• David Flamm Developer Interview

    David Flamm Developer Interview

    Conducted by Dominic Smith

    David Flamm     David Flamm

    Dave, could I begin by asking about when you started developing for X-Plane and what got you interested in it?

    My simulated flying started after I had the opportunity to go flying with a friend, and he allowed me to take control of the plane. He had me do turns, change altitude and even land. During the flight he turned to me and said; "You would be an instructors dream." As I entertained the possibility of actually learning to fly, I thought I would try simulated flying first to see if this is really something I wanted to do. I started out briefly with Microsoft Flight Simulator and then shortly afterwards found X-Plane 9. I enjoyed it very much, but unfortunately, while there was some scenery for Alaska (my home state), there was a lot missing! Due to the lack of scenery in this part of the world, I decided to create my own. I started modeling Valdez to go with the fly-in hosted by EPOCH (held on the 2nd weekend of May), which just happened to coincide with the real world event. This allowed for a far more immersive environment!

    David Flamm     David Flamm

    Could you tell us about the nature of your designs and what you do?

    When I create a scenery for an Alaskan airport, I also like to include the village, since the airport is there because of the settlement. I try to capture the spirit of the village and model it as closely as possible. Hopefully if you were to visit the area, it would feel as if you had already been there.

    David Flamm     David Flamm

    Dave, how do you go about finding all the information needed for a scenery?

    I do searches on a village so as to find as much info as possible. This includes searching for images and pictures that might be out there. If I know someone in the village, I will talk with them and have them take pictures for me. Asking other pilots, and those who visited the area, is another way of gaining information.

    David Flamm     David Flamm

    Out of all the Alaskan sceneries you have created, what do you consider your best or most popular work?

    Well, if I go by downloads, it would have to be 3AK5 Redoubt Mountain and Bay Lodges. This scenery provides two secluded lodges, accessible by floatplane only.

    What do you find to be the most challenging aspect of creating a scenery?

    That's easy; it would have to be the time required/needed to complete a scenery, especially if a river or road is required to give it complete authenticity. To model every twist and turn of a river or road, takes a lot of time.

    David Flamm     David Flamm

    What part of a project do you enjoy the most?

    I really enjoy doing the research. Finding out every detail about a location, so that I can (hopefully) incorporate it into my scenery, is a challenge, but also great fun. Personally, I think this is lacking from some developers.

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    8 Comments
    1. W33's Avatar
      W33 -
      Always enjoyed my Alaskan routes!

      Nice looking scenery and great photographs.

      W33
    1. Roger Wensley's Avatar
      Roger Wensley -
      David, have you been to Bethel? I am in the process of making it but as there is no road access there are very few photos online that can be downloaded, and of course no Google Earth 3D road views.
    1. Alaskadad's Avatar
      Alaskadad -
      Quote Originally Posted by Roger Wensley View Post
      David, have you been to Bethel? I am in the process of making it but as there is no road access there are very few photos online that can be downloaded, and of course no Google Earth 3D road views.
      I have been to Bethel but since scenery has already been done there I didn’t take any pictures
    1. Alaskadad's Avatar
      Alaskadad -
      Quote Originally Posted by Roger Wensley View Post
      David, have you been to Bethel? I am in the process of making it but as there is no road access there are very few photos online that can be downloaded, and of course no Google Earth 3D road views.
      I have been to Bethel, but since it was already done by another developer I didn’t take any pictures. The next time I get out there I can take some for you.
    1. Roger Wensley's Avatar
      Roger Wensley -
      Thanks for the future offer, but I think I will probably just make the most of what I already have and finish it off.
    1. GeorgeSmith's Avatar
      GeorgeSmith -
      Thanks. I enjoyed this article.
    1. swainson's Avatar
      swainson -
      I can not use Xplane the fonts in the setup instructions are so small HOW can I change them
      I am 85 and my sight is failing
      Regards Mr S
    1. Alaskadad's Avatar
      Alaskadad -
      Quote Originally Posted by swainson View Post
      I can not use Xplane the fonts in the setup instructions are so small HOW can I change them
      I am 85 and my sight is failing
      Regards Mr S
      I’m unaware of anyway to change the font on the setup screen. If you have access to a bigger monitor might help. The newer flat screen TVs can be used as a monitor.
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