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  2. Latitude24

    Air Hauler 2 - Nomad Day 2

    Indeed. Which is why this hobby is very much enjoyable! Thanks again for the kind words. I'm really happy with the way the visuals are looking lately...
  3. brian747

    Air Hauler 2 - Nomad Day 2

    Great blog and pics! Although I grieved for you with this: Grrr.... Now that sort of thing is another reason why I prefer to be an independent Charter company! But each to their own, and hey — it's merely a trivial incident in your vlying career, compared to the other visual gorgeousness going on. Cheers, Brian
  4. Yesterday
  5. somersethedge

    Air Hauler 2 The First set

    must admit AH1 or 2 makes flying from point A to point B more worthwhile as you now have a purpose, and having more than one company (in different parts of the world) means that you always have a flight to do.
  6. Latitude24

    Air Hauler 2 The First set

    If it isn't there you can't use it. I get the theory
  7. harrry

    Air Hauler 2 The First set

    I have an even more efficient one who makes sure I have no cash.
  8. brian747

    Air Hauler 2 The First set

    <grin> Oh dear, your pics are very convincing. I should explain that apart from Global I have uninstalled my other Orbx stuff (especially Vector) since I only vly (virtually fly) 744s and so tend to spend the majority of my simming time either within an airport boundary at ground level (or just above it), or else at FL300+. I do, therefore, use the Blue Marble high altitude textures. And whilst I did briefly experiment with TomatoShade, I didn't pursue it — however I think your pics have now prompted me to look at the whole area of shaders and so on again..... I understand. Happily, Brian's Charter has an extremely efficient FD and company secretary who takes care of those areas for me. All part of the perks of being the boss. Cheers, Brian
  9. Latitude24

    Air Hauler 2 - Nomad Day 2

    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!!!
  10. Last week
  11. Latitude24

    Air Hauler 2 The First set

    Thanks Brian! I have PTA installed and I recently started using ENVTEX. Sprinkle a little ORBX in there somewhere. I don't mind the prices and schedules. I just like being in control of the cash I make and I can use it on something.
  12. brian747

    Air Hauler 2 The First set

    Great blog! I like the pics, too (shaders?). And I'm glad you enjoy AH. (I say this because I tried it once, but quickly decided that I sim mostly to get away from fuel prices and schedules, so I guess it's not for me.) Cheers, Brian
  13. Latitude24

    Air Hauler 2 The First set

    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!
  14. Earlier
  15. brian747

    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 Top of descent: At last — land! KSFO rwy 28R:
  16. WW9731

    [2019 Europe] Part 2: Legs 6 to 10

    Cheers Brian
  17. WW9731

    [2019 Europe] Part 2: Legs 6 to 10

    Yes indeed mate
  18. nearest airport EGBB Birmingham.

  19. brian747

    [2019 Europe] Part 2: Legs 6 to 10

    Adventurous, entertaining, and visually splendid, too. Thank you, Matthew! :-) Cheers, Brian
  20. Knight W

    [2019 Europe] Part 2: Legs 6 to 10

    You get two kind of pilots, those who did a wheels up and those who are still going to do a wheels up.......lol
  21. WW9731

    [2019 Europe] Part 2: Legs 6 to 10

    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. Safely away. 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.
  22. harrry

    Teaser for the 2019 European Tour

    What worries me is he has a whole year to plot mischief for the next. He may be freezing his monkeys in Mongolia but that is sure to be summer compared to what is to come.
  23. WW9731

    Teaser for the 2019 European Tour

    Having now visited the airport in question on the 2019 Europe tour, I'm sure I heard Brian's evil cackle still lingering in the air as I touched down off my second approach.
  24. WW9731

    Far(ther) East — Magadan to Beijing

    Great post Brian. Enjoyed sharing the journey with you as always.
  25. brian747

    Far(ther) East — Magadan to Beijing

    <grin> You're dead right — it was safely hanging up at home, waiting for a less... sensitive occasion. What with that and their smog and their... "idiosyncratic" (shall we say) implementation of metric RVSM, Beijing isn't my favourite place to go. But at least Beijing wasn't -26º! Cheers, Brian
  26. harrry

    Far(ther) East — Magadan to Beijing

    I hope you hid that old airforce greatcoat....you never know what trouble it could get you in there.
  27. 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. Cheers, Brian
  28. Trooper

    A contrast in climate (Toronto to Miami)

    Thats a good one!
  29. Your friend must have been a good Requirements Proffessional for software design:)
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