By Evan Reiter 1314720
#517506 Posted with approval from VATGOV1.

We are proud to announce the launch of FSExpo (FlightSimExpo, http://www.flightsimexpo.com), a new U.S.-based flight simulation conference taking place in the summer of 2018. The event is being produced by some familiar names: Evan Reiter, Phil Coyle, Tom Guerrette, and a team of other members and volunteers from Boston Virtual ARTCC and VATSIM.

FSExpo is designed to be a collaborative event that is planned in conjunction with the many flight simulation developers we all know and love. Event organizers are excited to be bringing a flight simulation event to other regions in the United States, offering a broad variety of exhibitor booth options, attracting great speakers, and providing a world-class event for all.

We are in the process of developing a new website, launching Facebook and Twitter profiles, and setting up the new event. We will be in touch soon when more information is available about the date and venue.

This is a new event that is building the contact list fresh. As flight simulation enthusiasts, you can help by replying to this thread with any feedback, ideas, or suggestions you might have for FSExpo. The other way to help is by helping us identify potential partners to work with. Are there developers, speakers, or other flight simulation groups you would like to see at FSExpo? Please reply to this thread with the names and websites of anyone you would like us to reach out to.

We look forward to your ideas and feedback! Please feel free to reach us by email ([email protected]) or here on the forums.

As many of you know, the same team producing FSExpo are all VATSIM and BVA members. We are looking forward to supporting online aviation with a huge VATSIM and BVA presence at FSExpo this year.

BVA and VATSIM members have always travelled across the country (and, in some cases, international borders) to attend events like these. We are working with sponsors and exhibitors to finalize the location for FSExpo in 2018, and look forward to announcing where in the country our next big member get-together is going to take place.
By Evan Reiter 1314720
#517585 Phil, Tom, and I have gone on to form this new event, FSExpo. Since we are no longer affiliated with FlightSimCon, we do not have any information about when or if there will be another event under that name.

What we do know is that you can count on there being an FSExpo event in summer 2018, and that you can expect to see significant representation from the third-party flight simulator developers and online multiplayer communities.

If you have any suggestions about what you would and wouldn't want to see, please feel free to reply directly to this thread. Otherwise, we'll post when there's more information!

I know it seems a bit crazy to ask about the developers people might wish to see, but brainstorming that list is exactly what we need to do. So, seriously, any ideas outside of the big mainstream names we all know are very much appreciated. Contact information or email introductions are even better but just an initial list to Google would be great.

To get the ball rolling, here are some names that we plan to reach out to. Note: this is NOT who is attending the event, it's just SOME of the names that we plan to contact.

A2A Simulations, Aerosoft, Appropel, AVSIM, Big Fat Simulations, Dix30 Simulation, Dovetail Games, Flight1, FlightBeam, FlyInside, FlyTampa, FS-FlightControl, FSelite, FSFX Packages, FSPS Store, GoFlight, HiFi Simulation Technologies, iBlueYodner, ImagineSim, Infinite Flight, Javiator, Jetline Systems, Just Flight, JustPlanes, MILVIZ, Mindstar Aviation, MobiFlight, Navigraph, ORBX, PC Pilot, PILOT’S, Prepar3D, ProSim-AR, QualityWings, REX, SimMarket, TFDi Design, The FlightSimStore, TrackIR, Volair Sim, X-Plane

Let's keep the names coming!
By Evan Reiter 1314720
#520095 Posted with the permission of the VATUSA Events Coordinator and VATUSA1.

As many of you may know, a team of members from Boston Virtual ARTCC has launched FlightSimExpo, North America’s only community-driven flight simulation conference. With support from Orbx, X-Plane, and almost 30 other flight simulation organizations, FlightSimExpo is proud to be an event created by the flight simulation community.

Our team will be working closely with Matt from VATUSA to welcome ARTCCs from across the division to the event, and give interested controllers and VATUSA members the opportunity to participate in live controlling from the venue.

I encourage you to check out our press release (below), and to visit the conference on social media. Please follow FSExpo on Twitter and like the conference on Facebook for updates. Or visit our newly-released website at http://www.flightsimexpo.com.

I’d welcome any questions, input, feedback, or ideas here on this thread, or by email at [email protected].

Interest in the first annual FlightSimExpo has taken off – with more than 25 organizations expressing initial commitment to making the new event in Las Vegas a huge success. Interested attendees are encouraged to follow the conference on Twitter (@FlightSimExpo) and ‘like’ the conference on Facebook (facebook.com/FlightSimExpo) to stay up to date.

LAS VEGAS – December 8 – FlightSimExpo 2018, a new, community-driven flight simulation conference, will be held the weekend of June 9-10, 2018 at Flamingo Las Vegas Resort. Located in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip and minutes from the airport, Flamingo Las Vegas Resort has newly-renovated rooms, modern meeting space, a great rewards program, and features a Caribbean-style water park and tropical wildlife habitat.

FlightSimExpo 2018 will feature a variety of interactive exhibits, and a host of educational and informative seminars from professionals across the aviation and flight simulation industries. In addition, there will be social events after conference hours for networking and connecting with other simulation enthusiasts, aviation professionals, and developers from across the simulation industry.

The conference was formed by a group of community organizers from Boston Virtual ARTCC who have years of experience in flight simulation, aviation, and event planning. FSExpo plans to bring simulation enthusiasts, current and former aviation professionals, and anyone else who has an interest in flight simulation or aviation together to witness the advances and developments within the industry. This conference is truly community-driven: the venue, host city, and activities have all been determined by feedback from the community and developers. Early support from Orbx, X-Plane, and almost 30 others have helped turn this event into a reality.

In addition to Orbx and X-Plane, the following exhibitors and sponsors have confirmed planned participation in the event: Aerosoft, AirDailyX, Boston Virtual ARTCC, FlyTampa, FSFX Packages, FSElite, HiFi Simulation, iBlueYonder, Infinite-Flight, Javiator, Jetline Systems, Just Flight, PilotEdge, PILOT’S, Prepar3D, POSCON, TFDi Design, VATSTAR, and more!

“One of our biggest goals for this conference is to foster collaboration, and connect members of the flight simulation and aviation community that might otherwise not have the opportunity to come together,” noted Evan Reiter, one of the conference organizers. “Las Vegas provides an unbeatable backdrop for the first edition of the conference, and gives attendees and partners alike access to world-class dining and entertainment all weekend,” he continued.

Early bird registration will start at just $50 for the weekend, and a 3-night stay at the FlightSimExpo special event rate will be approximately $135/night, including all taxes and fees.

Visit http://www.flightsimexpo.com for more information about the event and venue. Interested attendees are also encouraged to follow FSExpo on Twitter (@FlightSimExpo) and like the conference on Facebook (facebook.com/FlightSimExpo) for updates.
By Evan Reiter 1314720
#520353 I've just sent the following press release out to the usual suspects. For anyone from VATSIM thinking about attending the event, I would strongly encourage registration before February 1, as it's never getting cheaper than this. Hotel reservation is also open now.

Our current list of Launch Partners: 1C Game Studios, Aerosoft, AirDailyX, Boston Virtual ARTCC, FlyTampa, FSFX Packages, FSElite, GoFlight, HiFi Simulation Technologies, iBlueYonder, Infinite-Flight, Javiator, Jetline Systems, Just Flight, Mindstar Aviation, Orbx, PilotEdge, PILOT’S, Prepar3D, POSCON, QualityWings, SimFlight, TFDi Design, VATSIM, VATUSA, VATSTAR, and X-Plane.


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FlightSimExpo 2018, North America’s new community-driven flight simulation conference, has officially opened attendee registration! The conference welcomes the public of all ages to join us on June 9-10, 2018 at Flamingo Las Vegas Resort.

Attendees can register now by visiting http://www.flightsimexpo.com.

Early bird registration is just $50 for the entire weekend. This will include full access to the tradeshow floor and the seminars taking place on both event days. Register now: there are already more than 30 Launch Partners who have made an initial commitment to attend! Included are some of the biggest names in flight simulation like Aerosoft, Orbx, Prepar3D, SimFlight, X-Plane, and many more. The list is expected to grow as exhibitors and sponsors are announced in early 2018.

Registration prices go up to $70 on February 1, so attendees are encouraged to register early and take advantage of the best pricing.

Rooms at the event venue, Flamingo Las Vegas Resort, are just $119/night for Friday and Saturday night, and $59/night on all other nights. A $20/night resort fee and 13.38% county tax will apply. Attendees can book their hotel rooms online now by visiting flightsimexpo.com/hotel.

As many will know, the conference was formed by a group of community organizers from a VATUSA facility who have years of experience in flight simulation, aviation, and event planning. FlightSimExpo plans to bring simulation enthusiasts, current and former aviation professionals, and anyone else who has an interest in flight simulation or aviation together to witness the advances and developments within the industry. The conference is truly community-driven, and the venue, host city, and event activities have all been established in response to feedback from the community and developers.

Follow FlightSimExpo on Twitter (@FlightSimExpo) and like the conference on Facebook (FlightSimExpo) for the latest updates.
By Martin Tornberg 1069087
#520386 This could be fun, never been to Vegas! :)

However when I'm trying to sign up for the weekend and when it asks for a phone number I can't enter my number with country code. It won't allow me to use an international number, looks like the format is predefined as US or so.
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By Evan Reiter 1314720
#520404
Martin Tornberg 1069087 wrote:However when I'm trying to sign up for the weekend and when it asks for a phone number I can't enter my number with country code. It won't allow me to use a international number, looks like the format is predefined as US or so.

Great to hear you will be joining us at the event Martin! Make sure to say hi.

I have just updated our form to allow for international phone numbers. Our apologies for the oversight; the option was buried under "Advanced". Please try the form again and let me know if you encounter any issues with it.
By Evan Reiter 1314720
#523044 Many of us have seen the news below on various FS news outlets including ADX this week, but I wanted to re-post it here just in case. Highlights:

  • FSExpo now has more than 35 confirmed exhibitors.
  • A new announcement we've just made is "The Squawkbox", a meet-and-greet booth on the exhibitor floor that will feature a number of speakers, experts, and scenery developers.
  • Confirmation that PMDG’s Robert S. Randazzo will be speaking at the event, announcing the world premiere of a new PMDG product line that has been in planning and development since 2008 but has never been announced to the public.
  • Remember to check out the FlightSimExpo Facebook and Twitter pages this week; from Monday to Friday at 11am ET, you'll have a chance to win hotel upgrades, flight simulation add-ons, and other great prizes: https://www.facebook.com/FlightSimExpo/.

JOIN MORE THAN 35 EXHIBITORS AT FLIGHTSIMEXPO: JUNE 9-10, 2018 AT FLAMINGO LAS VEGAS RESORT

FlightSimExpo is connecting flight simulation enthusiasts from across the country and around the world. Pilots, air traffic controllers, aviation professionals, and simmers of all ages can register now at http://www.flightsimexpo.com.

LAS VEGAS – April 5, 2018 – The biggest names in at-home flight simulation are coming to Las Vegas this summer! Aerosoft, FlyJSim, Infinite Flight, Laminar Research, NATCA, Navigraph, Orbx, PilotEdge, PILOT’S, Prepar3D, REX Game Studios, simMarket, and many more are sponsors and exhibitors for FlightSimExpo 2018. Connect with other like-minded enthusiasts, learn from a variety of speakers and panelists, and enjoy the ultimate “try before you buy” experience: this is the event for virtual aviators.

FlightSimExpo is a conference and tradeshow. Exhibitors will be displaying the latest in flight simulation and aviation technology in the 15,000 square foot exhibit hall. Attendees will be able to try out simulators and new products from developers across the industry, meet air traffic controllers, and learn about local non-profit aviation organizations. The event runs all day on Saturday, June 9 and until 3pm on Sunday, June 10.

Alongside more than 35 exhibitors, the conference will feature education-oriented seminars and presentations from a panel of Twitch streamers, PMDG’s Robert S. Randazzo, CFII Jason Miller, Captain John Cox, home cockpit builders Matt Ford and Tom Gauvin, and more! The event will open with the New Release Announcement Seminar, a 30-minute overview of the latest developments in simulation. Following this session, seminars and panel discussions take place all weekend.

In The Squawkbox, attendees will be able to meet and interact with several flight simulation personalities and experts in a one-on-one format. Ask questions and learn more about freeware (David Waldron), multiplayer and shared cockpit (Dave Hodges), avionics (Ken Smith), scenery design (three developers from Orbx), and more. The Squawkbox will be located on the main exhibit floor, just next to the conference room.

“There’s something for everyone at this event,” said Evan Reiter, co-founder of FlightSimExpo. “Attendees can meet developers, engage in learning-oriented seminars, or chat one-on-one with experts in The Squawkbox. And if you have a co-pilot with you who perhaps isn’t all that into simulation, there’s world-class shopping, dining, attractions, and of course gaming to keep anyone entertained!”

At the event, Attendees will have the opportunity to win prizes donated by FlyTampa, FS2Crew, Genovation, PilotsEYE, Stay Level Avionix, Thrustmaster, and X-Crafts. But there’s no need to wait until then: FlightSimExpo High Five will give anyone the chance to win a tour of Nellis Air Force Base, hotel upgrades, and other prizes during the week of April 9! Like FlightSimExpo on Facebook and look for the first chance to win at 8:00am PT (1500z) April 9.

There are great activities to do in Las Vegas before and after the conference. Just by registering, attendees can get discounts on flying a full motion Boeing 737 NG simulator, helicopter tours of the Strip, and indoor skydiving. WestJet has offered a 15% discount to event attendees travelling within North America. And for attendees coming from out-of-town, staying at the host hotel is as low as $59/night (plus tax) before and after the conference. There’s great planespotting, lots of natural excursions, museums, and fantastic free attractions for people of all ages.

Planning to attend FlightSimExpo? Registration is open now at http://www.flightsimexpo.com and is just $70 until May 15. Attendees are strongly encouraged to book their stay at Flamingo Las Vegas Resort now by visiting http://www.flightsimexpo.com/hotel as discounted room rate availability is limited.

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About FlightSimExpo. FlightSimExpo is North America’s community-driven flight simulation conference. The event was formed by a group of community organizers from VATSIM’s Boston Virtual ARTCC with years of experience in flight simulation, aviation, and event planning. The conference and tradeshow takes place June 9-10, 2018 at Flamingo Las Vegas Resort.