FlightSimExpo 2023 - Thrustmaster After Party

I am excited. No, wait, I am super excited.

After attending FSE 2019 and missing out on the one after that, due to health issues, I was eager to participate in the 2023 edition. But I honestly didn’t expect to be this excited. I kid you not.

This edition is promising to be epic. Less than 200 tickets for the entire event are available and the organization expects to sell out (so, move quickly!). Oh and don't forget you can get a discount if you use the code 'helisimmer'!

Over 70 developers are going, including Fast Cow Productions, Airland World, VIRPIL (I’ll have to brag about this one since I managed to help make it happen), //42, and others that will be there for the first time. Even Pro Flight Trainer will be there at the X-Plane booth.

Oh, and Joshua Cowan will be there as well, although not as an exhibitor. You’ll probably find us both talking about the weather (definitely not talking about helicopters).

Please do read the full press release as there’s a lot of great info, including about a nice raffle that you won’t want to miss!

HOUSTON – May 26, 2023 – Flight Simulation Association today announced that FlightSimExpo 2023 is expected to be their largest-ever event! With limited space and just one exhibit booth remaining, organizers encourage flight simmers, pilots, and aviation enthusiasts to register now before tickets sell out.

The event recently announced the addition of exhibitors //42, AIRLAND WORLD, BeyondATC, Flight Sim Wings, FlightControlReplay, FLYING Magazine, Fsdreamteam, Heads Up View, Sim Innovations, VIRPIL Controls, Yaw VR, and more. The full list of exhibitors is available at Microsoft and Asobo Studios confirmed their participation during an MSFS Developer Q&A in March.

"We're kicking it up another notch this year," said Tim Gorham, North American Marketing Director for Thrustmaster. "Thrustmaster will be revealing an exciting addition to our combat flight sim lineup on Friday. Then, during the weekend, we’ll be hosting in-booth meet and greets with Thrustmaster ambassadors Jeff Favignano, CptCanada, Chewwy94, and Blu Games. And on Saturday night, 100 lucky FlightSimExpo attendees and partners will receive a special invitation to an exclusive Thrustmaster-hosted afterparty, held inside a Boeing 747 at Space Center Houston’s Independence Plaza.”

Continued Tim: “That’s right: a few lucky fans will enjoy drinks, appetizers, and an entirely private first flight with the future of Thrustmaster’s flight sim range, not visible anywhere else at the show.”

All registered FlightSimExpo attendees can enter a raffle to participate in Thrustmaster’s afterparty. To enter, attendees must be part of the FSA Discord, this year’s attendee networking app. Alongside contest entry instructions, attendees will find discounts, partner announcements, rideshare coordination, and more.

“We’re thrilled to be working closely with Thrustmaster again this year,” says conference co-founder Evan Reiter. “At our previous events, Thrustmaster launched their TPR Rudder Pedals, the F/A-18C Hornet Add-on, and the TCA Boeing Yoke. We can’t wait to see what they have in store for us next month!”

For more information about FlightSimExpo, including the schedule, travel and hotel discounts, and registration, visit Can’t make it to Houston? Online-Only registration is available for just $15 and allows you to participate in the event from anywhere!

FlightSimExpo is organized by Flight Simulation Association (FSA). Amongst other initiatives, FSA is studying the impact home flight simulation can have on pilot training. If you’re a certificated pilot, you can help by completing their quick survey here.

About Flight Simulation Association

Flight Simulation Association is a community-driven organization of developers, simmers, and real-world pilots working to make it easier to get started in home flight simulation. Join the community today—free—at for resources, learning content, webinars, and discounts on top add-ons and simulation hardware. The association invites the community to attend FlightSimExpo on June 23-25, 2023 in Houston, one of the world’s largest dedicated flight simulation conferences and tradeshows. The event has welcomed more than 3,500 attendees to events in Las Vegas, Orlando, and San Diego since 2018.