Here is where knowledge is power. Welcome to the ADX Blacklist page. This is where you will find every entity we have come across whose purpose is to scam you into believing their flight simulation products are real and legitimate. Just like in nearly every facet of life, people are out to take advantage and the flight simulation community is no exception. In recent times, scamming among flight simulation enthusiasts has become more and more rampant and in an effort to combat these wrongdoers, we are now in the process of compiling a comprehensive list of offenders in an effort to spread as much knowledge as possible to prevent anyone from becoming a victim. Quite naturally, the majority of us have the keen ability to see these scammers and their tactics for who and what they are. But many do not possess this ability. Spread the word and perhaps together, preventative measures can keep these types of tactics out of our community. Do you know of a scam taking place? Please use the form via the contact button at the bottom of this page and help us get the word out. Together, we are strong.
Another fake simulation platform that directs its efforts on unsuspecting individuals looking for a quality simulation program. Having been around for a few years now, ProFlight Simulator is a yet another example of a scam that looks legitimate at face value. In an age where flight simulation titles are no longer on store shelves, potential newcomers have had to seek online to find answers. If they come across sites like AirDailyX, wonderful. But if this ProFlight Scam happens to be the first option they find, extremely unfortunate for them. One look at this outfit from any long timer in this community and the proof is all over the walls. From screenshots from FS9 videos to personal images likely stolen from social media boasting fake testimonials. Don't let this illegitimate concept continue to fool and scam more flight simulation seekers.
The latest in the line of scamming comes by the name of AirGlobalX. Now we wonder how they came up with that? Looks oddly familiar. Like FlightReal's promise (see below. same group of people?) to get you over the 32gb hump, AirGlobalX promises to alleviate you from the stresses of the dreaded OOM factor. So how do they intend to deliver this miracle? According to the "product" page: "What AirGlobalX has done to deal with OOM errors is to create a DLL that can be dropped and replaced in your FSX root directory and it will fix all the errors that FSX comes with by default." So it seems that not only will this AirGlobalX DLL product stop your OOM's, it will also magically fix all errors within FSX? This scam is so obvious and blatant, they don't even bother telling you how it works. We need not even say don't be fooled. Nevertheless, this is a scam against the flight simulation community and you now have a duty to help your fellow brethren.
Here is a scam that was easy to see for what it was. But it's promise so tempting, so enticing, so affordable, even some of the brighter minds in our community fell for it. FlightReal came on the scene promising to put an end of the biggest challenge currently facing our community. The 32bit chopping block. FlighReal's promise was via a tool they developed claiming the ability to modify the parameters of FSX allowing it to run in a 64bit environment giving it the ability to utilize more RAM. They claimed that via the use of their "technology", they were able to simulate a 64 Bit environment through FSX allowing use of more memory and processor cores than the current standard. As mentioned, it was a scam that was easy to see for what it was right up front. But it's cheap price of $12.99 left many feeling they could part with the cash even if it was a scam only leaving them to file claims with PayPal and their creditors afterward. This scam is ongoing and their website continues to receive updates. Don't let this outfit take you for a 64bit virtual ride. Because if you do, it will all be in your head. Not in your CPU. You have the information, you know what to do.
Not every situation that takes advantage of the flight simulation community is a direct scam. Sometimes there are scrupulous individuals with initial good intentions. Known for his very highly talented and helpful tutorial & tech support FSX YouTube videos over the last few years, FSX Genius has made the ADX Blacklist. But not because of his tremendous efforts to the FS community online. At some point, FSX Genius AKA Matt Hardy began offering complete PC builds to potential customers and after taking a number of prepaid orders totaling well into in the thousands, customers began to openly complain on various sites and forums due to lack of response from Mr. Hardy. The bottom line? After weeks and sometimes months of waiting, several customers reported not receiving their systems after purchase. The list of excuses for not fulfilling the orders stem from reporting critical illness, car crash, family sickness & death, and pet sickness & death to blaming delivery companies for losing the systems in transit with incorrect/fraudulent tracking numbers. ADX received reports that Matt Hardy was arrested and questioned by the police earlier this year. We do not know the outcome of this nor are we sure at this time if customers have been either refunded or received their ordered systems. What we can say is, Matt is currently active in the community again. Our position given the feedback we have received and found online regarding purchasing systems from FSX Genius can be a high risk. Those looking to acquire a new PC may consider either going with a trusted accredited computer company or building it themselves.
A perfect oxymoron if ever there was one. There is nothing at all genuine about this scam that took many for a ride even despite the clear warnings presented by AirDailyX and many other flight simulation websites. Genuine Simulations appeared on the horizon towards the end of 2013 in an effort to grinch the spirit right out of Christmas for many enthusiasts who were hoping to bring an A380 home for the holidays. As stated, despite all the warnings, this wolf woven in Airbus clothing was simply too tempting to pass up and the only good that came from it was towards the scammers who flew their non-existent double decker all the way to the bank. The Genuine Simulations A380 promise was based on the then defunct development of the Next Level Simulations A380. Screenshots were uplifted from the NLS Facebook page and repackaged as a totally new product. The scam not only prompted NLS to take action against "disinGenuine Simulations", they also restarted production of their legitimate A380 product. The Genuine Simulations website has since been taken down, but their Facbook page remains alive. You now have the knowledge. Spread the word.
Having been around for several years now, VirtualPilot 3D is a perfect example of a scam that looks so legitimate, almost anyone with a passion of flight can fall for it. The sad truth is, many have indeed fallen for it. In an age where flight simulation titles are no longer on store shelves, potential newcomers have had to seek online to find answers. If they come across sites like AirDailyX, wonderful. But if VirtualPilot 3D happens to be the first option they find, extremely unfortunate for them. One look at this outfit from any long timer in this community and the proof is all over the walls. From screenshots from FS9 and FSX to images stolen from many of our best third party developers. Don't let this illegitimate concept continue to fool and scam more flight simulation seekers. Do your part. Get the word out.