The "ideal" goals of eB are quite compelling.
I am at this moment waiting to see if the eB can ever be run as a completely open
My goals and interests are in the support and development of Flight Simulation for
Experimental Aviation, Commercial Aviation, Military Aviation, and General Aviation in
that order of priority. As a result, I am more aligned with the prospect of establishing
OpenSim.org as the central focus of Flight Simulation.
There are some very disturbing aspects in the operation of eB that at the moment,
my conscience prohibits me from contributing to that effort. I will not participate in
a project which is not “all inclusive”. I must insist that the following changes take
place within eB for my support and participation to be given.
Anyone should be able to join the eB project at any time without the requirement of a
membership approval review by Moose or Primetime.
Any and all communication must be posted on the public site, no back channel
discussions, no private emails, or ICQ conversations without a capture being posted
on the site.
The currently imposed "Leadership Structure" should be dissolved in favor of allowing
the participants and contributors to decide for themselves which of their peers, they
feel, has the leadership qualities and skills to lead their specific effort.
Free speech, either positive or negative should be allowed and should not be feared!
I personally have no time for negative discussions, only constructive organized and
rather terse discussions! I have important work to be accomplished and have no time
to be distracted by negative discussions. I just tune them out, and so can anyone else
who is focused on accomplishing something of substance. People need to learn
tolerance of viewpoints and perspective, and learn to work together on this common
goal if eB is to succeed. The management of this effort, thus far have not demonstrated
A fresh example:
Today's update message on the eB site "Starting from this very moment, all the info
related to the project will be delivered using internal emails and ICQ." Again further
denying access to the public domain.
Off my soapbox:
I have now quit my day job, and have committed to working 18 hour days for the next
year to complete the development of a completely free (FSF) and Open Source GPL
flight simulation. I did not make this decision in a vacuum, as it also required the support
of my wife and 3 children (one of which is a newborn). I have intentionally located myself
in a part of the country which has a very low cost of living while providing a short drive to
access the best Aerospace Technical Resources in the country.
I am at this moment, "self funded", utilizing the proceeds of the sale of my entire stock
Portfolio. My entire effort will be freely available to everyone under the GPL license.
As you know, I have been working on a high fidelity, real-time, distributed Wintel based
Flight Simulator part time for the past 14 years. It is my aim to release a distributed
multi-platform version of this code base along with many improvements that have not
had the time or attention.
I have invested some $400K U.S. in the acquisition of my extensive research and
development library over these past 14 years. This project currently occupies 1400
square feet of my house.
The investment from the proceeds of my stock sales have generated an additional
$110K to invest in this endeavor.
As a result, I have just completed the installation and configuration of a "state of the art"
network in my house which comprises a switched network with 8 multiprocessor
machines which can be reconfigured to be Wintel Cluster, Beowolf Cluster,
HLA Network, or my own Peer-to Peer solution which eliminates the limitations of the
DOD's HLA RTI in regard to performance on the public internet. The routers and
switched network allow me to test many scenarios. A dedicated T1 will be installed on
December 18th to provide access to the development network from the Internet. I
intend to make this network fully available to the internet so that it may be used as a
Distributed Flight Sim Development platform tool by the contributors to this project.
I will be releasing a definition of the architecture and services that these machines
will support in the very near future.
I have worked on the Boeing 777 and Boeing Joint Strike fighter projects,
Technical Fellow in Geometric Solid Modeling at Spatial Technology,
3D Computer Graphics and CAD / CAM, Distributed Computing and Simulation
contributor with both DIS and HLA, COM Design Review and contributing Architect
with Microsoft Corporation, CORBA Architecture Component Software Architect,
Muti-discipline Aircraft Optimization and Design, as well as a background in
Are you crazy, why give up your income for a year?:
Realistic Flight Simulation is my life's driving passion. And the opportunity has finally
arrived to launch this work into the public domain. And this could not come at a more
critical time in history. This is why I am willing to make such significant personal
investments in the development of something, and give it away completely for free.
I am certain that if someone does not launch a viable and realistic Open Source
Flight Simulator platform within the next year, that advancements and upgrades to
Simulation Products will be lost for a very long time "perhaps decades". If you look at
the Commercial Flight Simulation Training Industry, you will find that the "Simulator"
element of their businesses are "extremely proprietary" as these business divisions
are unprofitable. As well, we have been witness to most recently in the consumer
software area, a complete meltdown of this PC based industry as well. Games
companies that have survived financially up to this point are turning their development
efforts to the development of simpler to produce and very popular game titles.
My goal is to guarantee the continuing development of flight simulations where it will
be possible to accomplish the following:
Learn the skills to become a pilot online, with easy and non intimidating and self
paced training. Develop as close approximation as possible of the knowledge and
skillset to become a Commercial, Military, General Aviation, Aerobatic or Space
Learn how a Flight Simulator Works.
Be provided with a FAA Certified training product which maintains pilot currency.
Meteorology and Weather Forecasting and Simulation.
Air Traffic Control Simulation
Perform Aircraft and Spacecraft Design and Learn about Aerospace Stuctural
That all of the above be possible by the 100th Anniversary of the Wright Brothers
First flight in 2003.
I am currently working on a complete redesign of the flight model to take into
consideration additional elements such as a constrained level of support for High
angle of Attack and Post Stall Maneuvering.
I will be releasing a standard programmatic interface definition soon, and will provide a
base implementation of a generic flight model. Following this release I will be adding
support for the above mentioned features + support for Hard real-time systems,
distributed systems, and Aircraft with VTOL / VSTOL characteristics.
I still believe that some form of financial sponsorship should be arraigned so that at
the end of my year's effort, a team will be compensated to continue to rapidly advance
the development of this simulation environment. The cost? About the price of a low
cost flight simulation a year to support this effort, Approx $30. This will entitle the
members to vote for what features are developed and in what priority they are developed.
I intend to utilize the OpenSim forum for this purpose, and if this is not achievable,
will invest the time and effort to create a separate web site dedicated to this effort,
which will support all of the above mentioned freedoms for it’s participants.
Seems to me, that such an effort should not be required as this will only cause a
Further duplication of efforts and reduce the likelyhood of a successful outcome as
this Flight Sim User Community is not large enough to support numerous competing
I think that it is quite ironic that I, a person who was born in Dayton Ohio,
The Birthplace of Aviation itself, and the host city of the 100th Anniversary
Celebration of Powered Flight should seek at this moment to reinvigorate what I see
today as an industry in decline.
[This message has been edited by aquila (edited 11-02-2000).]