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AVSIM Publishing
All Rights Reserved

AVSIM Magazine is published at the first of every month in Charlottesville, Virginia and is distributed to other fine sites around the world for downloading. Get your copy today!


Tom Allensworth
Asst. Editor:
Robert Kirkland
Simulation Editor:
Eric Berns
VA Editor:
Adam Batkin
Miro Majcen
Jason Carley
United Kingdom
Mark Green
Technical Editor:
Mike Breeden

VOL 1. NO. 4. June 1997
All Times Used Throughout are U.S.
Eastern Daylight Time (GMT -4 Hours).
Sponsored in part by:
Abacus Publishing

A Flying Bit of History

Thursday, June 19, 1997 10:03:36 AM

Alfred Grech's new AVSIM site is now online and operational. All of Alfred's scenery sets are now on the AVSIM server and all browsers can access them. Pay Alfred's site a visit by clicking on the menu item to the left (or here), and let him know what you think!

Wednesday, June 18, 1997 6:39:35 PM

After a tremendous amount of work and some white knuckles, we are pleased to announce the opening of the IUP Database/Archives. This system is a repository of messages that have been posted to the Flight-Sim mailing list and which have been edited for content. With this database, you are able to search on subjects that have been discussed in the mailing list and rapidly receive the information you are looking for. The mailing list has been a bountiful source of insight, experience and know how in flight simming for many years. Now you can put all that knowledge to work for you. Through the unstinting efforts of Brian Fillery and Bill Mollway, this system is now open for business. We are confident that you will find it to be an invaluable resource. Note however that the current database includes messages from November 1996 through February 1997. Bill and Brian are working hard to catch up to current messages, and then will start working backwards.

Wednesday, June 18, 1997 1:18:05 PM

Alfred Grech, one of the most prolific and well respected scenery designers in the avsimming community, today announced his teaming with AVSIM Magazine. Together, Alfred and AVSIM will join forces to bring the community a special area, much like those of Project Freeware and Mike Marando's Database, that provides the community with intuitive and easy access to his fantastic collection of scenery files. AVSIM will be working on Alfred's site in the coming days, and will make an announcement here and in Breaking News when Alfred's site is operational. Please join us in welcoming Alfred to the AVSIM team!

Tuesday, June 17, 1997 2:16:41 PM

For some reason that we have not been able to determine, our mail server this morning started to misbehave rather badly, even to the extent of sending mail to some poor soul on Compuserve who did not know the difference between an airplane and a blimp. There were some other issues that we were not comfortable with, and as a result, we have shut the system down until we can find a replacement program. Until then, we ask for your understanding. We hope to have a replacement system up and running shortly.

Monday, June 16, 1997 2:01:30 PM

The addition of Mark Green as our Editor for the United Kingdom will now bring updated news and articles on the aviation simulation scene in that region of the world. Mark will cover England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland for AVSIM and provide breaking news for us as it occurs. Mark is an Air Traffic Controller, an Instrument Rated pilot and an avid sim pilot as well. Having flown for 11 years and in sims for just about as long, Mark will add a great deal of aviation knowledge and insight to the AVSIM staff. Please join us in welcoming Mark to the AVSIM staff! If you are a simmer in the UK, please make contact with Mark!

Monday, June 16, 1997 9:25:09 AM

If you downloaded the Blue Angels 50th Anniversary edition yesterday, and find that you have flight characteristics problems with the "FAT ALBERT" L100 (C-130), you will need to download the patch that is available in the Blue Angels section. This patch is an enhanced and corrected flight model and should resolve any handling characteristic problems that may have been encountered in Autopilot mode.

Sunday, June 15, 1997 8:42:23 AM

Flight Sim Developers have released their 50th Anniversary issue of the Blue Angels aircraft, scenery and static images set. You can download this great collection by clicking on Blue Angels from the menu at the left or by clicking here. AVSIM and Flight Sim Developers have partnered to bring you this set. We hope you enjoy the Blue Angel's page and these great, and historic, aircraft. Download them today!

Saturday, June 14, 1997 12:39:13 PM

Please welcome the newest member of our Staff! Jason Carley, Editor for Australasia. Jason will be covering aviation simulation doings in Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia and the islands of the Pacific. Jason is a licensed pilot, inactive Lawyer and is currently the Head of Research for an Investment Bank in Sydney. Jason will provide timely news of doings in his region and contribute articles on aviation simulation and related interests for our montly editions. If you are a simmer in the region, please get in touch with Jason for any breaking news or items of interest that you might like to pass along.

Friday, June 13, 1997 6:15:39 PM

We looked for a suitable assignment for our intrepid (and new) editor for Croatia and Slovenia, Miro Majcen. Armed with a $10 daily expense account from AVSIM, he will be attending the Paris Airshow later this month. If he can connect with us via email from there, he will provide daily updates for our breaking news section. If not, he will send us a full report on the doings at the show and some of the goings on as it may interest avsimmers around the world. Stay tuned for news from Paris! (P.S. If you are a simmer in Paris and can loan Miro a connection for email, let us know! We would really appreciate it!)

Thursday, June 12, 1997 8:58:37 AM

We would like announce the newest member of our Team! Miro Majcen is our new Editor for aviation simulation events, interests and doings in these areas. Apparently, there is quite an interest in avsimming in Slovenia and Croatia, and Miro's job will be to ferret out the ongoing expansion of this hobby in these two countries. We look forward to his reports and future articles on the growth of avsimming in the region. If you live in and are active in avsimming in either of these two areas, please get in touch with Miro and let him know what's doing in your area.


We promise... this is the last one. We have been seeking a way to reduce graphic load time, yet remain eye appealing. We also want to move the menu bar up so that you were able to see more of it in a single screen. We think we have struck the right balance, and that is reflected in this page. The Logo above will go on all pages, so that you only have to load it once and it will carry over throughout. Regardless of where you are in the system, that is the only logo you will see. No more special logos for each page (it was a good idea, but....). We will be altering the remaining pages in the next 24 hours or so. Thank you very much for your patience. Let us know what you think.


We are on the hunt again! We are looking for editors and reporters to cover specific areas of the world of aviation simulation. We need Editors and reporters for Australasia, Asia, Northern Europe, Southern Europe, the United Kingdom, the Middle East, South America, Central America, Canada, and Africa. Are you located in and avidly stay in touch with avsim developments in one of these regions of the world? If so, we want to talk with you! If you are interested in a staff position with the fastest growing aviation simulation magazine and reference source on the WEB today, send us Email! Share in our tremendous growth and share the goal: to be the number one avsim resource in the world! We can offer you a satisfying experience, constant learning, and a fun time with professionals in online communications and publishing. Join us today!


The AVSIM Committee for Best of the Net Awards decision is in. Two recipient sites have been awarded the Best of the Awards this time. Please join all of us here at AVSIM Magazine in congratulating Tom Gibson for his Classic Airliners Site and Steve Kelly for his Steve's Flight School. Our committee selected these sites based upon a number of criteria, including content, appearance and overall sustained contribution to the avsimming community. Please pay these sites a visit at your next opportunity.

Best of the Net


AVSIM Magazine has been looking for an Assistant Editor for some time now, and we finally found one! Robert comes to us via numerous years as an avid simmer and a columnist for Landmark Communications, a Virginia publisher that does a variety of daily newspapers in the region. Robert has both a long resume of aviation related background (he's ex-air force), but he has also been involved in a number of Virtual Airlines as well. Please join us in extending a warm welcome to Robert Kirkland as the newest member of our Staff.


We don't typically announce aircraft releases, but we are so impressed with this latest piece of art from the Project Freeware Group, that we thought it deserved special attention here. Go to the Project Freeware Group site by clicking on the image above and download it today! This is the JAL "Dream Express" which has been under construction for over two months. It truly is a piece of art.


After a protracted search for a knowledgeable and experienced Virtual Airline Editor, we have found that perfect match. Welcome our newest staff member; Adam Batkin. Adam founded Eagle Airlines, which evolved into Transit International Airways (TIA) where he is now on the Board of Directors. Adam has also worked with Virtual Airline News Flash and Virtual Airline Journal. Adam will be doing Virtual Airline reviews much like our scenery, aircraft and panel reviews, as well as writing articles on the basics of Virtual Airlines themselves (much like tutorials for the uninitiated). Look forward to a review and article in our next issue! You can contact Adam if you are a VA site and would like to participate in his reviews or tutorials.


AVSIM today opened the WEB News System. Here you can read news releases posted by WEB Masters that detail happenings on their WEB sites and which provide you a convenient link to those sites that have recent activities of interest. If you are a WEB Master of a avsim related site, we encourage you to participate! Have a look at AVSIM's newest tool for the avsimming community. Click on WEB News at the menu to the left.


Your input is very important to us. If you have suggestions for improvements, additions, or complaints about how we do things, we do want to hear from you. We especially want to hear from you if you have a site or area that is not in the current resource listing (keeping in mind that we may already have it and it hasn't been added in this release yet). To contact us, simply use the Email menu selection at the left.

We will review every suggestion, comment or recommendation we receive and we will attempt to incorporate your ideas where possible.


We obtain our aircraft images from various publicly accessible sources. Where copyright information is provided, and distribution is precluded by that copyright, we do not include those images in our publication. However, if images are in the public domain and no copyright information is provided, we make the assumption that use for FREE distribution via a publication such as our is allowed. If the copyright exists and allows for FREE distribution, then we may include those images as well.

If you have images that you would like to see included in AVSIM Magazine, and are willing to release them into the public domain, you can send us your images at the email address above. We reserve the right to include submitted images in the issue of our choosing and where appropriate. For those of you that do upload your photographs and place them in the public domain, we and the user community thank you!

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