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2008 RTW Practice #4

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We are going to work our way down to the tip of the continent and then back up. I have not visited all of these fields yet, just using google earth to pick out a route that sticks to the mountains. Some are shorter, I have no idea about lights on the fields, but we need to practice flying into places at night as well.A lot of fields are on the shorter side, so practice your slow flying skills on approach and land with as little airspeed as possible and try not to bounce. This should give us good practice at deciding to go around. In the race it is more important to go around and not crash than it is to try and save a botched approach.SCDA - SCPESCPE - SCESSCES - SCECSCEC - SCTLSCTL - SCFTSCFT - SCHRSCHR - SCNTSCNT - SAWH

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Crash - No lights on the field in a populated area. Got a little vertigo and looked to be landing long and lost control when I decided to go around and try again. Dropped the wing and it was all over. Watch that torque!

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We are going to add a leg to the route.Change SCTL - SCFT to SCTL - SCPCThen SCPC - SCFTSCFT is an extremely challenging field with FS Genesis mesh. It would suck to fly 400+ miles and crash and have to refly. This new leg splits it in half.If you want to divert to somewhere nearby and then make a run into SCFT, feel free to do that as well.

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Got it down on my first real attempt at landing. Made a few passes to scope it out and set my other airplane on the field to mark the end I wanted to approach from. Not sure if it is GE Pro that give the unrealistic illumination of the road or what, but I was thankful to follow it. Flying in the valley in the pitch black was challenging.http://forums.avsim.net/user_files/183760.jpg

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You 'da man for getting the -51 into that airport!! And at night, too!

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Greg I'll post the tricks to making smooth landings in the P-51 on the private forums. It was fun.

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Bad Duenna. Somehow it said I flew from a different airfield again. I need to make sure to refresh the duenna before every flight. Still a nice leg. Very dark. No lights, I stayed up high over the mountains until the destination. From high up I spotted the field and noted some land marks to follow once I descended. Intended to come up the lake toward the field and a the end of the lake turn to the right and I should find it. Down over the lake and all I saw was a hill. Managed to find the field and land safely. Disappointed my Duenna was bad. These legs really emphasize doing recon in daylight prior to flying your legs in the dark. Always a good idea to set your clocks to daytime and get a good feel for where you are flying into. Last year I took some screen shots of important gotchas both day and night for some of my more hair raising legs. Hope some of the new guys will step up and post.

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Hey, DCGood to see you flying again, man! It's been too long....BRGDSSven Sorensen, EKCH

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