Hopefully, some may have noticed our absence. Over the past months, we have not been updating our website with the latest news/releases and a new issue of FSM hasn’t hit virtual shelves in quite some time.
For anyone who doesn’t recognize my name, I’m Nicholas and I originally founded FlightSim Magazine in 2012 to share my passion for aviation and give back to the community that helped to spark this passion and allow it to grow. Since July of that year, the magazine has gone through several changes to the formatting and the team, and we’ve had the privilege of growing the magazine into what it is (or was) now, the world’s #1 read flight simulation publication, available at most major sim shops and newsstands.
At the completion and release of our most recent issue, issue 15, in February 2017 our small but dedicated team decided to take on one of our most ambitious projects to date – the launch of our own online sim shop. We made the decision to focus on the successful and seamless launch of that site while placing the actual publication on hold. We launched the store with high hopes and good spirits, investing much of the little funds we had into advertising the launch of the new store. Unfortunately, I should’ve known better, and in an already crowded market, the new shop saw minimal success.
It may surprise some to know that our magazine has never turned a single dollar of profit since inception. We spend approximately 5x what we make putting out each issue every second month (when we do) and our website/assets take a relatively large dollar amount to run even when we aren’t actively working on a new issue.
After the disappointment in our handling of the launch of FS Superstore, and with the debt of the publication looming over our small company, I decided to place the magazine on hold. Our team went about our daily lives and we actually found ourselves out of touch with each other and with this great hobby of ours. The team that was working full time for our small media company (which owned several other publications and websites in addition to FSM) went on to achieve some pretty amazing things and
Our team went about our daily lives and we actually found ourselves out of touch with each other and with this great hobby of ours. The team that was working full time for our small media company (which owned several other publications and websites in addition to FSM) went on to achieve some pretty amazing thing in their personal and work lives. I went on to found a solar energy company that is now doing quite well.
Throughout the summer months of 2017, I seriously considered completely disbanding the FSM brand, the domain and hosting were costing me money and it really wasn’t doing anything productive. To top it all off, with my busy schedule as the CEO of my new business I didn’t really have as much free time as I’d like to (but that’s the life of an entrepreneur) and I truly didn’t touch a single piece of flight simulation software once through this period. I had even written out the email to our subscribers about the close of the magazine and was about to push the send button when I decided to sleep on the decision.
It wasn’t until the very recent release of the Quality Wings 787, something I personally have been excitedly waiting for since it was first released, that I even put the smallest amount of thought into flight sim or the magazine.
Upon a serious review of the publication’s financial feasibility and the now expanding simulator market, I have made the decision to start the magazine back up. We are going to be making a slow, steady transition back into operations.
Some of our old team, including editor Michelle, have come back to help with what is essentially a re-launch, and you’ll start to notice much more and updated articles and news pieces available on our website for you to enjoy starting immediately. As for the magazine itself, we will be going much slower on this. When we left it was unexpected, unplanned, and relatively abruptly and we did leave some of our business partners more-less in the dark about what was going on. We will be taking the next months to work out a new release schedule, and we will be attempting to mend broken relationships with industry partners. After we have determined the new release schedule (which we will post here, and on our Facebook), we will begin drawing up the first new issue of the magazine. We do plan to keep it free for now, however, we are not yet ready to rule out the possibility of a small charge (no more than $1.50) per issue in order to help us keep the publication running.
One of the absolute most precious resources for any content-oriented publication is the people. As we work to rebuild the magazine we’re also recruiting members of the community who may be interested in writing for the magazine. If you’re interested you may get in touch with us through THIS FORM.
I truly hope that this update has provided some clarity on our magazine and what to expect in the future. I know myself and the rest of the team really appreciate you taking the time to experience each new issue of the magaizne and to read this post.
Just Flight: DHC-3 Otter Released
Just Flight has announced that their DHC-3 Otter is now on sale. The add-on, currently available for FSX and P3D v1-4 features a choice of cockpits is available: the traditional ‘Classic’ configuration with Collins avionics and a ‘Modern’ cockpit with HSI, GNS 430, digital radios and autopilot. The aircraft also comes in a variety of variants including; the wheel, amphibian, float and ski variants of this famed STOL machine, with a variety of civilian and military paint schemes for each variant, realistic systems functionality, accurate flight dynamics and an authentic radial engine sound set.
Majestic Software Announces Imminent Release of Q400 for P3Dv4
Majestic Software has just shared that they have now begun in-house testing, one of the final stages of development for their new x64 bit version of the Bombardier Q400 to be compatible with/powered by Prepar3D v4.
The team at Majestic announced via their Facebook page that the “tentative” release of the product will be on Monday the 23rd of October 2017.
Carenado Previews New Saab 340
Carenado has released some great looking new previews of their latest upcoming add-on, the Saab 340.
Still no word on release, but the overall modeling looks to be coming along so I wouldn’t be surprised if we get our hands on this one relatively soon.
Check out more on their Facebook page.
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