Something rather special happened on October 19, 2013 at the RAF Museum Cosford. A group of more than 1700 like-minded people came together to celebrate and share their interest in aviation and fight simulation.
Organised by Flight 1 and Just Flight and co-hosted by PC Pilot, this event was the culmination of months of planning and hard work on the part of the organisers. They had one objective in mind: to promote the hobby as a whole and to showcase the very best in flight simulation both in terms of hardware and software.
To that end, both sides of the industry were well represented: from the very latest software for FSX and X-Plane, to the state-of-the-art in flight sim cockpit set-ups, as well as everything in-between! The show provided an opportunity for people to sample products they were perhaps considering purchasing or discover new ones that they hadn’t even heard of. Either way, the day was both an informing and inspiring one.
The general consensus of opinion is that Flight Sim 2013 was one of the most successful flight sim shows in recent years. In truth, it was successful on many different levels, but for this flight simmer the success lay in the positive atmosphere and feedback it created among those who attended.
The purpose of this article is to convey some of that atmosphere. So, the best way I felt of achieving this objective was to convey the thoughts of some of those who attended. With that in mind, let’s first hear from Flight 1’s main organiser Aimee Sanjari.
Aimee Sanjari – Flight 1
Everyone here at Flight1 is still reeling from the success of Flight Sim 2013. Exhibitions like this are vital in the development of the flight simulation industry. Being such a niche market, a sense of community is very important, and that was what we aimed to achieve with Flight Sim 2013. It was such a privilege for me, especially being new to the industry, to be working alongside representatives from both internationally successful companies and hobbyist groups whose passion and enthusiasm for flight simulation are equally inspiring.
The exhibition was a prime example of the teamwork and dedication that will both develop and expand the industry. One of the most notable examples of community spirit was Flight1 and Just Flight working together with PC Pilot to organise Flight Sim 2013.
It was amazing to be part of a dynamic in which two competitor companies (Flight1 and Just Flight) were working together to promote flight simulation regardless of individual interests or past history. These days, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of common knowledge circulating about flight simulation outside of our community. You rarely see flight simulation products stocked in retail outlets or advertised in mainstream media, and so the task falls to all of us to get it out there.
It was such a joy to see a substantial number of young people attend the show. It’s definitely a sign that if the companies which comprise the backbone of the industry work together, flight simulation will continue to thrive and grow.
An exhibition like this is the culmination of hundreds of details, from the colour of the staff t-shirts to finding a suitable venue. Each tiny component is the result of hours of man-hours put in by key members of Just Flight and Flight1 until everything fell into place.
In terms of choosing a venue, we looked at three or four, but RAF Museum Cosford turned out to be the best choice by far. Aside from being centrally located, it is staffed by helpful, friendly people who wanted the exhibition to succeed as much as we did, which made it stand out from the rest. So much, that we hope to use it again for future exhibitions!
One of the biggest obstacles was designing the floor plan for the show without having had confirmation from a number of exhibitors and having to take multiple trips to the venue in order to get the scale right. The majority of the work for the floor plan was taken on by Richard Slater from Just Flight, who I thought did an exceptional job. Despite the workload, it was such an educational and rewarding experience to be a part of and the guys from Just Flight were a delight to work with.
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Scott Phillips – Just Flight
Show organisers Just Flight & Flight1 are delighted that the Flight Sim 2013 show was a great success – and our thanks to all of you who came along to the show for making it such an enjoyable day.
Over 1700 people came to the show, which was busy all day, and Hangar 1 at the RAF Museum Cosford was the perfect setting. As always, it was a pleasure to catch up with old friends and meet new ones, put faces to familiar names from the FS world, and generally have a good chat about all things FS-related!
Many thanks too to all the exhibitors who supported the show and also the staff at the RAF Museum Cosford, who were a very friendly bunch and a great help in making the day run smoothly. Those of us who were visiting the RAF Museum for the first time were most impressed – there really is a great array of aircraft on display and it’s hard to think of a better venue for a free day out!
Thanks again to everyone who attended and here’s looking forward to next year!
For more information about Just Flight products visit www.justflight.com
Winfried Diekmann – Aerosoft
For years we have been waiting for a flight sim event that equalled past shows in Birmingham by RC Simulations. The Flight Sim 2013 show was exactly the event we were looking for.
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Andy Holdsworth – Flightstore
The Flight Sim event of 2013 at Cosford was a total success. It was professionally organised and actively marketed, the result being a superbly attended show in an excellent venue providing the visitors with a perfect atmosphere. Central England needs a quality flight simulation show of this quality and I would like to thank all of the visiting public for supporting the event as well as the superb organisation of Flight1 and Just Flight. Well done to everyone concerned and we look forward to supporting the event next year.
For more information about Flight Store products visit www.flightstore.co.uk
Martin Crompton – Saitek / Mad Catz
This was the busiest Flight Sim show that Saitek has attended in many a year. The location was perfect, the museum were accommodating and the organisation was spot on.
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Ben Miles – Chillblast
We were extremely happy with the Flight Simulation show at Cosford. It was very well attended and our stand was extremely busy at all times. It was a useful resource not only for visitors, but also for manufacturers like ourselves, as it allows us to check out new advances in software and hardware first hand. Flight Simulation is such a fast moving industry that shows like this are an invaluable way of seeing the latest scenery, aircraft and technology in the flesh. We took the show as an opportunity to show off our recently updated Haswell-powered range of flight-optimised desktop systems, and also launched our exceptionally powerful Tiger Moth flight simulation laptop at the show. It drew lots of admiring glances from visitors and exhibitors alike! We will definitely be attending next year’s show.
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Joe Lawford – Mutley’s Hangar
Before the show, the general feeling we had about the industry was somewhat deflated, but the Flight Sim 2013 event has changed all that. It was great to see new products in development and to meet so many enthusiastic flight simmers. I think the synergies of the exhibitors made the show an outstanding success. We started planning for FS 2014 the Monday after the show!
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Paul Hand – Virtual Aerospace Ltd
Virtual Aerospace had great fun at Flight Sim 2013. It was great to meet so many customers, potential customers and fellow exhibitors, and we were delighted with everyone’s positive response to the JetMax simulator system and the Cobra Curved Display. We are sure that the JetMax will be the inspiration needed for many flight sim enthusiasts to ‘get off the desk’. We also look forward to seeing the many people who took advantage of our show day deals on flight simulator experiences at our facility at Sywell Aerodrome.
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Terry Cornwall – PC Pilot reader
Hi Derek, I’m just writing to say what a fabulous show Flight Sim 2013 was on Saturday October 19. That afternoon, my friend Matthew and I bumped into other each and while having lunch we were still buzzing about the whole experience and how nice it was to meet you and the rest of the PC Pilot team. Please give my thanks to Richard, who even though very busy, was kind enough to give me and others some real and sensible advice about the machines we should consider to run FSX, with the plethora of new add-ons that are being produced today; I really do love ‘eye candy’! I will be getting in touch with one of the PC retailers that were in attendance very soon – they were one of my highlights. They had the most amazing machines and the expertise in optimizing FSX and Windows 7. My friend Matthew had just spent £1500+ on his i7 32GB rig and was surprised to find a £700+ i5 8GB rig ran FSX better! He now feels sick! Even my wife asked why I didn’t just order a PC while I was at the show!
When we finally arrived home that night, I went straight away and had a look at X-Plane 10 again, based on your advice. I will try to give it another opportunity to prove itself, especially after I’ve downloaded and installed the Buildings and Roads scenery as advised by your friend on the Flight1 stand. It did look beautiful with the VFR scenery.
I hope I speak for all in saying that Flight Sim 2014 should be organised and at the same location. It was a great idea this year, so thanks to all concerned.
Shows like Flight Sim 2013 are a great opportunity for us to meet many of our readers and put a face to a name. It also allows us to receive feedback as well as offer advice. Ultimately, Flight Sim 2013 showcased the best in flight simulation – both hardware and software – and also served as a vehicle to both inform and inspire. We very much enjoyed the show – it gave us such a huge buzz and the whole event had such a great atmosphere. In short, it was a great location, great venue and a great day! Roll on Flight Sim 2014!
By Derek Davis