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MERRY CHRISTMAS ALL ...... Santa's on his way (Pics)

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Apologies again to our esteemed Moderator. - I'm hoping you will allow me a little latitude (again) as it's Christmas. Good will to all men and all that, grovel, grovel..........aaaaaaahhhhh :-hanghttp://ftp.avsim.com/dcforum/User_files/3e071a4614dade9c.jpghttp://ftp.avsim.com/dcforum/User_files/3e071a9115ceaed8.jpghttp://ftp.avsim.com/dcforum/User_files/3e071ac016d7c833.jpghttp://ftp.avsim.com/dcforum/User_files/3e071ae517cb9f1a.jpghttp://ftp.avsim.com/dcforum/User_files/3e071b09186143ea.jpghttp://ftp.avsim.com/dcforum/User_files/3e071b2718e0028b.jpghttp://ftp.avsim.com/dcforum/User_files/3e071b4e19708725.jpgOne final word. Thanks to everyone for making this forum such an interesting, civilised and entertaining place for me to visit each day over the past year. Very best wishes to everyone for 2003!Cheers! :-beerchugMike :-wave

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Seasons Greetings to you and yours too Mike!Great pictures - nice model also. Does it have a VC or wing views? ;) Have a great Christmas, everyone.Toni. :-beerchug

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Thats brilliant. Now I have proof (for the kids that is!!) that Santa is on his way.Merry Christmas.Colin

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Unfortunatley, Santa was put in a hold by ATC over PVD VOR due to heavy traffic into the NY area. Santa running low on reindeer food, declared an emergency and diverted to Hartford, CT. While waiting at the local FBO for more reindeer food, Santa did a walk around of the sleigh. The left skid showed a minor crack near the back. Due to FAA AD 02-934, Santa had to ground the sleigh until a new skid could be placed on it. Not to worry though kids as the local maintence dept. fixed the skid no problems. However, unknown to Santa at the time, when the reindeer food was brought in, it was contaminated with hay! After the reindeer finished eating, Santa taxied out for takeoff. As Santa and the reindeer where on their takeoff run, Santa pulled back on the reigns and tried to rotate. Well, due to all the hay, the reindeers bellies were too bloated with gas. Unable to takeoff, Santa nearing the end of the runway hit the brakes and brought all the reindeer and his sleigh safely to a stop just past the threshold of the runway with no injuries. Santa, besides himself at this point brought the reindeer back to the FBO to await the reindeer's "fuel dump valves" to open. Santa meanwhile broke out some of his "special" eggnog to pass the time. Santa was not off to a good night......Yes in case your wondering, I do have to much time on my hands.Merry Xmas.

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You too mike!!!!!!and to all the folks at avsim,with avsim,hating avsim,liking avsim,loving avsim:MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A REALLY REALLY GOOD 2003 FOR YOU AND THE ONES YOU LOVE!!!!!!!!

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I never knew,(until now),that Sandy Claws was a musher!HAPPY HOLIDAYS to all and to all a GOODNIGHT!

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I think Santa and his sled are in the Library.-Lindy :-wave Merry Christmas to all and a Happy New Year too.

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I gotta tell you, Mike - those are some strange looking raindeer!Merry Christmas to you and yours.Dewey

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The file is called 'dogs.zip' by Odog/ Joe Binka and is available in the avsim library (released just a couple of days ago). Their model was based on a very secret new transportation vehicle that has been undergoing development for the past 100 years.Howwwevvver, to make it fly you do need some of Santa's magic dust. ;) You will note the apparent absence of presents on his sled this year. Instead, he is using the newly developed Beta release of the Lapland 'Xmaspressie Tree'. This miraculous invention works by shedding appropriate gifts down the chimneys of the homes of all the lucky girls and boys who took the trouble to write to Santa before Christmas Eve. Santa simply hovers momentarily over each house and throws a switch to start a little vibrating motor. This shakes the tree for a few seconds causing presents to fall from its branches into the hanging stockings of the sleeping children below. This is much more efficient and allows Santa to travel much greater distances in a fraction of the time it took to finish his deliveries in previous years.This also explains why his reindeer have been excused this year's Christmas run. Santa only needs a sled to carry the tree and, being much lighter, only a few huskies are needed to pull it.Footnote:These images were captured recently as Santa took off from KABQ to start his return trip to Lapland. A few of his higher elves have been collaborating closely with technicians and scientists at Sandia Labs to produce certain secret refinements to the flight model of Santa's sled. The 'magic dust' was an unexpected spinoff from a strange device called "Z". This dust has very special magical properties but only works for a few hours at a certain time of the year.I am reliably informed that preparations for his great Christmas flight are now complete and he is scheduled to take off punctually at 10pm GMT on Christmas Eve.......TODAY!!!!!!! Wooopeeee!! I hope this brief explanation helps to fill in some of the gaps.All the very best!Mike :-wave

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Hi Eric,Don't worry, all is well. See my post #9 with up-to-date news.Merry Christmas!Mike :-wave

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This is GREAT! I tried taking off from Meigs (64kts) at the end of the runway with full up elevator and it never climbed out. Tried at KLAX and got up to 82kts and never climbed. Will it only fly when another plane is airborne and then switch to the Dogs? See the photo at KLAX.

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HO HO HO... Sorry about the airfiles gents...but Santa would never forget you good boys and girls... Ill upload a fix tonight... The sad truth is that Santa had to take a side job delivering Christmas Trees because of the Economy.

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Hmmmm,I see Santa's farts have condensed to a contrail. :(Merry Christmas Everyone!Alex.ERROR:Banner is 6.6KB, 15 pixels (width) above limit. Cannot Display!

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Not ths year. See explanation Post #9The reindeer , while excused THIS year's grand christmas voyage during proving trials of Santa's new sled, are still gainfully employed back at base hauling presents to the central distribution point in Lapland. From there the presents are teleported as and when required by Santa's "XmasPressie Tree".Mike :-wave

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Assuming you have none of Santa's magic dust to hand, this solution is the next best thing to try:All you need is to select a reasonably fast aircraft from your installed library.You will need the default sounds, textures, panel and model folder from dogs.zip. Copy the original "dogs" folder and call it, say, "Santa".Copy across the airfile and .cfg file from your selected aircraft into the "dogs" root folder and overwrite the existing two files.Then you should change certain parts of the .cfg file.Make sure the following have been substituted:(fltsim.0) <---------N.B. Square bracketstitle=Santas Dogsledsim=xmas_dogsmodel=panel=sound=texture=kb_checklists=kb_reference=atc_id=atc_id_color=0xff000000ui_manufacturer=O.K. Designs ui_type=Dogsled ui_variation=Santa description=Early version of my dogsled...just in time for Christmas. Happy Holidays atc_heavy=0atc_airline=atc_flight_number=(contact_points)point.0= 1.000, 8.200, -1.000, -0.300, 4500.000, 1.000, 0.500, 23.000, 0.340, 5.500, 1.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000point.1= 1.000, 8.200, 1.000, -0.300, 4500.000, 2.000, 0.500, 23.000, 0.340, 5.500, 1.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000point.2= 1.000, -1.000, -1.000, -0.300, 4500.000, 1.000, 0.500, 0.000, 0.350, 5.500, 1.000, 0.000, 0.000, 2.000, 0.000, 0.000point.3= 1.000, -1.000, 1.000, -0.300, 4500.000, 2.000, 0.500, 0.000, 0.350, 5.500, 1.000, 0.000, 0.000, 3.000, 0.000, 0.000//point.8=2, 2.48, -4.50, -2.46, 2500, 0, 0.0, 0.0, 0.0, 5.5, 1.0, 0.0, 0.0, 0//point.9=2, 2.48, 4.50, -2.46, 2500, 0, 0.0, 0.0, 0.0, 5.5, 1.0, 0.0, 0.0, 0//point.10=2, -15.02, -9.50, -2.52, 2500, 0, 0.0, 0.0, 0.0, 0, 0.0, 0.0, 0.0, 0//point.11=1, -15.02, 9.50, -2.52, 2500, 0, 0.0, 0.0, 0.0, 0, 0.0, 0.0, 0.0, 0static_pitch= 0.000static_cg_height= 2.000point.4= 1.000, -7.000, -0.646, -0.500, 4500.000, 0.000, 0.500, 0.000, 0.350, 5.500, 1.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000point.5= 1.000, -7.000, 0.646, -0.500, 4500.000, 0.000, 0.500, 0.000, 0.350, 5.500, 1.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000, 0.000(electrical) ;BusType, MaxAmpLoad, MinVoltage BusTypes:0=MainBus,1=AvionicsBus,2=BatteryBus,3=HotBatteryBus,4-7=Generator/AlternatorBus(1-4)flap_motor = 0, 5 , 17.0gear_motor = 0, 5 , 17.0autopilot = 0, 5 , 17.0avionics_bus = 0, 10, 17.0avionics = 1, 5 , 17.0pitot_heat = 0, 2 , 17.0additional_system = 0, 20, 17.0marker_beacon = 1, 2 , 17.0gear_warning = 0, 2 , 17.0fuel_pump = 0, 5 , 17.0starter1 = 0, 20, 17.0light_nav = 0, 5 , 17.0light_beacon = 0, 5 , 17.0light_landing = 0, 5 , 17.0light_taxi = 0, 5 , 17.0light_strobe = 0, 5 , 17.0(LIGHTS)//Types: 1=beacon, 2=strobe, 3=navigation, 4=cockpit light.0 = 3,-.5, .2, 1.2, fx_navred ,light.1 = 3, -4, -.8, 1.7, fx_navgre ,light.2 = 3, -2, 0, 1.9, fx_navgre ,light.3 = 3,-2.5,-.6, 1.2, fx_navred ,light.4 = 3, -4, .8, 1.2, fx_navred ,light.5 = 3, -3.8, 0, 2.4, fx_navgre ,(Views)eyepoint=26.887508,-1.076526,4.242023I think that's about it. I may have missed something and, indeed, some of it may be irrelevant, but it works so that's all that matters. Just experiment, it's quite easy.Mike :-wave

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>Don't worry, all is well. See my post #9 with up-to-date >news. We had confirmation from Air Services Australia on the news yesterday that Santa has pre-filed his flight plans and they are all approved for his journey through Australian airspace.I think, however, that he must be changing to the Reindeer powered sleigh before arriving here because they also mentioned that with Rudolph leading the way with his flashing red nose he meets all of CASA's safety regulations so everything is all clear for a trouble-free journey. I guess it's something to do with the high temperatures at this time of the year and the Reindeer powerplant can cope with it better than the dogs.I reckon he'd be better off using the Six White Boomers (albino kangaroos, for those not familar with Rolf Harris's Xmas song), they handle the heat MUCH better than anything imported. :-)Merry Christmas everyone

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Once you have copied across the airfile from your selected aircraft you must rename the file to "xmas_dogs.air"Then.... it should work....hopefully!Mike :-wave

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>We had confirmation from Air Services Australia on the news yesterday that Santa has pre-filed his flight plans and they are all approved for his journey through Australian airspace.I think, however, that he must be changing to the Reindeer powered sleigh before arriving here.<....strange that. Ah well, I suppose the 'official photographer' was not made privy to all his contingency plans. Shame really as I thought I was well in after recording all his proving flights around KABQ. Perhaps only the strongest reindeer have been selected for these duties and the rest have been left behind at base for the lighter tasks? Mike :-wave

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Ahhh... YOU guys!! C'mon, don't exaggerate it :-lol!!@Eric: LOL :-lol :-lol

:D MERRY X-MAS FROM FRANKFURT EDDF at 2035 LOC (1935Z) :D

Etienne :-wave

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