FlightSimExpo 2018

June 9-10, 2018 • Flamingo Las Vegas • Las Vegas, NV

North America's community-driven flight simulation conference.

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Welcome to North America's newest annual flight simulation and aviation conference. FlightSimExpo connects simmers, developers, exhibitors, and real-world aviators from across the globe. Join us in Las Vegas on June 9-10, to meet others who share your passion, learn from experts, and try out simulators.

This event is designed to bring flight simulation conferences to cities across the United States. The journey begins in 2018 in Las Vegas with easy international and domestic flight options, discounted hotel rooms, and plenty of activities before, during, and after the event for families and attendees of all ages. Created by simmers and developers, FlightSimExpo is the only community-created and driven flight simulation conference in North America.

What to Expect

FlightSimExpo is a both conference and tradeshow that allows hobbyists and aviation enthusiasts to engage with industry professionals in a variety of settings. The event will run from 9:30am – 5:30pm on Saturday and 9:30am – 3:00pm on Sunday. There will be a social event for all attendees starting at 5:30pm on Saturday night.

Back-to-Back Seminars

Seminars and panel discussions about the latest developments in simulation, real-world aviation, home cockpit building, and more!

Large Exhibit Floor

15,000 square feet of exhibits on display for attendees to interact with industry representatives and get hands-on with hardware.

Networking Social Event

A social event on Saturday evening so attendees can meet and greet other hobbyists and engage directly with the biggest names in the industry.


Thanks to the following partners for supporting FlightSimExpo 2018!

Interested in partnering with us? Check out our 2018 Sponsor and Exhibitor Opportunities for more information.


Orbx Simulation Systems


AirDailyX 1C Game Studios FlyJSim Meiya PILOTs REX X-Plane


Aerosoft Infinite-Flight NATCA Navigraph Pilot Edge ProSim-AR simFlight simMarket Thrustmaster


Flight One Software HiFi Simulation Technologies Jetline Systems Propwash Sim


Dix30 Flightbeam GoFlight Prepar3D QualityWings RealSimGear SLAVX

Prize Donors

The following companies have donated prizes that will be used in event giveaways and raffles.

Diagma FlightChops Fly Tampa FS2Crew Genovation Grishtech PilotsEYE SLAVX Thrustmaster X-Crafts


The following partners will have display booths at FlightSimExpo 2018

Interested in attending the event? Check out our 2018 Sponsor and Exhibitor Opportunities for more information.

1C Game Studios Aerofly Aerosoft AFSBI Boston Virtual ARTCC Civil Air Patrol Diagma Flightbeam Flight Velocity FlyJSim FSDreamTeam FSElite FSElite GoFlight Infinite-Flight IVAO Javiator Jetline Systems The Jet Sim Just Flight Meiya Military Visualizations Mindstar Aviation NATCA Navigraph Orbx Simulation Systems Pilot Edge POSCON ProSim-AR Propwash Sim Project Fly PILOTs QualityWings RealSimGear Redbird REMEX REX SimWare Kits Sky Blue Radio TFDi Design VATSIM VATSTAR VATTASTIC VATUSA X-Plane

Media Partners

Thanks to the following companies for spreading the word about FlightSimExpo 2018

Interested in becoming a media partner? Email for more information.

Media Partners - In Attendance

AirDailyX AirForceProud95 ECD Aviation FlightChops FSElite Ground Point Niner NickFlightX PCFlight PCPilot Sky Blue Radio The Sky Lounge Threshold A.S.

Media Partners - Online Support

Aussie Star FS Aussie Star FS FlightCast FlightDeckX FSAdWork Helisimmer My Dear Drone Novawing24

Off-Site Partner Activities and Discounts

Options for the true aviation geek.

Have extra time in Vegas before or after the conference? Consider the following activities that have been specially arranged for FlightSimExpo attendees.


Nellis AFB Tour

40 lucky FlightSimExpo attendees were selected to tour Nellis Air Force Base. The "Home of the Fighter Pilot," Nellis Air Force Base is home to the U.S. Air Force Warfare Center, the largest and most demanding advanced air combat training mission in the world. The Base is proud to support FlightSimExpo by offering this tour as an opportunity for attendees to learn more about one of America’s biggest military installations.

The tour will take place from 12:30 – 3:30pm on Friday, June 8 at the base. Please note that attendees will need to provide their own transportation to/from the site, which is located about 35 minutes northeast of the Flamingo by car.

Spots on the tour were given away as part of a pre-event survey for registered conference attendees in April.

Star Helicopters

Scenic Helicopter Flights

FSExpo attendees can get great deals from 5 Star Helicopter Tours!

Las Vegas Strip Night Flight (Save $50 with code fsexpo1)

Grand Canyon Rim Tour (Save $100 with code fsexpo2)

Grand Canyon West Rim Tour (Save $124 with code fsexpo3)

Grand Canyon Skywalk Express Tour (Save $100 with code fsexpo4)

Grand Canyon West Rim Adventure Tour (Save $100 with code fsexpo5)

Grand Canyon and Valley of Fire Tour (Save $100 with code fsexpo6)

Airline Captain

Boeing 737 Sim

Now is your chance to fly a real Boeing 737 Full-Motion Simulator...just like how it's done in the real world! Located just a few minutes outside of Las Vegas, Airline Captain for a Day offers simulator and training sessions for flight simulation enthusiasts. FlightSimExpo attendees can enjoy a 25% discount at this fantastic Las Vegas attraction.

Visit for more information.

Mention you are attending FlightSimExpo to get a special rate for conference attendees, available before and after the event.

Indoor Skydiving

Indoor Skydiving

Experience the thrilling sensation of skydiving, without a parachute or airplane, as a 1,000 horsepower motor keeps you soaring through air in America's original indoor skydiving facility. Enjoy $25 off our "Learn to Fly" package using the promo code FSEXPO. This experience includes all equipment, training, instructor, and 3 minutes of tunnel time for one participant.

Visit for more information.

The code will be honored from June 8 to June 11 so attendees can take advantage of the promotion before or after FlightSimExpo.

Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas!

Our Venue: Flamingo Las Vegas Resort

The Flamingo Las Vegas Resort is a self-contained casino and resort that offers a fantastic venue for FlightSimExpo 2018. In addition to newly renovated guest rooms and ample meeting space to support the conference, The Flamingo has a tropical Wildlife Habitat and a 15-acre Caribbean-style water playground. Set on the famous four corners of Las Vegas Boulevard and Flamingo Road in the center of the Las Vegas Strip and minutes from the airport, the venue is just steps from bars, restaurants, and exciting Las Vegas attractions.

Discounted rooms were available as part of a FlightSimExpo group rate. The group rate is now sold out. However, attendees can still book rooms at prevailing hotel rates while availability lasts. Please use the button below to book online with the hotel. Note: there is no requirement for attendees to stay at the Flamingo.

Resort Benefits:

  • A wide variety of buffets, restaurants, and fast food options
  • One of the best pools on The Strip, including water slides, private cabanas, and live music
  • Unlimited access to Flamingo Las Vegas' newly-renovated casino and meeting space
  • A venue that's steps away from great bars and local nightlife
  • Free, in-room WiFi internet and daily fitness center access
  • Discounts for active duty military, veterans, and more through the Total Rewards Salute Card
Flamingo Las Vegas Resort

Discounted Room Rates (Now Sold Out)

The $119/night and $59/night group rates are now sold out. However, you can still book using the button to the left to get discounted rates while availability lasts.

A $20/night resort fee and 13.38% tax applies to all reservations.
All rooms must have at least 1 person 21 or older. Read this forum post for most information if you are under 21.

Logistics and FAQs

Getting to the Hotel

Flamingo Las Vegas Resort is located in the middle of the Strip, just a few minutes from the airport by car. The Strip area in Las Vegas is very walkable, and our event takes place entirely within Flamingo Las Vegas Resort. While inexpensive car rentals are available from a central facility adjacent to Las Vegas McCarran Airport, a car rental is typically unnecessary unless you plan to visit attractions outside the city before/after FlightSimExpo. See the other sections of this page for more information on getting to/from the hotel.


An event social will take place on Saturday, June 9, from 5:30pm – 7:00pm. Sponsored by Orbx, the social will include free appetizers and drinks.

There are hundreds of bars and restaurants located in and around our venue. We encourage attendees to explore the local area for lunch and dinner. Buffets at The Flamingo, and nearby hotels, range in price from $15 - $50. The Flamingo also has a food court with inexpensive options, and several restaurants located in, or next to, the casino floor.

Venue Amenities

Flamingo Las Vegas Resort includes a Wildlife Habitat, Caribbean-style pool and waterpark, casino, spa and fitness center, and an award-winning show: Donny & Marie. Visit the hotel’s website for more information on family-friendly and 21+ activities and amenities within the hotel.

Just behind the hotel, the LINQ Promenade includes a great variety of food options, including Flour & Barley Brick Oven Pizzas, Yard House, Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen & Bar, In-N-Out Burger, and Starbucks. The High Roller, the world’s tallest observation wheel, allows you to soar 550 feet above the Las Vegas Strip and offers unique sweeping 360-degree views of the Las Vegas Valley and McCarran Airport.

Las Vegas Monorail

Las Vegas Monorail station is connected to the hotel via a covered walkway. The monorail provides easy transportation throughout the strip with service every 4-8 minutes and until 2am or later most nights. Visit the Las Vegas Monorail website for more information.

McCarran Airport is a quick 15 minute (5 miles) drive, shuttle, or taxi/rideshare from our venue. The airport is served by a large variety of domestic and international carriers, including several discount airlines. Las Vegas is known as one of the least expensive places to fly to.


The most economical transportation to and from McCarran Airport is by shared shuttle. Pricing varies from $10-20 one-way, and is typically 15-25% lower than taxi fares. Visit SuperShuttle or BellTrans for more information or to reserve a ride. For larger groups, inexpensive van and limousine service is also available.


Taxis are readily available at the airport. A one-way taxi will be approximately $18-25, not including tip. A surcharge is added for credit card payments, so cash is recommended.


Both Lyft and Uber are available at the airport. Pick-up locations are located on the parking garage; visit the McCarran Airport website for details.

Rental Cars

Rental cars are available from a central facility located adjacent to the airport. Free shuttle service is provided to/from the rental car center.

General Aviation

Pilots flying in to the area are encouraged to land at North Las Vegas Airport or Henderson Executive Airport. Taxi and rideshare options are available from both locations.

Save Up to 15% with WestJet

Attendees traveling to/from Las Vegas can save up to 15% on fares with WestJet! Use the coupon code SIGPGW2 online at, or LAS02 if booking by phone. The discount is available for travel within North America, and gives 10% off on Econo fares, or a 15% discount on Plus.


Flamingo Las Vegas Resort is located in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip:

3555 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA


Valet parking is available at the main entrance. The self-parking lot is available off Audrie Street, at another hotel entrance.

Parking at Flamingo Las Vegas Resort, or any other Caesars Entertainment property, is free for the first hour. If you aren’t staying at the hotel and are self-parking, keep your parking ticket and pay at a kiosk.

For hotel guests, the self-parking fee includes in-and-out access. The room key will be used to access parking facilities.

Self-parking and valet is complimentary for Total Rewards® members at the Platinum, Diamond and Seven Stars levels.

Self-Parking Rates

  • Less than 1 hour: Free
  • 1-4 hours: $7
  • 4-24 hours: $10
  • Over 24 hours: $10 for each additional day, or fraction thereof

Valet Rates

  • Up to 4 hours: $13
  • 4-24 hours: $10
  • Over 24 hours: $10 for each additional day, or fraction thereof

For more information about parking, visit the Caesar’s Entertainment website.

There are plenty of fantastic day trips and getaway ideas for attendees in the area before and after FlightSimExpo.

When you first arrive, a great attraction is planespotting at the airport! Tune an FM radio to 101.1, and you can hear live air traffic control conversations with aircraft taking off and landing.

Click on any of the links below for more information about:

June 9-10, 2018

Flamingo Las Vegas Resort
Las Vegas, NV

Event Schedule and Maps


Hotel Map


Exhibit Floor Map


PDF Event Schedule


The Squawkbox: Meet, Greet, and Learn from the Experts

The Squawkbox is a “meet and greet” area where attendees can connect with big names, Twitch streamers, simulation experts. Learn about scenery design, avionics, freeware, shared cockpits, and sim- pit building throughout the event! The Squawkbox is located on the main exhibit floor, Booth #107, just outside of the seminar room. View our event schedule for details of who will be hosting sessions in The Squawkbox.

General Notes:

  • FlightSimExpo takes place in the Sunset Ballroom, on the 2nd floor of Flamingo Las Vegas Resort
  • The exhibit floor is open to all attendees from 9:30am – 5:00pm on Saturday and from 9:30am – 3:00pm on Sunday.
  • The conference schedule does not include lunch or dinner, although there is a social event on Saturday evening with light appetizers. There are hundreds of bars and restaurants located in and around The Flamingo Las Vegas, and we encourage attendees to explore the local area for lunch and dinner.
Topic Time Location
Advanced Attendee Check-In 3:00pm - 6:15pm Sunset Ballroom

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.

Topic Time Location
Attendee Registration and Check-In 8:00am - 4:00pm Sunset Ballroom
Welcome to FlightSimExpo 2018 9:15am - 9:30am Seminar Room
New Release Announcement Seminar 9:30am - 10:00am Seminar Room
Laminar Research: X-Plane 11 10:15am - 11:15am Seminar Room
Flight Simulation Streaming Panel 11:30am - 12:30pm Seminar Room
Jason Miller and Steve Thorne: Effectively Using Simulators For Training 1:45pm - 2:45pm Seminar Room
Robert S. Randazzo: Development Update and World Premier of PMDG’s Secret Project 3:00pm - 4:00pm Seminar Room
Charles Kendall: Using 3D Printing to Build Cost Effective Realistic Cockpit Hardware 4:10pm - 4:40pm Seminar Room
Joe Corrigan: From Boneyard to Backyard 4:45pm - 5:30pm Seminar Room
Event Social Sponsored by Orbx 5:30pm - 7:00pm Sunset Ballroom

Attendee Registration and Check-In

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. 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 3:00pm – 6:15pm on Friday, June 8.

Welcome to FlightSimExpo 2018

Event organizers will welcome attendees to the conference and provide an overview of the 2018 event.

New Release Announcement Seminar

Join various industry partners in a seminar announcing the latest releases in simulation! Participants will have 5 minutes to share developments with the FlightSimExpo audience.

X-Plane 11

The Laminar Research team, including X-Plane creator Austin Meyer, will talk about the latest developments of the popular simulation platform, and share some of the detail behind creating one of the world’s most prolific and accurate flight simulators.

Flight Simulation Streaming Panel

Hosted by Ty Shuff ('catstrator'), the Flight Simulation Streaming Panel features panelists Matt Smith ('Chewwy94'), Paul Fairhurst ('Squirrel'), Jeff Favignano, Alan Shafto ('Aerosimgaming'), and Brenden Quinn ('Dirkadurka'). The panel will answer questions submitted from viewers prior to the event to help showcase the world of streaming in simulation.

Real-World Content Creation and How it Helps Flying

Jason Miller is one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s leading certified flight instructors and the host of The Finer Points Aviation Podcast. Jason will discuss the use of content creation in real-world flying, and how his podcast has helped provide guidance and instruction for real-world and virtual pilots from around the world.

Development Update and World Premier of PMDG’s Secret Project

PMDG Simulations (PMDG) is one of the market’s best known add-on developers, with products for FSX, Prepar3D and X-Plane. PMDG’s Founder, Robert S. Randazzo will update the community on PMDG’s development agenda and future priorities. The session will feature the unveiling of a new PMDG product line that has been in planning and development since 2008 but never announced to the public. This presentation represents a truly unique moment for PMDG customers attending FlightsimExpo to learn something unexpected from one of the most recognized brands in sim development.

Using 3D Printing to Build Cost Effective Realistic Cockpit Hardware

With recent advances in consumer grade 3D printing equipment, very accurate and visually appealing cockpit components can now be made cost effectively. I'll share with you the tips, tricks, and resources of 3D printing I learned during my journey in designing and building my home cockpit.

From Boneyard to Backyard

Joe will share with you his real world flying and adventures and simulation experience, including flying a single engine aeroplane around the world and crossing every ocean, aircraft teardown procedure and sourcing real aircraft parts, the process of removal and restoration for a simulator and finally how these parts, both hardware and avionics, can be adapted and integrated to the sim environment.

Event Social Sponsored by Orbx

Immediately following the event on Saturday, and on the main exhibit floor, Orbx is proud to sponsor a social 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 - 10:30am Sunset Ballroom
First Officer Matthew Cannon and Dispatcher Matt Bartels: A Real-World Pilot Flies the Sim 9:30am - 10:30am Seminar Room
Captain (Ret.) John Cox: Simulation and the Next Generation of Professional Pilots 10:40am - 11:35am Seminar Room
Tom Gauvin and Matt Ford: Sim-Pit Building in Simulation 11:45am - 12:45pm Seminar Room
Flack Maguire: Bringing Military Flight Training into the 21st Century 1:00pm - 1:40pm Seminar Room
Winfried Diekmann: Aerosoft Development Updates 1:50pm - 2:20pm Seminar Room
Derek Vento and Bradley Tice: Two Real-World Controllers Discuss the Online Aviation Community 2:30pm - 3:00pm Seminar Room
End of FlightSimExpo 2018 3:00pm

Attendee Registration and Check-In

Attendees who are arriving on Sunday may receive their badge, conference bag, and pre-purchased T-shirt from 9:00am to 10:30am.

A Real-World Pilot Flies the Sim

Join two professional aviators as they journey from Las Vegas (LAS) to Los Angeles (LAX) in front of your eyes! First Officer Matthew Cannon will have a setup on stage and show the elements of real-world flying that we don’t always see in simulation. Using a dispatch release provided by Dispatcher and VATSIM controller Matt Bartels, Matthew Cannon will brief procedures, review weather, and fly the aircraft on this short commercial flight. With live air traffic control along the way, the flight will provide a live look inside the world of commercial aviation—all within the simulator!

Simulation and the Next Generation of Professional Pilots

The role of simulation continues to evolve in pilot training. As high-fidelity flight simulation become more available and accessible, will it used in professional pilot training? Captain John Cox has spent 25 years flying for U.S. Airways with over 14,000 hours of flight time, and today is an active aviation consultant. As a regular on shows like Mayday and writer of the weekly column “Ask the Captain” for USA Today, John Cox will provide ideas and advice for pilots looking to get involved with the industry.

Sim-Pit Building in Simulation

Tom Gauvin built a fully-functional simulator out of the fuselage of a real-world Cessna 172. Matt Ford is the man behind a full-size Boeing 737 simulator. The two experts team up to discuss tips, tricks, and ideas for creating your own ‘sim-pit’ build of all sizes.

Bringing Military Flight Training into the 21st Century

Virtual Flight Academy (VFA) is a nonprofit youth aviation training program offering instruction to aspiring aviators. Our objective is to provide a stimulating training environment to increase basic proficiency required by a pilot flying manned or unmanned aircraft. Today, formal aviation training at military or civilian facilities traditionally begins at age 22. VFA intends to move this to 12 years of age.

VFA stitches together community, e-learning, and flight simulation services to provide an online training environment and experience. We have built our visionary architecture by intertwining open-source platforms and low cost, yet highly capable flight simulation technologies complimented by numerous custom VFA flight sim modifications.

Aerosoft Development Updates

Winfried Diekmann, CEO of Aerosoft GmbH, will provide an overview of recent developments at Aerosoft.

VATSIM and the FAA: Two Real-World Controllers Discuss the Online Aviation Community

Both Derek Vento and Bradley Tice are virtual air traffic controllers and pilots on VATSIM, the popular, international online network for simulated aviation. They are two of thousands of people who connect to the free network for the purposes of simulation, proficiency, and training. However, unlike the majority of VATSIM, they are also air traffic controllers for the FAA.

Derek (Atlanta TRACON) and Bradley (Oakland Oceanic) will take VATSIM members and FlightSimExpo attendees on their journey from controlling online to becoming a controller in real life. They’ll discuss how VATSIM has helped prepare them for the FAA academy, and some of the differences between controlling on the virtual aviation network and controlling in the real-world. As these two controllers manage very different real-world environments, they will be able to provide real-world pilots with a broad perspective of some of the technology in use in FAA air traffic control, including the use of STARS in the Terminal Environment (Derek), and the recent implementation of CPDLC and Datalink Communications in Enroute and Oceanic areas (Bradley).

Click on any of the topic titles for a description of that item. The conference schedule is also available via the Whova app.

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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.


Matt Bartels

Flight Dispatcher, Delta Air Lines


Matt Bartels

Flight Dispatcher, Delta Air Lines

Matt Bartels is an internationally qualified flight dispatcher with over 10 years of experience dispatching Airbus, Boeing, Embraer and McDonnell Douglas aircraft to destinations all over the United States as well as Asia, Europe, South America, Africa and Australia.

He has been involved in FAA Aircraft Dispatcher training and certification having previously taught FAR Part 65 Aircraft Dispatcher Certification classes as well as conducting FAR Part 121 airline dispatch training and competency checks.

Matt is an avid flight and air traffic control simulation enthusiast. He flies for MidCon Virtual Airlines and controls at Minneapolis, Boston, and Washington Centers on the VATSIM Network.


Matthew Cannon

First Officer, Alaska Airlines


Matthew Cannon

First Officer, Alaska Airlines

Matthew took his first flight lessons in high school out of Boeing Field (KBFI) in Washington state, but did not continue flight training through college. Following the 'tech-bubble' burst in 2000, Matthew found himself out of a job and started flight school at Pan Am International Flight Academy in Phoenix, Arizona.

He spent several years flying for SkyWest Airlines on the Embraer 120 Brasilia, CRJ series, Embraer 175. In 2017, he was hired on with Alaska Airlines and now flies the Boeing 737.

Matthew has always enjoyed home flight simulation and considers flying for an airline ‘work’, but flying at home as fun! Matthew spends most of his time on FSX:SE and the PMDG 737.


Capt. John Cox

CEO, Safety Operating Systems

Capt. John Cox

CEO, Safety Operating Systems

Captain John Cox is the Chief Executive Officer of Safety Operating Systems. He is a 47-year aviation veteran with experience as a corporate pilot, airline pilot, instructor, test pilot and safety professional. In 2005, he retired from US Airways after 25 years and 14,000 flying hours to found Safety Operating Systems, which has grown into a dynamic company with clients worldwide including airlines, business flight operations, legal firms, manufacturers and government regulators.

For the last eight years he has been the aviation analyst for NBC, MSNBC, CNBC and the Weather Channel. He regularly appears in the news media worldwide regarding aviation safety. Captain Cox also writes the weekly column “Ask the Captain” for USA Today’s website.”


Winfried Diekmann

CEO, Aerosoft GmbH

Winfried Diekmann

CEO, Aerosoft GmbH

Winfried Diekmann is founder and managing director of the Aerosoft GmbH. He is well known and respected in the simulation industry due to his involvement in various committees and associations.


Matt Ford

Home Cockpit Enthusiast

Matt Ford

Home Cockpit Enthusiast

Considered to be one of the early pioneers of the flight simulation hobby, Matt Ford in 1997 was the first to use a commerical flight deck for simulation purposes. Long before plug and play and USB, Matt along with other pioneers in the hobby created hardware and software to achieve a very high fidelity 737 simulator.


Tom Gauvin

Home Cockpit Enthusiast

Tom Guavin

Home Cockpit Enthusiast

Tom Gauvin’s fascination with flight simulation started shortly after high school, when he purchased Flight Sim Version 2 by Sub Logic and ran it on a Commodore 64 with a single joystick and an 11" RGB monitor.

Since then, Tom has owned each version of Microsoft Flight Simulator that was released and his hardware has progressed from that Commodore 64 to today's liquid-cooled Core i7.

One evening sitting at the dinner table, Tom told his family about these crazy people who build complete replica cockpits or convert actual aircraft fuselages into simulators, and that he was going to try to do the same. Just for kicks, Tom did a quick eBay search for "Cessna 172" and at the top of the search was an intact 172 fuselage that was taken out of commission after a crash.

Tom bid, won, and the adventure began...


Charles Kendall

SimWare Kits

Charles Kendall

SimWare Kits

Originally from upstate New York, Chuck received his Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering from Marquette University. For the first 20 years of his career he worked for GE Healthcare designing high power X-Ray tubes for CT scanners. He currently is the Chief Mechanical Engineer for DRS Naval Power Systems where he develops battle-ready hardware for the US Navy's fleet of nuclear submarines and aircraft carriers. He currently holds 22 US Patents and is a registered Professional Engineer. When not flight simming out of his home in suburban Milwaukee, he enjoys golfing with his wife and two children.


Joe Corrigan

The Jet Sim

Joe Corrigan

The Jet Sim

Joe has been an aviation and flight sim enthusiast he was young. Over the past decade he has sourced and converted every component of a 747-400 cockpit into a fully working sim. He has held a pilots licence longer than he has a drivers license and has flown a single engine aircraft around the world. He is multi engine, instrument, RVSM and tail wheel rated pilot. Joe is a founder of “The Jet Sim”, an organisation focused on giving retired airliner cockpits a second life.


Flack Maguire

Founder, Virtual Flight Academy


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.


Austin Meyer

Laminar Research

Austin Meyer

Laminar Research

Austin Meyer is a pilot that built his own airplane and flies around the country enjoying his love of aviation and travel. Utilizing his passion for aviation and his skills of computer programming, he pioneered a flight simulator called X-Plane for Windows, Mac OS, iPhone, iPad and Android devices. Austin also created Xavion: An iPad and iPhone app that presents an image of the cockpit of a modern airplane, driven by the pads or phones internal sensors. Three pilots, two carrying passengers, have already had instrument failures in clouds or darkness, and used Xavion to continue the flight safely.

Austin also produced “The Patent Scam,” a full-length documentary on patent trolling, now available in many video-on-demand services.


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.


Robert S. Randazzo

Founder, PMDG Simulations

Robert S. Randazzo

Founder, PMDG Simulations

Robert S. Randazzo has been developing desktop simulation products for twenty five years, with four years in freeware and twenty one years as the Founder and Head of PMDG Simulations. During more than two decades, PMDG has grown to become one of the most recognized development houses in the simulation genre. A former airline pilot, Captain Randazzo holds an ATPL with ratings on numerous types including the 747-400 and Douglas DC-3. He began his career cleaning airplane lavatories for United Airlines while in college, eventually serving in management roles in and around the UAL system for sixteen years before ending his career as a Chief Pilot at one of United’s partner carriers.

Since leaving the airline industry (and in addition to running PMDG) Robert has built an extensive aviation resume that includes consulting to major airlines and fielding a team to race at the National Championship Air Races in Reno, NV. In 2011, Robert established PMDG Flight Operations, a firm tasked with restoring a derelict DC-3 to flying status as an award winning, magazine-cover-spanning aviation ambassador that is recognized as one of the finest flying DC-3 examples in the world. Captain Randazzo also currently serves as CEO of a newly established firm that is undergoing certification as a private, international air carrier. He is currently flying a WWII era SNJ-6, a 1945 DC-3 and a slightly newer Citation S/II.

Photo Credit: Chris Rose, AOPA


Ty Shuff

Content Creator - 'catstrator'

Ty Shuff

Content Creator - 'catstrator'

Ty is a simulation enthusiast, content creator, and licensed pilot. He has been simming for a little over five years and producing content on both Twitch and YouTube just as long. After traveling deep down the rabbit hole of simulation, Ty began pursuing his private pilot's license in 2017 and completed his checkride near the end of the year. Ty's approach to content creation is that of light hearted seriousness: focusing on the joys of doing things right, but having a bit of fun in the process.


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.


Derek Vento

Air Traffic Controller, Atlanta TRACON


Derek Vento

Air Traffic Controller, Atlanta TRACON

Derek Vento is a CPC In Training (CPC-IT) at Atlanta TRACON for the Federal Aviation Administrator. Originally from Queens, New York, Derek comes from a family of those who have served. With two grandfathers in the U.S. Army and Air Force, Derek has aviation in his history.

Derek moved to Delaware in 2007 and discovered a passion for air traffic control when he joined the VATSIM network. After interning at Philadelphia Tower in the summer of 2010, he worked for several years as a firefighter/EMT in Wilmington, DE while attending Wilmington University. However, knowing that ATC was his passion, he applied through the ‘off-the-street’ bid to the FAA in 2014. 10 months later, he began training at Columbia (CAE) Tower, where he served as the facility’s union representative for a year. He recently transferred to Atlanta TRACON, where he is currently in training as an Approach controller in one of the United States’ busiest airspaces.

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