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  1. Enjoying flight in the VSkylabs gyro (out of Corning-Elmira NY) and Eurofox over the dense forest scenery back east. The Eurofox revisits a flight I took for real in a Luscombe about twelve years ago, out of Pegasus Airpark in Pennsylvania. My friend, the Luscombe owner, put me up in his log cabin home and I got about twenty minutes stick time with his Luscombe before embedded thunderstorms approached us, the day looked exactly like my screenshots show. We then went back to his home and waited out the torrential rain which began falling as soon as we landed back at Pegasus. Then he took me to breakfast and he and his wife took me back to Philly where I was staying nearby the airport. I love Philly airport, I have flown into there from Frankfurt Germany twice, once in '84 then eleven years later when I was returning from Frankfurt after working on an assignment in beautiful Bologna Italy (screenies attached). Pegasus is the only grass strip I have flown from, oh so soft to takeoff and land on, I have also flown fixed wing as a student pilot off of a dirt strip, and also trikes from dirt strips..... Those are a bumpy way to get off, you bounce into the air and bounce on landing. John
  2. Gyro over Sonoma and Napa County, Eclipse in Utah with the Wasatch Range and Salt Lake as backdrops... John
  3. I still think this gyro is so stellar as is the Avsim member who steered me in VSkylab's direction right here in the screenie's forum some months ago. Imagine a short takeoff, zero roll landing slow mover, that is what this aircraft is and such landings can be pulled off to perfection. It is a great aircraft for cruising over scenery with and without autogen, without autogen you can climb up to about a thousand feet AGL and see the earth as it is made, with autogen you can fly low and weave in and out of the trees and have a sensation of speed and control most aircraft do not give you. And gyros are great, not only with their subtle helicopter like sound, but with the way they mush thru most turbulence so well, I have noticed that in helicopter flights I have taken in real life, they handle the desert burbles that our deserts and the Pacific Southwest is known for.... If you have Xplane11, it is a worthy buy, if you do not have Xplane11, it is an excuse for getting it--from a die hard P3DV4.4 fan too. John
  4. Aerobask's great new Epic 1000 and VSkylab's classic LongEZ.... John
  5. For those who love VFR, Seat of the Pants, great value add-ons for any sim, The VSkylabs Eurofox delivers, a recommendation from me, a real life Light Sport and Trike pilot (but grounded the past eleven years due to seizures). People argue that sims cannot recreate the "feel" of real flight, that they just are not there yet. I disagree, with the right flight model they are there. I wrote a flight model for my FSX/P3D Trike that nailed my trike flying experience spot on, from stall speed (25 knots) to a cruise of 40 knots. This Eurofox, along with Xplane11's own Aerolight 103 Ultralight, nails the flight envelope of a Light Sport experimental spot on. In an earlier post I mentioned I had flown two models similar to it--the XAir H and the Kitfox, both similar in weight, handling, balance and useful load. With rudder one can as I was taught "draw the box" with this aircraft, my Flight Instructor Phil Leroy in Willcox AZ taught me to use rudder and ailerons to draw an imaginary box on the horizon to teach good coordination. He said he made me an ace in coordinated flight and everyone I flew with after said the same thing. But I had the last laugh because I switched to trikes, where there is no rudder, just weight shift, to control the bank and pitch. That is why trikes are inherently one of the safest forms of flight, as are PPC's, also modeled in freeware in Xplane11. Blade theory works in flight simulation because I have not found an aircraft in Xplane that does not handle the extremes of the flight envelope, from low to hypersonic speeds. P3DV4 is also good, I do not knock their way of flight modeling, because I have created slow speed trikes and a high speed Lost in Space, Jupiter 2 model. End backstory, enjoy the pics, this forum is still my favorite hangout because it is where we bring the hobby to fruition, not only to advertise for add-ons, payware and freeware but to share our experience and skills, whether only limited to simming or a mix of real world and sim flight. All the best! Cactus521 (for those who wonder, my call sign honors US Airways and their pilots, like Sully, formerly the callsign of my hometown airline, America West. I worked for USAirways/American on their Union/Crew Scheduling project under a short term contract in 2014. It was the epiphany of my simming experience because I wanted to add an airline to my career experience, just to say my flight experience brought me into the field of real aviation. Just for a bit, but it was enough for bragging rights, lol)