May 1, 2008
From the Editor
by Hal Bryan
Flight Simulator Community Evangelist
Controlled Model Flying in
"MVP Summit 2008!"
"Your Favorite Missions?"
"Use the Hat Switch, Your I absolutely, categorically and irrationally refuse to believe
Highness!" that it has already been a month since we sent out the first
issue of the FSInsider newsletter. But rather than sit here
Try this at home! paralyzed by denial, I'll set about the business of telling
Instead of giving you one you the things we have to tell you this month.
fun thing to try at home,
this month we're going to First off, many thanks to those of you who wrote with
point you to a resource feedback on the first issue. Overall, the response was quite
that's guaranteed to keep positive! (If you missed our first issue, we now have a
you entertained for a long Newsletter Archive for your downloading pleasure.)
while. We recently came
As for FSInsider, we've posted a bunch of interesting
content over the past month. One item that stands out is a
collection of Flight Simulator X: Acceleration-themed
desktop wallpaper images, graciously created by Kevin
Greene, who developed four of the Acceleration missions
You'll find a catalog of
interesting places to fly,
things to see, difficult
approaches, even Easter
eggs. Also of note is the
Rewards section that lists
all the rewards available
in FSX and Acceleration
missions, as well as
rewards available in Free
Flight. Jes Sondergaard
has put together a great
resource, and with your
help it can grow and get
even better! If simulating flying an aircraft isn't enough fun for you,
then try simulating simulating flying an aircraft! We just
reprinted two articles from Computer Pilot magazine that
explain how to simulate RC flying in Flight Simulator X. As
Sometimes the best
a long-time RC aficionado myself, I have to say that doing
insider tips come from ...
this in Flight Sim is challenging: both physically and
outside! FSX user Lamont
Clark recently posted philosophically!
something on his wiki
that's so cool we just
have to share it. Lamont
discovered how to enable
an undocumented feature
in Flight Simulator X that
displays airport names
above airports while
you're flying around! All
is revealed on FSInsider.
Oh, and all modesty uncharacteristically set aside, I'd be
remiss not to point out the article I wrote about a Flight
Did you know there's an
Simulator X demo I recently gave to the Crown Prince of
expansion pack available
Belgium: "Use the Hat Switch, Your Highness!"
for FSX? Flight Simulator
X: Acceleration hit store
We've had some other interesting visitors this past month
shelves back in October,
and adds Red Bull and as well. A few weeks ago four of our MVPs (Kwanseok
Park, Katy Pluta, Owen Hewitt, and Nick Whittome) were in
Reno-style multiplayer air town to attend the 2008 MVP Global Summit. MVPs are
racing, an customers who share their deep knowledge of the product
AgustaWestland EH101 with other customers, and share their deep knowledge of
helicopter, F/A-18 aircraft customers with us. We stole two days of their time, and
carrier operations, and hopefully they think it was as worthwhile as we did.
30+ more missions.
That same week, our Audio Director David Henry and Mike
Singer (Director of our Top Secret Offshore Black Ops and
Clandestine Project Design and Deployment team) locked
retired F-14 Navy fighter pilot legend Dale "Snort"
Snodgrass in a soundproof booth for a few days. I could
tell you what they were up to, but I'm not going to fall into
that trap (yes, that's a hint).
Take an interactive tour,
then get a copy today at
your favorite retailer. Or
Buy it online now!
Want to work "The further on the edge ... the hotter the inten-si-teee ...
high-way to the Danger Zone ...!"
You can read about What I can tell you is that the MVPs caught up with Snort
current openings on the
and crew in Mission Designer Brandon Seltz's office and
Microsoft Careers Web
got a demo of something we'll be releasing for free to the
site. Help us create the
community (via FSInsider) this summer. They loved it, and
next version of one of the
we think you will too.
franchises in the history
Speaking of friends of ours, Professor Ray Bedard will be
hosting Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's first
"Aviation Simulation Summer Camp" next month. Targeted
at dedicated flight simulation enthusiasts, the event runs
June 16th to 20th at the Embry-Riddle campus in Prescott,
We want to know what
AZ. Have a look at www.erausimcamp.com for details.
you think! If you have
questions, concerns, As for me, I've had my hands full lately coordinating our
feedback, ideas, hopes, presence at the 2008 EAA AirVenture show in Oshkosh,
fears, doubts ... or just Wisconsin at the end of July. If you have any interest in
want to say hello, here's any aspect of aviation, you owe it to yourself to make the
how to get in touch with
pilgrimage to Oshkosh at least once in your life. Not just to
meet us (or to see our cool MotoArt booth), but because
it's the world's largest gathering of aviation enthusiasts.
With more than 10,000 real aircraft to look at, you'd think
people wouldn't be so interested in trying out our little
simulation. That's never the case though, and it's always
great to get to meet our customers, and make some new
ones. If there's a better way to spend a summer vacation,
I don't want to hear about it.
That said, if you can't join us, you'll be pleased to know
that we have some projects in the works that will give you
a taste of the Oshkosh experience ... virtually! More on
that in a future newsletter.
Keep it virtual,