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September 08, 2014)
Flight News Archive
||Today I began work on this Flight section of my website.
I also added a separate Flight forum to Arwen's
Realm (my forum, where
users can get help and discuss Flight with other users.
I was a Beta Tester for Flight from Jan 5th to Feb 14, 2012 (when
the beta testing ended). This was a closed beta, so I am still bound by my
Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) until Flight is released (on Feb 29th), which
is why my Flight section will not be online until the 29th.
||Flight was released today, which was a day early! And this section of my
website is now online.
||A lot of people are trying to download Flight at the moment.
The best place to download Flight is from here:
Why I resigned as a moderator on AVSIM's Flight forum: I felt that I no longer had any choice, after I posted that I
agreed completely with what another member had posted concerning his
feelings about the direction that Flight (and the forum) were apparently
heading (the post was not very flattering to either). I also stated that if
Flight did not begin expanding on its simulation aspects (as opposed to just
the gaming aspects), that I would not be staying with Flight, but would move
on (this would happen sometime in the distant future, if I ever felt that
Flight would never be anything more than a simplified flightsim/game).
Then I was criticized by some of Flight's biggest fans for posting such
anti-Flight thoughts, and was told that a moderator was held to "higher
standards." I was accused of "no longer liking Flight," and my position as a
moderator was questioned. And it went downhill from there.
The last sentence of the "Rules and Conditions" of the AVSIM Flight forum is
"Your post can only be a request for support, a hint or help for others, or
a resource for other FLIGHT enthusiasts to use." This has NEVER been
strictly enforced there, yet I was told by a senior moderator that I had to
strictly adhere to those rules. Yet when I tried to apply those exact same
rules and conditions to a new Flight fan thread (because the original post
did not meet the above rules), my post was removed by the senior moderator.
So I have now concluded that the Flight forum "Rules and Conditions" do not
apply to post that praise/promote Flight, but only to the posts that
criticize Flight. I am a firm believer in treating people as equals, and in
respecting the opinions of others . . . even ones that I personally disagree
with. So I always tried to be fair and unbiased as a moderator, but after
this happened, I felt that I was being told that I had to allow Flight fans
to post just about anything, while pretty much restricting any post that
criticizes anything about Flight.
I am not willing to do that, so I asked to be removed as a moderator.
||I finally expanded my
Flightsim Journal so that it now includes a new
Flightsim Home Page (this page), an updated MS
Flight section, and a brand new Prepar3D section
(which already includes its own tips page. I'm
currently working on a P3D Add-Ons page, which will
be followed by a P3D Navigation page.
main focus will now be on Prepar3D, but I still plan
to update my MS Flight section to keep it fairly
This new format was designed so that I
could expand my Prepar3D section, to cover such
things as third party add-ons, as well as some
tutorials. [It will also make it easier for me to
expand the MS Flight section, if Flight is ever
In Other News:
Dovetail Games press release (7/9/14):
"The award-winning creators of
the best-selling Train Simulator franchise have today announced a
global licensing deal with Microsoft, granting them the rights to
develop and publish all-new flight products based on Microsoft’s
genre-defining flight technology. The company is currently
investigating new concepts in this area and is expecting to bring a
release to market in 2015."
Microsoft News Updates (7/3/14) - Flight Shutdown
Announcement: Microsoft Flight is scheduled to
be grounded on October 14, 2014 at which time the multiplayer
servers will be shutdown. This will affect online features, such as
multiplayer and aerocaches; the single-player experience should
remain largely intact.
Full News Release link.