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  1. Just some images from two flights from Santiago de Chile via Guayaquil to Brasilia. Evening in Santiago de Chile (an FSX scenery, but quite good!) Mountains to the west of the aerodrome, the ones to the east are even higher. We need some fuel. Pushback on the spot. About to lineup on the runway... Santiago de Chile. Instrument view close to our destination. The waning moon appears more like a bark near the equator. Guayaquil. I didn't know at that time that the 24 localizer at SEGU is offset (as is the 11R glideslope at SBBR). While the freeware Guayaquil airport that I use is acceptable at day, it seems to lack any night textures. Here we are on the way to Brasilia. Brasilia by Roberto Zanolli (freeware) even features taxiway bridges (and terminal interiors). At the stand finally. I hope you enjoyed it, cheers!
  2. Today we are flying from Sao Paulo Guarulhos to Santiago de Chile. Lots of pictures and lots to see! At the gate at Guarulhos. Taxi... Takeoff... Just above the cirrus clouds. Still in the area of Sao Paulo. A big salt lake (Lago Salinas Grandes) of northern Argentina in the distance. We approach Santiago - and the Andes mountains! You can already spot the the highest mountain of South America. FO is pilot flying today. It's a very steep descent - speedbrakes are a must. The mountain just below the wingtip is the Aconcagua, the highest mountain of the Americas. The Aconcagua is also the highest mountain of the southern hemisphere. The next higher mountain is just at the other side of the planet in the Hindu Kush! We approach the Chilean Central Valley... ... and follow the Aconcagua River. Left turn into the valley, heading for Santiago! The town of Los Andes. The town of San Felipe. The Pacific Ocean lies beyond the Coastal Mountains. Cleared to land. It's getting evening as we taxi in. Closing hour, end of work, Feierabend! Thank you alot for coming along and flying with LATAM! I hope you had a pleasant flight!
  3. Brasilia, Buenos Aires, Boston! At the stand in Brasilia. Holding short before lineup. You can spot lightning in the distance... Descending towards Ezeiza with Aeroparque Jorge Newbery behind the wing. Up in the air again. Enroute. Carribean sunrise. Some fuselage shots (not only) for Martyn. Approaching Boston, we make a wide bow across the Atlantic Ocean. The final was so bad that I decided to go around. Not stable at 500'. We had to fly in a holding for a little while. View of the city. This time I do it better. The extreme trim position of the horizontal stabilizers is entirely PMDG's fault. At the gate. The tower building of Boston's Logan Airport always fascinated me. The airport is well monitored it seems. No cursing, no foul language was heard on the radio! Just a calm day at the airport, it seems. Funnily, I had thought that this warm hearted movie was set in New York until I noticed it's Boston actually - only thanks to that easter egg. Cheers Lars
  4. Recently I have rediscovered Frank Daineses Cerro Torre freeware, so I had to try it in p3dv4. Approaching El Calafate... ... and leaving again. El Lago Argentino. Here we come to the Glacier Viedmar. And this is the highlight: Cerro Torre. That peak does not only look amazing, so is also the story of its climbing: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cerro_Torre Next to it is Mount Fitzroy. Here we see them both while heading downwind into El Chalten. Fantastic mountainwork by Frank. If only anyone would still have his scenery "Torres del Paine" !
  5. The newest in aviation: Qantas extended their twice weekly service from Sydney and Melbourne to Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro, thus competing with Brazilian carriers on their most frequented route. (Source: hoaxnews.net.) Guarulhos. Off blocks. The inhabitants of Sao Paulo are called paulistanos, those of the state of Sao Paulo paulistas. Over the edge. Galeao. The inhabitants of Rio de Janeiro are called cariocas. LA(TAM) is Qantas' Oneworld partner, so they're happy to lend some stairs. A bit later... 30° in winter and some traditional liveries at GIG. Up in the air again. The coast. The hinterland. Approaching GRU. Follow Me: That's it. Muito obrigado chaps, as always. Regards Lars
  6. Getting the 789 ready... not in Amsterdam, but - for the short version of this approach - in San Juan / Puerto Rico. Here we go, into the evening. St. Thomas, part of the british tax-avoiders paradise islands. Nearly all superyachts of the world are registered here, in order to make the millonaires a little more happy. I did not get happy with a view onto the default runway and the graphic artefacts rising up in the air. Bypassing the weather on descend. St. Maarten comes into view... The plane is totally light, which makes it surprisingly sensible to crosswind. The classical spotter pics. Just to proof we survived the landing. PS: 3rd party scenery is in use to pimp up the destination. It is already on a level that can not be significantly improved by Orbx - so why waste developers time?
  7. After I found out that COCO, the airport of Barbuda Island, has been impacted by slight flooding (even after repeated use of the Vector elevation correction), I chose a fallback plane to continue my carribbean tour. Not the Queen, and for a reason you´ll see later. Oh, what a tropical loveland. Saint Kitts. Makes a very good impression to me! But for my destination of today I wanted to try some old payware... Uuuuh, that runway looks like a challenge. Now it is clear why I did not use the Queen... Borderline. With glowing brakes. After seeing the pleasures of many orbyfied airports I can say this one does not reach the Orbx level. Sometimes you have to test the cherries in neighbours garden to find out where you could have stayed. PS: if you wonder what the post title refers to: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Die_Königin_von_Saba
  8. Today I did another quick rush over the carribbean islands, just to learn the locations and how they basically look. Quite interesting to see the differences, and clouds and sea were a pleasure to watch. Out of Barbados... ... over Saint Lucia... ... towards Martinique. That island looks great, with many coves and mountains. Dominica is not looking bad either... ... and Antigua is famous enough as well. My destination for today was Coco Island, just randomly chosen between the many options around - and unfortunate flat. Approaching the COCO runway we see that global warming is no legend and a real danger to these islands... ... at least wave animations work and the brakes are properly cooled .
  9. ... which means I do NOT make another Dreamliner flight but continue my OpenLC SA tour and head on in the Carribean. Who ever has been there knows this is really hard to watch these places... Taking off from Trinidad and Tobago, ... ... heading North to Grenada. Peaceful it lies here at the end of the world. Carriacou Island is the next to the North, ... ... followed by Canouan (interesting runway location btw) ... ... and Mustique. I did not invest in the FT scenery, but probably there is a lot more in these places. Kingstown in St. Vincent Island... ... and, finally for today, Barbados. Looks totally flat and therefore, compared to the islands before, slightly boring! Not too much tropical touch on the Island as well. Compare this with PNG or Pago Pago!
  10. I am not sure if I can convince my instructor to have this music on the headsets during this flight.. ... but at least I got the PC-21 in the air tonight. Getting out of Canaima... .. over the Auyan Tepui tablelands... ... and across Lago Guri... ... to Ciudad Guayana, where we meet the Orinoco river, the fourth largest river in the world by discharge volume of water. Here we reach the enormous delta of the river. It was discovered by a sailor named Christobal Colon - whilst the source of the river remained unknown until 1951. Hopping north to the caribic island of Trinidad... ... and into Port of Spain.
  11. Some strange guy, claiming to be a mining engineer convinced me to fly him with my trusty 185 towards the Auyan Tepui tablelands, as he was interested to look for some "interesting geological formations" up there. He was even willing to pay 5000 USD for that, which made it a shorter negotiation. So we took off from Canaima - in rainy conditions... ... and met Rio Carrao just to the northwest of the airport. We followed the river upstream (southwards), where it meets with Rio Churrun to the right below us. Auyan Tepui tablelands ahead. Uuups. Going further into the valley we were shocked by this huge waterfall https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angel_Falls ! But we managed to land on the plateau. The suspicious guy was then examining the rivers and rocks... and found huge amounts of Gold! Being heavily loaded I could only bring the 185 back into air by dropping her from the plateau... ... and back to Canaima airport again. Seems I made the worse deal compared to my guest... So I will come back on my own soon... follow the wikipedia link and you´ll see what comes next. At least I will have the freeware scenery from avsim installed, so there will be some fortune for the simmer, at least.
  12. Here is the next part of my trip to the ABC islands https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ABC_islands_(Lesser_Antilles) . Though Aruba is one of the four countries that form the Kingdom of the Netherlands, along with the Netherlands, Curaçao, and Sint Maarten, I was surprised to see it is not part of Netherlands TrueEarth . So I have put a freeware add-on on top of Orbx: Aruba photoreal taken from http://www.freewarescenery.com/fsx/antilles.html . Oranjestad, ... ... the west end of Aruba, ... ... and its east end. The Lago refinery and the nearby one on Curacao formed the two biggest oil refineries in the world before WW2. Don´t think it might have been dutch , it belonged to Standard Oil. A view back over the Island, with the PR scenery active and with pure FTX Global. The autogen of FTXG is much better, but the Islands character takes profit from PR. Henriks ships make the sea passage more lively... ... before the second ABC island comes into view. As we all have learned in school, A like Aruba is followed directly by ... C. Curacao. Willemstad Hato Intl. airport, perfectly equipped with ILS or whatever you need. And most probably with a huge duty free area... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curaçao_(liqueur)
  13. After some days of adventure travel we found a plane to take us out of C: Cartagena, Colombia. Not so lovely weather over Barranquilla reduced the onboard services even further. Quite a bumpy ride... We had to climb surprisingly high over this Sierra Nevada, and the pistons were not amused by that. But finally we made it safely. With a view to something looking like green colombian MacDonnell ranges. Here we go for a stopover in Maracaibo. Here we go again after the slight plane change. Some nice coastal mountains seen from the office. The caribbean coast... This is Punto Pijo, located on the strangely shaped Peninsula de Paraguana. Much smaller than this peninsula, but far better known is our todays destination: A like Aruba. Oranjestad airport in "default" FTX Global. As being part of the Netherlands I expected the island to be in TrueEarth, by chance it is not!
  14. @Captain Lars has made me aware of the dangerous jungle in Darién in south Panama, where no roads would be existing and indigenous tribes live. Even more, the area surrounding the border with Colombia is known as the Darién Gap, a large swath of undeveloped swampland and forest. With no roads, it is the missing link of the Pan-American Highway, and probably ecologically unique https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darién_Gap . I took off from the north end of the Panama Canal, Colon... ... turned over the Gatun locks... ... and the Gatun lake ... ... in southerly direction, ... ... until I encountered the Pacific. Here we are at the Darién rainforest... ... turning inland over Jaque airfield... ... just to find out the Cerro Tacarcuna is quite high! Really an area where building streets has not been initiated for good reasons. Not forgetting the spiders, snakes, and the most dangerous animal around: the Anopheles mosquito (it is supposed to have killed approx 22000 French (forced) workers during their attempt to build the Panama Canal). Entering Colombia at the Golfo de Uraba... ... with some variations of weather. Into Cartagena. Just like Gold Coast or San Sebastian the airport is beautifully located on the coast. And the city shoud be as nice as Dubrovnik...
  15. Probably you all know this children´s book, either from your own, your children´s or your grandchildren´s youth. In case you are not familiar with the German title, the slightly different translation is https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Janosch With the AW-109 now officially adapted to p3dv4 I flew from Tocumen airport over la Ciudad de Panama... ... to the Miraflores locks at the Pacific side of the Panama Canal. If you got some time: Worth reading! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panama_Canal Following the Rio Chagres... ... and over Gatun Lake... ... to the Gatun (Aqua Clara) locks on the Atlantic side. I did not pay any toll for the Canal passage, even cheaper than Richard Halliburton: The lowest toll ever paid was 36 cents (equivalent to $5.13 in 2017), by American Richard Halliburton who swam the Panama Canal in 1928. Interesting life, btw, see the link and enjoy reading! The city of Colon, with Enrique Adolfo Jiminez airport - totally deserted so not worth a picture.
  16. Leaving the Galapagos islands means another some-100-miles trip, so I needed to take a slightly bigger transport vehicle with deliveries for the numerous postbox companies up there in Panama. Takes some time over the Pacific... What is this ball just above the horizon? The south tip of Panama in sight! Downwind... ... on base... ... and Tocumen Intl. Airport ahead, with Panama city in the background. Time to unload the papers for Panama https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panama_Papers. In darkness, of course, just fitting to the darkness of the paperwork towards the tax authorities...
  17. Time to look out for some rare animals in a promising place of the world... so we take off with a suitable airliner from Guayaquil... ... and head into the Pacific for about 1 hour. Here we reach the Galapagos Archipelago. Turning in to Seymour / Santa Cruz... ... and change to a smaller plane for a detailed research. Crossing one of the volcanos of Isla Santiago, ... ... the Volcan Wolf (surprising name, isn´t it?), ... ... and the crater lakes of Isla Fernandina and Darwin. No RareAnimalFlow to be seen, unfortunately. At least I found some human settlements in Puerto Villamil... ... and Bellavista. But, all in all, the Galapagos Islands are too deserted to be called "worth the detour here in the sim". OK, been there, done that.
  18. It sounded to be an easy task for the engines to fly down from about 9000 ft (Quito) to about 0 ft altitude (Guayaquil). So we got ready for that little commuter flight in a trusty DC-3 in a regional paint... ... but climbing out of the valley already brought the engines to their limits! El Cotopaxi hidden behind the clouds... ... as well as the Chimborazo. Finally a chance to cool the engines while descending to follow Rio Babanhoyo... ... towards Guayaquil. Very uncomfortable how I use Imgur today: For each individual picture I created the BBcode and copied them all separately. Is there a better way?
  19. Taking off from Iquitos I learned why this is called "rainforest"... ... but after flying some 100 km westwards (towards the Andes) the cloud layer got thinner. Closing in to our destination, the valley of Quito. We all learned (at latest from the FSX mission) that Quito has one of the most difficult approaches; besides the fact that the Aeropuerto Internacional Mariscal Sucre https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Mariscal_Sucre_International_Airport is surrounded by mountains, it is also located at 9228 ft altitude. Well, officially it was, since the airport was relocated in 2013 by about 10 miles towards a lower location at "only" 7874 ft altitude https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mariscal_Sucre_International_Airport . This could be confusing, since both airports have the same name... The navigation system of the Q400 has current NAVDATA, so it guides us directly towards the location of the new airport. Our ATC also knows the current situation and gives permission to land. The only problem is: The scenery still is in 2006 state, so this is how the location of the new airport looks like in P3D...: Not the best place to land, so I try to circle back to downwind. As you see the "pull up" lights, you can imagine the sound in front of my computer. Wifey was getting nervous as well... Bingo. Found the old runway. Not much fuel left, btw, by far not "bingo" level... The PFD shows perfect vertical and horizontal guidance by the FMS / ILS. At least the visibility was good... Not the best landing, but smooth, and with some drops of fuel left. Sometimes these new airports present unexpected challenges to us simmers - imagine what will happen when OLC Asia comes up, with only few airports still being in the 2006 state...
  20. Surrounded by LANPeru birds we get ready in Lima-Callao for another, slightly longer tour. These luxury tourists just do not want to take the bus...! To be honest the coastal area looks no too exiting for me with OpenLC. But it gets better over Huanuco, when the Andes grow and some greenish comes up in the distance... The Cordillera Azul reminds me of the MacDonnell Ranges, just with a slightly different colour. We start to follow a little creek: Rio Ucayali. Well, a creek of 2670 km length and a width up to 1200 metres... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ucayali_River After the city of Nauta it merges with the Rio Maranon to form the Amazonas. The biggest city around: Iquitos. Can only be reached by ship or plane (no road access), and was rapidly growing during the Amazon Rubber Boom. Not to the advantage of the indigenous inhabitants of the region. Average temperatures are over 30°C in every month, humidity rarely falling under 80%. Finnish people have to build wood houses to get these conditions.
  21. Today we have a slightly more powerful machine to get out of Cuzco (it is the Milviz P-38 freeware, flawlessly working in p3dv4 - thanks!). Rio Urubamba brings the mesh to its limits. I have set a GPS waypoint to Machu Picchu as precisely as I could. But the ancient place is not showing up to me ... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Machu_Picchu The snowy peak in the background should be Mt. Chawpimayu. Here we fly over the city of San Francisco. May be well known to some of you. With all sliders maxed and AI traffic to 100 % I get constant 30 FPS here, in contrast to many flight simmers reports. Plan-G had recommended FL 206 for this trip, but this is obviously not enough... Only 10 minutes later we descend towards the Pacific, following Rio Rimac... ... and into Lima´s main airport Jorge Chavez Intl. The first good landing after some days in the mountains...
  22. If you start a flight at the highest international airport of the planet, you do not expect you will need to climb too much during the remaining flight, do you? In fact, the city and airport of El Alto have an average elevation of 4,150 m (13,615 ft), so breathing can already be considered as work here. Climbing over El Alto, with La Paz in the background (in fact it is in the valley behind El Alto). The Lago Titicaca is very close. And very big (takes 1 h to cross it with the Twotter). And very dirty, as only 10 % of its water have an outlet in liquid form. Its name might be derived from Titi (which could be translated as lead) and caca (potentially in its meaning of grey). It is suspected that a vegetable which some of us have already seen has its origin at its banks: A plant called "potato". No too much to see here, we are at 19700 ft. Potentially some potato spirit causes these vector limits at the northern end of the lake. In Peru the climate allows for some agricultural use... ... but we are heading north to cross the Andes... Basically I would like to descend here... ... does not look too safe... ... and the famous airport of Quincemil does not look too interesting either. Famous it is for the FSX users that flew missions. We´ll skip it today. The problem is we will have to climb again to get back towards the Peru highlands... ... and the engines of the Twotter do not like to be overheated like this: OK, that should work. And here is our destination of today: Cuzco. Seeing the mountains around it might be an easier approach by bus... ... especially when you see these planespotter houses just in the final to rwy 10. But the strength of the Twotter is steep & slow approaches, so this is no problem. Today. Try this with a commercial jetliner...
  23. After days of RL I finally found some time to continue flying in the Andes. Starting from Cochabamba it was a natural choice of plane and livery...: " DC-3-313 C/n 2173 painted as CP-1059 of Trans Aereos San Miguel of Cochabamba, Bolivia. It was built in 1939, and flew in the US as NC21785, N257H and N517DW before finding its way to Bolivia. It was damaged beyond repair after a crash on take off from San Ignacio de Moxos Airport in 1987.". So I set up a flight plan, put on some music ... ... and tried to climb. Tried to climb because the airport here is already at 8500 ft, and the DC-3 is not very keen to climb at this altitude, so I had to circle over the city first. But the Cordillera Tunari needed a climb to about 16500 ft. Hard work to monitor airspeed and engine temperatures. Made it. And headed north, in order to see some trees. Lots of them: The beginning of the tropical rainforest, just in the shadows of the mountains: Unfortunately flying in the Andes means you are not free in chosing your altitude. Quite a bumpy ride in the clouds... Rio Cotacajes. This water will finally find its way into the Atlantic. Closing in to the high valley of La Paz is a challenge, even simulated. I can see the city... ... but the airport is harder to spot. I had to try an ILS landing at El Alto International, but it was not very successful. Somehow the altitude indication was lost. Good to know the runway is at about 13500 ft, but where...?
  24. The next leg of my South America tour takes us across some of the dryer areas of this planet... and, once again, with only little FTX trees. Slowly climbing the heavy one out of Antofagasta... ... and heading a bit north, then east... ... we need to wear our pilot´s Ray Bans looking out of the righ window: The world´s largest salt flats, the Salar de Uyuni https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salar_de_Uyuni . It contains 50 % to 70 % of the world's known lithium reserves, so probably everyone of us carries a piece of it in his pockets. After long time the first human settlement we see: Oruro. And it even has a runway! But we descend into the Central Valle de Cochamba - slightly confused, as the ground altitude varies between 8000 and 11000 feet, which makes descending a matter of trust... Not that I heard much about Cochabamba before this flight. In fact it is Bolivia´s 4th biggest city, and famous for the Cochabamba water war in 2000, when 3 companies formed a JV and rised water prices by factor 3, causing massive protests https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cochabamba_Water_War . Pushed the brakes to the metal... ... and taxied into Georg Wilstermanns Airport.
  25. ... not to mention the desert: All compressed into a relatively narrow area, that´s what Chile is about. Climbing out from Arturo Merino Benitez International Santiago de Chile... ... to see some peaks while crossing the surface of the cloud layer. A surprising feeling at FL250: Ground level is quite high here, at least the GPWS did not sound. A part of Atacama desert, probably no good place for an emergency landing. The man in the moon is watching our approach initialisation. Antofagasta harbour below. I hope the bars are ready to open soon... Not too many landmarks around for orientation. But Cerro Moreno International of Antofagasta is easily recognizable. Get out & into the town!
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