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  1. @Spizzo, If a couple of screens, and introduction footage don't get your imagination racing that's cool. Ideas aren't for everyone. We don't want to give a large panel access and then have to dissolve every idea into buckets of crap and great. We much prefer to build a product of this caliber by showing someone a box of bricks and having their imagination run wild to create. Your words don't scream inspiration, they scream desperation and that's exactly what development should NEVER settle for. So we ask you kindly to look at the pile of bricks before you and let your mind run wild, what have you always dreamed of doing in-sim. Don't be swayed by what the software might not be able to do right this moment for our team of testers (yes a whole team). Instead run without that limitation and express in words your wildest dreams, we'll create from there. //edson
  2. When a delay has to be announced, no one feels the let down as much as the team behind the scenes. Sigh...lets start with a little music to set the mood? (Flame Suit ON) From a business standpoint it feels like we're breaking a promise, a date was set and now we're not going to meet it, so let's just throw Summer 2019 (California) out the window for now. But please stick around to find out WHY, as I feel like the WHY's will provide you with a glimpse behind closed doors at Parallel 42 and how we're building the product with eyes and ears open to the community for input. (Flame Suit OFF?) Glad you're still here...I too am excited about flying on The Skypark, as a content creator myself (@OMGEDSON) this tool was built to provide incredible immersion not only for myself but also for viewers of my LIVE streams. However when you really think about it, you're all content creators too. Whether you share your sim experience live or keep it in the monitor in front of you, your sim is rendering an experience, providing you with an adventure. Enough talk lets get down to the reasons for the delay so we can keep pushing forward... - Movin' Out: This past month brought on some crazy life changes for 2 of us here at //42, Keven aka @RunShotgun scooped up a sweet new spot just outside of Quebec City and relocated. As for myself, early in September I visited Kansas City, MO with the family and as I expected, they fell in love. I sit now in a completely empty CA loft writing this on my laptop as we prepare to drive a 26' truck across the country tomorrow. A wind down of your home and a move by truck is never fun, especially not for a family of 4, so we called a full stop for the month of September productivity-wise. //42 will set up HQ in KCMO and we couldn't be more excited to get back to building. - Listen To The Music: By all measures our product announcement at Flight Sim Expo went fantastic, the feedback was as steam would say "very positive" which is GREAT! Some of the more common feedback had already been internally discussed and proved we were on the right path, but there were a significant amount of killer ideas brought forth as well. Lets just say we threw v1 out the window and you'll essentially see v2 at release, a platform built to scale up to all the amazing ideas brought by the community. But why not "Overwhelmingly Positive"? That answer rode to the top swiftly, "I'll never pay for a subscription to anything, ever." So we put on our thinking caps... - New Kid In Town: Community feedback on Subscription model was loud and clear, as was the division of people that "get it" and those that don't or don't want to. Lets cut to the chase, there is a huge list of things that can be done with the server infrastructure powering it, and thus a huge list of things that can't be done without it. So we locked ourselves in a room full of whiteboards and came out with something we think you'll love. We're dividing the product into 2 slightly different offerings to get that "Overwhelmingly Positive" rating! (please note: details below are subject to change.) The Skypark - $30 One Time purchase The Skypark Online - $7/mo Subscription or Discounted Yearly Subscription The Skypark will be released in the next 2-3months via Orbx Direct and will offer a basic experience with zero reliance on server infrastructure. More details as to specific features will follow but some of the ones you can expect are Skypad, basic SkyBlogs and Adventures, however Skypad Anywhere which allows you to connect from any device in the world will not be included. When The Skypark Online is released, you WILL NOT be required to own The Skypark, in fact with purchase of The Skypark, you'll receive a 2 month credit towards The Skypark Online service when it goes live! Oh and yes that's not a typo on the updated price for The Skypark Online subscription, we lowered the monthly subscription cost. This was made possible thanks to the core rebuild from scratch. Passing on savings, yep! 😉 - Doin' It Right: The Skypark Online is commercial level cloud based software as a service (SaaS). That said, downtime on a subscription platform is not acceptable, infrastructure costs are real, Service Level Agreements (SLA) are real. The platform will function as any commercial piece of software should, built to scale, redundant and reliable. No old clunky code here, a top shelf team building the best, with the best. The subscription model for The Skypark Online not only ensures all costs of operation are covered, but that the full time staff behind the scenes are also fully engaged in creating fresh content and adventures. Your monthly subscription will also ensure future and active development of the product. Please be patient with us while we get everything in place for a successful Online launch. I hope I was able to answer all your questions, I've got to get packed up for Flight Sim Show 2019 and a cross country drive! As always, please feel free to post any questions in the comments below. Edson Soriano Managing Director //42
  3. @ilyasitu @Anthony96 In due time my friends. Are you not interested in providing any ideas for this current phase? Now is the time! Please expect a release date update over the next few days.
  4. The Skypark Online turns your simulator into a dynamic world. I know that sounds so....buzzwordish, but there really is no way to express everything this means in less than a short novel of text on your screen! Essentially our tools allow us to create notable/trending real-world scenes on the fly, no custom scenery installs, no library of objects to keep track of, no sim restart. The images below show what you would see in-sim if you flew over the rear gate at Area 51 this Friday while connected to The Skypark Online. Should you decide to land there, perhaps other mysterious actions would occur too...so yea, let your minds run wild with this one, having this in-sim what kind of adventures could we make out of it? Have a list of things in mind that you wish you could experience in-sim? The answer is probably "Yes we can." Think role play server and submit them HERE on our Pilot Portal! Edson SorianoManaging Director //42
  5. Pilot Portal HOME updated from FORUM to BLOGS BEFORE: AFTER:
  6. - Unified Change Logs forum structure
  7. Hi @Captain.o and welcome! I want to make sure all the feedback ends up in the right place so it doesn't get missed in the dev review cycles. In this case the feedback would fall under Feature Request, can you pls make your post in the forum? Thanks in advance! https://portal.theskypark.com/forum/8-feature-wishlist-suggestions/
  8. No @Anthony96, this product will be available on the Orbx Direct store at: https://orbxdirect.com/theskypark
  9. - Updated menu from Company Blogs to News & Blogs
  10. - Added Custom Job Board on top right side of forum per request from @IvanaFly. Purpose is to promote posts for custom airport releases.
  11. I'm excited you're here. This is our official site for company news, development updates, user feedback, discussions and support for users of The Skypark. An active subscription is NOT required so come one, come all! I believe that to build a great product we not only need great minds behind the scenes, we really need input from the community. Of course openly asking for that is like wanting to sit behind a 747 during run up... We're going to get blasted with both great feedback that follows the vision of the product, and feedback that's nowhere near what we're trying to build. But it's all exciting and we're ready for it. We've provided a beautiful and clean forum for you to submit all those wild ideas, ANYTHING goes, don't hold back! Aviation plays a huge part in some really unique circumstances around the world and a small team like ours couldn't possibly know about everything. For example did you know Air Canada 787's fly into Kansas City to get interior work done? Or that every year during the Alaskan Dog Races (Iditarod) there is a service called "Flying Dogs" that runs dogs and supplies to participants!? That's the experience we want to share with you, the magic of adventure in aviation. If you know of any scenarios like this, please share them! Buffalo Valley Run routes, special event cargo runs, concert tour locations, automotive race locations, world event, airshow schedules etc... Naturally we need time to digest all the feedback that will come from an open pipeline like this. It's a lot of data, so here's what you can expect from us. We won't respond to all, and if we do it's no guarantee that we're moving forward with it, or that it's complete. What we will likely do is ask lots of follow up questions, in some cases we'll play devils advocate and ask you "what if's" or hit you with "yea but" or "how would you". This isn't meant to be confrontational, it's so that we could explore the entire lightning bolt of pathways a new interaction in game could create. We promise to stop asking questions before saying YES we'll do this, or NO we won't! A little mystery spares hurt feelings, not all ideas will be a fit for the product, and that's perfectly OK! Oh and lets not overlook PRODUCT FEATURES! We know you have ideas, toss them at us. There is a forum dedicated to features, want The Skypad to make you coffee via Google Assistant? Ask! Want a synthwave colored Moving Map? Ask! You throw the pieces at us, and if it makes sense to move it into place we'll do just that. Keep in mind that building a product that presents the ease of use we've produced takes a great amount of resistance to building all of the things. So whatcha waitin for!? Create your account, head into the Forums, introduce yourself, and most importantly make sure you post any and all your ideas for adventures and features in our forum. We're really excited about content being driven by the community, Ivana is already here and settled in. Enjoy! SkyFive, Edson Soriano Managing Director //42
  12. OMGEDSON reporting for duty!!! Landing world champion and world record holder for first 200,000.00 on The Skypark!
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