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Good afternoon all, an update & some exciting news for you!
The first bit of news – over the next few days, we will be opening up applications for the Focus Group to projectFLY pilots.
The projectFLY Focus Group (FG) is a group of Flight Sim addicts who all use projectFLY to varying levels.
The primary goal of the FG is to test builds of software to iron out any issues before it’s ready for the public to use.
We’re not looking for the “best” simulator pilots, we’re looking for passionate, driven individuals – individuals that want to see projectFLY thrive. If that’s you, we look forward to welcoming you in to the team!
Secondly, at the same time as the FG applications going live, we’ll be launching our very own Patreon Campaign.
Patreon is a crowdfunding platform in which members of projectFLY can pledge varying amounts of money each month.
Until recent times, the infrastructure costs were covered primarily by Matt himself, with help from donations and subscription packages purchased through the website.
projectFLY doesn’t have any corporate sponsors or show ads, it’s completely reliant on its community – hence the Patreon page.
As projectFLY further expands, we’re looking to the community for financial help in order to cover operating costs which will allow projectFLY to exist & be developed.
You’ll be able to support projectFLY from as little as £1/month – thank you for your continued support & consideration!
Lastly, let’s talk about timelines!
Naturally, as much as we can plan for things, as proven in previous times, due to the fact we are all volunteers, our availability can and does change frequently.
Our focus right this minute is to create a new and improved Focus Group. This is a necessity as we need a proper way of testing our software – we are, as stated above, very close to finishing this.
Once the FG has been created, we will then turn our attention to v4. With the help of the FG, we will be pushing out frequent builds for the group to test. Once we are all happy, we will then release v4.
I estimate that this process will take approximately 4 – 6 weeks. Although that may seem like a really long time, please appreciate that this is taking into consideration a new system of testing & a new group of testers who will all need to adjust and familiarise themselves with the new processes.
Having learned from the previous attempt to release v4, we will roll the v4 update out in a significantly different way with an emphasis on zero down time. We want the process to be as smooth as possible for the end user.
I know I repeat myself quite a bit but I cannot genuinely thank you all enough for your continued support and patience, especially during the uncertainty that we faced over the Christmas period. I am working to create permanent stability as a primary focus. With your support, I am confident we will be just fine. Things like the Focus Group and the Patreon campaign are just the start of my plans going forward to achieve this.
Okay, that’s everything for now! Thank you for reading – I know people hate long-winded posts.
Keep your notifications turned on & we shall post more information as it becomes available.
Matt & the projectFLY team.