FlightSimExpo 2021 was held on September 24-26 at Town and Country Resort in San Diego. Recordings of all 30 seminars—over 20 hours of flight simulation content—is now available for a $15 purchase at www.flightsimexpo.com.

Image Credit: Rick Kimmick
IVAO Public Relations Assistant Director Brandon Fradette explains the features of the Aurora ATC Client to Honeycomb CEO Nicki Repenning

SAN DIEGO – September 26, 2021 – Moments ago, Flight Simulation Association Co-Founders Evan and Phil officially closed FlightSimExpo 2021 in San Diego. Their presentation thanking volunteers, sponsors, and attendees—both in-person and those who joined online—capped off a weekend of flight simulation seminars, exhibits, and meet-ups.

“It was an amazing weekend for flight simulation,” says FSA Co-Founder Phil Coyle. “It was undoubtedly a different show than we’ve had in the past, but the spirit of togetherness was stronger than ever.”

Front: Rick Kimmick (XA-FOAC), Alejandro Milian (US3, XA-FOC, KZMA-CH) Back: Jordan Kirkby (XA-PRA1, CZYZ-ACH), Alex Donovan (IVAO-PRA4, XA-PRC, XA-MA1), Daniel Mesko (KZNY-CHA1) Missing Aldo Benitez (IVAO-HTM, XA-ADIR), Brandon Fradette (IVAO-PRAD, XA-PRAC)

The event welcomed more than 700 attendees and 25 exhibitors, including some of the biggest names in home flight simulation. The exhibit hall, which was open on Saturday and Sunday, allowed attendees to try the latest in flight simulation hardware and software, including yokes, joysticks, virtual reality devices, GPS replicas, and even force feedback.

Meanwhile, 30 seminars took place across the three-day show. Alongside educational “how-to” seminars, presentations from the United States Air Force and the National Transportation Safety Board shed light on how flight simulation technology—the same software used on home computers around the world—is being used to enhance real-world aviation safety.

X-Plane 12 - Announcement 

Developers used FlightSimExpo to announce and demonstrate what they’ve been working on since the last show. In one of the most highly-anticipated announcements, Laminar Research—makers of the popular X-Plane flight simulator—shared preview images and videos of their next simulator version, now officially dubbed X-Plane 12. Thrustmaster announced a new, Boeing-licensed yoke, and Turtle Beach debuted their VelocityOne™ Flight Universal Control System for Xbox and PC. X-Crafts shared a preview of the upcoming E-jets series for X-Plane, and FlightFactor provided more information and previews about what to expect in their development pipeline.

For the first year ever, the show was also available online, bringing the show to attendees in more than 40 countries worldwide. Virtual attendees had access to watch all 30 seminars live along with the chance to win various prizes and giveaways through a special FlightSimExpo app available to all attendees.

Exhibitors and sponsors who could not attend the show in-person also took part in the fun, with simulator fly-ins on Infinite Flight, IVAO, and other locations happening throughout the weekend. Orbx’s “wish we could be there sale” is still on, giving 30% off a wide variety of flight simulation scenery and add-on products.

Although this year’s show is over, anyone can still get access to all 30 seminar recordings, including more than 20 hours of high-definition content. Visit www.flightsimexpo.com to see the full list of content available and register for just $15 to get instant access. The content will be available for purchase and on-demand viewing until November 28, and every purchase helps support the event in future years.

“Over the next few weeks, we look forward to connecting with attendees, exhibitors, sponsors, and other developers from around the community to prepare for our next show,” says organizer Evan Reiter. “Please be on the lookout for our surveys and meeting invitations in the coming days!”


About FlightSimExpo. FlightSimExpo is North America’s community-driven flight simulation conference. The first FlightSimExpo was held in 2018 in Las Vegas, followed by shows in Orlando (2019) and San Diego (2021). FlightSimExpo is produced by Flight Simulation Association, an organization connecting developers, simmers, and real-world pilots to make it easier to get started with home flight simulation. Providing resources, learning content, webinars, and discounts on top add-ons and simulation hardware, the association acts as a hub for the flight simulation community to explore the passion for virtual aviation. Anyone can join free www.flightsimassociation.com.