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Old 05-23-2008, 08:09 PM   #46
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Honestly, Gwen, one of the greatest freedoms you Americans have is a freedom to fly in your private aircrafts without getting permission for every flight from authorities. Don't know about other nations, but yours ubiquity of flying is quite impressive. I'm happy there are people in the world like you are, and envious, for sure.
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Old 06-25-2008, 11:05 AM   #47
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Hi peeps.

My name is Johan Windh, 25 years old. I live in Malm in the south of Sweden. Currently employed at a production company as a film editor, but Im seriously thinking of going back to school and become an airline pilot, since that is my greatest interest and a job I wolud really love to have.

I use FS2004 frequently and try to make stuff as real as possible. Ive been using Orbiter for about three years. I had some time off but Im coming back now!

Glad to be back.


/Johan
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Old 06-25-2008, 11:29 AM   #48
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I thought I should add something in here.

Name is Dan, From good old New Zealand (not Australia) I am 23 and am currently serving in the Royal New Zealand Air Force as a communications and Information systems (CIS) technician. What do you know the recruiting poster lied and CIS is now the fancy name for sit in a windowless building all day. screw that so I have my papers in to transfer to Royal New Zealand Signal Corps and be more specialised as a network engineer.

Still don't know what I want to do with my life though as i really don't like this I.T. Lark. Been playing orbiter for about two weeks now when i can get the wife off the computer. This has really re-ignited my interest in space science so Im looking at going to uni part time to do a physics degree and *maybe* find an international university that will do distance learning on space science papers ( anyone know of anything - let me know)

anything else you want to know ask.
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Old 06-25-2008, 01:07 PM   #49
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I am Pablo, 37 years old. I am industrial engineer, Costa Rica, but due to political incompetence in this country I suffered unemployment due to economical crisis, and crisis helped third world mind who believe abuse at work is acceptable, in the first years of my adult life.

Since it did not help too much to my life plan (it was simple, I wanted a decent job, and a peaceful life), I became tired of politicians who did not let me live it, so I started writing to the press and to politicians, got some articles published and met some politicians. I was decided to change the world, which I did until now.

Economical situation forced me to work in some other non engineering related jobs like being a teacher. And at some point I went freelancer in arts (to test myself in a field I was good when younger), but I was forced to get a job again because I was going to get married. Freelancing does not allow too much stability in a third world country like this. That variety of jobs helped me to have a wider vision of the world.

As I went out of the shell, out of "Barbie world" many people use to live in, I found a reality of poverty and injustice out there. So I started to understand how to solve that problem as I assisted people in the last decade.

I used to have an Atari 2600 and Star Raiders (the first space combat sim ever) and Space Shuttle by Activision. I have my Atari ROMs here by my current TV does not allow connectiing Atari 2600, and I was looking for an Atari emulator and ROMs in the net to replay that game again, so there would not be copyright violaton. Guess what... I found Orbiter in 2005.

When I first came to M6 forums I first found a community like others in the net, where there was not too much will to help newbies, and there were not too many tools to make the work of devs easy. So I decided to learn and make tutorials and tools. I put all my knowledge in arts, programming, music, engineering to serve this purpose. I was decided to change M6 forums, which I did.

I also had to pass through a dark time when someone attacked our community and harassed our members. It requires a whole lot of unhappiness to put so much energy in that, so I prayed for people who do such things, so they live happier. I know what unhappiness is, I passed a few very tough years in recent years. But I also know happiness.

I started to use Orbiter for education and a 7 year old student of mine appeared in national TV in 2005. Later a british 9 year old kid who was student of mine landed on the moon in 2006. It happened while I had some workshops for kids. Then I moved to another educational initiative: Star Show Oddysey 2047 (http://www.freewebs.com/earth-oddyssey/Index2.htm) which brought Orbiter to the public.

Finally M6 forums evolved and moved here, and I find it very nice. You people are making this forum great. I have spent more time as dev than as a player. The balance is slowly changing, but still I feel it needs some work before orbiter becomes the perfect offline "second life". I can say british people have been very helpful.

Thanks to all of you for enjoying the product of our work. All what has been done was done for you.
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Old 06-25-2008, 02:56 PM   #50
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I must agree with you on this point. Compared to most of the rest of the world we have it very good here in the USA for general and homebuilt aviation. I feel very fortunate indeed to live in a country that allows ordinary people to build and fly their own aircraft as they see fit. I wanted to do this since I was about twelve years old and am very proud to say that in 2005 I earned my private pilot license and in 2007 I became a test pilot in an airplane I built myself and can continue to enjoy flying for years.


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 Honestly, Gwen, one of the greatest freedoms you Americans have is a freedom to fly in your private aircrafts without getting permission for every flight from authorities. Don't know about other nations, but yours ubiquity of flying is quite impressive. I'm happy there are people in the world like you are, and envious, for sure.
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Old 06-25-2008, 03:10 PM   #51
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When I was a kid. I could only dream about piloting a plane.
Here it is too expensive and unaffordable.

Now I have hot and top vessels with very cheap fuel to fly in Orbiter in my spare time.
It is like a short vacation in space.
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Old 06-25-2008, 03:23 PM   #52
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you could order a plane from an american manufacturer have flown to were you live. though having it flown there might cost some $$$$
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Old 06-25-2008, 03:52 PM   #53
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uh oh? how can this post have escaped me?

i'm Matteo from Milano, Italy. I leave near the San Siro stadium (soccer fans may know it...) .

i'm 21, and i'm a student at the second year of Medicine & Surgery here in Milano. in the future i'd like to be an abdominal or thoracic surgeon.

i've first played Orbiter in 2003, when the 030217 was still fresh, and i was completely amazed by it.
I left orbiting in 2004 and took it up agin in 2006.

my first "space related" game/simulator has been Lunar Lander on Win 95.
then i passed to flight simulators with FS95, FS 98, than 2000 and finally 2004; i usually pilot PMDG 737 serie and 747-400, plus Leonardo MD-80.

at the moment i'm a tester for Alain Capt's AMSO, a great fan of it and also to all real probes by BrianJ (i am also a John "Missleman01" big fan, for his GEP package)

the furthest i've been with a vessel in orbiter is Saturn ('cos i've not tried to go further ) and i've never visited Mercury too (orbited around Venus with Magellan).

i'm a volunteer for a public assistance association on the Ambulance here in Milano; i played basketball from 1994 to 2003, and took up again this year.

Bye
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Old 06-25-2008, 03:56 PM   #54
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Here in the US flying is generally a very expensive hobby too. That's really mainly why I didn't earn my pilot's license until I was in my 40's although I first soloed when I was 16 years old.
In the US if you build your own airplane you have the legal right to do all your own maintenance on it as well rather than being required to pay a licensed professional to do the work. This generally reduces the expense of flying enormously and brings it down to a level where someone like me can often manage to afford it. Unfortunately, as a general rule, even here in the USA flying is a hobby for people with lots of money... (Which I do not have )


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 When I was a kid. I could only dream about piloting a plane.
Here it is too expensive and unaffordable.

Now I have hot and top vessels with very cheap fuel to fly in Orbiter in my spare time.
It is like a short vacation in space.
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Old 06-25-2008, 07:19 PM   #55
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Well, I might as well put my 2 cents worth in here. :D

I'm Tony. I'm a Computer SysAd down here in sunny (hot-n-humid at the moment) Pensacola FL USA. I do PC support, with quite a bit of VB scripting on the side (I also dabble in Linux and Perl in my spare time at home, when the kids give me any).

Found Orbiter a few years back, but mostly just played around with the built-in DG ... taking it to orbit, then either winding up drifting out toward empty space, or turning it into a DG crispy nugget via a really bad re-entry.

Picked Orbiter back up seriously a few months ago, love all the new add-ons that have been built since I looked at it last. Definately makes me want to pull out the C++ books and finally learn it so I can try my hand at ship building (but then, there's that whole 'lack-of-spare-time' issue to contend with). I can't wait to see what new addons the future will bring.

Am now trying to seriously learn it, and try to run things at least a touch more realistically, as in trying to learn the Shuttle Ultra and the CRT mfd (can get to orbit just fine, the finer details of CRT are still eluding me, like the orientations and delta-v I need to enter for a successful de-orbit). My ultimate goal is to start with a blank scenario, build a station in LEO, then use it as a platform to leapfrog out (lunar orbital station, then to Mars, and beyond) ... 'station building' waypoints along the way, building up my own private universe. (May never happen, but a person can dream.) :D
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Old 06-26-2008, 08:25 AM   #56
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  My ultimate goal is to start with a blank scenario, build a station in LEO, then use it as a platform to leapfrog out (lunar orbital station, then to Mars, and beyond) ... 'station building' waypoints along the way, building up my own private universe. (May never happen, but a person can dream.) :D
Sounds like a cool plan!
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Old 07-05-2008, 10:55 PM   #57
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I might as well post in here too...

My name is Luke (Lukasz in Polish), I'm 14yo and I was born in Krakow, Poland. So far, I think I'm the youngest here, but that doesn't bother me.

My interests change from time to time, but I'm mostly a war/aircraft junkie. The first sim I ever played was Flight Unlimited 3 in about 2001. It was simple, only covered the area around San Francisco, had 6 aircraft, but it was fun as hell. I later discovered other simulators, and mostly played F16 MultiRole Fighter and Comanche 3 (C3 was a really good helicopter sim). The problem was I did not know a bit of English back then, so I didn't even know how to activate my Radar. So I ended up with a lot of time on the ground (in pieces usually, damn Su-27s). I bought Comanche 4 when it came out in 2003, but it sucked compared to C3. Comanche 3 was a true simulator where you had to have eyes all around your head, while C4 was a shooting game where the only thing that mattered was the amount of retar... err "enemies" you killed. The AI was dumb too, with infantry firing AK-47s at my metal/kevlar helicopter frame (suckers lol). I began to play shooters more starting in 2004, when I bough Delta Force Black Hawk Down. I moved to America soon after (family reasons), and have been living in Connecticut for 4 years now. Though I am Polish, I don't seem to show it. People have asked me if I am Russian, Ukrainian, German, Slovakian, British, Italian, French or Dutch. The funniest one I ever heard is someone asking me "are you French-Canadian?" One person also asked me if I'm Puerto Rican .

I was always interested in space and had seen Apollo 13 when I was around 6 or 7. I even build a model of the Lunar Module Eagle out of a kit, too bad that my brother (who was around 1 or 2 at the time) decided it needed some repairs and "fixed" it with the hammer . When I came home from school I saw the pieces scattered all over the floor. I think I still have them somewhere, as I never got to fixing it like I planned to. For a while after that, I wasn't really interested in space, until this year when I saw Apollo 13 again. I really though then "this is really cool", so I tried to find some space add-ons for my FS2004, and I came across "Nick's Shuttle Landing Challenge", which allowed you to fly the shuttle in game. There were some inaccuracies, like the fact that it allowed me to fire the SSMEs without an ET, but I loved it. I told my friend from school, Yuri, about it and he told me about Orbiter. So that's how I got here basically. The first scenario I launched was "ShuttleA at ISS", because I thought Shuttle A meant "Shuttle Atlantis" .


My other interests include:
-Baseball (odd for someone who isnt American, even rarer for an European)
-Music (Rock is my favorite)
-Coding PHP (another one I love to do. I recently got the job of coding the website for my clan, ICF. Should be fun)
-Mapmaking for Joint Ops (I'm currently working on a re-enactment of Black Hawk Down. Loved that film)
-Other stuff I can't think of right now

So, uh, that's about it. Nice to meet you all.
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Old 07-05-2008, 11:50 PM   #58
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Hey Y'all

My name is Dallas Roberts and I live in Houston, TX USA. All my friends call me Dally (from the Outsiders) though. Feel free to call me whatever. Apollo 11, Dallas, Dally, you get it. I'm 23 yrs old, and currently a pending astronaut.
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Old 07-06-2008, 12:16 AM   #59
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 Hi peeps.

My name is Johan Windh, 25 years old. I live in Malm in the south of Sweden. Currently employed at a production company as a film editor, but Im seriously thinking of going back to school and become an airline pilot, since that is my greatest interest and a job I wolud really love to have.

I use FS2004 frequently and try to make stuff as real as possible. Ive been using Orbiter for about three years. I had some time off but Im coming back now!

Glad to be back.


/Johan
Another one who want's to be an airline pilot?! Shweet!
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Old 07-06-2008, 12:48 AM   #60
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Ya know I never really talked much about ME in my original post in this thread. So I suppose I'll do it now...

Anyway I'm 19, I played amature baseball last year and am in the process of going pro hopefully before the end of this year or the start of next year. The game is my life. Always has been. So I really hope to make a productive career out of it. Maybe in in the Hall of Fame someday. Ha ha!
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