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.
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.
Seminars and panel discussions about the latest developments in simulation, real-world aviation, home cockpit building, and more!
15,000 square feet of exhibits on display for attendees to interact with industry representatives and get hands-on with hardware.
A social event on Saturday evening so attendees can meet and greet other hobbyists and engage directly with the biggest names in the industry.
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Have extra time in Vegas before or after the conference? Consider the following activities that have been specially arranged for FlightSimExpo attendees.
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.
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 will be given away through a pre-event survey for registered conference attendees that will begin mid-April. Attendees are encouraged to check their email that month for more information on the survey, and how to win spots on the tour.
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)
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 www.airlinecaptainforaday.com 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.
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 www.vegasindoorskydiving.com 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 are available from a central facility located adjacent to the airport. Free shuttle service is provided to/from the rental car center.
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.
Attendees traveling to/from Las Vegas can save up to 15% on fares with WestJet! Use the coupon code SIGPGW2 online at www.westjet.com, 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.
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.
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Flamingo Las Vegas Resort
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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.
|Advanced Attendee Check-In||3:00pm - 5:00pm||Sunset Ballroom|
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.
|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: 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|
|Event Social Sponsored by Orbx||5:30pm - 7:00pm||Sunset Ballroom|
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.
Event organizers will welcome attendees to the conference and provide an overview of the 2018 event.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|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||10:40am - 11:35am||Seminar Room|
|Tom Gauvin and Matt Ford: Sim-Pit Building in Simulation||11:45am - 12:45pm||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|
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.
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!
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 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.
Winfried Diekmann, CEO of Aerosoft GmbH, will provide an overview of recent developments at Aerosoft.
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).
The initial list of confirmed FlightSimExpo speakers may be found below. We expect additional speakers to be added regularly as the event approaches.
Flight Dispatcher, Delta Air Lines
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.
First Officer, Alaska Airlines
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.
CEO, Safety Operating Systems
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.”
Home Cockpit Enthusiast
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.
Home Cockpit Enthusiast
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...
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.
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.
Creator, The Finer Points Podcast
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.
Founder, PMDG Simulation
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
Content Creator - 'catstrator'
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.
Air Traffic Controller, Atlanta TRACON
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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