RTMM "About" Page

About Return to Misty Moorings

Return to Misty Moorings (RTMM) made it's first post on the web on November 11th, 2010. (You can go to the bottom of the NOTAM's page and see the entire history of construction). Previously to RTMM was "Misty Moorings, Inc." that was a website for the Misty Fjords area of the flight simming world for FS2004. The page still have some activity and we keep the information online for those folks still using it. Brad Allen called Doug Linn who had run Misty Moorings, Inc and asked if he would be interested in "doing it again" for FSX. With more than a little trepidation, Doug agreed and the two began working on the concept of RETURN to Misty Moorings, the FSX sequel.

With Holger Sandmann's beautiful PFJ terrain from ORBX PFJ, we had an amazing canvas upon which we could paint all kinds of adventure for the Flight Sim community. So looking at this beautiful foundation ... what could be done with it that would give people an even greater enjoyment of these foundational packages?

RTMM Focusing on the JOURNEY - The mission of flight simming is flying a virtual airplane "from here to there". So our focus for our locations not only became the creation of an exciting destination, but to focus on the "journey." Our placement for locations became important as it was a means to draw pilots back into the scenery to see areas they might miss otherwise. Since most of the time of a flight simmer is spent "in the air", our designers were tasked with finding those "special" places that gave the simmer a special experience during the actual journey. The focus of RTMM is still on the journey or "getting from here to there" as we call it. Many of our scenery locations are highly complex, others are absolutely simple. We discovered that we could build a whole harbor town that people would love to visit, but a campground with two tents and a campfire drew as many people. Again, the key is the journey ... it is what simmers do.

RTMM on the Water - Another aspect of RTMM is simming "down on the water." We discovered, with the amazing terrains, the rivers were navigable. And cruising around all of the interesting places in a water vehicle caught our interest. This developed into a whole new way of enjoying the scenery. We created "The Moorings" ... a web page dedicated to people who enjoy virtual boating. You can find many "sail plans" and "cruises" on The Moorings Page. Most of our locations are on the water, and in this area of the virtual world, most of those are connected by water. From the water, in a two dimensional world, the experience is vastly different getting from here to there. It is simply another world RTMM has discovered and developed for simmers.

The Glaciers - Another area that was developed was our exploration of the glaciers in the "ice world" above Misty Fjords. A major project within RTMM is our CIRP Project, "Cambria Icefield Research Project". Ten "ice stations" were positioned out on the ice above the Hyder, AK area. These all have NDB installations so they can be more easily found during the flights over the featureless glaciers. Here again, we've created "ground" tours with hovercrafts that connect the ice stations, complete with markers for the route. CIRP is an entirely different experience that RTMM brings to the flight sim enthusiast.

We have alsorecently added SIRP a "remake" of the SIRP that was highlighted on the old Misty Moorings site. This has been done for us by Mike Broemme. This focuses on locations along the Stakine River.

USFS Cabins - One original aspect of Tongass Fjords X and PFJ was the placement of the United States Forest Service (USFS) cabins. These again, are simple destinations, but difficult to find and a very realistic experience for a "wannabee" bush pilot. Flying "the Cabins" is as close to bush flying as it gets for this area of the world. People, in the real world, rent these cabins and are taken to and from them by the bush pilots in the area. These are "scheduled" lodgings, so they must arrive and be picked up on a schedule. This sounds easy ... but at the incredible changing and low-ceilinged weather of this area of the world, and you encounter a new challenge. Often you must stay below 1200 feet, flying "among" the mountains rather than over them. On "The Cabins" page at RTMM, all of the cabins of the USFS are listed. We have added 27 of the missing cabins and shelters to complete the USFS list. Each has a picture, a map and a flight plan for 1200 foot routes. Flying "the cabins" is another in-depth simming encounter with RTMM.

AI Traffic, Ships and Planes - Our design experts add AI Traffic to increase the realism. We offer FSX Missions for those who love that aspect of FSX. Also we have Trip Tickets and Dispatches that guide you by VFR back into the scenery to many of the locations. You can see the locations when you go the Map Room at Misty's Place and look at the "starting points." There you will find a map for each location, a latitude and longitude for even starting a flight at that location.

RTMM Scenery - To date, we have created over 400 scenery locations with attending missions, dispatches, trip tickets, maps, flight plans, "you name it ... it's here!". No members of the team are "professionals" in this field, just volunteers that enjoy this aspect of our great hobby. We made a decision early on that anything we "create" here will be FREEware and readily shared with everyone (except for commercial purposes). In the two years of operation, we have never had a problem. Anybody is welcome to contribute to RTMM, but there are some RULES for the contributors that are outlined in the "Rules for Contributors" section (button above). Also, our policy and copyright information is available for anyone to read at the bottom of this page (or from the navigation button above).

Setting Up for RTMM - The site itself and preparing your computer to take advantage of all that is available are both complex. We rely on several "object libraries" ... which can be daunting for a newcomer. To make this easier, we have an "Object Library Page" to help with the basic libraries that are necessary, even an "object tester" to make sure you have all of the necessary libraries. We also have a FAQ page that help with some of the frequently encountered problems. The RTMM forum is "the place to go" when you have a question, it is very active and all our designers are there to help you along the way. We take SPECIAL interest in new people who come to RTMM ... so expect to get an answer quickly from people who care about the quality of your RTMM experience. We will meet that expectation.

Where to start? Start at Misty's Place. If you are book marking the site, bookmark Misty's Place instead of the "home" page. Everything you could want to do will be right there on that page. Our navigation buttons take you to all the areas of this complex site quickly. You will find navigation of the many pages and areas is relatively simple. Navigation buttons are everywhere, and you can always get back to Misty's Place from the top menu. We have also added a new menu on the right rail of the HOME page to make finding things easier in this extensive site.

We hope you enjoy flying the Return to Misty Moorings area as much as we enjoy bringing it to you.

Active RTMM Staff

Brad Allen - (Co-Founder)

  • Forum Name: Bradallen43
  • Location ...
  • RTMM Function ... Scenery Design, Mission Design, Scenery Design, Forum Support

Jeff Greene

  • Forum Name ... jeff3164
  • Location... Lynden, WA (I can see Canada from my front yard!)
  • RTMM Function ... Test pilot, scenery beta tester, troubleshooter, forum moderator and the resident expert on boating.
  • About: I'm 52 this year, and working in a bronze foundry in Bellingham for the past 16 years. We make boat parts like rudders, struts, tiller arms and fins. I am marrried to Mary for 26 years, and have two sons Paul 22 and Adam 21 years old. We fit tightly packed in a one bedroom house, so I live in my computer room most (all) of the time. (see my avatar).

Rod Jackson

  • Forum Name ... Stiletto2
  • Location... Parrish, FL, 40 miles south of Tampa, FL and 19 miles east of the Gulf of Mexico.
  • RTMM Function ... Scenery Design & Development, Utility creation using Windows CMD and/or VB.Net
  • About: Retired. Worked in sales and software management/VP positions focused on network and systems integration for two of the top 5 computer manufacturers (28 years) and held Senior VP/General Manager positions in smaller software product companies for several years after that. Have B.S. in Math/Computer Science.

Dan Linn

  • Forum Name ... Dan
  • Location ... Near Atlanta, GA.
  • RTMM Function ... Website Construction, Web Page Design, Web Graphics, Server Administration, Forum Support
  • About: NOT retired! Working in the IS industry.

Doug Linn - (Co-Founder)

  • Forum Name ... Doug
  • Location... Bluffton, SC, 16 miles north of Savannah, GA and 12 miles west of Hilton Head, SC.
  • RTMM Function ... keep the web page up to date posting the scenery locations, scenery design.
  • About: Retired. Worked for Nalco Chemical Company 29.9 years, water treatment chemicals, Worked for Buckman Laboratories for 8 years as VP Marketing, chemical sales to paper industry. Two sons, Dave and Dan ... (Dan is the technical magic behind our RTMM web page).Wife, Barbara, just passed 50th Wedding Anniversary. And the family is rounded out by Molly, our chocolate pomeranian. Other interest, acoustic guitar.

Guy Maricich

  • Forum Name ... Spud
  • Location: Pensacola, FL
  • RTMM Function ... Quality Control Manager, Forum Support, Testing
  • About ... U. S. Naval Aviator (Ret.).  Retired from City of Pensacola.  Native to northern Idaho (ID85)
    2 adult? sons, 1 small white dog.

Dr. Thomas Menzel

  • Forum Name: tomsep
  • Location: Bad Krozingen, Germany, Baden-Württemberg, 20km south of Freiburg im Breisgau, close to the french and switzerland border in the Rhein River valley near Black Forest, home airport EDTG
  • RTMM Function: Scenery development
  • About: Close to retirement, MD, trauma surgeon, others: living, playing golf, driving convertibles

Robert Pomerleau

  • Forum Name ... FSRobert
  • Location... Stockholm Sweden
  • RTMM Function ... Videography & Scenery Testing
  • About: Born and raised in Southern California Norwalk in Los Angles county. Moved to Stockholm in 1989 with my lovely wife Lena. We have one daugther and three sons. Whom are all grown and and living their own lives. So far we have three grand kids not to mention our two Shetland Sheepdogs ( aka shelties ) Wilma and Lucy. Other interests are my guitars and the Beatles. I have a strong passion for food and cooking which that is the field I work in. My intrest in Flight Simulation started back in the Bruce Artwick days and subLOGIC in 1983 using a Apple computer with a green monochrome montior.

Dexter Thomas

  • Forum Name ... Dexthom
  • Location... 27 miles south of KDCA
  • RTMM Function ...Developing AI Float and Marine Traffic, Testing etc.
  • About: Retired after 49 years. (USAF MSgt 20 years) (USDOJ Information Systems 23 years) (Performance Engineering Corp. 6 years)

Klaus Troeppner

  • Forum Name .... corbu1
  • Location..... Munich, (Bavaria) Germany
  • RTMM Function..... helicopter operations and all things related with it, helicopter repaints, scenery testing.
  • About: architect and urban planner. Working for the city of Munich, Germany in urban planning.

Steve Weinkamer

  • Forum Name: Ualani
  • Location: N.E. Ohio
  • RTMM Function: Object design, object libraries librarian, object conversion, scenery design, general trouble shooting and tech support, DX10 support, beta testing.
  • About: Semi retired 32 year furniture refinishing and repair business owner. I can now come and go as I please! Married 41 years, 3 children and 8 grandchildren. Honored to be a small part of a very talented and dedicated RTMM team that does it strictly out of a love for the hobby and staying young.

You can contact any of these people on the RTMM Forum and drop them a private message there if you like. All are available to answer questions you may have.

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Contributing Developers

Contributing Developers

  • Ryan Padgett
    • Location ...
    • Information ...
    • Contributions:
      • Rose Point Cabin
      • Roadside Cabin

We would like to thank these contributors to RTMM

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"Rules and Regs" for Authors Contributing to Return to Misty Moorings

Help (Always) Wanted

Want to be part of the Return to Misty Moorings team? We have a few rules to abide by. First, send us an email with what you are proposing and introducing yourself. This email should have your "real" name as well as, of course, the email address you use for communicating with us. If you would like to join us, you must: Design your scenery, aircraft repaint, AI traffic files or missions using the following criteria:

NOTAM 1. People must submit a plan prior to our looking at any addition. More than one person might be working on a particular area, and conflicts could develop. We will not have "duplicate" areas (use this one or use that one) ... the whole project will be seamless. We often are sent scenery packages that are EXCELLENT, but we cannot use them because we already have someone else working on that area, someone who has submitted the proper plan, etc. Sorry about the rules and regulations, but this is how we avoid conflicts. If you want to do a project ... send your plan to Brad Allen at contact@mistymoorings.com and we'll get your ideas on the docket.

NOTAM 2. The scenery locations that will be submitted will be fictitious UNLESS you have written permission to use the copyrighted name/logo, etc of any real world location.

1. Keep it in the "Bush" All third party partners must adhere to a "Bush Pilot" scenario. No asphalt runways. Backwoods, off airport locations, dirt, grass, sandbar, water only.

2. Use your imagination. Creative ideas can be anything a bush pilot might encounter. Scenery doesn't have to be a real world location, but those are welcome. Have some fun with it as long as it "Fits" the mold.

3. Location, location, location. Creative projects must not be in a previous location already taken. As we said above in NOTAM 1, you need to let our project manager know where you want to break ground at. If it's open, it's yours to build at.

4. RTMM Team Review Creative projects will be reviewed before acceptance. RTMM staff have to make sure any creative ideas fit the "Bush" theme. Staff will need to test and evaluate every project to determine if it fits. If it does, It gets a thumbs up and added to the library immediately. If it needs some tweaking, you must be able to accept the feedback and work on those suggestions before your submission will be accepted. We use a quality control team that will look for errors like floating scenery objects and other anomalies that might need to be tweaked.

5. RTMM "Area" We only use four regions for our scenery areas, plus BWEP north of SAK using Global Vector/Base. These include three by ORBX and one from FSAddon. ORBX Regions used are "Pacific Fjords", "Pacific Northwest" and "Southern Alaska". FSAddon region used is "Tongass Fjords". All projects need to fit inside these four regions only, BWEP northern area by special request only. We may add other areas in the future, but only those regions for now.

6. Object Library and Library Restrictions: ORBX or OZx objects MAY NOT be used without the individual author's permission. (See Rule #10). This is THEIR policy and we must abide by it. To safeguard that all objects used are "legal" by the rules, a copy of the scenery object file must also be submitted. You can do this in Instant Scenery by clicking on the little question mark (upper right side of the IS menu). Then Right click on that, select ALL, COPY and paste it into NOTEPAD. Name it and you can email it as an attachment. Click HERE to see a simple one.

7. Keep Design Work Private: "Design Work" and discussions should not be done on the forum, they should be done in the privacy of email. We would rather people did not see the "sausage being made" and this will keep you from being embarrassed if we have to change something. It is best to keep this process done in private through emails and PM's on the Forum message board.

8. Completing the Paperwork: The author for repaints and scenery locations is responsible for "completing" the paperwork on the item. A full "readme" for installation must be submitted with the entry. A 150 by 150 pixel thumbnail and a 1000 wide picture of the project must be included. The "format" of the readme must conform to the many examples already on file on the Scenery Page. Regardless of the quality of the offering, without the proper paperwork, it will not be posted.

9. It stays with RTMM: Once the scenery or a scenery object has been accepted by RTMM, it STAYS at RTMM. We will not sell it or claim credit to it, always keeping the author's name on it, but once accepted and agreed upon by the author, the scenery will stay in the RTMM archives. We ask that authors not share their scenery designed for RTMM with other flightsim file locations like AVSIM, Flightsim.com, etc.

10. Permitted Objects: Not all objects in the object libraries are "permitted" in RTMM Sceneries. RTMM is very careful not to use the work of any object design authors except those who have given permission for us to do so. The list of permitted objects and object groups can be found here: Link to "Permitted Objects" for RTMM Location Design

11. Library Objects Submitted to RTMM: Please read throught the table discussing submission of objects to RTMM. This can be found on the Designer's Corner web page "Here". All designers must strictly follow these guidelines and rules to protect their work and the work of others.


Contact Project Managers:
Doug Linn (website), Guy Maricich, (QC) or Brad Allen (Scenery Director) if you are interested in contributing. Use this email address and information will be routed to the correct person: contact@mistymoorings.com

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Policy and Copyright Statement

Copyright Statement for Return to Misty Moorings

The contents of any/all web pages and content on Return To Misty Moorings is subject to the following criteria:

Policy Statement: Our work is freeware, we do not charge for what we have created, nor will we. We believe that what we are creating is for sharing within the Flight Simulator community for personal enjoyment of the hobby. We believe in the open sharing of our files to all individuals for their own personal use. There is no plan, at this time, to share our work with other groups. This is to be sure that our authors are protected from plagiarism and to protect some of our contributors work that have "limited use" terms.  

Download at your own Risk! Our files are checked for virus contamination before they are uploaded. But you should always check them too as good personal computer hygiene. If you follow the installation instructions you should have no problems with the files you download from RTMM. However, with so many platforms we will not guarantee a perfect software installation every time. If you run into problems, get on the forum and we'll be there to help you.

  • Note: Individual vs Group definition: If it stays on your computer, it is considered "individual" if it moves from your computer or server to another computer or server, it is then considered a "group".

Copyright Statement: All content on the web pages for Return to Misty Moorings (RTMM) belongs to Misty Moorings, Inc. The content of RTMM is solely available for individual personal use. No other groups may use any of the information herein, without written permission from RTMM. Any dissemination for the purpose of individual or group remuneration is not allowed and infringes on this copyright statement.

For questions or usage permissions, send an email to contact@mistymoorings.com

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