Microsoft Flight Simulator MiG-21bis released; Free Airbus A321 Announced; FlightSimExpo 2023 Dates Revealed
Third-party developers have released a new aircraft for Microsoft Flight Simulator and revealed another, while a relevant flight simulation event received the first details.
First, the MiG-21bis was officially launched on the simulator.
This aircraft has been in development for a long time by GKS and is currently available for $39.99.
The pack includes 12 different liveries, which you can see in the gallery below.
Free software developer Qbit has announced an Airbus A321. The plane will use FlyByWire systems and comes with a semi-custom cockpit over the outboard model.
It will be released “soon” and you can see what it looks like below.
If you want to know more about the development, you can visit the developer’s Discord server.
Last but not least, the next edition of the long-running FlightSimExpo has received the first details, including dates and location.
It will take place June 23-25, 2023 at the Lone Star Flight Museum in Houston, Texas.
That’s how the Flight Simulation Association officially describes the event.
“FlightSimExpo is one of the world’s largest flight simulation conferences and trade shows. The event has welcomed more than 3,500 attendees to events in Las Vegas, Orlando and San Diego since 2018. Following the success of the hybrid model in 2021, the upcoming show will once again offer options to attend in person in Houston or view live performances and ads from anywhere in the world.
In 2023, the in-person component of FlightSimExpo will be held at the Lone Star Flight Museum at Ellington Airport (EFD). The 130,000-square-foot museum and learning center offers enough space for more than 2,000 attendees in two climate-controlled hangars. The facility is also home to the Texas Aviation Hall of Fame and several aviation learning exhibits, including Redbird-certified flight training devices that will be available to attendees.
On Saturday, June 24 and Sunday, June 25, it will take place at the Lone Star Flight Museum. Nestled among warbirds, fighter jets and drones, attendees will find hands-on flight simulation exhibits where they can try out the latest flight simulation software and hardware. Speakers rooms will feature how-to seminars, educational talks, and announcements from some of the best simulation developers. As in previous years, Friday will feature a complementary series of panel discussions leading up to the weekend’s main event.
The museum is a 15-minute drive from Hobby Airport (HOU), 35 minutes from Intercontinental (IAH), and approximately 15 minutes from nearby hotels. Located at Ellington Airport (EFD), the museum also has airside access, allowing attendees to fly their own aircraft to the event for the first time. The region is one of the largest aerospace hubs in the United States: Houston is a hub for two major airlines, NASA’s Johnson Space Center, Space Center Houston, and more. As in previous years, attendees will have discounts on hotels, airfare, car rentals and more.
The press release included a comment from FSA organizer and co-founder Phil Coyle:
“We couldn’t be more excited about this year’s site. It’s the perfect backdrop for the FlightSimExpo exhibition and a fantastic city for aviation and aerospace fans like us!
We also got a comment from FSA co-founder Evan Reiter.
“Save the dates, start thinking about your plans, but don’t block your trip yet. As always, we’re working with hotels, airlines, car rental options and area attractions to secure discounted rates for our attendees. You’re looking forward to amazing add-on experiences at NASA, air traffic control facilities, and more, and you’ll want to get that full picture before you start booking.
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