Sign in to follow this  
Steve Dra

1st flight of the new year!

Recommended Posts

Happy New Year all my fellow simmers!

2016 is behind us now, let's all celebrate the beginning of 2017 with shots of our 1st flights.

 

For me, it's taking my Cathay 744 pseudo freighter from Anchorage to Taiwan.  I got both airports at the holiday sales.  :smile:

Here she is on a chilly and busy PANC ramp...UPS and FedEx getting their flocks ready for flight as well.

s916Gu.jpg

 

Doing the walk around....It's going to be a beautiful dawn departure.

E3sAbL.jpg

 

More pics when I get her buttoned up and on her way.

Here is my route:

TURNA7 TED NODLE R220 NANZA R220 NAYLD R220 NOGAL R220 NANNO ALICE Y111 MQE Y124 GTC Y45 KMC Y382 WAKIT Y282 ASANO Y282 POPPY Y34 SUKMO Y50 IGMON A1 BULAN A1 DRAKE DR1A

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Help AVSIM continue to serve you!
Please donate today!

Thanks guys.

 

Ricky, yes, this is the iFly 747.

 

Here we are, hooking up for push back.  UPS MD-11 holding short of runway 15 while an Alaska 737 taxis to line up behind her.

9n363c.jpg

 

Starting the push....

huV5rT.jpg

 

Push complete, starting engines, We'll be sequencing behind that mighty FedEx 777F.

iVkfbT.jpg

 

Waiting our turn..com'on 777..we're burning fuel here! Hehe.

JLPh0Z.jpg

 

More pics to follow when we get on our way.

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks Aushie and Mark!

Here are the departure shots:

 

Even though we're going a long way...we did not have a full load and those Rolls Royce's lifted her off with authority.

Look at all the pretty FedEx birds lined up in the background.  Which reminds me I still have to paint a FedEx 747...If I can find some good pics.

xnWsQV.jpg

 

Here is a fantastic shot a local spotter took:  One of my favorite shots in a while.  great angle.  I can only imagine the spotter got snow-blasted from the left a few moments after he took this shot.  :lol:

6Xta5m.jpg

 

Bye Bye Anchorage...We'll see ya on the return trip (with a different carrier, I'm flying all my cargo liveries this time....sadly I never flew some of the 777F's I painted.)

NTmPnM.jpg

 

I'll post a few en route shots soon.   I'm really loving the Queen, such a beautiful bird to fly! 

 

Hey Mark,

If you have the iFly 747 for FSX or P3d I could let you have an early set of these textures if you wanted to fly her around while we're waiting for a freighter model.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Really some nice pics and repaints. Looking forward to your arrival at Taiwan. I also picked up Pacsim Taiwan, what an excellent airport and great fps.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks you very much for the kind offer, Steve. Sadly I don't have the iFLY bird. Appreciated though! :cool:

 

That last shot, of her climbing out.... outstandingly realistic! :cool:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks guys!  She's been a blast to fly and paint...IMO this is a quality addon that no 747 fan should pass up if you can swing $60 from the budget!

 

Hey Mark, I like that shot too!

 

Hey Carl....I am thoroughly impressed with the PacSim scenery!  A steal at $21 IMO...speaking of the arrival in RCTP....first the en-route shots high in the clear blue atmosphere.... 

I must say this lady looks stunning in her birthday suit with no haze and a blazing sun reflecting off her skin.  :smile:

S2MXe1.jpg

 

You see a lot of puffy clouds over the middle of the Pacific.

uC6mVI.jpg

 

Here we are drifting down into the approach...it was foggy at the airport and surrounding area.  The very distinctive green EVA buildings leave no doubt you're landing at RCTP!

2fXOkg.jpg

 

As I was prepping for the approach, ATC changed the runway on me!   Ugh....Hit heading select, told them just give me vectors 'cause I aint reprogramming the approach, hehe.

The giant smokestack materialized through the haze....that is one obstacle that makes you focus on your alignment runways 23, 24!

1p26jH.jpg

 

Over the refinery...almost to the runway.

pkjS1A.jpg

 

Just before we kiss the runway....another angle that is very cool in my opinion. 

EJwJb9.jpg

 

One of my riders grabbed this wing shot as we're decelerating, boards up, reversers doing their thing.  Nice shot of the excellent building textures at PacSim's scenery too.

uHyO1L.jpg

 

Turning into spot 15, goofy marshaller hiding behind that light pole!

qUoFWV.jpg

 

All shut down, freight coming off...time to grab a shuttle to the hotel!   Maybe I'll run into that UPS crew there....I'll be flying their 747 on another flight soon.

xZJGP5.jpg

 

It's been a while since I've done a long haul, and it was great to do it in a new bird (new to me, LOL), and new scenery I picked up.  The Intelligent Cruise feature is very nice if you're a simmer who doesn't want to use valuable potential simming time watching the plane drone on for hours over an empty ocean, but I also enjoy VATSIM events too where I do everything real-time, so I'm a hybrid simmer as it were :P)  

 

Deciding on where to go next....maybe a short hop over to VHHH or Singapore...hmmm.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks guys!

Ricky I'm getting much enjoyment from this purchase.

 

I've decided to fly my freighter paints on the pax model as I enjoy the city pairs you can fly freight to.

I'll also do more pax flights with Air Pacific, Lufthansa and KLM as I think for now the 747 is all I'll be flying (I really love everything about the aircraft itself, the history, the prestige, the unique view from the flightdeck and the altered sensation of speed on the takeoff roll, etc). 

 

Need to do a KLAX to EDDF Lufthansa flight, then maybe an EHAM to KJFK to work out the KLM textures.  :smile:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Happy New Year all my fellow simmers!

2016 is behind us now, let's all celebrate the beginning of 2017 with shots of our 1st flights.

Steve the "Cargo King"! :smile:  Happy New Year mate.  Glad to see someone's keeping the heavies in the air.  It's been a year since I've flown.  I think I'm probably disqualified now :P

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Steve the "Cargo King"! :smile:  Happy New Year mate.  Glad to see someone's keeping the heavies in the air.  It's been a year since I've flown.  I think I'm probably disqualified now :P

OMG its a pinlifter sighting!  So good to see you back mate!  

Its just like riding a bicycle....you'll be a bit rusty but a few check flights and you'll be back to your old self.  :wink:

I've all but parked the 777F, there is a Queen that has been keeping me occupied, both in the air and in the paint hangar.  She's the iFly version, and I feel she's an excellent rendition of the 747.  So far I've taken her to Fiji, Taiwan, and as I type this other paint of mine is winging her way from KJFK to EDDF.

I know....she's carrying pax (blasphemous I understand), however Lufty is one of the few pax airlines I love to fly, and besides, I have to fly my own paints every once in a while! :P 

VukMEu.jpg

 

Hope to see you in the air again soon and welcome back!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this