Thursday, 11 November 2010

The Google Earth Blog Effect

Mickey Mellen has posted a really nice review of the GE Flight Sim on Google Earth Blog. The consequence, though, was that my Google App Engine account reached the 1GB limit in less than 5 hours! You can call that the "GEB Effect" :)

I promptly redirected the flight sim to a mirror hosting server to keep it on.

I am really happy with the feedback I got so far: some "real" pilots and real gamers gave me critical and technical advices and this is what I really need to keep improving GEFS.

It was also a lot of fun to join in the crowd in GEFS and see all these planes taking of from Stradbroke Island airstrip. I counted up to 15 planes in the air simultaneously. That's a lot of requests to my backend server: I hope it's not gonna melt down.

Meanwhile, I keep working on release 0.3. To come (and to keep people interested):
- The Dassault Alpha Jet
- Working and animated flaps and airbrakes
- Improved instrumentation
- Improved flight models
- Better camera handling.
- Database of airports and runways (DAFIF data) to fly to/from

Have a pleasant flight!