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Todd Harrell

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  • Birthday 08/03/1972

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    Virginia, USA
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    Faith, Family, Flying, Fly-fishing, Hiking, Football, BBQ

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  1. I just had to share this Youtube channel. It features a bush pilot a who flies the Quest Kodiak into challenging backcountry strips in Papua New Guinea. https://www.youtube.com/user/NTMApilot
  2. I have no words. Many here remember me, while others have never seen my name. I have been away from flight simulation for almost a year and a half now. Four children will do that. My hobby is on hold but certainly not dead. I admit It’s hard to keep current and I don’t get to check in as much as I would like. I miss the relationships I had here at Orbx, especially Neil. I used to work closely with Neil on doing airport enhancements. In fact he and I did all airport enhancements in the SCA region. I never met Neil in person but we talked via Skype quite frequently while we worked together on various projects. He taught me so much. After I left Orbx due to family obligations and such, Neil and I tried to keep in touch over email. He became a friend from afar. A friend I never saw face to face, yet he was a friend. Neil was a kind man, a selfless man. He loved his hobby, which kept him young. He also spent a great amount of time caring for his dear wife, who was also ill. Neil always asked about my family and how I was doing. He was genuinely interested in my life and I his. We prayed for each other. Over time, though, we lost touch. I knew he had health issue he was dealing with but we lost touch and I do not know his health had declined. I am heartbroken to learn of his passing, but am comforted to know he is happy and healthy in the hands of God. Blue skies, dear friend.
  3. Good Heavens, Jarrad. Pardon me while I pick my jaw up off the floor. Those screenshots are killer. I’m going to have to start following Aerofly more closely.
  4. I think that Jordan did a fair comparison. This is a solid scenery and it performs well on my system. I just completed a flight from KSFO to KSAN in the PMDG 737 and had over 600k VAS remaining at the gate. I don't watch FPS but my approach to 27 was very smooth; and I have to tell you: it is so nice to fly past the city and over that last hill and not see floating buildings. Airport modelling is definitely superior in the Orbx version and the overall surroundings are much more immersive. I will tip the scale slightly to LVFR for the photoreal - their imagery is surprisingly a lot sharper. Orbx, however, better captured the overall color matching and SoCal feel. For those flying the heavy metal, the lack of sharpness is really not that noticeable. One option I would like to have in the control panel is the option to disable airport vehicles and even some of the clutter at the gates for those of us who like to use GSX. For you helicopter nuts, KSAN is helipad Nirvana. This was definitely a strong start out of the gate for Matteo.
  5. Matteo, I tweaked the AFCAD myself, adding airline gate assignments and I added some extra parking for the cargo area. I would be happy to send it to you to look at it you'd like it. PM me and I'll email it to you. Todd
  6. Great shots as always, Ian! Matteo, all I can say is "you are the man!" There is noticeable improvement in your texture work since the first beta shots appeared. And I mean night and day noticeable! A great developer takes to heart criticism from the customer as well as the beta team. And from the looks of it, you are a great developer. Well done, man. Well done!
  7. That is a great video. Sadly, Harrison Ford just got busted by the FAA for just missing a 737 holding short for takeoff at KSNA and landing on a taxiway. Not an error you would expect from a seasoned aviator.
  8. Are you headed to Ft Carson? I lived in Colorado Springs for 10 years and have lots of great memories there. One of my favorite places.
  9. The good: San Diego cityscape looks really nice, which will make approaches into KSAN much more enjoyable. Very nice job, there! The bad: this criticism is meant to be respectful and constructive, so please don't read anything negative into what I am about to say.... The airport itself needs some work. The modeling looks fine, but I think the actual textures need some work. Also, the airport photoreal background and ground poly textures look rather plain/clean. They are too faded and bland. The green taxiway edges also need to be intensified. I think this scenery has a lot of potential, and I look forward to watching the progress. Regards, Todd
  10. Never heard of Stripe but here's a nice article if anyone interested. Since none of us have a financial stake in Orbx, I think we should give JV and team the benefit of the doubt and just step back and reserve judgement. PayPal may be a household name but they aren't the only player in town. https://www.merchantmaverick.com/paypal-vs-stripe/
  11. Good grief, where are you guys getting this photo real imagery. The detail is crazy!
  12. Karl, let's keep this respectable. No need to attack Orbx. It isn't an oversight. It's a choice, so it is very acceptable. Tapini is a whole different animal altogether - a vast majority of those grass/dirt strips literally sit on a sloped hill. It's bush flying at its most challenging. Plus, there are no AI traffic to deal with. I can assure you Tim and Ken know what they are doing. Many more customers will prefer to have AI traffic than a sloped runway, so the decision to not include a sloped runway option is one of practicality and economy. I understand you may want a sloped runway, but there is no need to get personal because you don't get what you want.
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