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I Need 'Motivation' to Fly!

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I need some reason to fly, which means I struggle with something like the wonderful RealAir Duke, which is almost totally owned by private flyers, retired professionals, etc. I find it very hard to keep up any enthusiasm for that kind of A to B pleasure/leisure flying and lose interest straight away. Ohh how I wish RealAir had modelled the 208 Caravan instead! I guess I’m not just flying, but playing a ‘role’, imagining I am someone flying for a reason. I really struggle otherwise.

 

I get my greatest thrill from flying ‘hardworking’ aircraft, so my time is spent flying the BN-2 Islander, the DH-6 Twin Otter, the Seneca II (as a Caribbean air-taxi), the Antonov-32, the Beech Baron, the C-130 Hercules, the 208 Caravan and other small cargo or  feeder planes.  The list of missions I fly in these is extremely long, and news items always suggest new ones on a daily basis.

This is my current list of ‘reasons to fly’ a twin prop, if anyone can suggest any flight ideas I can add to it, I’d be very grateful!!

 

Sport – Charters for teams, sponsors, managers, golf tours

 

Music – For one off concerts, or tours.

 

Political – Election campaigns, press events, fact-finding

 

Film/TV – Journalists, actors, agents, directors, sponsors, aerial photography, reporters and film crews

 

Industry – Urgent documents, critical parts deliveries, fast staff transport, prototype delivery, samples, survey work, transport of CEOs or board members.

 

Corporate – Roadshows, promotion events, client entertainment, corporate shuttle, sales teams, buying officers, conferences, exhibitions, trade delegations

 

Private – Birthdays, weddings, family events, scenic tours, night and city breaks.

 

Other – Maritime or bird surveys, air ambulance, organ transport  and forestry surveys, air taxi feeding tourists to and from their resorts, ferrying or resupplying wilderness hunters or anglers, taking hikers out to the mountains, spotting for forest fires, disaster relief - ferrying supplies to disaster zone. 

 

Anything I've missed? 

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The earth is roughly 29,000 miles in diameter...that's plenty of ground to cover with so many places to see.  My motivation is to always get better at flying, but at the same time, fly to places you've never seen, perhaps a jaunt across the Gobi desert or even a haul from Gander Bay to Yellowknife.  The possibilities are endless and if you have good scenery installed, you'll get breath-taking views.  This is probably the cheapest and easiest way to travel the world without leaving your chair. :)

 

-Jim

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Some of recent flights have included: taking a film crew out to Vancouver Island after the whale watching accident, taking Egyptian government people out to Sinai and flying supplies out of Kathmandu to Ghorka after the earthquake. Some might find this a bit morbid, but I'm just taking ideas right out of current affairs. 


Fly to places you've never seen, perhaps a jaunt across the Gobi desert or even a haul from Gander Bay to Yellowknife.  The possibilities are endless and if you have good scenery installed, you'll get breath-taking views.  This is probably the cheapest and easiest way to travel the world without leaving your chair. :) -Jim

 

I agree, sometimes watching a wildlife documentary or something filmed on location will inspire me to fly over there and take a look myself ....

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Perhaps you could try joining a Virtual Airline and then instead of choosing your (albeit imaginative and cool!) missions yourself, you can get 'given' them.  Perhaps will provide more operational realism.

 

Of you could try one of the programs that gives you a mission;  Air Hauler, etc.

 

Perhaps we could have a sub-forum here at AVSIM where we can create imaginative scenarios and missions (I mean just written mission, not FSX style missions), that people could then choose to do if they liked, and provide some screenies etc, if they did it.   Just an idea :smile:

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I do a variation of what Jim says, I pick a region somewhere in the world and spend a couple of months just checking out the different airports.

 

Norway, Argentina, Morocco all have interesting scenery, variety of airports and a lack of expectations :-)

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Or take a break. Two days, a week, a month. Like you, i must "have a role". 

 

There is a point where I am more time searching for new addons, scenery, liveries, strugling my head at night thinking, will i purchase this if i will use it one time of my life? than enjoying. So here is when I stop.

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Its a flightsim burnout.. you just flew to much.

Take a month or more leave and let it build up back.

 

In your list you forgot airshow.. also a nice one, with a few scenerys around.

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There is another variation of my idea by going to FlightAware.  Pick out a real world flight from there, set it up like it was done, so you get accuracy and fun all in one!

 

-Jim

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I haven't seen it suggested, so how about trying another sim?

 

Prepar3d, X-Plane, DCS Lock-On, Rise of Flight, IL2, etc. are all available to try!

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Have a look at FS Economy ... it has given me a reason for flying FSX and P3D for years now.  You could end up 'buying' your Duke or C208 with the virtual dollars you've earned while flying people and cargo around your favourite stomping ground.  The FSE forum is also full of like-minded, very friendly people too.

 

Regards,

Paul.

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Here's what I do...of course this might be a no brainer, but I'll suggest it anyway.

 

I try to never re-position my aircraft. For example I normally fly only 2 or 3 GA planes depending on mission..

 

Say I just flew my King Air to El Salavador (why because I was really going there and I wanted to test fly it), and now I want to fly it to Bermuda...but I've flow other airplanes since then. So I'll start at my base airport (KLHZ) find closest international airport (KRDU) ...fly a commercial flight there and then start my new trip to Bermuda...of course real time, weather and fuel flow.

 

I will also do this the other way. Say I've reached EL Salavador and now I want to fly my RealAir Legency, but it's at my base airport. Again, find closet commercial airport fly commercial back to base airport before flying my RealAir.

 

Also, I never save it mid flight. If I'm tired I find the closest airport and land.

 

-Ray

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A world tour is always a good one too - planning the legs for the aircraft(s) you're going to use, checking weather, and flying legs.  I've done it once and it was an amazing feeling when I landed back at the airport I started from (Orillia, Ontario) - from the opposite direction!

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If you need to haul stuff with a purpose, check FSEconomy. They've got different cargo types, from dudes on a fishing trip to ferrying fuel to small airstrips.

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Take a break for a month like someone else said

 

Pick some sort of excercise you hate - mine is running - and do that for a month lol - this is basically what I do when I get bored.

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lol Ryan well this it,  inevitable you will return to Simming,  its in your DNA dude.  

 

Yes take a break for a while.     I break out sometimes and play actual games,  Batttlefield4, Hitman and so on.  At the end of the day i never get the same kick out of it,  i always feel a bit empty, the break is nice though.  I walk in the evenings as well this helps me sleep.  Ive cut down on my coffee and chocolate intake, also helps me to relax.  A good night sleep + good diet will reset the urge to fly again.   

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I'm a member of the Virtual International Flying Club ( VIFC ). In this club they have programs where you can fly from designated airports. Your flying time and other info. is recorded. You're granted awards and a rank with the more flying that you do. You can fly in the virtual world with other pilots and there are even rescue missions. It's a very neat club and gives a purpose to flying.

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AirHauler - form a company from scratch and watch it grow with your business decisions, the right aircraft purchases, hire the right pilots. I've been playing daily for over 12 months - every day requires flying challenges using the different aircraft to meet the schedule or suffer the repercussions financially.

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The earth is roughly 29,000 miles in diameter...that's plenty of ground to cover with so many places to see.  

 

-Jim

The Earth is only 7,900 miles in diameter. If you meant circumference, that would equal 24,860 miles at the equator.   

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Thanks for the responses! I'm not losing interest in flying, far from it, I have just completed a twin prop cockpit build and I put in an hour or two every day, with a few more at the weekend. I guess my beef is that the Realair Duke, probably the only 'study' twin aircraft, is not a plane I can fly for very long.

 

At the same level is Aerosoft's Twin Otter, and the Milviz Baton is also quite nice, but I long for an A2A twin, a Seminole or Seneca for air taxi work, or even a Cessna Caravan (though its only a single prop).

 

So at the moment I'm flying the aircraft in my OP, all with AccuFeel, but two or three of them eith the addition of RealEngine 1.4. a freeware engine monitoring add-on.

I want more 'working aircraft' at the same level of detail as A2A or Realair!!

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The Earth is only 7,900 miles in diameter. If you meant circumference, that would equal 24,860 miles at the equator.   

Well if you want to really split hairs and point out a slight mistake in my wording then, how about this:

 

The circumference of Earth at the equator is about 24,902 miles(40,075 km), but from pole-to-pole — the meridional circumference — Earth is only 24,860 miles (40,008 km) around. This shape, caused by the flattening at the poles, is called an oblate spheroid.

 

Anywho, I think the OP got the point.

 

-Jim

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I want more 'working aircraft' at the same level of detail as A2A or Realair!!

What about Flight1 B200 ?

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OK so you are bored with just sitting there and letting the modern aviaonics do their thing. Well try this. Push the weather to 00 visibility and make an approach to a airport by the numbers. When the temp and dew point are together you have fog and is a good place to start. Get the charts and do it right.

 

Now after you have mastered it with modern stuff, try the Beaver X. A good flying stable platform for practing instruement flying. The difference is you are limited with a lot less fancy instruements. Now you are closer to flying like the old guys did. It will take a lot of time to get profiencent, however it is something that is rewarding. Staying with the Beaver you can try mountain flying.The Beaver has 450 horse power and is a world of difference away from the Duke with those humongous turboprops.

 

Make a flight to somewhere that you will have just enough fuel to get to and then figure how far you can go towards that airport and have enough fuel to get to a alternate. Let there be winds involved in your flight. I think this was called a Radius of action from a moving base. It has been a lot of years since I learned this so don't hold me to names and such. You might want to use a E6B to determine all this. 

 

As to the E6B, use it to properly make calculations in your instrument approaches. You know from the VOR to the outer marker and such. Consider the speeds and wind to get the times. You can use the online E6B or buy a real one. It is a handy gadget to have. I use one I bought in the 60's

 

If you really want to get into it get the aviation weather and learn to read it Learn to make your own forecast. Do flights by dead reckoning. Again you will have to figure the wind into your flight along with knowing about compass bearings and other stuff. Figure density altitude especially for the higher airports. Knowing this stuff could save your bacon if you ever get to do this stuff in real life. 

 

Well this will keep you busy for awhile, so good luck and good flying.

RLJR

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What about Flight1 B200 ?

Oh, that passed me by somehow .... I will have to investigate the Flight King Air!!!

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