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 PILOTs REX X-Plane


Aerosoft Infinite-Flight NATCA Navigraph simFlight simMarket


Flight One Software HiFi Simulation Technologies Jetline Systems Propwash Sim


Dix30 Flightbeam GoFlight Prepar3D QualityWings SLAVX

Prize Donors

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

Fly Tampa FS2Crew Genovation PilotsEYE SLAVX 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 Boston Virtual ARTCC Civil Air Patrol Flightbeam FlyJSim FSDreamTeam FSElite FSElite GoFlight HiFi Simulation Technologies Infinite-Flight IVAO Javiator Jetline Systems The Jet Sim Just Flight Military Visualizations Mindstar Aviation NATCA Navigraph Orbx Simulation Systems Pilot Edge Propwash Sim PILOTs QualityWings REX SimWare Kits Sky Blue Radio TFDi Design VATSIM VATUSA VATSTAR 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 FSElite Sky Blue Radio PCFlight PCPilot

Media Partners - Online Support

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


Make connections with simmers, experts, exhibitors, and developers.

At FlightSimExpo, attendees have endless opportunities to network with the people behind their favorite flight simulation titles, put names and faces to voices, and build lasting connections that transcend the online world.

From the conference's dedicated mobile app to the event social, there will be plenty of opportunity to get out of the basement and into a group of like-minded enthusiasts.


Interact with a wide variety of speakers and panelists.

FlightSimExpo brings together some of the biggest names in the industry with a full series of seminars throughout the weekend. Hear about technology tweaks, flight planning and real-world operations, and the latest releases right from the source.

The biggest news of the year comes out at FlightSimExpo.


The ultimate "try before you buy" experience

At FlightSimExpo, flight simulation hardware and software developers bring plenty to try out. Virtual reality demonstrators, 4K displays, full-cockpit panel setups, and the latest in technology will all be on display throughout the weekend.

Get hands-on, up close, and personal with the best the simulation world has to offer, and see how it all works before making it part of your own setup.

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

Attendees of FlightSimExpo can win one of 50 spots to tour Nellis Air Force Base on Friday, June 8. 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.

Tours will take place on the afternoon of Friday, June 8. A specific time and details will be available as the event gets closer. Note that attendees are responsible for their own transportation to and from the facility, which is located 35 minutes northeast of Flamingo Las Vegas Resort by car.

We'll be announcing more information about these tours soon. Stay tuned to our social media profiles for your chance to win!

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! Located just a few minutes outside of Las Vegas, Airline Captain for a Day offers simulator and training sessions for flight simulation enthusiasts. Substantial discounts are available for FlightSimExpo attendees at this fantastic Las Vegas attraction.

Visit for more information, and book by phone at (702) 529-4806.

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.

Reserve your room now! Space is limited. Click below to book online with the hotel. The special FlightSimExpo group rate is only available until May 14, 2018.

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
Flamingo Las Vegas Resort

Discounted Room Rates

Friday and Saturday: $119/night

Other Nights: $59-$90/night

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

The event schedule continues to develop as additional speakers are confirmed. The tentative schedule below is subject to change until May 15, 2018. Changes may include moving a speaker from Saturday to Sunday, or changing the times of a seminar. Click on any of the topic titles for a description of that item.

General Notes:

  • FlightSimExpo takes place in the Sunset Ballroom, on the 2nd floor of Flamingo Las Vegas Resort
  • The exhibit floor is from 9:30am – 5:00pm to all attendees on Saturday and 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 - 5:00pm 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 - 9:00am Sunset Ballroom
Welcome to FlightSimExpo 2018 9:00am - 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: Real-World Content Creation and How it Helps Flying 1:45pm - 2:45pm Seminar Room
Charles Kendall: Using 3D Printing to Build Cost Effective Realistic Cockpit Hardware 3:00pm - 3:30pm Seminar Room
Event Social Sponsored by Orbx 5:30pm - 7:00pm Sunset Ballroom

Advanced 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 3:00pm – 5:00pm on Friday, June 8. 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 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.

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.

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 - 9:30am 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 10:45am - 11:45am Seminar Room
Tom Gauvin and Matt Ford: Sim-Pit Building in Simulation 12:00pm - 1:00pm 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 beginning at 9:00am and throughout the day.

First Officer Matthew Cannon and Dispatcher Matt Bartels: 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!

Captain (Ret.) John Cox: 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.

Tom Gauvin and Matt Ford: 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.

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June 9-10, 2018

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Win Great Prizes

Contests throughout the weekend

Speakers and Panelists

The initial list of confirmed FlightSimExpo speakers may be found below. We expect additional speakers to be added regularly as the event approaches.


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.”


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.


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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Sponsor and Exhibitor Information

Interested in working with our event? Please download our 2018 Sponsor and Exhibitor Opportunities for more information about getting involved.

Potential sponsors, exhibitors, media partners, and speakers may use the contact form at the left to get in touch with FlightSimExpo. Alternatively, you may email one of the addresses below directly.

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