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PNG Tour #2 – The Central Highlands of Papua New Guinea

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PNG Tour #2 – The Central Highlands of Papua New Guinea
 

We start in contemporary Madang (AYMD) [PIS&FSX]. Madang is an "expat" town with a relatively pleasant life style. Then to Tauta Village (TAU) which is a small hilltop airstrip [PIS-only] near Shaggy Ridge of the Finisterre Range. (Non-PIS pilots might fly down to the Ramu Valley grass strip at Gusap (GSP) to check out the magistrate's office.) The next two airports, Goroka (AYGA) and Kundiawa (AYCH) serve important towns with decently interesting Orbx "enhanced" airfields [Orbx]. Kundiawa is the starting point for those wishing to climb Mount Wilhelm (the highest peak in PNG). Rather than walk up, we fly to Keglsugl (KEG) [PIS-only] which is a real-world mountainside airstrip built for a Catholic mission that now facilitates climbers' getting to the interesting parts of the mountain. And then down to Bundi (BDI) [PIS-only] which is a native village of some tourist interest. (Non-PIS pilots might climb to the Mount Wilhelm summit and circumnavigate the peak.) We bend around Mount Wilhelm and descend into the densely-populated Wahgi Valley and to Mount Hagen (AYMH) [Orbx], the center of the Central Highlands. A quick stop and then past Mount Giluwe (the second highest peak) to Mendi (AYMN) [Orbx], a provincial capital nestled in a narrow valley. Finally on to Moro (AYMR) [PIS and FSX] which serves a busy oil field and the newly emerging Liquid Natural Gas industry. This is a well-developed PIS strip with lots of detail.
 

Note: [FSX] are airfields modeled in FSX default. [Orbx] are enhanced airfields included in the Orbx Jacksons package for PNG. [PIS] are enhanced airfields included in the Pacific Islands Simulation Bush Flying package. And [Orbx-only] and [PIS-only] are those depicted by Orbx or PIS but not by FSX.
 

Recommended Scenery:
This post has a complete list of the scenery recommendations for the PNG tour.
 

PNG_2_KEG_DHC-6_APNG.jpg
 

Recommended Aircraft:
We shall be delivering Holiday Gifts for the area's children. I shall fly the Aerosoft Twin Otter Extended DHC-6-300. Other oft-used aircraft in the region include the Britten-Norman Islander BN-2A, Cessna 208B Grand Caravan and the Quest Kodiak. Historically, the DC-3 was a mainstay here. (We should aim for something like 150ktas.) Any other similar aircraft will be just fine. Most of these airfields have modern airline service, although a few do not.
 

Special Scenery Adjustments for Duplicates.
The authors of the Orbx scenery are fans of the PIS package and have included minimal duplicates. Nevertheless, a few do exist. The changes below should resolve the most obvious problems.
 

Pacific Islands Simulations Fixes
Find the scenery folder (maybe "PNG Bush Flying") wherever you installed it. In the Scenery folder, look for the following files and append the characters ".OFF" to disable the bgl files. You can later remove that suffix and the PIS scenery will function completely. (We thus remove the PIS "Raw Grit" portrayals of AYCH and AYPY in favor of the better-quality Orbx versions. For AYCH, this fix is critical.)

aych_rg.BGL.OFF  [This fix is critical.]
aypy_rg.BGL.OFF
aypy_rg1.bgl.OFF

Orbx AYPY Jacksons Fixes
Find the Orbx scenery folder (probably ORBX in your main FSX folder) wherever you installed it. In the FTX_PI folder, look for the FTX_AA_AYPY folder, and then the Scenery folder. (That is probably "FSX/FTX_PI/FTX_AA_AYPY/Scenery").  Look for following files and append the characters ".OFF" to disable the bgl files. You can later remove that suffix and the Orbx scenery will function completely. (We thus remove the Orbx "enhanced" airport Madang in favor the more representative PIS rendition. This is a matter of taste.)

Orbx_PNG_APX_AYMD.BGL.OFF
Orbx_PNG_APX_AYMD_CVX.BGL.OFF
Orbx_PNG_PLC_AYMD_scenery.bgl.OFF
 

Film.

To get a feel for the area, you might look at this YouTube video.

Twin otter in the bush PNG (15:35)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7LGk-sxi34
Lots of good footage of the DHC-6 landing at small airstrips.. For some of our later destination airports, see:
Ononge (6:34-7:41)
Fane (12:39-13:38)
 

Participation.
 

Time: Saturday Dec 20, 19:00 UTC

Where: AVSIM RTWR Teamspeak - Casual Flights Channel

Teamspeak Server Address: ts.teamavsim.com

Multiplayer FSX Multiplayer (IP will be provided on Teamspeak)

The digital flightplan (in FSX format) is available from the DropBox location here. A full narrative will be posted in plenty of time for it to be unread. 

Please post your aircraft details in the MP spreadsheet so that we can see you in your true colors.

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A full narrative will be posted in plenty of time for it to be unread.

 

 

I proceeded to tell him the story of the twenty-seven 8 x 10 colored glossy 

Pictures with the circles and arrows and a paragraph on the back of each one ....

 

- We was smokin' cigarettes and all kinds of things, until the sergeant came 

Over, had some paper in his hand, held it up and said: 

"KIDSTHISPIECEOFPAPERSGOTFOURTYSVENPAGESTHIRTYSEVENSENTENCESFIFTYEIGHTWORDSWEWANTTOKNOWTHEDETAILSOFTHECRIMETHETIMEOFTHECRIMEANDANYOTHERKINDOFTHINGYOUGOTTOSAYPERTAININGTOANDABOUTTHECRIMEWEWANTTOKNOWTHEARRESTINGOFFICERSNAMEANDANYOTHERTHINGYOUGOTTOSAY

. . ."

 

Looking forward to read it Mike. Heard this on the way home from work. It seemed fitting.

 

:LMAO:  :LMAO:  :LMAO:

 

Rob - The SkyVector version of the plan is here.

 

_______________________________________________________________

 

Might as well get to the start -

 

ATpCIf01SFdsaCWGshxGStnGRE.jpg

 

http://fs-duenna.com/flights/ShowFlight.php?detail=flight&value=ATpCIf01SFdsaCWGshxGStnGRE

 

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Edited by spokes2112

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Watch out for Ermintrude!

 

I was parked at Mendi while checking out the fields for this weekend's activities when some movement caught my eye - a cow wandering across a field next to the ramp.  I watched for a little while, and she (definitely a she, she was that well modelled) walked in my direction, and continued across the tarmac!    I was able to grab a quick screenie.

 

Ermintrude.jpg?dl=0

 

I continue to be impressed at how much Orbx have put into this package. They've done quite a job on some of these additional airfield upgrades, not just Jacksons and the bush strips.

 

We might need to be careful landing/taxiing, or we'll be having an impromptu BBQ with some very fresh hamburgers on the menu...... :Cow:

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The Narrative for PNG 2 The Central Highlands is available at the DropBox location here.

Careful precautions will insure that its content will not disturb. It is easily unread.

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I'm going to break with tradition and read it. I don't care what anyone else thinks! :angry:

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Wasn`t able to make last week :(  Will try again this week ;)

 

Will be flying Tim Conrads very nice freeware Pilatus PC-6 Porter in "Susi Air" papua colours 

 

Porter Base pack here   http://www.simviation.com/1/download?file=PC-6C.zip

 

Replacement textures for Susi  "They overwrite existing ones in PC-6 texture folder"   here  https://www.dropbox.com/s/kyz2g49jqnvuv0k/texture.susiair.zip?dl=0

 

Video of her in action    

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Hi gang,

 

In case anyone else wants them, I have made BGL files for the three PIS-only airstrips for this week's flight. Dropbox download here.

 

Installation: place the PNG Airstrips folder in your Addon Scenery folder (or wherever you want to put it), and activate in the FSX scenery library.  I'm sure you have all done it even more times than I have, but if anyone needs further installation instructions just post here or send me a PM.

 

Please note that these are not intended to be accurate representations of the airstrips.  All I was trying to achieve was a place to land somewhere near everyone else.  Runway lengths, headings and surfaces should be close to reality, but it is not possible to make sloped runways in ADE so I have set the field elevation midway between the altitudes of the runway thresholds.

 

Many thanks to Mike for providing the coordinates needed.

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Wasn`t able to make last week :(

 

 

 

No worries... we are still working out your punishment.

 

 

 

 

Will try again this week ;)

 

 

 

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Very enjoyable flying in PNG today.  Lot's of Twin Otters and Bry in PC-6.  His Suzy Air paint showed up as Air America in my screen shot. 

 

PNG2-2.jpg

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Me too. This is my aircraft.cfg entry:

 

[fltsim.1]
title=PC-6C_H2 Susiair
sim=PC-6C_H2
model=
panel=
sound=
texture=susiair
kb_checklists=
kb_reference=
atc_id_color=0x00ff0000
atc_id=PK-VVZ
ui_manufacturer=Pilatus
ui_type="PC-6C"
ui_variation="Susiair"
description=
atc_heavy=0
atc_id_font=Verdana,-11,1,600,0
ui_createdby="Piglet's Peculiar Planes"
visual_damage=1
prop_anim_ratio = 1.72

 

How does that differ from Nick's?

 

Anyway, a very good session last night with another good turnout. :smile:

The chat at the end of the flight saw me 'Robed' as in conned convinced into buying the Lionheart Epic LT. Admittedly it does have whiskers on it, it's quite nice. I'll get on with it well in the race....I hope. :Whistle:

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Ron,

 

 Yes the repaint setup was confusing to setup. As Bry wrote 

Replacement textures for Susi  "They overwrite existing ones in PC-6 texture folder"

 

 

That means that the original title "PC-6C_H2" would have been used. But... Bry had entered  "PC-6C_H2   (Tim  "Piglet"  Conrad )" into the spreadsheet. This is what I did to preserve the original paint & have either one of the 2 entries for Bry work.

 

Created a folder called "texture.susi" then copied all the files from the original texture folder over to it. Copied the 2 files from the repaint zip to "texture.susi" and overwrote the originals.

 

Then in the aircraft.cfg I renamed -

[fltsim.0]
title=PC-6C_H2

to 

[fltsim.0]
title=PC-6C_H2_Air America

That was to preserve the Air America paint. Then I created 2 more sections to provide the "assumed" title & the one entered into the spreadsheet for Bry. (Showing all)

[fltsim.0]
title=PC-6C_H2_Air America
...
texture=

_________________________________________________

[fltsim.1]
title=PC-6C_H2
...
texture=susi

_________________________________________________

[fltsim.2]
title=PC-6C_H2   (Tim  "Piglet"  Conrad )
...
texture=susi

All in all not too much work but it proves that the "title=" must be exact as the player using the paint. At least it didn't show up on  your system as the Aircreation Trike.

 

Yes indeed, a great showing! A great plan and flight! So many repaints in fact that each time I changed a view it took a couple of seconds for each one to redraw. ( Worth it!)

 

Photos of the flight to come later this eve.

 

Jeff, from your screenshot it looks like your T5 temps are getting close to the.....

 

Archer_Danger_Zone_Wide.jpg   

 

:LMAO:  :LMAO:  :LMAO:

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I must say that the Epic deserves a better representation in FSX. I's buy a RealAir Epic straight away! I'm even beginning to like glass! :o

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In late afternoon Mendi, a Porter and a romp of Otters admire Orbx Bovine Flow.

PNG_AYMN_Cow_Sim_800.jpg

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We did a great job delivering gifts and sweets to the children of PNG. 

 

Happy Holidays to all! If traveling, please be safe. 

DC showing off his "Acro" - batic skills. Look Ma,, two wheels!
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Getting ready for the gift deliverys for the children.
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The lineup. (From runway around taxiway in order) Myself, Jeff, Bry (Pilatus), Josh, Ron, Mike, Nick, TJ (Socata) & DC.
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Ron, nicely over the "threshold", a cliff.
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Sometimes there just isn't enough parking.
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Climbing out with Ron.
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Are we just going to sit here and chat about the Highlands Highway running right through the middle of the airfield? Let's go!
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Mike buzzing the natives.
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Ron touching down, nary a blade of grass was kicked up.
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Parking really IS at a premium at some of these strips.
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The Twin Lakes at the top of Mount Willhelm.
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Busy, Busy, Busy...
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Nick flaring it nicely after exiting the mountainous cloud cover.
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Ermintrude (the cow) getting frisky with Bry's tail @ Mendi.
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Mission accomplished!
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