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General Discussion / Re: Hi, I'm new! (introduce yourself here)
« on: December 12, 2012, 10:20:46 AM »
I'm just a member here of several months, but I'd like to welcome the new members to RTMM. These are some wonderfully talented and gracious folks who are always willing to lend a hand when needed. And they've been known to down a pint or three on occasion!  ;)

Thanks for the welcome and aircraft insights. I'm looking for a great plane that I can spend some serious time learning.
  • The A2A cub looks like it is exquisitely modeled, but is it not too slow for getting around the whole RTMM area?
  • The Aerosoft beaverX looks faster and more complex, but it seems to be a port-over from their FX9-version. Does this manifest anything negative? Lovely screenshots, Jeff - particularly those using the Fed-Ex paint. Your excellent "Beaver Sots" post reads like a review - very useful.   
  • I looked at the advertising for the Lionheart Pacer but couldn't find a review anywhere (bad Google, bad boy  ;) ).
Anyone else have any experience with either of these three aircraft?

Dave--The A2A Cub is a standard setter and a joy to fly on shorter low-and-slow runs. On the other hand, the Flight Replicas Super Cub offers bush and amphibious variations and has considerably more power for maneuvering and slightly longer flights.

The new Lionheart Super Pacer PA20/22 180 is a very nice rendition with custom gauge panels, floats, bush, and tri-cycle variations, and good power. It's a joy to fly. I think Lionheart has done a great job. I do wish it had an amphibian version, however. Regardless, I find myself flying the Super Pacer a lot lately.

The Beaver has those wonderful classic looks, with decent power, load capacity, and range. But, Aerosoft's BeaverX, IMHO, is a little long-in-the-tooth. I really wish A2A would consider a remake of this classic plane.

Carenado has the Cessna 185, and I think the 206 (neither of which I have flown), but lots of people like them a lot. On my list for future purchases.

If Carenado's C-208 had an amphib model, it would be another great choice. But, alas, it doesn't.

There is a free version of the Pilatus PC-6 Porter that is quite good. Definitely worth a look.

There are numerous other very worthy bush flyers available, but the one that seldom gets any time inside my hangar is Lionheart's Quest Kodiak. This plane really can do it all. It has the power (750 hp) and speed for longer flights, tremendous load capacity (10-people plus cargo pod), and the amazing capability for landing or taking off on <700 feet. It comes in wheels and floats/amphib variations, HD textures, and of course, a Garmin G1000 triple glass cockpit. Definitely my go-to bush flyer.

Those are just a few options to consider. You will absolutely love flying any of these in the Misty Moorings. I hope to see you in the skies!

Safe flights,


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:


Screenshots / Re: Mission RTMM Dispatch 3
« on: December 09, 2012, 10:27:13 AM »

I very much enjoyed watching your slideshow this morning. Really beautiful. Thank you! I am sure you had great fun completing this mission.


Screenshots / Re: Prince Rupert AI Shipping
« on: December 09, 2012, 10:17:52 AM »
Wow! Another great set. Thank you, Nadine! I haven't downloaded this package yet--I'd better get busy.  :)


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:


Screenshots / Re: Eanhanced Cargo C Vessels
« on: December 07, 2012, 05:53:58 PM »
These shipping vessels add so much realism and fun to the region. Thanks for these great packages!


Screenshots / Re: Morning Hunt
« on: December 07, 2012, 05:51:51 PM »
What a gorgeous shot! Everything came together for this one.

Thanks for sharing it,


Screenshots / Re: Bella Coola Marine
« on: December 07, 2012, 05:48:45 PM »

Let me be the first to say how beautiful these shots are! The starkness of the winter colors matched to your choice of this particular livery for the Beaver makes for some very artistic screen shots. And the water is some of the best I have seen. Very nice.

Thanks for sharing these with us,


General Discussion / Re: Interesting Bush Pilot page
« on: December 07, 2012, 10:37:07 AM »
Thanks Brad. There is lots great stuff there, not to mention beautiful photos.

From their pages:

"So, where is downtown Moose Pass?"

"Anchorage is a small city located about 30 minutes outside of Alaska."

Good info, fun bush stories, and beautiful photos.

Thanks for posting this!


General Discussion / Re: SAK Tour #5: Kenai Peninsula
« on: December 04, 2012, 03:47:58 PM »
Hi Brad,

One of my recently discovered little nooks in SAK is Hope, also on the Kenai Peninsula.

Hope lies on the northern end of Kenai Peninsula, on the south shore of the Turnagain Arm of Cook Inlet. The community lies on the 17-mile Hope Highway, northwest of the Seward Highway, near the mouth of Resurrection Creek. Surrounded by snowcapped mountains and panoramic views of Turnagain Arm, the quaint and historic village of Hope is less than a two-hour drive from Anchorage. Current population: 192. What a great area!

Here are a few links for Hope:

A great write-up at Travel Alaska:

Hope, AK:,_Alaska

Hope Airport (5HO):

Bowman's Bear Creek Lodge and Cafe:

Seaview Cafe:

Hope Chamber: "Historic mountain hideaway by the sea":


General Discussion / Re: SAK Tour #2: Juneau, Skagway, Haines
« on: December 04, 2012, 11:04:56 AM »

First of all, thank you for posting your findings in the 'SAK Tours'. These previews are excellent and really get the juices flowing. This particular area (Juneau, Haines and Skagway) is one of my favorites to explore. Skagway is a real gem.

Hoping SAK comes out sooner, rather than later!



General Discussion / Re: ORBX Bella Coola
« on: November 27, 2012, 09:02:18 AM »

Don't be pressured by Bella Coola's soon release. I know 'Land of the Cowboys' will definitely be worth the wait. An April release sounds perfect.

Now, get to work!  ;)


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 / Re: ORBX Bella Coola
« on: November 26, 2012, 08:53:24 PM »
Another Russ White masterpiece! It looks gorgeous.

General Discussion / Re: How big is yours?
« on: November 25, 2012, 11:49:48 AM »
Jeff, that's great news! It's always nice when a project comes together and works on the first attempt. And that's a beautiful screenshot to boot!



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