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The last Dutch FlightsIm Weekend on 5/6 November 2005 in the Dutch Aviation Museum (or Theme Park) Aviodrome at Lelystad  was again a huge success. Not in  the least because of all the work by our great organiser Frans Broekhuijsen.

And yes, like in 2004 FS History was also present with a small booth. For an impression look here:

With more participants and more visitors then ever before in this fantastic venue this probably deserves the title Biggest FS Event in the World".

The next FS-Weekend will take place at the same venuein November 2006, hopefully with FS-X. See you?

For a report by Rob de Vries take a look at the website:

http://www.FSweekend.com

Latest revision: 16-11-07


All the News

May 11, 2005

Added a page with web statistics based on the free NEDSTAT counter. This is not just a counter, but a complete set of web statistics including, e.d.:

  • the date and time

  • the countries of origin of all callers

  • the distribution over the day and week

  • the operating system and browser used by the callers

  • and more

You'll find the statistics under the Miscellaneous Page or via this direct link.

April 25, 2005

Renewed the Introduction page and repaired some broken links. Added a link to Milehigh Productions.

April 2, 2005

In the weekend of April 16 and 17, 2005 the next Dutch Flight Simulator Weekend has been organized at the National Aviation Theme Park Aviodrome at Lelystad Airport. This years theme was DESIGN: Aircraft, Panels, Repaints, Scenery etc. FS History and The Old FS Vault was there too! With new videos about the development of Flight Simulator over the past 25 years, new posters of most old versions and the possibility to (try to) play many of the old versions on a current Pentium. We met many interested people and had a swell weekend.

If you want to know more about previous Dutch Flight Simulator Events, please visit the pages about Flight Simulator History in The Netherlands. With reports of all previous events (starting ca. 1990!) and participating organizations (FSFAN, DFSO, FSGG, ...) and persons. Most pages in Dutch, but the pictures speak all languages. Some pages (e.g. about FSFAN) in English.

March 30, 2005

Small facelift, including a new logo at the top and a few textual corrections and additions. Renewed the first FlipAlbum on the Gallery page, containing the covers of (lamost) all versions of FS, from FS1 (subLOGIC, 1980) for the Apple II to FS2004 (Microsoft, 2003).

February 20, 2005

Correction of the birth year of Flight Simulator. From old information I was (mis)lead to believe that the first release of FS1 for the Apple II was in October 1979. However all evidence now point to January 1980 for that first release. Followed by the release of a similar version for the TRS-80 in March 1980.

So until I receive real proof otherwise I will use 1980 as the birth year of FS. I felt like I owed you an apology! Here it is!

February 9, 2005

Update of the Wanted List and Reactions Pages.

November 25, 2004 

Start of a big upgrade of the whole website. Also read the introductory page. The timeline has been refined again. And work is underway for a rewrite of the central "Story". For a preview see the copy of the first chapter of the Good Flight Simmer's Guide 2002 (click on the picture to the right).

For the visually oriented people some visual history is added in the form of a first concept of a video about the development of Flight Simulator (in cooperation with Josef Havlik and Marcus Thompson. Follow the link below. And a copy of the poster session made for the latest Dutch FS weekend in the Aviodrome in October 2004. You will probably need a high speed connection for the 75 Mb movie.

The next addition is a response to popular demand. It is a companion website with downloads of the early versions to let the old times revive and indulge in your nostalgia. Including emulators for the respective microcomputers or the early PC as most of us now "only" have high end Pentiums with Windows XP, that doesn't like old MS-DOS programs any more. Still under construction but for a preview, look here: http://fshistory.simflight.com/showcases/chapter1.zip

Finally I made some necessary changes in the text of many pages to reflect the current status of development, if only to give due credit to the new contributors of the last year. Thanks to all of you.

December 13, 2003

A complete revision of the Timeline, introducing the concept of "generations" as opposed to versions and adding information about the new version/generation FS2004 (FS9). Rumour has it that this might be the last version by Microsoft. So much for a Legend!

October 20, 2003

I started this website in October 2001, with only the bare backbone in place: the Timeline, a first draft of the central Story and a few additional pages about the early versions.I expected to update the website substantially in the next few months, but things went their own way.

In the meantime I did update a few pages, that needed the update badly, like Wanted and Credits sections and most important the Timeline, where I added or corrected a lot of data. Next to be dealt with will be the central Story.

I still hope to manage a major update before the end of this year (2003).
So please come back.

January 12, 2002

First of all my best wishes to all of you for this New Year. I suppose you made some resolutions, well I made mine. It's been a while since I first started this website and it's time I kept my promises. I hereby announce a major update and expansion, that should be ready by the end of this month. So please come back in a few weeks time.

Part of the delay is due to the fact that I accepted an invitation by Mike Clark to write a chapter about FS History for his "Good Flight Simmer's Guide", published by TecPilot. This chapter in essence is an improved version of the central "Story" of this website. The same material will be the basis for a renewed version of the "Story".

The GFSG of course contains much more interesting stuff for the serious flight simmer.  For more information click on the picture in the right sidebar.

In the meantime I updated a few pages, that needed the update badly: like the Wanted and Credits sections, but most important the Timeline, where I added a lot of data and corrected some others. Next will be the central Story.

October 12, 2001

Added a page about FS II, the alternate Flight Simulator scene, supported by SubLOGIC alone. With comparable versions for the Apple II, Atari 800, Commodore 64, and later again for the Atari ST, Commodore Amiga, Apple MacIntosh e.a. Made some small changes to other pages. If you find mistakes, please let me know.

October 11, 2001

Added the first new page about the early FS1 for the Apple II and TRS-80. Added the page about the first versions 1 and 2 of Microsoft-FS (1982-87). Made some changes to other pages, especially to the "Wanted" page. Go and see how you can help.

Still struggling with the PC emulation, needed to make screen grabs of version 1.xx and 2.xx of Microsoft Flight Simulator (1982-1986). If anybody has a working image of version 1.05 and/or a good functioning emulation of the PCJr under Windows 98, I would very much appreciate to receive a copy.

October 1, 2001

As this is the first release of this website, everything is (old) news. Old news, because anything on this website has already been present somewhere else.
The only thing I did was to sweep it all up and try to present it in a comprehensive, but pleasant way.

I hope you like it, even as this website isn't yet by any means complete. But I will keep working on it until it is as complete as possible. So keep coming back and first look in this corner what has been added or changed since your last visit.

Have fun, your webmaster, Jos G.

 

November 15, 2007

Last week at the AVSIM 2007 Conference I received a Reader's Choice Award.

I would like to thank my friend Frans Broekhuijsen, great organiser of the Dutch Flight Simulator Events in the Aviodrome at Lelystad for his nomination and all the AVSIM visitors for voting on me. I feel very honoured and will most certainly continue with this website. Please come back for a major update before the end of the year.

May 12, 2005

Added nice overview of the web statistics, based on the NEDSTAT counter and statistics.
Go to the Miscellaneous Page or follow  this direct link.

April 25, 2005

Renewed the Introduction page and repaired some broken links. Added a link to Milehigh Productions.

Just as most other leading FS organizations in The Netherlands FS History was present at the recent Dutch National FS Event on  April 16&17 at the Aviodrome. Look here for a small impression.

March 30, 2005

Small facelift, including a new logo, consistent with that of The Old FS Vault. Some small textual corrections and aditions. New FlipAlbum "Manual-covers" at the Gallery page.

February 20, 2005

Correction of the birth year of Flight Simulator. From the old information I was (mis)lead to believe that the first release of FS1 for the Apple II was in October 1979. However all evidence now point to January 1980 for that first release. So untill I receive real proof otherwise I will take 1980 as the birth year of FS. So I feel like I owe you an apology!

February 9, 2005

Update of Wanted List and Reactions Pages. Most wanted: volumes 1 and 2 of MicroWINGS Magazine.

November 25, 2004

This date marks the start of a big upgrade of the total website. The first changes can be found on the introductory page and the news page. Look for the links to some visual additions.

The first is a draft of a new video (in cooperation with Josef Havlik and based on an idea  by Marcus Thompson) about the development of Flight Simulator over the years containing video-clips of all relevant old versions. You will probably need a high speed connection for the 95 Mb download. The second is a copy of the poster-session, created for the Dutch FS weekend in the Aviodrome in October 2004.

Then there is interesting news about the ever so often requested downloads of old FS versions, for which a new companion site has been created:    "The Old FS Vault".

Look out for more changes and updates before the end of the year. For more information and other news see the NEWS page.

December 13, 2003

A complete revision of the Timeline, introducing the concept of "generations" and adding FS2004 (FS9).

The content of the central STORY has also been reworked as  introductory chapter of the "Good Flight Simmer's Guide", release 2002 by Mike Clark, published by PC Aviator.

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