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Been to busy to do much with Fly but just dropped in to see how everyone is doing.c ya :-jumpy (Just for you Wallace :))Bart

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We haven't "met" but I am doing well, thanx for asking. I have an Air Hogs mini RC chopper in the mail, excited about that. I bought a version from a competitor and returned it. Only 2 channels, but Air Hogs is full function 4 Channel and flies for ten minutes on a charge. Best Regards, Donny :-waveFLYing? It's cool. Trillions of birds and insects can't be wrong.

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Hi Bart,Been very busy at work and so flying both real and virtual have been on hold until this week (holiday at last).Regards to all Fly II fans.:-wave

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G'day Bart,Good to hear from you.Long time since we've talked. Have you done any more work on the Beaver panel?Hope life's treating you well.Cheers,Roger

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Heya Bart,Like you, I've not so much time for Fly!ing these days.I still like to drop in now and again though.CheersColin

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Hey Bart,Got that instrument ticket yet? Regardless, I hope you're getting some good hours in. What I recall most about Winter flying (outside of waiting for the heater to kick in and getting a hole in the frost on the windscreen) was how smooth the air was on a clear, cold day. I'm finishing one of the toughest 2-year runs on extra work commitments I've ever had, so Fly! has taken a back seat for awhile. I still try to get in a flight each week to relax and keep my hand in, try out a new aircraft, etc. Scenery work will have to wait another month until my schedule clears up.

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Hi Bart (and everyone)Same for me, I don't get much time for simin' but still drop by to get caught up. I hope everything is going your way. Hey Bart, was that you who was going to try to take the Mooney from FLY!2K and upgrade it for FLYII? I lost track of that one.... I sure would like to have it. Does anyone know what happened to it?Take care all.God bless,Earl

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Hey, looks like the oldies thread, I have to chime in!Hi Bart and all! hope everyone's doin fine!My flight time shares between FlyII and X-plane. Right now I'm refreshing my helo skills! Fun!Cheers!Pascal

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Hi Bart. :-waveGreat to hear from you. I keep trying to find the time myself. I've have had so much to do, I cant even find time to do the things I hate to do :-lol Tho' I have been back in touch with an old Fly2 friend, Giorgio Gnesda... Hi to you all!Steve

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Hi Bart. Haven't had too much FlyIIing time with all the MSFS work I end up doing. I had a HD fail on me in December and haven't even had the time to get FlyII back up and running. Was getting the urge last night... no-one does the TBM700 better than ROTW ;).

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Hi Bart,thanks, I am doing fine. Hope you too.I leave tomorrow for 2 weeks of vacation in - I hope so - sunny Florida.Want to get some flying hours there.cheersHarald

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I haven't had any time for flight simming of any flavor for quite a while now, unfortunately. Even so, I do still drop by the forum about once a month or so to see a few familiar names (good to see some in this thread, by the way), and also to check if anyone happens to have posted InfoMETAR questions or problems, but it's been quite a while since that's happened.Here's something kind of ironic: back when InfoMETAR was in heavy use, I used to get quite a few emails asking (even begging) me to port it to the Mac. Unfortunately, being solely a Windows developer, I couldn't do anything about it. Well, for the last year I've found myself developing professionally for Mac OS X, and now even own a MacBook Pro myself (and brace yourself, but I kind of love the thing). Recently I've even given a stray thought or two to the idea of doing a Mac port of InfoMETAR now (if I could find the time, that is), just because it might be fun. Unfortunately the time when there was actually a demand for such a port is long past, so I'd be doing it only for myself at this point. Timing is everything, I guess.David Sandberg

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Hi AllJust dropped in for a quick read of the forum and was pleasantly surprised to find this thread. Always nice to say hello to old aquaintances.No time for Flying! for some time now but I must dust off that joystick real soon.Andrew Luck18 miles SW EGSH

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David,I continue to use InfoMETAR and love it, however, in the last couple of months it fails to download in a normal fashion from the NOAA server. The program makes 3 attempts to connect then times out and says the server isn't available.Do you think the NOAA has shut down the server, or might there be a different issue? With the advent of IE7 and other MS updates, I've had to make a lot of adjustments to gain access to a number of sites because of security issues. If you feel the issue is not with their server, then I'l take a little time to adjust my security settings and see if it will connect again.In the meantime, manual downloads from the NOAA continue to be importable into InfoMETAR and everything is working fine with that approach.

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Hey David - long time no see! Well, you might still be surprised at what a few new items for the MAC Fly!ers could stir up. ;-) Personally, I'd prefer if we could port everything to a LINUX OS ... but that'd be a major dream-on factor, methinks. But good to see you AND also Andrew (waves across the pond!). Been going through some of the files trying to update my MLF files / static models, and low and behold, there was a few calls for Andrew's bridges from way back when. Having discovered I've lost several data CDs - and of course, happens to be the one(s) that had my static model folder(s) on them - so am back and scrambling to find all the podded models once again.I also guess now is the time to pass along to all of you - my Mother passed away back in mid-March at age 79. This has been the major reason I've not been checking the forums as of late. As our Social Security department decided they had to declare my father dead as well, I can tell you it has been one heck of a ride trying to get all that sorted and straightened out... Word of the wisened - anyone Stateside needing to deal with Social Security - do it in person, not over the phone. Will save a lot of headaches in the long haul. :-/Big greets and cheers to all once again!Ken Wood :-sun1Gateway 700X; Intel P4 2.4GHz; 512MB RAM; NVIDIA Ti4200 4X AGP 128MB; SB Audigy; Thrustmaster TopGun Fox 2 Pro Shock; WinXP Home

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Hi friends,How are you all?Still very active in repainting but I am sorry to say , not for FLYII these days.As you all know, I am more interested in the paintwork itself and less interested in the actual flightsimming.The past six months I have been busy for Project Fokker Jetline.They asked me to join the team and do the initial paintings (all except for the Tame livery) for the Fokker F28 project.One of the most frequently downloaded freeware add-ons for flightsim ever.http://fokker.avsim.net/F28_screenshots.htmAlongside these activities I do a lot of councelling and advising in repainting on various websites.AND I am stil awaiting Fly Legacy.As Johnny always says " I`ll be back" I`ll be back too.Best regardsLeen "Flybike" de Jagerhttp://forums.avsim.net/user_files/171941.jpg

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Hi Ken! I don't have any version of Fly! for the Mac anyway, so it would be hard to write something tailored for it at this point. :) But you never know ... if I get some time and some ideas, you never know.My condolences on the passing of your mom. I wish I was surprised that the government managed to make a bad situation even a little worse, but I think that's in their job description somewhere.David Sandberg

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Hi Randall!Bummer ... I just checked, and it looks like ftp://weather.noaa.gov is indeed shut down. Or, more accurately, it was moved to a different URL: ftp://tgftp.nws.noaa.gov. I just looked at the latter, and the METAR cycle files seem to still be available at that address, in the same directory where they were found at the old address.I just pulled my old InfoMETAR project to see if maybe it would "just compile" under VS.NET 2003, which is the MS compiler I have installed at this point ... but no dice. Otherwise the path would be a simple change. If there's really any interest in having an InfoMETAR update just to address this issue (isn't everyone using Squawkbox now? :), I can try to find some time to do so, so let me know if you feel you could use such an update. (Actually, I'd change it so that the path can be user-specified, in case NWS moves it again in the future .. of course I can't protect against them changing the filename or data format standards, but at least URL changes could be handled.)David Sandberg

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I must be an old timer now - as I still prefer infoMetar over everything else for my weather importation into Fly! II. With the change in URL I've had to go to getting the text data thru the ftp / browser and saving, then bring that into infoMetar for import into the sim. I for one would love to have the ability to change the URL in the future, but I am a dying breed, I guess!! LOL So I guess if you feel there is enough interest, terrific - but if not my work-around suffices.Cheers!Ken Wood :-sun1Gateway 700X; Intel P4 2.4GHz; 512MB RAM; NVIDIA Ti4200 4X AGP 128MB; SB Audigy; Thrustmaster TopGun Fox 2 Pro Shock

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Aye - methinks you are right, for they certainly did do a terrific job on that item, David. Appreciate the condolences. Take care!Cheers,Ken Wood :-sun1Gateway 700X; Intel P4 2.4GHz; 512MB RAM; NVIDIA Ti4200 4X AGP 128MB; SB Audigy; Thrustmaster TopGun Fox 2 Pro Shock

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Strangely, even knowing that someone is still enjoying InfoMETAR (and especially when it is two of my most valued testers, since Randall is seemingly still using it as well) gives me a powerful urge to do something to resolve this download problem. :)

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