FlightSim Community Survey 2019 Results


What is the most popular flight simulation
software? How many are planning to get the upcoming Microsoft Flight Simulator? And how
much do you spend on hardware and software every year? In this video I am going to present
some exciting findings from the 2019 FlightSim Community Survey. Hi guys. My name is Magnus and I run Navigraph,
a company that has been serving the international flight simulation community with charts and
navdata for about 15 years now. Every year we are compiling a survey to measure all things
related to flight simulation. We do this in collaboration with our survey partners. Last
year we had 15,000 participants. This year we had a whopping 17,800 respondents. Thank
you so much to all of you who contributed – respondents as well as partners. The survey consisted of 93 questions and covered
demographics, relation to aviation, simulator habits, consumption habits, the simulator
platform itself, some questions on media and community participation, and of course questions
on aircraft and addon software. I dare to say that this is the most comprehensive survey
of its kind both in terms of questions and number of respondents. We are not going to
cover all of the results in this video, but if you are interested in getting the full
report it is available for free on blog.navigraph.com. Let’s start with demographics. Who are you
guys who participated in the survey? Well, we wanted to be sure to get as representative
of a sample as possible from the flight simulation community so we asked a group of partners
to join us. 29 addon developers, media outlets and interest organizations helped distribute
a link to the survey among their customers, users, and members using social media and
newsletters. Over the two weeks the survey was live the partners attracted respondents
from all parts of the flight simulation community. The biggest contributing partners were Navigraph,
OrbX, FSElite, Carenado and Infinite Flight. The first thing we noticed is that flight
simulation is really a topic which interests people of all ages. The age distribution ranges
all the way from 15 to 85 and is quite evenly spread out, with one exception – in this histogram
you can see a peak in the bin of 20-year-olds. Actually we noted the same result in last
year’s survey. Could it be that the interest in aviation is at its peak before you continue
ínto work life, university studies, and other adult life chores? What do you think? Write
us a comment in the comments field below. 98.3% of the participants are male. Only 0.7%
of the respondents were women – and unfortunately this gender distribution is consistent with
last year’s survey as well. As an interesting comparison worth mentioning is that in the
real world about 5% of all airline pilots are women, according to International Society
of Women Airline Pilots. We don’t know why there is such a skew towards male flightsim
pilots – but if you have a theory we’d love to hear about it. We also see that more than a quarter of the
respondents come from the United States. Other big countries in the survey were the United
Kingdom, Germany, Canada, Australia, the Netherlands and France. Now, let’s look at the relationship to aviation.
22% of the respondents report to work within something related to aviation. More specifically
six percent are airline pilots. This is both interesting and a little funny. Imagine an
airline pilot just getting off a long haul, coming home, kissing the missus, or the husband
in 0.7% of the cases, only to immediately go down in the basement and fire up the simulator.
Talk about dedication! But I guess there are perfectly good explanations for this – maybe
airport familiarization or something like that. 10% of the respondents have a Private Pilot
License, six percent have a student pilot license, and 13% have some other type of pilot
license. Among those who said that they had some sort of license we also asked if they
started with flight simulation before or after studying for their pilot license. 73% said
they got their flight simulator before starting with their aviation studies. I don’t think
it’s a stretch to say that flight simulation is an activity which in many cases leads to
a real world pilot license or even a career within aviation, and this is what we wanted
to investigate in this question. Nine percent of you are currently enrolled
in flight school and 27% of the rest of you are considering taking real-world flight lessons
within the next year. In the section on simulation habits we could
see that most of you had about five years of experience flying flight simulators, but
the distribution was actually quite even with a curious peak at 20 years. What’s interesting
is that this peak was also present in last year’s survey. Some respondents also reported
having as many as 35-40 years of experience and that’s quite impressive. The respondents preferred to fly short/medium
haul regional jets, single engine airplanes, or long haul airliners – in that order. Most
of you fly five to 10 hours a week, primarily IFR. Alright, alright! Ok! Enough with the numbers!
Let’s cut to the chase – I know what you all have been waiting for. Which is the most
popular flight simulation software? Last year it was a tie between Laminar Research’s
X-Plane 11 and Lockheed Martin’s Prepar3D. While there were slightly more respondents
who preferred the X-Plane there were more respondents who replied that they used Prepar3D
on a more regular basis than X-Plane. However, for all practical purposes, one could say
it was a tie. This year, the result is exactly the same!
A few more of the respondents prefer X-Plane, but when comparing the two, Prepar3D has more
frequent users. I know that each simulator has a very dedicated
fan base and there were some pretty heated discussions online about these results. I
completely understand that if you have put a ton of money towards one simulator, you
only want to hear reassuring things about your commitment to that simulator. Emotional
reactions aside – these discussions were actually good and we used them to improve the survey. One topic which was brought up was selection
bias. Some readers of the survey were concerned about the fact that the respondents which
participate in the survey were not randomly selected. Because the respondents were invited
to participate, and not picked at random, the concern was that respondents could be
biased to answer in a way not representative for the bigger population of flight simmers.
It’s pretty challenging to make an interesting YouTube video on the topic of statistical
sampling methods, so I will spare you the details and refer to the method and summary
chapters in the survey, but consider this: Last year we had 15,000 respondents. This
year we had 17,800. Only 39% of this year’s respondents also participated in last year’s
survey. This means that 61% of this year’s respondents did not take last year’s survey.
Still – most of the distributions are roughly the same! I am not going to draw any definitive
conclusions from this – all I am saying is that from two huge pools of respondents we
get comparable results. Well, what does it matter? you say. When the
new Microsoft Flight Simulator arrives, everything is going to change anyways. Almost true! 56%
of the respondents will replace their current flight simulator software with the new Microsoft
Flight Simulator once it becomes available. 40%, however, say they are happy with their
current setup. I personally must say that I expected more
people to be excited about the Microsoft Flight Simulator release, but it’s probably the
same type of brand loyalty we saw in the discussions following last year’s survey which makes
people stick to their chosen platforms. What do you think? Share your thoughts in the comments
field here below. There is tons more to cover in the survey,
but I am going to wrap up by saying a few words on spending and consumption. The median
software spending was estimated to 245 dollars per year. That’s the same as last year.
However, hardware spending dropped to 111 dollars per year. Why this is we don’t know,
but 43% of the respondents also stated that they are postponing purchases in anticipation
of the release of the new Microsoft Flight Simulator. 48% of the respondents think it
is very likely that they will buy the new simulator. Conversely 7% are pretty sure they
won’t buy it. That’s enough numbers from me. If you want
to read the whole thing go over to blog.navigraph.com and look for the PDF document. It covers combat
and helicopter simulator preference; what people look for in a flight planning software;
which chart format that pilots know and prefer; how Virtual Reality has developed over the
last year, and much much more. What happens now, you wonder? Well, we are
sending a copy of the survey report to all of the partners who participated. In this
survey, we break down the results in two parts – one that reflects the general flightsim
population and one that reflects the partners’ user groups. That way the partner can compare
who their user group differs from the rest of the community. Moreover, each partner had
the opportunity to contribute with survey questions. The insights of those questions,
contrasted between general population and user group, will help guide development of
products and services. So thank you for participating to the survey, and thank you for taking the
time, and thank you for helping us create better products and services for you. If you have any questions about the survey,
drop them in the comments field below and we will do our very best to answer them. That’s
all for now. Thanks!

71 Comments

  1. Bogdan Serban said:

    I think more of the 70% or so that are simply flight sim enthusiasts would apply for a PPL if flying was more affordable.

    February 4, 2020
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  2. David Harris said:

    I totally agree with that

    February 4, 2020
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  3. Antonio King said:

    I think you'd see more enthusiasm for MFS2020 if there were more information out about it, namely specs, release time frame. Too much up in the air for people to even entertain the idea of getting it if they have no idea what other requirements would be needed to run it at the capacity its seen as.

    February 4, 2020
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  4. Jack Flash said:

    Where can I get a shirt like that?

    February 4, 2020
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  5. Richard Stratman said:

    Great Information – and keep up the good work on Navigraph product suite!

    February 4, 2020
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  6. Eddy Vandenberghe said:

    I totally agree, and have nothing more to add, with Richard Stratman. Very good job guys !

    February 4, 2020
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  7. JG4 Nutellaexperte said:

    I remember that IL2 was a part of the survey. Why did you left it out of the graph? By the way the video is really nice! 🙂

    February 4, 2020
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  8. vortex generator said:

    GO BACK TO LIDO

    February 4, 2020
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  9. Philip Holdcroft said:

    Am i the only one who has no flight simulator and no computer but is eagerly awaiting the release of MFS2020. I can't order a computer until i know what spec i need 

    February 4, 2020
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  10. Cactus 920 said:

    Thanks for organizing the survey and for the feedback.

    February 4, 2020
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  11. Gerson Nerger said:

    An interesting question would be also: From which platform come the 56% of potential movers to FS2020?

    February 4, 2020
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  12. Theodore Martin said:

    I think the conclusion that 56% of simmers will go to FS2020 is misleading. If I remember correctly the question proposed was "…are you CONSIDERING moving to FS2020…" I answered I was considering but that in no way means I actually plan to move to FS2020. It all depends on cost, true benefits of platform, portability of a/c, type of simulation (account needed, subscription, etc.), and of course computer specs required.

    As for the question about randomly selecting survey participants, I feel the current process of allowing everyone to participate is the best approach to get the best samplings of the thoughts of the community. Giving everyone the ability to provide their input is best in my opinion.

    February 4, 2020
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  13. Brian Gentle said:

    Thanks for an interesting set of results. I am in the older age bracket and also a Mac owner. This means the only simulator I can use is X-Plane. In any event, I am sure that Laminar Research will not sit on their corporate hands, while MS2020 appears. They will come out with new and exciting products as well. So, no MS 2020 for me, thanks.

    February 4, 2020
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  14. Gábor Hraskó said:

    Hi, nice survey, thanks! However at 4:00 the figure that 73% started FS before getting a real pilot licence does not show that FS was a "gateway drug". You probably asked FS funs only and not pilots in general. So the survey only shows that those real pilots that also pay FS, mostly started FS before they got their real license. The relevant survey would compare FS usage among real pilots and among non pilots and then check when they had started their real pilot carrier.

    February 4, 2020
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  15. Nélio Leça said:

    I´m certainly waiting for MS FS2020. Currently i use FSX. Regards from Madeira Island, Portugal

    February 4, 2020
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  16. Jim Connoy said:

    I got my pilot license in 1977. No computer, no gps. No flight simulator except for a cockpit mock up at ground school. Just can't afford to fly anymore

    February 4, 2020
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  17. Custom Coffees said:

    Hang on! At 3:16, no helicopter pilots? I'm one and I know a few others who use Xplane to keep IFR proficient. I don't remember that question!

    February 4, 2020
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  18. Lil Riggs said:

    Love X-Plane and the community. Lots of well made add ons created by community members. The new FS seems promising but intensive, I do not want to spend a bunch of 💰💰💰 in upgrades to my system in order to play. Will stay with XP until FS has some time to workout the kinks…

    February 4, 2020
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  19. Ellis James said:

    If I cannot use my FSX addons with the new sim, I have absolutely no interest in it. I am not going to spend a small fortune on new addons for a new sim. I have FSX running the best I have ever had. It serves my needs very well now. A new sim better be monumental in change.

    February 4, 2020
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  20. bar10dr said:

    We need Navigraph VFR charts now for FS2020 please 😀

    February 4, 2020
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  21. BM Banister said:

    Thanks. I find this very interesting. I enjoy seeing how my personal preferences compare to the rest of the community and try to predict how the market and hobby will go.

    February 4, 2020
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  22. Ian Kidd said:

    Can you explain the percentages in the spending on soft and hardware at 7:40 and 7:50. 100% of respondents have spent $0 in the last 12 months? 50+% of respondents have spent $150? What do the percentages mean? Very interesting survey.

    February 5, 2020
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  23. CaptainVirtual said:

    Very interesting. Thank you for performing these surveys and sharing the results.

    February 5, 2020
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  24. Robin Ainscough said:

    17,800, excellent response, glad it's moving up rather than down. Some interesting results … sadly there are many more real world female pilots that apparently don't like to use simulators or participate in surveys and/or put off by a male dominant ego swinging community. I'm surprised to see MSFS interest to be only 56%, I think much of that is because many (not all) don't know how MSFS is really going to work for them. For example, your survey indicated most users are IFR long haul flyers … MSFS hasn't really provided any PR videos showing study level aircraft so it's a big question mark for many who don't prioritize "visuals" over in-depth high quality aircraft and systems. The one missing element to your survey is that you didn't reach out to XBOX users who are more "gamers" than "simmers" and don't know anything about Navigational Charts or what an FMS/FMC is … this is a big market tha MS are probably wanting to tap into. P3D and XP running equal is about what I expected. Although there are no details of future platforms from LM and LR, you probably should have included them in your survey since you also included MSFS which is a future platform.

    February 5, 2020
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  25. Soham Sarkar said:

    Are we getting software support for infinite flight or like moving map like in xplane 10 mobile.

    February 5, 2020
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  26. Mike Collins said:

    I am one of the 40+ year veterans, my very first flight sim was F-15 Strike Eagle on the Sinclair Spectrum. I have owned, at one time or another, every flight sim that has ever been released for the Spectrum, Atari, Commodore and respectively 286, 386, 486, Intel Pentium, AMD Athlon, Core 2, Phenom and currently the Rysen 7. So I feel reasonably qualified to give an opinion. I also own a vast array of 3rd party add-ons for all 3 of the current mainstream flight simulators, those being, P3D, X-plane and FSX (both Steam and standard versions), my investment for both simulators and add-ons runs to several thousand pounds if you include peripherals like the Warthog, Saitek rudder pedals, TrackIR, VR setup, DCS all maps, F-14, F-16, FA-18, IL2 Great Battles and IL2 Blitz. Dedicated flight simmer? yes, I would say so. (Wow! Navigraph, FSElite etc, I bet you're thinking, "hey we must offer this vastly experienced and eloquent retired gentleman a part-time job and make use of his endless experience!" No! okay I'll get my coat) My point is, over the weeks since MS announced FS2020 I have uninstalled P3D, X-Plane and IL2. Since viewing the videos from Asobo I have lost all interest in the former, I was also an avid and dedicated streamer with over 1000 of my streamed flights on YouTube, the channel is now solely dedicated to FS2020. We, as flight simmers, I believe are on the verge of the greatest leap forward in simming to date and I don't think the tech will stop at flight simulators either. Whichever way you look at it the paradigm is changing and I for one will be so very glad to put away my tweaking tools and just fly! See you over the rainbow..;-)

    February 5, 2020
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  27. STUDIO MATTONE said:

    When I saw FS2020 for the first time, I immediately stopped investing in Xplane11 and started collecting money to upgrade my PC. Cant wait for it !

    February 5, 2020
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  28. Jazz said:

    The reason there is a disparity between male and female in the world of aviation and flight sim is simple. Men and women are simply not the same regardless of what the equality of outcome Marxists will have you believe. This is proof of it. There is no patriarchy preventing females from flight simming and the reason they don't is that it simply does not interest many females. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that and it certainly is not "unfortunate" as you put it unless you view the world through the distorted lens of identity politics and intersectionality. It is also the reason there are less female pilots. Flying aircraft is just one of those things that men find more appealing than women. In the same way that more women find it appealing to work in the caring and nurturing professions such as nursing. This is something that most men are simply not interested in. Again, there is nothing wrong with this. It's the nature of our species. As long as everyone has EQUALITY OF OPPORTUNITY to do whatever they CHOOSE and succeed ONLY if they have proven themselves COMPETENT to do the job then this dangerous and Marxist crap of equality of outcome can go in the bin. It is the most ill-considered nonsense and unrealistic clap trap in the modern time and anyone with a brain can see that it is riddled with OBVIOUS faults and IGNORES the FACTS that stare you right in the face. Also, equality of outcome is discriminatory by its very nature and potentially dangerous especially in fields such as aviation. If you have 10 pilot positions to fill and 100 applicants and 95 of them are male then equality of outcome insists you employ all 5 of those women over ALL but 5 of those men. Regardless of ability. That CANNOT be fair and if you are picking pilots BECAUSE of their sex you are not picking based on MERIT. Even if said women are only slightly less capable than the male applicants it is still not right. This also works the other way around. 10 jobs, 100 applicants but only 5 male. There should be ONLY equality of opportunity with the selections ONLY chosen due to MERIT. In anything in life. For any job. So, seeing as you asked, there are not many females involved in flight sim because it SIMPLY DOES NOT INTEREST THEM. Same for pilots and the issue should not be forced.

    February 5, 2020
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  29. John Achor said:

    I flew FS98 through FSX for years. Why aren't more flight simmers jumping on the Microsoft 2020 bandwagon? Here's my reason; Microsoft left us high and dry years ago; little notice and adios. They will have to prove to me, via a few years of good product at reasonable pricing, for me to consider the trip back. Any type of rental or annual fees basis will be a total turnoff. The ball's in your court, Microsoft.

    February 5, 2020
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  30. David Morgan said:

    How can there be more respondents than participants, unless the Democrats are in charge of this?

    February 5, 2020
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  31. Mike Roy said:

    I would say that the 40% not willing to change over to MSFS are the one who have invested the money and time into making Prepar3d or XPlane perform to their liking, or have the airframe they wanted to fly.

    If I had spend 10s of hours tweaking and hundreds of dollars every year for a few years I wouldn't be eager to change either.
    I would be excited to check out the new technologies of a new sim, just not switch right away.

    I have definitely halted plans for any software purchases that would lock me into one sim or the other until the release of MSFS and a roadmap from Laminar.

    Thank you for compiling and administering the survey. It's very interesting information for us and useful for the partners for sure.

    February 5, 2020
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  32. Short Final said:

    it's nice to see about 10% of the community still uses FS9, even if its not frequently. I'm one of the almost completely FS9 simmers as you can see from my channel. very cool!

    February 5, 2020
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  33. Shato Nyruami said:

    Personally, I would guess that 40 % who say that there is no chance they will switch to MSFS20 are exactly those who have invested substantial funds into their actual flight sim. They will probably change their minds when MSFS will be released and will actually look like in the previews no matter where in the world you fly. After all, we invest money into our Simulators to make them look like MSFS seems to look right out of the box and no matter how much money we sink, we are not even close. The only reasons to stick with the old system are highly sophisticated planes like PMDG´s or FSLab´s training level simulations. It will take a lot of time until planes on that level will release for MSFS20 and even when they do you will have to pay fully for them once again.

    February 5, 2020
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  34. David Sabins said:

    Anyone got any idea when MSFS2020 release date?

    February 5, 2020
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  35. Cartoonman154 said:

    It's like males and females are different and have different interests.

    February 5, 2020
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  36. Zacky531 said:

    As a former ATP, I'll keep my X PLANE11. Being a MSFS user for years, since the FS5, I'm happy flying IFR most of the time in XP11 using Navigraph.

    February 5, 2020
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  37. Man vs Life said:

    DCS World and Falcon BMS but no IL2 Great Battles. What's up with that?

    February 5, 2020
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  38. Joël Rouiller said:

    Interesting would be to compare the numbers of entries by country compared to the population of the country itself. This will give us a figure how flight sim addicted a countries population is. 😉

    February 5, 2020
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  39. M MNM said:

    If I never had my family I would be playing Infinite Flight all the time.

    February 5, 2020
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  40. Paul Jackson said:

    Next question, how many of you who said your not going to buy MSFS 2020, wen't out and bought it anyway.

    February 5, 2020
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  41. thomas dean said:

    LOVE YOUR PRODUCT! Been a long term subscriber! Thank you

    February 5, 2020
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  42. Elder Disney said:

    Will definitely get FS2020 once VR is implemented and will be upgrading from P3D v4.5.. Nothing will come close. I've been upgrading FS's since 1983 so I see this as an ongoing practice until I can't do this anymore. Also, just the cost of staying current. Way cheaper than staying current in the real world of flight!! I'm a real world pilot as well but don't fly that much anymore so FS2020 will be a great substitute. Are you guys at Navigraph planning on integrating with FS2020?

    February 5, 2020
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  43. Martyn French said:

    Great video, well presented. Thanks! This year, let's get it out there to even MORE simmers via an even broader range of channels. Most of the partners are aligned (understandably) primarily with civil simulators and content, which means the results probably under-represent some areas of the flight-simming community. You can never have a big enough sample size 🙂

    February 6, 2020
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  44. luzspitifire said:

    Good work guys, I do think this kind of survey is very important.
    I'm a commercial pilot and I was introduced to Flight Sims by my dad (former Brazilian Air Force pilot) when I was 3 years old. Inspired by my dad I always found regular Flight Sims a very good tool for new pilots (I did a college work about that by the way) I can say that much of my aviation background is related to the fact that I've been using Flight Sims for a long time.

    February 6, 2020
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  45. hunkyaz said:

    I am brand new to using a Flt Sim. In order to use Navigraph do I need an iPad or some other type of tablet? My sim of choice is X-Plane.

    February 6, 2020
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  46. VH-STEVE said:

    I have spent a lot of $$$$$$$$$ on fsx addons . I will not be dictated. by microsoft with error code 1-80004005. to get the new flight sim. join me and say NO to the new sim [ Until ] microsoft stops playing games with us error code 1-80004005 NO FIX NO NEW SIMULATOR up to you microsoft

    February 6, 2020
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  47. Roger Stich said:

    could it be that your survey would change if you spread out more evenly?
    I mean if i take a look at the Partners there are almost all of them civilian simulator based, while military ones are a minority, and thats you can see in the results.

    February 6, 2020
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  48. Maxwell Symons said:

    You asked in the video why airline pilots might be keen on flight-simming.
    I met this phenomenon in my Radio-control modelling days when several club members were airline pilots.
    Without exception they all stated that they have to fly "steadily" at work, so to come home and "fling" an aerobatic model around the sky was a release from the "boredom" of their workday flying. I suspect the same applies to simulator flying.

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  49. Christian Kohlhaas said:

    As beautiful as FS2020 looks and shapes up to be, since I've first used VR in X-Plane I'm not flying on a monitor anymore. AFAIK FS2020 doesnt support VR (yet) so, until it does it's a pass for me. Too bad the survey didnt ask about VR.

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  50. Darren McGown said:

    I'm going to wait at least a year till i get FS2020. I just don't think it will be worth it on Day 1. Once a few add-ons get developed for it then I'll maybe switch but for now it's a wait and see for me.

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  51. markabb1 said:

    One factor that was missed in the video as to why some are reluctant to get MFS202 is that the collection of add on airplanes and accessories built up over the years by many people for their platform are not compatible with MFS2020. In my case, if i upgrade to MFS2020 I will have to start over from scratch. It will not only be costly, but time consuming because as a real world pilot flying both props and jets commercially, I was not entirely satisfied with most of the add on airplanes, or found problems with them, and spent time modifying the .cfg and .air files to get the performance right, and the panels as close to reality as i could. I also had set up a number of custom profiles in FSUIPC to get the control response right, and to get the add ons to work properly with my hardware. I don't even know if MFS2020 will need or use FSUIPC. One of the other respondents on this page was correct when he said that there is not enough technical information available.

    February 7, 2020
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  52. markabb1 said:

    As a corporate jet pilot, I can answer the question that was posed in the video as to why an airline pilot (or corporate charter pilot) would come home to play with his/her flight simulator. There are two main reasons. One he guessed, to practice procedures. The other is simply we love to fly, and in Flight Simulator I can indulge myself in flying airplanes not actually available to me, and have fun with it. For example, I'm not likely to get to fly a DC-3, a Connie, or a 747-400, but I can in the simulator world.

    February 7, 2020
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  53. Steve K said:

    MS never updated FSX in ten years. They never even released a single patch. That reduces my confidence in MS.

    February 7, 2020
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  54. Bmst Group said:

    Team Fs98!!!!! GANG @OGsimmer

    February 7, 2020
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  55. Bmst Group said:

    flytampa got my money back then

    February 7, 2020
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  56. fingerhorn4 said:

    The healthy numbers of Flightsim enthusiasts must be at least partly down to the ridiculous expense of real flying. I got my PPL many decades ago for a small fraction of what it costs now. Even gliding is now three times more expensive than power flying was thirty years ago. The other factor is that Sim flying enables you to experience a huge range of locations and aircraft, from almost solely procedural to manual stick and rudder. Some would find it hard to believe that when I started flying I regularly flew from Biggin to Norwich without a radio and that includes crossing the Thames legally just east of Tower Bridge in London! You can still do that in a sim but would be arrested in the real world.

    February 7, 2020
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  57. David White said:

    The 56% number for those who say they will move to MSFS2020 could be reflective of the low level of trust many simmers have in MS. Their history in the FLT sim community since FSX has not been the greatest. Everyone remember "Flight". It could be that many are taking a wait and see attitude .

    February 7, 2020
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  58. Hussein Sayed said:

    My opinion will be sharp but it is the true. microsoft like other companies spend million of dollars for markting of games. Remember the adversitments of FSX and after we tried it it was suck ,low number of aircrafts with low cockipt detailes which have zero realism and also with boring free flying mod and between 2007 to 2009 it get low and low popularity with low sells number and this lead microsoft to sell fsx to Locked martian till 2011 whene the payware addons started to apper like pmdg b737 and majestic dash 8 and captiansim and flytampa and aerosoft and a2a and orbx all of this payware addons have the favor of rising of fsx and its sells in the market again till 2014 whene p3d v2.5 appered and x plane11 so i afarid of this to happen again for example remember (age of empier3) a famous game made by microsoft remember the posters and photos in the offical website and after we got it the markting of this game in the offical website had no relatinoship with the game so i afraid of their markiting but in my opinon DSC is better than p3d and Xplane and even fsx it give high variation and good selection of fighter jets and helicopters with insane cockipt detailes and realistic physic but they are weak of markteing this is the point which make your product stronge or weak.

    February 7, 2020
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  59. Sam Muir said:

    i love how you assume all male pilots are straight kissing their misses

    February 7, 2020
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  60. Flight Simulation said:

    Regarding “Switching to MS2020 from my current platform X-Plane, I read the question as “I will certainly try it but Switching over completely has everything to do with…1) How it is sold. 2) Will it support pop out displays for my Avionics Displays. 3) Will it support multi-Display setups like X-Plane, and 4) Will the Aircraft functionality be fully enabled and not partially like X-Plane. I.E. a fully functional G1000 and G3000 like shown in the TBM930. Hope this adds some clarity. Please share this with the ASOBO team if they want my money.

    February 7, 2020
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  61. Christoph Küstler said:

    So, you would love to hear a "theory" about why males are more interested in aviation than females? Sure. 😂

    February 8, 2020
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  62. MintyAviation said:

    3:20
    Flightdeck2sim: hold my beer

    February 9, 2020
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  63. TomcatVR Kalisz said:

    No IL-2 Sturmovik Great Battle series? It is very good ww2 and ww1 (Flying Circus) Combat Flight Simulator in multiplayer environment.

    February 10, 2020
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  64. turbofanlover said:

    LOL. Sorry, guys…apparently not a lot of women out there for us, it seems. 😉 And speaking of males, I'm one of them…and I am very excited for MSFS 2020. I've been using FSX for 10 years, and was considering moving to X-Plane…but not enthusiastically. Now, X-plane is not even a consideration.

    February 10, 2020
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  65. Steve Ireland said:

    When I was 20 I started working on my pilots license and and achieve solo status, but then got married, ran out of money for expensive hobbies and that was the end of my flight career. My experience corresponds to your graph.

    February 10, 2020
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  66. Joe de la Hiti said:

    dcs world is not even in the list, so don't bother looking

    February 11, 2020
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  67. Andreas Christofi said:

    3:15 I don't understand why this looks weird. I was actually expecting a much higher percentage of airline pilots to be honest. A good friend of mine who is a 737NG FO is using Flight Sims to practice emergency procedures.

    February 12, 2020
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  68. Steve Tucker said:

    20 year olds spike is probably because they are still under the illusion they might be a RL airline pilot one day, before reality kicks in. As for me I am 60 and just looking at getting back into flight simming before its too late to make it as a RL airline pilot 😉 I now have no software or hardware and wondering whether to get a yolk etc and XPlane to get going or just wait for MFS2020 and build it up from there.

    February 12, 2020
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  69. Steve Tucker said:

    Kissing the husband in 0.7% of the population? I think your questionnaire has not allowed for the LGBT side of the community? 😉

    February 12, 2020
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  70. Jake Skywalker said:

    Start a reality tv show about aviation and maybe more females will become interested.

    February 13, 2020
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  71. DonDzik said:

    All those partners polling and you bloody missed me! Darn. Still, thanks for your product, now so much better with SimBrief and AviTab.

    The underrepresentation of women probably means that aviation-inclined women don't mess around simulators, just go and get the real thing 🙂

    February 14, 2020
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