Despite many of the Lufthansa Pilots being on strike, Ben made it to Paderborn for the 13th FlightSim Conference in Germany. The event was held at the Paderborn airport, where the airport fire brigade pulled out two of their fire engines to the tarmac - the freed up hangar space was then used as the exhibition floor.
The FS Konferenz starts with a developer's dinner, were FSX and X-Plane developers
drink beer together talk about the development experience, then has a day of public exhibition, talks and interaction with users and ends in the traditional "captain's dinner".
For those who couldn't be there, we have preserved the slides of our presentation: http://www.slideshare.net/PhilippMnzel/xplane-und-wed-fskonferenz-2015
We also tried to upload beer samples, but the internet connection at the hotel was lousy.
We are extremely satisfied with this year's conference. Not only were there more exhibitors and more visitors than last time, but also the impact of X-Plane is growing steadily. This became evident not so much in the public exhibition space, but in the little ad-hoc sessions we had with other developers. FSX developers who would not have touched X-Plane with a ten foot pole a few years ago were now asking us questions: How do I make a great landclass scenery? How do I make my add-on work with the X-Plane weather engine? How can I make 3d grass next to the taxiway in a way performance doesn't suck? How do I program a gauge for X-Plane?
I think we are in for a round of new add-ons that will finally come to X-Plane.