• David Flamm Developer Interview

    Dave, would you like to share with the readers what you do in real life?

    Sure, I'm a missionary pilot in Alaska.

    Amazing! Could you tell us what being a missionary pilot involves?

    As many will know, Alaska is the largest and most sparsely populated U.S. state, and comprises of approximately 230 communities. Due to the terrain, only a handful of these villages are accessible by road. In other words, about 82% of the people who live in this wilderness, live in pretty much third-world conditions. All equipment, plus food and people, must be transported to these remote villages by barge or aircraft.

    As a missionary pilot, I work alongside the village paster or missionary, and help to encourage and strengthen as they minister the village. We are a vital supply line for virtually all of the community's needs, ranging from transportation, groceries, boat engines and building supplies. We also provide additional manpower for building projects, or for just cutting firewood for winter. Away from all of the work a visit is always welcomed too! There is a lot of planning before wheels go up, especially in regards to the weather, which is often extremely challenging (it can vary wildly on different sides of a mountain range, plus there is icing to factor in).

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    Whereabouts in Alaska do you fly, and are there any areas which you feel would be a 'must have' visit for a budding bush pilot?

    I've flown most of the interior to the west coast. I haven't yet been to the Aleutians or the Panhandle though. The farthest north so far I've been, is to Crevice Creek in the Brooks Range, and that was in a Cessna 150; I had to climb above 10,000' because of smoke from fires that summer. We were at gross weight on that particular flight, and it took all the Cessna had, in which to climb to that altitude.

    My favorites are Lake Clark Pass to Port Alsworth, and flying from Palmer, following the Matanuska River east northeast to Gulkana. Another is flying north up the Susitna River to Talkeetna, and beyond isn't too shabby either as you happen to look over at Denali (the highest mountain peak in North America).

    What other hobbies or things do you like to do for enjoyment?

    When I'm not busy working, I enjoy cycling, cross country skiing and four wheeling!

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    Future

    Dave, how do you go about deciding on your next new scenery?

    It's usually after I have flown into that particular village and see it first hand. Other times, it's to simply correct the location of an existing airport.

    What simulators do you design for now and which ones do you plan to develop for in the future?

    I'm an X-Plane only guy!

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    Your Thoughts

    How do you feel about the future of flight simulation in general?

    Personally, I think it's only going to get better as technology advances.

    Lastly Dave, what are some of the most important things a site or community can do to help developers?

    When you download our work, please comment! It really helps encourage us so we can improve what we do for you.

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    It also lets us know how much our work is appreciated.

    Many thanks Dave, for taking the time to complete this developer interview for FlightSim.Com. The team and I wish you all the best with both your scenery design, and also with obtaining your Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL).

    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.