I knew you'd work it out Art, so glad to know who to send my .cfg files to when I need the wheels on my aircraft fixed... I've got a huuuuge fleet
I always thought that Elkinallen's post would make a great Sticky - unique - I have never seen it at any other flightsim portal.
I've been thinking about your affair with Flight One. What initially surprised me was the inferiority of your aircraft as I've owned their ATR 72 for a number of years and it is simply excellent. The LDS 767 I bought from Flight 1 as well, another much loved add-on within the community, though not made by Flight1. They managed to establish a good reputation because of such quality products.
It's a sad trend within the community which seems to worsen by the day. Everybody's in for the money and quality flies out the window. Quality of products, service and support. What most folks (including us victims) don't realize is that most 'positions' such as CEOs, Administrators, Vice Presidents and anything else you can think of have gradually been taken by inexperienced wannabes. They're in it for two reasons: Prestigiousness and money if there's any to be had.
Too many of those wannabes are still teenagers who in my mind still need supervision yet courtesy of the anonymity of cyberspace can pretend to be anyone and anything and cheat their ways into those coveted positions.
The exuberance and fleeting enthusiasm of youth, what can I tell you. Multitasking 24/7, being cool, uneducated, rude and out of control at the same time. Because they can't get away with their immature behavior in the real world, they look for and find a parallel universe in cyberspace.
I've seen eleven year old kids just starting out with the sim and two years later they'd become 'developers' - total noobs who within the first three days had turned into master repainters and upload new textures every day - 16 year olds who couldn't put a single complete sentence together, yet a year down the track had become 'official' reviewers at long established sites - 14 year old beginners who after two years were still struggling with the very basics of any aspect of the sim yet managed to open, run and maintain flightsimportals... the list goes on. It's all about ego and pretense these days.
Sure, there are still some old hands around who, over the years have been giving most of their free time to us and pretty much made it all happen. Sadly those selfless enthusiasts are a dying breed.
Where is it all going to end...? ...will it really be the choice between an X-Box and a Playstation in a few years time?
On this cheerful note I shall leave you for now...
...I just had this flash of a vision of Art sitting in front of his computer, staring at the monitor, his Cessna 441 Conquest idly sitting at the gate, the wheels firmly on the tarmac and in no hurry to go anywhere soon... what a sight to behold
Keep us posted and don't keep your adventures all to yourself