Schedule & Speakers

Engage with Developers and Experts

The FlightSimExpo 2021 event schedule is available below. Please note that dates, times, and seminars are subject to change based on speaker availability and international travel restrictions.

All displayed times are in the local San Diego time zone: U.S. Pacific Time, GMT -7.

A FlightSimExpo Online-Only or In-Person registration includes access to all presentations, streamed live and available as on-demand recordings.

The exhibit hall, along with two seminar rooms, will be open on Saturday and Sunday. Seminars take place throughout conference hours. On Friday, September 24, an add-on set of seminars called Captains’ Corner is available in the afternoon (note: there is no exhibit hall access on Friday, September 24).

To see detailed seminar descriptions, click the icon to the left of the seminar title.

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, September 24.

In-Person Event Online Event
11:00am
1:00pm
Captains' Corner Attendee Check-In
Check-in available to attendees who are participating in Captains’ Corner.
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Scheduled
Virtual KSAN Fly-In
Offline, or on the network of your choice, join us for a coordinated "fly in" to KSAN in your simulator, aiming to land just before the start of the event. Click the links for event times on Infinite Flight, IVAO, and PilotEdge.
1:00pm
5:45pm
Captains’ Corner Seminars
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.

Captains’ Corner Educational Seminar Series

The seminars are available to attendees who purchased the Captains’ Corner add-on as part of conference registration.

Time Captains' Corner Seminar Seminar Room Presentor
Location
Registered Attendees Streamed Free
1:00pm
1:45pm
Building Your Own Computer
Ian Hoffer

A live Q&A on stage discussing PC hardware, performance, specs, and more.
A San Diego
2:00pm
2:45pm
Flight Planning & Dispatch Q&A
Michael Collier and Matt Bartels

From oceanic operations to domestic flying, bring your questions and bring your virtual flying up a flight level!
A San Diego
3:00pm
3:45pm
Can Consumer Flight Sim Impact Real Aviation?
Nicki Repenning, CEO, Honeycomb Aeronautical

How consumer flight sim hardware and software can improve flight training and help solve the pilot shortage.
A San Diego
4:00pm
4:45pm
FMC and Systems Operations in X-Plane
X-Plane Team

Explore the various FMC functions and options now available by default in X-Plane 11.
A San Diego and Remote
5:00pm
5:45pm
Home Cockpit Construction
Ian Hoffer

An in-depth discussion of tools, tips, and tricks for home cockpit builders and simmers.
A San Diego

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 host a live Q&A on stage discussing PC hardware, performance, specs, and more.

Can Consumer Flight Sim Impact Real Aviation?

Looking at ways how consumer flight sim hardware and software can improve real world flight training and help solve the current pilot shortage.

Flight Planning & Dispatch Q&A

Have you ever wondered how real-world airlines plan flights? How much fuel do you need? How can you ensure the routes you file will be accepted by controllers on IVAO or VATSIM? What happens when you’re issued a re-route by ATC, or you’re trying to avoid some weather?

In this Q&A, Flight Dispatchers Matt Bartels and Mike Collier will answer your questions about flight dispatch. From oceanic operations to domestic flying, bring your questions and bring your virtual flying up a flight level!

Following this Captains’ Corner Q&A on Friday, Mike and Matt will be offering a more formal presentation on flight dispatch on Saturday at 9:30am.

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.

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".

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.

In-Person Event Online Event
8:00am
4:00pm
Attendee Registration and Check-In
Check-in available for all conference registrants.
9:00am
5:30pm
Saturday Event Seminars
In-person seminars and livestreamed remote presentations (see schedule below).
9:00am
5:30pm
Saturday Event Seminars
In-person seminars and livestreamed remote presentations (see schedule below).
9:30am
5:30pm
Exhibit Hall Open
The exhibit hall will be open for attendees beginning at 9:30am on Saturday.
3:00pm
5:00pm
Exhibitor Video Booths
Up to 4 exhibitors will be hosting live video booths for online attendees. More information will be available closer to the event.
5:30pm
6:30pm
Attendee Social
Join us on the main exhibit floor for drinks and appetizers.
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Fly San Diego in the Simulator
Offline, or on your network of choice, take some time to explore San Diego. We’ve arranged events on Infinite Flight and IVAO to take place on the afternoon of FlightSimExpo.

Saturday Seminar Schedule

Time Seminar Seminar Room Presentor
Location
Registered Attendees Streamed Free
9:00am
9:20am
Welcome to FlightSimExpo 2021
Event organizers welcome you to the conference and provide an event overview.
A San Diego
9:30am
10:10am
Flight Dispatch – The Other Half of your Flight
Michael Collier and Matt Bartels

Two professionals teach simmers how to plan like the pros.
B/C San Diego
10:00am
10:40am
Climbing Above Flight Simulation Barriers
Trevor Olsen

Actionable ways to overcome typical barriers in flight simulation, including cost, tools, knowledge, and time.
A San Diego
10:30am
11:10am
Developer Seminar
Thrustmaster

Developer Seminars offer partners the opportunity discuss their products and showcase new developments.
B/C San Diego
11:00am
11:40am
Using PC-Based Simulators for Fun and/or Flight Training
Ed Valdez

How you can practice like the pros to prepare for the day when things don’t go as planned.
A San Diego
11:00am
11:40am
Build Your Home Cockpit with Open Source!
Sebastian Moebius

Open source software and hardware solutions to make your home cockpit building dreams come true.
Virtual Remote
11:30am
12:10pm
The New Era of Military Flight Training
Major Kinsley "TRIGGER" Jordan

Hear how flight simulators have transformed the way we train the next generation of fighter pilots.
B/C San Diego
12:00pm
12:40pm
Let’s Fly Blind!
Sarah Alawami

“You can’t fly a plane blind,” they say. I’m here to prove them wrong.
A San Diego
12:00pm
12:40pm
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.
Virtual Remote
12:30pm
1:10pm
Your First DIY Home Cockpit Component
Jon Coughlin

Learn how to build your first home cockpit component.
B/C Remote
1:00pm
1:40pm
Developer Seminar
Turtle Beach CEO Juergen Stark

An in-depth look at Turtle Beach’s groundbreaking VelocityOne Flight simulation control system for Xbox Series X|S and Windows PCs.
A San Diego
1:30pm
2:10pm
Using Augmented Reality in Flight Simulation
Christoph Leuze

How we can connect users of flight simulators and users in the real world via augmented reality.
B/C San Diego
2:00pm
3:00pm
Developer Seminar
X-Plane

Developer Seminars offer partners the opportunity discuss their products and showcase new developments.
A San Diego and Remote
2:30pm
3:00pm
Building a Full Motion Simulator with Force Feedback Controls
Steven Kaye

This seminar will detail building a cockpit to simulate VFR and IFR flight of general aviation aircraft—to a level of realism that would let the pilot forget they’re in a simulator!
B/C San Diego
3:15pm
3:45pm
Developer Seminar
Lockheed Martin Prepar3D

Developer Seminars offer partners the opportunity discuss their products and showcase new developments.
B/C San Diego
3:30pm
4:15pm
TheFlyingFabio Meet & Greet and AMA
TheFlyingFabio

An opportunity to meet The Flying Fabio in person and listen to his aviation and simulation story, plus a Q&A session.
A San Diego
4:00pm
4:45pm
Lightning Strikes - Development of the F-35 Flight Demonstration
Billie Flynn

The development of one of the most talked-about and watched airshow routines in history.
B/C San Diego
4:45pm
5:30pm
Virtual Reality: Past and Present
Ben Myburgh

Discuss the current state of where VR, how we got here, and what the future holds.
A San Diego
5:00pm
5:30pm
Developer Seminar
FlightFactor

Developer Seminars offer partners the opportunity discuss their products and showcase new developments.
B/C San Diego

Welcome to FlightSimExpo 2021

Event organizers will welcome attendees to the conference and provide an overview of the 2021 event along with the simulation landscape. Access to the tradeshow floor will be available immediately following this seminar.

Flight Dispatch – The Other Half of your Flight

Michael Collier and Matt Bartels

This panel presentation provides a glimpse into the world of airline flight planning where we teach you how to "plan like the pros" and apply many of the same procedures to flight simulation. Topics discussed will include fuel and route planning, alternate airports, Extended Range Operations, MEL/CDL, as well as how operations centers manage various scenarios.

Using PC-Based Simulators for Fun and/or Flight Training

Ed Valdez, President & CEO, ProPilot Aviation

Interested in learning how to create fun and useful simulators to enjoy the "Adventure of Flight"? If so, attend this seminar! Learn from Ed Valdez, who has used flight simulators for over 40 years. From basic 12" screens (yes...12" monochrome screens!) to his "Surround Vision System", Ed will show you how to really feel like you're in the pilot’s seat. Whatever your budget, learn how to build a simulator that will give you the joy of flight, from the moment you fire up those engines, to when you grease it on landing.

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.

Innovation Through Simulation in Air Force Pilot Training

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

In an rapidly evolving technology founded world, the ability to teach and train complex flight competencies and scenarios grows ever more important. Join us as we discuss what the future of Military and High Performance Flight Training looks like with the integration of VR, AR, AI and Human Centered Performance Design!

Build Your Home Cockpit with Open Source!

Sebasitan Moebius, Creator, MobiFlight

Have you ever thought about getting started in home cockpit building? There are amazing open source software and hardware solutions available to make the dream come true. Over the past several years, 3D printing, the price of hardware, and the advancement of software has made it easier—and less expensive—than ever to start constructing your own panels that can integrate directly into the simulator.

Virtual Reality: Past and Present

Ben Myburgh, Owner, Sim Your Plane

Discuss the current state of where VR, how we got here, and what the future holds. Also will be discussing FAA and EASA approval for VR technology.

Using Augmented Reality in Flight Simulation

Dr. Christoph Leuze, Research Scientist, Stanford University

In this seminar, Dr. Leuze will present how we can connect users of a flight simulator application and users in the real world via augmented reality. In the presented application, positioning data of a plane in the Microsoft Flight Simulator is streamed continuously to a mobile augmented reality application where a user in the real world can view that plane fly overhead in the real world using an augmented reality device (smartphone or headset), provided that the Flight Simulator user is currently flying overhead at the respective real world location.

Design and Construction of a Full Motion Enclosed Simulator with Force Feedback Controls

This seminar will detail the quest to design and build a cockpit to simulate VFR and IFR flight of general aviation aircraft—to a level of realism that would let the pilot forget they’re in a simulator!

To achieve this degree of realism, the design must provide a total immersion of the senses. With 180-degree imagery, surround sound, infrasonic vibration, force feedback felt through the control yoke and rudders, and the precise 3-dimensional movement and acceleration of the entire enclosed cockpit, a nearly total immersive experience of an actual flight can be achieved. All sensory stimulation occurs in real time and in every phase of flight. The cockpit’s dimensions had to replicate a full-scale aircraft such as a C182. But, it also had to be designed so one person could build it with limited help, battery-operated hand tools, and in any 10’ by 12’ room.

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.

Developer Seminar

The FlightSimExpo Saturday Developer Seminar series offers conference partners the opportunity to discuss their products and showcase new developments.

TheFlyingFabio Meet & Greet and AMA

Fabio "The Flying Fabio" Miguez

Come meet The Flying Fabio in person! Attend this seminar for an opportunity to listen to how he got into aviation and flight simulation, followed by a question and answer session. Let's go!

Main Event Schedule

The exhibit hall will be open from 10:00am to 3:00pm.

In-Person Event Online Event
9:00am
11:00am
Attendee Registration and Check-In
Check-in available for all conference registrants.
10:00am
12:00pm
Exhibitor Video Booths
Up to 4 exhibitors will be hosting live video booths for online attendees. More information will be available closer to the event.
10:00am
3:00pm
Sunday Event Seminars
In-person seminars and livestreamed remote presentations (see schedule below).
10:00am
3:00pm
Sunday Event Seminars
In-person seminars and livestreamed remote presentations (see schedule below).
10:00am
3:00pm
Exhibit Hall Open
The exhibit hall will be open for attendees beginning at 10:00am on Sunday.
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Scheduled
Fly Yourself Home
Offline, or on your network of choice, depart KSAN in your simulator and head home. Whether it’s a quick GA flight or a long-haul airline route, head back to your virtual hangar with other attendees. Click the following links to see the ATC staffing that’s been arranged on Infinite Flight, IVAO, and VATSIM for the fly out!

Sunday Seminar Schedule

Time Seminar Seminar Room Presentor
Location
Registered Attendees Streamed Free
10:00am
11:00am
FlightSimExpo Landing Competition - Finals
X-Plane

A showdown of the top finalists from the X-Plane competition.
A San Diego
11:30am
12:10pm
Getting Started in Flight Simulation
Calum Martin

Designed for beginners, this presentation discusses the “why and how” of home flight simulation.
A Remote
12:30pm
1:10pm
Online Aviation
Sebastian Knoop-Troullier

An introduction to online flying, one of the most fun and beneficial components of home simulation.
A San Diego
1:30pm
2:10pm
Practical Simulator Use as a Training Aid
Gleim Aviation

How to maximize the effectiveness of your simulator as a training aid.
A Remote
2:30pm
3:00pm
Thank You & FlightSimExpo 2022
Conference organizers will close the show with a discussion about next year’s event.
A San Diego

FlightSimExpo Landing Competition - Finals

In advance of FlightSimExpo, attendees were invited to fly an approach at CZST in X-Plane, record it, and submit it. Based on the submissions, X-Plane’s judges selected pilots to participate in the finals…live in front of the FlightSimExpo audience!

During this seminar, you’ll be able to watch each pilot complete a landing using X-Plane and compete for some great prizes.

Panel Discussion: The Future of Home Flight Simulation

Paul Duty, Aviation Product Manager, Gleim Aviation

This presentation covers a brief history of simulation in flight training. We explain the various types of simulators, FAA approvals, and regulatory provisions. We will discuss how to maximize simulation effectiveness while dispelling training misconceptions. At the end of the presentation, you will understand the various types of simulators, the benefits of using simulation for training, and will learn how to integrate simulation into a flight training curriculum.

Lightning Strikes - Development of the F-35 Flight Demonstration

Billie Flynn, ICE Leadership and F-35 Test Pilot

In 2017, Billie Flynn flew the first public demonstration of the F-35 at the Paris Air Show. He and his team had spent many months developing the flight demonstration using sophisticated F-35 simulation tools. The F-35 flight demonstration was the product of a novel methodology to develop aerobatic maneuvers as well as endless hours of practice and simulation to perfect the maneuverability and agility never before seen from the F-35. This talk describes the development of one of the most talked about and watched airshow routines in history.

Getting Started in Flight Simulation

Calum Martin, Content Director, FSElite

Are you new to at-home flight simulation? This introduction will cover the why and how of at-home simulation, designed for beginners. Join Calum for a step-by-step, practical overview—complete with instructions, videos, and pictures—of how and where to start in the simulation world.

Climbing Above Flight Simulation Barriers

Trevor Olsen, Flight Simulation Enthusiast

Many flight simulator enthusiasts find their potential limited by invisible factors. Just like in the computer world, you are often restricted by your barriers and bottlenecks. Removing these barriers and bottlenecks lets you more fully enjoy your flight simulation hobby.

This seminar provides actionable ways to increase your flight simulation potential. Barriers mentioned will include cost, tools, knowledge, awareness, planning, age, space, as well as how to make (and keep) time for your hobbies. Each topic will be covered to teach you how to detect the bottlenecks, mitigate them, and possibly even use them to your advantage.

The Seminar will be aimed towards physical cockpit setups (home cockpits), but many of these barriers can be seen in all aspects of flight simulation.

Online Aviation

Sebastian Knoop-Troullier, FlightX Pilot Experience

One of the best training aspects of home flight simulators might surprise you. It’s not learning “hands and feet” or using checklists; it’s flying online! The world of online aviation—which includes communities of all shapes and sizes—extends the value of your simulator, whether you’re using it for professional training or because you love flying.

Your First DIY Home Cockpit Component

Jon Coughlin, Game Developer, Slitherine

Learn to build your first home cockpit component: an Arduino-based light array that you can hook up to DCS, X-Plane, Roger Meatball, or any flight sim with an output feed. Included with the talk are a parts list, source code, and detailed instructions.

Thank You and FlightSimExpo 2022

As North America’s community-driven flight simulation conference, FlightSimExpo is proud to work with developers, attendees, and simmers from around the world as we plan our future events. In these unique times, the organizers will wrap up this year’s show and discuss the plans for 2022.

Let’s Fly Blind

You jump in the airplane. Fasten your seatbelt. Go through your preflight checklist, ask for clearance, step through your route, get permission to taxi, taxi to the runway, and takeoff...

NOW, do all THAT with your eyes closed!

"You can’t fly a plane blind". So they say. I am here to prove them wrong.

I have been a blind flight simmer since about 2018, using several technologies, refining my skills, and working with other blind pilots who you might hear from throughout the course of this demonstration. We use a program called "Talking Flight Monitor" that allows us to get information from the instrument panels and to act on said information. “Turn left heading 140” – we can do that. “Reduce speed to 210” – we can do that too. Although the software isn’t perfect, we can fly the simulator almost as well as a sighted person. In this discussion, I’ll tell you more about my journey to becoming a blind flight simmer, what we can do in the simulator, and the areas we are still hoping to improve.

Speakers

FlightSimExpo looks forward to welcoming speakers and panelists from around the flight simulation and aviation worlds to our event. This year, anyone can apply to speak, even if they are not planning to attend the in-person event

If you have speaking experience or have a topic you’d like to share, either on your own or with a panel, please complete and send us a Speaker Application Form!

Click on any of the images below for detailed bios of each personality.

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Sarah Alawami

Aviation Enthusiast

Sarah Alawami

Aviation Enthusiast

I have a BA in Music History and Literature, and an AA with an emphasis in Music. I am a licensed Amateur Radio operator with a goal of obtaining my Extra Class License and am currently teaching English as a Second Language (ESL). One of my greatest passions is flight simulation: like many, I find it exciting and challenging. I have been blind since birth and have not let that stop me. It makes me persevere. My objective is to help make flight simulation adaptable to the blind and visually impaired community, and perhaps one day to even help adapt the technology we use in the simulator for real-world flying.

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Matt Bartels

Flight Dispatcher

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Matt Bartels

Flight Dispatcher

Matt Bartels is an International Flight Dispatcher who has dispatched nearly every passenger aircraft type flying today to destinations all over the United States and every continent but Antarctica for Delta Air Lines and United Airlines. In addition to dispatching airplanes, Matt has also spent time as an operations manager, tasked with keeping his fleet running smoothly and efficiently and has taught new dispatcher candidates the basics in a FAA Part 65 Aircraft Dispatcher Certification course.

Outside of his work, Matt is very dedicated to the flight simulation community. He is a member of VATSIM's Board of Governors and can frequently be found flying with MidCon Airlines or controlling the Minneapolis or Washington Airspaces on the network.

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Michael Collier

Flight Dispatcher

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Michael Collier

Flight Dispatcher

Michael Collier is an International Flight Dispatcher and classroom training instructor with over 20 years of experience with American Airlines, US Airways, and America West Airlines. He has been involved with flight simulation dating back to 1985 and SubLogic's Flight Simulator II, and ATP. Most of his simulation time is devoted to MidContinent (MidCon) Airlines and flying on the VATSIM network.

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Jon Coughlin

Game Developer, Slitherine

Jon Coughlin

Game Developer, Slitherine

Jon Coughlin is an aerospace engineer and video game developer with a decade of experience programming flight simulations. He currently builds video games professionally for Slitherine while also picking at his lightweight flight game, Roger Meatball.

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Paul Duty

Aviation Product Manager, Gleim Aviation

Paul Duty

Aviation Product Manager, Gleim Aviation

Paul Duty is the Chief Instructor and Aviation Product Manager at Gleim Aviation. He has been a pilot since 2000. He is a commercial pilot and flight instructor with instrument and multi-engine ratings, advanced ground instructor, a remote pilot with a small unmanned aircraft system rating and has piloted over 40 different types of aircraft.

Paul graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with an MBA-Aviation and holds a BS in Marketing degree from Columbia College, and an AAS in Professional Pilot from the Community College of Beaver County. Paul enjoys spending time with family and friends, camping, and volunteering at church.

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Billie Flynn

ICE Leadership and F-35 Test Pilot

Billie Flynn

Global Strategic Advisor, ICE Leadership and F-35 Test Pilot

Billie Flynn is a Global Strategic Advisor for ICE Leadership. Billie recently retired from Lockheed Martin as Senior F-35 Test Pilot and Fellow after a long and stellar career testing all variants of the F-35 as well as extensive F-16 testing. He is a 23 year veteran of the RCAF and began his military flying career as the first CF-18 pipeliner selected to fly the Hornet. He culminated his Air Force career as the Commanding Officer of the Canadian Task Force Aviano during combat in Operation Allied Force. Post-military, he tested the Eurofighter Typhoon, Tornado and F-4 aircraft based in Munich, Germany.

Billie is a Fellow and Past President of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots. He is a graduate of the Royal Military College of Canada, the United States Naval Test Pilot School and holds multiple post graduate degrees. He has flown more than 5000 hours in more than 80 aircraft.

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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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Steven Kaye

CEO, Matrix Flight Simulators

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Steven Kaye

CEO, Matrix Flight Simulators

I have been flying airplanes before I had a driver’s license. Flying has been a passion of mine for my entire life. I have held a private pilot, multi-engine instrument rating for the past 50 years and have flown general aviation aircraft from a Piper Tri-Pacer to a Beechcraft King Air accumulating over 2000 hours of flight time. My love for flying is only matched by my intense interest in electro-mechanical engineering, computer technology, and aviation medicine.

Currently, I am a practicing physician and co-founder of a medical device manufacturer (Bioelectric Research Corp). Through the years, I have flown general aviation as well as commercial passenger aircraft simulators but never seriously thought of building my own until I attended FlightSimExpo 2018 in Las Vegas. It was here, 3 years ago, that I learned about the worldwide interest in having your own simulator and the vast array of component parts that were available to hobbyists. Inspired by this conference, I decided to design and construct my own based on the specifications outlined in the description. The result was beyond what I thought I could achieve. A full working model will be on display in the exhibit hall under Matrix Flight Simulation.

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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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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 Innovation Cell, an organization focused on bringing simple solutions and useful technologies to the most challenging everyday problems that face Air Force Flight Pilot Training. In the last several years, Undergraduate Pilot Training and partner organizations have led ground breaking developments across the military flight training ecosystem in both technological integration, such as VR simulation, AR debriefing, and video recorded academic into Undergraduate Pilot Training.

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Christoph Leuze

Research Scientist, Stanford University

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Christoph Leuze

Research Scientist, Stanford University

Dr. Christoph Leuze is an instructor in mixed reality at Stanford University and founder of the startup Nakamir Inc for development of medical mixed reality applications. Together with his brother Matthias Leuze, who is an avid pilot in the Austrian Alps and Flight Simulator user, he developed an augmented reality application that allows him to see planes flying in the Microsoft Flight Simulator appear in the real world at their respective real world locations.

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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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Fabio "The Flying Fabio" Miguez

Twitch Streamer

Fabio "The Flying Fabio" Miguez

Twitch Streamer

Fabio Miguez was born in Brazil, where he began his flying career. He then moved to the United States, where he attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and obtained an Aerospace Engineering degree. Fabio then flew business jets, followed by a 15-year career at FlightSafety International. He is now a full-time MSFS streamer on Twitch.

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Sebastian Moebius

Creator, MobiFlight

Sebastian Moebius

Creator, MobiFlight

My name is Sebastian, and I created MobiFlight back in 2014 with the goal to provide a cheap community solution for building home cockpits. Beside being a Software Developer, I also hold a Commercial Pilot Certificate and I love to fly in my Piper Arrow in real life.

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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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Trevor Olsen

Flight Simulation Enthusiast

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Trevor Olsen

Flight Simulation Enthusiast

My Name is Trevor. I am building a full-scale Cessna 172 Cockpit, documenting and sharing the process on GitHub. On YouTube, I make flight simulator configuration tutorials and run the "Cessna 172 Project" series that takes a closer look at the experience of building a Cessna 172 home cockpit.

I have always found myself looking up at the sky, fascinated by the marvel of aviation. I’ve felt like a mechanically-inclined person from a pretty young age and love to build mini projects (like a pedal cart, and a rubber stamp printing press) that soak up some of my attention and help me to learn and grow. Since getting into flight simulation, I've taught myself the majority of what I know through forums, trial and error–and, of course, YouTube tutorials. I'd take small steps day-by-day, learning from foolish mistakes and clever advice. I eventually built my first 2 versions of the Cessna 17, each getting progressively better.

Through my many failures, and successes I learned how to woodwork, solder, wire, record podcasts, design in CAD, edit video, film, and make home cockpits-all at the age of 17. I created captainbobsim.com with the goal to let people have fun in this hobby, share information, and inspire others to get started.

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Nicki Repenning

Founder & CEO, Honeycomb Aeronautical

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Nicki Repenning

Founder & CEO, Honeycomb Aeronautical

Nicki Repenning is the founder and CEO of Honeycomb Aeronautical and has almost 15 years of experience in the flight sim industry. He's had his private pilots license since 2011 and is currently working on his instrument rating.

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Juergen Stark

Chairman & CEO, Turtle Beach Corp.

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Juergen Stark

Chairman & CEO, Turtle Beach Corp.

Juergen has been CEO of Turtle Beach Corporation–a leading gaming accessory maker and best-selling console gaming audio brand–since 2012. Juergen has led the company’s acquisitions of ROCCAT and Neat Microphones, and now leads Turtle Beach’s entry into gaming simulation hardware and game controllers. Juergen is also an accomplished pilot. He received his pilot’s license in 2012 and his Pilot Instrument Rating shortly thereafter. In his spare time, Juergen flies Cirrus SR20 and SR22 airplanes, and when he’s not in the sky he further hones his aviation skills in an FAA-certified home simulator that exactly replicates the Cirrus aircraft and instrument panel. He’s also added a helicopter cockpit to the simulator and is teaching himself how to fly a helicopter.

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Ed Valdez

President & CEO, ProPilot Aviation

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Ed Valdez

President & CEO, ProPilot Aviation

Ed Valdez has been in the aviation industry all of his life. From the age of 5, he would go with his dad to KLAX and observe the intricacies of repairing DC-3’s, Constellations, F27’s, DC9’s, Boeing 727’s and other airliners. At home, he and his dad worked repairing cars. At the age of 18, he began his aviation career as a Ramp Agent at the Los Angeles International Airport serving international airlines, loading bags, connecting ground power units, air start units, and servicing Boeing 707s, DC-8s, and DC-10s. Ed has been a major Airline Pilot, Instructor Pilot (Part 121 Line Check Airman), Corporate Chief Pilot, Charter Pilot, Chief Flight Instructor, Simulator Instructor and Ground Instructor for some of the best companies in aviation. These companies include United Airlines, Champion Air, SkyWest Airlines, FlightSafety and various corporations. From being the Captain of a large transport category aircraft in domestic and international flight operations, to training pilots, Ed is well versed in assisting pilots become the best that they can be. Prior to becoming a pilot, Ed was an Engineer designing and creating complex equipment. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a minor in Business Administration.