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  1. After finally finding the rental car station at the end of the previous post ... ... we went on, using the motorways named in the title. Since I was the driver, there´ll be no real life photos in this post. It was already complicated enough for me to protect the wipers from getting totally worn whenever I had to change lines or directions... Easier was the flight out of blurry Brisbane... ... to the confusing intersections of Moreton Drive into the M1, ... ... along the Boondall Wetlands ... ... and then merging with the M3 into Bruce Highway. Many options for a stop in Orbx/OZx lands: Passing Redcliffe, ... ... Caboolture, ... ... the Glasshouse Mountains ... ... and Caloundra. It is nice to see the roads modeled in 3D, ... ... but not so nice to see Gympies runway also modeled in "3D". The city itself has a remarkable number of traffic lights, all in red of course. Finally we passed them ... ... to the settlements of Hervey Bay. Uranagan below. Can you see the 16 squares of the sunshades left from the middle, just next to the park? That is the supermarket where we grabbed some food for the next leg, wait... With this vehicle we just went downwind... ... into YHBA. The road below us is Booral Road. I was excited to see the airport from the road, but my family did not react quick enough to take a picture! We might have to come back... Touchdown. Stay tuned.
  2. Ok, our time in Cairns had come to an end, ... ... so we needed to get ready for another exciting location. First we took the commuter from Cairns, ... ... and checked the competition. JetStar even parks on the wrong side. The SID leads directly out to the sea... ... making it difficult to catch a good city view. Just after the first hills you see the sugar cane fields of Gordonvale, ... ... while the left side of the plane can enjoy the reef islands. After passing the Hervey Bay area (far in the distance)... ... the STARs SMOK5x lead us along Redcliffe. A beautiful final into the 19 over Brisbane harbour and the mudflats. Not so beautiful the ground textures in YBBN since the AUv2 upgrade. And difficult to land... But at least we found a proper parking lot. Now let´s try to find the rental car station (not easy I can tell you)!
  3. Getting ready for Virgin Australias flight 1709 from Cairns to Brisbane. Just out of runway 15 there is Cairns hockey center. Would be great to play there... The SID gives passengers on the left a chance to see the airport. This fantastic city view is hard to get from the cabin. Sometimes we simmers are in a better position... Passengers on the right can have a view of the Atherton tablelands and the valleys. Changing sides again to spot the reef. Do not underestimate the distances in Queensland. The flight takes nearly 2 hours. The top of descent is just next to Hervey Bay, which could be seen in the distance here. Descending into Brisbane. On the STAR around the city... ... and on final into the 01. I am sure Jack would feel a strong gravity of the bridge on the right. Deboarding at the Virgin AU terminal. Good work of the combination UT live and Pro-ATC/X.
  4. Flight VA962 is ready for boarding at Brisbane, gate 44. During taxi passengers can enjoy a last city view... ... and one of the terminals. Then we climb out... ... over Moreton Bay... ... into the clouds. Look carefully towards Gold Coast. I don´t mean the skyscrapers at the coast. I mean the foreground! I am not sure if this is Orbx or OZx. Ocurrence was about 4:15 pm on a Sunday. After notifying the local authorities (by mobile for sure, the way to the cockpit is forbidden !), we continue to the dry fields of NSW. Warnervale. And here we have Pittwater Bay, where @teecee has his weekend hideaway. In the distance we see our destination. The Caltex refinery below us, ... ... while the sun sets over Botany Bay. On final to the 16L. I can´t give you more close-ups, cause I use add-on scenery...
  5. To the northwest of Brisbane is Mount Coot-tha https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Coot-tha,_Queensland . The aboriginal people used to collect honey ("ku-ta") up there. This is the view from its top: Just a few miles south should be Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lone_Pine_Koala_Sanctuary , but it is missing here. So I had to head back to the city center. The vector data are good here, even the landclass makes sense. But autogen and buildings are still far away from reality... That means: Down to Brisbane River, ... ... to Story Bridge (you can also climb it if you like http://storybridgeadventureclimb.com.au/), ... ... and further on to the M1 motorway bridge. For navigation purposes we pick up the airlink railway here... ... pass the cargo area... ...towards the domestic terminal, ... ... where the airlink line ends. Does anyone need a map or signs, or is Orbx just enough?
  6. 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.
  7. In this case the King is a KingAir 200, being started in Hervey Bay. Climbing out over Fraser Island, ... ... and southwards to Rainbow Beach, the second ferry point onto the island. Passing Noosa... ... Caloundra, ... ... and Redcliffe... ... on the way to Vegas. Brisvegas I mean... When you are travelling in Australia, always look out for the Roos. They don´t follow established traffic rules and quickly come closer than you like!
  8. Qantas flight QF1709 was getting ready in Cairns. Severe rain this season in the lowlands, ... ... resulting in a foggy, partially even blind takeoff. But the Queensland coast was clear on the way south. Unfortunately the clouds came back as we descended, so it was difficult to spot Fraser Island in the background (under the 320´s belly). In this case the weather radar was of no big use. But some visibility was left, Brisbane showed up! Archerfield airbase was part of the approach procedure... ... before we turned over Brisbane River... ... and along the CBD. Some of our fellow simmers would probably modify the approach and fly under the M1 bridge? I did the conventional way. In FSX YBBN always turned into a slideshow on my computer, even when flying GA. P3dv4 makes it work much better, though still demanding (with the given weather and my standard AI setting just above the 10 FPS mark). Even worse: Still raining at the Queensland coast. Better stay inside today!
  9. 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.
  10. OK, last time we sailed across the big ocean to lovely Brisbane, so we have to get back to lovely Vancouver. "We decided to make the passengers jump the last meter today as a fitness test, just to make sure they won't need the rescue helicopter when they go hiking in our dense Canadian woods." A selection of pacific carriers. I love the bridge. Gateway Bridge? "We're going to do an APU-to-pack takeoff due to our heavy weight and the high outside temperature, i. e., bleed air for the air conditioning is coming from the APU, freeing up the extra power for the engines." "It's a loooong way to Tipperary..." Passing in front of the domestic terminal... "That beach must be visible from the ISS." - "Confirmed." "We have a fuel imbalance!" - Ten minutes of scrolling checklists back and forth. - "I forgot to switch on the left center tank pump." "Wave politely, you never know who might be looking." Ureparapara Island, Vanuatu. It's getting dark over the Pacific Ocean. "Switch it on, just in case!" - "Oh Canada, the true north strong and free..." The sun is rising, and so are the mountains of Vancouver Island. Mountainous terrain ahead. The interior of the island is very mountainous. The east coast less so. "I can almost smell the salty air!" A last look at Vancouver Island... "Did you take photos of my brilliant touchdown?" - "Ehmm..." "Thank you for flying with Air Canada! We wish you a pleasant stay in Vancouver." Thank you for flying with me once more! Regards Lars
  11. Hi folks, this time we will be cruising from Vancouver, Canada, all over the Pacific Ocean to Brisbane, Australia. Pushback Taxiing via Lima... Lineup runway 08R It's pitch black outside, have you got the sextant for astronomical navigation, First Officer? *Glmps* Look, sir, the passengers of the tween deck already report the first light of day on port side, sir! The first class reports the sun has risen, sir! Captain went to search for his sextant, so quickly taking a photo. A massive storm front building up on starboard Sure wouldn't be fun to go there... Brisbane ahead and New Caledonia astern. Soon we are drifting down into the port of Brisbane. Gently heeling over to starboard There sure must be landlubbers dwelling there. On short final runway 01 In full motion: Vacating A long way to the international pier, sir! - Ay. One of the dockers forgot the pushback truck right in the way of the gangplank... Not our business. Welcome to Australia! I hope you liked my little cruise, as always. Regards Lars
  12. Hi There simmer, this is my video about AI Traffic Australia and New Zealand by Orbx! Enjoy! Regards, Almedin
  13. I wanted to do just a quick evening hop down the coast from Brisbane, so I chose the Lancair - in a colour that will be welcomed by some. A little look at the fabulous detail of the YBBN scenery... ... before turning towards the M1 Gateway Bridge. The obvious, part 1. The obvious, part 2. And now down to Gold Coast, just OZxed, despite of current rumours there might be an update in the making... But just after spotting the runway... ... my FSX hung up. OOM, the first after a long time. Reminds me of two things: 1) Never fly Brisbane with more than default planes in FSX. 2) Quickly proceed installing last weeks purchase, which runs in 64 bit. Good motivation! But for the sake of this post, I just restarted from a tiny airfield nearby, YSPT Mason Field, flew downwind... ... and enjoyed the massive AI traffic at YBCG.
  14. I followed Martyns advise and left Noosa Heads quickly, though my ladies did enjoy the Café Latte bars up there... Should be space enough for a German towel on Peregian Beach... Mooloolaba. Has there been a discount on O´s when these Aussies named their cities? Toowoomba or Mooroopna or... ... Caloundra. OK, just one O. But always worth a stop. ... and an equipment change, as my next destination is one of the most famous frame rate- and VAS-graves in FSX... A short look at Glasshouse Mountains... ... and OZx´s Caboolture, ... ... before arriving at the endless sea of houses of Brisneyland. The plane change to the default C172 pays off, no trouble arriving in YBBN.
  15. I took me years to make the decision to buy the entire NZL scenery. And it took me months having the scenery resting on my sim to get ready to go there. But finally, there was only one plane I could use to fly from Brisbane... (... could not take my eyes off that livery...) ... and approaching downwind ... ... into Auckland, with a little limited visibility. Now I have to face weeks of low & slow pleasure.
  16. Unfortunately I could not get my GSX ground services to push back the intended 777 anywhere in Cairns (no parking position for heavies?), so I had to do a commuter flight down to the next major hub in order to use heavy iron. At least, I could test the Airbus once again after some time of rest in the hangar... As usual, when approaching Brisbane the sim turned into a slideshow. So I tried to keep life simple and did not move to an outside view for photos - at least this paid off and I could finish the flight. Sorry for the incomplete documentation...
  17. And now for something completely different (da dum da da da da dum da dum, da dum da dum da dum (repeat until squelch)) Probably not supposed to buzz the airport in Concorde, by hey, what's a boy to do? Just a trial hop, so back round to land again - And back at the gate - Some pixels were harmed in the making of these pictures (that's a very edited landing you're seeing here <grin> - I'm only just getting to grips with the Staggerwing!)
  18. Framerate killer in FSX/P3Dv2 it always was - but I always loved it!!! So *packed* with detail. It's been a long wait - due, I think, to the sheer complexity of FTX YBBN. This really isn't a simple "re-packaging" for P3Dv3 - it looks like a complete makeover. With the FTX Central CP, you get all sorts of combinations of photoreal/ground polys etc. to help with performance - but regardless of the setting, it all looks absolutely stunning. You only need to look at some of the old threads (about blurred taxiways, markings etc.) to see that YBBN was one of the "older" airports. IMHO, ORBX desrve a *lot* of credit for the sheer amount amount of work that must have gone into this update. Show your appreciation by buying it (quick - while the sale is still on!!!). I'm sure there'll be dozens of shots flooding the forum, but here a just a quick few - not even particularly well set up - just to show it's there, it works and it's superb!! I love the P3D lighting. See how the (little!!!) DC3 receives shadows - and how the poles cast shadows on other airport objects. YBBN is a fairly large airport - surrounded by lots of additional detail - so LOTS to explore and enjoy. Adam.
  19. Once again no good weather for walking or sightseeing. But still we can make the best out of the conditions. From Caloundra... ... passing Glasshouse Mountains... ... into the city. Anybody here to clean the cockpit ?
  20. After installing a freeware livery / model my T7 always froze during preflight ( http://www.avsim.com/topic/430455-complete-fmc-freeze-pre-flight/#entry3359271 ). Application of PMDG support seemed to help, and here are my test results...: As we all know, Brisbane is one of the heaviest airports for memory usage of our sims. PMDGs T7 is not easy either. That´s what I call a really successful test. I hope she will keep working...
  21. Since Ozjet ran this service between Brisbane and Port Moresby I thought I'd give it a try Brisbane departure at 9:15 a.m. Passing over Caloundra... ...and Hervey Bay (a bit fuzzy - but I was at 20,000 feet) Leaving the Australian coast behind Jacksons International well in sight More or less cropped DX10s. Cheers Mallard
  22. No "Kiss & Go" here. Just "Hurry Up or Miss Your Flight" (click the image for a better look) (if you did click, then click the [2048p] at the bottom right corner to sharpen things up)
  23. Test flight to see, if i get some OOMs with the Just Flight DC-10 HD Coffs Harbour to Brisbane No OOMs (this time) Enjoy and thanks for looking! FSX - DX10 - Shade
  24. Before checking out the Soft Clouds I had a quick spin with my new 117. The Deutsche Rettungsflugwacht (German Rescue Flight service) has the 117 stationed here at Freiburg airport and it regularly tears across the skies almost smack bang over my house on its way to Basle-Mulhouse airport and back to pick up organ transplants. And during winter it's in heavy demand with the guys who've had skiing accidents. It also services most of the more inaccessible parts of the Black Forest (actually this thing is kept flying 24/7). A bit like the RFDS and Westpac Rescue Here I'm testing it at Caloundra and then heading down to Brisbane (which is just a bit more than the distance Freiburg -> Basle) Cropped DX10s Cheers Mallard
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