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ejoiner

Flying below the rim... Grand Canyon

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Flying last evening from KGCN over the Grand Canyon.   I know you are not supposed to fly below the rim, but I didnt see any FAA officials...so what the heck.  :-)    Im using FTX global vectors, FTX global scenery, the Alabeo C-177 and Pilots 19m mesh.

 

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Great shots. I was there 2 weeks ago and while it was very hot, the views from Bright Angel were breathtaking.

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Alabeo Cessna Cardinal C-177.   This is the fixed gear version.     Just (just) enough power to fly below the rim.  but a struggle to get out of the ditch.  you dont realize the impact of the altitude and the height of those walls!!   I wouldnt try this is the default C172. 

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The Cardinal is a very nicely rendered plane like most Alabeo products.   She is however, a complete hand flyer.  Despite having a virtual garmin 530 GNS, she has no autopilot.   Also, no second nav radio, which can be a little annoying when you want to triangulate position.    However, I retrofitted mine in the panel.cfg so she's all good.

 

My favorite GA airplane ever was the old dreamfleet C-177 for FS9.  I wish this one had that panel and radio stack.  Otherwise, this is a very good airplane. 

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