for a student looking to enter a career in the airlines, Ethan will discuss briefings, cockpit organization, and automation management for you to apply and use on your home simulator.

FAA Wings Seminar

Join Robert, FAASTeam Program Manager for the Orlando FSDO, who will showcase the FAA’s WINGS – Pilot Proficiency Program. The objective of the WINGS Program is to address the primary accident causal factors that continue to plague the general aviation community. Robert, who has been involved with flight training in Central Florida for more than 20 years, is also a former Naval Flight Officer with more than 28 years of commissioned service, retiring as the Commanding Officer of a large Reserve unit near the Orlando International Airport.

For FAA pilots, the seminar will qualify for WINGS program credits.

Discovering Helicopter Simulation

HeliSimmer.com’s Sergio Costa will offer an introduction to helicopters in flight simulation, an often overlooked subject! In the seminar, Sergio will share the story of how he learned to start flying virtual helicopters (“it was NOT easy, trust me!”), and the steps simmers should take if they are interested in becoming virtual rotorcraft pilots.

Thank You and FlightSimExpo 2020

As North America’s community-driven flight simulation conference, FlightSimExpo is proud to have polled developers, attendees, and simmers from around the world to help find the location for our next event. At 2:30pm, show organizers will talk more about FlightSimExpo 2020 and officially close the 2019 event.

Speakers and Panelists

FlightSimExpo is pleased to welcome speakers and panelists from around the flight simulation and aviation worlds to our event. Click on any of the images below for detailed bios on each personality.

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Matt Bartels

Flight Dispatcher, Delta Air Lines

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Matt Bartels

Flight Dispatcher, Delta Air Lines

Matt Bartels is a FAA Certificated Aircraft Dispatcher with over 10 years experience dispatching airplanes to destinations on every continent except Antarctica. He has dispatched multiple types of aircraft including the Boeing 737, 747, 757, 767, 777 as well as the Airbus A220, A320 series, A330, A350 and Embraer 170/175. Matt has taught FAA Aircraft Dispatcher certification courses and many of his former students are aircraft dispatchers at major US Air Carriers.

Outside of dispatching, Matt is very active with the VATSIM Network, serving on the Board of Governors as the Vice President of Marketing and Communications, as well as being an active pilot for MidCon Virtual Airlines and a virtual Air Traffic Controller in the Minneapolis, Boston, and Washington vARTCC's.

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Filipe Lima Bessa

Home Cockpit Enthusiast

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Filipe Lima Bessa

Home Cockpit Enthusiast

Filipe is computer engineer who lives in southern Brazil. He's an aviation and simulator enthusiast current working to finish his commercial pilot's license.

Over the course of 3.5 years, Filipe constructed a Piper Seneca V home simulator from scratch, with most of the pieces custom designed and manufactured. The simulator also includes a force feedback yoke, electronic trim wheel and GTN 750 GPS stack with Nav/Com and autopilot.

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Sergio Costa

HeliSimmer.com

Sergio Costa

HeliSimmer.com

Sérgio has been a flight simulation enthusiast for nearly 25 years. His passion with helicopters developed during MSFS 2000 when he discovered the complexity of these aircraft and the challenge it takes to control them. Since then, he has been primarily a helicopter flight simmer...trying his best not to crash and kill his virtual passengers!

Sérgio is HeliSimmer's editor and writer and one of the Three Grumpy Simmers, a YouTube series and Podcast produced together with YouTubers Bel Geode and NovaWing24, dedicated to flight simulation.

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Ethan Hawes

Republic Airways

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Ethan Hawes

Republic Airways

Ethan is based in Houston and flies the Embraer 170/75 for Republic Airlines. He is a qualified CFI and built flight hours flying chickens, a dolphin, and automotive parts on the Metroliner all over the US, Mexico, and Canada. He is also currently serving as the VP of Pilot Training on the VATSIM network. In his spare time, Ethan enjoys volunteering, Jeeping, traveling, and DJing.

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Robert Jex

FAASTeam Program Manager, Orlando

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Robert Jex

FAASTeam Program Manager, Orlando

Robert Jex is the FAASTeam Program Manager with the Orlando FSDO. A former Naval Flight Officer in both the EA-6B “Prowler” and the EP-3J “Hydra” aircraft with 28 years of commissioned service, Robert is now a specialist in Flight Training oversight and General Aviation operations. Having been involved with flight training in Central Florida since the mid-1990s, Robert is an expert on FAA Pilot Proficiency Award (“WINGS”) Program, and has been awarded the FAA’s Excellence in Public Awareness national award for 2016.

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Sebastian Knoop-Troullier

FlightX Pilot Experience

Sebastian Knoop-Troullier

FlightX Pilot Experience

Sebastian is the founder of FlightX Pilot Experience in Austin. He is a commercial pilot and long-time user of FSX and Prepar3D, primarily with Boeing and Airbus aircraft. Sebastian does plenty of airmchair flying himself and is also a controller and instructor on the VATSIM network in the Houston ARTCC.

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Flack Maguire

Founder, Virtual Flight Academy

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Flack Maguire

Founder, Virtual Flight Academy

Mr. Flack Maguire is the founder of Virtual Flight Academy (VFA). This program looks to combine the best of online learning, mentoring, flight simulation, online communities of practice, and real world face-to-face activities to transform how youth prepare for their first day of flight school. Fundamentally, VFA challenges the entire model of how military aviators are trained.

Mr. Maguire has over twenty-two years of experience with business plan development, strategic industry analysis, and launching new ventures. His entrepreneurial passion is applying disruptive innovation, online communities, technology, and career development in order to make vigorous career skills accessible to people at an early age. He has been involved in a number of speaking engagements, also hosted conferences and workshops. He has regularly briefed admirals, congressman, and other influential people.

Mr. Maguire grew up in a small farm town in Illinois then drawn to the University of Southern California for their leading program for entrepreneurial studies. Subsequently, he served as an officer in the Navy for seven years, 3 years on special assignment specifically to develop concepts for VFA. He also served an additional 5 years in the active reserves. Mr. Maguire received a B.A. with honors from USC’s Entrepreneur Program.

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Calum Martin

FSElite

Calum Martin

FSElite

Calum is one of the founders of FSElite and has been involved with flight simulation since he was 10 years old. Starting out with Flight Simulator 2000, he was amazed at how aircraft was simulated. Since then, that amazement turned into a passion for a hobby he still loves today. Calum took that passion for aviation to the next level where he worked professionally for multiple airlines in a variety of occupations including crew, training and operation management.

Calum now dedicates his full time to the flight simulation community through FSElite and other related projects. He has experience and knowledge for multiple simulators and is knowledgeable on how to get the best from a variety of platforms.

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Jason Miller, CFII

Creator, The Finer Points Podcast

Jason Miller, CFII

Creator, The Finer Points Podcast

Jason Miller is a CFII with more than 20 years of aviation experience and thousands of hours of instruction given. Jason is a member of the FAA safety team, a speaker for AOPA’s Air Safety Institute and was nominated by the FAA for the 2009 Flight Instructor of the Year Award.

Using his background as a performer and experience on the flight line, Jason created The Finer Points – Aviation Podcast, one of the most recognized and well respected aviation podcasts in the world. The critically acclaimed podcast has delivered more than 3m flight training files to pilots all over the world.

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Wayne Piekarski

Home Cockpit Enthusiast

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Wayne Piekarski

Home Cockpit Enthusiast

Wayne Piekarski got started with Microsoft Flight Simulator 4 back in 1989 and quickly realized that flying on a small monitor was not like flying on a real aircraft. He dreamed of one day building fully immersive flight simulation experiences, but the hardware was not powerful enough and cost was too expensive for a kid still in school. Flight simulation started an interest in 3D computer graphics, and he ended up doing a PhD in outdoor augmented reality using head-mounted displays and custom built wearable computers.

More recently, Wayne decided that the time was right to finally build an affordable immersive home flight simulator with multiple large displays and touch screens, based on X-Plane 11 and Microsoft Flight Simulator 4. After realizing there were a number of features missing from the X-Plane ecosystem, he developed XPlaneCDU for Android, XTextureExtractor for external displays, and XPlaneMonitor for Android. All of this software is released under the open source GPLv3 license to encourage the building of tools that the entire community can use and extend. Wayne's goal is to have standardized interfaces for all X-Plane 11 aircraft so that they work easily with external software and hardware.

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Robert Prather

Home Cockpit Enthusiast

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Robert Prather

Home Cockpit Enthusiast

Robert Prather is an electrical engineer and software architect who has been building a Boeing 777 flight simulator at home since 1998. He developed a program, known as Pro MFD, which simulates the synoptic displays in the Boeing 777, 747-400 and Airbus A320. This program boasts a user base in more than 20 countries and has been used in NASA's research laboratories. Prather has also developed multiple electrical interfaces for flight simulation including a technique called keyboard hacking. He operated a website called SimSpares, which specialized in finding low-cost OEM aircraft parts for sim builders.

Prather has built flight, ATC, and AOA driver simulation labs for educational institutions, summer programs and for use in movies and documentaries. His work has been featured in news outlets such as the Houston Chronicle, the New York Times, and Boston Globe. Prather is a published author and a proud husband and father of two.

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Paul Schulten

Southwest Airlines / Eagle Airshows

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Paul Schulten

Southwest Airlines / Eagle Airshows

Paul grew up with aviation in his life from early on. His father was an Air Force and career airline pilot. Paul obtained his ratings mostly in college and after graduating flew everything he could, from traffic patrol to flight instructing and from night freight to commuters, before landing a job with a major airline.

Paul has now been with Southwest Airlines for more than 26 years, based in Orlando. In 2008, Paul decided to pursue a lifetime dream and purchased his 2001 Christen Eagle to pursue flying aerobatics. Paul is humbled to perform at airshows, and appreciates the opportunity to have some fun in the air.

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Steve 'FlightChops' Thorne

Content Creator

Steve 'FlightChops' Thorne

Content Creator

Raised on stories of his late grandfather's heroic time as a WWII Spitfire pilot, pilot/filmmaker Steve resolved to learn all he can about aviation from IFR to warbird training so he, too, can someday fly a Spitfire, the pinnacle of pre jet-age flight.

But no road to our dreams is ever a straight line. As father-hood, career and life unfold, Steve refuses to give up on his dream and generously shares his journey along the way, which continues to include some pretty epic detours and adventures.

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Peter Wu

Home Cockpit Enthusiast

Peter Wu

Home Cockpit Enthusiast

Peter Wu holds airline transport pilot and certificated flight instructor certificates. His real airplane is a Beech T-34A, which he flys for fun at formation events all over the United States. In real life, he is a cardiac anesthesiologist and runs a medical simulation center focused on teaching crisis management communication. He lives in Vienna, Virginia with his wife, two dogs, and a cat.

Peter has a really big basement and his wife is really understanding about his obsession with airplanes. In 2010, he purchased the nose section from a scrapped Boeing 737 from eBay and then spent six years cutting it into small enough pieces to fit through the basement door, and reassembling it into a full dual control, fixed base flight simulator with dynamic force feedback.