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Fly! II Final Patch 2.50.240 Released!

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(edited to anchor)Well, the day has finally arrived (better late than never). After a very rough and bumpy year, the Fly! Beta team is very proud to announce the imminent release and availability of the "final" Fly! II patch. I have just released the files to the AVSIM crew, and hopefully they will be appearing in the file libraries in the next 24 hours. The final version has been tagged 2.50.240. This patch is for both PC and Macintosh users (another victory!). If you want to prepare your machines for the patch, here's what you need to do. For PC users, you need to already be patched to version 2.00.210 or higher (so, all of those already on patch 230 are fine). If you are a Mac user, you simply need to have the boxed retail version of Fly! II installed (since there are no previous Mac patches). Now, before everyone gets there hopes up, this patch release is not nearly as "extensive" as the 230 patch was (though, it is inclusive of all the 230 changes). Whereas the previous patch had hundreds of changes, this patch has a smaller set. I would argue, though, that this patch is probably more significant in that the majority of fixes made have greatly improved the stability of the product. Throughout testing, we found very ugly and serious crash situations, and eliminated every situation we could find. This was particularly prevalent while using ATC or computer aircraft. Alot of progress was also made in the weather system, and you should be pleased to see a much more accurate correlation of weather to the imported METAR reports. There are also some long overdue fixes that affect things like PMDG aircraft models that are included.But, all good things must come to an end. This release constitutes the FINAL PATCH for the Fly! II series. As you may know, the last 18 months of patch development has literally been through the volunteer efforts of the Fly! Beta team formed here from the AVSIM user community. I really did not expect that this patch would ever see the light of day, given my serious health problems that began early this year. It is because of those issues that I am also positive there will be no further patch development, simply because I have done everything I can do without a huge investment of time, and time is something I have very little of right now.I hope each of you takes an opportunity to give your thanks to the individuals listed below, without which this release would never have happened:Alejandro AmigorenaAllan JonesAllen KriesmanAnthony MertonBraun TaconChris WallaceColin Sare-SoarDann ChurchDan MartinDean KarisDominique KleinElrond ElvishFrank D'hontFranklin TesslerJeff BurkeJim KanoldJohn Sippy John WimbushKen SalterLefteris KalamarasMarc StoeringPaul NielsonPete SterlingRandall RockeRich PlourdeRichard HarveyRobert RandazzoTodd KlausWilliam MarinThe Beta team would also like to extend our great thanks and appreciation to AVSIM for supporting the team during our test cycle. In particular, kudos go out to:Tom AllensworthScott BrazellMatt JohnsonI would also like to give a HUGE thanks to Al Shilling and the folks at Apple Computer, who found a way to dig up some Mac development hardware for my use to make creation of this Mac patch possible. The whole reason you did not see a version 230 patch on the Mac is that I never had access to hardware, but Al and Apple came through and got me the equipment I needed to get the Mac version of Fly! II fully up to date with the PC version. Give them a HUGE round of applause!A final thanks and pat on the back goes to the community itself. Without your input and continued interest in the Fly! franchise, none of us would have taken the time and effort to tackle this project.I hope each and every one of you has a wonderful holiday season, and a happy New Year. Please take time this holiday season to be with those you love. If you can't be together, pick up a phone and call your family or friends and remind them how much they mean to you, and how wonderful the gift of life is to each of us.I hope you enjoy the patch.Richard HarveyProducer/Lead ProgrammerFly!/Fly! 2K/Fly! IITerminal Reality Inc.

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Dear RichI've just stumbled on your Mac patch, and it was a biiiig surprise for me as I was convinced that due to your actual health situation the patch would be cancelled. But I accepted it gladly hoping only that you could spend these last weeks in good conditions with your family and friends. My heartily thanks goes to you and the whole beta-testing team who has spent much time and energy for all the Fly!-fans.Rich, I wish you and your family a beautiful Christmas. As I'm deeply convinced that life is not bound to this physical realm, I'm sure you'll make your way whatever will happen.Thank you for your courage and dedication.Max

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Dear Rich,You continue to amaze. I never thought the patch was coming due to your health situations and didn't give it a second thought. It is real surprise to see it and obviously yourself and the incredible group of people listed in your email not only enjoy this sim but have a real love for it. Thank you to you and your team and Apple computer.Wishing you the warmest joys of Christmas-wishing you happiness and renewed healthall through the year!Your personal story makes me hug my wife and child more often and a little tighter. Everyone, spend time with your family and friends they are the most precious gifts.Rich, God speed to you and your family.Peter Oulton

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