• 767 PIC Creator Eric Ernst Dies


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    767 Pilot in Command developer and 'study sim' pioneer Eric Ernst has died at the age of 51.

    Capt Ernst passed away on April 10 but news of his death has only recently reached the FS community.

    His freeware 757/767 panels for FS98 paved the way for the development of the hugely popular 767 Pilot in Command for FS2000 and subsequent Level-D 767.

    767 PIC was the first time in-depth modelling of all major aircraft systems, along with realistic failure and autoflight modelling, had been seen in a desktop flight simulator.

    Its successor, the Level-D 767, won widespread acclaim as one of the best add-ons ever created for MSFS and is still in use today, having been patched for P3D v3 compatibility last year.

    In a post on the Level-D Simulations forum, developer Daryl Shuttleworth called Capt Ernst "an incredible guy" who "loved his family, friends, aviation, and the PIC 767" and allowed the Level-D team to incorporate much of his work.

    LDS forum user Egajet said Ernst was "A true artist and a gentleman", saying he would remember his first flights with the 767 PIC "with emotion".

    Capt Ernst started flying for American Eagle in 1991, joining American Airlines as a First Officer in 1999 and had recently been upgraded to Captain.

    He is survived by his wife Randi, daughters Amanda and Cassandra and parents Raymond and Virginia.



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    It was his 757/767 panels for FS98 that got me hooked on the 767 and later the Pilot in command and the current Level-D .

    Gone to soon,RIP Eric.

    Nebojsa

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    I recalled corresponding with him a few time and really enjoyed his 757/767 products.  Very sad news.

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    This is really sad news, I knew Eric, and flew with him, I had not seen him in a couple of years, last I heard he was a A320 captain based at LGA. He was a gentleman, and a dedicated husband and father... rest in peace my friend

    John

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    I'm so sorry to hear this.  I offer my sincere condolences to his family.  51 is way too young to leave this world.

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    Very sad to hear this news. I spent many hours flying his boeing 767. It was my introduction to flying a complex aircraft all those years ago. My sincerest condolences to his family and friends, and thank you to Eric for your contribution to our wonderful hobby, and for sparking my interest in flying.
    
    Regards Matt Williams

     

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    Boy  what a shock,i talked to him at a Flight sim conference in Seattle .

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    Dillon

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    Wow, the creator of the first real serious airliner in Flight Simulation is gone at 51.  So many first in his work.  Very sad to here this.  Does anyone know what happened to him to cause such and untimely death?  I too spoke with him years ago during the glory days of his original efforts.  I remember the airline moved him back to the MD series which he was not too happy about.  He just made captain after all this time last year. He will be missed.

    Edited by Dillon

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    Oh my. I am so sorry to learn of this.  His FS Panels were revolutionary and helped spur the designs of today. He had followed his dads footsteps in flying for AA and that was his stated lifelong dream. So young to go with plenty of great things ahead. I think he would have had the relative seniority to 777 CA at some point in the future. RIP Capt Ernst. Your work meant so much to many of us. 

     

    —Ryan Kelly 

    Edited by blueridgeflyer

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    Having a hard time processing this one. This tragic news just leaves me speechless. He was a devoted husband and father and what he contributed to this community - culminating in his magnum opus: PIC767 - completely changed the way I experienced this hobby. What a tremendous loss for the community and for the greater world. He was truly a beacon and will be sorely missed.

     

    Jason Barlow

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    Thank You Capt. Ernst, you inspired alot of us in this hobby and in the industry. RIP my friend.

    Edited by JGreen5278

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    Am truly saddened to hear such heartbreaking news, Eric was a true gentleman and gave so much back to the hobby

    RIP Eric, godspeed 

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