Reminder: meeting on 2 November 2016

Just a reminder for the next meeting this coming Wednesday, 2 November 2016 at the Shearwater Aviation Museum.

The topic for this months meeting will be “Running Older Simulations on Modern Computers and Operating Systems”.  Afterwards we will have the usual general discussion.

If anyone would like to present an additional topic, or do a flying demonstration please let us know on Facebook, a comment here, or via e-mail.


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October 2016 Meeting

The October meeting

We had a pretty good turn-out for a last minute meeting, with 4 members and a visitor from Flight Sim New Brunswick, Rolf Spangenberg, as well as some good discussion and even a little stunt flying.


We had a discussion at the beginning of the meeting about possible topics for upcoming meetings.  There were a lot of good ideas:


  • Hardware trends
  • Building terrain
  • Demo of the 737
  • What’s up in the flight sim industry
  • Navigation (radio, GPS, dead reckoning)
  • Using virtual machines to run old games


We also had a discussion about possible public outreach events.  Rolf gave us a run-down on some of the things that FSNB does, and it was very interesting to hear.  They do events both as information sessions to boost interest in the hobby, and also things that are more like public service, like taking flight simulation rigs into hospitals and special care centres.


From what Rolf was telling us about FSNB, they are much larger and better organised, with “hanger” groups in several locations around the province, which sound a lot like our group.  They hold province-wide meetings on Teamspeak regularly.


On the flying side Marius brought in his rig and we tried some stunt flying.  Not aerobatics, but stunts, in particular flying under a couple of bridges up by the Tatamagouche airport.  It was a lot of fun, and most of us got under at least one of the bridges without peeling off the wings


Next Meeting

The next meeting will be held on November 2nd from 7:30PM to 9:30PM.  The topics for the meeting will be sent around presently.  I hope to see everyone out next month!




Flight Sim New Brunswick

FSNB has invited us to their next event which includes a tour of Moncton Centre.  If you’re interested in attending, the contact information is in the message below!


A message from Rolf (FSNB) – posted on the Facebook site (



Thank you for allowing me to attend your meeting last Wednesday.

I mentioned that we were planning an Expo as well as possibly a tour of NAV Canada’s facilities as well. here are the details.

“Can you please notify our members and future members of our intent to put on an exposition at the Moncton Flying College. I spoke with the President of MFC and he is very interested as well. He also looks forward to showing of their Simulators. The have a few new ones and we are talking million Dollar sims. Perhaps we can try them.

At the same time I have asked Ray White, Chief Pilot of CYQM to see if he can arrange a visit and tour of NAV Canada’s facilities in Riverview.

This is what I am looking at;

Date – Saturday November 5th. 2016

Time – MFC Exhibition to MFC Students of our simulators in action

Need – a number of exhibitors with different sim platforms.

Need 2 – ATC support –

MFC – set up 9:30 – Tear down 1:pm.

I propose that we stay at the MFC from 10:am to 1: pm. dismantle equipment and go for the tour at Nav Canada around 2:30 pm. It would be nice if Dan Arsenault and or Rick Couch and possibly Tim Murphy from Halifax to run the ATC segment.

I am suggesting that we will can anticipate 20 members participating for this event.

I will advise MFC of the above on Tuesday for their input. It would be great if our friends from Moncton could set one or two systems.

Please invite the simmers from NSFS as well.”

For more information please contact Bev Penny


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Next Meeting for FSNS – Flight Sim Nova Scotia – March 4, 2015

We have our monthly FSNS meeting this Wednesday night, March 4, 2015, 7:30-9:30 PM, at the Shearwater Aviation Museum (side entrance).

There was quite a bit of interest around the fuel mixture lesson, last month. This week, we’ll discuss a plan for bringing sim pilots that are new to FSNS, up to basic speed and learning what we’ve already covered, (Eg. taking off, flying a circuit, landing, navigation, etc.). It’s an open night to cover whatever we wish.

Calling all flight sim enthusiasts in Nova Scotia… Come join our FSNS forum to get in touch with other flight simmers in NS and to see what’s going on with our club. If you don’t have and account, I’d be happy to help create one for anyone who wants the help.

IF THERE IS EVER A NEED TO CANCEL FOR WEATHER, I’ll post it on our forums by 3:45PM, under the Club Meetings.

New members and visitors are always welcomed to attend. Membership is free!

See you there!

Our FSNS forums are located at:

For more information, or to be added to the monthly club meeting email list, email

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FSNS Meeting this Wednesday night, Feb 4, 7:30 PM – slaving autopilot to GPS Navigation + more

Happy mid-winter, Sim Pilots!

We have our monthly FSNS meeting this Wednesday night, Feb 4, 2015, 7:30-9:30 PM, at the Shearwater Aviation Museum (side entrance).

IF THERE IS EVER A NEED TO CANCEL FOR WEATHER, I’ll send a NOTAM email out by 3:45 PM. Feel free to call me at 902.476.9102, to confirm, anytime.

For February, we’ll be finishing up with the VOR radio navigation, from the last two months, with Allan showing us how to slave the autopilot to GPS. Jim P will be showing us what to do when requested by ATC to abort your approach and to go around again. We’ll discuss an idea for obtaining airport charts when you need them, plus more. In other news, we’ve been given permission to use a particular laptop for our meetings, so Jim P will be installing FSX on it, early this week. Since we’ll now have a laptop regularly available for our meetings, I’ll bring in my yoke, rudder pedals, throttle quadrant and trim wheel for the meetings.

I’ve made some changes to our FSNS Forums to introduce more topics. 😀

See you all there!

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Next FSNS Meeting is Jan 7, 2015

Welcome to 2015, Flight Sim Pilots of FSNS.

Our next meeting is Wednesday, Jan 7, 2015, 7:30-9:30 PM. We meet every 1st Wednesday of the month, at the Shearwater Aviation Museum (side doors on left).

As promised at our last meeting, we’ll be continuing with the basic IFR flight from Halifax to Bangor using VOR navigation.  Last month, we learned about filing a flight plan and using the VOR NAV radios.  This month, we’ll be demonstrating the actual flight using a 737 jet (…to save time – The same procedures will also work in a Cessna).  If you have your 2 handouts from last month, please give them a quick review.  I’ll also have some spare copies with me at the meeting, to give away for anyone who wants them.  They can also be found at the bottom of this post.  If you missed last month, that is okay, too.  You’ll still get to see everything we learned in action.

We’ll also have a quick rundown on the new Microsoft Flight Simulator X Steam Edition.

New members and visitors are always welcomed to attend.  Membership is free!  See you there!

Happy New Year!



Steps for filing a flight plan in FSX

Steps for using VOR NAV Radio Stack



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Next FSNS Meeting is Dec 3, 2014

Greetings fellow flight Sim pilots,

Our next meeting is on Wednesday, Dec 3, 7:30-9:30 PM. We meet every 1st Wednesday of the month, at the Shearwater Aviation Museum (side doors on left).

We have something great lined up for the next couple of meetings. Jim P will be teaching a couple of lessons over the next 2 months, dealing with IFR (Instrument Flight Rules) flying. As part of that, next week, he’s going to cover flight planning, filing the plan, and how to use the radio stack. The lesson will take about an hour and then the next hour can be used for discussion around this and anything else, including practice. We will be working towards an IFR flight from Halifax to Bangor.

Hope to see everyone there.


PS.  Click HERE to go to our FSNS forums.

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Next meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014

Hi everyone,

Sorry for the late notice, but this is just a reminder that we have our FSNS Club meeting this Wednesday night, Nov 5, 7:30 PM, at the Shearwater Aviation Museum.  We decided at our last meeting to hold regular club meetings on the first Wednesday night of every month.

I’m not sure what we have lined up for the night just yet, but in any case, I am sure it will be interesting.  Allan has posted a question on our FSNS forums, asking a question about what type of topics would folks like to cover in flight sim training, but there hasn’t been any response to date.  I know that last year, we all enjoyed the flight training and basic navigation.  Personally, I’m interested in going further with that.  Eventually, getting good enough to use VATSIM is where I’d like to be. I’m also interested in leaning about how to deal with radio communications, weather, and even soaring.  Many years ago, a Canadian commercial airliner ran out of fuel, and the pilot had to rely on his glider experience to save the day.

Over the next couple of days, I will be starting an advertising campaign to promote Flight Sim Nova Scotia and perhaps we will have some growing interest.

See you at the FSNS meeting this Wednesday night.


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Next FSNS meeting on Thursday night, Oct 2, 2014

Hi folks,

This is just a reminder that our Flight Sim NS (FSNS) meetings are resuming, now that summer is over. Our next meeting is this week, on Thursday night, 7:30-9:30 PM, at the Shearwater Aviation Museum, at CFB Shearwater.

We’ll have some new things to talk about and possibly some new faces to meet. Matt has a new flight controller, that he’d like to show and tell, if he’s able to attend (and if it’s back in time from repair). Allan will give an overview of what we covered last spring, and there is a bit of new news on FSX and a possible new release. Also, we will pick which Thursday night of the month that we will hold our meetings on. (1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th Thursday night of the month?)

If you’re so inclined, please feel free to bring your sim laptop.

Welcome back everyone. Hope to see you all on this Thursday night!


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Next Meeting on Thursday, June 12, 2014 – 7:30-9:30

Hi Folks,

Our next meeting is on this Thursday night, June 12, 2014, 7:30-9:30 PM.

We will be changing things up for this meeting. Our resident flight instructor, Allan, will be taking a break from the awesome navigation course that he has been teaching us, as he is out of town. Instead, another great Sim pilot, Robbie, will be doing a presentation on VATSIM. For some of us, flying in VATSIM will be the ultimate goal of where we want to go. It certainly is, for me. VATSIM is short for Virtual Air Traffic Simulator, and is an online place where real people (sim pilots and sim ATC folks), meet in the simulated world of flying and communicating with air traffic control (ATC), and the other pilots around you. If you are interested in learning more about VATSIM, please join us this Thursday night.

The meeting starts at 7:30 PM, but I’ll be arriving a bit early to set up my rig with yoke, rudder pedals, and throttle quadrant. As always, the location is at the Shearwater Aviation Museum (glass doors, on left side of building), in the HMCS Bonaventure Flight Ops room.

See you all there!

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The Flight Sim Software Scene in 2014

Hi folks,

Here are some links to different flight simulators, plus some info. Personally, if I hadn’t already purchased FSX, I’d probably go with X-Plane 10 or Prepar3D. FSX is no longer developed by Microsoft, and major third-party developers are expanding their add-on packages (planes, scenery, and weather packages) to work with X-Plane 10 and Prepar3D flight simulators. Something else to consider is that although FSX is no longer being developed, the Windows operating system is still changing, and overtime, it may become more challenging, if not impossible to get FSX running on newer, upgraded versions of Microsoft Windows.  Currently, FSX has the widest selection of third-party add-ons available, by far, simply due to how long the franchise has been in existence. Choosing which one to invest time and perhaps money in, isn’t straight forward for everyone, but perhaps this will help.

A brief overview of some of today’s flight sim choices:

In 2014, there are 3 main commercial flight simulators to choose from when getting into the flying sim hobby, 2 of which are still being actively supported and developed. There are also 2 free flight simulators, with one of them being more like an arcade game, and the other, being a serious attempt at a viable and true simulation contender.

They are: Microsoft FSX, X-Plane-10, Prepar3D, Microsoft Flight, and FlightGear Fight Simulator.

A few years ago, Microsoft had stopped development of the world’s most famous flight simulator franchise, known as Microsoft Flight Simulator, (last release was FSX Flight Simulator), and got rid of their developers and that department altogether. They sold their FSX sim to Lockheed Martin, who in turn, is now offering a modified, revamped version of it called, “Prepar3D”.  Prepar3D looks great and is gaining traction with third-party developers, and it is actively supported and developed for by Lockheed Martin.  As for backwards compatibility with the tons of available FSX add-ons, they are compatible with Prepar3D, using a special migrating application.

After getting rid of FSX, Microsoft, has since, released a free flight simulator called, “Microsoft Flight”, but they’ve also stopped development on that title, too. You can still download it from Microsoft, today. MS Flight, the free sim, comes with only 2 planes, with the option to buy more as downloadable content. I think most sim pilots don’t really consider it as a serious sim because they’ve added an arcade-style game element to it, (which some find fun), and plus, it doesn’t integrate with VATSIM (virtual air traffic simulator) – the ultimate sim experience, among many other reasons. On the other hand, the graphics are okay and you can learn to fly a licensed replica of the awesome, yet simple, ICON A5, (the cockpit looks more like a car dashboard). There is a virtual instructor that will talk you through how to fly, using the instruments and throttle management, and for that, I think it is well done, for an arcade-ish kind of sim.

The more serious flight sim enthusiast is using a more realistic sim (than MS Flight), which would include one of these; the old (but very good) Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004 (also known as FS9), Microsoft Flight Simulator FSX, X-Plane 10, Prepar3D, or even the free, open source sim called, FlightGear Flight Simulator. Third-party developers are still releasing add-ons (planes, scenery and weather packs) for the older sims, and as well, for the newer commercial titles. The older titles still remain very popular and are very good as flight simulators go. The MS Flight Simulator titles have built-in instructor-led flying lessons. I don’t know if the others do or not, but there are third-party add-ons available for the commercial sims, that can add this feature. A top choice for many is X-Plane 10, which is a current title in the X-Plane franchise, with a team still producing, supporting and working on more developments for it. Over time, it will likely catch up to MS FSX in regards to available add-ons. I’ve heard flight sim pilots say that X-Plane 10 is a more a realistic flight sim than FSX. (Ie. more realistic flight physics, moving ground traffic on miscellaneous streets, etc.)

Another interesting flight sim is the open source (free) sim called, FlightGear Flight Simulator. It can run on Windows, Mac, and Linux. The installation process for this sim is quite complicated when compared to the commercial sims. Reading through the manual is a must, and even then, it will be a convoluted process to get it working on your PC. Some sim pilots consider it more realistic than FSX, and plus, some folks have been able to get it to work with VATSIM. I suspect that the downside of this title is that there won’t be any commercial-grade third-party add-ons developed for it, but it does look great and has a lot going for it. The fact that it is open source, gives it a great potential for longevity. Be sure to check out the list of features on the FlightGear website. On the plus side, it can run well on systems with lower-end specifications. (Note: Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004 is also a good choice for systems with lower-end specs. It’s designed to run on Windows 98, up to windows Vista. People have reported that it works on Windows 7 and 8, but it could be a bit buggy. A search on the Internet reveals that some folks were able to work out the kinks.)


Microsoft Flight (free – works on Windows)

Microsoft Simulator FSX (I’m not sure how easy or well it works with Windows 8.x Strictly runs on Windows) … fault.aspx (still a very good site)

X-Plane 10 (works on Windows, Mac, Linux)

Prepar3D (works on Windows)

FlightGear Flight Simulator (free – open source – works on Windows, Mac, Linux)

VATSIM (Virtual Air Traffic Simulator)

Collection of interesting links:

Interesting blog article on what happened to Microsoft Flight Simulator: … simulators

New to X-Plane?

New to MS Flight Simulator?

Prepar3D V2 review.

If I’ve made an error, if you have an alternate view on something – (everyone has their own), or would like to comment, please post a response on our FSNS Forums, here.


Flight Sim Nova Scotia meets every 4 weeks, on Thursday evenings, at the Shearwater Aviation Museum from 7:30-9:30 PM.  Check our FSNS Forums for scheduled dates and more information, or contact us at flightsimns, over at .

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