With the holiday season in full swing, this is perhaps the very best time of year for all of us and flight simulation as a whole. The time when all the stuff you have been wanting goes on sale. The time when those products you have been waiting so patiently for, gets released. The time where so many surprises get announced then released.
But aside from all that, it's also a time for family, for giving, for being thankful because no matter how much we love our little virtual world, it's the real world in which we truly live our lives and much like FS, things can freeze up, crash, and even worse... and if it's one thing that truly impacts our little community as a whole, is when it comes to a loss of a development team and in this case, we are loosing one of the very most prolific names in our industry: RealAir Simulations who has been facing the hard times the real world can press upon us. Here are the statements left to us from developers Sean Moloney and Rob Young...
December 1st, 2016
"It is with great sadness that we announce the closure of RealAir Simulations.
Early in 2015 my partner Carla was diagnosed with aggressive cervical cancer. Early this year, following chemoradiation therapy she was initially told that the treatment had been unsuccessful and was given only 1-2 years to live.
The great news is that further scans taken several months later suggested the cancer was clearing up, and each scan since then has been good news. This period has been a time of tremendous soul searching, for Carla and to a lesser extent myself.
As a result of this I have decided to retire from RealAir Simulations. I wish all of our customers the very best and I hope you get many more years of enjoyment from our products.
All the best,"
"RealAir Simulations has been in existence for 16 years and in that time we have made many friends among our loyal customers. Concurrent with Sean's personal situation I have reached retirement age and feel I no longer have the energy to carry on with the level of work our customers have come to expect.
It has been a pleasure to be a part of producing simulator products which our customers have enthusiastically supported and enjoyed. We will continue to offer support via email for a reasonable time after the website closes for new business. Thank you for your custom which has been appreciated."
To Sean: in reminiscing on the standard of quality, integrity, and love you have put into your work over the years, this is no doubt a loss for us, but an additional gain for you and yours and I truly wish you and your partner many wonderful and happy years to come. As someone who has a very close family member only at the age of 21 fighting a similar battle of her own, I truly understand the impact you and your loved ones have had to endure. It's heartwarming to hear the good news.
To Rob: Your retirement is well deserved. Your service to this community is second to none as is the products you have put your blood, sweat, passion, and tears into for the last 16 years. I wish you many blue skies for the years to come.
And to RealAir and the men who has brought RealAir to success: We will truly miss you, but you will never be forgotten. Whether it's at high speed in the Legacy, or rotating after only 2 feet of runway in the Duke. Whether it's maneuvering for the crowds in the SF260 or returning to the war in the Spitfire for another victory or perhaps, it's just a little fishing in the morning on a nice calm lake right on the ski of the lovely Scout, we will be living our lives with you for many years to come. Thank you both for everything!
Readers: You can feel free to leave your lasting encouragement for Sean & Rob in the comment section below. Let's remind these guys how much they are loved by us and how much their works have meant to our lives!