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  1. The third part of my flight out of YMML now takes us over Bass Strait and as Gerold rightly said onto Launceston. 23. 24. Land in sight. We will fly down the Tamar River to Launceston. 25. 26. Bakers Beach and the Rubicon River. One of my favourite spots in Tasmania. 27. Looking down the Tamar. 28. Swan Bay and Windemere ahead. 29. Georgetown. 30. Looks like we will be number 2. 31. Launceston. 32. Second landing attempt. It does help if you put the wheels down. 33. Much smoother landing the second time. 34. Ground crew working very hard ready for the return flight. 35.
  2. After our taxi ride to Rwy 16 it is now time to take off and head over Melbourne. http://www.orbxsystems.com/forum/topic/94343-taxi-at-ymml/ Lets see what track we are on. 9. Lift off as the sun rises over Mount Dandanong. 10. What a spectacular sight YMML makes at dawn, with some great cloudy weather from REX and ASN. 11. The Calder Freeway and the Western Ring road cross at Keilor with Essendon Airport on the right. 12. A turn over Sunshine North. As usual that is probably the only sunshine in Melbourne today. 13. Plenty of tracks here at the railway yards at Dynon. Albert park
  3. Took a taxi ride at Melbourne just on dawn. 1. Dwarfed by the QF A330. 2. Compare the 300 and 400 series. 3. Heading off for the long drive to RWY 16 and have to give way to a 738. 4. Just in time to see a real airlines A380 arriving from Singapore. 5. Two more A380s getting ready for departure. 6. Cathay Pacific A330 arriving from Hong Kong. 7. Waiting after the departure of a Virgin Australia 738. 8. Now its our turn to wait for the air to clear behind the departing QF 738. Wish I hadn't heard about the baked on shadows. They do stick out like dog's b*lls don't they.
  4. TeeCee was asking about the Flight Replica Heron in another post this morning so I have done a series of shots depicting several of the liveries available. The shots were taken around YMLT Launceston and are in no particular order( Got plenty to do before I go out in an hour). Hope you like these, it is a wonderful plane to fly and I am eagerly waiting for the Dove to appear.
  5. The next instalment of my Tasmanian flight. We are now in the South East corner and another short flight of around 20 miles from Sandfly to Bruny Island. 1. Trouble at Sandfly airstrip even before we start. Looks like the lady has just clocked the bloke around the ear for something he has said. Judging by her stance he is about to get another one. I think I will get out of here before it really kicks off 2. Making a hasty exit from Sandfly and leaving the quarrelsome couple to sort it out on their own . 3. The upper reaches of North West Bay at Margate with Mount Wellington in the ba
  6. An early flight in my new Cessna 207 was at Cairns. A short excursion to check out the feel of the plane and the autopilot. Also to look at some of the wonderful scenery and effects provided by ORBX and ASN 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.
  7. The next post in my flight around Tasmania takes us from Lagoon Bay to Sandfly just to the south west of Hobart. 1. Saying "Gooday" to a few of the locals. 2. 3. Heading out over Blackman Bay Road. 4. The Yellow Bluff Creek Forest Reserve makes for a picturesque backdrop. 5. Dunalley and Blackman Bay. 6. Norfolk Bay. 7. Oakdowns 8. The lower reaches of Hobart with Mount Wellington poking through the mist. 9. Looking for Sandfly. 10. There is the A6 road so it must be close by. 11. Got it at last.
  8. I suppose if the age of the flying boat had not ended after WW2 this would have been the shape of things. In this flight a Mars of Trans Australian Airlines has taken off from Lake Eildon near Melbourne and headed for Tasmania. 1. Take off from Eildon. With only a light load the Mars is quite spritely. 2. Heading in a southerly direction on the way to Tasmania. 3. Over the Big River Arm, a favourite camping spot for me in the 80's. 4. A close up of the Mighty Mars. 5. Auto pilot and speed set. Puttering sedately along at 140 knots over Port Albert and Yarrum. Another are
  9. Well Cairns after dark was not at all popular so a visit in the daylight hours was in order. The Martin Mars in the guise of Ansett Airlines was the mode of transport for a very short flight. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.
  10. I could not resist My Favourite Martian. Port Phillip Bay in Melbourne is the location if my first flight in this ancient but wonderful flying boat. 1. Away we go taking off from Station Pier. 2. Had to lighten the load to 30% fuel as it was reluctant to leave the water. 3. Now heading back towards the City just off Williamstown. 4. The West Gate Bridge with the Newport Power station just under the port float. 5. Essendon Airport and the junction of the Calder Highway and Western Ring Road at Keilor East. 6. Looking back at the E.J.Whitten Bridge over the Maribyrnong River. 7.
  11. Until we arrive at Cairns that is. Decided to take an early evening REX SAAB 340 from Townsville to Cairns. Done very little night flying but I think next time I will find a more densely populated area to do a night excursion as there were very few lights on the way. 1. Ready for the off at Townsville 2. Taking off away from the town. 3. 4. 5. 6. Innisfail 7. Now approaching the lights of Cairns. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12 13.
  12. The next instalment of my round Tasmania flight is from Jericho to the SW corner at Lagoon Bay. This flight is a longer one at around 50 miles, with the sight of the sea for the first time since leaving Devonport. 1. A change of planes again as we leave Jericho. 2. Getting used to the more powerful 206 as we pass over Lake Tiberias 3. Enjoying the magnificent scenery near Colebrook. 4. Approaching Richmond and Frederick Henry Bay. 5. Five Mile Beach at Lewisham. 6. Blackman Bay with Lagoon Bay beyond. 7. The Narrows at Marion Bay 8 Turning to approach Lagoon Bay Strip. 9. Ano
  13. Time to leave Woodbury and head south along the Midland Hwy to Jericho. Another short trip of 25km. 1. Saying goodbye to Woodbury. 2. There is the Midland Highway but I think I have overshot the strip. 3. Heading back and there it is behind the hill. 4. Another nice flat strip. 5. Turning into the wind. 6. 7. Looks like the walls have tumbled down!
  14. Another flight in Australia this time from Townsville to Palm Island. An early morning flight so it isn't too sunny. 1. Leaving Townsville with Mount Stuart in the distance. 2. Over Cleveland Bay. 3. Herald and Rattlesnake Islands. Don't have Rattlesnakes in Oz but there were a few Triumph Heralds! 4. Acheron Island 5. Havanah Island with Great Palm Island on the horizon. 6. Not much suitable land to build an airport here. 7. Palm Island town. 8. White knuckle time. 9. Watch out for the yacht and the trees. 10. Bit of a brisk cross wind. 11. Down
  15. Always wondered what Citabria meant until I read it was Airbatic spelt backwards. Well here I am back at Tamworth, in an appropriate registered Citabria. A few shots of the top class rendition of YSTW and the town. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14.
  16. Cannot find much about Woodbury Tasmania except it has a gliding club. The Airstrip is very easy to find though thanks to it being surrounded by irrigation circles. Interlaken to Woodbury is only 26km. 1. Starting the engine and scaring away some local inhabitants. 2. 3. Tonbridge Tier Conservation Area. 4. 5. 6. Passing the Midland Highway. 7. First view of Woodbury Airfield. 8. 9. 10. 11. Home of the Soaring Club of Tasmania. 12. Founded in 1974 and has always operated from Woodbury. 13. Members come from all over Tasmania but mostly
  17. After it being wet and cloudy everywhere I fly recently it was a pleasant surprise to be presented with some fine weather at Broome. Did a circuit in the Staggerwing and I think this is the first time I have attempted a landing in it. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. I am not the only one enjoying the blue skies. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ECL1h133Dps
  18. Firing up the 757 and flying it away from YMML. I just like the jet, like the sound and scenery. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Ooops the first couple are a little out of order. Anyway you get the idea! Better check my seat belt too! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6OS_ItMGpc
  19. The next part of my zig zag flight around Tasmania takes us from Cradle Mountain to Mount King William III. This is the first time I have flown low level around this part of Tas but the scenery is incredible. Warning this is a big set of 19 shots. 1. 2. Cradle Mountain dead ahead 3. Dove Lake with Crater Lake to the right. 4. An excellent place to visit if you enjoy walking and amazing scenery of course.. 5. 6. 7. Mount Pelion West 8. 9. Lake Echo is just above the Eaglet's nose. 10. Lake Burbury. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. Starting our descent into Mount King Willia
  20. Thought I would have a change from flying around Tasmania and head for the mountains of Interlaken in the Swiss Alps. Just kidding, this Interlaken IS in Tasmania just over 30km from Waddamana. It is the next part of my tour of Tas landing at OZx airfields. 1. After a rest at the grand metrolopis of Wannamana it is time to take off into some threatening weather. 2. Another rainy flight. 3. 4. 5. The water on the right is Woods Lake near Steppes. 6. I knew it. Before we know it we are at Interlaken strip. 7. Lake Sorrell is directly north of the strip. 8. No
  21. The next sector in my round Tasmania jaunt is from Mount King William III heading east to Waddamana. The distance is just 45km but there is quite a change in the landscape. This flight is done with the Carenado Cessna 152. 1. Passing back over the strip at Mount King William III 2. 3. Pump pond at Frenchman's Cap. 4. The rain has started again as we approach Lake Echo 5. Heading towards Waddamana 6. Passing over the airstrip, startling some of the livestock. 7. The airstrip takes it's name from the former hydro-electric town 11km to the north. 8. Waddamana once had a po
  22. Well I did this post yesterday but got the dreaded error 522 message and lost it all One of the aircraft I like the most is the 757, not a common sight in my part of this planet. Indeed I did not see one in RL until 1993 and then only a quick glimpse of a China Southern one at Don Mueang. Decided to buy the QW rendition of this wonderful airliner for P3D but something went horribly wrong installing it and I had to do a total reinstall a few weeks ago. So this along with the Lear Jet prompted me to try FSX again for those planes and airports that don't like P3D. Here goes for my
  23. I brought the Lionheart Lear Jet 24 a few weeks ago but had problems with it on P3D. So as I also have a swag of aircraft and some scenery which is incompatible with P3D I decided to......shock horror..... re install FSX with the scenery that worked without problems. So Australia has been installed along with Cairns and the LJ24. My first trial with the resurrected FSX and the Lear Jet went well. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Early days yet with a lot of fine tuning to do as well as things like REX and of course ORBX to be added. Fingers crossed that FSX beha
  24. It's the Monsoon Season in Cairns at the moment. Whilst we are close to drought conditions here in Victoria the amount of rainfall in this part of the world is staggering. The average rainfall for this part of Oz for Jan and Feb is almost 850mm. The wettest day this year was last Sunday with 247mm with 678mm for the year so far. So it is no surprise then that a dawn departure in a Lockheed C-69 would be in the rain. 1. 2. 3. 5. 4. 6 7. 8. 9. 10.
  25. Some more shots of my trip around Tasmania. Again only a short flight of just over 30km. The departure is from Claude Road to the airstrip at Cradle Mountain. 1. Ready to push back and start up. 2. Some nice old vehicles here in the Apple Isle. 3. 4. Heading away from Mount Roland. 5. 6. Passing Lake Barrington. 7. Looking south down Lake Cethana. 8. Cradle Mountain dead ahead 9. A last look at Mount Roland 10. 11. Our destination is directly beneath the Cessna. 12. Wot no trees! 13. Approaching some happy campers 14. Parked up with one of the highlights of the next leg vi
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