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    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
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    Here in England it seems to have been raining for weeks. In fact, it mostly has been, especially in parts of the Midlands which have been badly hit by floods in consequence. So I felt like a little virtual sunshine to cheer me up, and this little job was just the thing — ferrying some happy holidaymakers from Montego Bay, Jamaica, to St. Maarten — a run across the Caribbean of just over 800 miles. This was also my first serious trip using X-Plane as my scenery generator rather than P3Dv4 — PSX can drive a puppet aircraft in either sim. It took me a little while to get rid of the slightly washed-out look that I got from fresh-from-the-proverbial-box X-Plane, but you'll be able to tell from these unretouched screenshots whether I succeeded or not. Another purpose of the trip was to have a look at the quality of the airports — I still find it hard to believe just how many high quality airports you can download for free in X-Plane, such as this excellent rendering of St. Maarten (a free download by "Wingman1967" on the amazing X-Plane.org site). I was feeling decidedly cheered up after the trip, so I am cautiously optimistic that X-Plane is going to be a permanent resident on one of my SSDs. But judge for yourself (whilst all these pics have been reduced from 3440x1440 pixels down to 1200 pixels wide to save bandwidth, they have not otherwise been tweaked in any way). Cheers, Brian 01. Montego Bay rwy 25 1200px.jpg 02. Jamaica farewell (and other songs) 1200px.jpg 03. Climb-out 1200px.jpg 04. Pax wndow view 1200px.jpg 05. About to cross the island west to east 1200px.jpg 06. Heading inland 1200px.jpg 07 Now headed for the Dominican Republic 1200px.jpg 08. Cruising at FL410 1200px.jpg 09. Passing Puerto Rico and starting to descend 1200px.jpg 10. Turning towards the St Maarten runway 1200px.jpg 11. Wheels down for the tricky bit 1200px.jpg 12. A slightly early touchdown is good here 1200px.jpg 13. A good test for the carbon brakes 1200px.jpg 14. Arrived at the gate 1200px.jpg 1S. Shut down - mine's a rum punch! 1200px.jpg
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    I've always liked long haul, and I've always liked cargo flights. There's no pax to worry about, for a start, but also you get to see airports that aren't on the usual tourist trail. Take Cincinnati, for example (or "northern Kentucky International Airport", as it is more grandly known). It's a seriously big airport, and what makes it especially interesting is that it's a big hub for cargo carriers such as DHL, Amazon Air, and also Polar Air Cargo, with whom Brian's Charter has always had a friendly relationship. We lend each other 744s and/or crew from time to time at reasonable prices, and it's an arrangement that suits both of us. So I'm at Cincinnati to do one of their regular cargo runs — from Cincinnati to Seoul, around 6,000 miles and 13 hours of anybody's aviation fuel. You'll find it in WV's newer schedules: look for PO237 or PO713. In fact, why don't I show you my cheat sheet oops sorry flight summary (I like to have everything I need on one piece of paper that I can clip to the yoke), to sketch out a few possibilities: But just before I show you a few pics of the vlight, please forgive me if I vent a small but deeply-felt rant against those developers (including AI aircraft suppliers) who seem to entirely overlook cargo aircraft. This version of Cincinnati is a case in point. The DHL cargo area is huge, and (RW) crowded, and I happen to know that at night it's ablaze with light. Not this version, which is totally dark at night, and as for being busy, here you can see me waiting for pushback clearance: Lonely, isn't it? <sigh> OK, rant over. At least my depiction of Seoul isn't like that, as you'll see when we get there. Anyway, it wasn't long before I was cleared for take-off, heading west, towards Alaska. This is the U.S. of A., so no need to ask what the Transition Altitude is, and I was soon overhead Chicago. My route was taking me to the top left-hand corner of the U.S. — — and then straight on across Russia. (At this point I'll compress things somewhat, since a blow-by-blow account of a thirteen-hour vlight is somewhat lacking in interest, and cut to the more interesting bits). Eventually, I left Russia not far from Vladivostok and headed out over the Sea of Japan. A slightly circuitous approach was called for, since I had been allocated rwy 16 for my arrival, as you can see on the map in the PSX Instructor Station. During the long vlight I had started cruising at FL360 and as the fuel burned off step-climbed to 380, 400, 420, and eventually FL440, so it was a longer than usual descent. The forecasted descent winds were surprisingly gentle for this part of the world, which can be quite unfriendly in that respect at times: The STAR called for what felt almost like part of a DME arc, before placing me directly onto the runway heading.... ....after which it was a straightforward landing. Touchdown is always something of a relief after a long trip! Oh, and here's the cargo area at Seoul — now that's more like what I'd expect to see! (I'm at gate 628, incidentally). That's it, folks. But why not try a long haul trip yourself? Cheers, Brian
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    Knight W

    Knight Aviation Historical

    Knight Aviation always wanted to start a new division called Knight Aviation Historical since Knight got hold of a Grumman Goose G21A when the Cape Town City Council contacted Knight to hear if he could help with removing a Goose just floating in the harbour and none of their pilots they hired could get her to start. He said yes if they will pay us, and they agreed. When we got the Goose back to KA Hangers we soon discovered that the Engines were newly overhauled and the Airframe newly redone. So why did she not want to start? So we called up some of the old timers we knew and finally got hold of a manual for the Goose. She fired up the first time when we followed the startup procedure and it turned out that none of the new generation pilots knew how to start her (probably because there are no TV screens in the cockpit). Soon she was back in the skies where she belongs. More recently Knight got a call from his friend @JusVonSchott that told him about a raffle that a company was running to help raise money for men wanting to flee their houses for a week and go to Oshkosh. They Raffled off one of their old Aircraft no longer in use for quite some time now and they could not even remember who was the last crew that flew her or when and who bought her. They think the name Uncle Sam rings a bell, who ever that was. It was a Douglas C-47/DC3 and that is all they knew about this aircraft that stood in their hanger in the corner now for so many years. Knight bought a ticket and thought no more about it. Then the phone rung and the voice on the other side wanted to know how we are planning to move our newly won C47 out of their hanger? We were all so excited and Knight immediately called another friend he knew flies Cargo to there from the UK and asked if he will help dismantling the C47 and fly it over to the UK where KA's 747-400 could pick it up and fly it to its new home, FACT Cape Town. @Richard of Fusion Cargo agreed and a week later our C-47 was in our hanger. We used the money we got from Cape Town City Council to assemble and repair where needed the airframe, and overhaul those two big radials. We gave her a fresh paint job back to her original paint with the added Knight Aviation decals. Now the next challenge was to find an Instructor old enough that still have this bird on his rating for Knight and a co-pilot to do a conversion, luckily we found one that is still active and soon we started our conversion over the skies of Cape Town On 16 October 2019 the first official Knight Aviation Historical flight took place from Cape Town FACT to George FAGG with the new old C-47/DC3 of Knight Aviation Historical. The flight of a merely 188NM took no less than 1hr 23 minutes, but was that a joyful 1hr23min. Here is the newly painted C-47 named Melisa, with her KA Decals.
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    Knight Aviation Historical

    Great post.... Love it!! -Dave
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    Knight Aviation Historical

    A storied ole bird, great job on the repaint
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    Knight W

    Fly Knight Aviation

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