Mindstar Aviation LLC

Mindstar Aviation develops gauges, avionics software, and advanced software solutions for professional flight simulators and home-use products.

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

Operating as usual


Disovery Flight Webinar

Our friends at AeroElite Flight School discussing how to find out if you want to fly real world aircraft.

aopa.org 04/14/2020

Event Spotlight: Smokehouse Pilots Club

Efforts of Mindstar's own Billy Winburn and our associate Gabe Muller were featured in an AOPA article today. Good job guys!

aopa.org In this new social distancing world we are now living in, what’s better than to feature a social flying club that took off through social media. We’re talking about the Smokehouse Pilots Club, with more than 1,000 members on Facebook and growing.

thehill.com 04/08/2020

16-year-old pilot flies coronavirus supples to hospitals in rural Virginia

One of our Leesburg (KJYO) pilots doing their part during these difficult times! Big thanks to our friends at Aero Elite Flight Training who helped make this possible.


thehill.com A teenage pilot-in-training is using his flying lessons to bring much needed medical supplies to rural hospitals in Virginia during the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.


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.

eaa.org 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.

eaa.org 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!

fsi.microsoftstudios.com 06/22/2019

Home - Microsoft Flight Simulator




Microsoft Flight Simulator - E3 2019 - Announce Trailer

We're anxiously awaiting on the release!

Coming 2020, Microsoft Flight Simulator is the next generation of one of the most beloved simulation franchises. From light planes to wide-body jets, fly hig...


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!


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...


Visit https://realsimgear.com/


Redbird Migration Flight Simulation Conference


Mindstar Departure out of Oshkosh 2018

Our departure out of Oshkosh

VFR Departure.


Mindstar Arrival into Oshkosh 2018

Our arrival into Oshkosh

IFR Arrival into Oshkosh 2018.

[06/28/18]   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!


Stasi Poulos, President Mindstar Aviation participates in the NTBS' Prevent Loss Control In Flight in General Aviation Through Training and Technology.

See a re-broadcast of the event at https://www.ntsb.gov/news/events/Pages/2018-loc-rt.aspx


Leesburg Executive Airport 12th Annual Education & Aviation Expo

[10/05/17]   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.


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:


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.

faa.gov 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


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 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!


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...


How to Preflight a Cirrus (A Satire)

That's not how any of this works!!!

Learn from a real Cirrus pilot how to properly ensure your aircraft is ready before you takeoff.

wingingit.show 05/27/2016

Around the World in Two Days

Mindstar AirspaceVR Virtual Airspace platform featured in the Winging It Series

wingingit.show 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!


Very nice to be honored by the Town of Leesburg!

www.aspendailynews.com 05/16/2016

Sky’s the limit for local aviation students | Aspen Daily News Online

Mindstar Aviation was proud to be a part of this event.

www.aspendailynews.com Aspen AERO AV8R program helps students spread their wings Students in a local aviation program are showing their parents and teachers that it isn’t a bad thing to have their heads in the clouds.



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.




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

communityaviation.com 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…

ntsb.gov 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.

ntsb.gov 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.

[10/08/15]   Rich Stowell coming to Leesburg on October 8th for Free seminar at JYO. Thursday evening at 19:00. Main terminal building.

communityaviation.com 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!

communityaviation.com 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…


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