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    Posted: 04-21-2018 at 2:04am
Hi all,

Unfortunately, I'm here with some terrible news. The man who inspired all of this, Eric Ernst has recently died.

http://www.vanemburghsneider.com/obituary/Eric-W.-Ernst/Ramsey-New-Jersey/1791279

For those who didn't know, Eric recently upgraded to the Captain on the A320 at his airline. He will be missed, and his contribution to the community will not be forgotten.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote DShutt Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04-21-2018 at 1:28pm
Very sad news.

Eric was an incredible guy. Loved his family, friends, aviation, and the PIC 767.

Eric graciously allowed me to incorporate his work and rewrite and reformat the original manual. A true gentleman.

RIP Eric. Blue skies.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote SLKVP Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04-22-2018 at 4:49pm
I remember Eric's 757 freeware panels for FS98 at flightsim.com. I believe was what led to 767PIC and LevelD 767-300ER which I still enjoy these days. 

RIP Eric
We will remember you

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Nebojsa Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04-23-2018 at 5:40am
Eric"s PIC 767 is was has go me going on the 767. RIC Eric.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote egajet Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04-24-2018 at 9:58am
Very sad news indeed! I remember with emotion  my first flights with EricĀ“s B767!
A true artist and a gentleman. He will be remembered.
 
 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote kevinh Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05-10-2018 at 5:03pm
Terribly sad news, 51 is far to young. He gave our hobby so much. His 767 was probably the first complex panel I used in MSFS and I'm still flying the 767 that was developed from his pioneering work.

Thank you Eric, my condolences to your family

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Sad news... Rest in peace Capt Ernst.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote richjb Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05-11-2018 at 10:09am
Sad news, indeed. I recall email conversations with Eric when I first began using PIC 767. He was always willing to answer questions about the simulator and the airplane. His work was truly pioneering and changed flight simulation. It might have happened anyway, but he was the first and his work is lasting to this day with Level D.

Blue skies & tailwinds, Captain Ernst!

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Very sad to hear.  He got me hooked on the 757-767, and later the LevelD 767 which was my first complex aircraft, still fly it today.
RIP Capt Ernst.
 
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RIP Eric..there are a lot of simmers that remember your work with the SAAB 340 as well as the 767. Your work provided countless hours of fun and education to a set friends that can only dream of aviation. Blue skies and fair winds on your journey my friend.

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Clear skies, Eric...Cry
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Very sad news and yes 51 is far too young for a man who gave so much.

Shocked

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote finchkh Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05-13-2018 at 4:45pm
I was so sad to read this news over at AVSIM; simmers who met him in these forums will miss his patience and insight.

My condolences to his family, colleagues and friends.

Belatedly, Captain, thank you for all you have given us.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Check Airman Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05-18-2018 at 3:06am
Avsim has a post regarding Eric's passing here, as well as a wonderful obituary here.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote gordonrd45 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08-22-2018 at 7:26pm
I just discovered this post and it brought tears to my eyes.  Like others posting here, I met Eric on-line in his early years and exchanged messages with him about plans for the 767.  Such a loss!!  His legacy will live on for many years.  My sim is entirely designed around the LevelD 767.  I will never give it up, even if it means I can never fly with P3Dv4 or its successors.
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Can't believe I'm just reading about this. What sad news. Eric still "flies" with me every time I'm flying that 767.
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WOW!  After a 9-10 year hiatus from the flightsim community (wife and young kids took priority for my time and attention), I decided to dip my toe back into the water today only to discover this disheartening information. 
I remember Eric fondly. I first met him online back around 1999 when he released his SAAB 340 panel for FS98.  I made a wallpaper-image for him that had an American Eagle SAAB 340 airplane emerging out of his panel and sent it to him. He liked it so much that he eventually sent me the beta version of his MD80 panel and asked me to do the same rendering using an AA MD80. I recall having many conversations with him back then and he was alway a gentleman and more than willing to discuss and educate about all things aviation and flying the line. I even met him in person once while he was on a layover at O'Hare back when he was flying the ATR.
 
I also recall a private conversation I had with him back in 2002 (post 9/11), where he expressed to me that he felt indirectly responsible for enabling the hijackers with the products he helped create. He was heartbroken over it and worried that the media and FAA would start to focus on him personally because of his involvement in making the PIC product as accurate and realistic as FlightSim would allow back then. My last ever correspondance with him was a message he sent to me thanking me for being one of his early supporters and relating that he was pulling away from the FlightSim community due to his feelings about the 9/11 issue and shifting his personal priorities towards focusing on his family and career with American Airlines.
 
For some reason, I never resonded or reached out to Eric after that last email from him. I guess I was just respecting his desire to separate himself from the FS community. In the years that followed up to my departure from the FS community, I often thought about him when I would fire up the Level-D for a run. Over the years following my own departure from FlightSim, I would occasionally reflect and think about some of the key FS icons, including Eric.
 
He was, without a doubt, one of the founding fathers that established the bar for what has become today's standard level of immersion for flightdeck systems simulation in consumer flight simulator products. His contribution helped make the FlightSim experience we have all come to expect what it is today.
 
RIP Eric.
 
Your Friend,
Chris Mueller
 
 
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Wow i missed this somehow... Blue Skies Captain.
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