FlyingAxx

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  1. Last batch: back to Paderborn

    Not only for you Philippe, if one of you guys will ever touch down in or near Berlin, pls. drop me a PM just in time.
  2. The final flight back to Paderborn

    I only can support this warm welcome! Meanwhile even the Summer is leaving here. Luckily here the announced storm didn't really appear here (not comparable with those Caribbean monsters), but it's rainy and the temperatures will drop below my personal a-T-shirt-is-sufficient-border (yeah, I'm mollycoddled ). Usually it's for me the right moment starting the FS Winter-season. However, our ways may cross again.
  3. Last batch: back to Paderborn

    Thanks Neal, seems to be a nice hint. However, the FMC looks like being even more limited than the one of the old ATR 72-500, supporting not only the written descent rate information in the CDU, but a path and speed command bar in the PFD additionally. Well it's not too hard calculating the TOD, but as shit might happen in any situation causing extra stress, or distraction by a super attractive #1 serving a cup of tea (hehe, that's gender neutral) any extra help for pilots seems to useful. As the weather obviously becomes terrible during the next days, I wish you a pleasant last leg nonetheless!
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    Neal, does this mean that you're not setting the actual date to be the one being set in your sim or is it ORBX requiring seasons to be manually set? Sorry for such silly questions - I don't use it up to now. Hey, meanwhile I'm trying climbing up the learning curve required for my new bird, the CRJ. Well, a manual flight, booting the flight with running engines, worked quite well, but today the flight example to Monterey had been a mess when descending. I've managed to do a really nice landing, but there was nothing about using the ILS-approach. I had to circle before in order to kill altitude and did a beautiful and soft visual finally. The whole action must be repeated more then once I'm afraid. BTW, I got a bit nervous because of my fuel consumption. What's your experience in this respect?
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    Hmm, I don't have any problem as I'm standing at the moment at Shigatse Peace Airport (ZURK, Tibet), waiting for the next Sunday in order to continue my even longer lasting RTW that some buddies and I started on July 17th, 2011. It's our second tour as we finished before a similar RTW trip by using FS9 as platform. Besides flying there will be also some other work to do as far as missing, misplaced, or poor quality airports are concerned. That's part of the fun for me as well. However, for mid-range distances I will try integrating my brand-new CRJ, the generous gift of Aerosoft, in my hangar of actively used planes. At the moment it's still packed in a container waiting for being finally assembled before putting it into service. The picture below shows two of us (well me and some lights above me) about 16 minutes after taking off for our first leg in 2011 at Puerto William (SCGZ) on our way to Rio Grande (SAWE). Actually, we took relatively small legs (if possible) and often small planes, but we even didn't visit all airfields along our route. There remains a lot to see, even if we tried to pick the rather spectacular fields and landscapes (e.g. the combination of hills and water).
  6. Last batch: back to Paderborn

    Axel, please read the PM carefully. There you can find where to send your order info. BTW I made the same mistake before. Quite clear, wasn't it?
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    Haha, killing virtual PAX can be one of the easiest tasks while climbing up the learning curve. However, regarding power management I have more than one FSX-pimped old bird in my hangar requiring the same treatment. One is the Embraer Legacy, an other example is F1's ATR 72-500. Both birds have well developed avionics, but no auto-throttle as well. Flying with 'steam gauges' is even more difficult. I'm thinking specifically about David Maltby and his wonderful freeware BAC 1-11 models. I used one of them once during this tour. Have a look: Err, yes it has some autopilot...
  8. Last batch: back to Paderborn

    Yeah, it looks really nice, Mathjis. However, without having the bird I resisted downloading the livery. I posted yesterday my order number to Toby (and a second request - independent from our tour), asking him forwarding it to you. As I already wrote above, I can wait.
  9. Last batch: back to Paderborn

    Each day a flight (in average) would make it soon. I've learned at the beginning that you're a master in catching up. BTW, nice contrails in the last picture, Neal! It looks as if you're treating your CRJ just a little bit. Yesterday I decided releasing my "press order" and hope that the bird behaves well (better: as it should). Up to now I got no answer, but I'm not in a hurry, fortunately.
  10. Last batch: back to Paderborn

    So you guys, we just had a small, but nice meeting at the apron of Paderborn. First we used real time and consequently approached in the dark. After Dale's arrival (who unfortunately had to communicate via TeamSpeak text because of technical problems) we switched on the sun for some final pictures. I started my flight at Innsbruck and followed a westerly route: Leg #133 LOWI-EDLP (Paderborn), B738, 340 nm, 01:15, KPT3J KPT UL608 TEDGO UN851 KEMAD DCT WRB WRB5H What I wrote down is just the planned time. In order to get some visual impressions I slowed down dramatically when meeting Toby not too far from Fulda - and I forgot stopping the clock after landing. Wx had been quite nice, even if the forecast wasn't promising. Here are some pictures: Flight preparations at LOWI (before 'synchronising the clocks - more or less): The light weighted the bird climbed quickly while still following the SID. I'm still turning over Innsbruck (now the clock is set to real time): Crossing Kempten VOR Now approaching Paderborn, the airport is at the left side. I'm playing a kind of fairground ride - all lights switched on (except landing lights) while Toby's P51 is passing. All are sitting in the dark (well nearly all of us) while waiting for Dale. Finally we switched on the sun in order to admire our line-up. From left to right: Dale, Gernot, Toby and myself. A last meeting before saying goodbye. Some statistics from my side (just a very rough try): I counted 133 official legs and added quite a lot myself as I touched down at 274 different airports during this tour. I'm too lazy calculating the total hours as I would have to go through my logs. The total distance had been 71,758 nm and you might even add about 15% more as this figure just describes the great circle distance between the airport reference points (this counts up to roughly 82,500 nmi) and finally, I published more than 20 AFCADs exclusively here (including in some cases more than one version). However, here is a pictured overview of my tour: The famous last words: Thanks to Toby for organising the tour and holding together the participants. Thanks to all contributors sharing their stories and opinions and of course my special thanks to those who kept going until the last leg (and some are even still on the way). Thanks to Aerosoft for giving the initial idea, making available the server space, and keeping the spirit alive, even if many participants got lost during the tour. The rest of us had a lot of fun. I wish you all the best.
  11. Last batch: back to Paderborn

    This can easily be true. However, it looks like a nice bird. Well, I have a fleet fitting for almost every civil purpose already, and until my final decision what to do in future I'm not going for any investment. Even my aged FSXA still looks not that bad if comparing the pictures here around. The only mess is really the 4 GByte restriction. Even my old rig doesn't cry badly for an update and I think it could be helpful waiting for reports how AMD's new flagship processors can handle the one or other sim-product.
  12. I can't wait seeing you approaching some of those small airfields waiting for you while coming along with the Queen...
  13. The final flight back to Paderborn

    That's okay for me... ...hmm, I didn't use JoinFS up to now, but Teamspeak is no problem.
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    Honestly, I wouldn't miss them too much as long there is sufficient other stuff available. However, I honestly think about other options an weather X-Plane could be an alternative. The reason is finally that I hate it to be tied to Microsoft's OS, as Win 10 is as snoopy as any concierge could be and it's quite hard to prevent it. Next year, before building a new machine I'll test this alternative for sure (likely based on Linux)..
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    Hi Dale, As it seems this sort of switching is the only possibility for proceeding in a (half the way) known environment. Dove couldn't get themselves in gear and X-Plane 11 would need to drop all kind of investment done so far, in terms of money for add-ons and efforts. However, I'll grasp the nettle next year in Spring earliest.
  16. That's the reason for me waiting till next year - probably late Spring. As I'm still on FSXA I would need to buy quite a lot of stuff again anyway and this gives me time to decide where to got to. Regarding the graphics I'm not too jealous at the moment as it seems that I'd quite successfully pimped my present sim (it's a matter of taste anyway, I think).
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    Think what you want...
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    That's my last batch of flights before our grand final. Time again taking a really old lady specifically as the distances are not too long. Leg #131.1 LSZH-EDNY (Friedrichshafen), JU52, 45 nm, 0:26 hrs, VFR Tanking off at Zurich Klothen, RW 34. Heading direct for Friedrichshafen. The Bodensee is covered with clouds, not serious enough foiling our plans. Landing at Friedrichshafen, a smaller "cigar" is towed outside its hangar. Leg #131.2 EDNY-LSZR (Altenrhein), JU52, 11 nm, 0:10 hrs, VFR The Zeppelin is still under treatment when we left a while later for a really short hop over the lake. Just 10 minutes to go. It's time for a break. I only need to turn the tail a bit. One day later, the weather became worse meanwhile and it rained. Leg #132 LSZR-LOWI (Innsbruck), JU52, 92nm, 0:40 hrs, VFR via Feldkirch, Bludenz, St. Anton/Arlberg, Landeck, Nassereith After a 270° right turn heading for Feldkirch. After passing St Anton/Arlberg Almost done, after passing Landeck we are going to leave the peak in front to our right before turning for Innsbruck We had to take RW08, rolling no to the stand Now I start waiting for a pleasant summer, the flightplan to Paderborn is prepared (I don't have the nice, but fake alternate, sorry Toby) and hope for a grand final where most of you guys can participate. See you.
  19. I rather think you have used some plough furrows when approaching the area east of Gaza to avoid any radar contact instead of following the detours of the official airways.
  20. Last batch: back to Paderborn

    Well Dale, these are the sentences just describing useful sources for collectors like me. I didn't care too much for AI in the past, mostly because of a lack of time. Otherwise I couldn't practice enough hours per week my guitar play in order to improve it despite my advanced age... (...it's only Rock'n Roll, but I like it! ). BTW, I suppose that you are one of the guys having problems from time to time as far as the remaining space on your hard drives is concerned (like me). A full backup takes ages - it's a nightmare.
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    Hi Dale, you're absolutely right! Fortunately the weather is not that nice that I urgently want to sit on my terrace... Regarding your traffic experience I can't judge as I had been most of the time relatively low while flying eastbound along the coast. Where did you find the nice repaints of celebrity's rides? However, for me remains reporting about the last flight towards Zurich. Leg #130.5 LSGG-LSZH (Zürich), B738, 143 nm, 0:38, MOLU3N MOLUS DCT WIL WIL2Z . Due to the wind direction and necessary SID and STARs the short hop took quite a while. After taking of at RW23 we had to pass PASSERY VOR before u-turning left. Here we can see the mouth of river Rhône into lake de Genève and we are about to pass Montreux, well known for its famous Jazz Festival. 1971 the Band Deep Purple wanted to use the Casino complex for some recordings when it was burned by an idiot during the last concert of some other artists. However, this event inspired the band to the song "Smoke On The Water" and Richie Blackmore to his great guitar riff being the most recognizable part of it. Here we are following the approach to RW34 before ATC directed us to RW16. LSZH is crowded as always... (I used a quite puristic scenery of Stefan Liebe, available at Avsim, lszh_v3.zip). See you, likely I'll continue today.
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    Hello guys, here is my flight from Nice to Zurich (actually, it's more than one leg). The overview (to Geneve only) is here: Leg #130.1 LFMN-LFMR (Saint Pons), PC6, 60 nm, 0:35 hrs, VFR First towards VOR AZR by crossing the city of Nice... ... and then another left turn along the river La Tinée. The weather is not as nice as proposed. Approaching Sant Pons. Leg #130.2 LFMR-LFHU (Alpes d'Huez), PC6, 72 nm, 0:50 hrs, VFR: via Saint-Crépin, Lac de Sierre Poncon, I left out Saint Crépin and continued to Alpes d'Huez, a first Altiport. Passing the Massif des Écrins having some peaks around 4000m elevation. . The demanding final, however, by using the Porter's STAL ability not a real problem. Leg #130.3 LFHU-LFLJ (Courchevel), PC6, 45 nm, 0:26 hrs, VFR After a short coffee-break, ready for using the jump (actually the Turbo Porter lifted off when reaching the marks) The view became much clearer compared to the remaining early morning fog north of Nice. Here a nice view showing the Mont Blanc (4808m), Europe's highest peak west of the Caucasus. Courchevel - the first time I saw it in Summer. Climbing uphill for a lunch break. Leg #130.4 LFLJ-LSGG (Geneva), PC6, 65 nm, 0:40 hrs, VFR RW23 The Porter began climbing even if I didn't use full power in order to enjoy at least a bit the downhill feeling... Due to the wind direction I had to fly a downwind track along Geneva's airport. I'd been a bit late, but asked the tower for a short approach to no avail. I love the city and the promenade around the lake and its nice fountain. (Scenery: Done by Guy Nemoz, Altiports http://www.vf-air.com/AltiportsAlps16v2.zip - I still used the old version 3, available there as well. LFMR is from the same source. However don't forget to install the library and read how to install, LSGG is done by Rene Scharlach and available at Avsim, lsgg_25a.zip ).
  23. Neal, nice to see you here around again - and wow, you've got a task! However, even if some guys rushed through the last legs, I think we're going to have sufficient time for summer vacation before flying the real final - specifically as we need to negotiate the right date and time in order to get most of the gang together. Take your time. Probably it make sense re-sorting a bit the legs around the Mediterranean.
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    Hello again, Here is the grand final of the next leg, I've reached Nice after a really short jump. Leg #129.3 LFML-LFMN (Nice), B732, 92 NM, 0:24 hrs, LUC4B LUC DCT MUSNB ILS04L After taking of and a right turn we are passing the city of Marseille. Passing Saint Tropez at just FL090. The marina is right at our Starboard. Approaching RW04L at Nice, Côte d'Azur. The City is visible in the background. I don't think that I'll stay too long. It's sunny and hot and Nice itself has a quite narrow and busy pebble beach, a crowded promenade bordering to a real beautiful boulevard with palm trees and some overwhelming jugendstil houses (e.g. Hotel Negresco) - unfortunately this alley is most of the time jammed. Furthermore during the tourist season you can expect each three minutes a plane approaching close to the shore usually the other way round than this morning. However, Nice is nice in April... (Both cityscapes, Marseille and Nice are XpressSim products, the airports are freeware and done by Ray Smith, available at Avsim and flightsim.com. UTX Europe v2 provides all vectorlines and Lanclasses) See you somewhere. I think my next flights will be slow, but not too low via at least one Altiport (probably Courchevel) to Geneva before heading for Zurich.