FlightSimExpo Announces 2020 Speakers and Schedule


The 2020 event features presentations from Flight Instructor and Author Rod Machado, air traffic controllers, the United States Air Force, home cockpit builders, community leaders, an NTSB investigator, and 10 exhibitors.

LAS VEGAS – March 3, 2020 – North America’s largest enthusiast flight simulation training conference returns to Las Vegas on June 12-14! Held at Tropicana Las Vegas Conference Center, the event is expected to draw more than 1,500 pilots and simmers for a weekend of seminars, exhibits, and how-to presentations.

This is an all-ages event that welcomes simmers and pilots of all experience levels. As community-driven tradeshow and conference, the venue, host city, and activities have all been determined by feedback from simmers and industry developers.

Event registration includes access to all seminars, a goodie bag, free drinks and appetizers during the attendee social, and a 6-month membership with the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA). Attendees can find out more information and register to attend at

Seminars take place on Saturday, June 13 and Sunday, June 14. Following a welcome and introduction by conference organizers, Flight Instructor Rod Machado headlines Saturday morning with a discussion of using PC flight simulation for real-world training. A legend in the flight simulation community, Rod will also talk about the FSX “Lessons” he authored that taught so many how to get started in the sim.

Exhibits will be open during Saturday and Sunday show hours. An event social (with free drinks and appetizers for FlightSimExpo attendees) takes place in the exhibit hall beginning at 5:30pm on Saturday.

Schedule Highlights

Following Rod Machado’s presentation on Saturday morning, the conference portion of the show splits into two rooms. One features a series of seminars with presenters from the community. This room includes presentations from Major “TRIGGER” Jordan (Chief of Innovation, United States Air Force), air traffic controller Derek Vento, and pilot and simulation instructor Ethan Hawes. Also featured on the schedule is NTSB Aircraft Performance Specialist John O’Callaghan, who will be discussing the use of simulation technology—including FSX—through case studies of U.S. Air 1549, American 587, and a 2015 mid-air collision.

The conference will once again feature a series on Getting Started with At-Home Flight Simulation. Designed for first-time simmers, this three-part series will discuss the benefits of flight simulation, how to get started, and the world of online flying. On Sunday, attendees will also receive an introduction to Virtual Reality from’s Sérgio Costa.

In the second room, exhibitors will share 30-minute updates on their products and latest developments through the FlightSimExpo Developer Seminar Series. Presentations are expected from Virtual Fly, Orbx, Infinite Flight, Navigraph, X-Plane, QualityWings, Mindstar Aviation, Cardinal Horizon, and Gleim Aviation.

Like in 2019, all event seminars will be streamed live on the FlightSimExpo YouTube channel.

See you in Vegas!

The show is held at on the Strip at the Tropicana Las Vegas Conference Center. Through FlightSimExpo, attendees can book hotel rooms for $150/night, including all taxes and fees, averaged over a three-night stay. Airline discounts are available from Delta, Southwest, and WestJet. Attendees can save up to 30% on rental cars through Enterprise. And there are special show deals and discounts available at nearby attractions restaurants.

For more information about the event and to register, visit Recordings from past seminars are available on YouTube. For pictures, like the event on Facebook and follow it on Twitter.

About FlightSimExpo

FlightSimExpo is North America’s community-driven flight simulation conference. The first FlightSimExpo was held in 2018 in Las Vegas, followed by a 2019 event in Orlando that attracted almost 1,700 attendees and more than 60 exhibitors. FlightSimExpo 2020 takes place on June 12-14, 2020 at Tropicana Las Vegas. FlightSimExpo is proudly produced by active participants of the flight simulation community.