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Presently in one of the most STUNNING flights with FSX!

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I am presently en-route from CYKA (Kamloops) in British Columbia, Canada, and am headed towards CYYZ (Toronto Pearson), Ontario, Canada.This has to be one of the most STUNNING flights I have yet taken inside FSX for the sheer beauty and splendour of scenery at I climb out from my present 17,000 to my assigned FL270.The mountains, river valleys, lakes, towns and cities below the 737's wing tips is truly why I love this hobby so much...and have grown VERY fond of FSX.The scenery on this flight plan is beyond belief!I suggest that everyone load up a 737, make an IFR flight plan starting out with CYKA off of runway 26, with your terminus at CYYZ.Create the flight plan at FL270 and then let 'er rip. Take the full length of the runway before you rotate OR...you risk getting quite intimate with a mountainside! This is most important! USE the canned FAIR WEATHER for your selection...NOT REAL WEATHER. You don't want to miss one second of the flight path's eye candy. Not one mountain top, river, stream, lake...not one! FANTASTIC!Enjoy!Cheers,Mitch

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I would suggest that if you enjoy the flight out east, that the flight from Kamloops to the west is even more spectacular. I've lived in eastern Canada, central Canada, northern Canada and western Canada. All of those regions have incredibly varied beutiful reagions, but the west totally has captured my heart! I mean, Toronto?!? Those who like it, like it a lot, but those who don't... don't.Download the excellent freeware Victoria+ scenery from the AVSIM library. You can fly from Kamloops to Victoria in a 747, but you will also get slow-motion thrills from the Maule or any other aircraft with good windows. If your system can handle it, a hop from Victoria to Seattle in a DH-2 Beaver is amazing. Mount Baker Overload, right there. Then cruise south along the incredible Oregon coast, and make your way down to sunny California. The default FSX scenery along that route is highly detailed! From LA, San Francisco, San Diego, etc., the world is your oyster! Travel inland to see the Grand Canyon, go south and explore exotic Mexico, head out over to the ocean in a 747 and make the Honolulu run. Or find Albequerque, but don't make a left... make a right turn instead! Jeff ShylukAssistant Managing EditorSenior Staff ReviewerAVSIM

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>Hi Mitch,>Nice to read your enthousiasm!>Enjoy :--)----------------------Afternoon, David! As usual...am having a ball!!!Mitch'er

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>I would suggest that if you enjoy the flight out east, that>the flight from Kamloops to the west is even more spectacular.> I've lived in eastern Canada, central Canada, northern Canada>and western Canada. All of those regions have incredibly>varied beutiful reagions, but the west totally has captured my>heart! I mean, Toronto?!? Those who like it, like it a lot,>but those who don't... don't.>>Download the excellent freeware Victoria+ scenery from the>AVSIM library. You can fly from Kamloops to Victoria in a>747, but you will also get slow-motion thrills from the Maule>or any other aircraft with good windows. >>If your system can handle it, a hop from Victoria to Seattle>in a DH-2 Beaver is amazing. Mount Baker Overload, right>there. Then cruise south along the incredible Oregon coast,>and make your way down to sunny California. The default FSX>scenery along that route is highly detailed! >>From LA, San Francisco, San Diego, etc., the world is your>oyster! Travel inland to see the Grand Canyon, go south and>explore exotic Mexico, head out over to the ocean in a 747 and>make the Honolulu run. Or find Albequerque, but don't make a>left... make a right turn instead! >>Jeff Shyluk>Assistant Managing Editor>Senior Staff Reviewer>AVSIM-----------------------------------Hi Jeff, am presently just 100 miles East of Calgary. As I was clearing the Rockies, and Calgary lay before me, off of my left wingtip below me, lay Banff Provincial Park. FSX renders a great depiction of that deep glacier lake, that is Lake Louise. I earmarked Banff for a low and slow regional flight in the Mooney at a later date. I do have Victoria Plus, but felt like heading East this afternoon. I very much enjoy the Toronto Skyline as you approach near about sunset. With UTX and and GTXehanced (latest version), Toronto alone is worth the price of FSX admission. :)I'll take that slow-and-relaxed down the Oregon Coast sometime tomorrow. I'll be flying quite a bit this weekend so as to avoid the humid 100 degree temps just outside the den window....jeez... All-in-all, a great weekend for flying the FSX skies (smile).I have lived a good portion of my life, down in Phoenix, AZ. I know the Grand Canyon quite well---Bright Angel Trail is my usual path to the riverbank. Oak Creek canyon is where as a lad, I used to throw snowballs at my dad in mid-January, then later getting back down into the Sun Valley, we had a B.B.Q. and pool party. Those were the days-of-glory, lol. If you know Phoenix, I lived just off of Central Avenue, in sight of Camel-back. We then moved out to Fountain Hills. Now, I'm in the Detroit area. I plan to head back to the Sonoran Desert when able to. Well, back to my flight!Cheers,Mitch

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I was just about to suggest flying around in Banff! Possibly the most beautiful areas of the entire sim. Just make sure you take a really slow plane, J-3 Cub or maybe the RealAir Scout. Also, If you enjoyed Kamloops to T.O., try something like Halifax to Vancouver. It gives you the Atlantic Maritimes, Ontario, the Prairies, and finally, the mountain ranges west of CYYC.

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>>If your system can handle it, a hop from Victoria to Seattle>in a DH-2 Beaver is amazing. Mount Baker Overload, right>there. Then cruise south along the incredible Oregon coast,>and make your way down to sunny California. The default FSX>scenery along that route is highly detailed! You ain't just whistling dixie here Jeff... one of my fav's is to stream hop from BC down to Seattle and also hit the Olympics in the default DH-2 on the default sceneryhttp://www.simviation.com/cgi-bin/yabb2/Ya...um=1186179268#1http://www.simviation.com/cgi-bin/yabb2/Ya...=1186179279/0#0that was before I was running most of the ground addons we have today

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Nice area. The first day I got FSX (October 06), I flew in the Olympic Mountains of Washington State...you know, south of Port Angeles and out that way....I was blown away...the clouds were hugging in the valleys as I flew by...it looked like a cool pacific northwest scene...sure some imagination required (after all we're not the Holodeck yet) but still it did transport me.RhettFS box: E8500 (@ 3.16 ghz), AC Freezer 7 Pro, ASUS P5E3 Premium, BFG 8800GTX 756 (nVidia 169 WHQL), 4gb DDR3 1600 Patriot Cas7 7-7-7-20 (2T), PC Power 750, WD 150gb 10000rpm Raptor, Seagate 500gb, Silverstone TJ09 case, Vista Ultimate 64ASX Client: AMD 3700+ (@ 2.6 ghz), 7800GT

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>I was just about to suggest flying around in Banff! Possibly>the most beautiful areas of the entire sim. Just make sure>you take a really slow plane, J-3 Cub or maybe the RealAir>Scout. Also, If you enjoyed Kamloops to T.O., try something>like Halifax to Vancouver. It gives you the Atlantic>Maritimes, Ontario, the Prairies, and finally, the mountain>ranges west of CYYC. -----------------------------Thanks Jordan, I'll do just that!BTW, typo...GEXnhanced, not 'GEXehanced'...was typing fast...lol, had to get back to the flight...Mitch

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..Did YOU get a pre-release copy of FSXI too, Geof?:-lol:-lol:-lol:-lol

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I was just trying to decide where to fly to tonight! I think you made up my mind for me. I think I'll take my Air Canada A321 for a spin!!Thanks Mitch!!

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While you're in the area, why not try Castlegar and Kelowna, B.C.Both are very tricky approaches, with offset localizers. Castlegar is one of the strangest instrument approaches in the world, imho.

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Caslegar CYCG is totally crazy, not for the faint of heart. It's right next to Hwy 3 in the mountains, so that the road descends almost onto the threshold of the runway in the valley. When you are driving westbound (the road turns north), it looks like you are on final for landing. Aircraft are supposed fly above the highway, maybe a few dozen feet above the road.Defintely look up Castlegar on Google Maps. If you do so, zoom in until you see close-up detail. Next to the label "Castlegar Airport", you will see an old four-engine passenger aircraft. If memory serves, that aircraft was at one time used to ferry passengers across the American border to the Indian casinos. Since casino gambling is now legal in British Columbia, I'm quite sure Castlegar has its own casino, and that the aircraft has been grounded. I can only imagine what it would be like to ride that thing on take-off or landing: engines almost coming off their pylons and roaring like lions, flaps and slats all the way out making the wings shake like leaves on a tree, mountain cliffs coming at you from any window view. You don't need poker chips to gamble in Castlegar, just try to fly in at night (which as far as I know is forbidden except in emergency).Another poster mentioned flying from Halifax to Victoria. I would suggest starting from St. John's, Newfoundland. FSX does not do a great job with St. John's, as it is much more developed than the sim lets you see. However, the terrain is spectacular. A very, very short flight east will take you to Cape Spear, the easternmost point of land in continental North America. An almost equally short flight will take you west to beautiful Bell Island, home of the famous Papal shrine, as well as a nearby mysterious fireball that struck from the sky. When in St. John's, be sure to eat at Velma's, possibly the best home cooking in all of Canada! St. John's has a modern airport will full facilities. In daylight, it's an easy and pleasant approach. Trick is, with realistic weather you don't see a lot of daylight. You see RDF (Rain, Drizzle, Fog). Zero-visability junkies ought to love St. John's CYYT.Jeff ShylukAssistant Managing EditorSenior Staff ReviewerAVSIM

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Thanks for the advice on Velma's-I am hitting St. John's among a few others on a Baron trip this summer. I sent you a pm in case you have other advice for that area. Not sure I am going to like the zero visability stuff though... :-lol Oops-I think I am going to St. John's , New Brunswick...http://www.mediafire.com/imgbnc.php/1b5baf...b9f427f694g.jpgMy blog:http://geofageofa.spaces.live.com/

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Ahem... St. John... :)And I believe that the best food in Canada is Hutch's, between Burlington and Hamilton, ON. Just bring your own napkins.

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Mitch-I have to share your enthusiasm in a slightly different vein.I am flying a New England/Ne Canada province trip this summer.I have spent hours on the flight plans-thanks to the Voyager software I have I imported them into fsx with one touch.This evening I flew a few legs-from Providence to Martha's Vineyard, from Laconia to Sanford Maine, and from Sanford to Bar Harbor, Maine.I was using the default Baron with the new Reality xp waas gps, the Reality xp flightline instruments (smooth as butter), the friendly panels radio stack, and abacus ez gps.The real weather downloads were a combo of incredible cumulus clouds and ground fog. I had to use a waas approach into both Martha's Vineyard and Bar Harbor-almost to minimums. Using a completely real working gps was a work of art! Smooth instruments were necessary for the approaches and ifr I encountered.Then of course the gex textures along with the fex clouds made for a stunning and very real flight. Like a real flight I was captivated, a little tense at the weather, and amazed at the beauty. On my machine-I never saw below 25 fps and that only briefly and most of the flights were 35-60 fps. Flying over some of the islands of Maine-getting a break in the clouds and seeing car traffic below-wow!What a useful real tool for me, and it is so close to real right now it will be a real challenge for fs11 to top.http://www.mediafire.com/imgbnc.php/1b5baf...b9f427f694g.jpgMy blog:http://geofageofa.spaces.live.com/

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>..............>This is most important! USE the canned FAIR WEATHER for your>selection...NOT REAL WEATHER. You don't want to miss one>second of the flight path's eye candy. Not one mountain top,>river, stream, lake...not one! FANTASTIC!>>Enjoy!>>Cheers,>>Mitchhello Mitch,would you perhaps suggest season and time of day as well?

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>How did you know! Pict 1 is fsx and pict two is fsx1 :-lolYes, I expect FS11 to look like that. After all, AVSIM is posting the pics, so it must be official or nearly so. If FS11 does not look like that, I will be livid, and I will want the pics taken down right away, and I will trash the whole FS franchise for it, and dwell on it for months and months, and on top of that I'll sue. I'll sue I tell you.RhettFS box: E8500 (@ 3.16 ghz), AC Freezer 7 Pro, ASUS P5E3 Premium, BFG 8800GTX 756 (nVidia 169 WHQL), 4gb DDR3 1600 Patriot Cas7 7-7-7-20 (2T), PC Power 750, WD 150gb 10000rpm Raptor, Seagate 500gb, Silverstone TJ09 case, Vista Ultimate 64ASX Client: AMD 3700+ (@ 2.6 ghz), 7800GT

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Best flight I ever had in real life was Vancouver to Whitehorse in a 737. What a view! In Whitehorse, I went up in a float plane (don't know what kind, I'll have to check my film) over Lake Laberge. Wonderful!That flight from Whitehorse Int. North over the lake is one I do often in FSX.(Thank goodness for UTX and GEX so I can fly a over a lovely virtual Yukon whenever I please.)

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>>..............>>This is most important! USE the canned FAIR WEATHER for>your>>selection...NOT REAL WEATHER. You don't want to miss one>>second of the flight path's eye candy. Not one mountain top,>>river, stream, lake...not one! FANTASTIC!>>>>Enjoy!>>>>Cheers,>>>>Mitch>>hello Mitch,>would you perhaps suggest season and time of day as well?>--------------------------------------------------Well, I took the flight last weekend, so anytime around then for that. If you took the flight around 11:00 AM (your time), it would approximate the scenery and shadows I saw. If you do use the FAIR WEATHER, you get great clouds, that never interfere with the visuals to the ground, just great cloudscape to fly through.I'd imagine this flight path would look superb in sunrise and sunset as well. In fact, I'll repeat the experience. Anytime in the Fall, might also be fabulous!By the way...just before you fly over Calgary...and are near the foot-hills of the Rockies, check out the huge crescent-shaped lake just out and below your left wing...that is Banff's famous Lake Louise! Enjoy.

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