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Jan 18, 2021

In this episode Nicolas goes back to the basics with General Aviation in MSFS 2020 and X-Plane 11. The limited functionality of the default G1000 in MSFS 2020 left Nicolas wanting even after trying a few mods.  As a result, Nicolas gave X-Plane 11 a try. While the default avionics and automation aren't 100% authentic they proved adequate and easily supplemented with payware add ons. More importantly, though, X-Plane’s flight dynamics feel much more realistic and there is a seemingly endless selection of good freeware scenery.     

Planes Tried:


Default DA40


TorqueSim SR22 (payware)

Beech Sundowner (payware)

Gruman Tiger (payware) 

DA20 (payware)

Archer TX/LX (payware)

Default 172

Default Columbia 400

Other Add ons:

.org freeware

Orbx TE

Real Scenery AZ

Orbx Volanta 


CH Eclipse Yoke

Logitech Pedals

Logitech Switch Panel

Thrustmaster T16m stick and throttle

Jan 2, 2021

In this episode Nicolas talks about their recent exploration of General Aviation Aircraft in X-Plane 11 including The TorqueSim Cirrus SR22 and X-Aviation/Leading Edge Simulations Beech Sundowner. Both airplanes have been enjoyable as Nicolas looks X-Plane. Nicolas tried MSFS (2020) but gave up due to the limitations of the default G1000. 


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Dec 4, 2020

In this episode Nicolas updates listeners on their new Ryzen 3600 + Geforce 1660ti based 2020 build and what went into the hardware selection. Nicolas is now experiencing buyers remorse due to being CPU bound in the context of flight sim. 

Having chosen AMD and an x570 motherboard, though, Nicolas is choosing to commit to AMD for a future upgrade to The Ryzen 5000 series along with a 2000 or 3000 series Nvidia GPU when hardware availability and budget permit.

Nicloas continues by talking about their recent experience with X-Plane 11 and The FlightFactor A350. While Nicolas was impressed by X-Plane 11 itself, they were less than impressed with The FlightFactor A350. Based on this experience and prior experience with the Xcrafts E175 V2, Nicolas is hesitant to invest more in add ons for the platform.

Thinking ahead, Nicolas is waiting till their hardware improves before moving to P3Dv5 as their next primary platform along with Microsoft Flight Sim 2020 being their preference for their next secondary platform ; despite the sim market's performance.

Nicolas concludes by talking about their struggle for v4 optimization on their recent build, the failure of their second set of CH Product Pro Pedals and the flight control configuration implications that are leading to a forthcoming move to The Thrustmaster T.1600M stick and throttle (no rudder pedal selection yet).

Aug 15, 2020

In this episode Nicolas discusses their recent simming as they attempt to slog through a bout of depression in their personal life. Recent flight sim purchases discussed include Orbx’s Palm Spings, San Jose and Santa Barbra. They also discuss their blogging concept starting with a recent post they composed about moving from simulating Boeing operations to simulating Airbus operation. Future topics include learning the FlightFactor A350 for XPlane 11.

Jul 13, 2020

In this episode Nicolas has a tepid reaction to the impending release of Microsoft Flight Sim concluding that the success of the franchise reboot will depend on 3rd party developers. Nicolas goes on to recount recent simming experiences including the conclusion of the 2001 Australia trip recreation with The PMDG 744 V3 and TFDI 717

Jul 11, 2020

In this episode Nicolas recounts and simulates their Spring 2001 flight aboard a Qantas Boeing 747-400 flight from Sydney, NSW to Los Angeles, CA. Nicolas also recounts their recent sim flights in The Aerosoft A330 and PMDG 747-8i. Recent stops have included Imagine Sim’s ATL, Latain VFR’s MIA, DD’s ORD, Aerosoft’s EDDF, FS Dream Team’s CYVR, Wing Creation’s RJAA and FlyTampa’s YSSY.

Jul 4, 2020

In this episode Nicolas renews their effort to revitalize and improve the show by focusing on detailing a simulated flight they made of their first flight as an airline passenger. The flight from KSMF-KONT was made special by Orbx’s Northern California and Southern regions along with the relatively close proximity to terrain seen on the Ziggy7 Standard Terminal Arrival Route into KONT. Please email Nicolas and let them know what your favorite sim route is!

Jul 1, 2020

In this episode Nicolas touches on a variety of topics on their mind relative to flight sim. Including: A brief review of Orbx’s new Burbank scenery, short haul flights, keeping the simming experience fresh through virtual airlines and arbitrary simming rules, simulator maintenance, a hardware update, and the implications of new sims continuing to be built around software technology that’s now 14 years old. If you have feedback feel free to leave a comment, follow Nicolas on Twitter, or send them an email.

Jun 29, 2020

In this episode Nicolas takes those that mock the struggles that developers often face when releasing a new product to task. Noting that prior to the large scale commercialization of the flight sim add on market there seemed to be less undue developer criticism. Nicolas then proceeds to live by their own words by walking back a previous critique of TFDI’s PACX. Finely, Nicolas has some hopefully constructive feedback for Captain Sim.

Jun 23, 2020

In this episode Nicolas takes a moment to acknowledge the real world in which we sim. They also mention their excitement about ProjectFly v4, due out late this month, Orbx’s Burbank, which is currently available and The Thrustmaster Airbus products. Finely, Nicolas wants to hear from you. What do you do when you find your sim experience growing stale?

May 21, 2020

In this episode Nicolas sends out the call for FSRideAlong Co-Hosts in an effort to try a panel show format again (more at the end of the description). Nicolas also poses the question AMD or Intel for flight sim? 

Would you like to be a co-host on the show? Here are the details: 

Looking for dedicated flight simmers to co-host monthly flight sim audio podcast. Must be available once a month to record and do pre-production work. Position is a volunteer position. Video, audio, hardware experience a plus. Email for more information

May 12, 2020

While Nicolas is back flying again on their laptop they continue to focus on troubleshooting the hardware in their big computer (now dubbed Captain Cheapo Case). Will a new power supply fix the underlying problem? If not, what kind of processor and motherboard should be used with budget and nextgen sims in mind?

Don’t forget, Mike of is offering a special discount for FSRideAlong listeners. If your interested go to to book a training session and be sure to mention the promo code “FSRIDEALONG.” The code is valid till May 31st, 2020.

May 7, 2020

In this episode details hardware issues with not one but two computers preventing them from simming for a little over a week. Nicolas also talks about the concept of building a new computer and their current hardware selections. You can find Nicolas’ current hardware selection here. Finely Nicolas mentions their projected stability timeline for P3Dv5.


Don’t forget, Mike of is offering a special discount for FSRideAlong listeners. If your interested go to to book a training session and be sure to mention the promo code "FSRIDEALONG." The code is valid till May 31st, 2020

Apr 17, 2020

In this episode Nicolas enlists the remote flight training services of Mike from to work on hand flying skills. Nicolas also talks about the impending move to P3Dv5 and their recent flight sim experiences.

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Be sure to catch Nicolas’ flight sim live stream FSRideAlongLive on Twitch. Streaming everyday during quarantine!

Apr 8, 2020

In this episode Nicolas talks about the P3Dv5 announcement, The FSElite v MetterSimulation debacle and the financial realities developers face that may result in upgrade charges. My thanks to Karlene Petitt for linking to my podcast. A warm welcome to new community members!

Apr 1, 2020

Some time spent in a flight sim chatroom inspires Nicolas to talk about where the flight sim community stands going into the new MSFS, what flight sim media should be doing (themselves included), the forthcoming price hike in add ons, the reasons for the forthcoming price hikes and other elements of flight sim marketing, development and development budgets. Hopefully it isn’t as dry as it sounds and proves interesting and informative.

Mar 15, 2020

In this episode Nicolas talks about their disappointment with The FeelThere E Jets V3. They also discuss their tepid response to the release of the PMDG NGU 737-700 expansion. Mostly due to the fact that they have grown tired of the 737. They go on to discuss the release of the FSLabs A321. Their only frustration is with the dispatching of the plane as opposed to the plane itself. They end by mentioning that they just purchased The Aerosoft A330-300. Having waited 3 months in hopes of improved stability upon purchase. Nicolas’ review of The Aerosoft A330 will come at a later date.

Dec 6, 2019

In this episode Nicolas talks about the curveball PMDG threw the community by announcing that the NG3 would be an FS 2020 exclusive and subsequently releasing the NGu for P3Dv4. They give their impression of The NGu as well as talk about the disappointing way XP devs distribute their products (even when releasing for P3D).   

Oct 21, 2019

In this episode of FSRideAlong Nicolas talks about some P3D troubleshooting, the time it will take simmers to adopt FS2020, whether or not you should stop investing in your current sim platform and a sad loss to the FSRideAlong Community.

Sep 30, 2019

In this episode I share my reactions to EAA’s preview of FS2020. The article was written by Hal Bryan former Flight Sim developer and current Senior Editor for EAA Digital and Print Content and Publications. We will be hearing directly from Hal in the next episode!

Sep 28, 2019

In this episode I talk about the challenges of building a community around my flight sim stream. I also talk about my degraded flying skills due to automation dependency, internet troll and my flight sim and aviation background. 


Songs used:

Internet Troll By The Doubleclicks 

Catch Me if You Can By Attica Attica 


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Sep 9, 2019

In this episode I talk about a flight sim job opportunity that I missed due to not being in Seattle. I also talk about my new obsession over The E Jet which lead me to The Aerosoft CRJ. Long story short: The CRJ doesn’t have an autothrottle (I knew this going in). I hate The CRJ because it doesn’t have an autothrottle. This same line of thought leads me to XPlane and The X-Crafts Ejet. I question if I need Active Sky to really enjoy XP. Or, can I get the Ejet and fly in XP without AS? Lastly I am streaming again at

Aug 16, 2019

In this episode I profess my new found love for Airbus in the form of The FSLabs A320. I also speculate about what Microsoft will do to get their market share back. Finely I spend some time wondering if being in the flight sim media game should be a paying gig.

Aug 16, 2019

In this episode I talk about the classic FeeThere EMB 170 and 190 and some of the challenges they had from a systems perspective. I convey my hope that V2 of The FeelThere EMB 170-195 will be a good systems airplane. I also talk a bit about multiple developers making the same scenery. 

Jun 22, 2019

In this episode I talk about my thoughts on Microsoft Flight Sim 2020. I also briefly go over my impressions of TFDI’s PACX, Drzewieck Design’s Chicago Airports, and LatinVFR’s New Orleans. It’s a short episode. I will try to post more often.

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