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I'm very sad to inform our community that Ron Freimuth has died a few weeks ago. Considering his contribution to the FS Flight dynamics knowledge, this is a cruel loss. I make the wish we will never forget what he taught us. I also hope AVSIM will announce this sad event in its news.God rest his soulHerv

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I am very very sorry to hear this.Ron and I have been chatting about planes, engines and FDE for a long long time. Before the payware frenzie, before the whole FS world was filled with "offerings" by a lot of talented people but also some people charging for absolutely garbage. He was so encouraged by, and so very helpful to, the new talented generation and so stoic and patient about the "rest".Being a fellow engineer himself (retired) these discussions were more than interesting and always departing from FS to pistons and blades and valves and airfoils (and, forgot, Abbot and Denhoff's bible).For those of you that have any of his work you can be sure that he spent hours and hours in his den in Texas tweaking and modelling and more tweaking and re-modelling over and over until everything was up to his very high standards.Ron, Good bye my friend and may God rest your very kind soul.Vangelis===================================== E. M. Vaos Precision Manuals Development Group www.precisionmanuals.com=====================================

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I'm very sad to know that Ron passed away.He was a great person, always willing to help anyone that got caught in the difficulties of FS aerodynamics and its related stuff. I've exchanged quite a lot of emails with him, and his concepts definitely helped me out on my understanding (at least a bit) of the FDE mystery.Even I had the privilege to receceive a copy of his famous Jet Test gauges, a must for anyone that works with aircraft data. Those have now become his legacy to me.Reast in peace, my friend, and God bless your soul.Tom

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In correspondence over the years Ron was unfailingly helpful with the thornier issues I experienced with MSFS flight dynamics. His knowledge on the subject was immense, widely circulated and most appreciated. I also found him to be well versed in all things mechanical, electrical, and electronic, and we had great fun reminiscing about such diverse subjects as real world aviation adventures, motorcycles, engines of all types, and other subject matter from A to Z. His inputs and opinions on all things Microsoft from MSFS to Vista were also fascinating and informative, and always cut through the BS and hype. He was a gentleman and a scholar, and he will be missed - but never forgotten.Douglas

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A few times we mailed about problems and i also extensively use a copy of his jetfiles.I am sure he is now in discussion with the angels about their wings and aerodynamics.Probably they teach him something totally new.Thanks Ron and God bless.Jan"Beatus ille qui procul negotiis..."

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This is one of the worst news I have had in the last few years! Ron was a friend, a teacher, the most patient guy to support my stupid FM queries without giving away.I confess I was starting to think something strange had happened. Ian Kerr and me were trying to reach him for quite a long while.My last message exchange with Ron is probably 1 month old. After that I was never able to reach him again. My other side - one that has allways made me a strong believer that there is certainly more to it than our short stay on Earth - makes me wish that he has already found his new track accross his evolution patern!We will all miss him, but he will allways be among us - I am SURE!

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A great loss to the FS community and his family. God speed Ron.

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Now cracks a noble heart. Good-night sweet prince,And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.Daryl ShuttleworthLevel-D SimulationsSupport & Documentation

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Ron's immense contribution to the FS community must never be forgotten.Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domineet lux perpetua luceat eis.Fr. Bill+

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This is the worst news for the aircraft developers in FS community, ever.May God bless Ron and his family.

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This is truly a tragedy and a personal shock to me. My deepest condolences go out to his family. A great man has passed.Ron was brilliant and always very willing to try to pass on some of his vast knowledge of flight dynamics to novices like me. He was a huge help to me and many others in understanding flight dynamics modelling in the context of MSFS. Always patient, and always willing to repeat concepts until they sank in to my thick skull :-)He will be missed by many. Godspeed Ron!Wade ChafeLevel-D Simulations

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I have been in the FS community for a very short time now, but one of the first person you hear about is Ron.He really is a LEGEND!This is a huge loss for all of us...We'll never forget his tremendous knowledge and his devotion to help the FS community.My thougts go to his family.May you rest in peace dear Ron...LFMNboy

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Goodbye Ron, and thanks for what you gave. We WILL miss you. Paul

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I heard about Ron a couple of days ago. I agree with Herve that Ron was instrumental in his work researching and revealing the secrets of FS airfiles, and that is something he willingly and generously shared with anyone. But setting aside the small world of simulation, it is sad when someone dies at only 64 years, perhaps before they were ready, and I am very sad at Ron's passing.Please forgive me publishing a short note I received from a personal friend of Ron who informed me of his death, but I think this summary was intended to be read by those who knew Ron online but not personally. I have repeated this info in another thread and hope that is ok this once. See below this message.In appreciation,Rob YoungFrom his friend, Robert Wagner:"Ron and I exchanged emails every day for 20 years. We met in person five times: twice in Austin, twice at his old house in Richardson TX, once in Mongromery AL. Ron was a brilliant engineer (MSEE Stanford) who could rattle off fundamental equations like a recent grad. His favorites were Maxwell's. He loved analog engineering, regarded digital as glorified programming rather than Real Engineering. He thought he was a good programmer but was actually bad at it. (I'm a Real Programmer who thinks he knows physics but is actually doesn't.) He worked at NASA AMES and HP, both in Silicon Valley, moved to TX in the '80s to work a lousy job at ElectroSpace (top secret, involved communications) until they fired him. I met Ron then, in the BBS days, in a science forum where we were both talking to Frederick Kantor (Information Mechanics, physics professor at Columbia despite no physics degree) and Kip Thorne (Caltech, my alma mater).His Richardson house burned down two years ago for reasons never explained. He lived in apartments he hated; six months ago bought a nice house in Plano. Before that move, we had long discussions about where he should go. He favored Austin. He settled on Plano out of familiarity with North Dallas and lack of strength to move very far. He did everything physical himself, wouldn't dream of hiring movers to haul his stuff. Ron was 64, same as I am. It was a sad ending to a good man and friendship."

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Very sad and shocked to hear this news.Ron was always prepared to be helpful.I know he will be missed.Nick

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This is sad news. Although I have used Ron's knowledge and aired.ini files for years I only had my first personal interaction with him on this forum about two months ago. He was most willing to share his knowledge. I am sure he had a better understanding of the .air file than most of the people at MS. He will most definitely be missed in the FS world. My respects to the family.BenJohn 11:25 - ******* said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies;

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I have known Ron now for about 4 years. I have worked with him extensively on our products and even flew down to Dallas a couple of years ago to meet with him.He was a very brilliant man and I considered him a great friend and colleague. I will miss him very much, and my deepest condolences go out to his friends and family.I also hope Avsim will consider a tribute of some kind (if they haven't already) to his exceptional body of work within our hobby. I can think of only a handful of individuals who have contributed so much.Go with the angels Ron, You'll be very much missed...--Jon Blum

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