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Hi all,Being totally lost in USA, i need som help to find a nice place to take my A36 for a VFR tour in Texas. I bought FSGenesis 38.2 mesh, believing that there would be some interresting landscapes here, but so far I've only seen flat, flat, flat or flat. Might as well fly in Denmark ;).Anyone local who could give me an Texan advice, and maybe some nice freeware scenery to compliment BEV and UT USA?Thanks!Eagle

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HI Eagle!I just moved to Austin, TX a year ago so I haven't seen most of TX although I have been through a lot of it over the years. Most of it really IS flat especially from higher altitudes. I haven't been there yet, but the most scenic area is probably the Big Bend National Park area about 70-80 miles south of Alpine or Marathon. Also I have been riding my motorcycle through the Texas Hill country(west of I-35 from San Saba south past Kerrville) which is not entirely flat, but from the air probably doesn't show much. Mostly bluffs and buttes and some low rise mountains. Try the area south of Fredericksberg, Bandera and Kerrville, TX. These are great motorcycle areas, but nothing like the Rocky Mountains in NM, AZ, UT, CO, WY, MT, ID etc. CA OR, and WA are pretty rugged and scenic in certain areas as well. I'm from Colorado so I know it and the states around it pretty well. For short flights I fly in and out of Aspen, Grand Junction, Vail(Eagle), Steamboat, Gunnison, Telluride, and Durango. You've got me interested now, so I'm going to fly around these areas in TX just to see what they DO look like from the air!!Scott

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Thanks Scott. I went to some of those Texan aereas, not very exciting, I must admit. Like you say, from some altitude it seems rather flat (at least for a norwegian). Then I went to Aspen, looks interresting

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Hi Eagle, Fly to El Paso Tex. The Rio Grand river,Ft. Bliss,Biggs AFB,mountains,tumble weed, dust storms, Elevation,Jeans, boots,big buckles,sombrero hats,jack rabbits,coyotes, rattlers,Muscalaro Apaches and Juarez Mexico!Bull fights, Booze ,signorinas, WHaaa HOO Pardner!! HOSTER LA VESTER!! :-bang VIN!PS: sorry, I get carried away,many fond memories from there! A nice quit place on the Sim,however. :-hah

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Having flown from KDFW to Midland/Odessa and then driven to Carlsbad NM this past week - and back, I'd say "flat, flat, flat or flat." is a pretty accurate description.The Big Bend area, the tip of the El Paso area, the Guadalupe Moutains in Texas near Carlsbad - those are about it for Texas.This mesh in the library is really good - guadalupe_mountains_srmt30v2.zipNice but no where as dramatic as the Colorado Rockies.You want an intersting light GA flight - try Chelan to Stehekin State Airport in the state of Washington - S10 to 6S9. Then take off from Stehekin and go northwest over the Cascades to Concrete - 3W5.There are some amazing mountain flying areas in Idaho.A Maule would be a good plane to use in those areas.Now I like the way that the scenery makes the creek behind my home in the Dallas area look somewhat realistic - but most people would never notice it.

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>Hi Eagle, Fly to El Paso Tex. The Rio Grand river,Ft.>Bliss,Biggs AFB,mountains,tumble weed, dust storms, >Elevation,Jeans, boots,big buckles,sombrero hats,jack>rabbits,coyotes, rattlers,Muscalaro Apaches and Juarez>Mexico!Bull fights, Booze ,signorinas, WHaaa HOO Pardner!! > HOSTER LA VESTER!! :-bang VIN!>PS: sorry, I get carried away,many fond memories from there! >A nice quit place on the Sim,however. :-hah Thanks everybody, this will keep me busy for a while :) Inspired by beana's tone, and with only an hour of flying before bedtime I decided to skip the serious Beech/GPS/flightplan trip, and go for a Corsair joyride instead :-cool. Took off from El Paso and found: river:yes, city:yes, mountain: hardly, looks more like speed bumps to me (last screenie).But thanks again, whenewer you want some advices for flying in Norway, let me know :).Some screenies from Texas:

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Hi ORN, very nice pics. Glad you went to El Paso.Yes ,the speed bumps do not have the presence of the Alps,Himalayas,or the Rockies.There are many other far more spectacular high countries.Yet ,there is a mystic about them.The Hueco,range is about 7000'MSL or so.They seemed so much higher,many years ago, during Army basic training.Double timing ,with full pack,in the heat,up to the tops .Then, I used to do it daily when introducing new trainees to the rigors of dessert warfare. But the cool Fiord's of Viking country must be wonderful. Yes ,I would like your recommendations about flying in that imposing territory. Do you have any little towns like "Ciudad Juarez"tucked away up there?You Northmen are no slouches, historically, when it comes to partying.The 200mile beer flight must be fun. Fun chatting with you. Hope you find your mountain CHEERS VIN :-beerchug

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Some chat Vin, since your post I've been sleeping, and had a full days work. Unfortunately I have to work a couple of hour more this evening :(.There's a lot of very high quality Scenery for Norway, and it's free. On my old rig Norway looked even better than USA/BEV/UT USA/FS Genesis. It became that good over time, so I don't know if I'll get it as nice on the new machine, but I will try later tonight.The thing is that with this freeware installation isn't as straight forward as with Flight1-like stuff. Anyway, I'll keep you informed, and if you have FSNavigator I could send you some flightplans :).Do we have small towns tucked up here? In the western part you wouldn't believe some of the places where people have settled down. Btw what does 'slouches' mean, I have a strange feeling that it isn't only historically x:-) :-violin :-beerchug :-erks.See you :)Eagle

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KELP El Paso is a beautiful airport to fly out of - up & overthose great mountains behind the city. I've driven up from El Pasoin a car over those mountainbs, just fantastic.Peter Sydney Australia

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Thank you Peter,thats what I was trying to make our friend ORN see.When living there, I grew to like the whole area. Even the "badlands" of New Mexico has that unique flavor.I think you may have the answer though,driving or hiking/marching, does revel its true character.However flying always gives the big picture. Hope it has not changed much.You may recall the recordings of Marty Robbins,some years ago, western singer,he really is a poet,in his tails of Ole,historic,El Paso in song. Hope your well, "CHEERS TO YA MATE" VIN :-beerchug

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>If anyone wants a copy of 'El Paso' by Marty Robbins---let me>know!Music always makes me interrested. If you'e talking about an mp3, yes

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(sorry). I>can understand the mystic about those rocks, also it must have>been a perfect hideout for outlaws :-bang. Yer getting too close pardner,Back off!! Marty Robbins in fact made two recordings about El Paso! The follow up recording is aviation oriented.Hope you can get them. HAVE FUN VIN

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Eagle -Well, I tried to send it but it wouldn't go! Server quit several times halfway through. Must be something to do with the piracy thing as I have not had trouble e-mailing songs in the past. I've noticed MS has changed something with the updates that prevents you from copying music with the Sound Recorder in XP too. If you send me your mailing address I'll make you a CD (if I can even do that anymore)!You must be a musician if you can just run out and pick up a dobro! You mentioned a band. I like dobro music and love Blue Grass! I used the Caravan to flightsee around the Big Bend area. Good visibility and not too slow. Take off from Alpine and head 140 toward the Rio Grande/Mexican border then using the GPS showing terrain look for the "speed bumps"! then turn west for a while and finally back north. Not too much there, but, then again, I only have RealScene for scenery enhancement. Also keep in mind you're still east of the Rockies where it is mostly plains, hills and desert. Here's a couple pix of the country around here in the "Hill Country". The last is a CW music place called Arky Blue's Siver Dollar in Bandera, Texas---cowboy capital of Texas!Scott

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Have you tried zipping the file? Then M$ won't recognize it as a song :-cool.Oh, i don't have the Caravan, and honestly, I won't buy yet another Cessna, time for something else now really (ac developers, please listen).How about a weary old Beaver. I heard RealityXP's flightline T is out. The Beaver is first on the list to get those :). It's slow though.I'm not a professional musician, even though I made a (not very good) living in the movies making film scores some years ago. I migrated to web-design, in order to better support my lovely family, and it works :). Music is in my vains though, so I'm in a band called "Derek Matthews Band". We play for fun, mostly pivate arrangements, weddings and local gigs. The leader of the pack is Canadian, we play irish folk among other things. Bluegrass is ideal for our little acoustic band with two fiddles, guitars, double bass, banjo and my new loveaffair, the dobro (it's so unbelievable cool, played lap style with a steel, open tuning and to go all the way I even bought a "squareneck", steel is the only playing style with this one, the strings are almost an inch above the fretboard.) Very off topic, but you got me carried away Scott ;). Eagle

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Nope----the zip didn't work either. I installed a new anti virus/firewall yesterday. That could be it! I'll fool around with it and try again.If you're flying FS9 it has a Caravan under Cessna! You could also use the Lear! The Beaver would do it---though slowly.Scott

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Eagle - Wow---I just now looked at your Norway pix!! Terrific! Forget El Paso or Big Bend if you are looking for scenery like that!!! You might try up around Glacier National Park in north central Montana around the Canadian border. Without enhancements, though, it won't look as good as your Norway does!Scott

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Thanks for the song Scott :). (if they think they can control us, they'll have to think twice, and if they try to hunt us down we know where to hide, right?) My oh my, that refrain is so over the top! They know how to make a sad song them cowboys ...Eagle

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Maybe it will, the secrets are:1. A good mesh2. A ditto landclass (FSGenesis for instance)3. Lennart Arvidssons textures IMPORTANT!4. ASV for the dramatic topping :)Eagle

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Yeah, we'll saddle up and head for those speed bumps!Oh, I sent you Marty's 'Strawberry Roan' too!Scott

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Eagle, if you like that MR song, then look for the album "Gun Fighter Ballads and Trail Songs" it is loaded with classic cowboy (not C & W) music. I have it on vinyl and I'm not sure that it it is available on CD. I'll bet that you could find it on eBay.If you check out the Big Bend area, fly west to Lahitas. There is a nice landing strip there capable of handling Lears and the like. Prevailing wind dictates a pattern flown mostly over Mexico. I suppose that may have changed now with the border tightening.BTW, the last time I drove thru Bandera on a Friday night, it looked like Arky Blue's was closed.R-San AntonioEDIT to add: "Strawberry Roan" is one of the other great songs on "Gun ... Songs." R-

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