This afternoon, one of our writers was approached by somebody via Discord direct messaging about a new flight-sim brand; NOTAMsim. The brand had just announced a few projects for both X-Plane 11 and Prepar3D. Initially, they had announced just one project, the CRJ-200. As time went on, we learnt that both an A350 and an A380 were also in development alongside the CRJ.
We covered the story to create awareness of the news, and it was received well by our readers, however, suspicions were raised when a link surfaced to a website called “CGTrader” with what appeared to be the same models NOTAMsim passed off as their own. Threshold reacted to this by giving NOTAMsim an ultimatum. Provide us proof that the model is your own or legitimately purchased, or we will take action.
We received correspondence less than 5 minutes before our ultimatum deadline. The message can be read here:
Mettar Simulations have since released a statement denouncing NOTAMsim and affirming that they have no involvement with the now defunct brand. Here's the post from their Facebook page:
As time passed, the legitimacy of the direct message originally sent through Discord was brought into question. The sender only had two Discord servers in common with the writer, neither of which the writer had sent a message in, or communicated in any way he was a part of Threshold. A link to the the Facebook page was posted 16 minutes after the original announcement was made in one of these Discord servers, which was his first message in both Discords. When asked how he/she found the writer, he/she pointed out the writer’s name on their Discord Spotify profile matched that on the website. However, they stated they had seen the writer around some Discord servers, contradicting the fact the writer had never communicated in those servers.
Nevertheless, after reviewing the evidence, we have decided to retract the article. We initially reported on the news as it was news; however, after further investigation, we’ve deemed it worthy to take it down. We don’t intend to publish lies nor fake news and strive to simply provide X-Plane-based news and content. As you all are aware, we cannot always be 100% correct nor certain about projects and this is one of those occasions. Future articles and tips will be further investigated and we do hope to not encounter such again.
NOTAMsim has apoligized on their facebook page:
This seems to be a step in the right direction on the respect side of things but it certainly does not answer our questions of authenticity. It is a very vague statement. We still haven’t seen previews that aren’t sitting out there on the internet. Also, most of their claims seem very far fetched. For example, they say they have a team of 20 developers. Their actions also suggest that they have things to hide like when they edited the colors on the CSeries preview, were caught, and then it was deleted. As of now, there is still nothing here that points to legitimacy.