Partnerships 

Whether providing the nuts-and-bolts details with which we design and build our aircraft or the data we use to re-create the entire planet, many organizations and companies contribute to the success of each version of Flight Simulator. Our partnerships extend beyond the box as well, as we work with and support businesses, non-profits, and individuals in their aviation-related endeavors.

On this page we'll highlight some of these partnerships. Click the links below to learn more!

 

     
    One Six Right


The Flight Simulator team is proud to be a sponsor of the acclaimed aviation documentary One Six Right. The film, which has become a powerful tool for General Aviation advocates, is airing on PBS stations in the U.S. over the next two years.

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    Topgun Simulations


Microsoft and fighter pilot legend Dale "Snort" Snodgrass have teamed up to create a series of highly realistic F/A-18 add-on missions for Flight Simulator X: Acceleration. Snort has taken it up a notch by hosting virtual carrier landing competitions on his own Web site. Think you have what it takes to be "Top Hook?"

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    Boeing  

Boeing has been the world leader in commercial jetliners for more than 40 years. With the McDonnell Douglas merger in 1997, Boeing's legacy of leadership in commercial jets now is joined with the lineage of Douglas airplanes, giving the combined company a 70-year heritage of leadership in commercial aviation. Today, the main commercial products consist of the 717, 737, 747, 757, 767, and 777 families of airplanes, and the Boeing Business Jet. New product development efforts are focused on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, a super-efficient airplane that is expected to be in service in 2008. The company has more than 14,000 commercial jetliners in service worldwide, which is roughly 75 percent of the world fleet.

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    Experience Aviation  

At 15, Barrington Irving found his life's passion when a Jamaican airline pilot invited him to step inside the cockpit of a Boeing 777 jet. Six years later he founded a nonprofit organization, Experience Aviation Inc., to address the significant shortage of youth pursuing careers in Aviation and Aerospace. His first project? A 21,000-mile flight around the world with one goal: to inspire young people. The Microsoft Flight Simulator team is proud to be a sponsor of Barrington's World Flight Adventure.

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    AOPA  

With a membership base of more than 413,000, or two thirds of all pilots in the United States, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) is the largest, most influential aviation association in the world. You don't need to be a real-world pilot to join AOPA! If you're a flight simulation enthusiast, AOPA membership has valuable benefits for you too, including: a free virtual version of the 2007 "Catch-a-Cardinal Sweepstakes" airplane, a subscription to AOPA Pilot or Flight Training magazine, and access to AOPA's resources for pilots on the Web.

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    EAA  

EAA, the Experimental Aircraft Association, is a growing and diverse organization of members with a wide range of aviation interests and backgrounds. EAA was founded in 1953 by a group of individuals in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, who were interested in building their own airplanes. Through the decades, the organization expanded its mission to include antiques, classics, warbirds, aerobatic aircraft, ultralights, helicopters and contemporary manufactured aircraft.

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    Computer Pilot Magazine  
    Packed full of articles, reviews, and technical tutorials, Computer Pilot is a print magazine just for flight simmers. We've partnered with the publisher to bring you selected content each month - watch FSInsider for featured articles from upcoming issues!  
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    PC Pilot Magazine  
    Each issue of PC Pilot magazine is jam-packed with all things flight sim – news, reviews, features, tutorials, interviews, readers' letters, hardware, and even a  cover disk! As FSInsider partners, they've agreed to let us republish selected articles - watch for them here!  
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    Cessna  

For more than 70 years, Cessna has set the standard in general aviation. Today, no other manufacturer has made so many aircraft. Cessna Aircraft Company manufactures the most complete line of aircraft in the world. From Citation business jets, to freight- and passenger-hauling utility Caravans, to personal and small-business Single Engine Pistons. They've got an aircraft that fits your flight plan.

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    Robinson Helicopter Company  

Robinson Helicopter Company is the world's leading manufacturer of civil helicopters and has produced over 4,000 helicopters operating in more than 70 countries. Founded in 1973, Robinson currently produces two models of helicopter, the four-seat R44, the world's top-selling helicopter, and the two-seat R22, which has the lowest acquisition and operating costs of any production helicopter on the market today. Robinson owners and operators are supported by a network of more than 250 approved Robinson Dealers and Service Centers worldwide.

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    Jeppesen  


Jeppesen, the world's leading supplier of aviation charts, training materials, and aviation services, provides its NavData database and has created SIMCharts, a set of departure, arrival, approach, and airport charts available on CD that matches the data in Flight Simulator X.

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    NAVTEQ  

NAVTEQ is a world leader in premium-quality digital map data. You'll find NAVTEQ data onboard most in-vehicle navigation systems sold in North America and Europe. For hundreds of applications around the world, NAVTEQ NAVTEQ is also the driving force behind a new generation of important navigation services, including Internet Web sites, Enterprise/Fleet/GIS solutions digital map data is the data of choice. Manufacturers, application engineers, product developers, and consumers know NAVTEQ on Board means data that is precise, robust, detailed, and reliable.

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    Garmin  

Garmin is a leader in Global Positioning System (GPS) technology and an innovator in consumer electronics. They serve both the aviation and consumer markets. Their products are used in flying, boating, driving, hiking and many other activities. They're customer focused and committed to producing quality products and improving people's everyday lives.

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    Patty Wagstaff Airshows  

Patty Wagstaff flies one of the most thrilling, low-level aerobatic routines in the world today. Flying before millions of airshow spectators each year, her breathtaking performances give spectators a front-row seat view of the precision and complexity of modern, unlimited hard-core aerobatics. Her aggressive smooth style sets the standard for performers the world over.

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    King Schools  

King Aviation Schools, which is now the world's leading producer of aviation training videos and computer software, was established in 1974 when John and Martha King began flying throughout the country to teach ground school courses. In the last 10 years the firm has delivered more than two and a half million videos with over 4 million hours of video instruction, teaching up to one-half of the instrument students and over one-third of all pilots in the U.S. obtaining training.

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    Rod Machado  

Rod Machado has over 30 years experience in aviation and over 8,000 hours of flight time earned the hard way—one CFI hour at a time. Since 1977 he has taught hundreds of flight instructor revalidation clinics and safety seminars and he was named the 1991 Western Region Flight Instructor of the Year. Rod holds all fixed-wing (powered) flight instructor ratings as well as an airline transport pilot license. He's flown as a corporate pilot and has been a flight instructor for over 27 years. You can also liten to Rod as the voice of Flight Simulator Lessons (make sure to visit the Learning Center in Flight Simulator X).

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