FlightSimCon aims to show aviation enthusiasts the power of at-home flight simulation for enjoyment or training. No pilot experience is necessary. The conference has scheduled activities for attendees of all skill levels, ranging from “how-to” seminars on setting up a first at-home simulator to career-focused discussions by flight instructors and airline pilots. An exhibit hall will allow participants to try out simulator equipment and participate in live demonstrations.
The speaker list includes Tony Vallillo, former chief pilot at American Airlines, who will discuss applying an airline-style mentality to any flight; Glenn Carter, dean of the school of aviation science at Daniel Webster College, who will talk about simulation technology in unmanned aircraft systems; Jeffrey Wietholter, first officer at Shuttle America, who will describe his career path from flight simulator to first officer; and CFI John Padua, who will talk about using flight simulation as a career primer.
The $60 entrance fee includes admission to the New England Air Museum, which features multiple hangars of interactive exhibits and more than 70 aircraft on display. The museum is located at Bradley International Airport (BDL).
For more information or to register, see the website.