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The Best Flight of my Virtual Career

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Dear friends,

 

I just had the best flight of my virtual career and I simply have to share it.

 

It was a flight SWA297 from KLAX to KSFO (VTU5.RZS.J501.BSR.BSR2), a familiar route for me. Even before takeoff, I decided I'd fly Tipp-Toe approach for 28R (http://skyvector.com/files/tpp/1310/pdf/00375TIPPTOE_VIS28LR.PDF). After confirming that choice with the VATSIM ATC, I proceed to program my radios for OAK and SFO VORs, as described in the chart. At BOLDR, I disconnect the A/T and the A/P and there we go. This is where proud moments begin.

 

Both the approach and the arrival chart call for crossing MENLO at or above 5000. I cross it at 5040. The next is a left-hand turn on a SFO R-104. Executed correctly and then… cross the San Mateo Bridge at or above 1800, which I manage to get at exactly 1810. With the bridge and runway in sight, I am cleared to land. I proceed to 28R, a bit faster than I wanted, a little use of the spoiler and before I know it the runway is there. Callouts begin and at around 40 ft I execute the flare. It was a bit too early, which caused me to float down the runway, but then the touchdown happens at… ~62 fpm.

 

I think I don't want to fly again in fear I will ruin this feeling.

 

And yeah, I love my NGX. What a joy to fly!

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Ha ha, these are the moments that keep us flying and trying to get better. Well done Marko!

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