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Mountains and the Black Sea, Turkey Part III

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We depart from Ankara International Airport (LTAC). The airport is in operation since 1955. In 2017, it has served more than 15 million passengers in total, 13 million of which were domestic passengers. 
Ankara is the capital of the Republic of Turkey. With a population of about 4,5 million, it is Turkey's second largest city after Istanbul (the former imperial capital), having outranked İzmir in the 20th century.
Ankara became the new Turkish capital upon the establishment of the Republic on 29 October 1923, succeeding in this role the former Turkish capital Istanbul (Constantinople) following the fall of the Ottoman Empire. The government is a prominent employer, but Ankara is also an important commercial and industrial city, located at the center of Turkey's road and railway networks. The city gave its name to the Angora wool shorn from Angora rabbits, the long-haired Angora goat (the source of mohair), and the Angora cat. The area is also known for its pears, honey and muscat grapes. Although situated in one of the driest places of Turkey, Ankara is a green city. 
A tour around Ankara can be found here .
Unfortunately, Ankara is not very well depicted in P3D, nevertheless, we make a short tour over the city after taking off.
 
Our first stop is Uzunyazi (LTAL). The airport serves the town of Kastamonu. Kastamonu was famous for Kemal Atatürk’s visit in 1925. He held a couple of speeches against the wearing of the Fez, the traditional hat, and proclaimed wearing modern style hats as part of the revolution. Wearing a modern hat became later a law which is in force until today.
 
Now let’s continue towards Sinop (LTCM). As far as I remember, it is not in P3D’s database…
Sinop is a city with a population of about 36.000 on the isthmus of İnce Burun, near Cape Sinope which is situated on the most northern edge of the Turkish side of the Black Sea coast.
There are settlements here since about 2500 years. There are many tourist attraction in the city and its surroundings.
A tour in Turkish language with English Subtitles can be found here .
 
As of 1920, Sinop was described as populated mainly by Greeks with an approximate population of 8,000. It was also considered the "safest" port "between Bosphorus and Batum," at the time. 
Sinop hosted a US military base and radar that was important for intelligence during the cold war era. The US base was closed in 1992.
Explorer Bob Ballard discovered an ancient shipwreck northwest of Sinop in the Black Sea and was shown on National Geographic.
 
We continue to Carsamba (LFTH). There is not much to be found about this place. But the airport is rather busy with seasonal connections to a lot of destinations in Turkey, Austria, Russia, and Germany. Some impressions about the area can be seen here .
 
Next up is Ordu (LTCB). This city is the worlds largest producer of hazelnuts! But small industry and a growing tourism also play a role in the area’s economy. The airport is situated on an artificial island and was opened in 2015. According to Wikipedia, it is the third airport in the world situated on an artificial island. One destination for flights from here is Cologne/Bonn in Germany. In this part of Germany lives the largest Turkish Community in Germany.
 
From here we follow the coast to Trabzon (LTCG). It is located on the historical Silk Road and became a melting pot of religions, languages, and culture for centuries and a trade gateway to Persia in the southeast and the Caucasus to the northeast. The Venetian and Genoese merchants paid visits to Trebizond during the medieval period and sold silk, linen and woolen fabric; the Republic of Genoa had an important merchant colony within the city called Leonkastron that played a role to Trebizond similar to the one Galata played to Constantinople(modern Istanbul).
 
During the early modern period, Trabzon, because of the importance of its port, again became a focal point of trade to Persia and the Caucasus.
Trabzon saw a lot of fighting during WWI. The city lost many young male citizens at the Battle of Sarikamish in the winter of 1914–15. The coastal region between the city and the Russian frontier was the site of key battles between the Ottoman and Russian armies during the Trebizond Campaign, part of the Caucasus Campaign of World War I. A bombardment of the city in 1915 by the Russian navy cost the lives of 1300 citizens.
In July 1915 most of the adult male Armenians of the city were marched off south in five convoys, towards the mines of Gümüşhane, never to be seen again. Other victims of the Armenian Genocide were reportedly taken out to sea in boats that were then capsized. 
 
Despite the traditionally tolerant community, trouble continued through WWII. Nowadays, as a result of the general development of the country, Trabzon has developed its economic and commercial life. The coastal highway and a new harbor have increased commercial relations with central Anatolia, which has led to some growth. However, progress has been slow in comparison to the western and the southwestern parts of Turkey.
Trabzon and its surroundings are shown here , only in Turkish language.
 
trabzon.jpg
 
Trabzon airport offers flights to many destinations in Turkey and Europe. The German Armed Forces used Trabzon as a logistics base for returning material from Afghanistan after the end of the ISAF commitment.
 
Our destination today is Erzincan (LTCD). The airport has an elevation of about 3700 feet. The city is rich in history, but no building remained as Erzincan lies in an area with a high risk of earthquakes. In 1939, the city was completely destroyed by an earthquake with a 7.8 on magnitude scale. About 8000 people did immediately after the first stage of the earthquake. After many more stages and resulting floods, about 33.000 had died. 
 
Source: Wikipedia.

Airports: Sinop (LTCM), Carsamba (LTFH), Ordu (LTCB), and Trabzon (LTCG) can be downloaded here . Ankara (LTAC), Uzunyazi (LTAL), and Erzincan (LTCD) can be found at VATSIM here .

All airports work well with P3DV4, running the elevation correction tool from ORBX Vector may be required.

Flight Plan: The flight plan, in PLN, FPR (for the Majestic Dash8 Q400) and GTN format can be found here

 
Aircraft: The route is 498 nm. A cruise speed of about 220 KIAS would be advisable to complete the flight in time. There are many airplanes in that speed range available. You can take the PC-12, any Warbird of your choice, the DC-6, the Dash8 Q400..... Please fly what you like.

Time and Weather: Weather should be fine to enjoy the flight. In case of adverse weather conditions, we could use historical weather. 20 October 2018, 14:00 UTC should give us suitable weather.

You should set your departure time to 14:15 hrs local time and a date in fall. I used October 20, 2018. The mix of textures in "light" winter looks unrealistic.

Where & When
Date and time: Saturday, December 8, 2018. 1900 UTC.
Where: AVSIM RTWR Teamspeak - Casual Flights Channel
Teamspeak Server Address: ts.teamavsim.com
Cross-Platform Multiplayer: JoinFS. (FSX, FSX-SE, and P3D).

If you want to help others enjoy the multiplayer experience, don't forget to enter your aircraft details on the multiplayer spreadsheet (linked here). Your courtesy will save others a lot of time and effort. Thanks!

 

 

 

 

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What a great flight plan. The freeware airports are all pretty good and several are excellent. And the authors have painstakingly created replicas of the real airports – from which we benefit by enjoying an impression of being somewhere special.

One thing. If you are having trouble with the addon Kastamonu Uzunyazi (LTAL), this work-around might help. (My problem is that there is a false "runway-like surface" about four feet above the real hard runway. Your situation may vary.) A bunch of trial and error indicates that the addon airport is usable and mostly intact if you disable one of the bgl files by renaming it as follows: "LTAL_ADEX_HD_CVX.bgl.OFF". This is merely a kludge, not an elegant solution. But the addon airport is reasonably good and much better than the bare misplaced slab that is the default airport.

BTW. Most pilots will want to install Ordu (LTCB) which is not otherwise in P3D. This a dramatic "island" airport and is well worth the minimal-effort installation. (IMHO)

It is tremendous fun to fly over rugged terrain and along the stunning Black Sea coastline. All in a region over which we have hardly ever flown.

M

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Thanks for the inputs Mike, I forgot about Ordu not being in P3D default.

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Mike, (and others)

Thanks for the "possible" fix for LTAL. Unfortunately it did not work for me in FSX. Tried something real quick and it worked.
Took the exact primary airport information entry (elevation, magvar, location etc..) from a decompiled LTAL_ADEX_HD.bgl and compiled it as a separate.bgl to be placed in scenery/world/scenery.
Works fine now with LTAL_ADEX_HD_CVX.bgl turned back on.
Think it was just a priority of where the primary elevation information was placed.
If Mike's fix does not work for you may get my alternate fix here.
For me all airfields are good now 😉, can't wait to see the Vulcan taking the trip with us! (took my FS9 PSS version and placed it in FSX - all good, yippee!)

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="ISO-8859-1"?>
<!-- Created by Scenery Design Engine (SDE) on 12/6/2018 -->
<FSData
   version="9.0"
   xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"
   xsi:noNamespaceSchemaLocation="bglcomp.xsd">
   <Airport
      country="Turkey"      
      city="Kastamonu"
      name="Uzunyazi"
      lat="41.3169401139021"
      lon="33.7961111962795"
      alt="1074.115M"
      magvar="-4"
      trafficScalar="0.7"
      airportTestRadius="5000.0M"
      ident="LTAL"
      >
      <Services>
      </Services>
   </Airport>
</FSData>

 

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Excellent.

This is a better solution than disabling the CVX file. The end result is similar (for me using P3Dv4.3 and FreeMeshX) but not necessarily for others. Creating a proper airport altitude designation constitutes a superior approach because it fixes the problem at its root and should work for everyone -- FSX and P3D.

Thanks, Roman.
M

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Are we talking about a runway that looks as though it's covered in deep snow?

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2 hours ago, Ron Attwood said:

Are we talking about a runway that looks as though it's covered in deep snow?

Yup.. and removing the bgl fixed it for me..

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Seen earlier today leaving UK airspace at high altitude, heading approximately south-east....

Vulcan%20high.jpg?dl=1

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I have made available a P3D v4 compatible Vulcan multiplayer proxy for today's flight.  The link is in the MP spreadsheet. All set up for the aircraft I will be flying so with a bit of luck JoinFS should substitute it automatically.  It's even same same registration as the one I'm flying 😀

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On 12/7/2018 at 12:39 AM, Ron Attwood said:

Oh dear! Someone's in big trouble. :ohmy:

Yes, me when we get to the two smaller airports....

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Gunter, thanks again for the fine flight!
Not the best shots ever and... We all know who stole the show on this flight 😉 
Anyhow, the screenies are here if you want a look-see..

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NIce pics Roman, thanks! 

Shot #8: that might be the aerodynamic braking?  Have a look at this video here of the real thing,  The Just Flight model does it really nicely.

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Nick, yes it was..
When you came in I was trying to crouch down but fell right to the ground - lol.
The plane is so big and intimidating!

The video is impressive with the immediate turn right after take off, always enjoy watching that.

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Once again....
THANKS Gunter! Great flight up north!
Some screenies from the daytime "twilight" flight are here.. 
 

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