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We all know that flying in the bush isn't without its risks, no matter where it is. But, Alaska offers special challenges and rewards for bush aviators, including extreme terrain and weather, vast area, remoteness, and serious wind. Yesterday, a DHC-3 Otter went down in flames at Soldotna, on the Kenai Peninsula, with 10 souls on board. There were no survivors. Very sobering and cause for reflection, at least for me.


Of course, this is at the same time as the B-777 crash upon landing at SFO, with 2 fatalities.

While sitting in the comfort of my sim, I honor the bush aviators around the world who perform their important function of transporting people and supplies in and out of remote, and often dangerous, locations. "Here, here!" (Raises a pint in the air.)


I'm coming here for advice on this matter, since I know there are some very savvy folks here at RTMM. Here's the deal--I upgraded my system about 6-7 months ago, but recently had all the chassis fan headers fail. Since the board was still under warranty I rma'd it and have basically started over again. The new board arrived and is now installed, everything is back together, and I've formatted the OS drive and reinstalled Win7-64. After updating BIOS, installing all the latest chipset and GPU drivers, and updating Win7 (what a job!), I'm ready to get FSX up and running. (I'm using the rebuilt system now.) Here's my dilemma--I'm lazy! I have all of FSX previously saved on a separate SSD, however, by formatting the OS drive and reinstalling Win7, I realize FSX is no longer operational, even though it has been saved on another drive.

My question (finally!)--is there a way to get the previously saved FSX up and running WITHOUT completely reinstalling FSX, SDK, Acceleration, Orbx, RTMM, etc? Or, is it necessary to start over with a totally fresh install of FSX, et all? Any and all suggestions are welcome.

Like I said, I'm lazy! And I'm dying to climb back into the cockpit as soon as possible.

Thanks in advance for your help.


Screenshots / RTMM Air Taxi Service - PAWS
« on: May 21, 2013, 10:15:30 AM »
The RTMM Air Taxi Service has commissioned several brand new Kodiaks--tri-cycles and amphibs--and we've arrived at PAWS to pick up our first passengers. What a beautiful facility we have the privilege of using! It's a nice clear day with calm winds.

General Discussion / Returned to Return to Misty Moorings
« on: May 21, 2013, 10:03:29 AM »
Having spent four months in southwest Florida bicycling, basking in the sun, enjoying good food, making new friends, and avoiding the rainy season of the USA's PNW, I've returned to find RTMM a very busy place. I've missed the friendly folks here and I've missed the "low and slow" dances with my Pipers, Beavers, Kodiaks, et all.

And it is good to be back on my big ol' desktop computer. Laptops, tablets, and smart phones serve a purpose, but there's nothing more reassuring while traversing the digital world than overclocked multi-core processors, real graphics cards, a monitor that I don't have to squint at, and a wire hanging out of the ethernet port running directly to the router. A person can get real work done on this thing--or real play! And I've missed playing in the land of Misty Moorings. Meanwhile, I digress . . .

Well, the first thing I did was to download and install Orbx SAK and newest libraries. What anticipation! Of course I took a test flight around Juneau, Haines, and Skagway. But then I headed over to RTMM, and I've been busy downloading all of the magnificent sceneries and enhancements. It's just too much fun! (BTW, I'm glad the web site is running at optimal speed once again.)

Meanwhile, I have been commissioned to pilot the new Kodiak RTMM Air Taxis and have arrived at PAWS to pick up our first passengers. I'm so impressed by our RTMM facility here at Wasilla. Very nice! (I've posted a few screenshots that show off the PAWS RTMM Air Taxi scenery in the 'Screenshots' section.)

I have to say a huge "Thank You" to the wonderful and selfless RTMM developers (you know who you are) who continue to painstakingly produce stunning works of art for the flight sim canvass. Absolutely amazing! Many, many thanks!

Sorry for the long post. It's good to be back!


General Discussion / A little more "press coverage" for RTMM
« on: December 11, 2012, 11:08:05 AM »
Aerosoft Sim News has just released a very good review of Orbx PFJ, PAKT, and CZST, entitled "Flight Adventure: Pacific Fjords", by Andre Aepfelbach. I like the format of this review, as a life-like flight and commentary from PAKT to CZST and exploration of the airport sceneries with a walk-about. RTMM's George Inlet Cannery gets a nice mention, along with a link to the site. I thought everyone might enjoy this.

Here's the article:


General Discussion / ORBXLIBS Version 121201 released
« on: December 07, 2012, 07:30:44 PM »
I know there's been a little discussion as to the way Orbx Libraries have sometimes been included in airport and scenery packages--the recent release of Bella Coola is a prime example. They have just released the latest Library v.121201.

"If you have recently installed CYBD, there is no need to run this Orbxlibs installer as it is included. Nor is there any harm if you do." Ed Correia, Orbx Developer.

Here's a link:


I'm kind of excited about this release, since the venerable Tri-pacer is what I learned to fly on (my friend's metalized '59 160). I loved that plane. Anyway, this release includes a bush variety with tundra tires, a floats version, and the Tri-cycle gear version. Comes with several different panels and HD textures. I think it will fit in around here just fine.


General Discussion / How big is yours?
« on: September 30, 2012, 10:55:03 AM »
What I'm wondering is, how large is your FSX folder? Here's the back-story:

I like having FSX on its own SSD. FSX just runs smoother on a SSD, IMO. (I've read the various forums and know that many say that SSD's offer minimal advantage with FSX, but my experience is that FSX runs much smoother on SSD.) Meanwhile, last spring I loaded FSX on its own 180GB SSD (thinking that 180GB would be plenty of room for expansion if only FSX was on the drive), but I'm now down to around 40GB remaining on the drive. I have EZdok, AccuFeel, 3D Lights, and Plan-G on another drive, but REX is on the FSX drive. I have a relatively few payware planes (Kodiak, BeaverX, Twotter, FR Supercub, Carenado C208, and a freeware Luscombe and Maule) and only Orbx and RTMM scenery (plus Tongass). With Orbx Southern Alaska to be released soon, not to mention Northern Cal, the UK and Europe coming up as well, I know I'm in trouble. I still haven't sprung for New Zealand yet. I can see that the only way to play it safe if I want to continue with FSX on its own SSD is to go with a 512GB drive, and they are still in the neighborhood of $400USD (although they appear to be coming down in price).

So, I'm wondering--how large is your FSX folder and where do you have it installed? How about other components of FSX? Mechanical HDD or SSD?



General Discussion / Orbx PFJ Pacific Fjords - Patch 002 released
« on: September 21, 2012, 08:27:11 PM »
This should be of interest to us over here at RTMM . . . Holger Sandmann has posted over at Orbx forums:

"Available for immediate download is FTX Pacific Fjords Service Pack 2 with a dual installer for both FSX and Prepar3D (P3D)."

"This second Service Pack for Pacific Fjords is primarily meant to achieve full compatibility with our Stewart CZST airport add-on but also fixes a number of issues posted by users or discovered by team members..."

Learn more and download here: (


Screenshots / The real Dean River!
« on: September 14, 2012, 05:22:49 PM »
Please see my apologetic post under the wrongfully titled "Victory Valley, Dean River, and Desperate Moose Lodge." I messed up and I'm trying to make things right by posting the real Dean River scenery here.

Dean River is an amazing scenery package with lots going on. In fact, there's much more to it than I could see in one visit. Here you'll visit the village, some great hangars, a logging facility, barges, cabins, etc. On top of all of this, it is one of the most beautiful settings I've seen yet! Truly amazing! I've posted quite a few shots--I hope you don't mind.

We start our visit to Dean River by flying out of Desperate Moose Lodge airstrip. It's a gorgeous day and the flight is perfect. We arrive at the Dean River airstrip and I'm immediately taken by the beauty of this place. Enjoy!



Taking off from Desperate Moose Lodge:

All lined up:

Screenshots / Moose Lake Lodge (not Dean River!)
« on: September 14, 2012, 05:01:40 PM »
Since posting the falsely labeled thread--"Victory Valley, Dean River, and Desperate Moose Lodge"--I've trying to clear things up by posting the correct sceneries. Once again, I'm very sorry for posting the wrong information on that thread.

Now, here are some scenes of what I had previously thought was Dean River, but it is actually a beautiful location--Moose Lake Lodge. Previously, I came in on the water, so things looked differently. We'll come in on the tree-lined grass strip and stop by the lodge, and then wander down to the river's edge where the fish are biting. What a great location!



"Charter Service"

Looking back up to the lodge:

Screenshots / The real Victory Valley airstrip!
« on: September 14, 2012, 04:45:11 PM »
My previously posted thread entitled "Victory Valley, Dean River, and Desperate Moose Lodge" is grossly in error, and for this, I am very sorry. (Please see my post under that thread.) Meanwhile, this is the real Victory Valley airstrip. It is a lovely little grass strip with friendly, animated locals in a beautiful setting of quaking Aspen trees and a waterfalls along the river. Very peaceful.



Here is the real Victory Valley . . .

Screenshots / The real Desperate Moose Lodge airstrip!
« on: September 13, 2012, 08:10:22 PM »
Xavier was kind enough to point out that my previous screens of the airstrip at Desperate Moose Lodge were missing key elements--the lodge and other buildings! It seems that my CeyX Library was not the latest version. So, after updating the library, I revisited DML, and...voila! There are hangars at the airstrip and the lodge and other buildings are up on the hill. Thanks Xavier!

So, here are a few shots of Desperate Moose Lodge airstrip--the way it's supposed to be.


General Discussion / Official RTMM font
« on: September 13, 2012, 09:46:11 AM »
May I ask--What is the name of the 'official' RTMM font, used at the top of the web site (and everywhere else)?

Thanks for your help,


Screenshots / Late afternoon run into CZST and on to CYXT
« on: September 11, 2012, 08:44:33 PM »
Hi all,

We took a late afternoon flight from PAKT to CZST (Stewart) to drop off some parts for an old pickup truck. After chatting briefly with the locals we took off for CYXT (Terrace). Along the way we flew over the ski slopes near Smithers. In Terrace, they are desperate for us to bring parts for a Scout that has been dismantled at the Misty Mooring's hangar. They'll be working on it through the night. We plan to eat at Brad's and spend the night in Terrace. We'll be leaving for Bella Coola in the morning.

Thanks for coming along,


On short final into CZST:

Clearing the runway:

I think I've spotted the truck that needs the parts:

Looks like it needs a new bumper!

The locals weren't very talkative:

A closer look at the old pickup truck:

All the buildings look a little weathered:

We need to taxi to the runway so we can take off to CYXT:

Ready at runway 36:

Amazing glaciers:

The slopes near Smithers awaiting a blanket of snow:

Coming into Terrace:

On the ground:

Terrace is a lovely airport that serves the Skeena river region:

I've spotted the MM hangar. I'm sure they'll be grateful to have the parts:

I can see everyone is busy:

That must be the disassembled plane:

I'm glad Brad's is still open. I'm starved!

They said we could park next to the hangar for the night:

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