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  1. As Port Lincoln is famous for shark cage diving, we did not spend much time swimming in Spencer Gulf or the Bight from here. Instead we made some metres and chose a fast plane. Over Coffin bay, ... ... Cape Redstock, ... ... and the airfield with the same name... ... towards Streaky Bay YKBY. It seems to me that some of the OZx libraries are not fitting properly here. Streaky Bay "CBD". The green plains of South Australia. Or is it already WA? And here we dive into Ceduna, the place to change planes again.
  2. We took off from Adelaide right into the morning... ... and circled around the CBD, ... ... just to find ourselves lost over the Saint Vincent Gulf seconds later. At least there was another comrade travelling below us. Gladly we reached some land again, at Yorketown. Unfortunately the lakes on the peninsula are totally green currently. Either a landclass error or environmental problems. The western tip of Yorke peninsula. Althorpe Island. And here we reached one of OZx´s highlights: Thistle Island. Always looking fantastic. Soon we arrive at Port Lincoln... ... with a slightly high approach. But successful. And parked, just like Martyn likes it.
  3. Today we´ll make another low&slow inspection of a series of OZx airfields along our way into South Australia´s capital. Left Goolwa, ... ... and soon we saw the first grape fields. We crossed the coastal hills, ... ... to the "Adelaide plain", ... ... and along YADG Aldinga. Hunt Field, an airfield which is mainly used for model aircraft today. Or for flight simmers... Initially we only passed the city, ... ... and flew along Scott Creek... ... and Woodside, ... ... to find Constitution Hill. But where is the runway?? GE shows it, but I was not brave enough. And I didn´t trust the trees would move away fast enough. So I moved on to YPAD, ... ... to find an adequate parking lot.
  4. Here we go on, from Ant´s beautiful Hamilton Aero airport. Just a few minutes later we climb over the Grampians range. As so often before, I can state the mesh is much more impressive now in AUv2. Sadly the Balconies (formerly called Jaws of Death) are still missing, so you have to look here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grampians_National_Park Bellfield Lake. Halls Gap. The Grampians airfield by OZx. Seems to be fitting well into AUv2. Unfortunately the photoreal Naracoorte Lakes don´t work well in the new Australia. But Younghuusband peninsula is more detailed than before. Into Goolwa for a slow approach to the next city. Guess which.
  5. The right place to start a little great ocean road tour: Apollo Bay. Turning around Cape Otway. The mouth of Gellibrand river looks much more impressive now in AU v2. Whereas the 12 Apostles still are a bit unspectacular. Passing Warrnambool, ... ... the Tower Hill lake, ... ... and Port Fairy. Heading inland, ... ... to Ant´s Airport Hamilton Aero. The airport itself still works well, but I have lost some taxiways when changing from FSX to p3dv4.
  6. ... but not, as the livery suggests, coast to coast. At least not today... Taking off from Melbourne Tullamarine... ... and initially heading into town. With a slight turn over Marvel stadium... ... towards St. Kilda. Lake Borrie, just before crossing... ... Avalon. Barwon Heads, I think I have experienced the elevation errors here for years now. At Torqay (with the Tiger Moth World) we encounter the Southern Ocean. Passing Anglesea, ... ... and Airey´s Inlet, ... ... before heading into Apollo Bay. With its sloped runway it was always a bit difficult to use, but the location is brilliant: Either to jump to Tasmania, or continue westwards the Ocean Road.
  7. Time to continue my clockwise Australia tour. From Welshpool (NSW)... ... across the bay at Corner Inlet to Wilsons Promontory NP. Sealers Cove... ... and the Wilsons Prom Lighthouse. The first trace of settlements at Tidal River. And leaving the NP near Shallow Inlet. Some windfarms on the way to... ... Philip Island. With its GP track... ... and the Penguin Parade beach. Straight north towards Hastings... ... and Tyabb. With some elevation issues and double houses. The yellow submarine is parked.
  8. Today we are going to test OZx/AUv2 over some wet terrain, so we will be using the Catalina to fly out of Orbost. Unfortunately in slightly wet conditions. And soon we turn south over Bass Strait. This is what we were looking for: Some OZx oil rigs, namely (from the left) Flounder, Tuna, West Tuna and Marlin. Let me skip the other 5 we crossed (Snapper, Whiting, Barracoota, Dolphin and Perch). This is the landfall near Yarram. In the left background you can see Wilsons Promontory NP. But we make a break in sunny Welshpool today.
  9. Around the southeast corner of Oz´s mainland, I mean. Here we go from Canberra ... ... across Tallaganda Park. Looks like it´s winter. Oh, it IS winter! Meet the coast at Moruya. I was able to deactivate the double buildings as described here: Merimbula. The buildings were streamlined as above, but the bridge and the black hall remained. Gabo Island. Looks a bit remote... Here we cross Mallacoota. Obviously the old OZx photoscenery does not blend well, ... ... as it doesn´t in Orbost either. But I like the personal touch.
  10. This flight started in Wollongong (uncorrected scenery)... ... over these fantastic looking coastal mountains... ... to Jervis Bay. Across Morton National Park... ... and Mills Cross radio telescope... ... into Canberra.
  11. Here we go, just off Sydney... ... passing Holsworthy Airfield, ... ... and Wedderburn, ... ... before we get back to the M1 and the Pacific coast again. In motion the step between the M1 and the coastal lowlands looks much more impressive than here, ... ... when you drop down to Port Kembla. Downwind along Lake Illawarra, ... ... and you can spot the runway lights just over the hill. This is next place where I feel the mesh is more detailed in v2 than before. Final into Wollongong. Basically the airport works, but can you see all the double buildings in the foreground? Suspicious... and I had even turned off Ant´s Airports.
  12. Some test pictures from Katoomba. In use are AUv2, OZx (all packages and the p3d-libraries), FS Global 2010 mesh. Surprisingly all buildings except these 2 are still perfectly placed. It is the best place to start a short hop to @corinocos Three Sisters. I love to fly there.
  13. Leaving Sydney (with the 3rd party scenery fitting perfectly, thanks to Orbx and the other company working so well together), ... ... with a little detour over the city (and the hotel we have already booked). Into the Blue... Mountains at Penrith. Streets and landclass appear more precise to me than in AUv1. Sun Valley to the right. I am not sure about the black structure under the 337´s belly - is it shadow or a LC error? Wentworth Falls,... ... where we get the first view of Jamisons Valley. And turning south over Katoomba. My impression is the mesh is improved here, and it looks really good. Echo Point and The Three Sisters, using the photoreal add-on which was issued yesterday by @corinoco . And this is YKAT airstrip, out of the good old OZx packages. Nice blend, though there might be some elevation difference. Looking back to the blue... ... and ahead towards Sydney. A little downwind turn over Randwick racecourse, and then we were set to land back in YSSY.
  14. 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 Coolangatta. Tmrrw I will have t type with ther letters.
  15. 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 doubt. You can follow the road to Hervey Bay, but we are already on base... ... final, ... ... and parked.
  16. 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 were quiet... So we just put him into the Jeep and drove him to our plane. Off we went, following Larapinta Drive to the north, ... ... passing Kings Canyon NP. Not a big sight in the sim, but should be in real. (Will be checked next year...) The road winds itself up northwards through the western ridges (there should be a lookout point)... ... and finally turns to the east at "Camels Hump". I wonder how this name was found. Into the western MacDonnell Ranges... you see the crossroad bottom left? As our patient seemed to be in stable condition, we did this little detour... ... seeing Gosses Bluff meteroite crater up the road. We continued to follow Larapinta Drive, which goes right east through Hermannsburg. A few minutes later we passed Pine Gap tracking station (to the right), still following the road towards YBAS. The city of Alice Springs to the left. Descending over the ranges... ... into the 13. Do not land on the dragway to the right! After a safe & soft landing... ... our passenger was taken to the nearby RFDS center. No more symptoms left! In the afternoon he was picked up by his bunch. They also returned the trash from their tour. Maybe this "one beer" is an explanation for all symptoms and observations of our patient.
  17. 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, "Fooluru" as some say because it is often mixed up with the more famous rock some 50 miles west. Hmm, the way is longer than expected: The predicted "first road crossing" came only after 60 miles... but now we are following Luritja Road northwards, passing Angas Downs (settlement and airstrip also missing below us). Wallara Ranch should be here. 60 miles since the crossroad, and the road goes on... I should have asked for a map instead of flying "IFR". The penguin could have flown a shortcut... Finally we could see it! Left of the road, as said: Kings Creek Cattle Station. Beautifully OZx-ed as so many of these bushstrips. With the obvious tree in the approach... 29°C (in the shadow). Means some upwinds from the hot sand kept me gliding. And here we are. Ready for a cold one.
  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... ... and Walpa Gorge. While turning back the descend to 4000 ft. is mandatory. On base to runway 31 the "city" of Yulara can be seen. You can strech your legs on the short stopover before we go on.
  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... ... and, after turning into final, another one. What a challenge for the pilots not to only look at that rock! After an eventual safe landing OZx YAYE already shows us where to go...
  21. 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.
  22. 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 luck, ... ... sometimes better.
  23. 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! Back to the south over Darling Harbour. Cityscape, I miss you! The area of the Olympic Games 2000. Following the motorway towards the Blue Mountains. A pleasure to see what p3d, a good landclass area and AS16 can show us. Crossing the plateau... ... to Wentworth falls. The structure of the region is much more impressive in motion. Or in real. Katoomba city to the right, the 3 sisters below. And this is the famous view towards the 3 sisters from Echo Point. Katoomba airstrip ahead... ... and below. OZx was is so great. A lovely piece of work!
  24. ... as there are only very few POIs depicted in Sydney - and we are far away from one of those great cityscapes. So we took an airtaxi after arrival at Sydney International terminal... ... directly to Circular Quay. The famous coat hanger, ... ... and one of its pylons. I think the harbour detail is OZx, as well as the buildings north of the bridge. And soon we got back to YSSY (domestic terminal) for our next tour. FTs YSSY caused some trouble with Sydneys landclass at first, but deactivating the FT-LC solved this.
  25. Had to fly to this little airfield with a suitable plane. So I changed the King Air in Toowoomba... Now I have an idea where our friend Ripcord received his name... .
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