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Current flights from Shanghai to Europe are day flights in total darkness, as they are to close to the polar regions. So I switched the calendar back to April for this report, also the RL evidences are from that month.

 

After the usual delays and longish taxiing, takeoff in Pudong on 35R gets us already in the right direction.

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Just north of the airport land is still under development, no wonder the sim can not change as fast as reality.

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The landclass & textures of the agricultural areas near Yangtze river could be improved, I am sure this is not too much work for our favoured scenery provider.

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In contrast, the desert not needs to be improved.

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The Gobi desert, disappointing in the sim (and not too exciting in RL either).

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Thanks for some information from the cockpit: In China & Mongolia FLs are assigned in metric system, not in imperial. Here we receive the official translation chart. My ATC did not know this, so I had to use FL350...

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Leaving the Gobi desert and crossing the russian border, the landscape changes.

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It will be a huge work to have Russia precisely depicted in the sim. E. g. the famous city of Tayga ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tayga ) is missing:

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Be assured, I did not get wrong: The official flight route used is: ZSPD DCT SASAN R343 HFE B208 MU A575 DARNO P982 TR A308 ABK R104 BA R348 XV G117 ADMUR G713 PUNIT B210 SU R30 GONBI G707 RANVA P863 KOTAM L990 MARIP N850 MIC UZ712 KEGAB UZ706 NOR UM170 RAPOR UZ157 LORNI DCT LFPG

 

To avoid confusing effects, I always have "frozen water" ticked off in the Vector tool. A disadvantage for this flight, as reality shows:
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Reaching the baltic sea, many hours of headwind later.
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The city & airport of Kalmar, just west of the island Öland.

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Shadows in Denmark, thanks to Steve Parsons. An effect which comes up even from FL390.
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Hamburg, even a pleasure to see from high altitude.

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Preparing to leave GEN, just ahead of Köln.
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And into Charles de Gaulle. My ATC assigned the northmost runway 27R - what a pity, as the AF bird needs to be parked in the south.

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In reality, they managed to do a sidestep into 26R, saving lots of time and fuel.
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à bientôt!
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Sorry for the amount of pictures. This only reflects the longish flight time, with an extra hour of headwind - time enough to take pictures...

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Sorry for the amount?  I wished there were more!  I was enthralled by the mix and your description.  It's like I took that flight.  Very nice indeed!

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Another magical trip Gerold.

Great RL/FS shot comparisons.

The world is a big place and ORBX are gradually improving the scenery.

2 hours ago, Jack Sawyer said:

Sorry for the amount?  I wished there were more!  I was enthralled by the mix and your description.  It's like I took that flight.  Very nice indeed!

Same here Jack, there can never be too many pics in a post.

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Magnificient, Gerold. Brings back very fond memories

 

8 hours ago, Stillwater said:

In contrast, the desert not needs to be improved.

Hey, where's the Drambuie :D

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Thank you for watching and commenting, @Iain Emms, @RJ, @Voyager and @Taph!

 

6 hours ago, BradB said:

Bravo Gerold , your best RL/Sim post so far . :):)

Cheers

John

Thank you Brad, and have a good day tomorrow! Hope you get back flying & posting quickly.

 

4 hours ago, mikewies said:

Outstanding!  Really appreciate the comparison to RL.

Thanks, Mike. Always difficult to get the right seat, time & weather.

 

3 hours ago, Jack Sawyer said:

Sorry for the amount?  I wished there were more!  I was enthralled by the mix and your description.  It's like I took that flight.  Very nice indeed!

OK, I still have some 100 more. Just from the Air France flight. Flew the same destination twice with SAS since then...

 

2 hours ago, Rhett said:

Excellent creativity and comparisons ! Enjoyed the desert and dessert.

You got my typo... I am just German, after all. Maybe that is why i automatically left out one s (better this way).

 

1 hour ago, VH-KDK said:

Another magical trip Gerold.

Great RL/FS shot comparisons.

The world is a big place and ORBX are gradually improving the scenery.

Same here Jack, there can never be too many pics in a post.

You know I like this task whenever travelling.And you know I like the graduate improvement of our sceneries (though I just work hard just to keep the level after changing to FTXCv3).

 

55 minutes ago, bernd1151 said:

Magnificient, Gerold. Brings back very fond memories

Hey, where's the Drambuie :D

Thanks Bernd. This was just the first after-lunch course, before leaving chinese airspace. You know crossing Mongolia and Russia provides enough time for further challenges.

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A great trip report!

 

I just flew into Shanghai PVG from Singapore and arriving at the airport I couldn't believe how much development as you noted.

 

What a great airport for spotting too.

 

Steve

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1 hour ago, Stillwater said:

Thank you for watching and commenting, @Iain Emms, @RJ, @Voyager and @Taph!

 

Thank you Brad, and have a good day tomorrow! Hope you get back flying & posting quickly.

 

Thanks, Mike. Always difficult to get the right seat, time & weather.

 

OK, I still have some 100 more. Just from the Air France flight. Flew the same destination twice with SAS since then...

 

You got my typo... I am just German, after all. Maybe that is why i automatically left out one s (better this way).

 

You know I like this task whenever travelling.And you know I like the graduate improvement of our sceneries (though I just work hard just to keep the level after changing to FTXCv3).

 

Thanks Bernd. This was just the first after-lunch course, before leaving chinese airspace. You know crossing Mongolia and Russia provides enough time for further challenges.

Thanks Gerold for your kind words , I am having lower back fusion surgery . I hopefully will be home by Thursday and then starts the long rehab period . :o:(:D

 

Cheers

 

John

 

 

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17 hours ago, Republic DC-9 said:

A great trip report!

I just flew into Shanghai PVG from Singapore and arriving at the airport I couldn't believe how much development as you noted.

What a great airport for spotting too.

Steve

Thanks, Steve. I am sure next time the airport´s surrounding will have been changed again. Much too fast for cityscape designer...

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What a great bunch of shots.  My favorite.  Well my flying friend, desert always wins out.  Yes I love flying, and Orbx and P3D, but desert will always be number one.

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4 hours ago, Red1963 said:

Hi Gerold

Outstanding pics and post!

Love pic no 11 ;-)

Cheers Uwe

Thanks Uwe, for being the first to focus on the real highlight here.

 

3 hours ago, PDX Flyer said:

What a great bunch of shots.  My favorite.  Well my flying friend, desert always wins out.  Yes I love flying, and Orbx and P3D, but desert will always be number one.

desert, dessert, desssert - who cares. One is good to fly over, one is good to fly with.

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