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  1. Colour me most impressed! 🍻 Lovely job! Not sure if any piston-powered aircraft are suitable fro Lukla, but everyone knows turboprops are. This one's a LONG way from home but looks good. Made it!! Scenery in the distance looks a little blurry down the valley ahead as I've got the LOD set to the default 4.5... Service ceiling of a Pucara is reportedly 31900 feet, where's that big mountain near here?? Found it! It was quite a nice exercise IMO having to nursemaid the Pucara up past 29000 feet. She really does run out of steam as one would expect. However, whilst I did find Lukla on the way back... I never made the landing.. 🍻
  2. I thought it prudent to beat up London City airport because... well you would wouldn't you? Then on to complete the mission! Pucara (Fortress) meets bridge.. well doesn't actually meet it as such because that would have been rather messy.. Mind you there is a "crash-test-dummy" sticker near the back of the canopy (the round black & whit symbol similar to the centre of a BMW badge..) which of course is rather fitting because I'm flying her today This is the only Ctrl-Ezy Pucara livery which allows the torpedo to be loaded. Don't worry:- I didn't launch the tin fish at HMS Belfast..
  3. I've not played around much with this aircraft, or indeed some other which I obtained during SimMarket's wonderful 1 a day giveaway. I believe that on the Do328JET that there are no speedbrakes, only ground spoilers which deploy on landing. Fine by me so far... I took the Dornier out for a brief hop. I did a full flap landing and the spoilers deployed as they should. What I didn't expect was quite a vicious and pronounced pitch up when they did so! 😰 I don't believe that the real aeroplane exhibits such behaviour. 😄 Anyone else have similar experiences, is there a workaround apart from be ready to push the stick forward? Cheers.
  4. With all the recent products being offered for free I told myself to stop procrastinating and go and get Flight Sim Jewel's freeware Hawaii together with George Keogh's airports. I'd put it off until now due to the size and multiple parts involved. In the end it was relatively painless to get the stuff installed so I wish I'd done it sooner! So, anyway. I decided to VFR around the islands in the good old Cessna 337 Skymaster a la Carenado. I took off from Princeville airport on Kauai with the idea being to fly around the island's shore and then progressing further down the island chain, flying around each island (I missed a couple out!) and landing when I had to. I wasn't going to "use up a whole SD card full of pictures" , but just wanted to enjoy the scenery and discover it as I went along. However, here's a few pics anyway. Sadly no takeoff pics as I was in awe. Passing by Barking Sands airport, Kauai. Off to O'ahu. Diamond Head below. Looking back at Honolulu Having gone around O'ahu, the cloud had eased a bit so I cut back across the island to head to Molokai and Lanai. Flying over Lanai, looking at Molokai in the distance. .. and here we are on approach to Hilo International on the Big Island with about 20% fuel remaining. Perhaps I should have taken more screenshots! I'd watched a Coast Guard C-130 take off from Kona on my way past (FSX NOTAM, I don't have much traffic enabled), and marvelled at the different terrain compared to little old Great Britain. Touchdown. Shutdown. I was going to investigate the mountain and Bradshaw Army Airfield, but the haze and the broken clouds conspired against me (risk of solid cumulo-granite). I didn't complete the flight in one sitting (burn the heretic!!), but I had a relaxing few hours total, glad that the 337 had an autopilot fitted so I could gawk out of the virtual windows. I must now go and buy (donate) for Hawaii plus for the seasonal changes and volcano action. Cheers.
  5. Join me on a VFR jolly from Coningsby to Warton in a Phantom II (sorry Chock!) with a slight detour over the nearest city to me (Preston, Lancashire) and a couple of it's "landmarks". Not a Pound for Air To Ground, unless you count the gun pod which of course can also be used to deal with squashies, transport columns and light armour. Apparently an AIM-7 Sparrow can also be used for ground attack.. WHAT?? https://hushkit.net/2017/07/31/flying-the-f-4-phantom-ii-british-style/ A brilliant article, and Chris Bolton, the man with the story, is I feel a kindred spirit with his views on the Royal Navy F-35 Here we are in one of RAF Coningsby's HAS (hardened aircraft shelter) getting the beast ready to go. Note the American (US Navy issue) ground power cart. The Phantom is an American plane and so she needs American volts, not good old British volts, hence the green power cart is tucked to one side I do prefer the radome with stripes on it rather than just having the dome in one overall colour cut off at the hinge line. More work for the spray shop sure, but I do like it! Lined up: Bring me that horizon! Most definitely POSITIVE RATE!! DIESEL Power! Aye, Lad. 'Ave crossed over t' Pennines! Rhodeswood Reservoir on the port wingtip.. ..and Hadfield below. Passing by EGCC. Any of you Freight Dogs down there getting jealous?? On a flyby of Warton. Burners lit, I'm off to Preston to break some windows! I guess Preston North End are all training from home... (PNE's football (soccer) ground on Deepdale Road underneath the fuselage). The teal coloured rectangle above the tip of the tail fin is Preston Docks. Just a marina these days.. A quick look at Deepdale Retail Park: The obvious autogen large block building is the empty Toys R Us shop. The photoreal building touching the canopy rail on the right of the picture is Maccy D's (yes!). The angled white roofed structure to the left of Maccy D's houses KFC, Subway, Costa Coffee and Nando's. Back to Warton and slowing her down for a right downwind approach to RWY8. OOPS! Too close to the airfield and didn't turn tight enough! Bless her though, she's telling me she's going to stop flying in a little bit, unless I firewall those throttles, and retract the speedbrakes. Sorted! She has a brake 'chute too! Get the kettle on, chaps! Now where's that telescoping ladder button? FSX NOTAM. I've taken to using the pause button and trying to find the right external view at fast jet speeds is... difficult. Sometimes the screen captured when the red notice was off, sometimes not.. Cheers!
  6. Real life was being a bit of a swine today, so once things had calmed down I went for a brief sortie from one of my bucket list places:- Princess Juliana Airport, Sint Maarten. I flew out to Saba Island, landed, then flew back to Grand Case, Saint Martin. I should have taken more screenshots, but I just wanted to escape to the virtual skies. Here's the Skymaster all safe, sound and warm after the flight. Seems like I need to see if there an upgrade for TFFG - according to Google maps, all the light aircraft are parked on hardstanding..
  7. Getting ready to depart Shreveport Regional (WG's MRO base), bound for their main hub at Southwest Florida International airport. There's 5 tons of ballast up front to keep things in shape. (FSX NOTAM: Sky Sim's MD-11 aircraft manager currently only has input fields for the PAX versions, but you still see the %MAC displayed when you alter payload and fuel via FSX's menu.) Turning on to course. She's quite nippy with minimal payload and fuel! Bye, bye Shreveport. Climbing up to cruise altitude. Feet wet over the Gulf of Mexico. Descending towards KRSW. First touchdown on a wet runway: Yes, she bounced... However, no drama after that. :) Taxiing in. (FSX NOTAM: Shame there's no rain on the windows - the wiper switches are functional, but full screen FSX doesn't do raindrops, I believe.) Not sure where we'll be going to - I'll have to check the roster and the flightplans & get back to you. . Enjoy.
  8. Flying down the west coast of England. All trimmed out nicely and about 90 knots.
  9. Finally got around to buying MSE Ireland so I've practically got the whole of the British Isles, apart from the Isle of Man, in photoreal scenery.I was trundling over Ireland in the Aerospool WT-9 Dynamic just to test out the scenery.
  10. Visibility might be more than 20 miles... once you've got under that clag! Must try harder to get my landings on that centreline! (Full disclosure: I'm not a real pilot, least of all for the fine & mighty MD-11! 😄 ) Time for tea and biscuits!
  11. I think this is during my cargo flight from Liege to Beijing (ZBAA)
  12. I forgot to take screenies of the landing - I was just enjoying the weather and the lighting
  13. Sky Lease Cargo getting ready at their hub in Miami International. Excellent repaint done courtesy of Enko (many thanks!) Not so sure about the species of trees and the buildings near the airport lol! Oh well with the big iron, its more about the plane and the tarmac anyway. (reasonably accurate airports).Do you know, I've not really posted thanks to Ray Smith: A lot of the freeware airports in my sim are by Ray. Enjoy!
  14. I've read that if one has the PMDG MD-11 then the sounds are realistic and accurate. However, for those of us who don't have the legacy MD-11 then Turbine Sound Studios pilot edition (better representation of sound from within the cockpit so they say) is a great improvement over freeware MD-11s and Sky Sim's MD-11. At least the engines sound a lot better, both internally and externally and there is more cockpit ambience, to my (subjective!) ears anyway. So for me, the packs were worthwhile - Yes, I got both the PW and GE packs - sad aren't i? One of the things I did prior to installing the TSS sound.cfg was to compare it to the Sky Sim one. There were a couple of callouts missing from the TSS file, namely the glideslope warning and the landing gear warning. I just copied those entries across along with their respective wav files. Whilst doing this I decided to have a poke around the directories and finally sorted the apocalyptically noisy GPU out - without resorting to just starting up the APU . I now don't have my head next to its exhaust manifold when I fire it up! (GPU, not APU - that's rather higher up and rather too hot.) The GPU wav file is contained within the MD-11s own subfolder in the main FSX sound folder. There is a large amount of sound files in there, but I don't appear to have heard some of them; the TCAS test ones have never played. I haven't heard any TCAS warnings in flight. I hardly have an AI traffic due to performance, but on the odd occasion ATC asks me if I have the aircraft in sight, TCAS never uttered a warning, nor did I see it display any other aircraft despite me seeing them.. Another specific example is the cabin altitude warning. Not heard that one despite returning to a saved flight and an aircraft with maximum cabin pressure (sea level)! The warning is displayed in red on the MFD. Incidentally the pressurisation system does restore cabin pressure if I command a slight descent (100 feet less) then go back to cruising altitude. The rotary switch on the overhead panel has moved and the synoptic display is showing cabin altitude rising. Perhaps it's because I'm flying a freighter not a pax version?
  15. JF have recently released the latest photoscenery (first two volumes) which enhances the previous VFR Real scenery with added custom autogen, and is based on 2015 imagery, so relatively up to date in the scheme of things. IMHO this is very good, especially for fans of photoreal (like me). Trees, pylons, buildings are more closely represented to those in real life and their locations, with I believe some added landmarks. The software relocates grossly out of position FSX airfields etc,. It has custom night textures (not done a night flight as yet) and water textures and of course a custom terrain mesh. If you enjoyed the previous release then you should check these new volumes out. Another point to note is that the coverage has changed. The previous VFR Real had 4 volumes which covered all of England & Wales. VFR Real 3D will cover Scotland too! The first two volumes cover the south of England and all of Wales, up to a line drawn across the country just south of Manchester. Vol. 3 will cover the rest of England. Vol. 4 will cover Scotland. I have posted a couple of screenshots in the screenshot forum.
  16. As nice as the backlighting for all the labels on the panels is, not to mention the panel floodlights, they only display when FSX decides that it is dark.. please bear with me.. Until the sim decides it is dark, the cockpit can get pretty dark and controls hard to find. Is it possible to add some kind of dome light which would illuminate the cockpit prior to, and indeed during, darkness? I'm sure there should be a spare key combo to toggle the light.. Would this "just be a case of" editing the aircraft.cfg file to get a light then playing with its coordinates until it shows up in a suitable position?
  17. Leaving Manaus, bound for Quito (the new one at 7910 feet elevation!).
  18. I know there's not many of us about, but there are hopefully other owners of this IMHO nice, if slightly overpriced MD-11 who have noticed this "anomaly" When she is cruising at altitude (FL370 to FL410) at the usual speed of M0.84 the Sky Sim MD exhibits a nose up attitude which to my eyes appears a little exaggerated. I know most airliners fly in the cruise with a slight nose up attitude, but please hear me out if you would. This visual nose up attitude is compounded by the horizontal stabiliser pointing several degrees down at its leading edge. I believe I've mentioned in another post that the synoptic displays where stabiliser angle is displayed seems rather high at cruise which backs up the visual image (a setting of around 6 Aircraft Nose Up). One usually sees such stabiliser attitude when the plane is on approach with flaps out and gear down.. The Sky Sim MD exhibits this behaviour whether she is carrying a hefty payload (120000 lb) YET with most of her fuel burned off, or maxed out on gross weight with a full load of pax & fuel (default start of flight when selecting the plane) Most image of PMDG's benchmark MD-11 and real MDs 've seen have much less stabiliser attitude when in the cruise. Again this appears to be backed up by in cockpit videos which show the stab between 1 and 2 ANU. I've played around with the aircraft.cfg file and have managed to get a more "correct" visual attitude and synoptic display by altering the htail_incidence to 0. It was set to 2. I have also altered the cruise_lift_scalar to 2. It was at 1.1 I don't yet know if I'll have to alter the flap lift, but I'll find that out when I land in Dakar . I have not tried flying her on empty with next to no payload, but again that would probably be quite unrealistic unless one was ferrying her to a boneyard I guess. Any thoughts please?
  19. From time to time, someone shares some of their screenshots of flights to and around Africa, and more often than not, the lack of variety for African airports comes up. Like most of those who comment on the paucity of African airports, I feel a similar hope that someone will add to the list of African airports. Thankfully, there are a few very nice freeware airfields available for GA around Southern Africa, Vilankulo and Inhambane in Mozambique being two of my favourites, and what better aircraft to enjoy life under African skies than the Cessna 182 from A2A. So, here then, is a selection from a recent flight I did around South Africa and Mozambique, hopefully this will encourage you to consider booking that safari you've thought about, or just load up your sim and take a trip to the beautiful continent that is Africa that way. Leaving Johannesburg behind for Inhambane, it's a long flight, so I suggest you bring some snacks ... droewors is highly recommended, and maybe a peppermint crisp if, like me, you have a sweet tooth. Passing over the Witbank Nature reserve, with the Olifantsrivier (Elephant's river) in the background. Good thing this plane has an autopilot, it takes less time to fly from Johanneburg to Nairobi with Kenya Airways than doing this flight. Still, you can't beat that African sunset. A little over four hours later, and we're down at Inhambane. First order of business, a trip to the men's room, Crème Soda may be the greenest refreshment one can get in a can, but it makes its presence felt over 4 hours. Having paid the landing fees, a trip to the nearby lodge for a braai and a couple of cold ones.
  20. Practically since I found it I've been flying the POSKY 744 with an add-on 2d panel and default FSX VC. I finally got around to installing the upgraded VC by Alejandro - an excellent improvement until I can save up for a PMDG 744. However the night lighting appears to have a problem. Not sure if this is due to me running in DX10 (thanks, SteveFX) or not. The cockpit light (dome?) appears to work fine, but switching to panel creates this: If I turn it off - the instruments also go dark. Not without power, all the information is still displayed, it's just the same brightness as the rest of the cockpit. Any ideas please? Not sure if anyone flies the default or POSKY jumbos anymore :)
  21. I have just bought the 777-200 base package and I'm very annoyed. Not having a regular income means that this is a big price to pay for me. I am not able to press or move anything in the cockpit. The aircraft is in a cold and dark state with the throttle levers at TOGA and the yokes fully back and fully left. The only thing I can control is the brakes on the aircraft either with my toe brakes or a button on the back of the yoke. The gear isn't showing outside (yet I am at the correct height as if the gear is extended). The mouse only changes to the PMDG one over the 2 inside nobs for the Baro/Radio altitude and the altimeter. I have reinstalled the 777 many times and have overwritten my FSUIPC install. (I can't figure out how to uninstall FSUIPC and the internet doesn't seem to help much). I have reinstalled the D irect X settings and Simconnect all to on avail. Please someone help me before I explode at PMDG.
  22. I noticed someone has modelled this airfield! Thank you Vassilios Dimoulas. I look forward to trying it out. https://library.avsim.net/zipdiver.php?DLID=201206 Get a PC12 or some such and taxi it up the ramp (literally) on to the field. You tube video:-
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