Golden Age of Flight Simming

Happy new year flight simmers!

Have you ever taken the time to reflect on how amazing our flight simulation software and hardware has become? We’re living in the golden era of flight simming despite all the odds being against us. Aviation hasn’t got the appeal among young people that it used to have. For some, air travel is done more often than riding boats or trains – and it’s mostly dirt cheap. Hard core flight simmers seem to be few and far between, most of which are suffering from grumpy old men syndrome. Still, the evolution continues, albeit, not as quickly and revolutionary as it used to when Microsoft was running the show.

2017 is lining up to be the best year for flight simming to date. Dovetail Games are working on their first flight simulator, and Prepar3D is going 64 bit. X-Plane 11 is in beta, and has already won a lot of hearts. And let’s not forget Aerofly FS 2 which is showing great promise and offers scenery like no other simulator at the moment. DCS has matures into a true study sim of military aviation with a great lineup of aircraft addons, and Outerra is still showing its potential greatness with some recent third party content that look truly amazing.

Saitek has provided the number one budget solution for flight sim peripherals, and after some financial difficulties they were acquired by Logitec during 2016. Most of the Pro Flight products are now back in stock, and we can now hope that Logitec will both improve quality and expand the lineup in the future.

Even more amazing is the stunning freeware that has surfaced for Prepar3D. It is a sad fact that it is fairly complicated to create quality content for our flight simulators, so the gems are few and far between, but 2016 has brought us some great addons nonetheless. Keep on keeping on folks, and let’s hope the 64 bit transition goes well in 2017.

Winter scene from Lockheed Martin’s Prepar3D  v3 – Default scenery, no addons, no tweaks, no nothing.

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