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  1. The local authorities have decided to study the possibility of using a Dash 7 in the challenging airfields along the Kokoda trail. The local Airlines PNG Twin Otter pilots based at the Kokoda airport have been invited on board of the newly arrived aircraft as they might have to do a cross-training later on. Today, the group is heading to Timkenumo, a very short mountain airfield with an impressive slope. The weather forecast indicates the presence of rain for the whole period of the flight. But the visibility is good. It is worth trying out the airfield. The Dash 7 gets closer to Timkenumo : gears and flaps are out. The short sloped runway is in sight. Timkenumo is touchy for a Dash 7. The flare is critical. Since the aircraft has to be parallel to the steep sloped runway on arrival, it has to adopt a climbing configuration in the last moment of the approach. This means having enough speed to avoid a stall, but not too much to be unable to stop before the end of the runway. Now is breaking time! Airbrakes, brakes, reversers, pulling on the stick to put the weight on the center wheels, everything is included except totally retracting the flaps which would be useless on such a short runway. The aircraft slows down rapidly, but it is necessary to keep it slowly moving to help finish the ride up the hill. Once positioned correctly, the crew stops the aircraft. The engines remain running since it is only a quick turnaround. A pilot gets out and take a picture of the Dash 7 with the Timkenumo post sign. It is now time to turn around. The slope is too important, even for the Dash7. Applying full power to turn will not work here. The best way is to release the brakes, let the Dash 7 build a little momentum, then apply the right brakes at the same time as the left reversers come into action. The aircraft pivots on itself on the runway. Then the pilot apply left rudder and brakes and adds power to the two engines on the right side to align the aircraft with the runway. Using the steep slope and the power of the four engines of the Dash 7, the aircraft is airborne rapidly. It is time to build up speed to avoid the mountain straight ahead. A few minutes later, the Dash 7 is out of the valley. The Kokoda airport is in sight. The airbrakes will help to rapidly diminish the airspeed. The runway is straight ahead. Lots of visitors today in Kokoda! Some food is already being cooked outside. I guess the pilots will try to invite themselves. Hopefully the tents will be dismantled tomorrow morning, otherwise there is a risk that the Dash7 pilots accelerate the process with the thrust reversers before the next flight! Cheers!
  2. There's a lot wrong with this short video: my flying, the way my system rendered the dust, my flying...you get the idea. The concept was to 1) learn how to place an FS Recorder camera on the runway, 2) capture a takeoff and landing so I can use it on the bush strips, and 3) demonstrate a slip to short-field spot landing with the camera as the touchdown target. Part one and two were achieved. The demo...well, that's for you to judge. I let the aircraft get light on takeoff -- it actually hopped into the air before I planted the mains back on the ground. A big no-no. If the aircraft gets light in a crosswind it'll crow hop sideways, and that's the start of a takeoff (or landing) ground loop. It's not the ship's tendency to weathervane that causes the problem in a crosswind. It's when the wheels stop moving sideways and the inertia in the tail keeps it moving sideways that a rotation-couple occurs (it starts to turn). Stop that right now or you may enjoy some off-roading. I also let the aircraft get slow on the approach and was very rough on the controls in the flare. That's typical of a pilot with low time in an aircraft I had about two hours including yesterdays attempts at the Kokoda bush strips (how dumb was that?) before I was silly enough to try this demo. Lucky thing I didn't break anything yesterday. (The relatively poor sim controls we have to work with don't help matters either. Note the aileron flutter at about 1:40. FSUIPC doesn't damp it, and I can't find another axis that is interfering. Maybe it's just hardware going bad?) The only good news is I managed to stall it on in a respectable 3-pointer. It still hopped into the air a few times but that was mostly rough ground. Something to keep in mind if you expect braking to get you stopped (brakes don't help much when the wheels are in the air.) While I'm thinking of it, wet grass is even worse if you're trying to stop. It's as slippery as ice. Just showed Kate this video and she remarked, "One of the things I loved about flying the Super Cruiser was slipping the crap out of it. I dunno, there was something about it. The Travel Air too." The PA-12 didn't have flaps; and, of course, the biplane didn't either. Slipping was basic flying technique. Personally, I liked it better than flaps--as she apparently did, too-- because if you're a little low it's easy to take out the slip, but woe betides you if you suck up the flaps. Probably not something you want to try in an A380, in any case. Which reminds me of young Marine fighter pilot friend out on a night air combat training mission in an F/A-18 against a couple of tiny adversary T-38s. After the fray they joined up to come home and, did I mention dark night and tiny, he found himself with too much overtake. A Cub and biplane pilot first, he kicked his jet into a skid and slipped neatly into position. The instructor had a coronary and asked, "WHAT was THAT?" but not in those words. "A slip, Sir," says he. "We don't slip Hornet's, Mister." "Sir, yessir." He got the top grade for the flight.
  3. Now that we made it to Papua New Guinea the plan is to explore the numerous little strips along the Kokoda Track out of Port Moresby and those in Goilala district out of Tapini. I'm assuming you can't shoehorn a Gooney Bird into many of them so I'll be using a rented Cessna 180. But first I had to find the Kokoda Track, and what better way to do it than with our trusty DC-3 Airways bird. Especially since someone else is paying for the gas and oil. To be honest, we did a lot of wandering around before we found anything. The charts we had were no help, these little strips weren't on them. And anyway, the landmarks all looked the same to us. Be we did finally see a couple of short bush strips we assumed were along the track, and eventually realized it was barely a narrow dirt road. We struggled to follow it partly because we didn't know where we were going and partly because the clouds were hanging in the valley We eventually decided to simply fly into Kokoda today and then go south along the track tomorrow. Finding Kokoda hiding below an undercast layer was easier said than done. But we finally saw the airport below us...the hardest place to see. (One of my favorite Flight Instructor tricks was to yank the power and declare an engine failure directly over an airport. If the student discovers it great, and if things go wrong we have a safe place to land.) Dumped the gear and using 23" to keep the jugs warm we button-hooked around, took the plunge, and managed to get lined up, slowed down, and checklist complete on about a mile final. But our job wasn't over, we still had to find a place to park the big bird without blowing camper's pup tents over or clothes off the line. In end we got her snuggled in, and tomorrow we'll do some more hunting. But tonight we're happy campers. Got our money's worth several times over so far. Port Moresby Airport is exquisite, and Kokoda with the smoke and tents and wash on the line was a complete surprise. The difficulty finding strips (only three so far), the weather, and the terrain all made the flight anything but just another day in the cockpit. Someone said adventure is adversity by choice. (I'd add that's true only in retrospect.) Regardless, today's flight was an adventure!
  4. Today myself and Ken Hall would like to introduce you to our Papua New Guinea experience! Dreamed up in the middle of last year, we set out to provide not just an airport, but rather an Experience, to allow the user to totally immerse in the feeling of Papua New Guinea, after 3 months of pain-staking research and another 6 months of late nights, modeling, texturing and designing, countless coffees, and many bent Twinotters........we bring you the first of our Pacific Islands conquests (PI): Jacksons International Airport (POM, AYPY), also known as Port Moresby Airport and and during WWII: 7 Mile Aerodrome, is located 5 miles outside of the capital city of Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea, it is the largest and busiest airport in the country, and is the main hub for Air Niugini the national airline of PNG, as well as the main hub for Airlines-PNG 10 x terrifying bushstrips and a helipad, following the Kokoda track up and over the foreboding Owen Stanley mountains. Airports included in this experience are: 1. Jacksons International Airport 2. Kokoda Airport 3. Manari 4. Efogi 5. Myola abandoned airstrip 6. Launumu 7. Kagi 8. Bodinumo 9. Timkenumo 10. Boridi 11. Miliei 12. Isurava helipad Other features: - Pristine Papua New Guinea Holgermesh - Hand crafted PRs for bush strips by our very own resident artist Ken Hall - Hand placed Landclass around Jacksons INTL, and the Kokoda track - Many hand drawn landclass polygons covering the Myola plains - Many small unnamed villages following the Kokoda track. - Meticulously drawn Kokoda track - Custom Papua New Guinea AI - via an update to the FTX AU AI package (FSX) - Custom painted Static Aircraft library (FSX/P3DV2) - Custom Papuan GSE library - Large library of custom Papua New Guinea vegetation providing a lush tropical feeling - This product requires the FTXGlobal base pack http://www.fullterrain.com/product_ftxglobal.html - It is also 100% compatible with FTX VECTOR and FSGlobal2010mesh (although not required) OK now for the previews: And last but not least a map showing the location in the world and layout Have a nice day! Cheers Tim Harris and Ken Hall
  5. Port Moresby, up at sparrows fart (6am) for a coffee, duck into the tower FPO to check weather reports ok, lodge a flightplan, and load fuel, 3 hikers going up to Kokoda this morning for a trek All ready and humming, waiting at the holdshort for runway clearance, its a busy morning in POM Rotating and lifting away Wheels up Climbing and climbing Tracking through the Gap, few clouds, should be ok Slowly letting it down with plenty of space Parked up watching the rain, waiting for two folks going to Mt Hagen, then picking up a package and heading back to Moresby
  6. Cranked up the trusty old Cargomaster and headed to Kokoda Quick stop-over at Manapi Dropped off the pack of sugar for the campsite cookie and preparing to head on to the first main destination of the day. Kokoda approach I actually did land there - here's one from the departure for the next leg: Emo Mission Finals Unloading And now for the final leg back to Port Moresby. Cropped straight DX10s Cheers Mallard
  7. Papua of course! New TV show kicking off featuring the Indobushpilot himself http://indopilot.blogspot.com.au/ Ep1 >https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqkjRxzztJQ Ep2 >https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fANLpftuC9A Ep3 >https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJDKAx_kRak Ep4 >http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jFsVRQyhlg
  8. So here we are, with the undoubted highlight of my PNG tour: The Kokoda bushstrip tour. As moonman pointed out, I should have enough fresh T-shirts in this humid region, so I was looking for some in this area ... First stop: Bodinumo. These details add to the experience... 2nd: Boridi. 3rd: Milei. Really my hardest task to slow down here. 4th is a relatively easy one: Timkenumo. 5th stop: Kagi. Not too hard with this plane either. 6th one: Launumu. 7th is Efogi. Looks easy, but I always slipped quickly to the west, be it landing or start - tricky! Efogi from above... ... and Manari (#8 ): I think this was also in Manari, but I am not sure what this bloke wants to do there - right next to this airport´s busy runway! Peacefully followed the Kokoda track further, ... ... to Port Moresby ... ... and the first relaxed landing today. Unfortunately I did not pay enough attention on the T-shirts to capture, so I have a good excuse to do the tour again. And I will optimize the sequence of airstrips before I try it with bigger loading capacity... Tim & Ken, this playfield is amazing. In a couple of minutes so many challenging approaches, landings and take-offs, coupled with amazing scenery details - and all on the basis of RL flights, not arcade-like imagination - great work, or was it rather passion? Thanks.
  9. There will be a live interview with myself and Ken this weekend Be sure to join us at 2200z. That's 8am for Eastern Australia | 3pm Pacific | 6pm Eastern | 10/11pm for Western Europe. We will be taking your questions and look forward to seeing you out there! http://www.airdailyx.net/fsnewsbreaker/2014/7/3/our-next-live-event-saturday-july-5th
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