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  1. Some of your best work Iain - well done!
  2. Absolutely stunning shots Dario!
  3. The venerable Slingsby T21 aka "the barge" was the mainstay of the Air Cadets gliding fleet in the UK for many, many years. Thousands of cadets, including yours truly, cut their teeth on this wonderful old bird. This is a freeware FSX model courtesy of Classic British Flight Sim which operates perfectly well in P3D4. Nice for those low and slow flights around the beautiful UK countryside.
  4. Have to say I'm rather underwhelmed with this product. Yes, it's nicely modelled but it's rather lifeless. Apart from a few gliders there are next to no static aircraft, the hangars are completely empty and, worst of all, no people. The place is completely devoid of life. In reality EGTB is a bustling place with quite a lot going on but this is not reflected in this scenery. Come on PilotPlus, you can do better than this!
  5. This is a dream come true for me. Wycombe Air Park or RAF Booker as I will always remember it was the cradle of aviation for me. It was here as an 11-year-old that I took to the air for the first time in my life. First of all in a Slingsby T31 glider belonging to the RAF Chilterns Gliding Club. The winch-launched flight lasted all of 3 minutes but it ignited a lifelong passion for flying. This was later followed by a brief circuit of Booker in a J3 Cub operated by the USAF flying club that was based at the airfield. From thereon there was no looking back! In subsequent years every spare day was spent there - either flying in T31 or T21 gliders or getting rides as an ATC cadet with the RAF Bomber Command communications flight at the airfield. I managed to clock up around 200 hours in Avro Ansons and Hunting Percival Pembrokes flying to RAF airbases all over the UK as far afield as Stornoway, as well as occasional forays to France, Germany and the Channel Isles. On quiet days when no flights were scheduled friendly Flight Lieutenant Austin Sullivan would take me up in a DHC Chipmunk for some dual instruction - heady stuff for a 14-year-old! So Booker (can't bring myself to say Wycombe Airpark) holds a very special place in my heart and I'm delighted that ORBX/Pilot Plus have recreated it in XP11. There will be so many flights to recreate and so many memories reignited.
  6. Here in NZ it's the summer airshow season and yesterday I worked as an aircraft marshaller at my local aero club which co-hosted Thames Wings & Wheels at NZTH. Around 70 aircraft flew in for the occasion which was a pretty good turn out for a small town airshow. There was even a visitor from the States - a Wyoming based C182 which is touring NZ popped in for a couple of hours. In between running around showing them where to park in sizzling 32C temperatures I managed to shoot quite a few pix that I thought I would share with you guys. They provide a pretty good snapshot of the recreational aviation scene in NZ which today is very much dominated by light sport aircraft - GA aircraft like C172s are largely confined to flying schools. One of the highlights of the day was an excellent display by the NZ Warbirds "Roaring Forties" Harvard/Texan team. BTW Thames airfield is also known as Sir Keith Park Memorial Airfield. Park, who was born in Thames, was a World War One flying ace and went on to steer the RAF to victory in the Battle of Britain during the Second World War. He retired from the RAF as an Air Chief Marshall and lived out the rest of his life in NZ.
  7. Thanks very much everyone and a happy New Year to you all. Couldn't resist adding a few more pix - love this old bird.
  8. The venerable Bristol Freighter used to be a familiar sight in New Zealand skies, either with Straits Air Freight Express (SAFE) or with the RNZAF. Thanks to FSAddon is has returned, albeit in FSX and P3D4. For around $US18 it's great value for money and will please those of us who like to fly low and slow in a lumbering piece of antiquated machinery. In NZ it was affectionately known as fifty thousand rivets flying in close formation. The final shot was taken at NZWV where one of them saw out its days as a café next to the airstrip.
  9. Plus Wanganui and Tauranga if I remember rightly. Extremely disappointing to say the least. Perhaps someone from ORBX could let us know whether any or all of these projects will ever see the light of day?
  10. Do you have ORBX Global Vector? If so that could be causing issues.
  11. Benny, you should find the solution here: https://www.flightbeam.net/forums/viewtopic.php?f=41&t=3541
  12. Robin Corn who did Dunedin and Nelson has also done a great rendition of Christchurch which you can find here: https://windowlight.co.nz/godzoneWP/ Flightbeam's version of Wellington is also very good with Auckland possibly just around the corner - check out their website. ORBX has done Queenstown, Milford Sound, Whangarei and Gisborne with Invercargill still in the pipeline. With FS2020 on the horizon I'm not optimistic that any more NZ sceneries will be made for P3D4 which would be a great shame if this proves to be the case.
  13. Here you go Dave..... https://lyndiman.com/lyndimans-new-zealand-ortho-photography-set/
  14. Thanks for that link fltsimguy and yes I was referring to P3D4. I also have the free ortho scenery for XP11 and it's stunning!
  15. So good to see so many great sceneries being released lately but where oh where is NZNV, Invercargill? It seems to have been in gestation for ever. NZ hardly features in the ORBX inventory so any small offering is greatly anticipated. It puzzles me that a country with so much diverse scenery packed into a small area has not been embraced by ORBX. XP11 on the other hand has some excellent freeware scenery covering most of the country. As Americans would say, go figure!
  16. Thanks very much everyone. It's hard not to get a good shot of the venerable Moth.
  17. Cruising an ORBX coastline in Ant's magnificent Tiger Moth. This aircraft is an absolute gem.
  18. Thanks very much guys for the kind comments. The Tiger Moth is extremely photogenic!
  19. Ant's stunning Tiger Moth at NZGS goes head to head with the vintage train. He's done a superb job upgrading the old freeware model and it's a joy to fly.
  20. Thanks very much guys for the kind comments. The QW787, FSLabs A320 and A2A are probably the only things stopping me from switching completely to XP11!
  21. Serendipity is a wonderful thing. In this case the stunning LIEO scenery purchased in the current ORBX sale and the release of the QW787-10. A perfect match.
  22. You're absolutely right Rodger - I can highly recommend it!
  23. Thanks very much everyone! I only wish the Lotus Albatross could be flown in XP11. To compensate for this I recently bought the JF Hawk for a bit of low flying around TEGB in XP11 but compared to the Albatross it was very, very disappointing.
  24. There's nothing quite like a quick blast around the NZ Southern Alps in the Lotus Albatross. The Albatross is one of my all-time favourite aircraft in flightsim - an absolute gem that is a joy to fly.
  25. Thanks Jack. I don't use IMGUR - I use the "choose files" option when I make a post.
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