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A few more MD11 snapshots.

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Hi Gents,Some assorted snaps from my last flight including a few VC shots, some images of the fantastic Air New Zealand Fantasy livery and one or two shots taken during my NZQN RNAV approach test. Not as many shots as I had wanted to take but things get very busy in the MD11 during the approach, not least of which is due to the relatively high approach speed the aircraft requires.Enjoy!2008-9-22_14-28-54-609.jpgEngine Start. The alert is not normally present during start and relates to some testing I was doing at the time (see? We're never just joyriding, we're always Betaing!)2008-9-22_14-34-58-265.jpgWingview as we approach the holding point.2008-9-22_14-39-58-828.jpgVC View crossing Rwy 23R at Auckland 2008-9-22_14-44-0-656.jpgRocketing out of Auckland. This bird can go for gold when you ask her to!2008-9-22_14-46-54-250.jpgVisibility from the VC is - as in the real aircraft - fantastic. I had to zoom this out to X0.5 to get the whole window in view!2008-9-22_14-46-7-343.jpgTurning south to pick up my track: NZAA-TG-GS-NR-PM-TR-RY-NZQN2008-9-22_14-55-45-171.jpgThe seat you KNOW you want! :-)2008-9-22_15-37-11-859.jpgIn the cruise to the northwest of my home town - Wellington, New Zealand. A nice place on a day like this!Here is some more 'generic' MD11 eyecandy for you.2008-9-22_14-56-59-328.jpg2008-9-22_15-37-52-375.jpg2008-9-22_15-9-30-93.jpg2008-9-22_16-43-47-328.jpgTurning up the Gibbston Valley during the RNAV approach into NZQN2008-9-22_17-32-58-375.jpgTouchdown at NZCH, Runway 20 after diverting from NZQN. The runway at Queenstown is very narrow and far too short to handle an MD11 sadly!

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Mark, Fantastic pics. You have almost convinced me!!KIWI, ehh? Didn't pick the accent!! Just Jocking.RegradsJock McIntyre (YMML)

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Great, they are so crispy!! And the VC totally knocks me out!Best regards, Joey

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A few more shots for those of you - like me - who prefer the view out your window to be a tad more inky black... ;-)2008-9-23_23-7-11-359.jpgThe overhead panel lit up like the proverbial Christmas tree! Normal operation sees the overhead panel almost compeletly dark. This is a lights test.2008-9-23_23-10-12-750.jpgA close up of the automatics.2008-9-23_23-5-57-171.jpgLighting is fully variable and you can find yourself spending a while getting everything 'just right' during your preflight.2008-9-23_23-9-5-218.jpgThe pedestal during preflight.Cockpit_Panorama.jpgA panoramic composition of the flight deck by night. More of these to come.

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I prefer night flights, I guess cockpit lights makes things more dramatic...:-abduct

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Great shots, as always!!! :DRegarding the night lighting - nice!! Really atmospheric! :-coolIs that just console lighting on? What does it look like in the various lighting modes?>> not least of which is due to the relatively high approach speed the >> aircraft requires.What are the landing speed ranges (empty/MLW) for the various flap positions?>> The seat you KNOW you want!#### yeah!! :7 Now FSX is running to my satisfaction, the wait is a million times harder!!Best regards,Robin.

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Approach speed with normal landing weight (around 185 tons) is 155 knots. (flaps 35)

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Awesome shots! The VC is outstanding, I like the night lighting!

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>A few more shots for those of you - like me - who prefer the>view out your window to be a tad more inky black... ;-)>>2008-9-23_23-7-11-359.jpg>The overhead panel lit up like the proverbial Christmas tree!>Normal operation sees the overhead panel almost compeletly>dark. This is a lights test.>>2008-9-23_23-10-12-750.jpg>A close up of the automatics.>>2008-9-23_23-5-57-171.jpg>Lighting is fully variable and you can find yourself spending>a while getting everything 'just right' during your>preflight.>>2008-9-23_23-9-5-218.jpg>The pedestal during preflight.>>Cockpit_Panorama.jpg>A panoramic composition of the flight deck by night. More of>these to come.Mark,Looks pretty good...just like the 737NG night panels & hopefully the NGX before XMAS...:)Regards,jack

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Is it possible to pull the fire handles on the upper overhead? Show us :D!Best regards, Joey!

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Hey, great pics. I'd like to ask again - can we PLEASE see some screenshots of the virtual cabin, if it is modelled? No one has said anything about this yet as far as I can remember.

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Hi, I would like to ask a question I keep putting off about the freighter version of the plane. It is not an answer I expect,I am not really worried to much but would still be nice to know though.If a virtual cabin is available, will one be on the MD-11F model or just the pax version?Some Cabin shots would be cool, but I don't wanna take up but so much time away from finishing the bird as I am sure no one else does.I am still hoping it will be released near my Bday, a dream I know but I am allowed to dream.The Almighty Bruce said sometimes the anticipation heightens the pleasureThank YouCapt. Eric Wade Joneswww.usairwaysva.orghttp://www.precisionmanuals.com/images/forum/1900driver.jpg

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Just wait until you hear the FS2Crew ground calls in Orstraaaahleeaaa mate. They may sound suspiciously Koiwoi. Ha! ;-)

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Robin,That was dome on and floods up about 50%, backlighting about 70% I think.I tend to set my variable lighting first, adjust the 6 displays to my liking, then flick on the dome light to do my preflight. Once we're pushed back and equipment is clear, I flick the taxi lights on, the dome off and away we go!One thing I'm pleased to report is that you have plenty of lighting options at your disposal in order to to avoid the dreaded 'shadow effect' in the VC when flying towards the sun.

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Eric,There is an emergency light, and a dome light. On top of that, the overhead has its own variable flood light, and its own variable backlighting. Similarly, the FCP panel (the glareshield, basically) has its own variable flood light, and its own variable backlighting. The Main Panel, Throttle Panel, and Radio panel all share independantly controlled variable flood lighting and backlighting as well.Best,http://www.precisionmanuals.com/images/for...er_MD11_Vin.jpg

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