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    From the album Prepar3d v4

    Coming out of KLAX, all maxed sliders 60+ FPS
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    The challenge...

    Hello all, I recently moved over to x plane from FSX/P3D and have been very impressed with the feel and look of my new sim. Just feels more real. Anyway I joined Worldwide Virtual due to the freedom to fly anywhere in anything. Which fits nicely with my rather daft challenge. To fly to all US state capitals in GA aircraft. This in itself will be an epic journey, but in the back of my mind I have a hazy plan to visit all the capitals of the nations on the planet in due course...but I'll leave that for later...maybe. Lets just try the not insignificant challenge of the US state capitals first! My vague 'rules' are: 1. I can use any GA plane - but will probably mostly use the very decent X plane 11 default C172. 2. I aim to fly in turn to each airport listed on Wikipedia as being the main or closest airport to each of the 50 State capitals. Common sense applies. 3. I can land at intermediate airports to break up long journeys. 4. I will start at KFFA, First Flight Airport on the coast of North Carolina, where the Wright brothers conducted much of there work to get flying off the ground. 5. At this stage I have no idea where I will end up with the 50th. See where we go... 6. Real weather to be used (I have envirox) 7. As far as possible I will obey charts and aviation rules, planning etc. So if an airport I am flying to is below minimums, I'll have to divert. I can fly VFR or IFR. I will of course record my flights via Worldwide Virtual! 8. I'll try and learn about the places I'm going to, but the main idea is to have fun. So, there we have it. A bit of an epic undertaking and who knows how long it will take me (family and work and real life take priority of course!) And I'm already 4 flights in... next blog update will see us ticking off 3 States...
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    First Steps...

    So 5th June saw the start of my journey. My trusty C172 parked up at the small airfield of First Flight Airport (KFFA). A huge amount of aviation history tied up with this airport. You could say it is where it all began with the Wright brothers and their experiments and tests with early flight. I decided to do a relatively short 31 mile hop to Hyde County Airport (K7W6). I'm still getting to grips with X plane and the weather wasn't brilliant either with high winds and low visibility. The first state capital in my sights was Raleigh, the capital of North Carolina. That would have to wait until another day due to very poor weather in the vicinity of the capital. After an uneventful short flight I landed safely at the rural Hyde County Airport for a overnight stop over. The following day saw 2 State capitals ticked off the list. First a 139 mile flight from Hyde County into Raleigh Durham International Airport (KRDU). North Carolina done, 49 capitals to go. I noticed that Raleigh is not the largest city in North Carolina, (a common theme with state capitals). Charlotte being the largest city in NC with Raleigh being the second largest city in the state. The capital city has a population 458,880, ranking it 41st in the US and its fairly old (founded in 1792) - NB: I live in England, so 1792 is not that old compared to some of the buildings/places we have here :). Anyway, thats enough history for now, another flight was in the offing... North Carolina State Flag After a short stay in Raleigh I was off again leaving KRDU, heading south west for the 163 mile trip to Columbia Metrpolitan Airport (KCAE) serving the South Carolina state capital of Columbia. Again the flight was uneventful with VFR conditions but plenty of cloud about, but at sufficent altitude to allow safe VFR flying (well, as safe as it can be with me at the controls). The city of Columbia appears to be a much smaller than Raleigh with a population of 134,309 in the city proper ranking at 199th across the US. Again, Columbia is the second largest city in the state with the city of Charleston pipping it to the post by a few thousand people. It also looks like the state capital is a nice place to live with it being named in the "10 Great Cities to Live In" by a magazine and in the top 30 "Most Livable Communites" by another organisation. I have no opinion either way never having actually been there! South Carolina State Flag So thats two state capitals done, 48 to go with plenty to of flying to do. Now I am caught up, my next update should dwell more on the actual flying!! More to follow in due course... (By the way I'm using 2016 US Census estimates for population etc. Any errors are totally mine)
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    From the album Prepar3d v4

    Another shot leaving Chicago
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    From the album Trip to London

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    Training trip to London.

    From the album Trip to London

    Flying the Pilatus PC-21.
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    From the album The Shaky Isles in P3D (by WW9731)

    Approaching runway 32 at NZQN for a crosswind challenge. The touchdown wasn't pretty, but thankfully the only damage was to the pilot's pride.
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    Just a brief update on progress... Left Columbia, SC for the 166mile flight west into Georgia to land at the worlds busiest airport by passenger traffic, Hartfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (KATL). Atlanta being the state capital of Georigia, and, for the first time on my trip, it is also the largest city in the state too. 472,522 people live in Atlanta making it the 38th largest city in the US and the biggest state capital I've visited so far. The airport is immense and I got a bit lost on the maze of taxi ways for little while. I've also noticed how warm and humid it is here. After a quick stop over I took off again. Finding my way round the massive KATL... Georgia State Flag This time, heading almost due south to Tallahassee I took off and immeadielty got heavily thrown about by turbulance and chop in the vicinity of the KATL. One thing I have noticed in X plane is the flight model just feels more alive and 'realistic'. I was getting that thrown around that much after take off that I started to feel a bit sick! And thats sat at my computer desk!! The bouncing around stopped as I got about 10 miles away from KATL which was a welcome relief and I settled down to a pleasant sunny flight of 194 miles down into Florida to land at Tallahassee Regional Airport (KTLH) serving the capital. Landed in the early evening and it was still very hot at 29C - sorry American friends, not sure what that is in Farrenheit but its hot whichever way you measure it! Tallahasse is the 7th biggest city in Florida apparently and the 126th biggest in the US with 190,682 people. I like the airport, fairly small, with the two runways making an L shape, an arrangement I have't seen before. Florida State Flag So, 4 states done, 46 to go and the weather has been kind so far.... Time to start heading further west me thinks...
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    Personally, I think it would be great to include a few screenshots of each journey. There's a quite a bit of variation in what we see out the virtual window across platforms. Heck, even within the same platform sometimes Keep the posts coming.
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    All the best with this, look forward to following your progress.
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    Great way to jump into WWV with BOTH feet !! Glad you're here, up and flying and WAY TO GO with jumping right into the blogs !!!
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    From the album Prepar3d v4

    Looks real
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    From the album Prepar3d v4

    The last active sky update has made the sim look even better
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    From the album Prepar3d v4

    Leaving Chicago enroute Atlanta
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    From the album Prepar3d v4

    Still on approach to KORD, missed the VECTOR in the FMC so had to do a loop to get down lower
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    From the album Prepar3d v4

    Coming over the mountains, more distance shots
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    From the album The Shaky Isles in P3D (by WW9731)

    Returning to Queenstown after a short hop from Wanaka.