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  1. Dear all, I miss the two icons mentioned in the title in my P3Dv4.1 instalment. With the whole OZx active I only see this over Derwent river: Does anybody else have the same phenomenon? Or even have a cure for this?
  2. Sure you all are frequent flyers or airline managers, so you know about the advantages of "5th freedom flights". For those of you not familiar with fifth freedom routes: these are flights where an airline from one country has the right to operate between two other countries or within such. These are often operated in conjunction with longhaul flights back to the airline’s home country. You can find some examples here: https://onemileatatime.com/fifth-freedom-flights-europe/ . Today we are flying from Sydney to Canberra, a route which is not naturally flown with a 777... but SQ288 d
  3. ... and I still had a slight headache when I entered my Cessna after last night´s party. Opening my eyes I was shocked: The engine seemed to be on fire! But then I remembered: My friends had already restarted the barbecue. So I just flew out of Southport, ... ... and did a quick round over Gold Coast. The Metricon stadium is already nicely detailed. I would not be totally surprised if we see AussieRulesFlow in the next level of development. Bye bye, Gold Coast! Hello Brisbane. Thank you for t
  4. After a short pit stop in Canberra, SQ288 continues his way home. Real departure time is 23:15 h. Even if you can´t see the plane. Accelerating for a lovely SID... ... and turning left over Canberra city. A waypoint in the middle of the country. If you have it in full screen mode, you can see Yulara north of the rock, and the runway of YAYE airport even a bit further north. Broome. Bye, bye, Australia! Tanjung Pinang, shortly before our arrival, ... ... which will follow anoth
  5. Flight VA962 is ready for boarding at Brisbane, gate 44. During taxi passengers can enjoy a last city view... ... and one of the terminals. Then we climb out... ... over Moreton Bay... ... into the clouds. Look carefully towards Gold Coast. I don´t mean the skyscrapers at the coast. I mean the foreground! I am not sure if this is Orbx or OZx. Ocurrence was about 4:15 pm on a Sunday. After notifying the local authorities (by mobile for sure, the way to the cock
  6. After another equipment change, this time in Hervey Bay... ... we follow the coastal road southwards, ... ... to River Heads ferry port. Ships depart to Wanggoolba Creek and to Kingfisher Bay Resort from there, ... ... which has a beautiful bay view. The resort gave home to a Royal visit recently, who most probably enjoyed the beach view as well https://www.kingfisherbay.com/royal-visit.html . For a little island tour we just follow the roads... ... which might lead to fresh water Lake McKenzie (Boorangoora as t
  7. To the northwest of Brisbane is Mount Coot-tha https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Coot-tha,_Queensland . The aboriginal people used to collect honey ("ku-ta") up there. This is the view from its top: Just a few miles south should be Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lone_Pine_Koala_Sanctuary , but it is missing here. So I had to head back to the city center. The vector data are good here, even the landclass makes sense. But autogen and buildings are still far away from reality... That means: Down to Bris
  8. Not from the start at Brisbane, ... ... and also the "Port of Brisbane" is not significant in the sense of the post title. But wait and see. We cross Saint Helena Island... ... and come south over green estuaries to Boonnahbah Island, ... ... followed by Woogoombah Island. This part of the Gold Coast settlements is Coombabah. The view to the left uses different letters: Runaway Bay. Turning to Surfers Paradise, ... ... before we arrive in Coolan
  9. In this case the King is a KingAir 200, being started in Hervey Bay. Climbing out over Fraser Island, ... ... and southwards to Rainbow Beach, the second ferry point onto the island. Passing Noosa... ... Caloundra, ... ... and Redcliffe... ... on the way to Vegas. Brisvegas I mean... When you are travelling in Australia, always look out for the Roos. They don´t follow established traffic rules and quickly come closer than you like!
  10. Qantas flight QF1709 was getting ready in Cairns. Severe rain this season in the lowlands, ... ... resulting in a foggy, partially even blind takeoff. But the Queensland coast was clear on the way south. Unfortunately the clouds came back as we descended, so it was difficult to spot Fraser Island in the background (under the 320´s belly). In this case the weather radar was of no big use. But some visibility was left, Brisbane showed up! Archerfiel
  11. After arrival from Cairns we change vehicles in Brisbane, domestic terminal. Following Moreton Drive, just right of the airlink railway, until it meets the M1. On the way north we pass Caboolture, nicely upgraded in OZx. The Glasshouse mountains appear to the west of the motorway, ... ... and Caloundra to the east. We pass the coastal settlements of Noosa in the distance... ... and the surprising location of the airstrip IN Lake MacDonald. This is sugar cane land. No doub
  12. The next tour from Cairns is another obvious one: Out to the Barrier Reef, as long as it is there. With the AW-109 it takes only 5 minutes... ... to discover that the AU scenery is already complete with excursion boats, kajaking and snorkeling tourists. Let´s visit Michaelmas Cay. John V. has recently shown us some great teasers of AUv2 reefs with great improvements, I´m keen to see that! Jumping over to Vlasoff Cay, where I recognize my wave setting is a bit wild for swimming. So I head back to
  13. The next daytrip from Cairns leads us up the Barron river... ... following the gorge to Barron Falls. Once again I have missed the virtual rain season. Kuranda city, a touristic highlight at the beginning of the Tableland. And below us is Leila´s airstrip, an artistic highlight of OZx-land. We go on southwards over the Atherton Tableland... ... to make a stop for lunch at Mareeba. The choice of the plane was already done when this flight plan was made. Here we go again... ..
  14. For this little daytrip we take off from Cairns in northerly direction, ... ... follow the Kuranda coast, ... ... until we reach the village of Mossman (right). Mossman Gorge (left) should be worth a detour for a little hike. https://www.mossmangorge.com.au/ But not in the plane: We head further north towards Daintree River, which can only be crossed by a ferry. In real life, I mean: In the sim this is already solidified to a bridge. Some minutes later the road ends at Cape Tribulation. One of Captain James Cooks tours ended h
  15. We were called for a tourist to pick him up at Kings Creek Station. The report said he was run down by a "gigantic, fierce man or bear", fell and got "severly" injured. An unknown time later he was found "somehow lying on the ground of his tent, not able to speak in understandable words". When he woke up he claimed that he only had "one beer, maybe two" during the evening. Upon our arrival he was found stable, but with a severe headache. No traces of the offender were seen, and none of the other tourists reported any uncommon observation. Even the crowd of Big Reds aside the cattle station wer
  16. We asked for the safest way to fly from Yulara / Ayers Rock airport to Kings Creek, and the guy in the ATC told me "Follow A4 to the east. At the first road crossing turn left. Kings Creek will be the first airstrip to your left." That sounded to be a short hop, Just take the next one left and we´re there! So here we went from YAYE, having the famous rock formations in sight... ... and following Lasseter Highway. From Curtin Springs (at the end of these two little blind roads - missing in the sim just like the airstrip) the traveller can see Mount Connor, "Fool
  17. Qantas flight QF1948 was ready for boarding in Alice Springs. Which took some time, because the paxes were doing nothing but sweating. Finally the aircondition was started and the cargo was taking their seats. Soon we were acellerating, ... ... looked back to the airport ... ... and Alice Springs just north of the Ranges. 37 kft over the outback. Near Mt. Isa the landscape was getting greener (to my surprise). The Pacific ahead. Descending downwind over Lake Tinaroo, you can s
  18. Warning: This teaser is only for rich travellers. The official Uluru-kata Tjuta scenic flight. Obviously we simmers have an alternative: Take a suitable plane from YAYE... ... and seconds after takeoff the first rock can be seen. Well, the other bunch as well... Entering inbound base point at 4000 ft. After turning back and climbing to 4500 ft this is the "outbound" leg, for those tourists sitting on the left. Then following Kata Tjuta road... ... to the Valley of the Winds...
  19. Our arrival time in Conellan is scheduled for the afternoon, right in time to visit the area during sunset. So we pass Yulara, ... ... from a slight altitude even Kata Tjuta comes into view, ... ... before the famous sunset perspective is ready. Most visitors spend their night in Yulara, some in hotels, ... ... some in tents, ... ... before they get up early to catch the sunrise view. Who has been here before in real? Don´t hesitate to post your teasers!
  20. The next leg of our real travel plan would be done with Virgin Australia VA1627. Getting ready in Sydney (domestic): After a southbound start sitting on the right side of the plane would be advantageous. Too high to enjoy the Blue Mountains... ... not even the other way round. But you can still see the Pacific. Fly-by in Bathurst... ... and finally you see the green-red border. I will surely do a flight like this in Australia v2 to compare. Hours later. A landmark for orientation...
  21. It was a boring spring morning in Warnervale when 3 beautiful young ladies came to the airport. Instantly I was totally awake, but they did not ask any questions about the cool life of a pilot - they only wanted to know where they could meet millionaires. I said hey, I´ll take them where they want, maybe I´ll get a chance. When getting ready for the flight, they told me their names: Loco Dempsey, Pola Debevoise and Schatze Page. Uncommon names, but did it ring a bell to me? Okay ladies, let´s head south... ... to Pittwater Bay... ... and around Sc
  22. C´mon, lets get on board in Aeropelican. Down the coast... ... this must a place where the energy for Sydney is made. One for Jack: Norah Head. And just a few kilometres away we are closing in to Warnervale. Ready for a drink. But... something else than that.
  23. I left Bathurst in the morning... ... to reach the Great Dividing Range only a few minutes later. It just takes about 15 minutes to reach the Hunter Valley - ... ... do you see the blue balloon just next to Cessnock´s runway? Here you can see it better, though surrounded by reflections. In the evening I went on, after tasting the products that are made from these rape fields. A golf course with an airport. Very useful for a short flight. Maitland, just some miles north of Cess
  24. This flight goes a bit off my real travel plan for next year. From Katoomba, ... ... turning west over Leura, ... ... and reaching the tablelands near Little Hartley. Do you see what flies drives under me? And the airstrip itself is also perfectly blended into FTX. Lithgow, without the ZigZag railway, but with a PNG-like airstrip. Oh OZx team, what an outstanding work. Further to the west we reach the green plains... ... and Bathurst airport. Sometimes the trainspotter has bad
  25. Today I´ll take you on a little longer tour to some sights of the city and beyond. Sure we start at YSSY again, ... ... head towards the city center, ... ... and cross Sydney cove. After disabling FT´s landclass, the double Harbour Bridge comes up in my p3d again, even though I had disabled highways, primary and secondary roads in Vector. No good look, but I won´t care much. Taronga Zoo. Well, in real life it is there, not in FTX AU, unfortunately. In 2002 this inhabitant was looking at me... and I was faster in those days!
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