A bit of a SNAFU here in DAOB. Apparently, someone smuggled some illegal items on board resulting in my aircraft being seized. In order to keep business moving I had to work a few jobs and take care of a few things I'd probably be arrested for BUT it got me enough funding to grab a Commander 114. Take a look at this pile....
Well, THAT was certainly an adventure. After getting this aircraft if it can even be called that airborne the flight was rather uneventful until approach when the right gear only came down:
I made it! The other gear finally responded after I had to give it a little brute force. The landing was rated "OK" by AH2 however after that nonsense I'll take it. Cosmetics delivered to Algeria gaining me $8255 in the box which isn't too bad. I have to do something, I refuse to take another flight in this since there is a good chance I won't make it.
My Rep is too low to take out a loan and I cannot afford another C90 so I'll have to find something. I'd rather walk.
Two things happened I just wasn't prepared for.
1) I found a collector of Commanders... (why?) who paid me well over $100k for this thing... Sucker.
2) A PA32 was for sale, albeit she needs work... a lot and I was able to secure that aircraft. Even so it is waaaay better than that Commander.
Now, I still have some change left over in the account. Riding $62k in the box.
This area... ;/... Nothing illegal for me thanks.. I think I'll take the safe bet of DVDs heading towards Morocco! Maybe we will get lucky with some extra Commodities heading that way.
Sweet! If I max out that really wipes my bank account down. Especially if something happens. Well, I guess I'll just have to take the chance! Hopefully, it pays off.
She needs a detailing and some major repairs but it is still better than the Commander!
After the job delivering DVDs and the chance at the commodities our yield for this job came to $7200 after Fuel and Fees. Not too bad and not in a death trap of an aircraft. Going to spend $1500 on repairs brining my General Condition up to 68%. Every little bit helps at this point. A few more successful jobs and soft landings I can get this puppy back up to fighting weight!
Our rep is now up to 28.5:
After the past few days of hectic travel and questionable duties to get by I feel pretty good. Right now we are left with $67,268 in the box and not sure what jobs will be coming up.
One of our exciting and exclusive destinations, Saanen airport (LSGK) in Switzerland.
Not the simplest airport to land in bad weather conditions.
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It had been a while since I vlew over the pole, and I had never tried it in P3Dv4.5, so it seemed a good idea to give it a go.
In this blog I'll keep the verbiage down to a minimum: if you're interested in a brief discussion of the technical aspects of trans-polar vlights, then you can find a short document on the subject in the Downloads section, HERE.
I started at Thule AB (the USAF's most northerly outpost which is 650nm north of the Arctic Circle and only 820nm from the North Pole). The airﬁeld is located on a plain in northern Greenland, on the south shore of North Star Bay. As you might expect, Thule experiences long, cold winters with temperatures that seldom rise above freezing between September and May (and rarely exceed 10°C even in July). The Midnight Sun lasts from April to August (so it will be light for my take-off, at whatever time of day — or night — it may be). However, the days shorten rapidly after August, and there is permanent darkness between November and January.
My destination was UACK Kokshetau, an airport in northern Kazakhstan, a vlight which took me very close indeed to the pole. You can see the actual route that I took on this map (BGTL is top right and UACK near bottom left, in this orientation):
The ATC route I used was as follows:
M064F190 DCT THT W20 QQ/N0507F370 DCT 78N075W 80N084W 85N090W/N0494F350 DCT DEKMO DCT DEVID/N0484F360 P864 DIRIP/N0483F350 P864 KUTET T660 DOGOT/N0491F370 T660 DOSON G498 RIMAG A947 GIMIR N990 ML/N0470F360 N990 DAKIN G487 ADEBA ADEBZG
But that's enough intro — if you'd like more details from a pilot's perspective then you can download the pdf from the link I gave above. Here, then, are the pictures:
Lift-off from Thule
The Pole (boringly white)
Pax view of the Pole (still boringly white)
Approaching northern Russia (from the north)
Evening in the Arctic
ND view: 60 nm to ToD
EICAS display: Icing Wing message (note also the SAT of 0ºC and the fuel temperature of -20ºC)
Runway in sight
That touchdown moment...
Brakes, spoilers, and reverse thrust
Arrived - position as shown on Instructor's Station map
Shutting down at the gate
Departure: LSGG - Geneva Cointrin International Airport - 1554Z - 04
Arrival: EHBK - Maastricht Aachen Airport - 1724Z - ILSZ03
The client's speaking engagement finished earlier than expected, so we went wheels up around 1600Z. A short flight at FL300 with some minor chop, but nothing concerning.
Initial weather at EHBK was misty, but it had cleared up by the time we arrived, so landing was smooth. No issues from ATC this time either.
It will be an early morning departure from Maastricht, as the client has a full day of high-level engagements. Depart will either be later in the evening, or early next morning, just waiting for confirmation.
Departure: DTTJ - Djerba–Zarzis International Airport - 0924Z - 27
Arrival: LSGG - Geneva Cointrin International Airport - 1221Z - ILS04
A nice morning flight to Geneva, marred only by Approach Controllers in Geneva who thought that I could intercept the ILS from a 335 deg. turn. Fortunately said Controller got removed, and replaced by someone more competent, for a decent approach and smooth landing the second time around.
The clients didn't even comment on the go-around, but they are not the friendliest, and were probably too buried in their devices to even notice. One of them, some sort of physics professor/scientist, is giving a speech at a conference this afternoon, then we will depart late afternoon/early evening for Maastricht. This will be our nightstop, and where we will spend the rest of tomorrow as the clients are attending a conference, and we will depart on schedule the next day to Bergen.
2018 Worldwide European Tour - Leg 6
Departure: LLBG - Ben Gurion International Airport - 0320Z - 21
Arrival: DTTJ - Djerba–Zarzis International Airport - 0749Z - ILSY09
This early morning departure out of Tel Aviv was nine minutes early, and the flight went smoothly, literally. We shadowed an Air Malta A320 for most of our flight, that had also departed LLBG just ahead of us.
Client has a breakfast meeting in Djerba, then we will head to Geneva.
2018 Worldwide European Tour - Leg 5
Departure: LUKK - Chișinău International Airport - 1254Z - 26
Arrival: LLBG - Ben Gurion International Airport - 1603Z - ILS 08
Flight depart close to ETD, and was fairly routine. Weather was bad descending into Tel Aviv, but the storm had move off by the time we arrived, so except for a runway change (from 21 to 08), the approach and landing was uneventful. ATC parked us between two Queens, they still fly in my virtual skies.
We are nightstopping here, will depart early tomorrow morning as per the Tour Schedule.
There aren't a lot of short trips like this in the life of a 744 driver, so I thought I'd share with you these pics of a quick flip from Corfu to Vienna, with the benefit of sunny weather. It cheered me up on a blustery grey March day in Hampshire!
Route chart LGKR-LOWW
Take-off from Corfu
Over the mountains
Getting closer (route map)
Passing 2000 ft
Landed at Vienna
As seen from above
Arrived at gate F-48 Heavy
These images relate to my post here in which I outline the improvements made to Orbx's True Earth Great Britain South package in version 1.10.
There will be a minimum of text, therefore.
Instead of following my usual practice of downsizing my pics to 1200 pixels wide, since they are hosted elsewhere I will post these at full size (although I suspect that when you click on them the forum software will still downsize them for viewing to protect Alan's bandwidth, which is understandable).
01 Takeoff from Heathrow rwy 27
02 Flying north, then east
03 Approaching London — cockpit view
04 The O2 and Canary Wharf
05 The Gherkin and the Shard (I agree with other reviewers who think their rendition of the Shard is a little underwhelming).
06 Tower Bridge and HMS Belfast
07 Palace of Westminster and the London Eye
08 Buckingham Palace and The Mall
09 Turning onto the localizer
10 Heathrow ahead
11 Touchdown on rwy 27L
12 Brakes and reverse idle
2018 Worldwide European Tour - Leg 4
Departure: UWGG - Nizhny Novgorod International Airport - 0921Z - 18L
Arrival: LUKK - Chișinău International Airport - 1222Z - 26 RNAV Approach
Fairly uneventful flight, was a bit choppy descending into LUKK, but no major issues. The group of 16 that have chartered me for this Tour do not plan to spend much time at Chișinău, ETB is currently 1300Z for our next leg to Tel Aviv, where an overnight stop is planned.
See some shots from the flight below, the cover photo is after arrival, system won't let me upload to the main gallery. Says my upload limit is 4Mb, even though all 7 photos are just over 2Mb in total...
A sunrise shot from Leg 3 - EVRA-UWGG. Sorry that there isn't more, but only had default scenery for UWGG, and after two missed approaches and then a manual landing in bad wx, was not in a SS mood. I have found some nice freeware for LUKK, will show that off in the blog entry for that leg.
We will be having breakfast (probably vodka and caviar, I have no idea what is available) at Strigino, before heading out to Chișinău. Unfortunately it will be a quick stop there, so don't think we will get much sightseeing done, but should get a few shots airside at least.
Completed the first leg of the 2019 European Tour. No pics available as my screenshots all came out as bitmap, not jpeg.
Anyhow it was a good flight except when my sim, ( FSX Steam), wasn't crashing. but it's sorted now.
Really enjoyable flight to get going on.
Had some business to tend to here in LFED so the next leg didn't take place until the evening. Something happened to my flight sim though on this leg. AH2 registered me at LFED as a takeoff/landing with a "Catastrophic" landing resulting in damage to the landing gear. Since I can't seem to delete these entries or merely "do over" I just had to deal with it. THANKFULLY, I took the insurance option, (I'm usually very much against this) which let me repair everything for $9,000 instead of the $136000 it wanted!!
Now my financial ledger. As if the glitch didn't put a damper in my financial situation my first night landing I came in a bit hot and caused some more damage! My insurance company will probably drop me if I do this again. So down goes another $1900 in repairs.
I thought I was doing well getting up near $30,000. Well that went quick.... I keep this pace up and I'm done.
Anyway, the night was quite lovely before all hell broke loose.
"The Stars At Night, Are BIG AND BRIGHT... Deep in the heart of Texaaaassssssssss...." Wait.. I'm in Spain.
So, I came it a bit hard but not too bad. NO repairs needed this time. Spend the night in a smelly hotel ready to hit it again. Next up we headed out to Barcelona. Flew next to the Pyrenees Mountains:
At the conclusion of this mission I gathered my paycheck and went to explore the town. Also was greeting with a RAAAANK UP!
I'm really excited about the next location. For any GAME OF THRONES fans we are heading to Dorn. Grabbing some Dornish wine and maybe other wonderful Dornish prizes. Otherwise, to those Non-GOT fans its Valencia Spain bringing some delicious Barcelona Coffee to the good people of Valyria, Mareen, Dorn DOH! Valencia.
A little heavy on this one. Doesn't leave me much room for fuel, I just made it with the minimum to make it....
All good to go, dropped off the coffee in Valencia. $25k in the box now back up to where I way before the "Landing Gear incident." Enjoy some of these images from the flight.
Nothing in the box from Valencia so we sight see for a bit until a job arrives.
Why this shows up below I don't know...
The landing rates!!!
I'm sure most of us have heard about Air Hauler 2. A wonderful addon to throw a little economy in the world of flight sim. Sadly, at the moment it is only for FSX and P3D but fingers crossed the dev will throw compatibility to XP. I've had AH2 for a little while now and created companies with lots of AI and pax routes. I always end up deleting the company for whatever reasons. Always felt locked into one area. So, Nomad mode piqued my interest since I won't have to worry about a "home base" or any base for the matter.
So I figured let's start from the bottom and work our way up wherever the jobs may take me. I was able to acquire the Beechcraft C90, currently have 22 Rep and $15,913 in the bank.
Sorry for not having the first flight listed, I just didn't know about this blog feature here.
This is my second flight:
EGNS -> EGUO
A little bouncy at some points but overall a wonderful flight. I did mess up on the AH2 settings with fuel. I set the fuel within P3D to reflect what I had in AH2 but I must have messed something up as it defaulted to 100% you can see below in the current flight log.
Next Job #3:
Back to using Non-Network mode.. I tried not to use it because it defaults to UTC time and for me, that means I fly in the dark a majority of the time which is what I don't want. I believe I can alter the time in game after I load everything up. At least today is a weekend and it's still daytime.
The wind rock and rolled me a little bit but still had a nice landing. -104 according to the flight log. Well here we are, LFED - Pontivy, France!
Next up - Sab Sebastian, Spain with a delivery of Chemicals. Not sure what kind but perhaps I don't want to know...
Some more images from this last flight and we will call this post complete!
This was a straightforward trip from Singapore WSSS to (a slightly murky) San Francisco KSFO. All 7,342 nm of it.
The thing is, that for most of the time there's only two things to be seen out of the windshield — clouds, and water. And that's when it's daylight!
So I won't burden you with any unnecessary comments, just show you a few pics of the take-off and the landing.
Top of descent:
At last — land!
KSFO rwy 28R:
And so we return for part 2....
Leg 6 of the tour first up, from Hamburg, Germany to Lodz in Poland. Appropriate livery chosen.
TOGA TOGA TOGA, let's blow this popsicle stand.
Hmm. 560 AGL and we're in solid cloud. I know I'm flying the ILS and all, but I wasn't actually expecting to fly it to minimums. Not that I know what the minimums are...
And we're visual at about 300 feet. Let's call that 'minimums'
Ok, so this next leg (to Moscow) presented yours truly with more than a few challenges. In hindsight, it was never going to be simple, especially when you see a mysterious black limo rock up just prior to departure.
Three attempts were required to complete this leg. Firstly, X-Plane bugged out with a CTD. Then, an actual aircraft crash after what I can only guess was an encounter with severe icing.
Anyway, on the third attempt, we got away safely in the Aeroflot livery, bound for Moscow.
Eerie lighting effect as we cruise. Ominous, in hindsight.
And the curse strikes again. Look carefully at the image below and you'll notice something awry. Yep, a belly landing. I wish I could blame X-Plane (or the mysterious black limo) for this, but I can't. Just a flat out cluster of an approach where the Kapitan forgot to lower the gear. Or as I like to call it, 'Autobrakes Extreme'.
My first unintentional belly flop in many, many years of simming. As I reflected on this afterwards, I realised how many Human Factors (HF) issues were at play here. The personal irony being that I have developed HF training for others...
In desperate need of redemption, I got back on the horse and headed for Azerbaijan.
A (thankfully) uneventful flight to a desolate place - at least in X-Plane.
The uneventfulness lasted one flight. This next one (to Kiev) was over in about 20 minutes after Kapitan Khaos forgot to start ACARS. Realising it about 20 miles from departure, I made a cheeky 180 and returned to the field.
Take two was better and we made it to a low-vis Kiev without further incident.
Romania was next on the itinerary. Another low-vis arrival, complete with trees planted over the approach lights. Thanks X-Plane. Thanks.
And that's it, for what was an adventurous part deux.
Thanks for reading.
Looks sunny and pleasant, right? Well TBH this is the first time that I have ever been here that it hasn't been snowing fit to bust. If I tell you that the outside temperature in that picture is a withering -26ºC, then you'll appreciate my agreeable surprise.
Welcome to Magadan, which is more or less at the top right hand edge of Russia. Here's the flight map (I'm going from top right to bottom left):
As you can see, my destination is Beijing — another of those places where the weather is often not, shall we say, very favourable, since industrial fog is the norm (Mumbai comes immediately to mind in that connection, too).
But just for once, back at Magadan the weather was being amazingly kind to me as I taxyed out and took off. Since they have so little daylight up here, I had timed my departure to take advantage of the brightest part of the day.
Given the climb rate achievable by my trusty RR engines, it wasn't long before I found myself above the cloud layer: here I'm crossing the sea of Okhotsk. During the cruise I step-climbed from FL360 up to FL420 to save fuel — which was especially necessary in view of the strong headwind.
After which it's pretty much steppes and mountains for most of the way....
But a few hours later I was descending towards Beijing....
....where there are some nasty mountains about, when approaching from this direction.
As I got nearer to the ground, the dreaded Beijing smog made its appearance — made slightly worse by the fact that it was also getting towards dusk.
Definitely time to light my aircraft up like a Christmas tree!
Given the conditions, combined with the fact that it was about time for the compulsory once-a-month autoland to check the equipment anyway, this meant that the landing was boring whilst I watched the automatics make it look easy. Whilst also being tensed like a panther to spring into action in the event that anything had gone wrong, of course — but it didn't.
You can never get enough light on the situation, given these conditions!
But it was an easy taxy from runway 19 to my appointed gate 508. Job done.
This was a short (by 744 standards) jaunt from the snow of Toronto to the distinctly milder temperatures of Miami.
Ready for pushback at Toronto gate C29
Pushed back and engines started
It looks icy out there!
Let's get somewhere warmer!
This stuff is all very well on the ski slopes but...
Ah, that's better!
Just started the descent towards KMIA
Miami, here I come
Touchdown at dusk
Parked at the satellite International terminal
And another WWV tour begins - 2019 Europe.
Thanks to maestro Brian Cowell for his work in putting together this little adventure for us all to enjoy.
As I write this post, I am almost halfway through the tour, parked in Larnaca, but this first PIREP will only account for legs 1 to 5, as I haven't had time to sort the rest of the screenshots
2019 Europe begins at Farnborough. My chariot of choice for this leg was the ‘Zibo mod’ 737 in XP11.30. I thought I would see what all the fuss is about and (1) try to learn this bird, and (2) get XP running decently on my old rig during this tour. I can’t say I’ve succeeded with (1) yet, but I have got XP11.30 running reasonably well, primarily by configuring all the sliders to so far left that they are practically off the screen.
Anyway, Ryanair seemed the most appropriate livery for this first leg.
I think this is Heathrow? No ortho, no Orbx or anything like that on my rig.
Touchdown in Prestwick. Long, but on the centreline. Good enough for me.
Next up, I switched back to P3D and the Q400 when I saw what the weather was going to be like for the 2nd leg arrival into Bergen. Sorry XP11, but the weather representation in P3D is more to my liking when conditions are 'marginal'.
Totally different representation of Scotland when you jump back into P3D.
Started with the ILS before becoming visual and doing the rest myself.
Leg 3 took us from Bergen down to Aalborg, Denmark. Back into the 737 for this leg to test out yet another new update from old mate Zibo.
Down to Luxembourg for Leg 4. I don’t think I’ve ever been to Luxembourg in the virtual sense. An all together uneventful journey and I was starting to feel moderately comfortable with the 737 by this point.
Leg 5 had us heading up to Hamburg, Germany. Really pretty on the way in.
And that is where I'll conclude this post.
The next few legs is where this tour started to get interesting from the perspective of successfully completing flights. More about that in the next post
Thanks for reading folks.
While most of us have root's in fsx or earlier now p3d i have dabbled in x plane for a few month in 2018 .
I can now say if you do some research into the scenery side of x plane [all free] with a bit of a learning curve......... wow
You x plane boy n girls know what i mean, If you have hd mesh's and ortho [photo scenery ] and im only starting.
The add-on airport's are free too there are payware ones as well. but it a trial n error until you find a good airport for free , Some of the payware isn't all there cracked up to be, I haven't bought any yet as the free stuff is good enough. But there is a tonne of them.
The only thing lacking is pmdg level aircraft except for zibo's 737 it's close to pmdg .[free] .
Just a few shots of some flight's.
better push bach is awsome.
Knight Aviation completed the Europe 2018 Tour just in time to be back home @ Langebaanweg Airport FALW to see 2018 out. We arrived 12pm the afternoon 31/12/2018 just in time to light the braaivleis (barbecue) fires for the old years eve.
The 2018 Europe tour took us to some of the best scenery there is, from stunning mountains with white snow blankets covering them, to the darkest of the earth where the sun barely ever shines and where your compass wants to hit the floor, to an Island they say is FUN but you think on Approach "this is really going to hurt", to behind the Iron curtain and back to the sunshine Islands in the Mediterranean sea, to the home land of the God Father and to the dry sands of North Africa. Norway Flesland totally blew my mind with its small Islands.
We did the tour in peak Winter time and at times I wanted to actually put on my thick coat...............mmmm wait you are in South Africa mid summer and mid heat wave.......maybe not a good idea.
21 Countries in total 25 flights.
We really enjoy doing this tour. KA was hired by a couple of Israeli Rabbi's and soon learned why they say "where there are 2 Rabbi's together, there are 3 opinions." They really have different opinions all the time. Luckily it was our Air Hostesses that had to listen and the pilots could tuck away in the cockpit. So we started the tour from Tel Aviv Yisra'el. We ferried our new Boeing 757-200 C32A up for the tour from FALW via Nairobi and back via Yemen Socotra and Kinshasa DRC.
Our new Boeing 757-200 C32A proved her self as an excellent AC for the use of doing tours and what a pleasure to fly. Little under powered from FL380 if you really want to sit at FL400 or FL410 you really have to managed a step clime from FL380 and have to keep her at 87% thrust at FL410. She is more comfy at FL350 - FL380 for the cruise at Mach 0.8.
I've been having all sorts of fun over the last couple of months brewing up an interesting collection of airports for next year's European Tour. I've just put the finishing touches to it, so I thought I'd post a few pics of one of the little challenges that will be included, for those who dare. I won't say where the airport is until the Tour comes out, just to keep you in suspense.....
It's one of those places where, owing to the presence of some hideously large chunks of rock scattered over the landscape nearby, the runway is significantly offset from the localiser — so you only really have one chance to get it right or it's a go-around. There is an alternative procedure whereby you overfly the runway and then do a circle to land coming back, but I'm too old to wait that long (I'm bound to be desperate for a beer by that point), so I just go for it.
And since I can get a 744 in there, you guys'll find it easy-peasy, right?
The thing is — you'll have to wait until the Tour comes out to find where the airport is (if you've been there, please don't spoil it for the ones that haven't, let it come as a surprise...). This is the European Tour, remember, so you can forget about Nepal or South America. (Mind you, I have noticed that lil' ol' Europe does have a mountain or three scattered around...).
OK, here come the HappySnaps:
It wasn't the greatest weather for flying in the region, today.
At the end of the descent there's a scenic trip through the mountains as you approach the airport.
It's an... "interesting" approach.
The runway is in sight (just about).
Although we're currently about 20 degrees off the runway centreline....
OK, I'm going for this....
Landing (or maybe crashing, one of the two) imminent.
Yup, we're looking good
Hah! Not quite on the centreline.
But we're down.
It isn't a particularly long runway, though. Braaaaakes....!
OK, where's that beer?