The Three Grumpy Simmers

Flight simulation video and podcast from 3 guys that insist on being grumpy for the hobby they love.

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Who are The Three Grumpy Simmers?

The voice of experience (yeah, right).

The Three Grumpy Simmers is a group of three (who knew?) flight simulation enthusiasts with a combined experience of over 75 years in the flight simulation community. That's a long time in any industry and it's a very long time in a tech industry such as the one supporting flight simulation.

Did that time made these folks wiser? It sure didn't, otherwise they would be using their time in better ways than to waste your bandwidth. But it got them the experience and the tools to give back to the community after the community has given them so much for so long (unfortunately, they are not giving anything of worth but hey! Kudos for trying, old men).

Tristan 'Novawing24' Ayton

Tristan "Novawing24" Ayton

Tristan "Novawing24" Ayton is a highly opinionated YouTube content creator with a focus on the Simulation genre. Believing that giving back to the community is important, he provides open and honest commentary and feedback on developments in the simulation genre. He has also tried his hand at texture design, with content available at his website and at the AVSIM Library, as well as writing for numerous websites. When not simming he can be found training or competing in Obstacle Course Racing or Triathlon events around the world.

Sérgio Costa

Sérgio Costa

Sérgio has been a flight simulation enthusiast for over 25 years. His passion with helicopters developed during MSFS 2000 when he discovered the complexity of these aircraft and the challenge it was to control them. Since then he has been primarily a helicopter flight simmer, trying his best not to crash and kill all his virtual passengers. Sérgio is's editor and writer.

Drew 'Bel Geode' Bolton

Drew "Bel Geode" Bolton

Drew "Bel Geode" Bolton has been a flight simulation enthusiast since 1986, and has been an active member of the community since 2005. A former virtual airline CEO, Bel has embraced many aspects of flight simulation, and understands how to connect with the community at large, through his YouTube channel, and various collaborations with fellow simmers. Bel Geode can be found often in FSX/P3D in his F-14 Tomcat "Valkyrie", in X-Plane in one of his many helicopters, or in DCS World in anything he can get his hands on, to make targets go "Boomflowah"!


Our stuff in pretty pictures. With movement.

As if it wasn't hard enough to just listen to us...

Episode 47:
Microsoft Flight Simulator 2024 Trailer Thoughts - The Three Grumpy Simmers - EP47

Episode 46:
(DCS) Drama Llama! - The Three Grumpy Simmers - EP46

Episode 45:
Stop Stealing Our Games! - The Three Grumpy Simmers - EP45

Episode 44:
Interior Design Simulator? - The Three Grumpy Simmers - EP44

Episode 43:
Expo Adventures! - The Three Grumpy Simmers - EP43

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Episode 40:
Three Grumpy Simmers - Tempering Your Expectations (Part 2)

Episode 39:
Three Grumpy Simmers - Tempering Your Expectations (Part 1)

Episode 38:
Three Grumpy Simmers - Your Mileage May Vary

Episode 37:
Three Grumpy Simmers - Ratings-What?!

Episode 36:
Three Grumpy Simmers - Sim Nations In Turmoil!

Episode 35:
Three Grumpy Simmers - Of Consoles, Toxicity and the Flight Simulation Community

Episode 34:
Three Grumpy Simmers - Of Pirates, Developers and the Flight Simulation Community - Part 2

Episode 33:
Three Grumpy Simmers - Of Pirates, Developers and the Flight Simulation Community - Part 1

Episode 32:
Three Grumpy Simmers - The State Of The (MSFS)Nation!

Episode 31:
Three Grumpy Simmers - 2021 Crystal Ball Gazing and Yuletide Winner Announcement!

Episode 30:
Three Grumpy Simmers - 2020 Reflection and Yuletide Giveaway!

Episode 29:
Three Grumpy Simmers - How's Your Mental Health Game?

Episode 28:
Three Grumpy Simmers - Microsoft Flight Simulator Release Date Announcement Thoughts

Episode 27:
Three Grumpy Simmers - Realism And Immersion

Episode 26:
Three Grumpy Simmers - COVID-19 and the Simming World

Episode 25:
Three Grumpy Simmers - Essential Addons and Advice

Episode 24:
Three Grumpy Simmers - What We Most Want To See In 2020 and Yuletide Giveaway

Episode 23:
Three Grumpy Simmers - Best Simulation Moments of 2019 and Yuletide Giveaway

Episode 22:
Three Grumpy Simmers - Microsoft Flight Simulator Preview!

Episode 21:
Three Grumpy Simmers - Community Productions

Episode 20:
Three Grumpy Simmers - More Microsoft Flight Simulator

Episode 19:
Three Grumpy Simmers - Microsoft Did What Now? Microsoft Flight Simulator - Just The Facts!

Episode 18:
Three Grumpy Simmers - FSExpo Wrap Up!

Episode 17:
Three Grumpy Simmers - The Virtual Reality Revolution

Episode 16:
Three Grumpy Simmers - Of Kickstarters And Developers

Episode 15:
Three Grumpy Simmers - The Early Access Myth

Episode 14:
Three Grumpy Simmers - Freeware Shout Out

Episode 13:
Three Grumpy Simmers - Aiding Or Profiteering?

Episode 12:
Three Grumpy Simmers - Conference Wrap Up

Episode 11:
Three Grumpy Simmers - FSExpo and FlightSimCon

Episode 10:
Three Grumpy Simmers - End of a Dream - Goodbye Flight Sim World

Episode 9:
Three Grumpy Simmers - Malware, Piracy and DRM

Episode 8:
Three Grumpy Simmers - Flight Sim World Released?

Episode 7:
Three Grumpy Simmers - Festive Simmers Part 2

Episode 6:
Three Grumpy Simmers - Festive Simmers Part 1

Episode 5:
Three Grumpy Simmers - Searching for Answers - Musings on a new Generation

Episode 4:
Three Grumpy Simmers - Downloadable Content AKA Add Ons / Scenery / Payware

Episode 3:
Three Grumpy Simmers - Virtual Reality and Community Engagement

Episode 2:
Three Grumpy Simmers - Flight Sim Con and "Alternative Simulators"

Episode 1:
Three Grumpy Simmers - Flight Sim World


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