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  2. WW4392

    2019 European Tour

    Just landed in Portugal (LPPT), flying in to Farnborough,(EGLF), tonight then flying home to Birmingham (EGBB). And that will be Europe 2019 done. (Pics to follow as soon as I have converted them to jpg and less than 4mb).
  3. WW4392

    2019 European Tour

    Reports on legs 22 - 25 coming soon. I know how excited you are but please be patient. lol
  4. Last week
  5. WW4392

    2019 European Tour

    Leg 21 LIML Milan Linate, to, LFRS Nantes. Aircraft 737-800. Takeoff r/way 36R, at Milan Linate: Landing r/way 21 Nantes France. Some really nice scenery coming over the snow covered Alps.
  6. WW4392

    2019 European Tour

    Thanks for the encouragement Brian. Ya can't just crash-land if you are coming in "hot", you have to keep it real. However, having said that I have never flown online, Vatsim etc. Pics from leg 20, LFKB Bastia to LIML Milan Linate. Pic No: 1 Airport in sight Pic No: 2 Lining up Pic No: 3 Taxy to stand. Pic No: 4 Parked and Shut Down.
  7. brian747

    2019 European Tour

    You're goin' great! And well done on the go-around; not all virtual pilots are prepared for that possibility! Cheers, Brian
  8. WW4392

    2019 European Tour

    On runway 22 at Tessera, Venice [LIPZ]; ready for takeoff to Bastia, Poretta, [LFKB]. When I got to Bastia throttle refused to decelerate, then found that I had left auto-throttle engaged, [I was hand flying it in], so had to go around, good practice though. Not far from the finish line in this tour.
  9. Earlier
  10. WW4392

    2019 European Tour

    Just done another leg; LOWG [Graz] to LIPZ [Tessera]. Can't find photos AGAIN! But when I do find were they have disappeared to I will upload them. This was quite a short trip and so are the next 2 to Bastia and Milan Linate. I might try going from Bastia to Milan Linate with a DC3 or a Hawker Sidley 748, could be good fun.
  11. WW4392

    2019 European Tour

    Thanks for the encouragement captain.
  12. brian747

    2019 European Tour

    > "I thought that because there were no exceptions, ( runway was dry and wind was 030/03 ), that I was obligated to land on 09." <grin> Nah — this is Worldwide Virtual! We specialise in giving our pilots all the freedom in the world. (Literally). I was just making the suggestion that perhaps if you felt that you needed rwy 27 (and it was legal) then feel free to to wake the ground controllers up and ask for it! > " Nevermind it was a good and safe landing and that's all that counts really." I'll drink to that. But you're the Captain, Captain. I'm the last person in the world to suggest ignoring proper procedures, I was just gently wondering whether in this case you might have gone for it, that's all. The procedures for rwy 27 exist, and anyway they only want you to land on 09 to avoid waking the Mayor up or something, which isn't the most important reason in the (virtual) world. Although maybe if I was the Mayor I'd feel differently, I guess. But hey — YMMV, and all that jazz. Do whatever you feel is good. WV won't dictate to you, one way or the other. Cheers, Brian
  13. WW4392

    2019 European Tour

    It does say in the guide that , quote " runway 09 is normally used for landings and rwy 27 for takeoffs - subject to certain exceptions" unquote. I thought that because there were no exceptions, ( runway was dry and wind was 030/03 ), that I was obligated to land on 09. I subscribe to Navigraph so my charts etc shouldn't be out of date. But 27 would have been easier. Nevermind it was a good and safe landing and that's all that counts really. btw I'll be taking off on 27.
  14. brian747

    2019 European Tour

    > "Can only land on runway 9 at DTTJ and takeoff on 27. " Er.... Well OK, it's true that for reasons of noise abatement rwy 09 is "normally" used for landings and rwy 27 for take-offs (provided yada yada yada) but you *do* have the option to request the alternative — and the procedures are charted. Djerba has authorised departures for both rwy 09 and rwy 27 (and there's also a turn pad at both ends of the runway, which could be a hint). And although there are no lead-in lights for rwy 27, an RNAV (GNSS) arrival can be authorised on request (if your aircraft is suitably equipped). If not, you could also do a VOR DME (with a DME arc at 13 nm from JBA) or even a good ol' vanilla VOR to rwy 27 if needed. (I must confess that in a situation like this I sometimes tend to take the "un-usual" option, just to give the approach / departure controllers something to relieve their boredom. And it's often a more "interesting" way in / out, too). I do throw in a challenge or two, but Djerba wasn't meant to be one of them, honest! Cheers, Brian
  15. WW4392

    2019 European Tour

    Here we go over the sea to Tunisia,[DTTJ]. Unfortunately no pics for this one, I thought I had taken some shots but can't find them anywhere they usually sit in "saved pictures, FSX pics" but not there. Can only land on runway 9 at DTTJ and takeoff on 27.
  16. harrry

    Confiscated

    I think that happened to Brian747 one trip he posted to South America...he eventually got it back and after an overweight takeof (when he arrived empty),,,the overweight dissapeared shortly after landing back in another country.
  17. brian747

    Confiscated

    The continuing adventures of.... I find that it greatly enhances one's simming to have a background narrative, and it's great for your blog readers, too. Many thanks for sharing your fun — and those pics — with us. Cheers, Brian
  18. WW4392

    2019 European Tour

    Another leg completed, decided to stay over in Catania before going on to Tunisia. One thing that seemed strange on approach, the PAPI lights stayed white all the way down. Must be a graphics gremlin somewhere!!
  19. WW4392

    2019 European Tour

    Back from the Lake District. I went to check out the museum at RAF Millom only to find that the museum itself is very small, not much there and the airfield is now HM Prison, Millom. What I did find interesting are the maps that where used to navigate during WWII. I think that today we are very fortunate to have things like Navigraph etc, to find our way around. And it's largely due to navigation pioneers like Flt Sgt Knutton and his colleagues that we have what we have.
  20. Latitude24

    Visiting Saanen / LSGK in Switzerland

    Always take such nice pictures!
  21. Latitude24

    Confiscated

    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. GREAT NEWS! 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. STAY TUNED!
  22. WW4392

    2019 European Tour

    Yeh, I did look at the chart extract and also the full chart on Navigraph, but not the description. Good lesson there. I tend not to read instructions for flat pack furniture either. :).
  23. brian747

    2019 European Tour

    > "... it does give the impression of a "straight in" approach..." Sorry if it came as a surprise. Now if you had read the description (with chart extract) on page 17 of the accompanying documentation, on the other hand, you would have been ready for it. (Dunno why I write this stuff...). ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Zapping rogue AI is The Way To Go, I reckon — zero tolerance for bad behaviour! Cheers, Brian
  24. One of our exciting and exclusive destinations, Saanen airport (LSGK) in Switzerland. Not the simplest airport to land in bad weather conditions. (Freeware by ORBX) Visit our website on www.q2logistics.be
  25. WW4392

    2019 European Tour

    Thanks Brian. Looking at the GPS and the map on the way in to Tivat it does give the impression of a "straight in" approach, till you get to see the runway then you realise all too soon that it isn't. That's why I went around to have a look at 14 but that looked even trickier, so I settled on 32. It's a good test for your landing technique. Yes I had Ultimate Traffic on max, but it is a good feeling when you can Zap AI.
  26. 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 Climb-out 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 Approach lights That touchdown moment... Brakes, spoilers, and reverse thrust Arrived - position as shown on Instructor's Station map Shutting down at the gate Cheers, Brian
  27. brian747

    2019 European Tour

    I'm glad you enjoyed Tivat — it's a little unusual in its landing requirements. Like you, I hate kamikaze AI with a passion: however, if you have a spare joystick button and you'd like to implement a solution, see my document in the downloads section on that topic. Cheers, Brian
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