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  1. I continue some short flights in SOCAL. I continue to prepare myself for real flights I plan to make in almost one month, departing from San Diego, as usual. I may flight a C172 or PA28 around California, Nevada or Arizona. Wherever the weather will be good. I flew there several times and Orbx addon's help me get trained in advanced, preparing flights, understanding the field or navigation environment. I have a list of field I never went to. Kern Valley (L05) is part of this. So let's prepare a small navigation from Bakersfield (KBFL). As usual I use a mobile app. to prepare and run the navigation (Foreflight on iPad). I connect my iPad to my Prepar3D to get train on the app as well as the flight navigation. Departing field : Bakersfield, Californie. Code : KBFL. Destination is Kern Valley, with its camp. Code : L05. The runway is for, for a north american runway : a little more than 1000 meters. I depart from the big valley and southbound to follow the Sierra Nevada and catch the Kern River until Isabella Lake. The field is at the north of the Lake, surrounded by mountains. Field altitude is 2'614 feet. Surrounding mountains are at almost 7'000 feet. Not much room for the pattern. During my preparation, I missed the Right Pattern clearly stated for the runway 17 Approaching on a left hand pattern, it doesn't look good. Hopefully we are in the sim. Let's take the Just Flight PA28. I love this used avionics and cockpit It's a short flight, less than 40 nm, so around 25 minutes. Screen shots is from Foreflight on iPad connected to Prepar3D. Traffic AI's (UTL) are displayed on the mobile app as regular traffic, as in real life with an ADSB receiver. Taxi at Bakersfield from Epic Jet Center FBO. Cool, it's runway 30 in use. Short taxi. It's the default scenery included in Orbx Socal. My traffic is geo-referenced on the airport diagram (costly feature in Foreflight, from $99/year to $100/year) I read pilot's comments from Foreflight on Kern Valley. I should have get focused on the RP17 written on the Sectional Kern Valley information. Plain simple. Again "RWY 17 : Trees. Rgt tfc." Take off runway 30R, right turn, northbound and climb as much as weather permit. I target 5'500 ft. It's the ceiling clouds as far as METAR's display. Let's have a look. Last look at Bakersfield Leaving the big valley and follow the Kern River. As expected, cloud base are right there. Thank you to Active Sky. Seems to be better on the lake The PA28, Isabella lake and Kern Valley field should be there. Overhead the field, look for the windsock. Pattern is empty, radio is silent on this field even if I can hear (default P3D ATC) other unicom traffic on other field on 122.8. Approaching the lake. Look at Foreflight Final 17. Too high ! But nice view ! At L05 Kern Valley ramp. Anoter GA aircraft is making touch&go's.
  2. Let's climb into A2A C172 Trainer for a flight to Vegas ! I choose to start from KVCV Victorville and prepare, during the 1 and something hour flight, to get into the Bravo airspace of Vegas. Time to work on the airport diagram of KLAS as well Victorville is a small fied up north Los Angeles and south of Mojave. In the desert. There are hugggggeeeeee runways. One is 15'000 feet long. It's also a famous airplanes graveyard. Victorville, as seen from top view of Prepar3D I check NOTAM's. Actually, Foreflight (the aviation mobile app) check Notam's for me directly from the airport diagram. Runway 17/35 is closed. With Foreflight pencil, I draw a redline. I set the route in the Flight1 GTN 650. Hum... Actually, I put a direct Later in Foreflight, I add DAGGET VOR on the route to avoid Edwards airspaces, often active/hot. It full of UAV and other strange planes there Up north the Area 51 rules the game. Altitude advisor of Foreflight suggests me an altitude Check the profile view to check my choosen altitude. It looks like OK Unfortunately, P3D ATC doesn't care of Notam's and gave me the 35 for takeoff I'm at the fuel station and draw in blue the taxi clairance. Takeoff runway 35 Look at the right side. Orbx SOCAL does a great job. I just regret the lack of 3D objects to fill this graveyard. Cool... Hum.. Cruise over the desert. Single engine operation Some obstacles on my way. Keep a eyes on ground highway to stay close to "human being" activities in case of forced landing. Oh no ! Green field in the middle of desert. Human activities... Approaching Las Vegas, descending into the Class B airspace ATC clairances gave me the left downwind 25 Entering left downwind, look at the left and cross the 19's runway that I use to have (in real life) when I come with Cessna 172. Left downwind 25 (or 26). The Las Vegas Strip in the background with the Stratosphere tower on far up right. This tower is a landmark for the base of runway's 19 Left base 25/26. Cleared number 2 behind Southwest on final. Caution wake turbulence. Thank you to Ultimate Traffic Live Final 25L. Take off are on the right. A liner has vaccated runway 25L and wait to cross 25R. It's my destiny as well Vaccated by the right and the wait to cross the 25R. The terminal is full of Ultimate Traffic Live traffics. Default Orbx SOCAL KLAS scenery. Can't wait for the Flytampa ! Waiting... And spotting traffics approaching runway 25 Hum... Still the same ATC issue. Someone will have to go around ! Spotting departure The green drawing of the ATC ground clairance I caught more or less the same last may in real, landing on the 26L and taxiing to the Atlantic FBO up north of the field ! Unfortunately, taxiways in P3D are not exactly similar to the real ground chart. Go FlyTampa ! Release KLAS scenery ! Traffic everywhere on ground. Las Vegas strip is in the background Atlantic FBO Ramp You can release the seatbelt and get out now
  3. .... errrr V tail lol!! Flying Santa Barbara SBA to Oceano County L52. Online at Pilot Edge Untitled-1 by ryan b, on Flickr Untitled-2 by ryan b, on Flickr Untitled-3 by ryan b, on Flickr Untitled-4 by ryan b, on Flickr Untitled-5 by ryan b, on Flickr Untitled-6 by ryan b, on Flickr Untitled-7 by ryan b, on Flickr Untitled-8 by ryan b, on Flickr Untitled-9 by ryan b, on Flickr Passing overhead Santa Maria SMX Untitled-10 by ryan b, on Flickr Traffic! Untitled-12 by ryan b, on Flickr Untitled-14 by ryan b, on Flickr Untitled-15 by ryan b, on Flickr Short strip is no match for the low approach speed of the Vision Jet Untitled-16 by ryan b, on Flickr Untitled-18 by ryan b, on Flickr Drone view! Untitled-19 by ryan b, on Flickr Clouds popped up.... see you next time! Untitled-25 by ryan b, on Flickr
  4. A nice day to fly! ASP4/ASCA/ENVTEX/ENVSHADE Just left Victorville, CA prm1 by ryan b, on Flickr prm2 by ryan b, on Flickr prm3 by ryan b, on Flickr prm4 by ryan b, on Flickr prm5 by ryan b, on Flickr prm7 by ryan b, on Flickr prm8 by ryan b, on Flickr prm9 by ryan b, on Flickr prm10 by ryan b, on Flickr prm11 by ryan b, on Flickr prm12 by ryan b, on Flickr prm13 by ryan b, on Flickr prm14 by ryan b, on Flickr prm15 by ryan b, on Flickr prm16 by ryan b, on Flickr prm17 by ryan b, on Flickr prm18 by ryan b, on Flickr prm19 by ryan b, on Flickr prm20 by ryan b, on Flickr
  5. So, got myself a new knee, and am now in that "can move around but not really get out" phase so time to fly! Found this nice freeware KC45 the other day, and thought I'd go for a trip around the bay, so out of Edwards AFB and off to Travis but taking the scenic route. Quite a few pix (sorry) and all 4k with all the sliders maxed, so if you've got a big screen they're worth seeing full size. Off we go - heading north and west approaching the coast as the sun goes down Santa Cruz ahead of us Monterey behind us That'll be the highway out of Santa Cruz up over the hills to the valley. I seem to remember driving that a couple of times and passing though some lovely little towns San Jose down there to the right Heading up towards 'Frisco Gonna swing out and turn round to head back in over the Golden Gate Looking back down to SF and Oakland The lights are coming on now Lining up for Travis and here we are Still one of my favourite areas, and so nice to be able to see it from the comfort of my desk.
  6. Finally, finally, finally picked up the A2A Cherokee, and she is a joy to fly! Just a quick jaunt from Agua Dulce to Burbank (Bob Hope).
  7. So please to fly with Orbx South California. These static waves look great on... screen shots. Plane is the Piper from Just Flight.
  8. The autogen view distance is really impressive with Prepar3D v4 despite Orbx SOCAL is still a fps-killer when settings are too high.
  9. Short SoCal FedEx hop from KPSP to KSNA in the ATR 72 -202F.
  10. Early AM flight over the Mohave Desert, Edwards Air Force Base [KEDW] in the distance
  11. Just before dark travels in the KSAN area
  12. Several images of the KSAN area in a before and after comparison. The before images utilize FTX Global, FTX Vector, Orbx Trees, OpenLC NA and the SoCal region. The after images added the KSAN product to the mix. Before The 805 Freeway crossing the Mission Valley Freeway [I-8] has a good deal of defined details often using autogen. Next to Qualcomm Stadium and I-15, there's a good amount of detail. There are some hand placed objects and autogen features. A good amount of geographic variety. After Same general area of the Mission valley Freeway around Qualcomm Stadium. An updated stadium is surrounded by a diverse set of numerous hand-placed objects. The detail in the area is crisper and geography is has far more variety and shadows. There are numerous detailed office buildings and retail areas. The topology and vegetation is very detailed.
  13. Flying from Palm Springs to San Bernardino just before sunset Takeoff from Palm Springs [KPSP Northwest of Banning I-10 and I-215, San Bernardino BNSF Intermodal Yard, San Bernardino
  14. Hello forums, I was wondering if the new Ksan would also come with the neighboring kmyf? As a San Diego resident it would be incredible to see myf get some orbx treatment! It's an incredibly nice (and popular) airport in the socal area for ga/corporate flights. Amazing work so far! -Josh
  15. Noticed that many of my recent flights were with aircraft sporting American [AA] and American Eagle liveries. On approach into KCLT Departing KMIA Flying over Fort Meyers, FL West of KPHX Departing KDCA West side of Phoenix Decending in the SoCal area, east of KONT
  16. More travels with Orbx openLC NA. Views are greatly enhanced with the Orbx SoCal region. Palmdale/Lancaster CA Cantil CA and nearby Honda Proving Center East of Salton Sea West of KLAS Over Death Valley at dusk Rosamond Lake CA
  17. Hi- I'm a huge Orbx fan, and own a great many of their very fine products. I recently noted a possible VAS issue when flying from KSMF (Sacramento CA) to KPSP (Palm Springs CA) with both NorCal and SoCal products installed and active. My free happened about 98 NM from KSMF Sacramento. Does anyone know if this could be a possible issue when transitioning between the two? I am now running Orbx Direct FTX Central 3 with all updates. I don't think this is a tech support question... but if it is, I apologize. Appreciate any comments.
  18. I haven't purchased a Carenado aircraft in a long time, but I had to grab this beauty.
  19. I know where I am now (!!), as I left the FTX kmz file open on another PC whilst flying. I'm not a huge fan of urban areas in flight sims - they tend to look like AutoCAD. *However* if you venture into the open country, the results can often be stunning! No buildings autogen means I can crank up the detail to maximum, sit back and watch the show! It seems every new FTX release raises the bar. South California is full of amazing features and texures - with the most amazing atmosphere. Here are a couple of early morning flights in militay aircraft, as there seemed to be a fair few military bases where I (randomly) took off. All these shots were taken in a relatively small (geographical) area. So much more to explore ... I've only just scratched the surface! Get SOCAL, folks quick - while the sale is on ... you won't regret it Adam.
  20. Stopped by for a visit at Planes of Fame, then off to visit old friends in Agua Dulce. Looking around during the flight really sheds some light on just how many people reside in Southern California.
  21. This was my first circuit around Agua Dulce, and I must say to the devs...YOU GUYS F'N NAILED IT! My wife grew up on a ranch in Agua Dulce, and she vouches for the accuracy. That was good enough for me, but it just looks gorgeous during a flight. I wasn't even going to purchase this airfield, but boy am I glad I did. Enjoy...
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