Well, you can’t deny him some tenacity. After last year’s planned flightsim event fizzled and was canceled, John Marshall is trying once again in 2010. It seems like he’s looked at how it is done in The Netherlands, where hobbyists do not have to pay to participate and form the backbone of the event. Click on “Read Full Story” to get to the Astrasim press release.
“……. We are pleased to announce to the flight simulation community, that the Royal Air Force Museum at Cosford in the United Kingdom, have once again offered their base to be the venue for next year’s show. Summer Sim 2010, as it will be known, will once again be taken to this fantastic museum in the heart of Shropshire.
John Marshall Managing Director of Astrasim Expo Ltd commented on the announcement “this is a real window of opportunity for the community not only in the UK but beyond, to come together and display all that is good about flight simulation”.
The big news is that next year all non profit organizations including the likes of virtual airlines, air traffic control, cockpit builders, will be allowed to exhibit for FREE. This will help bring the community closer together open new partnerships between the different organisations and most importantly introduce the public to the exciting and varied world of flight simulation.
John also said “the 2009 event had to be canceled; it had become apparent that market forces were not only against us but other industries, in what has been a very testing time economically for all companies.
With the new business model we now have in place and at last some light on the horizon for many, we are confident and believe we can deliver a world class show to the flight simulation community in 2010”.
Further details will be made available via the official show website on exhibiting, trade and public visitors to the event.
For more information on Summer Sim 2010 please visit our website …”.
Let’s hope this time it goes through! Would be cool if I could make it.
Well the basics look right. Relevant location with other things to do than just the show itself, single relatively central and easily accessible location so they don’t split their visitor base, school holidays so people will be looking for things to do… All they need is a good array of attendees to draw people in.
One advantage of Cosford or a similar location during the school holidays is that hopefully they’ll get a fair amount of exposure to “walk past” visitors as well as those who were already interested enough to look at advertising or other coverage of the event. Definitely hope it works out this time!