List of demonstrations and speakers 5 & 6 November 2022
• Dutch Flight Network
DutchFlightNetwork(DFN) stimulates as a club virtual flying with Prepar3D, Microsoft Flight-simulator X(also Steam edition) and X-Plane. The club owns a dedicated server. Using that server we have twice a week a flight-session: Wednesday- and Sunday-evening from 20.00 till 22.00h. To be able to speak to each other we use the freeware program TeamSpeak3To see the other pilots during the session we use the freeware program JoinFS. Our navigating and flight planning-software is the freeware program LittleNavMap. Several members of our club act as air-traffic-controller(ATC). They use the freeware-program Euroscoop.
Apart from the virtual flying-sessions the club has 3 real-life meetings each year:
- The DFN-day, usually in may. Several lectures about real-life and virtual flying are presented by members of our club.
- The spotters-day, usually the last Saturday of September. Members of our club travel to Schiphol to spot airplanes landing and departing on Schiphol Airport.
- The annual flightsimulator-weekend in the first weekend of November in the Aviodrome in Lelystad. The club demonstrates flying together using our own server. The emphasis is on allowing visitors to participate in our activities there.
What makes DFN special? As a club we are easily accessible. Club-members do not pay a contribution. The emphasis during the sessions is on a smooth action of all participants without being too strict. Our flight conversation is in English.
There are several types of sessions: VFR, IFR, helicopter, etc.
Members of our club initiate regularly special activities. Two members practice shared-cockpit-flying. One as pilot-flying, the other as pilot monitoring. Each in their own house, using their own computer.
This year three member formed the Forward Overhead Panel Project(FOPP)-group. They are building a low cost Forward Overhead Panel for the Boeing 737-800. They will use 6 Arduino 2560 microprocessor-boards.
Information about our club can be found on: www.dutchflightnetwork.nl Want to join us? Subscribe as a member on : www.dutchflightnetwork.nl/index.php/nieuw-bij-dfn/lid-worden
Building a forward overhead panel for B737-800
Spring 2019 three members of DutchFlightNetwork decided to build together a low-cost forward overhead panel for the Boeing 737-800. Ready-to-use overhead-panels are offered by several firms, but not really affordable for the mainstream flight simmer. It should be possible at low cost. Freeware software appeared to be available for use with the microprocessor-board Arduino.
A test-project was started to evaluate how hard- and software would work. It appeared to be a smashing hit. All switches for aircraft-lights, engine start and fuel pumps operated well. The project-team thought: “What do we need when building the whole panel?” They ended up with an amount of 88 switches of different sizes and sorts and 80 small LED-lights. Also 6 Arduino 2560 microprocessor-boards with 52 digital ports had to be purchased. It meant that some 300 wires had to be installed between the components.
Most of the components could be bought on the Alibaba-webshop. An Arduino 2560 microprocessor-board was available at the affordable price of 7 euro a piece. Alibaba could also provide the switches and LED-lightsAs said: the software for both the Arduino and the connection with Prepar3d, FSX and X-plane is freeware.
At the end of the project three forward overhead-panels will be manufactured by the project team.On the FSweekend we can show you the prototype with all switches and lights operating. It would have been the easiest way to build if we had chosen to connect the LED-lights directly to the switches. We choose not to do so to simulate the functionality as good as possible.
Have a look. We will answer all your questions.
The Forward Overhead Panel Project team(FOPP-team) of DutchFlightNetwork
Aart Bekendam, Henny Horenberg
• Flight Simulator Club Belgium – FSCB
Flight Simulator Club Belgium – FSCB – will be attending the FS Weekend at the Aviodrome Lelystad,, the 5th and the 6th of November 2022
Come and take a look how we fly with both feet on the ground. You will be amazed how realistic flight simulation is. You want to try it yourself? Some cockpits are available to public.
Multiple members built their own cockpit, and they will be happy to help advising you through the world of flight simulation.
The used software is MS2020, Prepare 3D, X-plane
Members receive a monthly magazine called ‘Airmail’. They are invited to our monthly meetings in Grimbergen as well. Check our site , http://fscb.be for all our activities.
During the meetings we will explain everything you want to know. What type of computer or software do you have to buy,…?
We will give some information about principles of flight, internet flying, etc
Joining the FSCB is possible today during the FS days as well.
U will only pay 25 euros instead of 30 euros.
• Flight Simulator Group HCC Haaglanden
During the flight simulator weekend 2022 we will show the versatility of our flight simulator hobby.
Various flight simulators will therefore be used, including FSX, X-Plane 11 and Prepar3D.
We will be flying with airliners, turbo props, general aviation and helicopters.
With the helicopter there will also be sightseeing flights over London, Paris and San Francisco, whereby we will of course fly over points of interest.
Furthermore, you are given the opportunity to get acquainted with flying with VR glasses.
So plenty to look forward to.
See you at our stand.
Flight Simulator Group HCC Haaglanden
• FS Groep NHN
Since a few years ago our group is a part of HCC Flightsimulator IG. We organize meeting in Schagen on every 4th Saturday of the month except July and December.
Every week we fly online on the IVAO network.
Our demo wil conisist of answering questions and we let the visitors steer themselves
This open source project integrates standard hardware with your flight simulator – this allows you to build your individual cockpit in a fast, cheap and flexible way, and now also for X-Plane.
Over the past years virtual airline 7Tair has been a regular guest at the FlightSim Weekend. In their DC-3 cockpit children (and yes, only kids!) get a chance to fly a vintage propellor airplane for ten minutes. No advanced computer systems in the cockpit, but only analogue gauges to look at, so the pilot has to feel what the airplane does. Take control and learn that real flying is an art and not a game. A DC-3 is not a jet fighter and by teaching children that you really have to take in account that technology has its limits, they learn during their flight not only how to control the plane, but also that technology is only a tool. The pilot is in command, be it in a DC-3 or a modern jet. As every year, the cockpit has undergone some improvements. A completely new designed throttle quadrant gives the pilot a very realistic feel during the flight. We invite children to come fly and parents and the interested visitors to get a look at the new installation.
• Simprojects Motion Cockpit demonstration
This is a fully home-build flight simulator which includes 3 LCDs for visuals and the aircraft panel is shown on two separate LCD panels. The flight yoke includes a strong force feedback system which changes stick forces dynamically during flight. A special shaker system adds vibration to the cockpit which includes wheels rumble, touch-down shock, engine vibration gear-down shock and stall vibration. The motion system gives an extra feel of flight by adding turbulence heave, rotation and pitch during turns acceleration and deceleration. The simulator now runs on FSX, and can simulate any aircraft.
All FSweekend visitors (from small children to adults up to 85kg) can take a flight (take-off and landing)
• F-16AM Simulator
At the end of 2004, Raymond Peters started his first attempt to build an exact replica of the real F-16 cockpit (1: 1). After many years of construction, blood, sweat and tears, his advanced cockpit has become well known and has set a high building standard in the cockpit builder’s world.
The F-16AM Simulator, as it is now being called, is a constant ‘ongoing project’, with continuous improvements being made. In addition, a very large part of the unique software is fully designed by “partner in crime” Danny Faber.
Through close collaboration with the Air Force, several F-16 pilots (test pilots and former F-16 pilots) delivered their valuable input that we use in our F-16AM simulator, giving it a very realistic way of the F-16 fighter as a procedure trainer.
You can find our F-16AM Simulator regularly at various Air Force related events. E.g. the Royal Netherlands Air Force days, squadron reunions, the fighter pilots call, RNLAF recruitment campaigns, etc. Also, non-air-force related events like the Flight Simulator Weekend in Lelystad are being visited. We have been active participants there since 2006.
This year we chose a slightly different public during the upcoming Flight Simulator weekend: Technicians & Cockpit builders, and of course F-16 enthusiasts.
The cockpit is NOT accessible to the public this year, but is approachable closely for viewing! Parts of the cockpit and technology behind the scenes are displayed separately and demonstrated, including: Construction, Electronics, Firmware, (interface) software.
You cannot only see how the gauges operate in the cockpit, but also from the cockpit (externally). We will show how certain gauges are constructed (with the latest techniques), and let them work synchronously with the gauges built into the cockpit. The interface software is also demonstrated and explained.
Some of our simulated missions are flown by former F-16 pilot Loek ‘PIPE’ Mulder.
• F-104 Starfighter demo Team
The F-104 cockpit is build with only real parts, and just a few replica or self build items.
During the FSweekend we will give demonstrations in full gear that is used in the RNLAF, like the suit, helmet and oxygen mask.
All the instruments and panels are lit up for that extra realism. Also some panels are functional.
Considering the complexity of the cockpit it is not possible to fly it yourself.
Next to out demo’s we will talk about the cockpit and all the questions that you have.
Leon Sleegers, Wouter Heines Starfighter demo Team.
• PH-SRU Flightsimulator
After its retirement at Aeroclub Rotterdam we got our hands on the fuselage of an old Piper-Cherokee. In 5 years’ time we turned the PH-SRU, as part of a school-project, into a fully functional flightsim. Despite the fact that it is not a school project any more, we still try to go an work on some upgrades for the PH-SRU every once in a while. Furthermore the plane cruises through the Netherlands (so now and then) to give everyone the chance to be the pilot of a small airplane.
The FS-weekend for us is always a nice opportunity to show the new features of the flightsim, to gain new ideas or to discuss the implementation of old ideas. During the FS-weekend everybody is invited to get in the pilot seat to try and make a smooth landing. Of course we are also open for questions about the sim or the building process.
• The F-16 flight simulator “Viper-Charlie”
From an early age I have been interested in airplanes, and in particular “fighter jets”. What would it be like to fly with something like that?
The chance to fly in a real F-16 is almost nil. So in 2014-2015 I started my project, building a flight simulator “F-16 inspired”. It had to be a real size, so scale 1 on 1, and with as many real switches and instruments as possible. So the cockpit is not only an exact copy, but also all and buttons must be physically present and working, as well as the instruments. The simulator is therefore equipped with “shakers” that transmit the vibrations during taxi, runway and landing, but also in the air …
Now, more than 3-4 years later everything is ready, I want to use this flight simulator for the public, young and old, who also want to experience the experience in a Flight Simulator “F-16 inspired”.
The flight simulator “Viper-Charlie”
• Motion Simulator
I love FlightSimming and after watching some YouTube videos, I decided to build my own motion simulator. Instead of building a cabin, I use VR. Together with the movements, this gives the me most realistic representation of real flying. You too can get acquainted with flying in VR. Come to our FS weekend! CU there.
• Inholland Flightsim Delft & E-Flight Academy
During the FSweekend in Lelystad you have the unique opportunity to fly the electrified Viking Dragonfly simulator of FlightSim Delft and the Pipistrel Velis Electro simulator of E-Flight Academy. These simulators feature:
3-DOF Motion Platform from Motion Systems
The most high-end VR headset in the world: The Varjo XR-3
Unique in the Pipistrel Velis Electro Simulator:
Identical seating and viewing angles as in the real aircraft in a full size cockpit
Force feedback in the primary flight controls
At the FSweekend it is possible to fly in formation with the 2 simulators. These simulators are build by students from the Aeronautical Engineering course at the University of Applied Sciences Inholland Delft for Project DragonFly, of which the Pipistrel Velis electro is further developed at the E-Flight Academy.
From the VR-flightmotion project we will demonstrate our approach for the combination of Virtual Reality (based on HP Reverb II) in combination with three linear actuators. We have programmed some sample-movements to demonstrate the force and flexibility of the actuators.
In addition, we can also link the setup to MSFS2020 and show that the motion platform can generate the motion cues that belong to the actual flight movements.
We will also demonstrate our setup of control-loading for simulating steering forces. It is a one channel setup (PITCH) that we can modify with parameters. The model is based on a mass-spring-damper system.
• Mickey’s Flightdeck
Building a full size 737-800 cockpit is and will stay a dream for many flightsimmers. The field of different topics (woodworking, 3D-printing, electronics, programming) is so wide that it can be overwhelming when you are at the beginning of your journey.
I have been there too. Searching for answers to all my questions. How cool would it be to have someone take you by the hand and lead you through all the steps to the finished cockpit.
And so I decided to not only document my progress but also the way of creating all these different components on my Youtube channel. Follow me along through my years of work to a finished cockpit.
At the FSWeekend I will present my finished overhead and pedestal panel. And of course we can talk about all your questions that you have about cockpit building.
• 31st VFS
After 4 years of absence, the 31st VFS is present in the Aviodrome this year with 3 desktop cockpits on which we fly demos with the F-16 and with which seriously interested people can make a flight.
Thanks to our 1:1 guidance, we can quickly familiarize aspiring pilots with h a demo flight in which many facets of a real flight are discussed. We can also tell you everything that is (not) involved in our hobby.
We also have a kiddie setup that allows children to fire unlimited missiles from an F-16 at enemy targets in a short time.
• FlightGear Flight Simulator
The FlightGear project started 20 years ago from a group of volunteers scattered across the internet. FlightGear is a so-called open source project: this means that development takes place in an open environment and that all materials resulting from the project are freely available for everybody. Although FlightGear has traditionally mainly been of interest to hackers and tinkerers, recent years have seen significant efforts to improve usability and user-friendliness, opening up to project to a large group of users.FlightGear has already been present at FSWeekend since 2005, and this year will be no exception. This year we’ll specifically celebrate our 20 the anniversary by highlighting our history through video presentations on the one hand, and by showing the latest developments in the form of live demonstrations on the other. We explicitly encourage visitors to try FlightGear hands on and obviously, we’re always ready to answer any questions you may have; specifically when it comes to interfacing hard- and software.
Being an open source project, FlightGear is freely available for everybody to download. For this reason, FlightGear is still a project of interest for potential developers. In order to share the workload, we are continually interested in attracting potential developers. You don’t need any programming skills to be able to help. In addition to software development, we are also actively looking for content developers: For instance, we are interested in the development of 3D content: Aircraft, or buildings, texture or aircraft livery painting, or the beta testing of release candidates. Feel free to drop by if you are interested. Our booth staff will be happy to get you started.
If you want to see more, you are also welcome to attend our live demonstrations in the movie theater: see the program for further information.For additional information, see also:
• Sim Innovations
Sim Innovations is glad to be at FS Weekend 2022. Each year we enjoy meeting existing and new customers. We will be showcasing our virtual instrument panels, like the fully interactive overhead panel for the Zibomod 737-800, and various general aviation panels. We will also demonstrate our hardware device called Knobster.
Knobster is a single knob that allows realistic operation of every dial / rotary switch / knob on your virtual cockpit panel. It works in touch or mouse control mode and emulates single and dual rotary encoders including an integral push button. This low-cost hardware makes a touchscreen panel almost as realistic as a hardware sim.
• ProSim Aviation Research
“ProSim Aviation Research are the creators of the ProSim737 and ProSimA320 Professional Suites. Our software has been developed from the ground up for cockpit building. Easy set-up, maximum compatibility and extraordinary realism. All the hard work has been done for you, simply use the graphical user interface, relax and take your hobby a step further”
Aerosoft is more present than ever during the FS Weekend. Besides the standard stand where products are sold, there is now also a demonstration stand (in the Uiver room) where the latest developments are shown. Come and see the new CRJ professional with a unique Electronic Flight Bag (including maps!), the A330 professional and World of Aircraft. You can also meet OnAir: Airline Manager, the first MMO (Massively Multiplayer Online) specially made for flight simulator enthusiasts. Aerosoft also brings 50 copies of the long-awaited Honeycomb yokes, on it’s gone!
Honeycomb will be participating with two demo cockpits, offering the opportunity to experience both a commercial and a general aviation setup of the Alpha Flight Controls and the Bravo Throttle Quadrant. The yoke will be available for purchase at the Aerosoft booth who will also be taking pre-orders for the Throttle. https://flyhoneycomb.com/
• JaHeLi Simulator
“Website for simulator electronics and parts” is recently created By Jan-Hein Liebregts to start promoting his excellent build DCS IO Boards and other cool cockpit parts. In order to make it complete Jan-Hein, Viper-Charlie (Felix Gayet) and Knight-Panels (Maarten de Ridder) joined forces.
Felix makes the art of reproducing real like F16 parts as a natural thing. Detailed and perfect are one of his key words.
Maarten mastered the art of creating laser cutted and engraved panels in his chet. The panel creating is not new, but creating panels with lighting included like the real deal is.
Together they are proud to make the JaHeli “Website for simulator electronics and parts” a succes and serve you to make great products.
GeoFS is a free, independent flight simulation application that runs in your web browser or on mobile. Built on top of global geographic data, GeoFS offers the whole world to explore, in multiplayer, without having to install anything!
For its second participation in FSWeekEnd, GeoFS will show you around the latest release and make two stations, with joysticks, available to visitors.
GeoFS 3 includes many improvements in terms of rendering (atmosphere scattering, water, volumetric clouds, etc.), a brand new radio-navigation stack and some new aircraft such as the beautiful DHC-2 Beaver or the legendary P-38.
You will also get a chance to have a sneak peek at the upcoming updates and to discuss how GeoFS is increasingly being used professionally in flying schools, training courses and engineering classes.
“The Accessible Flight Simulator”
• Wright Brothers Flight Technologies
We will showing
– DA40 desktop trainer
– B737NG FMS desktop trainer
FlightDeck is an all-in-one StreamDeck plugin for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020, X-Plane 11/12 and Prepar3D, fly like a pro with this ultimate flight sim companion. Use physical buttons for things like parking brake, landing gear, flaps, autopilot, camera positions, radio, lights and more.
FlightDeck comes with 30 default profiles for the regular Stream Deck and the StreamDeck XL. FlightDeck contains over 1100 unique icons.
Besides the default profiles, there are extra add-ons available like the PMDG 737, Aerosoft CRJ and PMDG DC-6.
• V-Bird VA Group
V-Bird Virtual Airline will be present with a number of setups, on which we are happy to give continuous demonstrations.
As a visitor you can also get behind the wheel yourself and experience what flying is all about. Flight simulators are: FSX and X-Plane.
Fun for the kids: If they make a good landing or have successfully flown a circuit, they receive a “licence”. A nice keepsake, and perhaps as a stepping stone to Flight Simmen and/or really learning to fly.
For example, we have a setup where you can fly in “virtual reality”, so with VR glasses on. This gives much more immersion in flying. You are, as it were, in the cockpit itself.
For the advanced Flight Simmer there is a setup of a PC with Xplane11 and Opencockpits modules. Our V-Birder Kees Aarts will show you that in X-Plane 11 you can make the Opencockpits modules work with 2 free plugins and a java script. You do not need a SIOC and OC4BA for this.
Many people cannot afford to buy a reasonably performing PC with all kinds of peripherals these days. That is why there is a “low budget” setup (laptop) at the stand with FSX as Flight Simulator, and connected with a joystick. A minimal setup, and it is fine to fly.
We would like to tell you more about this fun hobby and what the added value is to flying for a virtual airline, which is what we are. What does a virtual airline add value to the hobby Flight Simulator. We will be happy to tell you that when you visit our stand. We look forward to seeing you at our stand on November 5 and 6, 2022 in the Aviodrome, at Lelystad Airport.
• KLM Virtual Airline
For the KLM Virtual Airline the year 2019 is completely dominated by the centennial celebration of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, the company which we represent in online flight simulation. During the whole year a chain of events is organized for our pilots, culminating in the big Schiphol Fly-In on October 7th 2019.
Pilots who have participated the most are honored with a badge on their KLM-VA-profile page. Additionally, during the FS Weekend we will hand over a special personalized UTC clock to the winners. Truly a great asset for every “flight room”!
To our this year’s visitors we once again offer an uninterrupted opportunity to test their flying skills on one of our sim set-ups. The challenge is to perform a circuit flight at Lelystad Airport while observing real life rules and conditions as closely as possible. Members of our staff attend to the pilots, giving them useful advice on how to improve their performance. Quite an interactive happening, great fun for all visitors.
Finally, we offer our visitors the opportunity to take a look at our website and present a looped video where we try to enthuse visitors for online flying with our Virtual Airline.
• Dutch VACC / VATSIM
The Dutch VACC is part of the world wide organization VATSIM. We provide air traffic control to flight simulator pilots. Doing this, controllers obey real life regulations and procedures. Enter a world you can fly together with fellow pilots, see each other, all under behalf of so called ‘virtual air traffic controllers’ from their homes. This will complete your flight sim experience. Come see our stand to discover how simple it is to make the last step. We will welcome you and elaborate with passion!
Lectures / Speakers in the Cargo room 747 Saturday and Sunday
Build your own home Cockpit 14:00 Hour