Based in South Devon (UK), the group is a non-profit gathering of Flight Simulator enthusiasts who meet at Ipplepen Village Hall (Nr Newton Abbot) one Sunday a month between 10am and 4pm from September to June.
The group operates like an informal ‘club’ and whilst there is currently no membership fee, admission to each meeting is charged at £4.00 per person to cover the hire of the hall and provision of refreshments. Current attendance is usually around 30 members each meeting and new members are always welcome. You do not need to pre-book attendance but a call or email is always welcome if only for directions.
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Directions to the South West Flight Simulator Group.The group meets at Ipplepen Village Hall.
Ipplepen is a village aproximately halfway between Totnes and Newton Abbot.
From EXETER / NORTH:-
Follow directions to Torquay until you reach the PENN INN roundabout – turn RIGHT here towards NEWTON ABBOT…
Keep in the left hand lane and proceed up over the hill and past the HOSPITAL on the left. As the road bears right (after filling station) you will see an ASDA store AHEAD/RIGHT – keep to the LEFT HAND lane signposted TOTNES (A381)…
Stay on this road until you have passed the filling station at Ipplepen and at this point you can turn RIGHT towards the village.
Drive through the village and shortly after you past the shops and memorial, THE VILLAGE HALL will be directly ahead opposite the T-junction of Silver Sreet and Biltor Road.Group meeting format
The purpose of the group is an open forum to share knowledge and experience as well as a chance to see some of the wealth of Flight Sim additions used by other members in action, compare hardware etc. Many of the local members bring their own PC setups, some of which are quite extensive (!) and in addition, the group has it’s own kit to which many donate/sell unused parts. There are usually at least half-a-dozen members who bring their machines with them, plus that of the club and a ‘demonstration’ PC & projection from RCCDS in Kingskerswell. Approximately 20 minutes are allocated around midday for a group discussion where future format is discussed along with meeting dates and news updates relevant to the group and Flight Simulation (upcoming releases etc). With this exception, the gathering is very informal with plenty of opportunity to chat to fellow members. Guest speakers are often invited and always welcome. (This usually takes the format of a short demonstration and questions & answers session.)
Hardware & Software used
Most members are running Microsoft’s Flight Simulators – either FS9, FSX, FSX-SE and Prepar3D, but many members also use alternative simulators like X-Plane, DCS World, IL2, Battle Of Britain, Lock-on or others. Thus a wealth of knowledge and shared experience is on hand. A range of hardware is used by members, ranging from single laptops to multi-PC, multi-screen setups.