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$50 -- a serious challenge to the Avsim community!!!

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Two years ago, I began flying in the real world after flying sims for about 15 years. FLY and MS were instrumental in saving me thousands of dollars in training as well as keeping me proficient, now that I have my instrument rating, and am about to complete my commercial and multiengine. I am now in my second year of law school and have decided that the rest of my life will be devoted to aviation. Teaching aviation law classes, working in the business of aviation, utilizing my law degree to help pilots, etc. And simming has helped me come to this realization. Particularly after getting the chance to take a 3 hour ride in Boeing's Full Motion MD-11 and MD-90 sim in Long Beach last week.Why do I tell this story. Very little of this could have been possible, or if it was, it would have been much later, had it not been for the efforts of Mr. Harvey and the MS team. So, I make this challenge. I am a law student, scraping by, trying to afford flying and living while going to school. With that being said, I have contributed $100 to the Richard Harvey Scholarship Fund. I expect that I will donate a total of $500 by month end. As the goal is only $10,000 initially for a self-sustaining scholarship, I challenge everyone here to match my contribution at only a 10% level. Many of you have salaries, as I did two years ago, and if we are truly dedicated to the simulation and real world community, and helping other college age individuals to realize our enjoyment and passion, than there is no better way, short of becoming a flight instructor.I know the budget constraints that many face, but I challenge each and every one of you to donate $50 by April 1st. That means with only 200 of the 6000 registered members, or 5% participation, we will meet the goal!!!!!WE HAVE THIS CAPABILITY.......I could go on, but I will leave it at that. We all have dreams and aspirations, and it is those who give, who receive something back."Men without dreams are never free, twas thus this way and thus will ever be."Christopher Michael BraunP4 1.8768 ram 80 gig hardriveVisiontek Ti4 4600CH yoke/pedalsElite Multi quadrant19" inch monitor-Soundblaster PCI 512Win XPInstrument rated ASEL -220 hoursAOPALawyerPilots Bar Association

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YES!This is indeed a worthwhile effort. I just went to the AVSIMhome page, and in minutes, using PayPal, contributed $50.00.I too started with Fly!/Fly!2/Fly! II and now FS2K2.It was because of Richard Harvey's Fly! series I became interestedin flight simming. I've have learned so, so much about aircraft,flight details, etc. It's a fascinating hobby.Regards,JerryG

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While I have nothing at stake, other than an interest in aviation, let me be the first to thank you. Let's fill this post up in the next week or two with like minded souls....You can then look back in a couple of years and say "I actually built that scholarship at Embry Riddle!"Christopher

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See it's easy...I have already been emailed committments from a number of people!....We're almost there. Can someone from the Avsim staff give a ballpark as to how much money was in the fund as of today? I would guess it was already at about $1000-2000, so we only need about 160 more people, maybe less if I underestimated!!!Come on, let's keep it going!!!!Christopher

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Count me in. I just left PayPal where I increased my previous donation so that the total now is $50.00 I was also touched by the Rich Harvey magic. What an absolute gem of a person. A tragic loss. Great idea, CMB, even though you are on the road to perdition. Lawyers...Ugghhh! (:-)Larry J.Florence, MT

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Larry, thank you very much for your help. Trust me, I'm going to be one of the good ones...defending pilots and aviation companies against frivolous lawsuits.....:)Let these few inspire the masses. There are 6400 of us out there..... Just need 150.....Thank you again!Christopher Michael Braun

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TWO PERCENT OF THE MEMBERSHIP IS ALL WE NEED! EVEN JUNK MAIL HAS A GREATER RESPONSE RATE.....AND THAT IS TO A RELATIVELY POORLY TARGETED DEMOGRAPHIC......WE ARE ALL PILOTS HERE....Simmers or RW....EVEN THOSE WHO CAN CONTRIBUTE $10 ARE GREATLY APPRECIATED!!POST HERE IF YOU ARE WILLING TO PLEDGE OR MAKE THE COMMITMENT TODAY..... THIS POST SHOULD HAVE THE MOST VIEWS AND REPLIES OF ANY POST THIS YEAR....IT IS BY FAR THE MOST IMPORTANT....MORE IMPORTANT THAN TRYING TO INCREASE THE SHINE ON YOUR 747.....Let's show Richard Harvey and the Aviation Community that we care!Thank you again, Christopher Michael Braun"Men without dreams are never free, twas thus this way and thus will ever be."P4 1.8768 ram 80 gig hardriveVisiontek Ti4 4600CH yoke/pedalsElite Multi quadrant19" inch monitor-Soundblaster PCI 512Win XPInstrument rated ASEL -215 hoursAOPALawyerPilots Bar Association

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Bump ----you're telling me that opinions on the new 757's is going to get 4x the views of a man's passing? C'mon guys....

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Christopher,I am in. Couldn't be for a better cause or in memory of a nicer guy.Thanks for the challenge.Tom

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Okay, I'm in for $50. The goal is too close to let it slip by.

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Excellent! It appears that in less than 6 hours, we are about a thousand dollars closer! That would mean we only need about 140-145 more individuals. Down from 175 almost 6.5 hours ago!!!Great work everyone....keep posting here if you are going to donate so that we can encourage others to do so as well! It is a great cause!Christopher

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How about Wilco - $100 - that's only two customers!!!!Phoenix Simulations - $100Flight one - $100Active Sky - $50FsMeteo - $50Real Air Simulations - $50Vans Air Group - $50Abacus - $100Dreamfleet - $100FsFlightmax - $100FSGenesis - $100Ariane - $100That's worth 20 more people right there.I know I have forgotten many. But, the companies should be throwing in $50-100 immediately. How about $250 from MS for God Sakes - Email them!!!!! Tell them they will be supporting future pilots at Embry Riddle.We just need to lobby a bit.Email these companies and tell them that they should donate. They would not have had a business if it were not for the FLY or MS platform in the first place.

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Christopher, thank you very much for your efforts in rallying the troops. I know all of us on the staff want very badly to see the scholarship do well and become self-sustaining.It is the best way to help honor Rich and also help out a new person coming into to flying that needs a little help. The aviation industry certainly could use the shot in the arm and this is a great way for the simming community to try to help out.Thanks again.P.S. Thought I'd give you a hand by anchoring this thread you started.

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There is nothing I can say other than I'm in there also.Add $50.00 more, boy if I just think of all the bad or unsupproted addons I have spent money on over the years.This will have an ever lasting feeling for me. Unlike bad software. Well worth the price.Come on lets all help out!

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Can we get a general indication of where the fund stands as of say a week ago or some recent benchmark? Furthermore, LETS GET THE PAYWARE GUYS ON BOARD!!!! THEY ARE ONLY GIVING UP ONE TO TWO CONSUMERS WORTH OF REVENUE, BUT BY POSTING THEIR COMMITMENT HERE, THEY ARE BOTH ADVERTISING AND SUPPORTING THE COMMUNITY THAT PAYS THEIR BILLS!FURTHER COMPANIES....THAT I FORGOT BEFORE.....(EMAIL THEM TO REQUEST THEIR SUPPORT)JUSTFLIGHT - $100RADAR CONTACT - $100FSD - STEVE SMALL AND COMPANY - $100LAGO - $100ETC.IF THE AVSIM COMMUNITY THINKS OF OTHERS, POST THEM HERE AND EMAIL THEM....How about freeware developers like POSKY, project AI, ? $25-50- b/c they are freeware.C'mon, we can hit this thing in a week's time. Please post if your willing to contribute....How amazing would this be?The simmer's can take satisfaction that they made their mark on perhaps the most noteable aviation university/institution in the world...Great Job so far!Christopher

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"How amazing would this be?The simmer's can take satisfaction that they made their mark on perhaps the most noteable aviation university/institution in the world...Great Job so far!Christopher" I met Richard at Lake Tahoe, NV last September during the AVSIM Conference. Words can't describe seeing him receive the Avsim Lifetime Achievement Award. Count me in, I'm on my way to PayPal.Best regards,Rob Abernathy

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Christopher, I just have reign over the forums so I'm not sure where the funds stand for the scholarship. :-)Tom or one of the other senior staff members will have to get that info. I do believe Radar Contact is one of our corporate contributers as they appear on the right side of the page.

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Although I was not at the conference, I can imagine the emotion that was both felt and conveyed by the attendees.Your customers and fellow pilots thank you!Christopher

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I have just posted a message from Tara Harvey. I hope each of you will take a momnent to read it and appreciate how much you have all meant to Richard, Tara and their entire family.As for the status of the Scholarship fund we are just above $5000. We hope that we can exceed the orginal amount and provide an even larger scholarship or even more than one.http://www.avsim.com/pages/robert/kirkland.jpg

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Chris, I could not agree more on the need for the commercial developers to contribute. PSS has contributed $1000 and several others developers have made contributions as well. We encourage all that can to make their contributions now.Robert KirklandPSS SUPPORTsupport@phoenix-simulation.co.ukhttp://www.avsim.com/pss/phoenix.jpg

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Hi ChrisGreat initiative. Just added my $50 worth. Imagine the wonderful place the world would be if there where more people like Richard Harvey!Regards

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Thank you to Mats and Egbert for their contribution (as well as to Egbert for the post over on another forum as well!) We have probably raised $1000-2000 more in just 24 hours.We only need another 100 people, or 1.4% of the 6900 member commmunity! Can we get 10 corporate sponsors at $100? Please email your favorite payware company and encourage them to contribute. For every $100, that is two simmers...We could have a self-sustaining scholarship at Embry-Riddle by the end of this week!!!Great job! Keep up the good work!Christopher

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As a customer of yours I have been very pleased with the Airbus product. I am certain that your display of committment to your customers will continue to demonstrate an unwavering goal of customer service that is evident in your forum and in your desire to continually increase the quality of your product.Let this be an example! There are another 10-15 major add-on developers that could really increase the momentum as well.Let's see your support!Thank you again Phoenix!Christopher

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