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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.

Jan 16, 2019

In this episode I wonder if comparing every flight sim plane developer to PMDG is a good idea. I also talk about my recent flight sim activity. I also talk about my upgraded computer. Lastly, I mention my search for a job in the flightsim or aviation industry My renewed FSRideAlong Stream is available at

Jul 9, 2018

In this episode I wearily walk you through the swiss cheese model that led to having to reinstall P3D. During my ramblings I cover LatinVFR’s BWI, FSDreamTeams’ Charlotte, Drzewiecki Design’s Seattle and New York and the good old QW 787. All this as I limp along in a 737 leg from Austin to Seattle in FSX. Care to ride along?

May 1, 2018

In this episode I talk about my May purchases for P3Dv4 (Orbx Australia, Orbx Melbourne International and Aresoft Frankfurt), my time long hauling it in the QualityWings 787 in FSX:SE, and some install problems that MegaSceneryEarth has. Enjoy your May flying. I'll most likely see you next month! 

Apr 23, 2018

In this episode I talk about Dovetail ending production on Flight Sim World and what it means for the community. I also talk a bit about using FSX:SE to fly the QualityWings 787 from Flightbeams' San Francisco and FSDreamTeam's  Los Angles to Orbx's Melbourne and ImagineSim's Singapore. 

My heartfelt concordances to The Flight Sim World Team  

Jan 11, 2018

In this episode I rant about the bugs in The CaptainSim 757, the lack of airports for P3D v4, and how my exceptions for airliner add ons not being met. Just call me Captain Curmudgeon.

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

Mar 9, 2017

Before you switch to P3D there is a legal issue you should know about: Prepar3D is not to be used, offered, sold or distributed through markets or channels for use as a personal/consumer entertainment product. Flight Simmers have been ignoring this for years and it hangs like a show over the entire flight sim industry.    

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Feb 20, 2017

In this episode we talk to Collin Biedenkapp CEO of TFDi about their 717. Collin goes into detail about what his team learned from their freshman project, how they plan to continue to support it as time goes on. For more about TFDi Design go to Their 717 is available for FSX and P3D for $59.99

Feb 1, 2017

In this episode I start Season 3 by interviewing Eric "Cap'n Aux" Auxier. Cap'n Aux is a Cactus 320 pilot and writer. He talks about his written work and FIFi The Amazing Electric Jet. Find more about Cap'n Aux via his blog, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter (, Instagram and Airways 


If you have feedback for me email me Let me know who you want to hear on the show in the future! 


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