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Ron Attwood

A trundle round Tasmania.

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Any minute now Sir Roger de Brum will present us with a flight plan. What we do know is that it will start in YMLT Launceston. In a rare bout of helpfulness I offer this bit of 'anti angst'

 

1: If you don't have or don't want FTX Australia then you can have FREE Orbx's demo Tasmania

 

2: Now get hold of Orbx freeware YMLT Launceston.

 

When you have installed Launceston, make your way to Microsoft Flight Simulator X\ORBX\FTX_AU\FTXAA_AIRPORTS\scenery and change the ORBX_YMLT_ADE_CVX.bgl to ORBX_YMLT_ADE_CVX.OFF

 

That will save you fretting over elevations, duplicated scenery and of course, 'etc'. It also renders this scenery as 'Brilliant' :wink:

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Hi, Ron.  Will we need any additional Aussie airports for this excursion, payware or freeware?  I have many, but not all.

 

Stew

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Hard to say Stew. I reckon if you have Orbx and OZx scenery 3.0 through 3.4 + libraries there's not a lot left. :smile:

 

All set with TeamSpeak? I'll be on around 1900Z if you want a sound check.

 

Am I mother-henning you? :BigGrin:

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Mother-henning?  No, not at all.  I need all the help I can get!

 

Ah, OZx sceneries--I'll have to look at getting those, I guess.  TeamSpeak I think so.  1900Z looks like 12:00 pm here on the West Coast/San Francisco, etc.  We're still on Daylight Savings Time.  I'll try to be there.

 

Stew

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A runner has been dispatched from Brummie Manor carrying, in a cleft stick, a PLAN!

 

:yahoo:

190 nm approx. with 8 landings. with grass, clay & asphalt surfaces.

 

Server to be set for 15.30 hrs local.

 

Scenery: Orbx Australia or their Tasmania demo, Launceston YMLT and everything you can scrounge off OZx!

 

Real Weather, unless you don't have OpusFSI, then ASN will suffice....Just.

 

My personal carriage will be this one: You may choose whatever you like. As long as it's not a King Air 200!

 

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For your preflight overview, hdg/dist, freqs, winds, MEAs, ground elevations & simulated paper map folding needs :Big Grin: - a SkyVector plan has been created here.

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Thank you, Roman.  That helps making a Plan-G flight plan (if that's allowed :smile:  )


Just to confirm, Ron, that will be 1530Z?

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Stewart,

 

 Yes it is allowed! Just a tip. You can take the .pln that Ron uploaded and load it in plan-g. --> Open file, browse to Docs/FSX folder, lower right (above the open/cancel buttons) dropdown - select "FSX / FS9 Flight plan files (*.pln)" then open " VFR Launceston to Wynyard.PLN" -- Plan-G reads and writes to many styles of plans.

 

We alway show up on TS / MP just prior to 1800 UTC.. Ron is just letting us know that it will be an afternoon flight. His server determines the sim time. 

 

EDIT - Another Plan-G tip. (POWER TIP! :shok: ) 

In windows explorer -

  1. Go to My Documents and create a shortcut to the "Flight Simulator X Files" folder 
  2. Cut | Paste the newly created shortcut to - My Documents\Plan-G Files\Plans (Rename as wanted)
  3. Go up one level to My Documents\Plan-G Files and create a shortcut to " My Documents\Plan-G\Plans"
  4. Cut | Paste the newly created shortcut to - My Documents\Flight Simulator X Files (Rename as wanted)

Plan-G doesn't remember the last browsed folder. Use the shortcuts to get you where you need to be.This will save your fingers from clicking too much and/or getting lost. Save those fingers for adjusting the avionics/instruments 'n such!  :LMAO:

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Thank you, Roman.  That helps making a Plan-G flight plan (if that's allowed :smile:  )

Just to confirm, Ron, that will be 1530Z?

Point 1: The PLAN has been uploaded. Click on PLAN in my previous post.

 

Point 2: 1530Z is when the server time is set for. We'll be meeting at a more earthly hour of 1800Z. That 7pm here, God knows what time it is in other parts of the world. 

 

Thank you Roman, saved me a helluva lot of typing!

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1800Z is 11:00 am here Pacific Time, I reckon.  That's much better than 8:30 am!  Thanks, Ron.


Thanks, Roman.  That's good to know.  I took your Skyvector plan and converted it to Plan-G manually, which was fun--got to see exactly where we'll be flying.  BTW, Plan-G doesn't know where George Town is, so I had to locate the airfield(s) (there are two, as we discovered yesterday), and put a User waypoint on top of them.  Also, I remember the reason why I was lower than you guys yesterday when we landed there:  I was still operating FSX in North America "mode", with no AU sceneries loaded up and no Holgermesh, so my elevations were all screwed up.  No worries, though, I've got SimStarter set up for Australia, including the four OZx packages, for tomorrow's fun.  Don't know how long I can remain on the flight, but I'll be there at start-up, for sure.

 

Stew

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Be careful!  Plan-G thinks XBLM is in Oregon, USA, not in Australia.  So converting Ron's "Plan" to a Plan-G flight plan will direct you to a heliport in Oregon.  I made the adjustment in the Plan-G version to identify Ben Lomond correctly.  But that was interesting for awhile.

 

Stew

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Just for completeness, the usual setup information.

A Trundle Round Tasmania
Date and time: Saturday 17 October, 1800 UTC

Where: AVSIM RTWR
Teamspeak – Casual Flights Channel
Teamspeak Server Address: ts.teamavsim.com
Multiplayer: FSX Multiplayer (IP will be provided on Teamspeak – simply log into the channel)

Don't forget to enter your aircraft details on the multiplayer speadsheet!
(linked
here)
 

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Be careful!  Plan-G thinks XBLM is in Oregon, USA, not in Australia.  So converting Ron's "Plan" to a Plan-G flight plan will direct you to a heliport in Oregon.  I made the adjustment in the Plan-G version to identify Ben Lomond correctly.  But that was interesting for awhile.

 

Stew

Not my plan mate. So don't blame me for errors and omissions! No names, no pack drill. (Sir Roger de Brum)

 

  BTW, Plan-G doesn't know where George Town is, so I had to locate the airfield(s) (there are two, as we discovered yesterday), and put a User waypoint on top of them. 

 

Stew

I think you'll have to run Plan-G's FSX airport finder thingie.  Ah! Build Navigation Database

All this talk of Plan-G and missing airports reminded me of JB's afcads. Most of OZx's airports were supposed to be found by navigation old stylee. These AFCADS will put them in the airport selection window and your GPS. Our thanks go to Bliksimpie (who I haven't heard from for a while, must email him) for doing them.

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Oops, sorry, Ron.  Didn't mean to imply anything.  JB's afcads look useful and worth a look.  Thanks.

 

Stew

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Oops, sorry, Ron.  Didn't mean to imply anything. 

 

Stew

That was faux annoyance.  ;)  You'll soon get the hang of me Stew. Jeff and Mike are old hands. They'll give you tips. :smile:

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I know, Ron.  Not to worry, big guy.  See ya tomorrow.  Looks like we have a good crowd.  BTW, those first two dirt fields are crazy!

 

Stew

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It seems the Tasmania demo is nothing more than a Global showcase. Much like the Iceland demo. Hang in there Bert. "In through the nose, out through the mouth" and repeat "I will NOT lose my cool"

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An excellent flight this evening/afternoon/morning with some surprisingly good scenery to gawp at. Loved those rotating cranes and the lighthouse with rotating light.

 

A couple of new faces/voices who I hope weren't put off by Jeff's 'Pigpen' of a paint  or Roger's unintelligible accent.

 

Nice paint Bert. ;)

 

Roger, making us land on people's tennis courts is NOT funny and it's not clever. :Shame On You:

 

Good flight, good company, Good night. :hi:

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What an extraordinary flight yesterday! Excellent plan Roger - Thanks! We had a lot of fun, not quite like this though..

2 new pilots even made it more fun - Welcome Stew & Mike (404) to our Saturday party!

The group... Minus Bert Pieke. Bummer,, as he had a new, very good looking, personal paint made by Ron. Don't know why his aircraft didn't connect with my FS - everyone else seen him. (From upper right - anticlockwise) Roger, Stew, Jeff (aka "Pig Pen"), Mike 404, Josh, Ron, Myself & finally Mike M. Josh & Bert where in Beech F33s, Mike 404 in a Pacer (aliased to a Super Cub, worked well!), myself in the LDR Navion B & everyone else in the A2A C182.

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Mike 404 showing us how it's done. Someone has to since Nick is in on vacation. - HA!

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Stew taking off from Ben Lomond (XBLM), elevation = 4691 ft., runway length = "tennis court" :LMAO:
 Quote from Stew - "Stall buzzer was 'a buzzin".

 

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Mike M. on his second try @ XLBM.. Nicely done. His first was a rolling start leaving around 30 feet from the runway end, wasn't good.

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Roger coming in at St.Helens (YSTH).

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Josh coming in at YSTH, dropping the legs and dealing with a nasty crosswind. ~ 15-20 kts from the 9 o'clock (from south).

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Ron coming in with Mike M. following closely.

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Booyah! Very nice.. Mike just about ready to kiss the Earth.

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"This scenery is bloody brilliant!" :LMAO:
 Parking was at a premium.. Taking a little break for supplies & relief.

 

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Ron with Jeff of to his left. Ron keeping his distance trying not to smudge his nice paint job with the "dander" coming off of Jeff's well used ship.

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Now this is a dirty plane! The employees at Scaled Composites amongst others at Mojave, CA airport spent the past few days doing "The Great Mojave Airlift". The mudslides in the area had taken out one half of the divided highway (hwy 58) stranding commuters. The other half of the highway became a makeshift runway! :Applause:
 - Local article

 

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Roger with Mike M. at his 9 o'clock low.

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Josh bringing it in like a feather at Georgetown (YGTO).

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Mike M. staying high over Jeff's "well worn" plane. Jeff, a dirty aircraft just means you've been using it! :Applause:
 

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Ron, on final at YGTO with Roger below. Roger ended up slipping by Ron for the landing. It worked out well.

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SMOOOOOOOTH! Good one Ron!

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Jeff & Mike M. practicing for the RTWR formation events.. Excellent job! Except for playing Russian Roulette with the trees, getting kinda close there.

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Stew with a hard landing. His plane is rather limber.. Look at those legs flex!

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Sticking to Ron....Kind of. ;-)

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Ron coming in YZCR.. Nice!

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The dam on the Forth River. Not sure exactly which one it is, believe it's the Devil's Gate

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Following Mike M. to Burnie to view the "brilliant" scenery!

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Jeff bringing in "Pig Pen" at Wynyard (YWYY), nice!

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Stew just about ready to touchdown at YWYY, looking good.

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Finally, the meeting of the minds. - A short & sweet one this time.

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Ron,
 

Needed to experiment with some things... See post above,, It changed!  LOL!

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You're making a whip for your own back mate. We'll expect nothing less from now on. (Couple of pictures don't work. Both of me! :Hmmmph: )

 

You must have used up several rolls of film. Younger viewers wont understand 'film'. :BigGrin:

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