One of my favorite parts of my job is meeting flight simmers from around the world, so it’s no surprise that I was incredibly excited to be attending the German Flight Simulation Conference on behalf of Dovetail Games this past weekend. The event, located at the Airport Forum in Paderborn Lippstadt Airport, was held on 21st March from 9:00-17:00 and boasted 24 exhibitors from both community and commercial groups. Over 750 visitors attended the event this year.
On the Dovetail Games stand was myself and Nick Rooke both from DTG, as well as Neill Silver who kindly agreed to interpret for us during the day.
The flight simulation community is an incredibly social bunch both on and offline, and that was especially evident at this conference given the variety of exhibitors present. Hardware was well-represented with a full cockpit set-up from Mad Catz (See main photo). It was nice to see a wide age range enjoying the simulator on this and other stands. Aerosoft had an impressive stand selling a multitude of boxed products, and soon the exhibition hall was filled with people milling around with blue bags filled with boxed products, leaflets, and magazines being sold by German flight simulation publication FS Magazin. Just Flight were also present, showing off their Fokker-27 and Tornado GR1 add-ons.
Much to my delight, I soon found a stand selling fully licensed Airbus merchandise run by the guys from www.iflight-simulator.com. After careful deliberation, I walked away from the stand with an A350 mug and a smile on my face.
In addition to the many commercial vendors, there were a wide variety of community groups present. I spoke at length with a few representatives from VATSIM Germany, who were happy to inform me that many of their members fly using FSX: Steam Edition. I also chatted with Dieter Reperich from the FSC e.V, one of the largest flight simulation clubs in Germany. Their members meet both virtually and in the real world to fly using a variety of simulators and add-ons. A couple of virtual airlines had stands as well.
All in all, the 13th German flight Simulation Conference was a great experience. It is assuring to see that flight simulation is alive and well, and I really enjoyed my time with the German flight simulation community. Roll on next year!
For more information including a comprehensive list of this year’s exhibitors, visit the event website here.