Schedule

Engage with Developers and Experts

The initial schedule of events for FlightSimExpo 2020 is available below. The conference schedule will also be available on Whova, the official conference app, later this year.

The exhibit hall, along with two seminar rooms, will be open on Saturday and Sunday. Seminars take place throughout conference hours. On Friday, June 12, an add-on set of seminars called Captains’ Corner is available from 12:30pm to 5:45pm (note: there is no exhibit hall access on Friday, June 12).

We continue to update the schedule with additional seminars as the event approaches. Dates, times, and seminars are subject to change.

Click on any of the icons on the left side of the table to view a description of that event.

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Captains’ Corner Schedule

Please note that Captains’ Corner is a day of seminars only. There will be no access to the exhibit hall on Friday, June 12.

11:00am
12:30pm
Captains' Corner Attendee Check-In
Check-in available to attendees who are participating in Captains’ Corner.
Trinidad
Pavilion Foyer
3:30pm
5:30pm
Advance Attendee Check-In
Skip the lines on Saturday morning and check-in early!
Trinidad
Pavilion Foyer

Captains’ Corner Educational Seminar Series

Captains' Corner is the ultimate chance to interact with leading developers and learn more about the technology you know and love in an intimate, early-access environment. The seminars are available to attendees who purchased the Captains’ Corner add-on as part of conference registration.

12:30pm
1:45pm
Captains' Corner Seminar: Building Your Own Computer | Dave Carrick and FlightChops
Watch a PC expert build a computer, from parts, live on stage...with a chance to win the end product.
Trinidad
2/3
2:00pm
2:45pm
Captains' Corner Seminar: PBR Techniques for Scenery Modeling | Orbx
Learn the technique behind the most visually-impressive sceneries available today.
Trinidad
2/3
3:00pm
3:45pm
Captains' Corner Seminar: Realistic Hardware for Home Flight Simulation | RealSimGear
Hear about hardware options for at-home flight simulation and their benefits for real-world training.
Trinidad
2/3
4:00pm
4:45pm
Captains' Corner Seminar: Aerosoft’s View on the Future of Add-Ons | Aerosoft
Aerosoft provides thoughts on the flight simulation add-on market.
Trinidad
2/3
5:00pm
5:45pm
Captains' Corner Seminar: FMC and Systems Operations in X-Plane | X-Plane 11
Explore the various FMC functions and options now available by default in X-Plane 11.
Trinidad
2/3

Captains' Corner Seminar: Building Your Own Computer

If you want to get the best performance from your home sim, you need a great computer. Although you can buy generic gaming computers from the big manufacturers, the best performance comes from a PC configured for flight simulation. And the best part about your own build: if you want to upgrade, you can pick and choose what to change, rather than starting from the ground up.

For many simmers, building a computer is a daunting task. But it doesn't have to be. In this seminar, a PC expert will build a computer, from parts, live on the stage. In 45 minutes, you'll see everything you need to know to build your own computer.

Captains' Corner Seminar: PBR Techniques for Scenery Modeling

Some of the most visually-impressive sceneries we enjoy in simulators are created using PBR (Physically Based Rendering) techniques. With the upcoming release of FS2020 (which will fully feature PBR), this seminar is designed to help the community appreciate the time and effort required to make PBR-based scenery.

The seminar consists of an explanation of PBR and how it is implemented in P3D, X-Plane, and Microsoft Flight Simulator. It will also discuss different workflows and present helpful hints for scenery developers.

Captains' Corner Seminar: Realistic Hardware for Home Flight Simulation

Many real-world pilots struggle with the perceived complexity associated with building home cockpits. However, it's not THAT hard to get started, and having more than just a screen and a yoke has huge benefits. This session will provide an overview of the different realistic hardware options for home flight simulation and their benefits for real-world flight practice.

Captains' Corner Seminar: Aerosoft’s View on the Future of Add-Ons

In the last few years, add-ons for flight simulators have become more complex and realistic. Along with this trend has been a dramatic increase in development cost and effort on the part of add-on manufacturers. Are we heading for extreme prices and extreme complexity? Will there still be people who will buy these add-ons? Or is it time to consider a change to the way we create add-ons for at-home simulation?

Captains' Corner Seminar: FMC and Systems Operations in X-Plane

X-Plane 11 airliners now feature a fully functional FMC (or FMS) and autopilot. This seminar, presented by a real-world flight instructor and X-Plane developer, will explore the various FMC functions and options available in X-Plane 11. It will give the simulator pilot a basic understanding of how to use the FMC and autopilot to enhance their simulator experience, and cover more advanced topics including holding, diversions, and more.

Main Event Schedule

The exhibit hall will be open from 9:30am to 5:30pm. Following the main event, a social event takes place on the show floor. Sponsored by Orbx, the social includes free drinks and appetizers for attendees and their invited guests.

8:00am
4:00pm
Attendee Registration and Check-In
Receive your attendee badge, conference bag, and T-shirts (pre-purchased or for sale).
Trinidad
Pavilion Foyer
9:00am
9:30am
Welcome to FlightSimExpo 2020
Event organizers welcome you to the conference and provide an event overview.
Trinidad 2/3
10:45am
11:30am
GET REAL! Acquire Real-Life Flying Skills With Your PC Simulator | Rod Machado
Hear from the voice of FSX’s flight lessons about acquiring real-world flying skills through simulation.
Trinidad 2/3
1:00pm
1:45pm
How Real It Gets: Maximizing Your Simulation Environment | Derek Vento
How you can practice like the pros to prepare for the day when things don’t go as planned.
Trinidad 2
2:00pm
2:45pm
Innovation Through Simulation in Air Force Pilot Training | Major Kinsley "TRIGGER" Jordan
Hear how flight simulators have transformed the way we train the next generation of fighter pilots.
Trinidad 2
3:00pm
3:45pm
Flying Helicopters in the Simulator | Sérgio Costa
Part 2 of Sérgio’s introduction to an often-overlooked subject: helicopters in flight simulation.
Trinidad 2
4:00pm
4:45pm
Home Cockpit Construction | Ian Hoffer
An in-depth discussion of tools, tips, and tricks for home cockpit builders and simmers.
Trinidad 2
5:00pm
5:30pm
Overclocking Q&A | Dave Carrick
Learn how overclocking can help get the best performance from your home simulator.
Trinidad 2
5:30pm
7:00pm
Event Social | Sponsored by Orbx
Join us on the main exhibit floor for drinks and appetizers.
Main Exhibit
Floor

Developer Seminar Series

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

1:00pm
1:30pm
Developer Seminar | Virtual Fly
Trinidad 3
1:40pm
2:10pm
Developer Seminar | Orbx
Trinidad 3
2:20pm
2:50pm
Developer Seminar | Infinite Flight
Trinidad 3
3:00pm
3:30pm
Developer Seminar | Navigraph
Trinidad 3
3:40pm
4:10pm
Developer Seminar | X-Plane
Trinidad 3
4:20pm
4:50pm
Developer Seminar | QualityWings
Trinidad 3
5:00pm
5:30pm
Developer Seminar | Mindstar Aviation
Trinidad 3

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 3:30pm and 5:30pm on Friday, June 12. 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 2020

Event organizers will welcome attendees to the conference and provide an overview of the 2020 event along with the simulation landscape. Access to the tradeshow floor will be available immediately following this seminar.

GET REAL! Acquiring Real-Life Flying Skills with Your PC Simulator

Rod Machado, Flight Instructor and Author

Are you interested in increasing your overall flying skill to better control any airplane? Perhaps you'd like to use your PC simulator to acquire a private pilot certificate at an accelerated pace at an affordable cost? If so, then let Rod Machado—the voice of Microsoft Flight Simulator X’s flight lessons—share some of his many flight training strategies that incorporate the use of a PC simulator for real-life flying skill development. Come prepared to laugh and learn!

How Real It Gets: Maximizing Your Simulation Environment

Derek Vento, Air Traffic Controller & Host of The Traffic Pattern Podcast

As an air traffic controller in Atlanta, Derek speaks to pilots from around the world every day. Most of these communications are routine: “fly this heading, join the localizer, contact tower”. But what happens when things don’t go as planned? Real-world pilots spend hours in simulators training for eventualities. They practice making decisions, working with available resources, and interacting with air traffic control. And so can you!

Join Derek, who has also had the privilege of speaking with aviators from across the industry through his podcast, on a journey of simulation and real-world scenarios.

Innovation Through Simulation in Air Force Pilot Training

Major Kinsley “TRIGGER” Jordan, Chief of Innovation, United States Air Force

The last two years have not only been a revolution in technology for the simulation community to include Virtual Reality, but a revolution in how the USAF and Vance AFB have used these same technologies to transform the way we train the next generation of Air Force Pilots. Join us as we talk through the challenges and victories of integrating technology with the heritage of victory in the air.

Flying Helicopters in the Simulator

Sérgio Costa, Founder / Editor, HeliSimmer.com

Flying helicopters is hard. Very hard. Good thing we’re only talking about simulator flying! Sérgio, founder of HeliSimmer.com, will discuss the strategies he followed to become a better virtual helicopter pilot. You’ll learn about the sims, hardware, and Sergio’s self-imposed training regime, which can help you discover an entirely new and challenging side to flight simulation.

Designed as a companion to last year’s Discovering Helicopter Simulation, this year’s seminar will focus on the practical aspect of building flying skill. Although the presentations are independent, attendees will gain the most by reviewing the recording from last year’s seminar before the show.

Home Cockpit Construction

Ian Hoffer, Technical Director, AURORA Sound & Light Design

Ian has been building home cockpits and simulators for over 20 years. His work as a live entertainment technical director has allowed him to merge professional audio and effects into his primary project: a full scale 1:1 737-NG cockpit in his house.

He will describe the detailed technical information required to build your own home cockpit, from a basic console to a full-scale cockpit with real IPECO seats obtained from the boneyard in Arizona. Also covered will be multi-computer set-ups and the networking required (plus various iPad control & assistance apps). Finally, he’ll discuss some unique ideas to add to the overall effect: imagine connecting a fog machine that automatically fills the real cockpit with smoke during a virtual "fire".

Overclocking: Questions & Answers

Dave Carrick, Director, Flight Operations, Canadian Historical Aircraft Association

On Friday as part of Captains’ Corner, Dave Carrick—the PC expert who built FlightChops’ home sim—is building a computer, from components, on stage.

During this Saturday afternoon seminar, Dave will take that same PC and use it to demonstrate overclocking: how, why, and things to be aware of. In question and answer format, he’ll help those new to PC building and computer hardware understand the safe, effective way to get the most out of the hardware. Whether you have your own, custom-built PC, are using a gaming laptop or desktop, or are considering the purchase of a new simulator computer, get your geek on and learn more about how overclocking can help you get the best performance from your home simulator.

Event Social

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

New this year, FlightSimExpo attendees can bring non-registered guests to the social! When the social event begins at 5:30pm on Saturday, any FlightSimExpo attendee will be able to purchase a guest ticket for $10 each. This special registration includes access to the exhibit floor during the event social, appetizers, and one drink ticket.

Main Event Schedule

The exhibit hall will be open from 9:30am to 3:00pm.

9:00am
12:00pm
Attendee Registration and Check-In
Attendees who are joining us for Sunday only may check in starting at 9:00am.
Trinidad
Pavilion Foyer
9:00am
10:00am
FlightSimExpo Landing Competition - Finals | X-Plane
A showdown of the top finalists from the competition at the X-Plane booth on Saturday.
Trinidad 3
9:00am
9:45am
Getting Started with At-Home Simulation: The Why | Liberty Flight Training
Designed for beginners, this three-part series covers the why and how of at-home flight simulation.
Trinidad 2
10:00am
10:45am
Getting Started with At-Home Simulation: The How | Calum Martin
Designed for beginners, this three-part series covers the why and how of at-home flight simulation.
Trinidad 2
11:00am
11:45am
Getting Started with At-Home Simulation: The Online World | Sebastian Knoop-Troullier
Designed for beginners, this three-part series covers the why and how of at-home flight simulation.
Trinidad 2
12:00pm
12:45pm
(Almost) Everything You Need to Know About Virtual Reality | Sérgio Costa
An overview of virtual reality (VR), the game-changing innovation in at-home simulation.
Trinidad 2
12:45pm
1:30pm
The Role of Simulation in NTSB Aviation Accident Investigations | John O'Callaghan
Learn how the NTSB used simulation in the "Miracle on the Hudson" flight investigation.
Trinidad 3
1:00pm
1:45pm
Aeronautical Decision Making: Thinking at the Next Flight Level | Ethan Hawes
An interactive course from a real-world airline pilot and simulator instructor.
Trinidad 2
1:45pm
2:30pm
Development for MSFS 2020 | Mathijs Kok
Aerosoft's thoughts on add-on development for MSFS 2020.
Trinidad 3
2:45pm
3:00pm
Thank You & FlightSimExpo 2021
Conference organizers will close the show with a few hints about the 2021 event.
Trinidad 2

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 Landing Competition - Finals

On the exhibit floor on Saturday, June 13, attendees may visit the X-Plane/Laminar Research booth and attempt a simulator landing using X-Plane 11 in Virtual Reality. Of the attendees who land on Saturday, 10 finalists will be selected to participate in the finals from 9am – 10am on Sunday, June 14. The finalists will fly a second approach and landing live, on stage, in front of the FlightSimExpo audience and a panel of judges who will select the best landing!

Note: this seminar is scheduled for attendees to watch the finals of the 2020 landing competition. If you wish to participate in the competition, you'll need to visit the X-Plane/Laminar Research booth on Saturday, June 13 during exhibit hall hours. While the finals are open for all attendees to watch, only the top ten pilots who fly an approach on Saturday, June 13 will be selected to compete on stage on Sunday.

Getting Started with At-Home Simulation: The Why

Kevin Martin, Associate Director of Flight Training, Liberty University

Are you new to at-home flight simulation? This three-part introduction will cover the why and how of at-home simulation and provide a detailed discussion of online aviation.

In this first seminar, CFII Kevin Martin will discuss how simulation in various forms benefits pilot training. The Associate Director of Flight Training at Liberty University, Kevin has extensive experience in using simulation for pilot training at all levels. If you want to know how a home simulator—or something more advanced—can help you become a better pilot, this is the seminar for you!

Getting Started with At-Home Simulation: The How

Calum Martin, Content Director, FSElite

Are you new to at-home flight simulation? This three-part introduction will cover the why and how of at-home simulation and provide a detailed discussion of online aviation.

In the second seminar of the series, attendees will see a step-by-step, practical overview—complete with instructions, videos, and pictures—of how and where to start in the simulation world.

Getting Started with At-Home Simulation: The Online World

Sebastian Knoop-Troullier, FlightX Pilot Experience

Are you new to at-home flight simulation? This three-part introduction will cover the why and how of at-home simulation and provide a detailed discussion of online aviation.

In the final seminar in this three-part series, attendees will be introduced to the single best training aspect of any simulator: the online world.

(Almost) Everything You Need to Know About Virtual Reality

Sérgio Costa, Founder / Editor, HeliSimmer.com

The game-changing innovation in at-home simulation is virtual reality (VR). In this presentation, we’ll cover the differences between VR and other head movement/tracking solutions, how VR gets you "inside" the sim, what it does for your simulator experience, and the type of hardware you require. Designed for simmers who are considering adding a VR headset to their setup, the seminar will also discuss the kits available today and how to get started.

The Role of Simulation in NTSB Aviation Accident Investigations

John O'Callaghan, National Resource Specialist - Aircraft Performance, NTSB

2 minutes after takeoff, the crew of U.S. Airways Flight 1549—the “Miracle on the Hudson” flight—had nowhere to turn. Without engines, the Captain faced a life-and-death decision: where to land an Airbus A320 that had become a glider. Should he attempt the impossible and ditch in the Hudson River, or try to land? Would returning to a runway even be possible?

That’s one of the questions that the NTSB’s John O'Callaghan was tasked with answering. As the Board's technical expert in the aerodynamics and physics of flight vehicles, John has used simulation in a variety of forms to understand the physics underlying the motion of an aircraft during an accident—including to assess whether it was possible for the A320 to make it back to land.

During this seminar, John will look at the 2009 “Miracle on the Hudson”, the 2001 American Airlines Flight 587 accident in New York, and a 2015 midair collision between an F-16 fighter jet and a Cessna 150 to illustrate how simulation has been used in aircraft accident investigation. John will briefly describe the NTSB's mission and then present the different levels of simulation used by the NTSB, which include animations of aircraft motion in Microsoft Flight Simulator X, desktop engineering simulations with no pilot interface, and full Level-D pilot training simulators.

Aeronautical Decision Making: Thinking at the Next Flight Level

Ethan Hawes, E175 Captain and Sim Instructor

The seminar will begin with a discussion of Aeronautical Decision Making (ADM): what it is, and how it works. Then, airline pilot and simulator/training instructor Ethan Hawes will present real-world ADM scenarios. Using volunteers from the audience, this interactive presentation will give attendees the chance to put themselves in the left seat and experience how decisions are made when passengers’ lives are in their hands.

Developing for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020

Mathijs Kok, Development/Support Manager, Aerosoft

In this talk, we'll explore the options of importing and reworking Prepar3D products for the new Microsoft Flight Simulator release. Is it possible? Does it make sense? Or is it better to start fresh and use all the features of the new platform?

Thank You and FlightSimExpo 2021

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 2:45pm, show organizers will talk more about FlightSimExpo 2021 and officially close the 2020 event.

Developer Seminar Series

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

10:30am
11:00am
Developer Seminar | Cardinal Horizon
Trinidad 3
11:15am
11:45am
Developer Seminar | Gleim Aviation
Trinidad 3
12:00pm
12:30pm
Developer Seminar | Pro-Sim A.R.
Trinidad 3

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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Sérgio Costa

Founder / Editor, HeliSimmer.com

Sérgio Costa

Founder / Editor, HeliSimmer.com

Sérgio is the editor and founder of HeliSimmer.com. He has been a flight simulation enthusiast for over 20 years and dedicated himself almost exclusively to helicopters for the past 12 years. With HeliSimmer.com, he has been spearheading the effort to raise awareness to helicopter flight simulation inside the community and with developers, which has been slowly giving results as there is a number of products starting to appear in the market that has this subset of the hobby in consideration. Sérgio is also one of the Three Grumpy Simmers, a YouTube series with Bel Geode and Novawing24 in which the three simmers talk about a variety of subjects about flight simulation in general.

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Ethan Hawes

E175 Captain and Sim Instructor

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Ethan Hawes

E175 Captain and Sim Instructor

Hello! My name is Ethan, I'm currently a Line Captain and Simulator Instructor on the E170/75 for Republic Airways. I've always had an interest in aviation and have been an avid simmer for over 13 years now. I have a special interest in aviation human factors, procedures development, and pilot training. I hope to see you at my interactive seminar where we will briefly learn about fine-tuning your aeronautical decision-making skills and dive into an interactive set of decision-making exercises. Enjoy Expo!

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Ian Hoffer

Technical Director, AURORA Sound & Light Design

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Ian Hoffer

AURORA Sound & Light Design

Ian Hoffer is a Senior Technical Director at Solotech, a premiere global sound and lighting firm he joined in 2018 after having been Director of Specialty Lighting and Effects at Parsons Technologies and Director of Technical Operations for AURORA Sound & Light Design.

His extensive experience dates back to 1993. Before joining Solotech, Ian had just completed the theatrical and laser lighting design for for the Fiserv Forum, home of the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks. Today, he works with Solotech, a world leader with a major North American and international presence, global projects, and the primary provider of entertainment technology for Cirque du Soleil. In 2012, Ian won the Live Design Magazine’s Excellence Award in the Club/Lounge category for designing systems for Rumor and Soundgarden Hall, a world-class nightclub in Philadelphia.

Ian built his brand by delivering unsurpassed quality with a personal flair and commitment to excellence. As a frequent global traveler, he developed a unique international perspective gained by projects all around the world. He received graduate training from New York University (NYU) and completed undergraduate programs in both the United States and Thailand. Through continuing education, Ian stays abreast of leading-edge equipment and technologies. He is a Certified Technology Specialist (CTS) and a proud member of INFOCOMM.

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Major Kinsley "TRIGGER" Jordan

Chief of Innovation, United States Air Force

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Major Kinsley "TRIGGER" Jordan

Chief of Innovation, United States Air Force

Wing Chief of Innovation, 71 FTW, Vance AFB, OK. Maj. Kinsley Jordan leads the Wing Spark Cell, an organization focused on bringing simple solutions and useful technologies to the most challenging everyday problems that face Vance AFB and its airmen. In the last 2 years, the Vance Spark Cell has been responsible for ground-breaking developments in technological integration such as VR simulation, video recorded academics, and the development of the Mobile Device Integrated Toolkit (MDIT) into Undergraduate Pilot Training.

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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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Mathijs Kok

Development/Support Manager, Aerosoft

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Mathijs Kok

Development/Support Manager, Aerosoft

Mathijs Kok has been working in flight simulation for more than 25 years. Today, he is responsible for aircraft development at Aerosoft, and is a frequent presence on Aerosoft’s customer support forums.

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Rod Machado

Flight Instructor and Author

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Rod Machado

Flight Instructor and Author

A flight instructor since 1973 with over 10,000 hours of flight time, Rod Machado is best known to the flight simulator community as the author and voice of the flight lessons in Microsoft's Flight Simulator. He's a speaker, a flight training specialist, an aviation safety specialist, as well as the author of seven books and hundreds of aviation articles. Rod presently owns a Cessna 150 Land-O-Matic. When he's not talking about flying, he's probably teaching others how to fly.

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Calum Martin

Content Director, FSElite

Calum Martin

Content Director, 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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John O'Callaghan

National Resource Specialist, NTSB

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John O'Callaghan

National Resource Specialist - Aircraft Performance, NTSB

John has been with the NTSB since 1997 and serves as the Board's technical expert in the aerodynamics and physics of flight vehicles. He has served as the aircraft performance group chairman on many NTSB aviation accident investigations, including American Airlines flight 587 (2001), USAirways flight 1549 (2009), the Gulfstream G650 flight test accident (2011), and the Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo flight test accident (2014).

Before joining the NTSB John worked at the Boeing Company in Seattle, where he helped develop simulator flight models for the Next Generation 737 and other aircraft from flight test and wind tunnel data.

John was an active instrument-rated private pilot for 20 years, and owned a Bellanca Citabria for three of those years.

John graduated from the University of Washington in 1989 with a B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering, and in 1991 with an M.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics.

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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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Derek Vento

Air Traffic Controller

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Derek Vento

Air Traffic Controller & Host of The Traffic Pattern Podcast

Derek Vento is a CPC at Atlanta TRACON for the Federal Aviation Administration. 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 an Approach controller in one of the United States’ busiest airspaces.