Less than 5 days to go until VATSIM will be participating live at FlightSimCon 2017! We encourage all VATSIM members to join us at North America’s largest aviation and flight simulation conference, which takes place June 10-11 at the Sheraton Hartford Hotel, Bradley Int’l Airport (BDL), near Hartford, CT. 

This event will be VATSIM's biggest member meet-up of the year in North America and we really hope you’ll join us in person. Visit to get started.

After the event, plan to stick around: we’ll be holding a live, on-network ATC event at 8pm ET on Sunday, June 11. All VATSIM controllers and pilots are welcome to bring their computers to join in an evening of socializing with other members from around the country and enjoying the top-notch ATC our division offers as we attempt to Light Up America live for one evening!

During FlightSimCon, VATSIM along with VATUSA will be staffing 4 tables on the convention floor. We will have a live demonstration on the network featuring many of the possibilities for virtual flight and control. Additionally, we will provide opportunities for the public to try controlling in VATSIM’s ATC training environment. We’d love for you to meet our controllers and staff, and, while you’re at it, check out the more than 30 other exhibitors and sponsors that are already confirmed for the event.

The latest press release from FlightSimCon 2017 is below.

WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn—May 22, 2017—FlightSimCon is proud to announce an impressive speaker lineup for the 2017 event,

which is scheduled for June 10-11, 2017 at the Sheraton Hartford Hotel attached to Bradley International Airport, just outside of

Hartford, CT, USA.

There will be a plethora of educational, entertaining, and informative seminars throughout the weekend. Flight-simulation

focused seminars will occur on Saturday, and presentations with a real-world focus will occur on Sunday. “We’ve decided to give

each day a specific focus”, said event manager Nicole Glander. “Doing this allows for a better transition between seminars,

especially as one may build off of the next”, she continued.

On Saturday, June 10, attendees will hear more about virtual reality in flight simulation from FlyInside’s Daniel Church. Seminars

on home cockpit building, featuring Tom Gauvin, Nathan Palmer, and Sebastian Moebius, will show attendees how to create

realistic, at-home “sim pits”. But the highlight of the day on Saturday will be the Flight Simulator Developer Panel, featuring

representatives from FlightSimWorld and Flight Simulator X, Prepar3D, and X-Plane. Chaired by FlightSim.Com’s Nels Anderson,

the panel discussion will be driven by questions from the audience and feature an interactive look at the future of the industry’s

most prominent flight simulation platforms.

On Sunday, June 11, the lineup features pilots, dispatchers, and military personnel. Airline pilots Matthew Canon and Myron

Ashcraft will discuss how their work relates to the flight simulation world, and just how realistic some of the high-quality add-on

aircraft can be. Flight Dispatch Training Instructor Mike Collier talks about how to create flight plans and determine routes like a

pro, using simulation software PFPX. Finally, Major Adam Cybanski of the Royal Canadian Armed Forces, will discuss the value of

flight simulation for military aviation.

Attendees can stay up-to-date and create customized agendas on the conference app, Whova. Attendees can download the app

on their phone and connect to the conference, allowing for access to the attendee list, all exhibitors, an interactive map of the

layout, and much more!

On Sunday, the conference is pleased to welcome Stephen K. Brown, Manager, FAA Safety Team, from the Boston FSDO. Stephen

will be presenting an FAAST-approved presentation on the benefits of flight simulation for real-world aviators.

In addition to the engaging seminars, attendees will be joined by over 35 exhibitors from around the industry, from colleges and

universities to hardware and software developers. The full list of speakers, sponsors, and exhibitors may be found at Attendees of the event will also have the opportunity to win prizes from Big Fat Simulations, David Clark,

ImagineSim,, Navigraph, and TrackIR.