Below are some of the regular hosts of FSBreak and some information on them!
Eric McClintock has started in Flight Simming since FS98, with his favorite aircraft being the Learjet 45 at that time! While Eric does appreciate heavy metal in the sim, he prefers low and slow relaxing GA flying.
Eric works and studies in the IT field, particularly Network Administration at the University of Cincinnati. Eric also works in his day job as a helpdesk technician, doing anything from answering user questions to fixing servers...
Eric would love to start his real world aviation career, however has to put that on hold while in school for IT...
From 2004 through 2011 Eric also had started and managed the Fszone.org website, which offered a great flight sim community forum, screenshot gallery, and at that time one of the largest flight sim only video libraries.
Aside from interests in aviation, flight sim, and IT, Eric also has a bug for audio/video production, which is how FSBreak got started.
"FSBreak got started just to scratch a bug I had about all of my interests. I had some experience in web site management with the Fszone website, and I was an avid listener of Leo Laporte's Twit.tv podcasts. I thought that the podcast form was a great way to consume news as it can be done while driving, cleaning, working out, etc... I searched iTunes for Flight Sim podcasts back in 2009 and couldn't find anything that was updated on a regular basis. So I did my research, and found out what equipment I needed to start doing a decent podcast, and went on the forums and found some folks who voluenteered to host it with me, one thing led to another and now we have great hosts like Brendan, Chris, and Nick, and the past hosts like Mark, Danton, and countless others.
The first show we did was the announcement of the closure of the ACES studios, and essentially the killing of the "Microsoft Flight Sim" franchise...So I didn't have much hope in the future of the show. But here we are, almost in our 4th year, more than 100 episodes in, and having interviewed great guests like the folks behind X-Plane, Prepar3d, Orbx, PMDG, A2A, and many many others. It really just goes to show how solid and united this community is to keep this hobby going over so many ups and downs."
In addition to the great guests, and the other hosts, Eric is constantly surprised and pleased by the fans of FSBreak, keep those E-Mails rolling in!
Brendan Farmer has been a flight simmer for many years now, starting on FS98. The first addon he learned to fly was the Alpha Software 747-200. He still remembers learning the INS and flying heavies into Kai Tak at age seven. After joining the VATSIM network around 2007, Brendan has clocked upwards of 5,000 hours in the virtual skies and has partaken in several virtual airlines.
Flying for Brendan doesn’t stop at the computer though. As of August 2011, he is the shows newest private pilot certificate holder. Recently passing the 100 hour milestone, he pilots the wonderfully slow Cessna 172 at Paine Field in Everett, Washington. Brendan plans to attend college at the University of North Dakota to further his dream of one day becoming a commercial airlines pilot.
Brendan started with the FSBreak podcast from near the beginning and has been a cohost as the show has grown into what it is today.
"I am very fortunate to be part of this show and how I managed to get roped into this I’ll never know. It feels great to be able to give something back to the community. We try to keep the show as journalistic as possible with a healthy mix of personality. It wouldn’t be much fun just listening to some of monotone guys reading you the news would it?"
Brendan is very visible around the flight sim community, particularly around VATSIM and the virtual airline’s he partakes in.
"I love talking to listeners and making connections and friends within the community. We do the show for the rest of you, as much as I enjoy the sound of my own voice. If no one listened we wouldn’t be continuing to produce new episodes. It is an honor that you invite us into your lives, be in on the computer or iPod, and spend your time with us!"
Outside of the world of aviation, Brendan enjoys his studies in physics and math. Photography holds a special place for him too, although lacking a decent camera and some motivation, nothing much comes of it