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  1. Let's leave Australia and head back to Singapore. Catering at Gold Coast. Time for the outside check! Nose gear looks good. Pitot tubes look free... ...as do those other ports... The biggest danger for a pilot is to get run over by one of the ground vehicles. Fan blades look like new. The exhaust cone looks fit. Main landing gear looks good. Tail cone looks awesome. Don't forget to have a look at the gear bays. Time to get back into the plane! Wait, Captain! A successful pushback. Lining up. Positive rate - Gear up! Climbing along the Gold Coast... Couple o'miles further we reach Brisbane. Just making sure the APU door is closed... The landscape changes. Making our way through Indonesia. Borneo / Kalimantan abeam. Ouch! Those anvils are right where we want to go. That looks massive. Cannot make out the magenta line in all this magenta... We fly a curve to the east. We should be about the last ones to get a landing clearance for a while. Uff! The weather looks already a bit better, this 747 has no problem to taxi to the runway. Done. That's it, I hope you enjoyed the trip!
  2. It turns out that the Scoot 777/787 that's normally doing the flight to the Gold Coast is under maintenance due to an electronical failure... Thankfully, the mother company SIA steps in and does the job! And they even have pilots! The night hours at a busy airport... Using South Crossing 1 to get to the runway 02L. Holding short at W9, Singapore 86. "Mommy, are we there yet?" Lineup. And takeoff, we have a takeoff... Leaving Singapore to the right. I love it when the first light of day appears on the horizon. The land of Oz finally. We're closing in towards the Gold Coast. Some clouds over the mountains to the north don't irritate us. It might be the pacific coast of New South Wales, but it's still the Queens land, of course... Sorry a bit cheesy. Now that's a really long beach! "Mommy, are we going to swim there?" A bit late, the touchdown, but we are able to come to a comfortable stop nonetheless... YBCG, Coolangatta, Coast of Gold... The 777 is the only plane to show a mysterious halo... Let's get that stuff out... "So, did you find the screwdriver that you lost last week?" --"No idea!" "Mommy, is the plane waiting for us for when we go back?" That's it! As always, ...
  3. After protests of the local residents in Broome, because of alleged low overflight and the dromedaries not giving as much milk as usual due to a resulting PTSD (lies!), the Boeing Test Crew wandered from Broome to Cairns and hopes to find more aviation friendly people. Well, fans! And the landscape is more interesting anyways. Now this is a proper, spacious tarmac! First turn. First approach, ready for touch and go! Lots of (ship) traffic on our next downwind. And another pattern! The bay of Cairns. It's late afternoon. Level off at 5000' and the next downwind. A few clouds don't derange us. Yarrabah and Fitzroy Island. Admiralty Island lies in the mouth of that river. It's getting evening. Preparing for the last approach of the day. Work done, time for a sunset beer! That's it! Cheers Lars
  4. An average morning in the small Australian location of Broome, WA. 33°C and no clouds visible at the airport. A man is taking pictures of a Qantas 737. On the other side of the terminal, the visitors of the airport café think it's too early to sit down and have a beer. A young man who doesn't look like the waiter ponders if he should sit down next to the lady at the table. But he's too fascinated by another object within his sight! Let's get a better overview of the scenery. Something seems odd here. This is none of the usual visitors to Broome. A Boeing team decided to do some test flights in the town. A relaxed spectator witnesses the rare event of a Triple Seven backtracking on Broome's 7900' runway. Surprisingly, it's not that difficult to turn the 777 around at the end of the runway. Not a challenge for the seasoned pilot! Boeing One X-ray, cleared for takeoff. Level off at 3000' and right turn over the bay. Some of the engineers took seat in the cabin. Rumour has it that one of the locals took the opportunity to do some illegal drone filming. Well done! Unfortunately, the team was too busy to take photos of all the patterns they flew. Ninety minutes later: beer is out of stock, only a vintage newspaper serves the guest. Cheers Lars
  5. OK, last time we sailed across the big ocean to lovely Brisbane, so we have to get back to lovely Vancouver. "We decided to make the passengers jump the last meter today as a fitness test, just to make sure they won't need the rescue helicopter when they go hiking in our dense Canadian woods." A selection of pacific carriers. I love the bridge. Gateway Bridge? "We're going to do an APU-to-pack takeoff due to our heavy weight and the high outside temperature, i. e., bleed air for the air conditioning is coming from the APU, freeing up the extra power for the engines." "It's a loooong way to Tipperary..." Passing in front of the domestic terminal... "That beach must be visible from the ISS." - "Confirmed." "We have a fuel imbalance!" - Ten minutes of scrolling checklists back and forth. - "I forgot to switch on the left center tank pump." "Wave politely, you never know who might be looking." Ureparapara Island, Vanuatu. It's getting dark over the Pacific Ocean. "Switch it on, just in case!" - "Oh Canada, the true north strong and free..." The sun is rising, and so are the mountains of Vancouver Island. Mountainous terrain ahead. The interior of the island is very mountainous. The east coast less so. "I can almost smell the salty air!" A last look at Vancouver Island... "Did you take photos of my brilliant touchdown?" - "Ehmm..." "Thank you for flying with Air Canada! We wish you a pleasant stay in Vancouver." Thank you for flying with me once more! Regards Lars
  6. Hi folks, this time we will be cruising from Vancouver, Canada, all over the Pacific Ocean to Brisbane, Australia. Pushback Taxiing via Lima... Lineup runway 08R It's pitch black outside, have you got the sextant for astronomical navigation, First Officer? *Glmps* Look, sir, the passengers of the tween deck already report the first light of day on port side, sir! The first class reports the sun has risen, sir! Captain went to search for his sextant, so quickly taking a photo. A massive storm front building up on starboard Sure wouldn't be fun to go there... Brisbane ahead and New Caledonia astern. Soon we are drifting down into the port of Brisbane. Gently heeling over to starboard There sure must be landlubbers dwelling there. On short final runway 01 In full motion: Vacating A long way to the international pier, sir! - Ay. One of the dockers forgot the pushback truck right in the way of the gangplank... Not our business. Welcome to Australia! I hope you liked my little cruise, as always. Regards Lars
  7. Continuing in Western Australia, departing from Wagin and heading to Lake Dumbleyung farm strip (there's a great name) and thanks to OZx. I do suspect 'nearmaps for the detail of the lime lakes area. Wonderful work from Ian Routley and crew! Departing Wagin Wagin township and great southern hwy Lime lakes and nature reserves Close up Heading east Lake Dumbleyung salt lake in all its glory FSX-SE | FTX AU | OZx | HDEV2 | ENB | FSX GO
  8. Inspired by the recent cluster of OZx and FTX AU screenshot topics, please enjoy another grateful contribution from Ants. Enjoy! FSX-SE | HDEV2 | FSX GO | FTX AU | OZx
  9. Enjoyed revisiting this wonderful part of Victoria, memories of school excursions in this region. Enjoy! FSX-SE | FTX AU | HDEV2 | ENB
  10. A slew of updates in the last few days. Great to see FTX Australia getting some TLC. This is where it all started, folks! Justflight also updated their Gloster Meteor, so here's an RAAF version taking off from Avalon then cruising above and beyond Melbourne: Such a classic profile! Plan view is pretty nice too! Hmmm ... that contrail looks suspicious ... Not bad for an AI repaint!!!! Adam.
  11. Once upon a time the British decided they needed a more modern heavy bomber. So to meet Air Ministry Spec B.12/36........ 1. The Short Stirling was designed and first flew in May 1939. 2. With a wingspan of 99ft the Stirling was limited to just 16000ft ceiling. This was infact a Ministry requirement to keep the designs weight down and not as commonly thought so the would be able to fit into the standard RAF Hangars! 3. The Stirling had a tendency to fly nose down and the huge undercarriage was fitted to keep the nose up on take off. 4. It could carry a 14,000 bomb load over 590 miles and was the only British bomber designed from the outset with 4 engines. 5. It was powered by Bristol Hercules radial engines giving it a range of 2330 miles. 6. There were many take off accidents due to the aircraft swinging violently when power was applied to all 4 engines at once. A better technique was soon implemented. 7. A very popular plane with it's pilots, it was easy to fly once in the air and was able to outmanoeuvre both Me110 and Ju88 night fighters which was quite an achievement for such a big plane. 8. On long trips to Germany the Stirling could only carry 3500lbs of bombs and the design of the bomb bay restricted it to 2000 lb bombs. 9. It was eventually replaced by the Halifax and Lancaster but was still a very useful transport plane and came into its own as a glider tug. Out of the 2371 built none remain today. And they all lived happily ever after flying in ORBX world
  12. Another of the famous British heavy bombers of WW2 was the Halifax. It is seen here on a flight out of Coffs Harbour. 1. Originally the HP.56 was designed as a twin engine bomber using the RR Vulture. 2. With the failure of the Vulture the HP.57 Halifax was redesigned around 4 Merlins and 100 were ordered off the drawing board as it showed great potential. 3. It first flew in October 1939, the original planes having triangular shape tail fins. 4. 13,000 lbs of bombs could be carried. 5. Halifaxes were built by Handley Page, English Electric, The Rootes Group, Fairey Aviation and the London Aircraft Production Group 6. 6178 were produced up to April 1945 and at peak production one Halifax was coming off the production line every hour. 7. Design changes included more powerful Merlin engines eventually being replaced by the Bristol Hercules in 1943. The tail fin as shown here, replaced the triangular one to solve rudder stall problems. 8. As with the Stirling, the bomb bay could not accommodate the 4000 Cookie bombs so the Halifax became a second choice bomber to the Lancaster. They were relegated to other theatres such as Italy and North Africa. 9. The Halifax was a highy useful transport plane and glider tug. They were widely used by SOE dropping agents and supplies into occupied Europe. 10. Other roles were reconnaissance, meteorological and anti submarine duties with Coastal Command. The Halifax was named after the town in West Yorkshire.
  13. Yesterday I reinstalled FSX along with the OZx and Ant's Airports. Also my A2A C172 and PA-28 which I can only use in FSX I did also start installing a few ORBX airports. So here are a few test flights I did as I was installing the numerous OZx airport packs. 6. YWYY Wynyard but the airport buildings are missing 7. YWRN Warren, so much going on here looks like a flight in a chopper is needed. 8. YWYY again but the buildings have appeared. Looks like I forgot to update the libraries the first time around. 9. YCWR Cowra, love the A2A Cherokee. 1. YTMU Tumut. 2. Hamilton Island in the default Goose. 5. YNRC Naracoorte and the default Cessna 172. 3. YNTN Normanton. 4. Another one from Normanton. 11. The beautiful Britannia taking off from Darwin at dawn. 10. Flying the default Jet Ranger from YBAS at Braitling. Highly enjoyable flying around Australia with the OZx and Ant's airports not forgetting the ORBX ones too! All depends what you like but I didn't find the default planes too bad. I have never flown the three before, only the airliners.
  14. Tried out the new YDPO from OZx, very nice to see this airport finely depicted at last. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Something in my system give YDPO a concrete runway but I think I can live with that for the time being.
  15. Old, cheap but definitely not nasty. Can also describe this default 744 seen here departing YMML at Keilor East. 32. I raise my glass to all of you skifflul people flying your new 744
  16. Did a short flight in the Winjeel (young eagle) late last night from Burnie to Devonport. This is the Demo version, no airspeed, altimeter or vertical speed indicator and no engine wear mode. 1. The panels containing the instruments and radio both vibrate. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. A wonderful plane to fly with plenty of features for the serious flyer as well as the Ctrl+E (like me) flyer.
  17. Just found Ant's latest release on the Simmarket site. This is just the demo version, I will buy the full version when I get back from my holidays. A great Australian trainer which are still a common sight on the air show circuit. 45. Plenty that opens and shuts, shall try and fly it now! Well done Anthony, another great plane by the looks of things.
  18. This beautiful Monarch DC-10-30 is a long way from Honduras. 25. As you would have probably guessed it is over the NSW location of Caralgong winging it's way back to Luton. I hope you all have a great week end.
  19. Booked our tickets for a trip to Thailand and 3 things made me feel good. 1. Just going to Thailand makes me happy. 2. Booked in the Thai language and got an even better price. 3. Looked to see what planes they had on the flights. 772 or 773 on the flight out and on the way back flying the A350XWB. Just love the 777 but the chance to fly on a brand new type of plane, yay!
  20. Close to Murmungee in North Eastern Victoria. 42. The clue to the title is written on the side of the Auster
  21. Found this last night on Simviation. http://simviation.com/1/browse-FSX-54-0 A very interesting aircraft, possibly the ultimate in piston engine fighters. Looks very much like the Mustang. The location is YSTW. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Here is a link to some info on the MB 5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin-Baker_MB_5
  22. This is a short flight from YWOL down the southern NSW coast to Jervis Bay. This flight is in the Canadair CL-215, a favourite aircraft of mine both RL and FS. I have been inspired by Bermuda's wonderful series of posts from Canada using the CL-215. 1. Plenty of wonderful ground detail here at YWOL. 2. An exciting smoky and noisy start up, just how a plane should be. 3. Taking off past some more old radial cousins. 4. Near Knight's Hill. 5. 6. Looking down the Shoalhaven River to the heads. Up river is Nowra with it's RNAS. Nowra is the Aboriginal word for the Black Cockatoo. 7. Jervis Bay and George's Creek. 8. Coming in to land over George's Basin. 9. A smooth landing. 10. Parked up with a fine selection of aircraft. Hope you enjoyed looking.
  23. Tindall Airbase in the Northern Territory is under threat. There is only one old Spitfire flown by the highly decorated Captain Johnny Walker, Black Label, DFC, DT with 2 bottles, to defend Tindall. Can he save the day. eins. The Tannoy crackles to life, Scramble Scramble. Bandits approaching from the south. zwei. Captain Johnny Walker staggers to his trusty old Spitfire in a drunken stupor and heads for the blue yonder. drei. Mein Gott! Spitfires, weglaufen, weglaufen. The Stukas turn tail but it is too late. veir. Ich habe in meinem Big Ende getroffen. The first Stuka spirals out of sight. funf. Achtung kommt hier John Walker. Wir haben keine Hoffnung. Johnny Walker closes in for the kill. sechs. Walker terrorises the hapless fliers with a series of close passes. Surrender or die Walker shouts down the radio. seiben. wir aufgeben. Wir haben keine Bomben nur Bratwurst und Schnaps. The truth is revealed about the German weaponry. acht. They are ordered to fly back to Tindall neun. Walker does a victory roll in celebration. zehn. elf. zwolf. He soon joins the captured fliers and is immediately awarded another bottle to his DT for his bravery. No Stukas or Luftwaffe crew were harmed compiling this story. BradB said:- "I wish I had an American Spitfire , so I could shoot your ass down Martyn ." Too late John, I changed sides.
  24. Just to show the old can still be gold! FTX AU - probably the oldest of all the ORBX add-ons - can still delight. This is Fraser Island (Queensland) - with an correspondingly ancient add-on (but thankfully updated to P3Dv3 by Lionheart) - the Quest Kodiak. A great choice for PNG areas, it's equally at home here in Oz. A marvellous little plane all round. Adam.
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