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Hi Frank (assuming you get this), I recently downloaded one of your Canadian Short Legs packs - the one with CYSE, Tipella, and Pemberton. I love them! These add a lot to my flying experience around Rockies. Thanks for them.I was wondering if you are aware of a scenery for CYAZ (Tofino) and/or CYGB (Gillies Bay) that anyone has created. Or, if you plan to do it/them. I amuse myself by pretending that I operate a small airline based out of Victoria and service a lot a small towns/resorts etc. I use Milton Schupe's Commander 520. Perfect plane for such work.Also, I tried to get to your website, but I get a dead link.Thanks again, Adam

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Hello Adam, thanks for the very kind words sir. Hmmm.. I am not aware of those places being enhanced. I'll look it over and see what i can come up with. Hey thanks Dogknot for the help. :-smile12 . We had a power outage here today (Sunday) from 11 o'clock till about 7 I am back up again. Sorry for the inconvenience.:-smile12

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....Tofino....hmmm....short of the small hanger for Tofino Air, I don't think there's much left there except that big triangulated runway. It was probably a lot more built up during the WW-2...there's old concrete footings all over the place....Maybe there's a terminal or other hangers...but standing in front of Tofino Air last summer, I couldn't see anything else except trees. Lots of BIG trees....However...why let reality get in the way of imaginative fun. The existing Tofino strip would make an interesting super-bush-flying resort hub....And Frank Betts, allow me to add my voice to the chorus of thank-you's. Your terrific work really adds a lot to these imaginative destinations in my own real world backyard. Good looking, truly funky, and fun.

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Thanks Frank. That'd be great if you could put a couple buildings in there and maybe a few of Gerrish's trees. Really spruces up an airport no pun intended! :( I like the changes you made to the other airports. Certainly gives a more realistic feel.Lt, IS there an airport in Tofino at all now? I got the impression by your explanation that it's shut down. Am I understanding you correctly? In any event, I agree that it would make a great hub for bush flying.Adam

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(edited to spell my name right! lol )Hi Frank, Just wanted to add my thanks for your great scenery enhancements! I'm enjoying them immensely. :-) I think there is a scenery for Kelowna at the north end of Lake Okanogon and I did one for Penticton (cyyf.zip at avsim) that may add to the general area.Best regards,Rob Abernathy

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>I amuse myself by pretending that I operate a small airline based out of Victoria and service a lot a small towns/resorts etc

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Hi Abent,...Yep...the airport at Tofino is operational and uncontrolled. There's reasonably active light G.A. traffic there most days, including a Pilatus PC-12 that seems to be running fast return service from Pat Bay (Sydney/Victoria)...There's some government snowplows and maintenance equipment in a yard right at the airport gate, but other than the Tofino Air structure, I didn't see much else. (A pa-28 under a portable plastic carport...??) The responsibility for the place has recently changed hands from Transport Canada (federal) to the Alberni/Clayoquot Regioal District. That may be good or bad, time will tell.....Just now google-searching around, I've found out that there is a proper terminal, well away from the back gate (where I was), it's apparrently right at the adjacent Tofono/Long Beach Golf course...along with a car rental agency.(Too uptown for me....)....Here's a little basic info about the place:http://www.wapf.com/world/CYAZ.html....And a page full a snaphots of the seedy side of Tofino airport...more vintage structures than I knew existed.http://www.pinetreeline.org/photos/p43-98.html....Note: The Tofino Air building is a veritable treasure trove of DHC-2 parts, including a mostly complete Beaver airframe suspended from the rafters....you'd never know looking at it's exterior.

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Yes, the more you engage in this hobby, the more you demand from it, hence the desire/need to fabricate things such as mini airlines. This is a good thing IMO. I'm going to look at FSMaintenance and also ACLoader and see if I can create, for fun, my own little airline complete with revenue, operating expenses and whatever other factors I can come up with. A bit of research will be required ofcourse. Naturally, my little company will offer charters as I would get bored of doing the same circuit all the time and being the chief pilot and owner, I will get to do these flights. I agree that Vancouver Island, and most of BC, for that matter, offers the best of flying (virtually) in all of Canada. The mountains are spectacular, even without Mesh add-ons, which I do intend to investigate in the not too distant future.Rob, I will pick up your Penticton scenery. Thanks.And thanks to all who responded.Adam

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Hello fellow Islanders and Island fans! If you like flying the BC Coast, you should visit Ray Hallock's web site: http://www.eagles-nest.net/rayair. Click on the download link to see the fantastic Island scenery ray has created. He didn't do Tofino airport, but there's a great Tofino Harbour there. And his Nanaimo scenery is simply amazing.

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Hi Flyer_Ken, Thanks for the site. Great scenery, however I have one question for you. How do you find the fps with this scenery. I installed Nanaimo Harbour scenery and went from 28fps (default) to 7 fps (very choppy) when the scenery was loaded. Do you think I have done something wrong in the isntallation? How do you find the frame rate?I hope it's something I've done because it does look very nice.Adam

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Hi Adam, sorry, I should have mentioned that. Nanaimo is particularly brutal on the frame rates. Tofino is better. I'm running a pretty fast machine (2.4 GHz P4, Radeon 9700), and I get 10 - 14 fps with the Nanaimo scenery, which is flyable. One thing you could do is just install part of the Nanaimo scenery, like just the downtown.

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Thanks. I'll try the Tofino scenery. I've also got a 2.4 but a GeForce 4 TI4200. Nanaimo is WAY too much of a hit for my liking. I can run 23-25 fps with the Mosher Brother's sceneries which are very highly detailed. Must have to do with the high poly textures, or the number of them.Thanks again, Adam

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