I’m glad to see that you are taking the time to come here and try to communicate with the true FT fans and advocates. The big social media outlets may have the numbers but I believe this is where you will find the people that will benefit the most from being able to communicate with you and the others at FT (if you can bring them back here to us). Are you going to be handling FT questions AND FTCA or just FTCA?
Many of us deep down support FT and want to see nothing but success for the business and the people involved. On the other hand there have been LOTS of complaints about the direction things seem to be heading. That largely has to do with the lack of communication and not necessarily the choices that are being made. Most of us do understand the need to protect the business and intellectual property but there is still the feeling that FT is drifting too far from its core and is becoming more about the money and the YouTube subscribers and Facebook followers etc.
Heres a line of questioning that may or may not be in your AOR. It’s great to see that new designs are now being released again. What’s the actual plan for the plans? Will the free FTCA members only see a portion of the future plans to be released and those that pay with have access to more/all new plans? Since Overstreet has sooooo many designs “ready”, and there seems to be a schedule of three new SBK’s quarterly, will everything get a plan released? Will some planes only be SBK’s, some only plans?
I have little desire to delve into the political debates, especially in your intro/hope thread, so I would suggest creating a separate thread that deals specifically with the FTCA/FAA interactions and try to keep the hope thread a happy place. Maybe even create several threads to reach out and confront the most prominent questions that are being asked throughout this forum.
Thank you for your time and effort.
I agree with moving a lot of this discussion to a new thread. To be honest, I don't know if I have the capability of doing that or I have to have our IT guy do it (ignorance on my part).
As for your questions:
Are you going to be handling FT questions AND FTCA or just FTCA? - Yes. I will handle any question that I am capable to handle (keyword- capable). My goal is to learn more about this aspect of our community and be able to further communicate what we truly are standing up for in the hobby.
What’s the actual plan for the plans? - Due to the abuse that was experienced by individuals that are most likely outside of our community, the new plans are no longer going to be free for everyone. (If you want to see more how all that unfolded you can visit the thread on FB.) The plans that are in the old index will be there for people to access.
Will the free FTCA members only see a portion of the future plans to be released and those that pay with have access to more/all new plans? - The free FTCA members (Spectators) will not be receiving any new plans, other than the one they received in the Starter Package. The paid FTCA members (Ground Crew and Aircrew) will receive a new plan to download each month with their monthly membership email.
Since Overstreet has sooooo many designs “ready”, and there seems to be a schedule of three new SBK’s quarterly, will everything get a plan released? - No. From what I understand, John's Master Series will not have plans available for download, but there may have some printed versions on the store in the future.
Will some planes only be SBK’s, some only plans? - (refer to previous)