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So, today's fun: an IFR flight from Tipella (CBB7, Freeware FTX) to CYVR (PNW), in A2A Simulations' new C172.

 

Set the plane up right, for grass strip tires, tied down at the Fuel Box (in this case, next to the Propane Tanks; exciting!), just myself and 24lbs of fuel and 20lbs of luggage.  Flight Plan simply built in FSX. VOR on the way 112.40, 368 ADB if I needed to execute a manual approach.  No GPS, that's cheating! ;)  Waited to get assigned runway during final approach.

 

The trip is exciting because you take off from a barely long-enough grass strip, over the trees, and it's difficult to taxi down to the end opposite the water and turn around.  I found, after warming up, that a short burst of RPM to 1500 broke me out of a standstill, and then taxiing between 1100-1200 did the trick (no fixes; A2A is looking at user feedback on this).  Focused mainly on keeping engine temps in the right range (above 150oC), mixture leaned-out enough to warm up the engine fast and keep the plugs from fouling, but not so lean I'm going to overheat.

 

Took off, did a circle over the water to head southwest, and contacted ATC.  As usual, they wanted to vector me right into a mountain, heading of 175, but I just patiently waited for a narrow track through the mountains I was frantically trying to climb above, at 700fpm.

 

Things were going smoothly, until clouds and fog set in around 8,000ft altitude.  Then I was blind, and relying upon what glimpses I could see of the mountains, and FSX's scary ATC to give the altitude and heading that I could follow, but not blindly.

 

Clouds broke soon (REX weather), and this wonderful view:

 

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From there on in it was reasonably clear sailing.

 

This is a fun IFR route, because of the weather, the mountains, and because you have to climb fast, without overheating the C172, and then drop fast after getting over the mountains on the last phases of approach to CYVR.  A2A's C172 does excellent modeling of using throttle rather than yoke to control rate of climb/descent; one of the rare cases in my add-on experience where this is true. I started to get a real feel for how to anticipate throttling up or down, with just slight use of yoke and trim, to keep from oscillating above and below my assigned path.  Oh, and the view is beautiful, too: water, mountains, plains and city, all in a brief flight.

 

So, okay, great, I've been assigned 26R, 111.95 ILS (check it in the shot), and am vectored at 3k altitude to final:

 

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Great view of the bridges and CYVR on the way down:

 

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I was just about to comfortably follow the glide slope in precisely (btw the update rate on the gauges on the C172 is perfect, the glide slope indicator is very sensitive, and can be used for a very subtle maintenance of glide slope) -- keeping as a hint that the registry plate, N7274H, is a good indicator of whether the plane is centered on the runway -- when boom!  Ground fog burst in just as I was relaxing:

 

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Okay so now I REALLY had to rely on the GS, and hope things would break before the OMI put me too close to feel like I could land safely.

 

Fortunately, a few hundred feet above decision height, I finally had a glimpse of the runway:

 

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And then, phew! The haze lifted (REX is hindered from showing ground haze without straight lines by the limitations of FSX, unfortunately, it seems):

 

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And then, at last, a taxi to Gate 2.  Of course, even this wasn't going to be simple, because as usual FSX ATC assigned the taxiway starting BEHIND me, so I had to turn around, yet again (easier on pavement, with less fuel and a warmed-up engine), and taxi back onto the runway, stopping for a last-minute HOLD as an A320 was landing on same runway (close call!), and then, relief! Finally to the gate, perfectly lined up:

 

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I highly recommend this little adventure in PNW from CBB7 to CYVR IFR (later VFR once you're familiar with the route, or have a GPS....), with interesting weather on.  You get to experience a wide variety of conditions and go from peace and quiet in the wilderness to crazy traffic at CYVR, with mountains and weather in between.

 

Would also be fun to do with the Aerosoft Twin Otter X, that's next on my list, at least once they get the bug with the prop adjust fixed on the float plane.

 

Happy Sunday!

 

Steve

 

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