If you read this blog much, you'll know I'm a big fan of the Reno National Championship Air Racing event held every September. Like many years past I will be there taking in the sights and sounds of the fastest motorsport on earth.
The difference is that this year I'll be there with a team of Aces people showing off our latest pride and joy the "Flight Simulator X - Acceleration" expansion pack. We will invite the gaming and aviation press to see and fly virtual races, new missions, and conduct interviews. We've been planning this event for some time and Dave and the other good folks at the Reno Air Racing Association (RARA) and the T-6 Racing Association are working with us to make sure we are setup for success. Robert Randozzo from PMDG has been very helpful getting the connections for us to have space in the pits as well. Thanks Robert! Here is a shot of Robert's T-6 "Grace 8" (note the PMDG and AVSim logos). This year Grace 8 is getting a new livery matching what it wore in it's WWII squadron. I'm looking forward to seeing it.
We plan to have a display area near the main gate where we will be conducting multi-player races with whomever wants to participate as well as a special location in the pit area which MotoArt is helping us setup. Hopefully we will have some races with the real air racing pilots as well, which would be fun to participate in.
If you like aviation, amazing aircraft, exciting racing, Microsoft Flight Simulator, and the opportunity to see "Flight Simulator X - Acceleration" first hand before we ship, then make your reservations NOW. It may already be difficult to find accomodations, so if you are interested in going, now is the time to make your plans.
See you there!
In the UK we have nothing on the scale of the Reno air races and it is my goal one day to get over to the States and attend the event - definitely enjoy it!
However, I find the fact that you will be demonstrating the 'Adrenaline' add-on a little galling, when clearly many of us are still suffering not being able to run FSX SP1 properly already. I personally am experiencing regular crashes to desktop due to a 'msvcr80.dll' error that is beginning to make me want to give up simming altogether. So to hear that an add-on will be available later this year fills me with a sense of depression rather that the positive excitement you guys are obviously feeling.
I posted a response, but it evaporated into the void of space!
I am very sorry to hear that you haven't been able to take advantage of SP1 improvements. I really am. I know Phil has been very active trying to help folks figure out why they haven't been able to get something to work and maybe he can help you. Check out his blog (linked on the left). I've also seen a lot of helpful posts on various forums as the vast majority of users have had good to great results with SP1. Check around and see what help you can find. Lastly we do have a support line that may or may not be able to help your specific situation. I've never actually called it so I don't know if they can or can't.
Unfortunately I won't be much help in this arena. I'm usually the one asking for help...
I really appreciate the personal response Paul, and although to most of us Microsoft are seen as a huge, faceless corporation, folks like yourself and Phil bring the human element back into the community. I am still experiencing problems, but Phil is kindly offering some help over on AVSim now so maybe we'll find a solution. Apologies if I sounded a bit down about the 'Acceleration' add-on - I didn't mean to rain on your parade! :) Boy, am I envious of Reno though... :p