Mindstar Aviation LLC

Mindstar Aviation LLC Mindstar Aviation develops gauges, avionics software, and advanced software solutions for professional flight simulators and home-use products.
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Mindstar Aviation develops gauges and avionics solutions that bring some of the most advanced systems from general aviation aircraft to Microsoft Flight Simulator. Our development team consists of FAA licensed pilots with many years of experience in real-world flying and real-world avionics, and also have extensive experience in advanced graphics systems and solutions. So whether you use Microsoft Flight Simulator for entertainment, or as an introduction to real-world flight, Mindstar Aviation can make your flight simulation experience as real as it gets!

We would like to thank Gabe Muller and others that stopped by the EAA Pilot Proficiency Center to sharpen their piloting...
07/29/2019

We would like to thank Gabe Muller and others that stopped by the EAA Pilot Proficiency Center to sharpen their piloting skills!! We look forward to seeing you next year as well.

07/27/2019
Join Mindstar Aviation at one of two EAA Airventure sessions to learn about using flight simulation at home to improve p...
07/20/2019
Using Simulation At Home To Improve Proficiency

Join Mindstar Aviation at one of two EAA Airventure sessions to learn about using flight simulation at home to improve proficiency.

Speaker: Stasi Poulos (President/CEO- Mindstar Aviation)

Thursday, July 25th
2:30pm - 3:45pm @ Forum Stage 4 UAvionix

Friday, July 26
9:00am - 10:00am @ EAA Pilot Proficiency Center

You'll also have the opportunity to see on display RealSim Gear's G1000 Suite / GNS 430/530 GPS!!! This a great opportunity to ask the team technical questions on how to setup the units and integrate them with your flight simulator.

It has never been more important to be comfortable with the equipment onboard modern GA aircraft, and with the procedures required for every flight - often happening in complex airspace.  The power of today's personal computers makes it possible to assemble elaborate home-based simulatio...

It feels like Christmas in the office when we receive shipments like this from one of our strategic partners!
06/28/2019

It feels like Christmas in the office when we receive shipments like this from one of our strategic partners!

FlightSimExpo 2019 * Orlando, Florida (June 7-9th)Test pilots wanted for Mindstar Aviation’s “Envoy”Mindstar Aviation wi...
05/16/2019

FlightSimExpo 2019 * Orlando, Florida (June 7-9th)

Test pilots wanted for Mindstar Aviation’s “Envoy”

Mindstar Aviation will introduce Envoy, a personal simulation dashboard at FlightSimExpo next month. If you’re a flight simulation enthusiast or industry vendor we invite you to come by and talk with us at Booth 404. We’re looking for a few good test pilots.

Flight simulation enthusiasts, ATD owners and operators, and instructors will be interested in the following capabilities of Envoy:

• Seamless software updates
• Weather features
• Position reset (without ending a mission)
• Enhanced airport environments
• Traffic conflict and intercepts
• Self Pay
• Instructor Station functions

If you are a Simulation Industry Vendor we’d love to show you our product distribution channel that can connect your solutions with consumer needs.

Please stop by Booth 404 during the show and say hello. We’ll be featuring the Envoy dashboard on two simulator platforms. We’d love to hear about your needs and talk with you about our test pilot program.

Additionally we will be showcasing Mindstar Aviation’s established product line of flight sim avionics, nav data and custom solutions.

Thank you and look forward to seeing you in Orlando!

10/16/2018
Ruscool GNS530 Simulator with Mindstar software

Ruscool GNS 530 + Mindstar GNS + RealNav Data

A demonstration of my recent acquisition from Ruscool Electronics in New Zealand. Their Garmin GNS530 simulator which they call an RNS530 running in Microsof...

Redbird Migration Flight Simulation Conference
10/10/2018

Redbird Migration Flight Simulation Conference

06/28/2018

Good news for pilots -- the FAA has finalized rule FAA-2016-6142-0111. Effective in a few months, pilots will no longer be required to have an instructor present to log time in an FFS, FTD, or ATD for instrument currency. Also, use of these devices will now follow the same 6-and-6 rule (6 approaches within 6 months) as used for instrument currency in an airplane. To read the entire rule, it was posted in the Federal Register yesterday.

Our (VERY unofficial) parsing of the effective dates appears to say:

61.51(g) - instructor no longer required. (not listed in 'except' clause, so becomes effective July 27, 2018)

61.57(c) - recency experience in a sim, 6-and-6 rule. (listed in effective section for November 26, 2018)

Confirm these dates, don't take our word for it!

Mindstar Aviation will exhibit @ FlightSimExpo 2018.  Visit us at Booth #502.  We look forward to seeing you in Vegas!
05/30/2018

Mindstar Aviation will exhibit @ FlightSimExpo 2018. Visit us at Booth #502. We look forward to seeing you in Vegas!

Leesburg Executive Airport 12th Annual Education & Aviation Expo
10/27/2017

Leesburg Executive Airport 12th Annual Education & Aviation Expo

10/05/2017

Mindstar customers, please pardon any inconvenience, our websites and order desks will be temporarily offline today from approximately 12:30 eastern time for about 90 minutes order to perform system enhancements. Thank you for your patience.

01/10/2017
Airmen Certification – Change Releaseability Status

All Pilots STOP NOW and Read This

On December 23, 2016, the FAA sent a notice out to all pilots with active medical certificates indicating that under the provisions of the "Wendell H. Ford Aviation Investment and Reform Act for the 21st Century", also known as "Air21" and "Public Law 106-181", all pilot names and addresses are to be released to the public unless the pilot specifically opts out of the release. Mindstar Aviation STRONGLY suggests that all pilots opt out of this release of personal information by visiting the FAA website at:

http://www.faa.gov/licenses_certificates/airmen_certification/change_releasability/

to change your preferences. While it appears that your name and ratings cannot be withheld from the public, the release of additional PII (Personally Identifiable Information) like addresses and phone numbers is an ongoing problem making you increasingly vulnerable to exploits and scams.

According to Wikipedia:
Section 715, "Public Availability of Airmen Records", allows the Federal Aviation Administration to release the names, addresses, and ratings held by nearly all pilots with a medical certificate. This includes the release of information to private businesses, including those not necessarily having any relation to aviation safety (the intent of the bill). The FAA must notify airmen of this clause via mail and notify them that they have 60 days to opt out of the inclusion of their personal information into the public record. If no action is taken within 60 days, then an opt-in is assumed.

The Aviation Investment and Reform Act for the 21st Century (PDF, 7 KB) , and other statutory requirements require us to make airmen certificate information available to the public. Airmen that meet the active criteria received written notice of these requirements. Airmen may request to withhold add...

Visit our website to see our latest product release!  GpsVR
10/26/2016

Visit our website to see our latest product release! GpsVR

07/29/2016
AirVenture's Pilot Proficiency Center

A video glimpse into what we've been doing all week. Our own Billy Winburn of Mindstar Community Aviation, along with Doug Stewart, have put together every one of these scenarios for the EAA Pilot Proficiency Center at Oshkosh, and the Mindstar Aviation team has worked very long hours to get this center together and make it a success. We were using two ATC systems simultaneously, PilotEdge for southern California, and Mindstar's AirspaceVR for everywhere else. Just a few days left of this show, but already it's been a huge success! #OSH16

At AirVenture 2016, EAA has improved the popular Pilot Proficiency Center where you can attend forums, fly simulator problems and generally knock the rust of...

The fruits of our labor are slowly coming together. The Mindstar Aviation team is in the final stages of setting up our ...
07/24/2016

The fruits of our labor are slowly coming together. The Mindstar Aviation team is in the final stages of setting up our part of the EAA Pilot Proficiency exhibit at Oshkosh AirVenture 2016. FOURTEEN flight simulators all connected to two air traffic control systems (AirspaceVR and PilotEdge) running 30 scenarios designed by Mindstar Community Aviation, Billy Winburn, Doug Stewart, and others. Come see us! If you can find the compass rose in the middle of the show, we are right there!

06/07/2016
Virtual-Fly & Boeing 100th Anniversary

Boeing celebrates it's 100th Anniversary with a simulator featuring Mindstar's G1000

Virtual-Fly & Boeing 100th Anniversary at the German Museum of Technology in Berlin: Virtual-Fly has been chosen in order to supply a full motion flight simu...

Mindstar AirspaceVR Virtual Airspace platform featured in the Winging It Series
05/27/2016
Around the World in Two Days

Mindstar AirspaceVR Virtual Airspace platform featured in the Winging It Series

Britt joins in on a lively STEM event where two teams of middle and high schoolers plan and then fly a trip around the world.

Congratulations to Mindstar Aviation's Greg Ashby for his latest achievement!
05/20/2016

Congratulations to Mindstar Aviation's Greg Ashby for his latest achievement!

Very nice to be honored by the Town of Leesburg!
05/19/2016

Very nice to be honored by the Town of Leesburg!

05/12/2016
www.gpo.gov

Mindstar Aviation is happy to see this. The FAA is considering an adjustment to regulations via an NPRM (Notice of Proposed Rulemaking) to remove the requirement to have an instructor present when accomplishing flight experience requirements for instrument recency in an FAA-approved FFS, FTD, or ATD. For more information, see the Federal Register dated May 12, 2016.

https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-12/pdf/2016-10168.pdf

10/27/2015
EMT ® Module I

It's not too late to Learn

We wish you were with us at this past Wednesday's live session of "EMT Module I: Lesson I, Stall/Spin Awareness" but you still haven't missed a great learning opportunity with Rich Stowell. Purchase the course and we'll send you access to the complete webinar recording, the entire slide deck and all course materials including FAQ's from Lesson I. You can pick up from there at next Tuesday's live webinar or continue to get the updates.

Visit http://www.communityaviation.com/courses/emt-module-1

The EMT® Program has been taught to aviators ranging in experience from student pilots to airline captains, from corporate pilots to military test pilots. EMT® students have traveled to meet Rich Stowell from points across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico; from Australia, Indonesia, and Japan; from the…

Mindstar Aviation's president will appear as one of the panelists during an afternoon session (Panel #3) of an all-day N...
10/13/2015
Humans and Hardware: Preventing General Aviation Inflight Loss of Control

Mindstar Aviation's president will appear as one of the panelists during an afternoon session (Panel #3) of an all-day NTSB forum in Washington DC focusing on preventing inflight loss of control in general aviation aircraft. The public can attend in person, or watch via webcast available in this link.

The forum is scheduled from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.Located at the NTSB Conference Center in Washington, DC or viewable by webcast.

10/08/2015

Rich Stowell coming to Leesburg on October 8th for Free seminar at JYO. Thursday evening at 19:00. Main terminal building.
www.LearnDoFly.com

Mindstar in conjunction with Rich Stowell presented a series of webinars on "Maintaining Aircraft Control".  Please visi...
10/08/2015
Maintaining Aircraft Control

Mindstar in conjunction with Rich Stowell presented a series of webinars on "Maintaining Aircraft Control". Please visit www.LearnDoFly.com to download a free recording of the webinars!

Our goal as a community is to provide great resources for aviators who want to learn. We will strive to give you helpful tools to do more, provide access to subject matter experts, great educators, flight training opportunities and most importantly each other. Rich Stowell helps us start this conv…

If you're near Leesburg, VA (Saturday) or Manassas, VA (Sunday), come see our friends at LifeStyle Aviation showing the ...
08/20/2015
DiamondShare Events at KJYO and KHEF - LifeStyle Aviation

If you're near Leesburg, VA (Saturday) or Manassas, VA (Sunday), come see our friends at LifeStyle Aviation showing the latest Diamond aircraft available for sale or shared ownership. Anybody that knows Mindstar Aviation knows how much we enjoy flying the Twinstar! If interested, please RSVP in the link below.

DiamondShare Event August 22 & 23 2015 - LifeStyle Aviation

Mindstar's VFR "Stick and Rudder" challenge was a huge hit at EAA 2015!
08/20/2015

Mindstar's VFR "Stick and Rudder" challenge was a huge hit at EAA 2015!

07/28/2015

Thanks to everyone who came to visit us during OSH15 at the EAA and AOPA exhibits. For those of you who were trying to reach us during the show, we are back in the office again ready to respond to questions as needed. We will publish additional pictures of our exhibits in the coming days.

07/18/2015

Mindstar Aviation's product line video will play in the EAA exhibit in Oshkosh where Mindstar is participating in the Pilot Proficiency Exhibit. You can meet with us at our additional exhibit featuring our AirspaceVR product inside the AOPA tent as well.

Click the link below to see the Mindstar EAA 2015 Commercial
Visit https://youtu.be/B6Y5LsSR0K4

07/01/2015
www.gpo.gov

FAA Issues NPRM to Address Use of ATDs in Instrument Training

The FAA has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to address the use of Aviation Training Devices (ATD) for aeronautical experience requirements for an instrument rating. Prior to the 2009 revision of Part 61 FAA had allowed some training devices to credit up 20 hours of aeronautical experience via Letters of Authorization (LOA). Following the 2009 revision the terms Basic Aviation Training Device (BATD) and Advanced Aviation Training Device (AATD) were included into the regulation and the amount of time that could be credited toward the aeronautical experience requirements for an instrument rating was limited to 10 hours for both BATDs and AATDs.

The FAA is proposing that AATDs be allowed up to 20 hours of credit while BATDs would still be allowed 10 hours of credit. In light of this difference, pilots must include the type and identification of any ATD used for credit to aeronautical experience requirements for an instrument rating.

Mindstar Aviation fully supports this effort.

For more information:
http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-06-16/pdf/2015-14836.pdf

Come by and visit Mindstar Aviation at EAA AirVenture 2015 Pilot Proficiency Center!  Mindstar has developed six scenari...
06/28/2015
Improve Your Flying Skills at EAA Pilot Proficiency Center

Come by and visit Mindstar Aviation at EAA AirVenture 2015 Pilot Proficiency Center! Mindstar has developed six scenarios for the EAA Pilot Proficiency Center at Oshkosh. These scenarios can be flown throughout the weeklong show on six Redbird simulators at the "Stick and Rudder" venue.

Flight instructors and aviation companies are joining forces during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015 to bring back the EAA Pilot Proficiency Center.

This is one of the benefits of our office being at KJYO. There's never a lack of notable visitors to the area!
05/01/2015

This is one of the benefits of our office being at KJYO. There's never a lack of notable visitors to the area!

We would like to thank the Mindstar Aviation Community for such a great turn out for our first open house!! Our Airspace...
04/29/2015

We would like to thank the Mindstar Aviation Community for such a great turn out for our first open house!! Our AirspaceVR ATC controller and simulator room operators were busy the entire three hours! We look forward to having you all come out again to our next event.

Jetline Systems
04/29/2015

Jetline Systems

Just because it's a simulator it doesn't mean that it could not use some TLC.

Mindstar Aviation Open House.  Stasi Poulos    talking to David Stegmaier from Congresswoman Barbara Comstock's Office
04/29/2015

Mindstar Aviation Open House. Stasi Poulos talking to David Stegmaier from Congresswoman Barbara Comstock's Office

04/16/2015
Mindstar Aviation Open House

Sign up for the event at this link -> http://tinyurl.com/puar2xg

Please mark your calendar to join us for our first open house at Leesburg Executive Airport on Tuesday April 28th from 1600 - 1900. Meet the Mindstar team, experience AirspaceVR, and see our new virtual ATC control center. Fly our Redbird FMX. Enjoy food and beverages.

Mindstar's AirspaceVR system featured in AOPA article.
04/10/2015
Virtual flights, real communications

Mindstar's AirspaceVR system featured in AOPA article.

Pilots at Internet-connected Redbird simulators in the National Capital Area Flight Simulation Network can now practice their communications skills in a virtual environment.

Address

1001 Sycolin Rd SE
Leesburg, VA
20175

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 18:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 18:00
Thursday 09:00 - 18:00
Friday 09:00 - 18:00

Telephone

(703) 404-1100

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