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  1. 2 points
    WW2196

    Desert Everywhere...

    I have been amazed at the variation of what I see outside my virtual cockpit during my adventure. This trip to Salt Lake City in Utah was no exception. Hot, endless and sand are a few words that spring to mind. This was also going to be one of my longest legs with 369 miles to fly. It was also my 'coldest' start so far, taking off from Carson City with a cool 10 degrees centigrade showing on the instruments. Probably due to the altitude of the airport and the early start of 0630 hours. Take off from KCXP The initial bit of the flight taxed my trusty cessna a bit. Already at a hight altitude in the mountains with further high ground aroud me but we managed it. I turned north east for a while before heading east over the mostly empty space of Nevada. After flying some time over the rocky and craggy land that makes up Neveda I crossed the border into Utah and almost immedietly entered the endless flat sands of the Great Salt Lake Desert... The Great Salt Lake Desert This desert is massive but eventually I could see the water of the Great Salt Lake... The Great Salt Lake...not too far to go now I was going to approach KSLC from the north which entailed flying towards the Wasatch Range before turning right to approach my destination... Wasatch Range ahead....KSLC off to my right ... and there is KSLC I managed a safe and sound landing at the major airport that is KSLC. Salt Lake City has a population of 193,744, making it the largest city in Utah as well as the capital. It ranks as 123rd in size amongst cities across the USA. Amazing to think a major metropolitan area has grown up in such a hot and arid area. A short stop over in Salt Lake City before heading east again. Wyoming up next....
  2. 2 points
    Flaps

    2017 North America Flt 17055

    Sorry, Haven't been blogging for awhile. Some new treatments I've been going thru have left me without a lot of energy. Keeping my flight hours up has been the priority. But with starting to settle a little and feeling better, it's time to get back to it. Picking back up and dropping into the 2017 North America Tour. This is the 6th leg of the tour; Montreal, Canada to Charlottetown, Canada. It's one of the longer legs with 448 nm. Feeling like a little adventure these days, I've chosen to do this tour in a Cessna T303 Crusader. Of course this is going to make things a little longer, but with about 100 hours to go for Senior Captain, that works for me. LOL The guide has this leg at 1 hr and 16 min but all in it took 2 hrs and 50 min. Doing much better with " simming " and not just playing around I was able to do the entire flight from the VC without pausing and a landing rate of -157 fpm. Unfortunately I didn't decide to blog until halfway into the flight so I don't have any screen shots from the beginning of the flight. Looking out the wind screen Starting to run into some weather....... Nice right side view Taxiing In Welcome to Charlottetown !!!
  3. 2 points
    After a lengthy absence from the touring life, not to mention blogging, this old bastard has once again jumped back in to the left seat. My postponed 2017 Asia tour resumes with a flight from Sumatra, Indonesia to Samui, Thailand. While the first few legs were flown in X-Plane 10, flying the E1000, I have returned to P3D v3 in recent times and it is that platform that will provide yours truly with the opportunity to complete this adventure, flying the delightful L049 Constellation by A2A Simulations. The Connie is one of those aircraft that steals your heart and never gives it back. If life had punished blessed me with another daughter, I think she may have been named Connie, such is my affection for this old gal. It is an aircraft that deserved the A2A treatment and they have delivered their finest work in my opinion. Time to board our virtual pax, with our 'sweetheart' Betty doing the honours at the top of the stairs. When this bird loads into the sim, you hear the crew exchanges pleasantries and one of my flights had the Captain saying 'Hello sweetheart' to Betty. She didn't take offence, because none was intended! Ah, how I long for these simpler times... FTX Global for the textures, REX for the clouds and the PTA tool for the shaders. Still not sure if I like the PTA thing as I'm not a heavy tweaker. I will experiment with it during this tour and reserve judgement for later. Beautiful modelling inside and out by the guys at A2A. I didn't capture many screenshots during this flight because...to be honest...there wasn't much to see. Here's a couple from the final stages as I turned off the autopilot. I won't blog every flight on the tour, but will check back in every now and again with a progress update. Until next time
  4. 1 point
    Quick update on a short 92 mile flight from Sacramento to Carson City the capital of Nevada, the 14th state capital visited so far. Time for a quick shot of stats too....Nevada is the 7th most extensive, 34th most populous and 9th least densely populated of the 50 states. Basically its big with not many people. In fact over 3/4 of the residents of the state live in Clark County which contains the Las Vegas-Paradise metropolitan area. This flight takes me nowhere near Clark County however but to Carson City the state capital just over the border from California. Took off from KSAC at about 9am for the shortest leg so far of this epic journey. Default X Plane 11 scenery is very good and here we can see downtown Sacramento with the American and Sacramento Rivers in the distance... Downtown Sacramento Lake Folsom situated a few miles northwest of Sacramento Mountains as we start to approach the border. Tahoe National Forest below (or is it the Eldorado National Forest) Lake Tahoe in view. The border between California and Nevada cuts the lake in half north to south. Not a bad landing at Carson City Airport (KCXP) - another decent bit of X plane scenery that comes with the simulation Fairly warm in Carson City with 26 degrees centigrade on the instruments. In 2010 Carson City had a population of 55,274, making it the 6th largest city in the state. Carson City is notable in being a consolidated city or independent city i.e it is both a county and a city in one. Apparently prior to 1969 Carson City was the county seat of Ormsby County as well as the State capital. In 1969 the county of Ormsby was abolished and the city limits of Carson City are the same as what Ormsby County was with the far west of the City limits extending mid way across Lake Tahoe to the California state line. Learn something new every day! Next capital on the schedule is found in Utah...
  5. 1 point
    The next flight took me to Phoenix, capital of Arizona. Arizona was the last of the 48 contiguous states to achieve statehood just over 100 years ago in 1912. I decided to set off on this leg at around 2am local time from Austin, TX to try and catch the first rays of sunlight as I approached Phoenix. And alos to avoid the horrendous daytime heat in the desert. Pictures always speak louder than words so without further ado... First light over the Phoenix Metro Area The pictures don't do it justice but the lighting and early morning haze over greater Phoenix was jaw dropping. And there we have it, my first sunrise on the trip... Again, the lighting in X plane is amazing. Here is one of the many mountainous areas around Phoenix with the ealry morning light bouncing off it KPHX in the distance on approach Cleared to land at Phoenix Sky Harbour (KPHX). I managed a very smooth landing too!! As well as being the capital of the state, Phoenix is by far the largest city in Arizona with a population of 1,615,017. Phoenix is also the 5th largest state in the US as a whole. So thats 12 state capitals visited so far, just under 25% done. 38 yet to go. Due to the distances involved I will not be flying direct to the capital of California, but will tackle that in stages. I think a view of the Pacific is in order next, having started this adventure near the Atlantic some time ago...
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