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  1. ... and I still had a slight headache when I entered my Cessna after last night´s party. Opening my eyes I was shocked: The engine seemed to be on fire! But then I remembered: My friends had already restarted the barbecue. So I just flew out of Southport, ... ... and did a quick round over Gold Coast. The Metricon stadium is already nicely detailed. I would not be totally surprised if we see AussieRulesFlow in the next level of development. Bye bye, Gold Coast! Hello Brisbane. Thank you for the crosswind.
  2. Let's leave Australia and head back to Singapore. Catering at Gold Coast. Time for the outside check! Nose gear looks good. Pitot tubes look free... ...as do those other ports... The biggest danger for a pilot is to get run over by one of the ground vehicles. Fan blades look like new. The exhaust cone looks fit. Main landing gear looks good. Tail cone looks awesome. Don't forget to have a look at the gear bays. Time to get back into the plane! Wait, Captain! A successful pushback. Lining up. Positive rate - Gear up! Climbing along the Gold Coast... Couple o'miles further we reach Brisbane. Just making sure the APU door is closed... The landscape changes. Making our way through Indonesia. Borneo / Kalimantan abeam. Ouch! Those anvils are right where we want to go. That looks massive. Cannot make out the magenta line in all this magenta... We fly a curve to the east. We should be about the last ones to get a landing clearance for a while. Uff! The weather looks already a bit better, this 747 has no problem to taxi to the runway. Done. That's it, I hope you enjoyed the trip!
  3. 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...
  4. The hungry pilot does not meet any tourists at the beach of Fingal (south of YBCG). It looks very white on my screen. Which, in contrast makes the dark colours even darker (a p3d effect?). Let´s go north over Coolangatta, ... ... and Broad Beach. Here you can see a way to measure the altitude of the Q1 building. It is the tallest building of the southern hemisphere, as most of you probably know already. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Q1_(building) Some seconds further north we have a marina - with a nice helipad. But no one making a BBQ here, these yachtsmen all seem to visit fancy multi-star restaurants. So we pass Sea World, ... ... bring some greetings to the employees of the University Hospital, ... ... and enjoy the presence of the Cold Coast Hockey Centre, though in reality they have been resurfaced into olympic blue for the 2018 Commonwealth Games: http://www.gchmg.org/ Going on to YSPT Southport brings us a nice smell... ... and , finally, we find some people ready to put fresh steaks on the grill! Here we are right for the night.
  5. 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.
  6. New repaint for the ND EC135...heading out for the mornings patrol plus a shot from yesterday evening...
  7. It turns out that the Scoot 777/787 that's normally doing the flight to the Gold Coast is under maintenance due to an electronical failure... Thankfully, the mother company SIA steps in and does the job! And they even have pilots! The night hours at a busy airport... Using South Crossing 1 to get to the runway 02L. Holding short at W9, Singapore 86. "Mommy, are we there yet?" Lineup. And takeoff, we have a takeoff... Leaving Singapore to the right. I love it when the first light of day appears on the horizon. The land of Oz finally. We're closing in towards the Gold Coast. Some clouds over the mountains to the north don't irritate us. It might be the pacific coast of New South Wales, but it's still the Queens land, of course... Sorry a bit cheesy. Now that's a really long beach! "Mommy, are we going to swim there?" A bit late, the touchdown, but we are able to come to a comfortable stop nonetheless... YBCG, Coolangatta, Coast of Gold... The 777 is the only plane to show a mysterious halo... Let's get that stuff out... "So, did you find the screwdriver that you lost last week?" --"No idea!" "Mommy, is the plane waiting for us for when we go back?" That's it! As always, ...
  8. Good day to all; I'm very happy to announce my next project; after 5 years Orbx has returned on Australian airports, and now is the time for Gold Coast Airport! Designed in parallel with the recently-released CityScene Gold Coast, YBCG is a highly detailed and incredibly complete reproduction of the airport and surroundings area, completing the most accurate and detailed airport-city combo currently in our catalogue. Gold Coast International Airport has been designed carefully and reflects the real-world layout of the airport; keen observers will even notice the new apron expansion and Taxiway Charlie (opened in late March 2018 – it’s not even in the charts yet!). The scenery has been optimized using our latest techniques, and has been designed to work optimally with either Orbx CityScene Gold Coast and/or Orbx Australia. As an added bonus feature, Gold Coast Intl also includes a highly detailed depiction of nearby YSPT Southport Airport, with its unique and characteristic sloped taxiways and elevated parking spots. Gold Coast: a little bit of info Gold Coast is a beachside city in the Australian state of Queensland, approximately 66km south of the state capital Brisbane. Today, the Gold Coast is a major tourist destination with its sunny subtropical climate and has become widely know for its surfing beaches, high-rise dominated skyline, theme parks, nightlife and rainforest hinterland. As many of you may have seen recently, the city hosted the 21st Commonwealth Games which ran from 4 to 15 April 2018. YBCG Gold Coast International Airport The Gold Coast International Airport (formerly known as Coolangatta Airport) is an international Australian airport located at the southern end of the Gold Coast. The entrance to the airport is situated in the suburb of Bilinga near Coolangatta. A great piece of trivia; runway itself straddles the state border of Queensland and New South Wales, and during the summer months these states are in two different time zones! The airport exceeded 6 million passengers and is the sixth-busiest airport in Australia. The airport is frequently visited by Boeing 787, 737, Airbus A330, 320/21 and Embraer jets. The airport also has a busy general aviation apron, as can be seen from the screenshots below the airport is as home to light single VFR weekend warriors as it is to heavy-metal captains. Gold Coast Airport has two airline lounges: one operated by Virgin Australia, and the other by Qantas; both have been in operation since 2012. The airlines which operate at the airport are many, for example you are likely to see AirAsia X, Virgin Australia, Air New Zealand, JETGO, Jetstar, Qantas, TigerAir and many more charter operations, particularly during the peak tourist season. The new apron at the southern end of the airfield was been opened just a few days before the Commonwealth Games and now is fully operative, the same for the new taxiway Charlie. Despite an acute lack of source material and references, this scenery has included both components with the help of local staff and pilots. YBCG is perfectly situated near two well-loved ORBX destinations. The nearest airfield is YSPT Southport, which is located only 30km to the north, just beyond the Gold Coast skyline. Brisbane Intl (YBBN) is just a little further north, and perfectly situated for both short joyrides and testing flights for your favourite airliner. Beyond these fields, Gold Coast is a short flight away from Coffs Harbour (250km), Port Macqaurie (370km), Cairns (1400km) and Melbourne (1400km) airports. YSPT Southport Airport: Gold Coast International Airport also includes a high quality version of YSPT Southport Airport. This small airport is located (as mentioned above) about 30km north of Gold Coast Airport. This airfield has a single tight runway and unique sloped elevated taxiway and parking lots; these features have been carefully recreated. This small airport is very active, many GA aircraft based on-site. Near the main apron is famous club house of Southport Flying Club. Despite the unique elevation features, Southport is fully compatible with AI traffic. Orbx Gold Coast International Airport features: Highly detailed, accurate representation of Gold Coast International Airport with new apron and taxiway charlie. Beautiful ground textures in 15cm/px, with bonus 7cm ultra-HD at Southport airport. Bonus Southport Airport YSPT, with unique sloped taxiway and elevated parking lots Super level of realism in both airports and surroundings used in combination of Orbx Cityscene Gold Coast. Compatible with Orbx Australia and/or Orbx Cityscene Gold Coast. Includes Dynamic lights and extremely realistic specular effects over ground textures. Fully optimized by using latest techniques. For Microsoft Flight Simulator X and Lockheed Martin Prepar3D v1-4 Enjoy! YBCG Gold Coast International airport YSPT Southport airport Keep an eye out for more previews coming soon! Cheers,
  9. Hi there, @John Venema Just wondering if these awesome sceneries are coming to X-Plane 11?, I'm a long time user and local over here in Australia. jumped ship from FSX a while back its it great in the X-Plane world... however I miss my orbx scenery thou... all siting there in my account unused for a while now..but no matter happy to wait just want to know if theres a possibility its coming our way. Cheers and keep up the great work Team... England True earth is a definite purchase for me when its released.!
  10. The spring tourists leave Down Under on a longish flight, so this needs to become a longish post. Australia time was over when they reached Gold Coast to take a regular liner up to Singapore. My Navigation & ATC programs told me the runway was too short for a 777, so I maxed it out... ... and did a carrier-like start with TO thrust already set while the brakes were still trying their best. As you can see this worked out by far. ATC made me climb in a 360° turn, so we can have another view of the Gold Coast scenery. In RL this flight is no longer executed by Singapore themselves, they have moved it to their cheaper daughter Scoot (do not think bad due to my wording). PMDG did not follow this move and offered only the real livery. A little view on Brisbane... ... before my first officer takes a rest. After 1 hour we pass Longreach, one of the possible alternates in case of trouble. Queensland is not always green... ... as could be seen around Mt. Isa. 101 minutes from start, and just in the middle between some of my Orbx favourites. Passing Tindal, NT. The last views of OZ, Daly River (possibly no sharks around here)... ... and Cape Ford. Here we pass Flores Island / Indonesia... ... and the western end of ... stop. Guess the latitude of this location! OK, that was obvious. Approaching Singapore over the Gulf of Tambalan... ... Johor, ... ... and into final towards the 20R. Autopilot off... ... and here we are, ready to spend some fun days in the city. Pictures (still) taken in FSX.
  11. 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.
  12. Inspired by a recent trip there and also the discussion in the Gold Coast airport thread, I decided to do a flight from Port Macquarie up to Coolangatta on the Gold Coast. FYI this was in P3D v4 in the Carenado Dornier 228 with the QantasLink livery. There's some beautiful FTXAU scenery on the way up
  13. A cousin of mine got married last weekend in a place called Midginbil, NSW, which is close to Mount Warning. So after checking out the venue and the locality I thought I'd take a look at it in FTX AU... Departing from Brisbane in the Twotter The peak of Mount Warning can be seen over the starboard wing, and the rim of the caldera in the background The (real) weather wasn't too great - at least not here. All around the skies were clear, but not directly around the peak... So I headed back to Brisbane Later, a new attempt this time departing from Gold Coast / Coolangatta The peak can clearly be seen on the left The Border Ranges (bringing up the western rim of the caldera) on the right Quite an impressive area, and quite nicely represented in FTX AU... More on the mountain: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Warning Cheers Mallard
  14. From Brisbane to Gold Coast in an Airbus? Really? (For those who do not know the lay of the land - that's just some 90 kms / 55 miles apart) At the gate Lots of going and coming International Terminal Only found the patch for the landing lights after this flight. So it's a rather dark take-off Turning south Damn, night falls quickly around these parts By the time I landed at Gold Coast it was pitch black No edits. Cheers Mallard
  15. Quick flight from Gold Coast Airport to Hervey Bay Trying to revive the airline with a "new" type of plane Damn this plane takes to the skies like (a) mad (dog) Course correction over North Stradbroke Island In the gap in the clouds: Caloundra Passing Noosa Heads Coming in to Hervey Bay high and dirty Had to use the spoilers to bleed enough speed and altitude. Not really the elegant way to do things... All the nice parking spots were taken Cheers Mallard
  16. Finally got the "new" Gold Coast and checked it out on a flight starting from Caloundra Blends in nicely in the surroundings... Nice level of detail Tied down for the moment... And back later in another plane - this time trying the night-textures Since it was such a fine evening I decided on heading on to Brisbane (I actually wanted to make it to Redcliffe first, but it was closed by the time I arrived there). Flying by the light of the moon. And the bright lights of the docks after landing... Just some cropping - nothing else... Cheers Mallard
  17. After a couple of years on the Forum I thought it was about time I captured a shot of home.......... the mountain under my fuselarge is Mt Warning - named by Cpt Cook to warn of dangerous reefs jutting out from the mainland. I have climbed Mt Warning four times, it is supposedly the first place on the Australian mainland to see the rising sun. Our house is direcly under the final approach to Gold Coast Airport (YBGC) runway 14. We have the best of both worlds - beatiful beaches and a sub tropical hinterland of World Heritage National Parks (sorry it's Australia Day national holiday on Saturday!)
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