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    Microsoft Flight Simulator - Commercial use licence?

    Hi, I have been trying to get a 737 sim together for a few years and would really like to sell time on it to the general public.

    Is there a licence to get from Microsoft as I can only find the personal and non-commerial use limitation?

    Does anybody have a sim there using for fun flights and how did you get a licence? Also does anybody know how much Progent Magenta charge for their commercial licence?

    www.microsoft.com/info/cpyright.mspx

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    Im not sure on the Project Magenta comercial cost you really should send them an email Im sure they would be happy to provide you with that info. Just curious if you are trying to build a simpit that can be used in conjuction with FAA? As im sure you know that MSFS is not. I would think that contacting Microsft directly about this would get you any info you need.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackWidow View Post
    As im sure you know that MSFS is not. I would think that contacting Microsft directly about this would get you any info you need.
    Many thanks for the reply. I have emailed PM and just waiting for a reply now.

    I managed to contact the Microsoft Business Licencing Centre and had a good chat to them. - They are not at all interested in licensing any Flight Simulator Operation that uses their software and are writing to me now to point out the EULA (End User Licence Agreement) on their packaging.

    Big disapointment not to be able to proceed with this!

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    There are many flight schools, training organisations, and some sim centres already using FS in this way. And what about all the payware add-on producers that use FS as a platform to produce their products ... are they doing something wrong?

    Maybe MS is just turning a blind eye to this .. might be best to "let sleeping dogs lie" ?
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    I agree with Nic

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    I think they are being a bit wise and letting the community grow it for them.

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    Hi Folks:

    First post here, so go easy on a newbie.

    I have some experience in advanced pilot training and a tiny bit of experience in the certification of fight training devices and full flight simulators as a Civil Aviation Inspector for a civil aviation regulator .. not FAA.

    While some flight schools may be using MS FS 2004 or FS X, the time spent in training with these programs is not able to be credited toward the minimum training time requirements for a licence or rating. The program is not FAA approved.

    That said, FS is a very helpful training aid for someone and is neat to fool around with the develop or maintain instrument proficiency.


    Regards to all,
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    Hi Lee and welcome! I'm writing a paper at the moment about that very subject - so i concur with your information.

    I've seen/read of situations where FS is used in classrooms, for flight lesson introductions, informal student practice etc. So if MS wanted to take there EULA to the 'nth' degree they could argue that its being used for commercial and non-individual purposes. Thankfully they don't, and it wouldn't make much sense for them to do that to their user community. I hope thats the case anyway
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    I can concur with Lee on the value of MSFS in actual flying. I flew in the Air Force but quit for fifteen years. When I decided to start flying again I purchased MSFS 2000 to pre-fly business trips I would take in the actual airplane.

    I later started practicing instrument approaches, again the ones I might fly at my designation. In both cases, I was amazed at the degree of realism MSFS provided me. It helped me transition back into the cockpit.

    Today, with FS9 or FSx and a decent pit, you get much greater realism than any of the simulators I flew back in the 1970's and early 80's. These were nothing more than emergency procedure and instrument procedure trainers. They cost a whole lot more money than a home pit cost today.
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    In order for MSFS to be acceptable to the FAA for use as an 'Official' training simulator software, it has to be TSO'ed and since that costs a completly unreasonable amount of money its highly unlikely MS is going to go for it.

    But dont be fooled, they know how its being used and that's just fine by them. As long as you dont make any money off of it.
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