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International Flight Simulator Consortium

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 !!!

7 Responses to “International Flight Simulator Consortium”

  1. Good post. PC flight simulators have indeed become a very useful part of training.

    You've given me an idea for another soaring blog. I'll cover the really excellent Glider simulators now available.

  2. For anyone interested, we often recommend X-Plane available at x-plane.com.

  3. Yes!
    FS is very important, that's how I got interested in flight, I started training exactly 1 year ago on my birthday and now have 11 hours, it's a great way to get people interested and an even better(and not so costly) way to stay profficient. It has helped me most in learning traffic patters and radio communications, overall it is an excellent way of learning, with the assistance of actual flight at a good school.
    Keep it up!

  4. stuart goldhawk Says:
    September 17th, 2009 at 10:50 am

    I acnt bleive what i am reading, i am currentley looking for a boeing 737 throttle for my flight sim but to hear thi just puts the shivers up me.

  5. Donald Trosky Says:
    December 1st, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    This is amazing!!!??? I cannot believe MS would do such a thing but what else is new?? I guess MS was loosing money on this project or not making enough money so they sacked it. I see a slow demise of private flying and this is just another blow to those that have independence and brains. They don't want anyone to think independently or have an idea that isn't controlled.

  6. stuart goldhawk Says:
    January 25th, 2010 at 3:49 am

    Very sad news for the flight simulator community, i just hope that Microsoft see what a mistake they have made Boeing 737 fanatic

  7. Its such a shame that this has happened.I have heard that most of the staff from aces studio have been employed by Lockheed for the Prep3d contract. Still it is a massive shame. I do hope that FSX can be continued somehow.

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