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  1. I included the wrong flight plans for the GTN - users. Please use this link to get the extended version. The arrival airport is not in the GTN database.
  2. We are back in Malaysia, on the Island of Borneo in the province of Sabah. Our departure airport is Kota Kinabalu (WBKK). We head northeast and explore Malaysia‘s highest mountain, Mount Kinabalu. It reaches 13435 feet and can be climbed without any mountaineering equipment. We turn southeast and land at Ranau (WBKR). We continue towards Mount Mantapok and land at Pamaul (WBKP) and continue towards Sandakan (WBKS). Sandakan is the second largest town in the Province of Sabah. Sandakan began to prosper when the British North Borneo Company (BNBC) started to build a new settlement in 1879, developing it into an active commercial and trading center as well as making it the main administrative center for North Borneo. The British also encouraged the migration of the Chinese from British Hong Kong to develop the economy of Sandakan. However, the prosperity halted when the Japanese occupied the area. As the war continued and Allied bombing started in 1944, the town was totally destroyed. Unable to fund the costs of the reconstruction, the administrative powers of North Borneo were handed over to the Crown Colony government. Subsequently, the administrative capital of North Borneo was moved to Jesselton. As part of the 1948–1955 Colonial Office Reconstruction and Development Plan, the crown colony government began to develop the fishing industry in Sandakan. Sandakan is one of the main ports for oil, tobacco, coffee, sago, and timber exports. Other economic activities include fishing, shipbuilding, eco-tourism, and manufacturing. Among the tourist attractions in Sandakan are the Sandakan Heritage Museum, Sandakan Cultural Festival, Sandakan War Memorial, Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary, Turtle Islands National Park, and Gomantong Caves. We continue southeast and land at Tommanggong (WBKM). Here we turn south and then west and reach Lahad Datu (WBKD). On 23 September 1985, 15-20 armed foreign pirates from the neighboring Philippines landed on this town, killing at least 21 people and injuring 11 others. Another standoff occurred in February 2013 and lasted for over a month between Malaysian authorities and the Filipino-based militants of the self-proclaimed "Royal Security Forces of the Sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo" led by Jamalul Kiram III resulted in a Malaysian victory and creation of the Eastern Sabah Security Command and Eastern Sabah Security Zone. The standoff reportedly saw a total of 68 deaths – 56 from the Sulu sultanate, nine from the Malaysian authorities, and six civilians. Before this incursion, the government of Malaysia continued to dutifully pay an annual cession payment amounting to roughly $1,000 to the indirect heirs of the Sultan honoring an 1878 agreement, where North Borneo – today’s Sabah – was conceded by the late Sultan of Sulu to a British company. After the event, the Malaysian government halted the payment. Years later, eight of these Sulu heirs, who insisted they were not involved in the standoff, hired lawyers to pursue legal action based on the original commercial deal. The case is still ongoing. We cross the peninsula and land at Tawau (WBKW). Before the founding of Tawau, the region around it was the subject of dispute between the British and Dutch spheres of influence. In 1893, the first British merchant vessel sailed into Tawau, marking the opening of the town's seaport. In 1898, the British set up a settlement in Tawau. The North Borneo Chartered Company (BNBC) accelerated the growth of the settlement's population by encouraging the immigration of Chinese. Consequent to the Japanese occupation of North Borneo, the Allied forces bombed the town in mid-1944, razing it to the ground. After the Japanese surrender in 1945, 2,900 Japanese soldiers in Tawau became prisoners of war and were transferred to Jesselton. Tawau was rebuilt after the war, and by the end of 1947, the economy was restored to its pre-war status. Tawau was also the main point of conflict during the Indonesia–Malaysia confrontation from 1963 to 1966. During that period, it was garrisoned by the British Special Boat Section, and guarded by Australian Destroyers and combat aircraft. In December 1963, Tawau was bombed twice by Indonesia and shootings occurred across the Tawau-Sebatik Island international border. Indonesians were found trying to poison the town's water supply. In January 1965, a curfew was imposed to prevent Indonesian attackers from contacting Indonesians living in the town. While in June 1965, another attempted invasion by the Indonesian forces was repelled by bombardment by an Australian destroyer. The military conflict finally ended in December 1966. Among the tourist attractions in Tawau are: the Tawau International Cultural Festival, Tawau Bell Tower, Japanese War Cemetery, Confrontation Memorial, Teck Guan Cocoa Museum, Tawau Hills National Park, Bukit Gemok, and Tawau Tanjung Markets. The main economic activities of the town are timber, cocoa, oil palm plantations, and prawn farming. We finish the flight at Old Tawau (WB10). The flight plans are available here. The flight has 277 miles and 6 landings. I will be in the AzurPoly OV-10 Bronco. There is a freeware version of the Bronco available at flightsim.to. Any aircraft capable of cruising at about 200 knots and operating from a 2100-foot runway is suitable. There are 7 downloads available. Some airfields require the Malaysian Airstrip Pack, they are not in the default database. https://flightsim.to/file/28060/wbkk-kkia-kota-kinabalu-international-freeware-edition https://flightsim.to/file/42232/ranau-airstrip https://flightsim.to/file/46596/pamol-airstrip https://flightsim.to/file/6594/malaysia-airfield-pack https://flightsim.to/file/14214/tawau-airport-wbkw https://flightsim.to/file/41520/old-tawau-airport https://flightsim.to/file/13808/sandakan-airport-wbks We try real weather. Please set your simulator for 4 pm local departure. These flights are events posted at DigitalThemePark and use DTP's Teamspeak Channel for communication. If you want to help others enjoy the multiplayer experience, don't forget to enter your aircraft details on the multiplayer spreadsheet (linked here). Please be kind enough to enter the title exactly as it stands in the title=”xxx” line of the aircraft.cfg file. Your courtesy will save others a lot of time and effort. Thanks!
  3. This is part II of our tour around Queensland. We depart from Hope Vale (YHPV) and land again in Cooktown (YCKN), where we finished our first flight. Cooktown is at the mouth of the Endeavour River where James Cook beached his ship, the Endeavour, for repairs in 1770. Both the town and Mount Cook (431 meters or 1,415 feet) which rises up behind the town were named after James Cook. Cooktown is one of the few large towns in the Cape York Peninsula and was founded on 25 October 1873 as a supply port for the goldfields along the Palmer River. The next landing is at Daintree (YCBY) before we reach Cairns International Airport (YBCS). The city was founded in 1876 and named after Sir William Wellington Cairns, following the discovery of gold in the Hodgkinson River. During World War II, the city became a staging ground for the Allied Forces in the Battle of the Coral Sea. By the late 20th century the city had become a center of international tourism. In the early 21st century, it has developed into a major metropolitan city. The economy of Cairns is based primarily on tourism, healthcare, and education, along with a major capacity in aviation, marine, and defense industries. Cairns also has a major cruise ship industry servicing both domestic and international markets, with terminals at Cairns Seaport and Cairns Wharf Complex. The city is a major tourist destination, with access to two UNESCO world heritage sites; the Daintree Rainforest as part of the Wet Tropics of Queensland, and the Great Barrier Reef, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. The city is served by Cairns International Airport, the seventh busiest airport in Australia. After departing Cairns we do some sightseeing of the city and head for Fitzroy Island. As a Queensland National Park, the natural and cultural resources of the Island itself (down to high tide) are protected by the Nature Conservation Act 1992 and much of the island is therefore off-limits to visitors. Most visitors remain on the sheltered western side of the island, where the jetty, resort, and best snorkeling can be found. The Island has also been home to lighthouses warning ships in the Grafton Passage of the reefs around the island, and a small automatic light on Little Fitzroy Island, just off the north-east point, still serves this purpose. An inactive lighthouse sits on the point above and is part of the circuit trail that is open to tourists. We fly across the island and head back to the mainland to land at Tinaroo (YTNA). This airport is not in the MSFS database! From here we head further north and land at Mareeba (YMBA). Upon continuing south we land at Atherton (YATN). Due to its moderate climate, cooler and less humid than the tropical coast, and its booming agricultural industries, Atherton has a busy and prosperous community and a vibrant social and cultural life. Atherton is very attractive to retirees and "tree changers" due to the cool climate, fertile garden soils, housing prices significantly lower than the nearby coastal city of Cairns, and the vibrant cultural life (live music, visual arts, theatre, and sport). The land around Atherton is used to grow a variety of crops, including coffee, sugar cane, peanuts, mangoes, maize (corn), potatoes, avocados, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, and macadamia nuts. Dairy and beef cattle are also reared in the area. The next landing is at Innisfail (YIFL), where we reach the coast again. Innisfail is the largest township of the Cassowary Coast Region and is known for its sugar and banana industries, as well as for being one of Australia's wettest towns. In March 2006, Innisfail gained worldwide attention when Tropical Cyclone Larry passed over, causing extensive damage. We follow the coast and land at Dunk Island (YDKI). The island forms part of the Family Islands National Park and is in the larger Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. The island is surrounded by reefs and has a diverse population of birds. The Bandjin and Djiru peoples once used the island as a source for food. Europeans first settled on the island in 1897. Dunk Island was used by the Royal Australian Air Force during World War II. In recent years the island and its resort facilities have been adversely affected by both Cyclone Larry and Cyclone Yasi. We continue to Ingham (YIGM). From here check our survival gear again and fly to Palm Island (YPAM). This is a locality consisting of an island group of 16 islands. The locality coincides with the geographical entity known as the Palm Island group, also known as the Greater Palm group, originally named the Palm Isles. However, the term "Palm Island" is most often used to refer to the main island, Great Palm Island, the largest island in the group and the only one with a significant population of permanent residents, most of whom are Aboriginal. The island is also known by the name "Bwgcolman", meaning "one people from many groups", derived from an Aboriginal language of one of the earliest groups of Aboriginal people removed from the mainland and settled there from 1918 onwards, during its use as an Aboriginal reserve. After a short stop, we return to the mainland and fly around the Townsville area before finishing the flight at Townsville International (YBTL). Townsville is the largest settlement in North Queensland and Northern Australia (specifically, the parts of Australia north of the Sunshine Coast). It is unofficially considered the capital of North Queensland. Townsville hosts a significant number of governmental, community, and major business administrative offices for the northern half of the state. The city is also a major industrial center, home to one of the world's largest zinc refineries, a nickel refinery, and many other similar activities. As of December 2020, $30M operations to expand the Port of Townsville are underway, which involve channel widening and installation of a 70-tonne Liebherr Super Post Panamax Ship-to-Shore crane, to allow much larger cargo and passenger ships to utilize the port. It is an increasingly important port due to its proximity to Asia and major trading partners such as China. Dominant sectors of its diverse economy include defense, administration, health and education, manufacturing, energy, transport, and logistics. The city is a national hub for renewable energy, in green hydrogen and polysilicon, as well as the center of CopperString 2032 Australia's largest renewable transmission project. Townsville is Australia's 'fortress city', home to a large part of the strategic capability of the ADF, offering essential services including maintenance and supply chains including one of the largest military bases in Australia as well as a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) base that can accommodate most military aircraft in service. Townsville is the industrial heart of northern Australia, served by Townsville Airport and the Port of Townsville, the largest general freight and container port in northern Australia. Popular attractions include "The Strand", a long tropical beach and garden strip; Riverway, a riverfront parkland attraction located on the banks of Ross River; Reef HQ, a large tropical aquarium holding many of the Great Barrier Reef's native flora and fauna; the Museum of Tropical Queensland, built around a display of relics from the sunken British warship HMS Pandora; Castle Hill or as it was originally known Cootharinga, the most prominent landmark of the area and a popular place for exercise; The Townsville Sports Reserve; and Magnetic Island, a large neighboring island, the vast majority of which is a national park. The flight plans can be found here. The flight has 387 miles and 10 landings. Since the C208 Caravan is widely used in this area, I will fly one today, with the SkyTrans Airline livery. Please fly what you like. There are 12 addons available: https://flightsim.to/file/28622/yhpv-hope-vale-airport https://flightsim.to/file/31874/cairns-international-ybcs-queensland-tag21 https://flightsim.to/file/15196/fitzroy-island-yfzi https://flightsim.to/file/27186/tinaroo-ytna https://flightsim.to/file/13053/atherton-yatn https://flightsim.to/file/31494/innisfail-yifl https://flightsim.to/file/51112/dunk-island-ydki https://flightsim.to/file/30882/ingham-yigm https://flightsim.to/file/18745/ypam-palm-island-redo https://flightsim.to/file/16339/raaf-townsville-airbase-ybtl-queensland-australia https://flightsim.to/file/28446/ybse-bluewater-airport https://flightsim.to/file/27430/townsville-cleanup Cairns and Cairns Landmarks as well as Townsville Landmarks are also available as payware via ORBX. We try real weather. Please set your simulator for a 2 pm local departure. Multiplayer Particulars Date and time: Saturday, July 13, 2024 Wednesday July 10 2024. 1800 UTC RTWR Multiplayer Discord Channel Microsoft Flight Simulator Multiplayer: United States East server. If you want to help others enjoy the multiplayer experience, don't forget to enter your aircraft details on the multiplayer spreadsheet (linked here). Please be kind enough to enter the title exactly as it stands in the title=”xxx” line of the aircraft.cfg file. Your courtesy will save others a lot of time and effort. Thanks!
  4. No luck here (Germany). I can sign in the X-Box App but the simulator insists that I don't own the game. It is listed in the Microsoft Store correctly but that doesn't help. Edit: When starting the Sim from the Store it works, othwerwise not. Go figure...
  5. MSFS City Update 06 We will visit those cities that were covered with the City Update 06. They are all in the southwest of Germany (and one is in France). We depart from Weinheim (EDGZ) and take a look at the first City, Mannheim. We land at Mannheim City Airport ( EDFM) and continue to the second city, Heidelberg with its famous castle. We land at Heidelberg AAF (ETIE). From here we head southeast and make a short stop at Sinsheim (ED94). Further southeast we reach the River Neckar and turn south. We land at Pattonville (EDTQ) and after departure, we reach the Stuttgart area. We overfly the third city, Esslingen, and reach the fourth updated city, Stuttgart. We land at Stuttgart International (EDDS). Now we head back west and land at Malmsheim (ED85) before we reach the River Nagold where we turn north. We cross the Black Forrest westbound and reach the fifth city, Karlsruhe. Here we turn south and land at Forchheim (EDTK). We follow the River Rhein until we arrive at the next two cities, Kehl and Straßbourg. After crossing the border to France we make a stop at Enzheim (LFST) and continue east, back to Germany. We cross the Black Forrest again and land at Winzeln-Schramberg (EDTW). Heading southeast we land at Neuhausen Ob Eck (EDSN) and arrive at Lake Konstanz. We follow the northern shore of the Lake and finish the flight at Friedrichshafen (EDNY), an ASOBO-updated airport. The flight has 257 miles and 10 landings. I will be in the Cessna 414, as always, please fly what you like. The flight plans are available here. There are six addons available: https://flightsim.to/file/3829/heidelberg-army-airfield-etie https://flightsim.to/file/41334/airfield-malmsheim https://flightsim.to/file/43105/edtk-rheinstetten-forchheim https://flightsim.to/file/25222/edtw-flugplatz-winzeln-schramberg-schramberg-germany-upgrade https://flightsim.to/file/57530/edtq-pattonville-christoph-51-medical-helicopter-base https://flightsim.to/file/28603/edfm-airport-mannheim-city We try real weather. Please set your simulator for a 12:00 local time departure. These flights are events posted at DigitalThemePark and use DTP's Teamspeak Channel for communication. If you want to help others enjoy the multiplayer experience, don't forget to enter your aircraft details on the multiplayer spreadsheet (linked here). Please be kind enough to enter the title exactly as it stands in the title=”xxx” line of the aircraft.cfg file. Your courtesy will save others a lot of time and effort. Thanks!
  6. We start a series of flights in Queensland, Australia. For this first flight, we depart from the far north of Queensland, the Northern Peninsula Airport (YNPE). We head south across the Jardine River National Park and reach Heathlands Airport (YHTL). Now we head to the coast and arrive at Hicks Island (YHKI). From the Real Estate Ads one can assume that this is an expensive place! After a short look around we leave and fly back to the mainland to land at Wattle Hills Airport (YWAT). After departure, we cross some hills and arrive at the Aboriginal Community of Lockhart River (YLHR). We head southwest and get further to the heart of Queensland. We land at Archer River (YARC). I assume that all 27 inhabitants of the settlement will come to the airport to greet us. We follow the Australian Highway 81 and land at Coen (YCOE) and shortly afterward at Coen Town (YCTP). Further down Highway 81 we reach Yarraden (YYDN) and another 31 miles down the highway we reach Musgrave Airport (YMGV). Now we head east and arrive at Lakefield Airport (YLFD) in the Rinyirru National Park. Check your fuel and your life west as we head to the coast and further over open water to land at Lizard Island (YLZI). Since 1939 all islands in this group are National Parks. We return to the mainland and overfly the port of Cape Flattery before we land at the airport (YCFL). Cape Flattery is the location of the world's biggest silica mine. The mine was established in 1967 and was severely damaged by Cyclone Ita in 2014. The cape's local port is used for the shipping of silica sand from a local subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corporation, and exports the most silica sand internationally, with 1.7 million tonnes exported alone in 2007–08. Now we follow the coast and land at Hope Vale (YHPV) and Cooktown (YCKN). Cooktown is at the mouth of the Endeavour River where James Cook beached his ship, the Endeavour, for repairs in 1770. Both the town and Mount Cook (431 meters or 1,415 feet) which rises up behind the town were named after James Cook. Cooktown is one of the few large towns in the Cape York Peninsula and was founded on 25 October 1873 as a supply port for the goldfields along the Palmer River. The next landing is at Daintree (YCBY) before we reach Cairns International Airport (YBCS). The city was founded in 1876 and named after Sir William Wellington Cairns, following the discovery of gold in the Hodgkinson River. During World War II, the city became a staging ground for the Allied Forces in the Battle of the Coral Sea. By the late 20th century the city had become a center of international tourism. In the early 21st century, it has developed into a major metropolitan city. The economy of Cairns is based primarily on tourism, healthcare, and education, along with a major capacity in aviation, marine, and defense industries. Cairns also has a major cruise ship industry servicing both domestic and international markets, with terminals at Cairns Seaport and Cairns Wharf Complex. Cairns is a major tourist destination, with access to two UNESCO world heritage sites; the Daintree Rainforest as part of the Wet Tropics of Queensland, and the Great Barrier Reef, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. The city is served by Cairns International Airport, the seventh busiest airport in Australia. Parking is rather expensive here so we depart and finish the flight at Mareeba (YMBA), about 22 miles west. The flight plans are available here. The flight has 577 miles, so we want to travel fast. I will be in the IRIS PC-21 (which offers a moving map when flying in Australia) in this AAF livery. Any other plane capable of cruising at about 250 knots is suitable. As always, please fly what you like. There are 8 addons available: https://flightsim.to/file/43981/lizard-island-ylzi https://flightsim.to/file/45533/ycfl-cape-flattery-airport https://flightsim.to/file/12116/cooktown-yckn-airport https://flightsim.to/file/14016/mareeba-ymba https://flightsim.to/file/27241/ycoe-coen https://flightsim.to/file/46832/ywat-wattle-hills-airport https://flightsim.to/file/45136/hicks-island-yhki https://flightsim.to/file/36221/ynpe-northern-peninsula-bamaga-airport We try real weather. Please set your sim for an 08:30 local departure. Multiplayer Particulars Date and time: Saturday, July 6, 2024. 1800 UTC RTWR Multiplayer Discord Channel Microsoft Flight Simulator Multiplayer: United States East server. If you want to help others enjoy the multiplayer experience, don't forget to enter your aircraft details on the multiplayer spreadsheet (linked here). Please be kind enough to enter the title exactly as it stands in the title=”xxx” line of the aircraft.cfg file. Your courtesy will save others a lot of time and effort. Thanks!
  7. Did anyone try this mod for the Cirrus: Asobo SR22T Realism Mod for Microsoft Flight Simulator | MSFS ?
  8. We visit the Province of Palawan, an archipelagic province of the Philippines. It is the largest province in the country in terms of total area of 14,649.73 km2 (5,656.29 sq mi). The capital and largest city is Puerto Princesa. Palawan is known as the Philippines' Last Frontier and as the Philippines' Best Island. We depart from Rio Tuba Airport (RPRI). We overfly the Rio Tuba mine, a large nickel mine run by Nickel Asia Corporation. Rio Tuba represents one of the largest nickel reserves in the Philippines having an estimated reserve of 60.2 million tonnes (59,200,000 long tons; 66,400,000 short tons) of ore grading 1.27% nickel. The 60.2 million tonnes of ore contains 764,000 tonnes tonnes of nickel metal. Production started in 1969. We head towards the west coast of the island and land at Tagbita (RPTI) and Tarumpitao Point (RPTP). On the way, we can see Mount Mantalingahan to the east. It is the highest mountain of the Beaufort Mountains, with an elevation of 6,844 ft (2,086 m) above sea level. Our next stop is Puerto Princesa (RPVP). According to the 2020 census, it has a population of 307,079 people. Though the seat of government and capital for the province, the city itself is one of 38 independent cities within the Philippines not controlled by the province in which it is geographically located and is therefore an independent area located within Palawan. It is the least densely populated city in the Philippines with 110 inhabitants per square kilometer (280 inhabitants/sq mi). In terms of land area, the city is the second largest geographically after Davao City with an area of 2,381.02 square kilometers (919.32 sq mi). Puerto Princesa is the location of the Philippines' Western Command headquarters. Today, Puerto Princesa is a tourist city with many beach resorts and seafood restaurants. It has been acclaimed several times as the cleanest and greenest city in the Philippines. We head north and reach San Vicente (RPSV). Its 14.7 kilometers (9.1 mi) of beachfront, popularly called the Long Beach, is being converted into an emerging tourist destination that will be the beneficiary of government spending on infrastructure. Long Beach has two rocky cliffs interrupting the continuous expanse of approximately 14.7 kilometers of sugary white sand beach dividing it into three coves. It is the longest white sand beach in the Philippines and is the First Flagship Tourism Enterprise Zone of the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA). Long Beach spans the coastline of four barangays namely Poblacion, New Agutaya, San Isidro, and Alimanguan. Further north we overfly Cadlao Island and some of the famous beaches to finish the flight at El Nido (RPEN). The town is known for its white-sand beaches, coral reefs, and limestone cliffs, as well as for being the gateway to the Bacuit archipelago. The flight plans are available here. Please note, that most airports are not in the GTN database. Therefore, the GTN flight plan departs from WBKT and finishes RPLO! The flight has 220 miles and 4 landings. I will be in the PC-12, please fly what you like. We have 4 additional sceneries available: https://flightsim.to/file/14507/rio-tuba-rpri https://flightsim.to/file/14259/puerto-princesa-international-airport-rpvp https://flightsim.to/file/21381/san-vicente-airport-rpsv https://flightsim.to/file/56711/lio-airport-el-nido We try real weather. Please set your simulator for a 3:30 pm departure. These flights are events posted at DigitalThemePark and use DTP's Teamspeak Channel for communication. If you want to help others enjoy the multiplayer experience, don't forget to enter your aircraft details on the multiplayer spreadsheet (linked here). Please be kind enough to enter the title exactly as it stands in the title=”xxx” line of the aircraft.cfg file. Your courtesy will save others a lot of time and effort. Thanks!
  9. A note regarding the addon scenery: I included Zagorje (LJZA) in the package. It conflicts with the ASOBO enhanced airfield LJZA. I recommend not to install the freeware addon. I also makes take-off and landing there a little bit easier....
  10. We are back in the southeastern part of Europe and ready to see some more castles. We depart from Grobnicko Polje (LDRD), Croatia. Our first POI is Kostel Castle in Slovenia. During the 15th and 16th centuries, the castle was an important strategic fortification against Ottoman invasions. With many of the countries of southeastern Europe occupied by or paying tribute to the Ottoman Empire, Slovenia became exposed to further Ottoman inroads into Europe. The castle, standing along one of the Ottomans' common incursion routes into Slovenia, came under attack several times. Only in 1578 did the castle fall, when the garrison accepted supposed refugees from the Ottomans, but these opened the door that night to the Ottoman forces, who killed and captured the inhabitants of the castle and its village and the surrounding region. The depopulated area was then settled by numerous irregular soldiers of the Habsburg Empire. We land at Prilozje-Metlica (LJCR). From here we turn southeast and reach Dubovac Castle, Croatia. The Dubovac Castle overlooks the Croatian city of Karlovac. Its square tower was probably built during the 13th century. In the 15th century, the castle was rebuilt in Renaissance style. In 1837, the castle was rebuilt in the spirit of romanticism. Today it houses a museum. We head north and land at Pleso (LDZA), Zagrebs international airport. Zagreb is Croatia’s Capital city. Zagreb has a rich history, but the city was destroyed several times by earthquakes. We overfly the city with the Stadium and the St. Marks Church and land at Lucko (LDZL). We turn west and visit Otocec Castle. It is a castle hotel on a small island in the middle of the Krka River in Otočec, Slovenia. It is the only water castle in Slovenia. The name Otočec means 'small island'. The town of Otočec was renamed in 1952 by the communist government from the religious name Sveti Peter 'Saint Peter' to Otočec, and the castle itself was renamed from its former German name Werth to Otočec. Of the 30 small islets in the Krka River in this area, Otočec Castle is on the largest island, which was formed by cutting a southern channel around the castle, to form a moat around it. The island is linked to both banks of the river by two wooden bridges (one northern bridge and one southern bridge), so that one can drive from either the north side or the south side, straight through the islet, to the opposite side of the river. Otočec Castle has now been converted into a small luxury hotel, and it also has a world-class restaurant on–site. Bradt Travel Guides calls it "one of the most famous hotels in Slovenia." We land at Novo Mesto (LJNM) head for Žužemberk Castle. During the Second World War, Italian troops were stationed at the castle and guerrillas set it on fire. Partisan forces burned the school, courthouse, and health center in Žužemberk on July 26, 1943. In February 1945, as a Home Guard stronghold, Žužemberk was attacked by SAAF rocket attacks. The castle was heavily damaged but not destroyed (as the church was), and restoration work began in the 1960s. We head north and land at Letalisce Zagorje (LJZA). Again we head east and reach Castle Sevnica. Like many other castles in Slovenia, Sevnica Castle was nationalized after the war, and the precious furniture, which remained untouched until then, vanished. Poor families without apartments of their own were accommodated in the castle and they contributed to the ruination of its property. The park was in a state of total neglect and nobody cared about the vineyard anymore, so even the wine cellar beside Lutheran Cellar was not needed and was removed. The attitudes towards this kind of legacy slowly changed in the sixties. The poor families were gradually removed from the castle and it began receiving new contents. The consciousness about the importance of Lutheran Cellar was also awakening and its frescos, depicting motifs from the Bible, were between 1963 and 1973 restored. At about the same time, Baroque fresco paintings depicting gallant motifs of four seasons were discovered in the southeast tower of the castle. Slovenian art historian Ivan Komelj has dated them to the 17th century. They were restored between 1977 and 1979. Sevnica Castle and the Lutheran Cellar have thus become an important center of culture and the main tourist attraction of Sevnica. Only six miles further on the northern shore of the Sava River is Rajenburg Castle. We land at Imeno Field (LJPD) and continue northeast to visit Veliki Tabor Castle, Croatia. It is a castle and museum in northwest Croatia, dating from the middle of the 15th century. The castle's present appearance dates back to the 16th century. About 14 miles further northeast we reach the last POI for this flight, Trakošćan Castle. It was built in the 13th century and changed owners several times. In the second half of the 18th century, when the building of manors was flourishing, Trakošćan was abandoned. Neglected, it fell quickly into dilapidation. It was only towards the middle of the 19th century that the family became interested once again in its estate, in the Romanticist spirit of return to nature and family traditions. In this spirit, the deputy marshal Juraj V. Drašković turned the castle into a residential manor-house, while the surrounding park was turned into Romanticist pleasure grounds. The generations that followed were staying at the castle from time to time until 1944 when they were forced to emigrate to Austria. Soon after that, the castle became nationalized. The Museum with collections on permanent display was established in 1953. The castle is today owned by the Republic of Croatia. The castle itself reveals different phases of the building. For several centuries, it used to be a fortification, so the reconstructions undertaken during that period were functional rather than aesthetic. The facility's essential core is a Romanesque fortification consisting of a housing unit, a small fortified yard, and a massive high tower. The fortification's good location and its observation tower made it safe and easy to defend. We finish the flight at Ptuj (LJPT). The flight plans are available here. The flight has 200 miles and 6 landings. The shortest runway has about 1400 feet. I will probably be in the A2A Comanche. As always, please fly what you like. There are 7 add-ons available at flightsim.to: https://flightsim.to/file/14596/ldrg-grobnik-airfield https://flightsim.to/file/35037/ljcr-metlika-airfield-slovenia https://flightsim.to/file/46990/ldza-zagreb-franjo-tuman-airport https://flightsim.to/file/29886/ljnm-novo-mesto-airfield-slovenia https://flightsim.to/file/4091/zagorje-airfield https://flightsim.to/file/59075/ljpt-ptuj-airfield-slovenia-aeroklub-ptuj https://flightsim.to/file/31364/ldzl-luko-airfield For a limited time, the package is available here. Zagreb is available also as payware from Aerosoft. We try real weather. Please set your simulator for a 2 PM departure. These flights are events posted at DigitalThemePark and use DTP's Teamspeak Channel for communication. If you want to help others enjoy the multiplayer experience, don't forget to enter your aircraft details on the multiplayer spreadsheet (linked here). Please be kind enough to enter the title exactly as it stands in the title=”xxx” line of the aircraft.cfg file. Your courtesy will save others a lot of time and effort. Thanks!
  11. We fly along the Taiwan Strait with landings in China and Taiwan. Our departure airport is Baiyun (ZGGG), which serves the Guangzhou area. Guangzhou, formerly known as Canton, is the capital and largest city of Guangdong province in southern China. Situated on the Pearl River, approximately 120 km (75 mi) north-northwest of Hong Kong and 145 km (90 mi) north of Macau, Guangzhou boasts a rich history spanning over 2,200 years. It was a significant terminus of the Silk Road. The port of Guangzhou plays a crucial role as a transportation hub, and the city ranks among China’s three largest cities. Historically, it was the primary Chinese port accessible to most foreign traders. However, after the First Opium War, Guangzhou lost its monopoly status due to British capture and subsequent competition from other ports like Hong Kong and Shanghai. Despite this, it remains a major entrepôt. With a substantial urban population and bustling port traffic, Guangzhou qualifies as a large port megacity—the largest type of port city globally. The Treaty of Nanking, signed after the Second Battle of Chuenpi in 1841, ceded Hong Kong to the United Kingdom, marking a pivotal moment in the city’s history. Guangzhou lies at the heart of the Guangdong–Hong Kong–Macau Greater Bay Area, the most densely populated metropolitan region globally. Heading south, we land at Hong Kong International Airport (VHHH). Hong Kong, a special administrative region of the People’s Republic of China, covers a 1,104-square-kilometer (426 sq mi) territory. It is home to 7.4 million residents of diverse nationalities. The colony faced an uncertain future as the New Territories lease approached its end. In 1979, Governor Murray MacLehose engaged in diplomatic negotiations with China, raising the question of Hong Kong’s status. The outcome was the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration, in which the United Kingdom agreed to hand over the colony to China in 1997. In return, China guaranteed Hong Kong’s economic and political systems for 50 years post-handover. However, this impending transition triggered a wave of mass emigration. Residents feared an erosion of civil rights, the rule of law, and their overall quality of life. Between 1987 and 1996, over half a million people left the territory. During the final years of colonial rule, the Legislative Council transformed into a fully elected legislature in 1995. It significantly expanded its functions and organizations. Then, at midnight on July 1, 1997, after 156 years of British rule, Hong Kong officially returned to Chinese sovereignty. However, the handover was not without challenges. Hong Kong faced several crises immediately afterward. Our next stop is Jieyang (ZGOW), and from there, we’ll proceed to the Gaoqi Airport (ZSAM) in Xiamen. Xiamen Island boasts a major international seaport—the Port of Xiamen. As a well-developed first-class trunk line port in the Asia-Pacific region, it ranks as the 7th-largest container port in China and the 13th-largest globally. Notably, it can handle 6th-generation large container ships. On August 31, 2010, Xiamen Port incorporated the neighboring Zhangzhou Port, forming a significant maritime hub in the region. Ever since the 12th century, Xiamen has played a significant role as an origin for migrants heading to Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines. The overseas Chinese community actively supported Xiamen’s educational and cultural institutions. Just 14 miles southeast lie the Kinmen Islands, which are governed as a county by the Republic of China (Taiwan). These islands are situated 187 km (116 mi) west of Taiwan’s closest shoreline across the Taiwan Strait. The county comprises the major island of Kinmen, along with several surrounding islets. Additionally, Wuqiu Township is located remotely, 133 km (83 mi) northeast of the rest of the county. Kinmen’s strategic position in the Taiwan Strait has led to numerous confrontations, making it a visible symbol of political shifts in Cross-Strait relations. During the Second Taiwan Strait Crisis in August 1958, Kinmen experienced heavy bombardment by the People’s Liberation Army. However, travel restrictions between Kinmen and the main island of Taiwan were lifted in 1994 following the end of a decades-long military administration over Kinmen. In January 2001, a direct ferry route connecting Kinmen and Xiamen was inaugurated, marking a significant milestone known as the Three Links. The territorial claims surrounding Kinmen remain complex. The People’s Republic of China (PRC) considers Kinmen part of its own Fujian Province and views Wuqiu as a separate territory within Fujian, distinct from Kinmen itself. Conversely, the Republic of China (ROC) claims the Dadeng Islands (Tateng) as part of Kinmen, even though the PRC has effectively transferred jurisdiction of those islands to Xiamen. Our next landing takes us to the only airport on the Kinmen Islands (RCBS). Continuing northward, 25 miles away, we reach Jinjiang (ZSQZ). From there, we follow the coast northeast to Fuzhou’s Changle Airport (ZSFZ). Fuzhou has experienced rapid development under the reform and opening policy since the late 1970s. Notably, in 1982, Fuzhou became the first city in China to introduce stored program control—a milestone in the country’s telecommunications history. Subsequently, in 1984, Fuzhou was chosen as the site for China’s first digital telephone exchange. We turn northeast and reach the Matsu Islands. These islands are an archipelago of 36 islands and islets in the East China Sea governed by the Republic of China (Taiwan), situated alongside the southeastern coast of mainland China. The archipelago forms the smallest county in the ROC-controlled territories by area and population, as well as one of two counties that is a part of the nominal Fuchien Province. The current Lienchiang County of the ROC was once part of an intact Lienchiang County of Fujian before its effective partition in 1949 following the Chinese Civil War, which resulted in the mainland portion of the county being controlled by the People's Republic of China (PRC), while the offshore islands of Matsu remained under ROC control. The circumstance has made the county the only former geographical unit with the same name which is now divided between the administrations of the ROC and the PRC. There is a long and interesting article about the history of the islands available on Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matsu_Islands. We overfly the islands, make a low approach over the Beigan Airport (RCMT, which has elevation issues), and finish the flight at the Nangan Airport (RCFG). The flight plans are available here. The flight has 500 miles and 7 landings. We want to be fast, cruising at about 350 knots. Any subsonic jet, a warbird, or a business jet would be possible. I will probably be in the IFE Tornado. As always, please fly what you like. There are 8 freeware add-ons available: https://flightsim.to/file/61369/hong-kong-international-airport-vhhh https://flightsim.to/file/58094/zsam-china-xiamengaoqiairport https://flightsim.to/file/57080/zgow-china-jieyangchaoshanairport https://flightsim.to/file/4331/rcbs-kinmen-airport-taiwan https://flightsim.to/file/70777/zsqz-quanzhoujinjiang-international-airport https://flightsim.to/file/55750/zsfz-china-fuzhouchangleairport https://flightsim.to/file/4154/rcfg-nangan-airport-matsu-taiwan https://flightsim.to/file/15585/rcmt-beigan-airport-matsu-taiwan (just a low pass) The airports of ZGGG, VHHH and ZSAM are available as payware at ORBX. We try real weather. Please set your simulator for a 10:00 am departure. These flights are events posted at DigitalThemePark and use DTP's Teamspeak Channel for communication. If you want to help others enjoy the multiplayer experience, don't forget to enter your aircraft details on the multiplayer spreadsheet (linked here). Please be kind enough to enter the title exactly as it stands in the title=”xxx” line of the aircraft.cfg file. Your courtesy will save others a lot of time and effort. Thanks!
  12. There was an error in the flight plans. I changed the link in the post above and inklude here also. If you downloaded the flight plans before May 2, please download it again. Sorry for the inconveniance.
  13. We fly around Montenegro with a short stop in Croatia. We depart from Montenegro’s capital city Podgorica (LYPG). During the existence of the state of Yugoslavia, the town was named Titograd. On April 2, 1992, it was named Podgorica again. Since 2006 it has been the capital city of the new state of Montenegro. We head now into the mountains and land at Dolac (LYBR). From here we head northwest for a long scenic flight through the mountains. A highlight of this trip is the Tara Canyon. This canyon is the longest canyon in Europe and the third longest in the world. We make a detour to overfly the Tjentiste War Memorial and land at Kapino (LYNK). Next, we overfly the Hercegovačka Gračanica Monastery and land at Dubrovnik (LDDU), Croatia. We depart, follow the road and finish the flight at Tivat (LYTV), Montenegro. The flight plans are here. The flight has 207 miles and 3 landings. Any GA plane will be suitable. I will be in the A2A Comanche. Please fly what you like. There are 3 addons available: https://flightsim.to/file/70449/lybr-dolac-berane https://flightsim.to/file/69062/lynk-niki-airport https://flightsim.to/file/52070/lddu-dubrovnik-airport Podgorica and Tivat are available as payware from ORBX. We try real weather. Please set your simulator for an 11:00 am departure. These flights are events posted at DigitalThemePark and use DTP's Teamspeak Channel for communication. If you want to help others enjoy the multiplayer experience, don't forget to enter your aircraft details on the multiplayer spreadsheet (linked here). Please be kind enough to enter the title exactly as it stands in the title=”xxx” line of the aircraft.cfg file. Your courtesy will save others a lot of time and effort. Thanks!
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