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  1. brian747

    2019 European Tour

    You're goin' great! And well done on the go-around; not all virtual pilots are prepared for that possibility! Cheers, Brian
  2. brian747

    2019 European Tour

    > "I thought that because there were no exceptions, ( runway was dry and wind was 030/03 ), that I was obligated to land on 09." <grin> Nah — this is Worldwide Virtual! We specialise in giving our pilots all the freedom in the world. (Literally). I was just making the suggestion that perhaps if you felt that you needed rwy 27 (and it was legal) then feel free to to wake the ground controllers up and ask for it! > " Nevermind it was a good and safe landing and that's all that counts really." I'll drink to that. But you're the Captain, Captain. I'm the last person in the world to suggest ignoring proper procedures, I was just gently wondering whether in this case you might have gone for it, that's all. The procedures for rwy 27 exist, and anyway they only want you to land on 09 to avoid waking the Mayor up or something, which isn't the most important reason in the (virtual) world. Although maybe if I was the Mayor I'd feel differently, I guess. But hey — YMMV, and all that jazz. Do whatever you feel is good. WV won't dictate to you, one way or the other. Cheers, Brian
  3. brian747

    2019 European Tour

    > "Can only land on runway 9 at DTTJ and takeoff on 27. " Er.... Well OK, it's true that for reasons of noise abatement rwy 09 is "normally" used for landings and rwy 27 for take-offs (provided yada yada yada) but you *do* have the option to request the alternative — and the procedures are charted. Djerba has authorised departures for both rwy 09 and rwy 27 (and there's also a turn pad at both ends of the runway, which could be a hint). And although there are no lead-in lights for rwy 27, an RNAV (GNSS) arrival can be authorised on request (if your aircraft is suitably equipped). If not, you could also do a VOR DME (with a DME arc at 13 nm from JBA) or even a good ol' vanilla VOR to rwy 27 if needed. (I must confess that in a situation like this I sometimes tend to take the "un-usual" option, just to give the approach / departure controllers something to relieve their boredom. And it's often a more "interesting" way in / out, too). I do throw in a challenge or two, but Djerba wasn't meant to be one of them, honest! Cheers, Brian
  4. brian747


    The continuing adventures of.... I find that it greatly enhances one's simming to have a background narrative, and it's great for your blog readers, too. Many thanks for sharing your fun — and those pics — with us. Cheers, Brian
  5. brian747

    2019 European Tour

    > "... it does give the impression of a "straight in" approach..." Sorry if it came as a surprise. Now if you had read the description (with chart extract) on page 17 of the accompanying documentation, on the other hand, you would have been ready for it. (Dunno why I write this stuff...). ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Zapping rogue AI is The Way To Go, I reckon — zero tolerance for bad behaviour! Cheers, Brian
  6. It had been a while since I vlew over the pole, and I had never tried it in P3Dv4.5, so it seemed a good idea to give it a go. In this blog I'll keep the verbiage down to a minimum: if you're interested in a brief discussion of the technical aspects of trans-polar vlights, then you can find a short document on the subject in the Downloads section, HERE. I started at Thule AB (the USAF's most northerly outpost which is 650nm north of the Arctic Circle and only 820nm from the North Pole). The airfield is located on a plain in northern Greenland, on the south shore of North Star Bay. As you might expect, Thule experiences long, cold winters with temperatures that seldom rise above freezing between September and May (and rarely exceed 10°C even in July). The Midnight Sun lasts from April to August (so it will be light for my take-off, at whatever time of day — or night — it may be). However, the days shorten rapidly after August, and there is permanent darkness between November and January. My destination was UACK Kokshetau, an airport in northern Kazakhstan, a vlight which took me very close indeed to the pole. You can see the actual route that I took on this map (BGTL is top right and UACK near bottom left, in this orientation): The ATC route I used was as follows: M064F190 DCT THT W20 QQ/N0507F370 DCT 78N075W 80N084W 85N090W/N0494F350 DCT DEKMO DCT DEVID/N0484F360 P864 DIRIP/N0483F350 P864 KUTET T660 DOGOT/N0491F370 T660 DOSON G498 RIMAG A947 GIMIR N990 ML/N0470F360 N990 DAKIN G487 ADEBA ADEBZG But that's enough intro — if you'd like more details from a pilot's perspective then you can download the pdf from the link I gave above. Here, then, are the pictures: Lift-off from Thule Climb-out The Pole (boringly white) Pax view of the Pole (still boringly white) Approaching northern Russia (from the north) Evening in the Arctic ND view: 60 nm to ToD EICAS display: Icing Wing message (note also the SAT of 0ºC and the fuel temperature of -20ºC) Runway in sight Approach lights That touchdown moment... Brakes, spoilers, and reverse thrust Arrived - position as shown on Instructor's Station map Shutting down at the gate Cheers, Brian
  7. brian747

    2019 European Tour

    I'm glad you enjoyed Tivat — it's a little unusual in its landing requirements. Like you, I hate kamikaze AI with a passion: however, if you have a spare joystick button and you'd like to implement a solution, see my document in the downloads section on that topic. Cheers, Brian
  8. brian747

    2019 European Tour

    Glad you got the problem sorted! (Suggestion: if you can, try and take off from Athens in daylight — the sunshine on the Aegean is always great to see...). Cheers, Brian
  9. brian747

    2019 European Tour

    Nah, it must be your scenery that's at fault. I mean — you'd been following the localizer, right? (It looks as though you landed on rwy 22). So your PVD can take into account localizer deviation and localizer deviation rate, aircraft yaw rate, and aircraft cross-body acceleration to help you stay on the centreline. Unless you're vlying one of those primitive aircraft not fitted with a PVD? (Me, I go for all the help I can get). The runway at Larnaca is only 148 ft / 45m wide, after all. Cheers, Brian
  10. brian747

    2019 European Tour

    Aaaaah.... Thank you. I was really puzzled about where 59 minutes could have come from. Having spent (<*cough*>) rather a lot of time producing the tour and the manual I hand the whole thing over to Alan and he does the webby stuff — so having seen enough of the tour to last me some time at that point I must confess that I've never looked at the flight using that method. I'm not sure what's going on there, but I'll add it to the list of things for Alan to look at on his return in a few months' time. Many thanks for letting me know! Cheers, Brian
  11. brian747

    2018 Worldwide European Tour - Leg 8

    Enjoying your blog, and your pics. Cheers, Brian
  12. brian747

    2019 European Tour

    Hmm, if that were true then maybe a former Concorde pilot? However, I would gently point out that in the WV European Tour 2019 Guide (evidently not the one you read) the distance is given as 1,040 nm and the time "...simply calculated on the basis of the great circle distance at 350 kts..." as 2 hrs 58 mins. That information is presented twice: in the summary table on page 5 and also in the "sorted by time and distance" table on page 6. Sheesh, you've got me griping now.... Cheers, Brian
  13. brian747

    2018 Worldwide European Tour - Leg 7

    I like your pics, and I very much appreciate the comments about the story behind them: having something like that in mind while you vly definitely enhances the simming experience. (At least, it does for me — that's why Brian's Charter has been vlying for so many years ).
  14. brian747

    Tour of London — by 747!

    Thanks, Matthew, although (trust me) you wouldn't want to see a video! Even using the latest P3Dv4.5 with the best results I can get, the fps figures over central London are all over the place, typically around 12 fps. Elsewhere it wasn't quite that bad (I included the frame counter in shot 10, showing 30 fps approaching Heathrow, which was the exception and not the rule) but I have to say that it was still significantly below what I'd like to see. It's not so bad elsewhere in southern England, and I do sometimes turn GB-South on and take the performance hit just to see additional eye candy, but for most of the time I leave it disabled. Sadly, CPU speeds haven't increased markedly in recent years, and sadly too LM haven't improved the archaic graphics engine in P3D which is the real source of our fps problems. Mind you — if they ever do, it will probably make all our scenery out of date, or something, so it's a case of "be careful what you wish for...". Cheers, Brian
  15. brian747

    2018 Worldwide European Tour - Leg 5

    <grin> Ah, but was that the scheduled timings, or your flight planner's guesstimate? Cheers, Brian