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      Alpha Website Release 5   10/14/17

      We have just released the next alpha version of the new website and this one is a HUUUUGE release. Schedules search is complete, you can now add, view and remove bookings and a heap of pages have been added. Visit http://new.worldwidevirtual.net to check it out. As always the more feedback we get, the better the new website will be.

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    I decided to do a trip totally within Chinese airspace, especially given the aggressive programme of airport building that is currently going on in China. Air traffic there is controlled by the military — also, all altitude clearances from ATC are given in meters, but the Chinese have devised their own special Metres to Feet conversion table which seems to assumes that 300 metres is equivalent to 1000 ft <gulp> and which must be used by all aircraft for conversion. (IRL, another consequence of the fact that the country’s airspace is largely controlled by the military is that they leave little room for civilian aircraft even as the domestic airline industry is booming, so that the airways are chronically congested and delays are frequent. Happily, that doesn't affect simmers). The trip started at Lhasa, Tibet (ZULS) and ended at Sanya "Phoenix International" (ZJSY) — here's the map: as you can see a ground distance of 1211 nm became an air distance of 1603 nm.... The take-off was not entirely without interest. At an elevation of 11,713 ft Lhasa Gonggar airport (ZULS) is among the highest airports in the world (see the list at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_highest_airports ). Only aircraft that have been specially adapted to be able to land and take off at such high altitudes (and whose pilots have been specially trained) can use it — fortunately the Brian's Charter 744 has received such modification. Even so, I used nearly every inch of the available 13,123 feet of runway for my take-off, and then climbed gently and with extreme care, since the thin air at that altitude doesn't provide as much lift (and, of course, the engines don't provide as much thrust) as at a normal airport, either. Just for interest, I had previously tried the Microsoft trike at ZULS, and sure enough it was unable to get off the ground. With the surrounding terrain being somewhat inhospitable (!!), it pays not to stall when climbing away from Lhasa Gonggar! Fast forward to the end of the cruise, which included a couple of step climbs, and here you find me approaching the ToD. And here are some parts of the instrument panel at the start of the descent. After the cold snowy peaks of Tibet, the shores of the South China Sea provided a more welcoming appearance. Sanya airport is at the southern tip of Hainan, the southernmost province of China. Unlike ZULS, Sanya Phoenix airport presents a routine challenge when it comes to landing a 747-400, since its 11,155 ft runway is located at an elevation of just 95 ft. In 2016 the airport handled over 17 million passengers. Here are a few shots of the approach and landing — And soon after that I was shutting the aircraft down at gate 6. OK, now for the trip back — the approach into Lhasa Gonggar is "interesting", to say the least. ;-) B.
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    WW2196

    The Bluegrass State

    A picture paints a thousand words so I'll let the screenshots do most of the talking on this update and my flight from Nashville to the capital of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Frankfort. Take off from Nashville International Airport - downtown in distance. There be downtown Nashville back there Clouds and mist beginning to develop Proper instrument flying now... Nearing Frankfort and the cloud is thinning thank goodness Approaching Frankfort and its airport, the aptly named Capital City Airport. (KFFT) Bit low as I approach the threshold The trusty Cessna tucked up for the night So, here we are in Kentucky. The 15th state to join the Union, ranking as 37th in geographic size and 26th most populous. Frankfort, the capitol is the 4th smallest capital in the US in terms of population weighing in at 25,527 in 2010. Louisville is the biggest city in Kentucky with Frankfort some way behind in 14th. In terms of my trip, I've now visited 22 state capitals with 28 ahead of me. Halfway is within shouting distance.... I think I'll have a go at the Charleston next...
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    WW2196

    The Volunteer State

    After a few days in Jefferson City it was time to head south west into Tennessee. Nashville is the capital and I understand there is a bit of music heritage in that area so appropriate background music was selected. I decided to take off in the wee hours. The only issue, as a result, was it was dark and the lighting wasn't great. So the taxi to the runway, although short, was a bit too exciting and I think I went round in circles before I found my way... Thank goodness, a sign ........I'm sure I've been here before... A taxiway at last... Finally on the runway - time to take off After take off there was not much to see for a while as it was pitch black and not many cities along my flight path, though I thought I could see St Louis in the distance at one point. The light began to get better and I saw I was flying in some early morning cloud. A foggy, cloudy early morning... A bit wet and misty over Tennessee The weather cleared as I approached the capital with blue skys threatening to break out... before a simple landing into Nashville International Airport (KBNA) Proper daylight but with some haze Approaching Nashville Finals into runway 13 KBNA Safely shut down and tied down at KBNA Nashville is the capital and largest city in Tennessee. It has a population of 660,388 making it the 24th largest city in the US. Tennessee is the 36th largest and the 16th most populous state of the Union. Kentucky up next...
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