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  1. Love this route, due to the variation in scenery...
  2. Flying the wonderful route out of Bishop in the wonderful and classic Cessna 421, a nice little airliner that can fly in the flight levels. John
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. I love the initial climbout heading to Socal out of SFO, as one climbs over the south SF Bay then glides past Monterey Bay, reaching cruising altitude right about that point. It is such a scenic part of the route to Socal, passing the Pacific Coast along the San Andreas fault system, looking down at Santa Cruz and deep Monterey Bay and towards Carmel. John
  7. A nice ride, the Citation Mustang, flying over California. I call the cumulus "the cleanup crew", it was actually my brother David's name for cumulus after one of Northern California's rainstorms.... John
  8. Misc shots over California and out of Pueblo Colorado in the Citation 550. The California photoreal is MSE, the Colorado Photoreal is my own scenery, made with FSEarthtiles, and found here at Avsim in our file library (eight downloads in all). John
  9. 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
  10. Also, a link to a pilot's report from Flying Magazine.... https://www.flyingmag.com/aircraft/turboprops/tbm-850-jet-prop#page-2
  11. You will recognize Fallon, Lake Lahontan, Virginia City and the Carson River
  12. Flew the Citation 525 over the Grand Canyon and down to Williams Gateway in Mesa Arizona, or maybe Chandler, all those cities run together in our East Valley. Williams has some reliever flights, mostly low budget airlines like Allegiant. Me, I prefer Sky Harbor because it's only a 20-minute fast drive from where I live. Our terminal four and terminal three are state of the art terminals, connected by a Sky Train to our light rail system If I wanted to, I could cab to light rail for 20 dollars R/T, and hop a four dollar train ride. It's a lot cheaper than the exorbitant prices the parking lots charge and the exorbitant prices Supershuttle charges. Supershuttle makes a killing, they make hundreds on a ride. It's supposed to be what we called in Mexico a "Collectivo", where the pax chip in and share a ride. However they do have very good drivers, they know how to beat all the traffic. They also run on natural gas, it runs quite smooth on the engine. Wish I had invested!
  13. Enroute to Socal at FL350. Carenado finally updated the C550 for P3DV4. John
  14. Since Carenado updated the C550, it's virtually all I fly now. I love the autopilot, the smooth framerates, and the aircraft handling. It's a fun throwback to the 70's and 80's when it reigned the skies. My flight was out of Napa (as usual) down to the LA Metroplex and into Santa Ana. Enjoy
  15. Although Fresno Air Terminal is the closest airport with airline service into Yosemite, for simmers, Mariposa airport is the closest. From there, one simply flies E/NE, inbound to Yosemite. I prefer flying in an aircraft like the Drifter, since once you are over Yosemite valley it is a great platform for screenshots and VFR flight, plus it has the "ooomph" to make it over the high country east of the valley. In real life I was only in the park once, in the late fall, so the tallest waterfalls were not working. I hiked there, parking my car, and remember the deer ten feet away from me looking at me, and me looking at them. Fortunately I did not get kissed by them, because wild deer tend to kick and they know where to kick. When I was visiting Rocky Mountain national park with a colleague 25 years ago, a deer came up behind him and licked him. He shouted to me in his Croatian accent "Zhon, I've been keesed by a dear!" A park ranger saw the encounter and told him to get the heck out of there, but he discretely walked, and did not run away since animals can sense that fear and sometimes frightfully strike. But I know his joy, having been kissed by deer at my favorite petting zoo. But worst are the baby goats, who would suck my fingers thinking I was "Mommy" or jump on my lap. They would suck a little too hard, with their baby needle like teeth trying to get blood out of my finger, lol. Their real mommies would then scold them, push them off my lap, then lay their heads on my lap so the mommies would get attention. That is one of the things I love best about flying--it has brought me to nature, back to family, and among the sheep and the goats, I find friends and goodness in all of the fellow travelers I meet, or those who vicariously enjoy travel since we cannot always blow our money on real trips or real flight lessons (in my case and others) all the time.
  16. Enjoying Ant's wonderful drifter, which I bought and downloaded from Justflight. It is a great Ultralight to fly, great detail and nice flight dynamics for those of us who want to diss the autopilot and hand fly our aircraft. It doesn't go fast, but what a view from the front seat! John
  17. Enjoying the Citation 550 on one of the busiest air routes in the world, between SFO and Socal.... John
  18. Scenery: MSE California V2 Aircraft: Alabeo Cessna Conquest
  19. If ya want to go to Disneyland, the 850 is a nice relaxing ride..... She flies right on the numbers, 190 KIAS @ 28000 feet. I know, because I watched a Youtube video of a ferry flight across the Atlantic into the states, so I decided to climb to FL280 to see where the airspeed would settle at. She's a fast mover, fits perfectly between jet and piston pressurized aircraft. John
  20. Nice desert scenery, with a couple of shots of Meteor Crater near Winslow Arizona, along the way.... John
  21. Enjoying a nice flight inspired by the video below....
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