I have been heavily involved in a flight simulator scenery development project lately. It has been great fun and involves a lot of what I learned working in both the IT field and in Geography. I am working with a virtual team to develop accurate flight simulator scenery for the State of Florida and the Gulf of Mexico coast over to New Orleans. You can read more at the website I created at http://fs-freeflow.com . The interesting things is that we received an unexpected bonus from a benefactor in Tasmania who donated a server to our project. He manages a website called http://FS-Shipyards.com/ that specializes in marine craft and scenery for flight simulator. To add an additional international flavor to the mix, the server is located in Denmark. Very interesting. So, if you want to learn more about the project just visit the site http://fs-freeflow.com/ .
We are using two software packages on the site, both of them freeware, SMF, Simple Machines Forum, and MKPortal, an interesting package that wraps itself around the forum. It is very configurable and I am strongly considering switching this site over to that configuration as well.