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These are the voyages of Brian's Charter's 747-400 aircraft. 

(Older trips now re-uploaded after Photobucket decided to stop free image hosting).

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Short trip to Nantes Atlantique

Short trip to Nantes Atlantique

It was a glorious sunny day, and after a morning of paperwork in the office I felt like a quick trip. As it turned out, we had some heavy cargo to get to Nantes, in Brittany, so this seemed like the perfect choice. Loading the aircraft went smoothly at the Brian's Charter Farnborough base, so it wasn't long before we were pushing back. Here are some pics of the trip:   01. Leaving Farnborough behind                                          02. Passing Gatwick  

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Crossing the North pole — Thule to Kokshetau

Crossing the North pole — Thule to Kokshetau

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 P

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Sunny trip from Corfu to Vienna

Sunny trip from Corfu to Vienna

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! Cheers, Brian   Route chart LGKR-LOWW Take-off from Corfu   Wheels up Climb-out   Over the mountains Into Austria   Getting closer (route map)

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Tour of London — by 747!

Tour of London — by 747!

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 understandabl

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Another long haul

Another long haul

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.    Cheers, Brian                

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Far(ther) East — Magadan to Beijing

Far(ther) East — Magadan to Beijing

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

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A contrast in climate (Toronto to Miami)

A contrast in climate (Toronto to Miami)

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   T

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Teaser for the 2019 European Tour

Teaser for the 2019 European Tour

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 scattere

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Leeds-Bradford (slightly in advance of Worldflight)

Leeds-Bradford (slightly in advance of Worldflight)

I usually follow along with one or more of the Worldflight trips, although without the "benefit" of Vatsim. This year Worldflight's only UK landfall is at Leeds-Bradford, where the 7,382 ft runway is not the shortest they have to contend with this year, but nonetheless it still requires some care in a Boeing 747-400. Although as luck would have it, (well, my sort of luck anyway) as things turned out I had rather less than that to work with. But I'm getting ahead of myself. It all started wh

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London Heathrow to Sydney Kingsford Smith non-stop in a 747-400 ER?!

London Heathrow to Sydney Kingsford Smith non-stop in a 747-400 ER?!

This trip came about as the result of an offline chat I have been having with Alan (WW1000) in which we were discussing the new Tours — and in particular the Long Haul Tour, in which at least some of the legs were by most standards a bit too long for an unmodified Boeing 744. I had therefore resigned myself to not attempting that Tour — until Alan mentioned that he had once done London-Sydney non-stop in a 744, and that made me think again. Obviously, an unmodified 747 (even an ER version w

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Christmas trip to Sion (yes, in a 747-400!)

Christmas trip to Sion (yes, in a 747-400!)

Usually for my Christmas trip I do Rovaniemi or Iceland or one of the traditional Santa-ish places to go. But this year, I thought I'd try somewhere different (apart from the snow, of course), so I picked Sion, LSGS. Those of you who know Sion will by now be thinking that it's no place to land a 747, and you're dead right, it isn't. In the Real World™ you'd be in quite a lot of trouble if you tried it (as I discovered, they're a bit short on 747-sized parking spaces, apart from anything els

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Chinese trip: Lhasa Gonggar airport (ZULS) to Sanya Phoenix Intl. (ZJSY)

Chinese trip: Lhasa Gonggar airport (ZULS) to Sanya Phoenix Intl. (ZJSY)

I decided to do a trip totally within Chinese airspace, especially given the aggressive programme of airport building that is currently going on in China. Air traffic there is controlled by the military — also, all altitude clearances from ATC are given in meters, but the Chinese have devised their own special Metres to Feet conversion table which seems to assumes that 300 metres is equivalent to 1000 ft <gulp> and which must be used by all aircraft for conversion. (IRL, another consequenc

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Manchester to Manila, Philippines

Manchester to Manila, Philippines

Yesterday I vlew from Manchester to Manila, a trip of six and a half thousand miles. The only problem I generally find with trips from the UK to that part of the world is that for most of the time you're vlying over thousands of miles of Russian steppes, so that even if the clouds part to let you see the ground there's, well, nothing much to see. A bit boring when it comes to posting pics of the trip therefore — so I've concentrated on a few other things that were happening on the flightdeck ins

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Flight from Frankfurt to Bali

Flight from Frankfurt to Bali

Trip from EDDF - WADD (FRANKFURT/MAIN (GERMANY) - I GUSTI NGURAH RAI INTL (INDONESIA)) Flight distance 6,561nm FMC-estimated flight time 13 hours 40 minutes. Zero Fuel Weight    220,572kg Release fuel            165,480kg Reserve fuel             4.7 tonnes Payload                 323 + 2 pax;  30,771 kg freight and baggage. ATC ROUTE:  N0489F310 DCT TOBAK N858 ERSIL UN858 DESAR/N0493F330 UZ419 OGSEN/N0486F290 UZ419 LASIS L986 LUXAR L984 DIBED/K0908F290 L984 GORKU/K09

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Flight from Finland to Tenerife (North)

Flight from Finland to Tenerife (North)

Trip from EFHK - GCXO (HELSINKI VANTAA (FINLAND) - TENERIFE-NORTH (CANARY ISLANDS)) Flight distance 2,562nm FMC-estimated flight time 5 hours 23 minutes. Actual flight time (see the OOOI times, below): 5 hours 59 minutes  (there were persistent headwinds throughout — I almost needed to dip into reserve fuel!) OOOI times: Out (from gate): 0939z Wheels Off (take-off) time from Vantaa: 0948z Wheels On (landing) time at Tenerife North: 1547z In (gate arrival with parking brake

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Mediterranean sunshine — Malaga to Marseille

Mediterranean sunshine — Malaga to Marseille

Mediterranean sunshine — Malaga to Marseille   Having suffered dull and wet weather in my area for several days, I felt like a spot of sunshine. So I dug this trip out of my archives: it takes me from Malaga in Spain (LEMG) to Marseille in France (LFML). A pleasant stooge along the coast for a couple of hours — although it’s not quite as innocuous as it may seem, as you’ll see. Against all the odds, though, both the departure and arrival runways have the same orientation: 313º in both

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Natal to Cape Verde (the full saga)

Natal to Cape Verde (the full saga)

A Brian’s Charter trip – Natal to Cape Verde (the saga)   Unusually for me, I was not feeling my habitually amiable self. The reason for this (the wounds were self-inflicted, as you’ll see — which only made things worse) was that I had given both Ken and Geoff, my F/Os, leave for the whole of the Christmas and (beyond) New Year period, assisted by the fact that as it happened there was no demand for our specialised services during that time anyway. I had been warned to have one of them

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