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  1. Over the Napa Valley and the SF Bay, and over Arizona, out of Stellar Airpark in the Chandler Metro Area towards Casa Grande... John
  2. Three legendary aircraft, the Citation, the Enstrom copter, and the Cessna 170 lastly shown flying over Roanoke VA..... I love the Manhattan flyover every time I do it, reminds me of my one and only visit in '99 when I was working at JFK airport installing and teaching business systems at the then JFK Hilton. On one day off, me and my business colleagues took a taxi to Manhattan, splitting the cost. Then we went to the Art Museum on central park. They wanted to go bar hopping, I wanted to visit the World Trade Center (little did I know back then its fate). I got to stand atop the WTC, on a wildly windy and clear day, I could see to JFK, to Connecticut, to Jersey, all over the place on that December day in '99. The outdoor observation deck was a gathering of nations, accents from all over the place surrounded me, I took a snapshot of a British family and they returned the favor taking my snapshot, although I hated the pic with my freezing red face from the wind chill, and my wind blown hair. I was a nervous Nellie as I descended into the WTC's subterranean Mall to catch the "A" train back towards JFK, though it did not go all the way. I had thought of all the iconic subway movies, including the seldom remembered movie of the week "Short Walk to Daylight", about an earthquake hitting Manhattan. But I made it back to the hotel I was working at (where I met Alan Alda, he stayed there, along with the Jet Blue trainees). I did not bug Alan Alda but enjoyed listening to him talking as he ate dinner near me, I moreover enjoyed the friendship of the Jet Blue Trainees--the airline was just getting ready to launch. We'd drink together, laugh together, they knew I was a frequent flyer and aviation buff. The pilots mingled easily and non arrogantly with the rest of the flight crew trainees. I knew from their vibe and warm companionship, because they knew my two colleagues had to go home to prepare for a Y2K conversion since the Hilton paid for me to spend additional training time there, that their airline launch would be a great success. And I am so so glad they saved the TWA terminal which I had gone thru on a couple of trips to Europe, it was so beautifully designed. A week later I was on the opposite coast with just a Christmas day stopover to visit my wife and newborn daughter in Phoenix. I did the Y2K conversion of a Best Western in Seattle (although I had proven during testing of the system I replaced that it was Y2K compliant, but we wanted our clients to be on Windows based systems back then). It was the Y2K conversions that trained me to be a Windows LAN/WAN installer, which helped my later career when I wanted less travel, since I could travel 40-45 weeks out of the year from 93 to early 2000. My daughter as she approached eighteen got to go atop the new WTC, I remember the early designs for it and I like the design that resulted from the architectural studies, especially because upper Manhattan now has tall towers, the new WTC has not been out landmarked by them, even though they are taller. John
  3. The first real aircraft I was ever given control to fly was a Cessna 170 that looked much like this one, I was close friends with the famed Napa aerial photographer, William Garnett, in the mid 80's (he passed away in the early 2000's but he is up there with Tom Allensworth). It was a rare honor the veteran Napa FBO pilots told me to even fly in his Cessna 170 as a passenger, let alone fly it behind the yoke. The last pic was a pic I took in Bill's honor, and gave to him for his kindness. John https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Garnett_(photographer)
  4. Mooney Ovation, a great piston single and classic, fast and economical aircraft, fun to fly with RealityXP installed in Xplane11. It has bags of power, a little fighter in disguise for us piston speed demons. Next up will be P3D's ATR 42 500. John
  5. Wonderful pair of airports, from Torrey Utah up to Provo, for great VFR scenery at 12,000 feet over the canyonlands and mountains of Utah... My photoscenery has autogen overlays to add depth and interest... John
  6. Just enjoying "the personal Cessna Airliner" that all piston oriented pilots dream about getting in real life, so they can fly in the flight levels and listen to the lovely hum of piston engines in flight. Also posting because someone asked about this aircraft in Hangar Chat, thought I would help him review the AC... JC
  7. I love the Alabeo 421C, like the Duke, such a nice twin, so clean looking in the air, and such a capable mid range piston for fuel efficient flights. I love the Alabeo sounds for this aircraft too, the nice rich hum, I have flown in an unpressurized twin Cessna in real life and the sounds are very close from an inside the cabin perspective, at least from my memory since the flight was almost 30 years ago over Venezuela and its tropical rainforests into Canaima. The big lake is Napa County's well known Lake Berryessa, which for the first time in many years went completely full I was told by one of my friends still living in the valley where I was raised. I have biked from the city of Napa to Lake Berryessa, quite a challenge on a 12 speed bike and not recommended for the shy, since the ascent from the Lake over the pass down into Napa is a challenge with almost no shoulder, then 40-45 mph speeds passing up cars descending down into Napa on a steep grade by the Silverado Golf Course, where Johnny Miller used to play when I lived there in the 70's, it is home to a PGA tournament. John
  8. MSE's photo scenery graces the Piper Sport shots, I love the new nighttime textures in the P3D4.5 release, shown off with the Shorts out of Dulles flying up the BOS-Wash metroplex. It makes night flying more realistic, with more distant lights fading into the haze at whatever vis one chooses to set... John
  9. Citation out of JFK, Conquest out of Yuma, Arizona John
  10. Simheaven's forests add free depth and dimension to already great autogen in Xplane11.34. Out of Valdez Alaska, rarely shared here in the screenshots forum with Alabeo's beautiful Cardinal, which I still think looks contemporary 50 years after its birth into the General Aviation world. John
  11. I enjoyed a long and relaxing realtime flight from Catalina to Phoenix today. Had something odd happen though, I noticed my two compass gauges did not agree, so the gps guided me in the wrong direction. I do not know how I did that to Xplane11 but I will have to make a preflight check, to make sure they agree, leaning to the magnetic compass. Edit: I forgot to mention, my Catalina airport, and Sky Harbor Airport, are among the several airports I have from MisterX6. I have his LAX, SAN, SNA and a couple of other scenery gems from him as well. His airports have better performance, at greater detail, than the Xplane11 defaults. John
  12. Some photoreal, some not, all spectrum's of the flight envelope..... John
  13. Enjoying my RealityXP integration into Alabeo's Cardinal for Xplane11. Flying out of Napa to Santa Rosa, a real life flight I took in my friend's rented 182, Tim Hurley, and Mike McKeowen, both pilots, back in the mid 80's. We then took off from Santa Rosa, cruised south to Point Reyes then South/Southeast over the Golden Gate Bridge, then east to Concord's Buchannan Field where we ate lunch at the Nugget Restaurant. Then we flew back home. I subsidized the flight with about $40.00 to help pay for the aircraft rental, we otherwise went Dutch on lunch. We flew quite often, every few weekends for a few years, or my friend Mike and I would ride our bicycles to Calistoga and share a glider ride (they subsequently closed down Calistoga's gliderport though it still can be flown out of in Xplane11). Calistoga's gliderport was the Napa Valley's Meigs field for gliders, many of its gliders were known for climbing to FL250 over Mt. St. Helena when the winds were just right, we would see Lenticular clouds develop and know the gliders were up there. I only went up on days where ridge lift was strong, our tow plane would release us at 2000 feet and we often climbed to near 4000 feet before the pilot would terminate the half hour ride for the next set of tourists. My last glider flight was in a two place Grob, I sat up front, and what I remember from that flight is another Grob joined us and we flew in tandem, it was so beautiful, last shot of this series is from that flight in 1987.... John
  14. Alabeo's wonderful Cardinal with great avionics, an autopilot (for Xplane11) and the late afternoon light playing on the Nevada high desert. John
  15. I did not see a forum for X-Plane and this aircraft so apologies for putting it here... Not sure this topic was already covered elsewhere, but when flying the Alabeo Piper Chieftain in X-Plane 11, every time I am ready to touch-down on a runway, the aircraft veers left and crashes off the runway. I have tried this at different airports and the same thing happens. Final approach is right on and speed and config just fine during the entire approach. But, when I begin to flare, the aircraft just wants to go off to the left and cartwheel into the grass. I have no problem with this flying the Carenado Navajo or any other Alabeo airplanes. Since the Chieftain is designed for both XPlane 10 and XPlane 11, I am wondering if there is something in the coding causing this. Anyone else have a similar issue and discovered the cure? Thanks! Denny Knepper Newville, Pennsylvania USA
  16. Alabeo's Cardinal attempting to summit the Alps on a trip to Italy, passing the mighty Matterhorn and Gornergrat, with Switzerland's highest peaks on display... John
  17. When I flew FS2 so many years ago, way back in 1984 on my Commodore SX-64, I would always enjoy flying from either Meigs, O'hare or Midway down to Champagne-Urbana. In real life, in 2000, I flew from St. Louis to Champagne once on a business trip. I was not looking forward to it, my clients were angry with my employer for poor training and I was sent down at my employer's cost to retrain them. When I got there, they said they had decided they might sell their hotel, they did just not know how to run what they had just purchased. But they were kind to me, they knew I was in the hot seat, and I spent the next week teaching them how to run a hotel, and also I had to inform them I discovered one of their employees was stealing from them, something I had to be sure of before I informed them, so I informed my employer first and told them I had no choice but to inform the client. I knew the employee could not be arrested, my client confronted the employee with what I had discovered and the employee agreed to resign with some dignity and with out a record of a felony. I had done my best, and my client decided to keep their hotel now that they knew the hole where they were losing money was fixed and they later became a job reference for a great job I had for five years, such is my fond memory of Champagne, the sim that made it famous, and my real life flight into that airport on a propjet puddlejumper out of St. Louis. John
  18. This flight has special meaning for me because of a strange serendipity and a decision I made, that I would not hurt my employer. In 1994 I was flown, at a potential employer's cost, to Atlanta to interview for a position as CIO of their hotel chain of about twenty hotels. I wanted to move to Hotlanta, because my employer at that time, Holiday Inn, was based there and I loved the city with its airport, metro, low cost living, humidity and greenery. I was living in Napa California at the time. I flew there on TWA, my last flight on TWA, via St. Louis on an L1011, my last flight on an L1011. I stayed the night then flew TWA back home, one of those rare times I did not get a window seat but they paid for the trip. They were a Holiday Inn client and in order to interview me, they called my current employer, IBM/Cyntergy under contract with Holiday Inn for a Unix nationwide and Canada systems implementation, and lied to them saying they needed to contact me (we never gave our clients our home numbers so they would call the help desk instead of us, the sys implementation team). They said I left a pair of shoes at their hotel (I never forgot anything at a hotel, I traveled so much, with so much important equipment such as breakout boxes, laptops, Cat 5 cable and Coax cable), that I always did a "room sweep" before checking out, since I paid for most of that equipment out of my own pocket to help give my clients a boost. But their lie worked, I flew at their cost to an interview after they contacted me to the curiosity of my boss, and I flew home, barely making it to my fifteenth high school reunion and staying overnight with my parents. Knowing the next day, I would have to fly to Oklahoma City via Denver on United, to work in the small town of Ada Oklahoma. Little did I know the serendipity to come. I knew I had aced the interview, it was on my mind as I flew to OKC then rented a car to drive to Ada (knowing I would have to pick up one of my employees a couple days later). I recorded a tape of melodic rock because both I and my employee were rockers, we listened to Journey, Eddie Money, Darryl Stuermer (Phil Collin's guitarist who replaced Steve Hackett for the band Genesis), Jefferson Starship, Bobby Caldwell, even Christian rock. That was and still is the music I listen to when I fly and drive with friends or family who like it. I listened to it when I flew last to Europe in 2017. To make a long story short, as short as possible, I was offered the job, but they lied to me. They wanted me to work in Dallas, which I did not want to live in, just was not like Atlanta or Phoenix where I live today, I had worked there before. Today I might consider living there, but not back then, Dallas was different 25 years ago. They also wanted me to give my employer, who had been so good to me, only a weeks' notice. I knew it would be a big hassle to both me and my employer to move under such circumstances, even though their offer was double my salary at that time. I did not want to, in the words of Richard Nixon, grease the skids for my friends. So I called my boss and told him I had received an offer, he asked why I was looking for work and I told him my domestic and Canadian travel had simply grown stale, having worked in nearly every US City. Again, I was in Ada Oklahoma, the name Ada would soon become very important to me. So my boss made me an offer I could not refuse. He said that Holiday Inn had a secret project with a competing software company, based on Novell, specifically for their International properties. Would I be interested? That project brought me to Europe, but prior to that, later in 1994, it brought me to Zacatecas Mexico where I met and fell in love with a Mexicana Airlines worker. Her name is Ada. Serendipity and a twenty year old daughter, all three of us love flight and have flown together far and wide since I met Ada in '94 simply because I would not sell my employer down the river. I did leave that employer about a year later so I could work out of Phoenix where we had bought a home, I did not give up traveling for hotel companies until six months after my daughter was born, and only traveled quarterly up until I had to go on disability leave in 2015. That finishes the back story to this wonderful Xplane11 flight I had tonight. John Edit: PS, two things. I removed the wheel pants of the Cardinal to give it a more utilitarian look for the midwest, lol. Also, when I was on assignment in Ada Oklahoma, we had a server issue and a guy from IBM came out to deal with it, bad motherboard. While we were there the Tornado sirens went off, I saw the greenish tint to the sky and the mammatus cloud formations, which we also have seen in Phoenix in 1996 when two Mesocyclones merged during our summer Monsoon. So I was nervous about a Tornado coming and asked the IBM dude to get on with it so I could join the Holiday Inn Hotel staff in Ada in the Tornado shelter, I had just woken my colleague. The IBM dude said while we were still inside, with his Oklahoma drawl "Ahh ain't seeen ever a TornadOhhh in Adahh Oklahomahhhhh" He went outside to smoke a cigarette, I went outside to chat with him since he knew I was a hardware techie too in addition to being a biz systems instructor. The wind started whipping up in all directions and he looked at me and said "Ahhhh think Ahhhh mahhht be wronnnnng" and he jumped into his IBM van and spun his tires as he tore out of the place, leaving me gaping up at the sky wondering if he was wrong. He wasn't, the Tornado hit five miles out of town and caused damage at Ada's airport, but no one was hurt. Elsewhere though that night there were fatalities in a Tornado outbreak. I have a history, being from Chicago, of attracting Tornados in everywhere I have ever been, including Vienna Austria in 1984 and Grindelwald Switzerland in 1984. But I have survived them all and also several lightning strikes within 20 feet of me. I should buy a lottery ticket some day. NOT...
  19. Many simmers take off out of Sion but they miss half the journey, I like Lausanne, where I stayed one night in 1987, taking the train by Chillon Castle the next morning then hopping to Milan. I was poet laureate in my high school and college and I have toured Chillon a couple of times, another poet visiting that castle. I also overnighted in beautiful Montreaux in 1989. Sharing this set which highlights Sion and Gampfel in the Rhone Valley from up high, with sites of the Matterhorn and other similar looking alps in the Distance. The real pic is one I took of the Matterhorn while I was staying in traffic free Zermatt in 1982. Our tour guide, Anna Marie Greene of TWA tours, told us we lucked out to have clear warm weather during our entire stay in Zermatt, it is very rare to get a shot of the Matterhorn like I did, and it was taken with a simple Kodak camera and scanned with my first scanner. I hiked the alpine valley above traffic free Zermatt after being coaxed to look for Edelweiss to woo the girls on my tour, but I was told it is only found in very high alpine meadows and unlike the sound of music, does not greet the Von Trapps every morning. When I finished my hike absent of Edelweiss I simply told my tour director that no girl was worth that trouble, lol.... But when I returned to Europe in '95 years later on a trip where I was disappointed I could not take my newlywed wife since my employer paid for me to work in Bologna, I picked up my new bride a Venetian pendant, more beautiful than Edelweiss with the Millefiori flowered design in yellow, her fav color. The Matterhorn pic was shot while I was riding up the Gornergrat rack railway. https://www.zermatt.ch/en/Media/Attractions/Gornergrat John
  20. Some nice mountain and ocean scenery along the coast of Alaska... John
  21. Overnight I have been building Wyoming photoreal scenery with FSEarthtiles, which borders the Colorado scenery I have here in Avsim's file library. I am using a high compression ratio to keep the textures crisp while flying, and I love the preliminary results, with about half of Wyoming done. Given P3D's wonderful mesh I could not be happier with the results so far. Love the way P3DV4's cloud shadows play on the scenery, a feature I think the program excels at compared to those sims that have them, and especially the MSFS series which did not. John
  22. Flying the new Alabeo Cessna 421 into Reno. Arguably one of the most beautiful routes to fly in the US, with the contrast of alpine and desert scenery. The Alabeo Cessna 421 handles gracefully and does greaser landings, it is enjoyable both on auto pilot and in hand flying. The photoscenery is MSE V2, California and Nevada. John
  23. If they look for me, say that I flew to the sunset in a white biplane
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