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Learjet 24 from Redding to SFO

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Nice shots I see you finally got it  :Big Grin: what do you think of it? I never did pull the trigger.

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I pulled it because it was like 15 bucks at pc aviator...http://www.pcaviator.com.au/store/product.php?productid=555378&cat=0&page=1

 

I got my money's worth.  The modelling is decent, texturing is pretty good, interior is a little cheesy but fine.  Flight model....  not sure if I like it yet.  I have to derate takeoff like crazy because it's so powerful.  People say this, the rw docs say this, and so I guess the plane takes off like an F16 (almost).  Systems are default-ish.  I can't seem to figure out the fuel system.  Says it drains from the wing tanks in.  Says to not land with fuel in the tip tanks, but when I empty them my engines quit hehe...  still trying to learn the fuel system.  Also can't get it to start from C+D.  Manual mentions something about saving a LJ cold and dark then loading that one...  I don't want the LJ as my default, I want the cessna...  anyway, so can see the modded GTN 750 in there - pretty tiny screen but works.  Goes about Mach 86 at FL410 for max forward...  decent.

 

Random off topic story... speaking of F16's...  last week my wonderful trainee told an F16 to "go straight up."  She meant to say go straight out (Fly straight out would have been better lol).  And the F16 did literally go straight up.  It was his last retirement flight and he wanted 18-22 for a climb.... and we were so busy I said are you able VFR below 175?  He said sure...  He went straight up and down back to initial in like 20 seconds... it was nuts.

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Random off topic story... speaking of F16's...  last week my wonderful trainee told an F16 to "go straight up."  She meant to say go straight out (Fly straight out would have been better lol).  And the F16 did literally go straight up.  It was his last retirement flight and he wanted 18-22 for a climb.... and we were so busy I said are you able VFR below 175?  He said sure...  He went straight up and down back to initial in like 20 seconds... it was nuts.

 

Gotta love the military "quantification". Would have been a fun final...

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Beautiful pics! And this jet looks quite appealing, especially for the reduced price!

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Haha good story, looks like I may have to buy this aircraft finally. Is it any fun to hand fly?

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Haha good story, looks like I may have to buy this aircraft finally. Is it any fun to hand fly?

 

It's best described as "fruity", but in a good way....  Precision flying it by hand is like trying to do origami whilst riding a horse.  It's not unmanageable, but it's certainly more lively than your average 737  B)

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Hot screens Ryan with interesting angles and one great looking plane!

 

Darryl

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It's best described as "fruity", but in a good way....  Precision flying it by hand is like trying to do origami whilst riding a horse.  It's not unmanageable, but it's certainly more lively than your average 737  B)

 

Yeah, the more I fly the more I like.  I have found it sometimes doesn't behave properly per the tutorial videos unless I load from the download cold and dark states.  So I've been using those and now the fuel management is acting properly. It's got an RMI for NAV2 and ADF.  The HSI works pretty well and works great with the GTN.  It's not GTN integrated but I did add a flat-ish version thanks to Bert Pieke!  I can toggle between nothing, the GTN and the default GPS500 - handy.

 

Hand flying... mainly staying on the power levers... cause holy cow - the thing is like a rocket.  Under 10k I'm pulling power waaaay back to stay at 250 kias.  With light load I'm easily climbing to FL410 at 250 kias at about 4000-5000 fpm.... and that's with a reduced climb setting.  Makes me fear for my life when I find some time to go on Pilot Edge.  That LOOP7/LAXX7 out of LAX will be fun to stay below 3000 before the SMO160R!  Ugh.  But aside from power settings I actually like the climb and enroute handling by hand.  The crosswind and surface modelling is interesting.  Could be on my end but it's difficult to get a firm plant on crosswind landings.

 

This thing is real quick.  Here I am just under MMO Mach 86 at only FL280...  hard to read the GTN but it says GS of 489KTS.  That's WITH a quartering 60 kt headwind.  It's a better plane after flying it some more.  I'd recommend it.

 

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Splendid shots. I particularly love the last one. Looks like great weather for flying in that sim.

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Each engine 3000lb thrust and empty weight 7000lbs....thats as close to a rocket as you can get!

 

HLJAMES

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Ryan thanks a lot for the write up. Since I do not own a single business jet and have been in the market I am going to buy this. I actually do shorter hops than normal in the NGX because I don't like sitting for hours on end so the LJ speed is a plus for me. I see you flying just about every aircraft you have a large hangar lol

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Yeah there's a ton of payware I don't have (just goes to show how much stuff is out there!)  I bought a lot of it before I had kids... or I bought some when I only had 1 LOL!  I've got a strict budget now each month and am doing a good job of not overspending.

 

I fly mostly GA so I don't have many big tubes.  I have the older LevelD B763 and the PMDG B738 - that's about it.  No captainsim, no QW, no PMDG B772 etc.  I also fly short hops.  I get annoyed by the length of flying from LAX to LAS hehe...  the LJ is pretty quick - the PMDG can't get to Mach 86...  I think their B77F/2 can though.  Anyway yeah it's growing on me.

 

Last night I had a random engine failure on Pilot Edge... I have no clue why it happened and was able to air start it again.  Went on my merry way.

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I'll bet that was a fun time for sure. I missed the sale, guess I'll wait it out for next time, it was just on sale on sim market about a month or two ago.

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Nice shots Ryan! Don't have that one yet. I haven't bought any of the recent bizjet addons for some reason. (maybe the reason I still like Carenado, lol) I know what you mean about those long hauls like LAX > LAS, I don't like 'em either! :smile:

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Ryan, how are the sounds that come with this aircraft?

 

Also, Is it very manageable into smaller fields with runways around 4500-5000 ft?

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Sounds are good.  There's no thrust reversers.... but there is a spoiler and you can landing pretty slow - I usually approach at 120 kias.... thold around 110.

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