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Mel Ott's Passing

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I don't know if I have one particular story to tell about Mel, but I do remember that I was amazed, back in the day, to see a real pilot involved in flightsimming.I contribute getting my real wings to people like him. I've been a simmer first before starting to fly for real. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family, thank you for everything you've done for this community and for many other people you've touched in your life.Peterhttp://members.aol.com/pzsoulman/myhomepage/logo.gifGIGABYTE Light 3D Galaxy II Liquid CoolingENERMAX Galaxy EGA850EWL ATX 850W Power SupplyNVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel MoboCore 2 Duo E6700 1066MHz FSB 4M shared L2 Cache LGA 775CORSAIR XMS2 2GB SDRAM DDR2 800GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI ExpressSBlaster X-Fi XtremeMusic 7.12 x Western Digital Raptor 150GB 10000 RPM 16MB Cache SATA Raid01 Seagate Barracuda 320GB 7200RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/sWinXP Home SP2CH Yoke/Pedals

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From my viewpoint Mel Ott almost single-handedly pioneered the home cockpit scene.Mel had a serious flying "jones" just like the rest of us. When his career as a real world 747 driver came to an end, he did everything he could to recreate his professional "office" in his home because he did not want to ever stop flying.I didn't know him but I was one of his secret admirers, now a public one. He will be missed.

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Actually, Mel created his "home cockpit" in his hangar. I remember looking on in total awe as his project grew and his multiple screen, multiple PC system grew to be the envy of anyone who had ever had the twitch to create one of thier own. Mel's stories, experience and his willingness to share with one and all made him a stand out in our hobby. Here's a story we did some time ago:http://www.avsim.com/pages/0103/mellott/

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His own hangar, hey? What else was in there? :)

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Mel really sparked the imagination in all of us. Our thoughts go out to his family.Thanks for the memories Mel.:-halo

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Tom,I had no idea of the extent of his earlier influences on the FS scene. Many thanks.

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I am greatly saddened by the news of Capt. Tarmack's passing.I'll never forget the time in Orlando, when Mike "Gunner" Thompson and I went to visit Mel flying his Model Airplanes. We ran out of gas on the way back to Jacksonville and Mel had a field day making jokes about our failure to check the gas gauge.Mel was truly a Class Act and will be missed by the FS community.My condolences to Mel's family and friends, and may his "Final Approach and Landing" be a great one!Pete S.

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holy smokes that must have been a fun toy to play with! :) He should have sold simulator time to the local airfields for training purposes. I bet that rig compared favorably with many of the "real training sims" setups...sorry to hear of Mel's passing. There certainly seems to be alot of these sorts of sad announcments recently. I guess it makes sense though considering that the hobby of home flight-simming is approaching 3 decades of history now and the demographic is aging...:(

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I'm 64 but you know what? Like Mel, we are all as young as we feel and behave.

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yeah, so true. I'm 41 and have no intention of putting my own toys away anytime soon. :) My grandfather passed away a few years ago in his mid-eighties. He was one of those guys who always remained interested in things. Back in the late seventies when the whole computer revolution was just beginning he was the first person I knew who owned a PC and he spent his retirement working with PCs right up until a few months before he passed. He wasn't a "gamer" per se, but it was on his PC back in the early eighties that I first started playing around with flightsims. I'd imagine Mel was alot like him...sad that he had to leave at such a young age.

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A very talented airman, and he will be missed. Didn't he help PSS (Johan Dees) with their 747-400 FDE? Mel regarded the PSS 744 FDE very highly. I still use that FDE with all of my 744s ... it's that good!You can see his home cockpit layout here:http://ivibe.com/forum/showthread.php?t=147http://www.flightadventures.com/cgi-bin/dc...ID1&archive=yesCap'n Tarmack made me laugh a few years back. He mentioned the story about when he was a Pan Am 707 First Officer. He was on a check flight with an experienced Captain and a check pilot. Before the flight commenced, the captain and check pilot were arguing over how you control the airspeed of a plane. The Captain thought that you controlled airspeed via the engine thrust, whilst the check pilot insisted that the elevators controlled airspeed.... Anyway, they lined up on the runway, and the Captain started to rock the control column back and forth, aggressively. The forces were so great that Mel could feel the vibrations through the airframe!! The check pilot asked, "What are you doing?!", and the Captain answered, "I'm building up airspeed!". I think the captain won :-xxrotflmao.A fond memory for us to laugh at :)

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If you would like to read some of Mel's postings on AVSIM, and to see how wonderful a contributor he was to our forums and the community, go to Search, Advanced Search and then do a search for "TARMACK" without the quotes and down select "AUTHOR". You will find a wealth of messages from Mel and will be entertained by some of his postings.

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I'm very sorry to hear this sad news.Although I don't know him personally I always read his replies to postings where he shared his knowlegde with the Flight Sim community.A long time ago he had a personal forum somewhere where flight simmers could ask all kind of questions. I checked his forum very regularly, always something new to learn.If I recall correctly (and I'm sure I do) he posted there the following story:In FS98 he had praticed numerous times a looping in a 747-400, untill he got everything right.When he was still on active duty he had his (half) yearly checkride in a NWA 747-400 level-D simulator. When his checkride was over, there was some time left and he discussed with the examinator if he thought that the 747 simulator could do a looping.Since this had never be done before there was some risk involved (they could break the simulator), the examinator was a bit reluctant but after a brief moment he said 'what the heck, let's try it'.So Mel took off again and did everything the same way as he had practiced in FS98. That day was the first time that a NWA pilot had accomplished a perfect looping in their 747 simulator :)Mel was amazed that it nearly went exactly the same way as he had praticed in FS98.Blue skies to you Mel!

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Oh No.....I remember "Cap'n Tarmack" well. Hadn't seen anything by him in a couple years. Now I see why. A "prolonged illness"....Is there any more info somewhere about his passing? Until I was referred to this post, from another one in the FSX forum, I had no idea he was even ill. :(He and I exchanged Emails several years ago. I couldn't help but to immediately like the guy, even though we never met face to face.His hangar, at least at one time, contained his "favorite" plane: A Grumman Lynx.RIP, Mel. You brought a LOT of enjoyment to a LOT of people over the years, me included. You'll be sorely missed.

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I still remember Mel from the old compuserve days.Back then it never occured to me that I might as well become a longrange captain like Mel!He will be missed and BTW, 65 is WAY to young :(GodspeedBernt Capt 767

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I'm truly saddened reading about Mel's passing! I remember writing back and forth to him back on Compuserve's FSForum and trading emails regarding flight dynamics modeling on those early Flightsim models we were building with Project Freeware. Mel was personable, friendly as ever, witty as ever. Some of the stories he shared with me via email and how I was relating some of the things I remembered from my former USAF career had me in stitches many a night reading the unbelievably funny stuff he encountered and how similar it was to ones own aviation experiences if you've ever worked in this profession in real-life. I am -totally- TOTALLY sunk today reading this news that he is gone!!!! I just have to ask what happened? I have no idea what hit him. It's been many years since I last read from Mel online. I have an uncle facing terminal esophageal, liver and lung cancer all at the same time right now and have been offering up all kinds of support to my cousin who is trying very much to keep everyone in my family informed what is happening. He cant eat and drink any fluids voluntarily now. My mother faced breast cancer back in 1990 and it was removed successfully. When I read the words "long illness" that is what it means to me. I can only hope that he was without any pain. Rest in peace Mel. You will be missed so much and never forgotten! You gave us so much joy in this hobby. You shared with us your experiences aloft and what it was like flying. You taught and gave us insight that carries through to this day in this most enjoyable hobby and passion so many share. Your talent for wit and the ease of sharing so much you learned and experienced with all of us to expand and make this hobby better will be treasured forever!God Speed and God Bless You Mel and to all of your family!John KeaneTainan, Taiwan

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John, it is great to see you here again. Stick around for a while this time. :)To answer your question about what killed Mel, well, simply put, cancer. He died from brain, lung, spinal and liver cancer, according to Rob. He was in a hospice up until two weeks ago, and was at home when he passed.

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Y'know, I hope that I live long enough to see humanity kick cancer's ####.

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Early into his adventures into flight simming, I had the pleasure of exchanging many emails with Mel. Always found him to be a class act with a great sense of humor and one who truly loved aviation.He will be missed.My sincerest sympathies to his family.So long Captain, may the wind always be at your back.

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One of the things I can share about Mel is that his passion carried over into everything regarding flightsim. He was without any doubt the most outspoken member of the beta team...I have no doubt that some of his "holding feet to the fire" was in no small measure responsible for some of the fixes we all enjoy now... :-bigangel

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