I think this page is not much important and it is not necessary, but
finally I decided to introduce an author of this website.
I was born on 23rd of January 1966 in Prerov, Czech Republic. In 1985 I
completed studies at the high school in Opava and in 1990 I graduated
at the University in Brno, electronic engineering. I have lots of interests
and activities like cycling, jogging, listening to music, I like movies,
particularly science fiction, I interested in entomology, photography,
nature and I spend much time with gardening. Of course, my job takes the
most of my time. I am an army officer in the rank of full colonel.
All this has nothing to do with my next great hobby, which is a computer
flying, graphics and IT generally.
When I attended elementary school, I wanted to be a chemical analyst and
I dreamed about to be famous like Louis Pasteur. Unfortunately there was not a
suitable school then, so I tried general secondary education. By
chance I enrolled an electronics club, made my first transistor radio, a
music amplifier, a digital tachometer for a car... and it gave me a new direction of my next future. Although, I
am still good at chemistry.
First time I met with the computer at the
University during the first semester in 1985. It was a huge mainframe
computer EC-1040, which took few rooms. I wrote some simple programs in
FORTRAN as my credit works. I have to laugh when I remembered punched
cards. The programs were full of my mistakes... and a computer operator
was not much glad. Anyway I passed. Then I started to learn programming
in BASIC on the 8 bit originally Czechoslovak computer PMD 85 (by the
way - there is
emulator of the computer). It was
the computer with only black and white graphics, but I felt it good
enough for learning simple programming. Unfortunately the computer
easily overheated and then it was unstable. In addition, saving programs
on cassette tape was
unreliable. So, in 1986 I bought my first own computer - the legendary
ZX Spectrum and an external data tape recorder, both very reliable. In some time I was quite good in programming.
I wrote some programs for
my fun, like for example a simple game called
Bombarder, in BASIC and I used a machine
code for some time critical subroutines. But I needed programming skills for
my studying purpose as well. I remember that I was able to do my coursework
during one long hot night... The others did the same hardly during few
weeks. Although, programming of a suitcase computer TESM
80-03A, which could control an electric motor or a speaker, was not
much entertaining for me (in 1987).
mainframe computer EC-1040 (left), a personal computer PMD 85 (right)
My first own computer ZX Spectrum, it still looks like new
(left), a suitcase computer TESM
My master thesis was a computer simulations of data signals with using
Barker sequences in a communication channel. At the beginning I had to use
16 bit personal computer METRA M3T 320 with a built-in cassette tape
recorder and an
external 8-inch floppy disk drive. The computer was very slow for this task
in BASIC, the floppy disk drive broke down, the tape recorder was unreliable.
Fortunately, I got permission to do the simulations on my own ZX Spectrum,
and with using a machine code I achieved quite good result. All my next
computers were PC's, from IBM PC XT to the current powerful PC.
My first flight
simulation programs were Psion's Flight Simulation, Digital Integration's
Fighter Pilot and Tomahawk on my ZX Spectrum in 1986. Although, my really
first flight simulation program was DID's F-29 Retaliator only in 1991 (two
years after its release) on IBM PC XT. I was amazed! I tried also
Microsoft's Flight Simulator 4.0, but it was too complicated and not much
entertaining for me at that
time... I fell in love with computer flying. My favourite programs were next
DID's simulators TFX, EF2000 (Super EF2000), F-22 ADF and F-22 TAW. I
guess I spent thousands of flying hours with them.
Psion's Flight Simulation
- landing on runway (left), Digital Integration's Tomahawk - something like
hills (right) on my ZX Spectrum
F-29 Retaliator (left) and
Tactical Fighter Experiment (right)
EF2000 (left) and F-22 ADF
My original boxes still smell
and look like new - it brings back many memories
F-22 TAW 2.0
Since 1999 I started testing all the flight simulation programs that I met.
The worth remembering are Red Baron, Falcon 3.0/4.0, Su-27, Lock On, IL-2
Sturmovik/Forgotten Battles, Flanker 2.0/2.5. I think I have few hundreds of
professional or amateur simulation programs. I even personally made some
plane conversions and new graphics for X-Plane 6.
My conversion of TU-154
(originally by Julik Tarkhanov) to X-Plane 6 with new instrument
panels and a new night livery
Then I came back to the Microsoft Flight Simulator series. It was actually
MS Flight Simulator 98 and just released Flight Simulator 2000. I was amazed
again! I fell in love with computer flying again, for this time in civil
flying without air combats. Later in 2003 I started my research of
subLOGIC's - Microsoft's flight simulation products back to its beginnings.
In 2005 I launched this website and later I made such demanding task, which
was Microsoft Flight Simulator History Movie. I guess I can run almost all
old Flight Simulators on current computers with using emulators, even on my
iPAD (MS DOS resistant hardware).
The Microsoft Flight
Simulator history movie
Simulator 4.0 with the iDOS2 emulator on my iPAD (left) and my real
i286 with MS Flight Simulator 2.12 (right)
The oldest, the rarest parts of the history - subLOGIC's and Microsoft's
first Flight Simulators in my collection
Well, enjoy this website! Your Star Trek commander Josef Havlik :)
Your webmaster among the Star
Trek Enterprise crew (a photomontage, 2013)