Release Date: December 28, 2001
As many of you know, Abacus is one of the oldest names in the personal computer, starting way back in 1978. Our founding mission continues to be to deliver quality software to the consumer market. Over a span of 23 years, we have gained considerable experience in publishing -- we've published hundreds of computer software products and computer related books.
Four years ago, we acquired Full Throttle Magazine from Ziff-Davis. Under the guidance of Managing Editor Tim Dickens, we renamed the magazine Flight Simulator World to better identify the audience. Tim's feel for the industry has helped us turn Flight Simulator World into one of the most respected and reputable print publications for the flight simulator enthusiast. With a knowledgeable editorial team and wide connections to the companies and people in the flight simulation scene, we're proud of the fact that Tim has built FSW into a first class magazine.
Over the past six months, Abacus' product line has expanded to include Train Simulation software. Sales VP Jim Oldfield, Jr tells us that "Train Simulation has become a significant part of our business. We've expanded from our traditional flight simulation audience and have added a large train simulation audience and a growing product line."
According to President Arnie Lee "As a small company, we won't want to spread our resources too thin. At the risk of trying to do too many things, we felt that it was in our best interest to concentrate on software publishing at this time in our corporate life."
"A few months ago while speaking to Robert Ferraro, President of PC Aviator, I mentioned that Abacus was entering other software activities. He suggested that I keep him in mind if we were interested in selling the magazine. Several weeks ago I contacted him and we agreed to sell Flight Simulator World Magazine to PC Aviator."
On December 26th, Flight Simulator World became a part of PC Aviator. PC Aviator is best known as the publisher of Computer Pilot Magazine that also serves the flight simulator enthusiast. Robert is based in Murrells Inlet, S.C. and has publishing offices in Melbourne, Australia. Managing Editor Tim Dickens and his editorial staff now report to Robert who has suggested that the existing editorial focus will remain the same.
Readers will notice little difference says former Assistant Publisher Scott Slaughter. "Our sale of the magazine means that the ownership has changed but with Tim Dickens continuing as Managing Editor, the content will remain the same. The change in ownership will be transparent for readers.
We're confident that under new ownership Tim Dickens will continue to deliver the high quality editorial material that Flight Simulator World readers have come to expect."
For the latest information about the transition, please visit http://www.FlightSimulatorWorld.com/