• David Flamm Developer Interview

    When creating your sceneries, what software packages and tools do you use?

    I mainly use Overlay Editor and Gimp. Occasionally WED (World Editor). I also use an app called iFlightPlanner. When I view charts of an airport and select satellite, I can tap on the screen to get the exact location in which to place an object.

    Dave, do you only develop freeware, or have you created payware sceneries?

    I have only developed freeware, and this is because I enjoy sharing my sceneries with others. Hopefully they get just as much enjoyment from exploring them, as I do in creating them.

    David Flamm     David Flamm

    Have you ever worked with any other teams or developers?

    Yes; I worked with Joel Johnson on his Iditarod Package. This involved moving or placing objects at three locations that didn't mesh after I made my scenery. When done, it meant that Joel's scenery and my own were compatible with each other. I also help Oleg from Northern Sky Studio, by taking pictures of Alaska. He then uses these for his own scenery development. I enjoy doing this, and as such, I am more than willing to be a resource for anyone that wants to develop scenery for Alaska. If I can help in anyway, it would be a pleasure.

    David Flamm     David Flamm

    The Team

    Dave, do you work alone on your sceneries, or do you have other people help you?

    I basically design the entire scenery myself, but I do have friends that help me with what I can't do. Stuart McGregor (Scottish Wings) makes many of the objects I use (by request), and this has really helped me. It's also meant that his incredible 'Handy Objects Library' has grown in size, which is great news for other scenery developers wanting to use the same objects.

    Robert Heyen (RocLobster) also helps with my scenery development, as he makes the really cool signs that help give my scenery that extra touch of realism. Without both these talented and generous individuals, my scenery wouldn't be anything like reality.

    David Flamm     David Flamm

    Real Life

    Do you have any experience in real aviation?

    Yes; I have my Private Pilots License (PPL) and instrument rating. At present, I am currently working on getting my commercial license.

    That's fantastic; good luck with gaining your commercial license! As you already have your PPL, do you have any memorable flights you'd like to share with us?

    David Flamm     David Flamm

    This was a while ago, but...

    While I was working on getting my Private Pilots License (already logged 35 hours), I was doing some maneuvers, such as landings and takeoffs at Farrars Landing 28AK (now called Gates Ranch). On one of the departures; runway 24, I could feel the plane just about ready to lift off (it hadn't though, due to the rise in terrain), when I spotted a moose at about 50'. As I looked, I could see that it was casually walking onto the runway from my left.

    I yelled 'Moose!' to my instructor who hadn't yet seen it! Unfortunately there was no time to stop, so I immediately pulled back on the yoke till I felt I was just above what I figured, was the top of the moose. After a few moments (and heartbeats) I levelled out so I wouldn't go into a stall and still take advantage of ground effect. As I picked up speed and started to climb (the trees at the end of the runway were getting closer), I raised the flaps and circled around. To my relief, I saw that the moose (still walking casually) had moved safely across to the other side of the runway! Funnily enough; after this airstrip was developed for X-Plane, I downloaded it and put a moose on it...just for old times sake!

    David Flamm     David Flamm

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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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