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I nominate "Opa" for Flightsim's man for the decade

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This has been on my mind for a long time. Like most of you I have to read this forum every couple of days to keep up with whats going on and to try to fix problems that pop up from time to time with FS 2004. I've been "flying" since FS98 and what a lot of changes since then. There are a lot of really, really smart people that read this fourm. Unfortunally, I'm not one of them. I am retired and do fly a lot but that does not mean that I know how to fix a lot of the problems that people ask here. Every once in a while someone askes something that I have fixed in the past and I can pass it on to them, but not very often. Most of the people go out of their way and spend a lot of time and effort to help other people.The one person that comes to mind the most is Opa ! He may not "chime" in at the start of every problem, but many many times if no one else can "fix" the problem, he can and does. In IMHP, Opa knows FS2004 as well or better than anyone else. His entries prove that to me. I'm sure glad that we have an Opa around to help us when we really need it, so........ (drum roll) I here by nominate Opa for Flightsim's man for the decade 2000 to 2010.jerrycwo4Bravo Zulu ( International signal for WELL DONE)

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I second the Nomination, jerryuscg. Opa has always been a source of help and knowledge. His tips were great and I still have then stored away for quick reference.Bob

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This has been on my mind for a long time. Like most of you I have to read this forum every couple of days to keep up with whats going on and to try to fix problems that pop up from time to time with FS 2004. I've been "flying" since FS98 and what a lot of changes since then. There are a lot of really, really smart people that read this fourm. Unfortunally, I'm not one of them. I am retired and do fly a lot but that does not mean that I know how to fix a lot of the problems that people ask here. Every once in a while someone askes something that I have fixed in the past and I can pass it on to them, but not very often. Most of the people go out of their way and spend a lot of time and effort to help other people.The one person that comes to mind the most is Opa ! He may not "chime" in at the start of every problem, but many many times if no one else can "fix" the problem, he can and does. In IMHP, Opa knows FS2004 as well or better than anyone else. His entries prove that to me. I'm sure glad that we have an Opa around to help us when we really need it, so........ (drum roll) I here by nominate Opa for Flightsim's man for the decade 2000 to 2010.jerrycwo4Bravo Zulu ( International signal for WELL DONE)
I agree 100% with your selection of "Opa".This person has come to my rescue numerous times; even when his recomendations do not solve the problem immediately he never leaves you "hanging" he continues on nibbling away at other alternatives. Opa is extremely generous with his knowledge as well as with his time. Perfect choice.Ger-Ray :(

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Agree absolutely. Opa is a great help to everyone here. He has helped me tremendously in the past and probably will do so againBill

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Opa is definitely the #1 "go-to" guy when you need help solving fs9 difficulties. His posts are always thoughtful and instructive; I look for them, regardless of the topic. Thank you, sir, for your time and dedication.

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I could not agree more. My Hat's off to you Opa. Thanks for your help in the past and surely in the future. David

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Yeppers, I agree 110%, Always trying to help others with fs9 problems, and very knowledgable in doing it also.

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This has been on my mind for a long time. Like most of you I have to read this forum every couple of days to keep up with whats going on and to try to fix problems that pop up from time to time with FS 2004. I've been "flying" since FS98 and what a lot of changes since then. There are a lot of really, really smart people that read this fourm. Unfortunally, I'm not one of them. I am retired and do fly a lot but that does not mean that I know how to fix a lot of the problems that people ask here. Every once in a while someone askes something that I have fixed in the past and I can pass it on to them, but not very often. Most of the people go out of their way and spend a lot of time and effort to help other people.The one person that comes to mind the most is Opa ! He may not "chime" in at the start of every problem, but many many times if no one else can "fix" the problem, he can and does. In IMHP, Opa knows FS2004 as well or better than anyone else. His entries prove that to me. I'm sure glad that we have an Opa around to help us when we really need it, so........ (drum roll) I here by nominate Opa for Flightsim's man for the decade 2000 to 2010.jerrycwo4Bravo Zulu ( International signal for WELL DONE)
I think Opa is a fine nomination for sure. However for me personally...its Tom Gibson. Tom literally opened up and pretty much pioneered leadership in the propliner space, which has yielded not only great freeware aircraft, panels, scenery and AI, but FDE's, and a unique community. His personal enjoyment of this era in aviation has been contagious through the community he fosters at calclassic.com. I like flying both modern jets, general aviation as well as the classic propliners, however if you spend any time at all in the propliner community you will be very impressed by the level of detail these folks get into.Tom also has a connection to a unique magician coined as FS Aviator, who does not post but renders epistles on both aeronautical engineering, but aircraft handling, etc, etc. thats very technical but results in some amazing corrections to the flight performance of MSFS propeller aircraft. Im not sure its not Tom himself, but the writing of FS Aviator is pretty amazing. Kind of like Batman showing up at a crime scene.Eric

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Yeah but you gotta dig Opa's style too. I mean, how many people do you know who would do excludes for Okie's bridges? Slightly off beat sometimes and really cool :)Mark

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Yeah but you gotta dig Opa's style too. I mean, how many people do you know who would do excludes for Okie's bridges? Slightly off beat sometimes and really cool :)Mark
No, I totally agree. I dig it man. I did that exclude yesterday and didnt even know there was a problem there because I never fly low and slow in Oklahoma.

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Count my vote in too.He is one of those people who I guess have a lot of time on their hands and can dedicate themselves to this hobby fully. While sometimes his answers are not on the spot, as often as it is, they are sometimes very much on the spot. All in all, a very big help to all of us simmers!

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'Opa' has helped me with flight sim problems many times over many years.Add my name to the 'Opa' for Flightsim's man for the decade.Kenl

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I would also like to vote for Okra as veggie of the decade. I especially like it fried or in my wife's gumbo. One thing for sure, it's sometimes misunderstood but it's always appreciated!Just my observation,gwillmot

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Man of the Decade. That's a very long time. As an active FS forum follower since 1998 I think this magnitude of recognition is a bit premature. Over the years there have been dozens of very bright and helpful people on the forums both here and at FS sim. Unfortunately as the years have passed for whatever reasons most have dropped off the radar. We don't have many commercial pilots anymore and we certainly don't seem to have many aeronautical engineers as we did in the old days. Todays crop of participants are helpful and knowledgable but that's simply natural evolution of the forums.I'm sure OPA would agree that the list of names from the past is both lengthy and very deserving of praise over the past ten years.

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With all respect and appreciation for Opa, I think that singling out any single person or even small group of people is a counterproductive enterprise, because somebody deserving inevitably gets left out. I think back on years of freeware FSUIPC from Pete Dowson, the great models from Milt Shupe and company, amazing freeware sceneries from Grimshaw and Ansari, the CIVA intertial nav system, etc etc. Where to start? Where to draw the line?? It can't be done fairly. And tomorrow somebody new will contribute something else even more spectacular.Suffice it to say that in the early 90s when I started with desktop flight simming, I would never have believed that we'd have anything close to what I have on my desktop today. FS9 and a full range of add-ons positively eclipses the very expensive full-motion simulators I used to teach flying to USAF student pilots in the early 1980s.So saludos to Opa, and Pete, and Milt, and Shez, and George, and Gianfranco...and all others unnamed yet intensely appreciated.CheersBob ScottColonel, USAF (ret)ATP IMEL Gulfstream II-III-IV-VColorado Springs, CO

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So saludos to Opa, and Pete, and Milt, and Shez, and George, and Gianfranco...and all others unnamed yet intensely appreciated
And to each and everyone of the members here in the AVSIM forum for helping each other.

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I'm sure OPA would agree that the list of names from the past is both lengthy and very deserving of praise over the past ten years.
I have been following this thread with interest and a keen sense of embarrasment. While I do appreciate the sentiments expressed, I am but one of many, many simmers who freely share their knowledge and experience here and in other forums and in many diverse ways.It is just my way a giving back a little to the sim community which has been so very generous to me over the years. The real praise belongs to those who have gone before us and upon whose shoulders we all stand.

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Opa has had the last word and this might be a good place to end this thread. Of course I did not mean to slight the multitude of other people who have and still do give of their time and knowledge in FS2004 matters, or the many designers of all of the FS2004 products and services etc. It's just that I , personally, want to give Opa some credit for all of his help, mainly, here on the FS2004 Avsim forum. jerrycwo4

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I nominate myself for simmer of this second...ooops my second is up, oh well... :(

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To name Opa as flightsim's man of the decade would be the same as saying that all the developers of add-ons are in second, which I don't think is right.A fair way to put it would be to nominate Opa to the hall of fame of the flight simmulator's contributors.This way all those other great contributors who also deserve to be in the hall of fame would also be second to none.It might be a good idea then, if they write a " HF " sign by the name of these hall of famers.Who would decide those in the HF?... hmmm, not me, I only have 4 posts :( ... oh well...

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