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Nov 3, 2017

In this episode I talk about my upgrade to P3D and what kept me from doing it for so long. Scenery has been less of a challenge but other add ons do cost a fair amount of $$$. As always email me for feedback or guest ideas


Nov 3, 2017

In this episode I talk to Collin Biedenkapp of TFDi about what it’s like to be a developer.

Oct 4, 2017

In this episode I review The QualityWings 787 for FSX. My general reaction is that it is a disappointing release that flies poorly and lacks fidelity in the required automation systems. I also talk about The VAS issues that Orbx Arlanda suffers from in FSX noting that wouldn’t be an issue is P3D V4. Finally I talk about the future of the podcast. Check out On Approach for an additional podcast you can listen to.  

Sep 16, 2017

In this episode I talk about what I am learning from the manual QuailityWings released for their upcoming 787. I also talk about where the 787 will fit into the fleet of my personal VA. Finally, I insult P3D user and talk about how I am going to milk my FSX investment for as long as I can. It is no doubt an ego thing on both sides.

Sep 4, 2017

In this episode I talk about my flight sim addiction. I also talk about The Aerosoft CRJ, the end of FSX, P3D, Xplane and the wait for the Qualitywings 787. I talk about how my reduced flight sim spending and my resistance to P3D is going to make doing this podcast hard. But, rest assured I will not podfade! Welcome to Season 4!

Jul 18, 2017

In this episode I discuss the folly of only developing for P3D. In addition to the nagging license issue there is also the matter of lost business in the X Plane and hypothetical FSW market.

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Jul 5, 2017

In this episode we talk with Rob Burgon about his new job flying the 737. We talk about how the aircraft has the overhead panel that brings you back to the 60s when it was designed while the instrument panel features the glass cockpit you'd expect from a modern airliner. We also talk a little about the reality of choosing a plane to fly in a modern airline .

 You can find Rob’s book Piano Burning and Other Fighter Pilot Traditions here. We interviewed him about his book in Season 3 Episode 5 of FSRideAlong.

Jul 1, 2017

In this episode we talk to Kyle Rodgers about a cross country trip he took ferrying a Piper Seminole from Ocean City, Maryland to Concord, California. We also talk about The PMDG 747, beta testing and the state of the flight sim industry and next gen sims.    

Jun 12, 2017

In this episode I talk about the news from Flight Sim Con. Namely, The QualityWings 787, The LevelD 757, Flightbeam’s KMSP and KPDX. Also mentioned is FSDreamTeam’s KCLT which I’ve put on the bottom of my wish list. This month I got ImagineSim’s KAUS and FlyTampa’s Copenhagen and Athens.

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Jun 2, 2017

In this episode we talk to Andreas Breitschopp creator of FS-FlightControl. I also talk about FSW (I know I said I wouldn’t I lied...sorry) and P3D V4



May 30, 2017

In this episode I give a short preview of Navigraph’s Chart App for Android. I also catch you up on my latest flying adventures, scenery purchases and planned purchases. Spend money to keep to The Flight Sim Industry great.







May 26, 2017

I talk with Nicole and Evan of FlightSimCon to go over this year's event. Dovetail, Lockheed Martin and Laminar Research will be at the show talking about their next gen platforms as well as a who’s who of flight sim developers and real world aviation outfits. For more info about the event see    



May 24, 2017

In this episode I announce that I won’t be attending FlightSimCon this year but will be dedicating the donations to attending next year. I also talk FSDreamTeam, P3D4, Aerosoft’s Barcelona and the competition on that airport, IDS KSMF, Bellingham, landings, Taxi2Gate St Louis, my wishlist for next month and my recent activities in the sim. Lastly, I recommend a panel video podcast called On Approach



May 17, 2017

In this episode I offer my two cents on how to get started in flight sim. I also discuss some feedback and give Karlene Pettit my thanks and gratituide for writing an article in her blog about me!


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May 17, 2017

In this episode I talk with Max Trescott of Airplane Geeks fame about General Aviation, Glass Cockpits and using simulation for training  

About Max Trescott

Max Trescott is a full time flight instructor. He’s a Cirrus Platinum CSIP instructor, and specializes in teaching in Cirrus Aircraft.

He started flying at age 15 and finished his pilot certificate in college. He has degrees in Electrical Engineering, Psychology, and a MBA. He spent 25 years working in sales and marketing for Hewlett-Packard. He lives in Mountain View, California in Silicon Valley.

Twelve years ago he left HP and he now devotes full time to teaching flying, writing, consulting and giving speeches and seminars. He’s written two books, including Max Trescott’s G1000 Glass Cockpit Handbook, now in its fifth edition.  He is a cohost for the popular Airplane Geeks podcast, and he recently started his own podcast called Aviation News Talk, which is focused exclusively on General Aviation.

In 2008, he was named by the FAA as the National Certificated Flight Instructor of the Year, to represent the 96,000 flight instructors in the United States.


May 12, 2017

In this episode a next gen sim gets voted off the show! I spend the rest of the episode talking about the serious sim market and what platform I think PMDG, Aerosoft, A2A, TFDi, and LevelD will use. There is some heavy X Plane 11 talk and a lot of marketing talk that may be good for your next crew rest.

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May 8, 2017

In this episode I react to Rob Randazzo's comments on Next Gen sims and bring out an old review of FSX    

May 7, 2017

In this episode I talk with Kalene Petitt about using P3D for home training by air crews. Delving into safety, we talk about what can happen to some crews at some airlines when the crew alleges safety violations or reports safety concerns to the company. In Karlene’s new book Flight For Sanity, Section 8 of Darby’s union contract is used to sideline her for mental health analysis. How could something meant to prevent another GermanWings accident be used to sideline pilots? And what implications does this have for pilots who have legitimate mental health concerns?  

May 5, 2017

In this episode I Aimee Sanjari answers the questions I posed in the original episode and throws us something extra

May 4, 2017

In this podcast I talk about my initial reaction to the announcement of Flight Sim World. I also talk liquid cooled heat sinks and flight sim addition.. Please send your comments to and donate on  

Apr 20, 2017

In this episode more FSX issues drive me nuts. I start helping people set up flight sim. And, I commit to more time with X-Plane 11 and maybe P3D when it goes 64 bit. Please like and share. It helps with booking guests!

Apr 6, 2017

In this episode I talk about my continuous struggle to try and keep flight sim add ons working. And how, whether we like it or not, that is an integral part of the flight sim hobby  

Apr 6, 2017

In this episode Nicolas is all on his lonesome. Nonetheless, he catches you up on the latest flight sim news and talks about the real life Boeing 737. He also talks about The Ifly 737 and The PMDG NGX. 

Mar 31, 2017

In this episode I talk about my recent flight sim spending spree that maxed out the credit card and gave me The PMDG 747 and loads of scenery. I also provide a short review of Captain Aux’s The Last Bush Pilots.

Mar 31, 2017

This time we talk to Rob Burgon about his new book called Piano Burning about the death of fighter pilot traditions. At the last moment we learn that Rob is a 737 driver. Needless to say he will be back on the show again

You can find Piano Burning on Amazon. You can also check out his website and

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