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Flight sim community survey: open till November 23

Postby Gijs » Sat Nov 14, 2020 8:44 pm

Hi all,

For the first time, FlightGear is taking part in Navigraph's annual flight sim survey, the largest of its kind (with 17,800 participants in 2019)! By participating, you can help establish a broad overview of the needs and wishes of flight sim users. While the survey is traditionally focused on the big commercial players, we got to help shape some of the questions this year. By participating, you get to show that our open-source flight simulator is a serious alternative (and maybe you learn a bit more about the width of the flight sim world too).

Follow this link to go to the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/flightsi ... flightgear

The survey closes on November 23 and results will be published on the 10th of December. We receive an extract from the (anonymous) answers of our own FlightGear community, so we can see how our community differs from the general flight sim public and hopefully learn some more about our own users.

Thank you for taking part!

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Re: Flight sim community survey: open till November 23

Postby vanosten » Sun Nov 15, 2020 8:32 am

You need at least 10 minutes. But you also get a bit information and reminders about various aspects of flight simming, which you might not have done (I mean here stuff like navigation planning, ATC - not other products ;-) )
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Re: Flight sim community survey: open till November 23

Postby Johan G » Sun Nov 15, 2020 10:21 am

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vanosten wrote in Sun Nov 15, 2020 8:32 am:[...] you also get a bit information and reminders about various aspects of flight simming, which you might not have done [...]

Indeed. :)
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Re: Flight sim community survey: open till November 23

Postby benih » Wed Nov 18, 2020 3:08 pm

Did it, curious of the results
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Re: Flight sim community survey: open till November 23

Postby wkitty42 » Wed Nov 18, 2020 4:43 pm

IIRC, the survey said the results would be out in some months or a year... they have published in the past so i expect they will again...
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Re: Flight sim community survey: open till November 23

Postby Gijs » Wed Nov 18, 2020 5:12 pm

Results are currently planned to be published by December 10 (see my post ;-) ).

Thanks to all of you for participating! In the latest interim update we were doing quite good in terms of participant numbers! Feel free to share the link with your friends though.
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Re: Flight sim community survey: open till November 23

Postby TrueNorthist » Mon Nov 23, 2020 3:14 pm

Survey hung up on what I fly in sims.
Gave up after several tries. Did my best...
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Re: Flight sim community survey: open till November 23

Postby Hooray » Mon Nov 23, 2020 3:36 pm

it really is a pain to go through all the questions ... at the very least they could show some kind of progress bar, or maybe some tabbed interface to see how many questions/categories are still remaining. Also, many questions/categories don't seem applicable to an open source sim like FlightGear.

Another idea would be to provide an option to save/resume the survey at a later time.

Anyway, not sure if there even is a way to provide this sort of feedback
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Re: Flight sim community survey: open till November 23

Postby Gijs » Mon Nov 23, 2020 4:46 pm

Hi,

It is indeed a rather long survey. I guess that's the price you have to pay when creating one survey for such a broad field of interest. Unlike the FlightGear-specific survey initiated by merspieler, this one aims to provide a more global view and has the advantage that it is shared so widely (on Thursday it passed 20.000 participants) that we also reach the casual/former/future FlightGear user. Compared to previous editions, there were actually a couple of questions (and answer options) that made more sense with respect to FlightGear than before. Both approaches obviously have their merits.

TrueNorthist wrote in Mon Nov 23, 2020 3:14 pm:Survey hung up on what I fly in sims.
Gave up after several tries. Did my best...

Hm, that's a bummer! :-( What browser did you use?

Hooray wrote in Mon Nov 23, 2020 3:36 pm:Anyway, not sure if there even is a way to provide this sort of feedback

All the way at the end you're able to click "I felt the need to take a break during the survey." :-) And there's a field to give some more elaborate feedback. I'll see if I can also forward your experiences to Navigraph once the results are in.

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Re: Flight sim community survey: open till November 23

Postby Hooray » Mon Nov 23, 2020 4:57 pm

I haven't looked at FlightGear's download numbers in years, but I guess it should be possible to reach 20k end-users by integrating an OPTIONAL survey right inside FlightGear - we do have all the tooling in place, i.e. something like that would not require any C++ modifications. Obviously, the question remains how many people would actually be interested by contributing through participation :wink:
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