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announcement Orbx 10th Anniversary - The History of Orbx Series - Parts 1-7


John Venema
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John: somehow I missed seeing this fascinating ORBX autobiography until today. What a story! The classic account of a dream, hard work, joys and sorrows, and ultimate success ranks up there with those of all the great entrepreneurs. Thank you for giving us this gift. And many wishes for continuing success. 

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It really doesn't seem 10 years since I joined the forum! Thank you John, for reminding me of how much you personally involved us all as "Flightsimmers" and responded to every query that people like me threw at you. I've been out of the game in terms of flightsims now for a number of years, but a young Australian pilot flying in PNG has totally rekindled my interest. His story is a hard one - just as he was offered a job by a well-known Australian company to relocate to Oz & fly for them, he was knocked off his motor scooter in PNG, suffering horrible head & hip injuries. He is the son of a colleague of my wife's, and we know the family well. He always said "playing pilot" on my PC during his formative years decided his career - but he might have just being polite! Anyhow, his mum managed to get him back to Australia - and then began the long process of recuperation. The mental scarring at such a young age (26) must have bee dreadful - your whole career wiped. So - forward three years, an indomitable spirit, many hours of both of us on the PC during his awful rehab, many letters, doctor & specialist appointments - and he is flying again! A wonderful young man who has always had one aim - to fly. We recently put FSX on his (very powerful) laptop and I introduced him to the new ORBX website. We've been flying on my machine (or he has) for a couple of years and now after a recent job interview, it looks like he will be pilot in command again. My version of FTX Australia is the 2009 DVD v3.0, so I had better upgrade to all the new stuff, as we are staying in touch. Thanks again John and all the team past & present, the difference it made to him to be able to fly "his" plane - a Dash 8 100 - using the marvellous Australian scenery - was the best recovery tonic ever!!

 

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A brilliant account of your progress from Koorbygen to the present John and not forgetting those who joined up with you to produce some fantastic sceneries.

 

I well remember Vista Australis having downloaded it for FS9 and having many enjoyable flights especially around Sidney where the famous Opera House is.  The scenery for that era of FS9 was absolutely perfect, brilliant in fact and what's more you had given it to the flight sim community absolutely free.  I also remember that you had a forum that ran alongside with very many helpful advice given by other members.

 

Looking towards the future, I would not in the least be surprised if Orbx, once the whole of Europe and the United States have True Earth available then take a more commercial approach with the view to market towards flight simulators airlines presently use to enhance graphics giving a better visual experience than presently available as well as other organisations involved in flight training.

 

As for Orbx itself now being well established within the flight sim community, I am sure that it will continue to be a key to improving flight simulation experience even further.

 

Regards

Nigel. 

 

 

 

 

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Oh JV, having been with orbx for just a few months (because I use XP) I have just now come across your story because of the previous post.  You brought back many memories for me and almost brought a tear to my eyes because of those memories and the shortness of life.  I was one of a very small team of airport engineers that installed and later upgraded specialised airport lighting and other facilites at YMML in the 1970s - you would have seen me and the boys around the runways and taxiways when you were up on the old observation deck!  I then went on to executive engineering positions, but now retired for 10 years and it’s all over!  It’s all been so quick!  Like you, I feel older age approaching all too quickly!  But I still very much enjoy my PPL and simming.  Anyway, I must thank you for adding very considerable value to my simming at this stage of my life.  Cheers mate.

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