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I'd like to know who bought his company for enough money to buy any airplane let alone a full fledged busines with a full time staff.It never ceases to amaze me. There's no way that would happen here in the US....LOL. You can't even hold an ATP until...#### can't remmemer....23?I don't even want to get into the math of the capital needed to even start an airline in today's day and age. I'm guessing double digit millions though just for starters with say 2 turbo prop aircraft (used ones)The good luck that some people have. I hope he makes it big. :-)

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He wasn't making FS addons, but airline business simulators.Could of course be those were full blown commercial simulations for real companies to calculate the expected results of business decisions rather than the games you see on store shelves.Products like that can sell easily for tens of thousands or more per license, and a company building them could be worth millions.

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I'm still looking in the article for where it says he had an MSFS add-on company!This is all I saw:"He funded the project by selling his first business, airline simulation software company EMAtch, which he launched at the age of 15."Is this an FS add-on?Sorry if I missed something, but not all simulations have something to do with MSFS, and I doubt what he sold was an FS add-on, unless you care to explain it. ;-) Yeah, I could sell DreamFleet tomorrow, and perhaps open a bagel shop, with 3 other partners lending money! :-lolRegards,http://www.dreamfleet2000.com/gfx/images/F...R_FORUM_LOU.jpg

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Ok, LOL, that makes better sense then. I couldn't remember what his company did.

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Lou,You're one up on me then..rofl. Nice pics in the AOPA thread, btw. I would also like to go to an AOPA convention sometime.

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Hi Jeroen,Type in "ematch sim", in google, and you do get fs-add on links for an ematch company, including past links from Avsim.However some of those links for the company no longer work like the uk link.So it appears to be legit to me anyway. :-)Just goes to show some people in the fs add on business actually admit to making money instead of playing victim all the time. ;-)Regards,Joe

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didn't claim he wasn't legit :)The article said he was making airline simulations, from which I concluded the company to be into business sims.

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good thing you have your partners in crime (Paul, Mikko, etc) to work with you then ;)

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Hello All,I googled his company and I got lots of MSFS links, so it makes sense that he was making MSFS addons.That's my conclusion.In reality I am sure the money came from investors that saw him as entrepreneurial ( sp?) enough to make a go of it.Paul

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Heh, yeah we're prety lucky right now, let's just get it done. I still need more people also.

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I completely agree with the above. Investors and probably his parents. Getting an ATP rating itself is very expensive, so he obviously was not delivering newpapers. I've started 3 companies with a total of about 18 million in VC capital, and had 45 employees- but me and my partners were all late 20s, early 30s, and had some big names backing us. There is just no way he could do this without some big investment help. Even if you could, in the US, you won't get insurance to fly a plane like that with less than a few thousand hours.I hope he does well, kids like that always amaze me.

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You cannot even get the rating at that age...LOL, let alone the insurance.

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You can't hold a JAA ATPL until you are 21 and have 1500hrs of which so many must be multi-engined, >5700kg, at night, etc, etc. So he does not have an ATPL, he has what is known informally as a Frozen ATPL which is a JAA CPL and Multi-engined JAA IR. This means he can only fly as First Officer.I can imagine a couple of problems with CRM, a precocious young lad as the boss technically having to do what he is told by his employee Captain. Could be stressful in marginal conditions!!

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I have been meaning to point out for some time now that you have misspelled your User ID. "Adverse Yawn" is nonsensical. Adverse Yawl should have been your choice. But, now living in the south, I would have pronounced that "Adverse Y'all", which makes even less sense (outside a cocktail party setting that is). So, summing this up, and from where I sit now, good choice of UID. :)

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Tom,That depends on how you look at it...LOL. Although I would imagine any amount of adverse yaw wouldn't make you yawn...hehe. :-)

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Extreme adverse yaw would not make me yawn. I would most likely loose my breakfast. :)

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Perhaps it's the instance where you yawn and unconsciously stretch out, temporarily losing control of the aircraft? :-hah----------------------------------------------------------------John MorganReal World: KGEG, UND Aerospace Spokane Satillite, Private ASEL 141.2 hrs, 314 landings, 46 inst. apprs.Virtual: MSFS 2004"There is a feeling about an airport that no other piece of ground can have. No matter what the name of the country on whose land it lies, an airport is a place you can see and touch that leads to a reality that can only be thought and felt." - The Bridge Across Forever: A Love Story by Richard Bach

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"As he is about his business, which happens to be his second - last year he sold his share in the first, which designed and sold flight simulators, and has used the capital from that and a modest inheritance from his grandmother to finance Alpha1 Airways."http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,3561-1536920,00.html 23 March 2005. Note the date.Googling reveals that:"www.ematch.co.uk. ... DatingDirect.com - UK's Largest Dating Service: UK's Largestonline Dating Service with over 2 million members, Join now for free! ...www.ematch.co.uk/" I've found references to www.ematchsims.co.uk on FS sites relating to scenery addons but I can't find the site itself now.A reference to this site also appears on http://forum.keypublishing.co.uk/showthread.php?t=15694 where there is a response from a Martin EGTK with an Alpha1 Airways logo. His home page on his public profile is http://www.flyalpha1.com which is the Alpha1 Airways site.It seems his business was flight sim addons.

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Well I thought it wholly appropriate given that a) I keep forgetting to use my feet properly and :( I my insightful and indepth explanations have actually be used to tranqualise Rhinos for transport :D

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What is ones official title for doing part B? And how much does one get payed for it? :-lol----------------------------------------------------------------John MorganReal World: KGEG, UND Aerospace Spokane Satillite, Private ASEL 141.2 hrs, 314 landings, 46 inst. apprs.Virtual: MSFS 2004"There is a feeling about an airport that no other piece of ground can have. No matter what the name of the country on whose land it lies, an airport is a place you can see and touch that leads to a reality that can only be thought and felt." - The Bridge Across Forever: A Love Story by Richard Bach

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He is very active in the AI FS commuity - lots of posts on PAI/flightsimmer.com where the group has been watching him for a couple years talk about this - identifying a need and the possiblity of getting the required capital and licenses.This thing really started coming together about April - it's been kind of fun to watch the details as he pulled everything together.Yes, he will not be in the left hand seat for a while.But he is chasing his dream, and got a pretty danged good handle on it.

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The UK Sunday Times reports today that the launch of the AlphaOne airline is delayed.It also reports that anyone logging onto FlyAlphaOne.com is re-directed to another low-cost airline FlyBe. AlphaOne's site is FlyAlphaOne.co.uk. FlyBe is quoted as saying that's the fault of its media agency, Starcom, and promises a "full investigation".

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