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  1. When I get a new piece of scenery I never start there.. got to fly there. It's just me... Manukau Heads First look Across the coast Sale A decade of suburban sprawl Turning final on to 34 The performance over Melbourne was surprisingly good. I've turned off the extra ships, but that's about it. Time to jump in a 737 or Dash 8 and head to the country... Mike
  2. So, I haven't had much time to fly lately, and even less time to take screenshots and post them. That said, I managed a short flight out of Whangarei and flew in a meandering northerly direction, landing at the Bay of Islands airfield in Kerikeri. Once landed, I noticed an odd advertisement for a place far far away from Kerikeri...pretty cool! It is in the last screenshot: #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 Not sure who has found that before, but it is the first time I have seen it Love the little hidden surprises like this in Orbx scenery! Cheers!
  3. Suspicious activity noted around the Waitemata Harbour: Ti Rakau Drive, close eye being kept... Highbrook Drive on the right, Southern Motorway on the left. Mangere Bridge. A likely spot... One Tree Hill. Unlikely to be flown under, given the volcanic rock nature of the medium making lift generation improbable. However, inverted flypast activities are to be watched for Tamaki Drive, just west of Hobson Point. Unlikely location due to the minimal clearance underneath Ports of Auckland. Lack of wind across the deck makes these unlikely targets for anything non-rotary, however a Mr. J Sawyer has been known to try anything once. Shelly Beach Road. Given that the passage under is along State Highway 1, witnesses would be expected. The Bridge... the most likely gathering place of local suffers of what is becoming known as The Sawyer Effect: Finally, Upper Harbour Bridge. Given the proximity to RNZAF Auckland (Whenuapai to the rest of us), the chances of sufferers striking here unnoticed would appear to be low. It is possible that the subject in the above photographs is in the early stages of YIUB virus or the related Sawyer Effect. Subject was last seen on track for the North Shore aerodrome. While not inverted, footage from Boxing Day last year: http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2018/01/civil-aviation-authority-investigating-after-plane-flies-under-auckland-harbour-bridge.html It would appear the CAA is not amused.
  4. Taking Jankee's TEAL livery for a low level sortie from Whenuapai, Auckland's airport at the time. The Mangere airport wasn't opened until 1965, in the DC-8 era. Gear up: The bridge and downtown: Probably Tapu, being this low over Rangitoto... Kaipara Harbour Downwind As the punters might see one:
  5. Not only Cook Strait will be crossed in this flight, this is also my first IFR flight in p3d with PRO-ATC/X support, and my first flight with the Majestic Dash 8-Q400 in this simulator. Moreless totally experimental today. Boarding in Wellington was with no trouble (and no GSX, yet...). But what is this AI pilot doing? Can´t he see my takeoff release from the ATC above?? OK, we´re just simming. So the steel was unharmed and I could climb towards the South Island. No Orbx scenery here, but the blue was just too impressing for me (finally I got a nice sky color). Christchurch. The HD moon textures from FSX work well. Weather is getting somehow tricky whilst descending into Queenstown, ... ... and I had to circle down. Me no like that visibility! Resulted in an Albatros-like landing... ... but no one was able to complain after the flight!
  6. Next levels achieved: AU AI traffic shows up, Carenado birds installed - with all the liveries I collected in good old FSX times. This one from Richard Louis is one of the most famous, just the right one to start at New Plymouth: Beautiful Mt. Taranaki. As beautiful is the rain in AS/p3d: At least we could see the final into Wellington... .. and the Kiwis flying there!
  7. Leving Auckland in the default Mooney... ... the Shire looks really green, as it should. But weather is getting darker soon... ... and the earth is so hot that it evolves steam... ... and suddenly the ground looks as we expect Mordor to look. Mt. Doom. Let´s drop the Ring here, much easier than walking! And then... just drop westwards to New Plymouth! @JimNZ, do you have a cold one at hands to refresh after this adventure?
  8. Quick, quick, fly... out of Whangarei! Down the east coast... ... over Auckland, with not the slightest loss in performance... ... and approaching into NZAA. Perhaps Martyn is still here? I´ll have to check all the pubs around...
  9. P3D testing goes on in my house, and today everything went smooth & flawless. I just noticed afterwards that I might have had to change the REX sky colours from (northern) winter to fit better to the region of this flight... but that is just a tiny task. Here we go in the default Carenado from Auckland... ... over Manakau Harbour... ... into the overcast. I had to fly really low to enjoy the scenery. I have to stress that EzDok v2 can be addictive as well. The "horizon-hold"-effect is great, even when flying civilized. Just to check the FPS over the city. Undisturbed. Warkworth radar station. Closing in towards the Whangarei scenery... ... which will require some low&slow investigation tomorrow...! One question to you, folks: Is this ground texture correct, or has this been manipulated by REX?
  10. Ha can not be that far away, as he was posting this proof shortly after my flight: So I took off to find him... Another proof: Someone must have turned the speed limit sign on the access road slightly. Probably under the influence of spiritual songs. Or drinks. Perhaps he was joining the Lions Club Rescue team? I´ll look for their helipad... Found it! But no Martyn around... I can strongly recommend to fly from this helipad towards Marsden Point refinery. Getting over the hill is an amazing visual experience! Just as the landing on the tanker. Here you can see me standing on the solid pad. Perhaps a bit misplaced... OK, let me continue westwards to Portland Cement plant... ... and then north to the hospital. Martyn as a routined pilot may be helping the staff there? Nope. Or probably at the Northland Emergency Services? Nice hockey pitches around... ... but still I was the only simmer here. So I had to turn back to the city... ... nobody under the bridge (yet)... ... and not here. He must have already left with BMI services to Auckland. What a close miss!
  11. Kia ora, welcome to NZWR Whangarei Airport, Orbx's first North Island airport; located in the northernmost city in New Zealand in the Northland region of the North Island. Whangarei has been on my radar for several years now, and with the assistance of one of our forums members (tuisong) for on-site photography this beautiful NZ destination has been made possible. This project includes the airport itself along with a large amount of photoreal coverage of the bay and valley that the city of Whangarei itself is in. There are some additional locations included in this package, including 3 helipads and many important points of interest for navigation and visiting. Whangarei is the northernmost city in New Zealand, and the regional capital of the Northland region. Situated in a river valley at the back end of its large harbor, Whangarei is an important industrial area producing cement, refining oil, and shipping industrial goods via its ports. The city is host to Northland Emergency Services Trust (NEST) which operates helicopter rescue operations in surrounding Northland. The NEST Helicopter Base north of the city, NZJR Whangarei Hospital Helipad, and McLeod Bay Rescue Helipad have all been modeled in addition to the airport. Whangarei Airport is situated on the Onerahi peninsula, southeast of the city center. While limited by the geography of the area, it has two runways, a sealed asphalt runway of 3,599ft and a grass runway of 1,558ft. The airport is served by regular flights to Auckland operated by Air New Zealand Link on Dash 8 Q300 aircraft. A smaller air taxi service, Sunair, operates flights to Claris, Hamilton, Tauranga, and Rotorua using Piper PA-23 Aztec's and Cessna 172's. The airport has been previously served by Beechcraft 1900's and ATR 72's. This project has just entered beta, so all going well it should be available this holiday season. Compatibility Available for FSX, FSX:SE, and Prepar3D v1, 2, 3, and 4 Requires FTX NZ New Zealand North Island (NZNI) Coverage 60sq mi/155sq km of photoreal coverage at 10cm/30cm/60cm/1m Airports and heliports NZWR Whangarei Airport - HD airport NZJR Whangarei Hospital Heliport - helipad atop the city hospital, west of the city center NEST Helicopter Base - rescue helicopter base north of the city center McLeod Bay Helipad - new helipad at the entrance of Whangarei Harbor, built for rescue operations Features Detailed rendition of NZWR Whangarei Airport Three additional helicopter pads around the city and surrounds Color blended and fully autogen annotated photoreal coverage of Whangarei airport, city, and harbor Advanced rendering techniques for realistic materials at the airport, including precipitation effects on the ground surfaces, specular shine, and bump mapping Dynamic lighting in Prepar3D v4, provided by Jon Murchison APX designed for AI Traffic Australia and New Zealand package, designed by Graham Eccleston POI's including Marsden Point refinery, Portland cement plant, Te Matau bridge, and detailed city center ObjectFlow, PeopleFlow2, TextureFlow, and StaticFlow included Airport modeled with on-site photography provided by Roger Alchin. And without further ado, screenshots. Many of these shots were produced for these previews by our very own Adam Banks. His New Zealand screenshots are finely tuned to reflect the real locations and as such I wanted to have his input by providing preview images that look the closest to setups that flight sim users from New Zealand might have for their daily flying. NEST Helicopter Base NEST Helicopter Base NEST Helicopter Base NZWR 24 Approach NZWR 24 Approach Advanced materials for precipitation on sealed surfaces NZWR terminal area NZWR terminal landside entrance NZWR landside parking area NZWR fueling NZWR Air New Zealand Link gates NZWR Sunair terminal and parking NZWR Skywork Helicopters operations area NZWR general aviation area NZWR 06 holding point NZWR 24 approach NZWR overview NZWR 06 overview Te Matau Bridge Whangarei city center, looking south Whangarei suburbs, looking north NZJR Whangarei Hospital Helipad NZJR Whangarei Hospital Helipad Marsden Point refinery Marsden Point refinery McLeod Bay helipad area (helipad is by the road on the right)
  12. Its been a while, was doing a flight around NZ, so many pretty places to see, thought I would share a couple
  13. The latest SP... sadly, the mods are largely cosmetic as far as I can tell. Wake me around v1.5. Still, it looks nice outside: Somewhere near Blenheim A few generations apart:
  14. Two of the prettiest things in the sim: the A2A T-6 and NZNI in V4. This is enroute from Kerikeri to Kaitaia. Straight V, with ASCA and AS. (much sharper in full screen...)
  15. I coudn't afford the PMDG 747, so went for the "Prop Queen" instead - at half the price, but just as much fun. It really is a superb add-on. Amazing attention to detail. Having spent hours in the A2A Constellation, I keep expecting Betty to offer me cups of coffee - but all I get is a very clipped South African FO being *very* businesslike! The "Bride Flight" (a great film): The 1953 flight was a DC-6A, from Heathrow to Christchurch. Here's a DC-6B at Auckland (!): Adam.
  16. Great to see Alabeo working their way through their catalog for P3Dv4! Here's the C195 Businessliner near NZAA: Adam.
  17. I've always entered the screen competitions at NZFF (http://nzff.org/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=26925&start=20) - and it's my only option these days, as I can't enter the ORBX one. This month, however, I'm having real difficulty choosing my entry - so wondered if anyone ORBX'ers would care to cast their vote! Unlike ORBX, the NZFF comps have themes: this month, we have "It's a jungle out there!!!". 01: My initial entry: Blenheim in the mist: 02: Another "oldie" - the Typhoon over North Island somewhere: 03: The same Typhoon testing the waters at NZMF: ORBX does jungle so beautifully in NZNI/NZSI. A lot of variety in foliage - and seamlessly placed. All comments and suggestions greatly appreciated!! Adam.
  18. Early morning hunting over the Coromandel Ranges (NZNI): This is using my latest PTA preset (adam_PTA_21_11). I had to add an aircraft specular tweak value as I found that all my new JF aircraft seem to have very bleached highlights. I suspect they designed the model to work in FSX and didn't test in P3D (which uses a different lighting system). All my presets can be grabbed here. Adam.
  19. Todays flight schedule saw the crossing of Abel Tasman´s Sea. And this means I headed westwards out of Auckland... ... waving goodbye to New Zealand. Two short snacks later, OZ comes in sight. Downwind over Botany Bay... ... and getting the lovely Windows chimes sound approaching Kingsford Smith. Perhaps too much ground detail, combined with lots of sea & air traffic, and a demanding plane. Luckily all went well... ... and I could even taxi (still under chimes) to the parking position. Ready to get back to smaller equipment.
  20. After going south from the nearest international air harbour to the Hobbiton... ... I purchased a ring at the Weta studios http://wetaworkshop.com/ in Wellington and searched for a way back. The most comfortable today seems to be the bus. A last view of Wellington... ... and its energy supply, ... ... before we climb out over Kapiti Island. A bird watchers place with limited access for tourists, also very limited for sheep, possums and rats (their populations have been reduced to zero) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kapiti_Island . The island is now the stronghold for some variations of the Kiwi, and surely I did not disturb them with a plane landing. Three other New Zealand icons. Mt. Ruapehu, Mt. Ngauruhoe, and Air NZ. Descending over Clarks Beach, looks like a nice location to live (if not disturbed by planes). The manual final into NZAA´s 05 for the night.
  21. The Islander on the northern run while Kaitaia's runway was undergoing a repair: Whangaparaoa peninsular: Orewa beach and the Hibiscus Coast Highway (just ignore Highway 1... it's not nearly as interesting): The Bay Of Islands: Heading back there in 2020. Kerikeri:
  22. No no, mates, my NZL tour is not over. Still some work to do with bigger planes. Like today: Heavy traffic in the morning getting out of NZAA. Leaving over Manakau Harbour... ... to see Mt. Taranaki and New Plymouth shortly after. Hi @JimNZ, are you already awake? A beautiful view of Mt. Ruapehu from business class... ... this is what is shown in economy. But the cockpit view of Wellington is not much better. While the cockpit was heavily shaking (great effects from Majestic & EzDoc!), all over sudden some mountains appeared out of the fog. Scary... At least, Lower Hutt became visible shortly after... ... and over the bay Wellington and runway 16 showed themselves much better, what a relief to the pilot.
  23. ... from Gisbourne... ... across the East Cape mountains... ... to White Island. Looks dangerous... Motiti Island appears more peaceful. Even with an airstrip for wealthy commuters! Maybe they just come over from Tauranga? But there would be plenty places to relax at the Bay of Plenty. Or at the Coromandel peninsula... ... perhaps in Pauanui Beach? Or at the Yacht harbours of Whitianga? They even have something elso to play with. But now back to the big city from here... ... into the busy traffic of NZAA!
  24. ... but surely not to London, as you can see from the post´s tag. I took off from Wellington... ... over the bay... ... the hills, and Lake Wairarapa. Masterton, there should be some balloons down there - means I have to return at lower altitude... ... and the same is true for Hastings. Crossing Napier... ... towards Gisborne, today´s destination!
  25. We took a regular Star Alliance connection to return northwards from Ryans Creek / Stewart Island, ... ... climbing over Oban (no, we did not get to Scotland that fast), ... ... and crossing the Aluminium smelter at the southern tip of South Island, near Invercargill. Hot summer does not need to be a dry summer here in the roaring fourties. Dunedin, the hub of the south. Our baggage was checked through into the mother company, ANZ. Starting engine two. You can see the plane was so full I had to sit in the cockpit. Sheep land. Hills, dramatic rivers, and the coastline of South Island guide us northwards... ... until we descend over the Marlborough Sounds... ... into the busy city of Wellington.
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