[jhb_airlines] Re: Flight Project International - All Please Read

  • From: "Mike Brook" <mike.brook@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <jhb_airlines@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 22 Aug 2006 15:33:43 +0100

Alex -

That is dreadful news!  I can of course understand the decision, nothing
comes for free these days and those of us who have used FPI (in my case
somewhat sporadically due to personal circumstances) have done so for free -
the 'providers' having footed the bill.  What a shame that they didn't
explore the possibility of annual subscriptions to aid in keeping the
service going.  Perhaps you could suggest this to them? (I accept that it
could be shutting the stable door etc).

Please stay with the JHB List, we've all come to regard you as 'one of us',
I'm sure that bones would agree.

Thanks for all the effort that you personally have put into FPI.  It's a sad

  -----Original Message-----
  From: jhb_airlines-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:jhb_airlines-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]On Behalf Of Alex Barrett
  Sent: Tuesday, August 22, 2006 3:31 PM
  To: jhb_airlines@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  Subject: [jhb_airlines] Flight Project International - All Please Read


  Over the past 3+ years I have come to know most of you through JHB's
dealings with FPI.

  In that time there have been some ups and many downs but we have seen it
through with ideas, laughs and some intelligent conversation (well..not from

  However, from an E-Mail I received this morning it looks like FPI will
continue no more, estimated "Power off" date is due to be early next week.

  I have been asked not to communicate this to "my" members until the
providers are ready to release to the world, however I see no loss for
anybody by telling you all now.

  Obviously we all know the reason, lack of activity and lack of management
from the top levels down. However I am still s lightly dissapointed that it
is all happening so quickly.

  On the other side there is the cost, the providers have been paying this
silently for well over 4 years now, The price being in the region of #300
per calendar month for the whole network.

  In the time it has been running FPI has massed up a minimum of #16,000
worth of expendature for very little reward or recognition. It is hardly
fair on the providers and staff to keep footing these bills, and to allow
the network to go "payware" would, of course, be unacceptable.

  I am sad at this loss, not because of the network, but because of the
friends I have come to make over the past few years, none of whom I have
ever met, but I still feel honoured to know them.

  To the Pilots of JHB, and a handful of others, I would like to say thank
you for all your dedication. It is of no surprise to anyone that you alone
have kept the network running. Every week dedicated pilots and controllers
attend our UK and Ireland events and it has been that way since I joined.

  It is with pride I say that we have been the envy of the network! and that
is no understatement.

  I would, therefore, like to invite everybody to this Wednesdays FPI event,
one which will most probably be the last major (ha!) event held on FPI and I
would like to fly with you gentlemen one last time on this network.

  I have been a member of this list for the past year as UK and Ireland
Country Rep/President and, as there will be no more network, I would imagine
that I no longer hold privalidge to join in, therefore as your FPI
representative I shall say my goodbye.

  I send this mail now as the mailserver may be taken down anyday!

  There are plans afoot for a smaller, non structured organisation using the
FPI software to be set up, this would ,as plans stand, be simply a
multiplayer server on which the FPI software and ATC client will work.

  However details have yet to be clarified.

  For those of you that are after a structured ATC network I am sad to
suggest that you now look elsewhere. I'm sure we all know the alternatives:

  Having been UK director at some point on both the main alternatives I
reccomed them both heartily, however I know that the community spirit here
at FPI can never be matched at either.

  Thank you for the brilliant times gentlemen, it has been an honour to

  Forever your humble servant,


  Alex Barrett
  FPI - UK & Ireland President

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