As some of you may know, Microsoft closed its long-running development of Flight Simulator and sacked the entire team developing and maintaining it. They thereby delivered a powerful blow to REAL aviation as well, since FS is and always has been an important platform to get people informed about flying and aviation in general.
MS Flight Simulator especially (there some other sim-programs too) is also a valuable tool for many real-world pilots to practice certain skills, recce unknown airports and areas, and have fun while not burning real avgas !
The Flight Simulator 'world' is maybe even bigger than the real world of aviation too. After all, not everyone has the money (or the opportunity) to learn to fly for real and remain licensed. There is an entire industry ADDING software and services to the flight simulator communities, and there are millions of copies sold of each and every incarnation of the sim.
With the demise of the ACES team (the development group within MS responsible for the simulator activities) we also are suddenly without a 'champion' of flight simulation in general. No more advertising, no more presence at aviation and flightsim events, and no more attracting 'new blood' to both flightsimming and real aviation.
Well, THAT is exactly what the newly formed consortium is planning on taking upon its shoulders! Making sure the 'world' still hears about flight simulation and its tremendous support FOR and BY the real aviation world in all its facets.
The consortium is set up by a number of important publishers in the industry, together with some primary developers of add-ons and also supported by a number of news sites and community forums.
The plan is to grow it and get as many companies of the industry involved so we can really make a fist in terms of publicity and continue to attract new (young??) sim- and real pilots and keep the dream alive.
Let's Go Flying..... yes.. but also Let's Go Simming !!!