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8 hours ago, 216th_LuseKofte said:

Wonder if that B17 is worth installing

Guy commenting it being a bit hassle to import manually from FSX to msfs2020.

Haven't fly FSX so i don't know how well it is developed regarding clickpit and FM.

For me it just looks beautiful and i hope we get a sim where we can fly b17....il2, dcs or msfs going for ww2 combat version.

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Anyone checked out the new T-45 yet?  I'm kinda tempted to make this my first payware aircraft purchase...

 

 

 

Also looking forward to the T-45C mod for DCS whenever that finally gets released!

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9 minutes ago, DBFlyguy said:

Anyone checked out the new T-45 yet?  I'm kinda tempted to make this my first payware aircraft purchase...

 

Also looking forward to the T-45C mod for DCS whenever that finally gets released!

 

Yeah, I've been rather tempted by the MSFS T-45 myself, though having a free one coming for DCS has made me hold off buying for now. The MSFS one certainly looks very well modelled, though there seem to have been framerate issues for some people. 

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6 minutes ago, AndyJWest said:

 

Yeah, I've been rather tempted by the MSFS T-45 myself, though having a free one coming for DCS has made me hold off buying for now. The MSFS one certainly looks very well modelled, though there seem to have been framerate issues for some people. 

 

Yeah, I'm wondering if the frame issues are just due to the sim itself, it seems there have been some performance issues with sim update 3.  The DCS version isn't coming until they get a chance to see how it plays with version 2.7, hopefully that isn't more than another month or two out though

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1 hour ago, DBFlyguy said:

Anyone checked out the new T-45 yet?

 

Was tempted but apparently they're advising that in order for the HUD to display properly that you need to switch off TAA which I don't fancy doing. The HUD isn't collimated either due to SDK limitations but nothing they can do about that until Asobo fixes that. If and when they sort those two things out I'd probably go for it but I'll leave it for now.

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8 hours ago, =VARP=Ribbon said:

Guy commenting it being a bit hassle to import manually from FSX to msfs2020.

Haven't fly FSX so i don't know how well it is developed regarding clickpit and FM.

For me it just looks beautiful and i hope we get a sim where we can fly b17....il2, dcs or msfs going for ww2 combat version.

If it is A2A B17 it was the best of its time. But I aint doing half mods in this, it might be worth while, but I am not motivated.

But boy I would be all over a full fidelity B anything bomber

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Taking off from Loitokitok airport with Mount Kiliminjaro shrouded in cloud in the background. From here it was 100nm up to Nairobi. Looking at my track on LittleNavMap my hand flying was a bit all over the place but got there in the end.

 

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From Nairobi headed more or less north to fly over Mount Kenya. The weather didn't play nice so didn't get a great view. Didn't hit the mountain at least so I'll take that.

 

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From Meru it was time to head west towards Eldoret and then over the northern end of Lake Victoria which at almost 60,000 sqkm is the largest tropical lake in the world. Definitely looked huge when flying over - seemed more like a sea. Came into land then at Entebbe where I checked to see if the bullet holes were still visible in the old control tower from the 1976 Israeli commando raid. They were not and I'll be issuing my demand for a refund from Microsoft forthwith for this lamentable oversight.

 

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Another three legs on my world trip. This is the one where I needed dynamic soaring in order not only to make it, but to stay alive.

 

From Kabul to Ashgabat, capital city of Turkmenistan. The weather got somewhat nicer and I felt it good enaough to leave this sad plache and make it oner the Hindu Kush. Let's see what this is all about.

 

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The idea was to cross that Hindi Kush direction Mazar-i-Sharif International Airport (still Afghanistan), and from there to Mary, an oasis city in this bloody desert behind the mountains. From there to Ashgabat.

 

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The weather looked good along the route as well between departure and destination airport.

 

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I did get in the mood for some sightseeing before turning on course.

 

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Situated like in a flat bowl, surrounded by mountains. If it had a tower, it could be Mordor. But I guess they don't need a tower for such. The problem is now that I have to go where those mountains meet those clouds. I get off a direct course and work the heading bug such that I venture toward what looks like a little blue gap between mountains and clouds.

 

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For not getting lost, I remain on a "From" radial from Kabul, the only station I receive. I am at max power and climb... and I feel like raising my butt in the seat over the pass.

 

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Made it, but barely. At least the mountains are high enough to keep the clouds with them and the sky opens up. I need to make a right turn around that mountain I just passed to get back on course. Toward to where all those white mountains are...

 

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I keep on climbing, but the average ground level below me is climbing as well. In the meantime, I am nearing 13'000 ft altitude and it is really windy. It becomes hard to maintain the flight level, dynamic up and downdrafts set my altitude now, but I give it everything I have.

 

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It becomes rather evident, despite all optimism, I can NEVER make it across. And there is nowhere to go but turn back.

 

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Let's see what this ridge will give me. Once I'm across that, I'm almost there. Diving a bit to keep the airspeed up, as it is very bumpy here.

 

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Yes. baby! This was the kick I needed.

 

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As i soldier on north toward Mazar-i-Sharif, the average heigh of the mountais drop and I gradually descend along.

 

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It is getting a bit couldy, a narrow layer of clouds emerges at about 7000 ft. But I can make out my waypoint Mazar-i-Sharif International Airport. Mazar-i-Sharif translates into "the tomb of the prince", in reference to a blue tiled shrine in the center of the city, the Shrine of Hazrat Ali also known as the "Blue Mosque". Some kilometers nort of the city, there is the Amu Darya river. This river is one of the two rivers that flow into the Aral Sea. Or what is left of it, after extensive cotton platations (etc.) in that desert use a big portion of the rivers water.

 

Now I turn toward Mary. I hope I will get the beacon soon. Else, there is not much help for orientation besides dead reckoning. As Mary is an oasis city located on the Murgab River should be at least easily identifiabe, as the river cuts the Karakum Desert in half. The silk road for good reason passes through Mary. The desert is a sea of sand about as large as 300'000 km2. It covers most of Turkmenistan.

 

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I fly by compass only, no signal deractable on the localizers.

 

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Suddenly, like drawn by pencil, the desert ends and there are green fields. I must have reached Murgab River. Finally I pick up the localizer from Mary International Airport.

 

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Amazingly, I wasn't too far off, there was little wind. Mary in the distance between the two airports. I take course to Ashgabat. that I pick up the localizers only very close to the airports is annoying. But be it.

 

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Made it, Ashgabat. In the distance one can see the Kopet Dag Mountains. Behind them is Iran.

 

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I'll go for ILS approach. I'm not unhappy after the experiences over the Hindu Kush that things are easy now.

 

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Another airport of funny ramps.

 

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So, where did I fly? it is obvious that the Hindu Kush required some creativity. I must say of all mountain ranges, It has been the hardest to cross. This due to the sheer lack of valleys in north - south direction. It is just wall after wall. If the weather wouldn't have been as forthcoming, it would have been simply impossible to cross it with the C172. After some wrong bearing enroute to Mary that I eventually corrected (bloody compas creep), I made it in surprisingly direct manner.

 

From Ashgabat to Teheran is next.

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Next leg is to Teheran. This is the one where my C172 turned into a glider.

 

The ramps have not been very hospitable and I decided to leave as soon as I topped up the tanks.

 

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The weather is not really great, very cloudy, ceiling about 1'500 ft. I'm sitting here at ~700 ft. QNH. This is supposed to be a desert and I am sitting clouds and rain.

 

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The plan is to find a gap in clouds and climb high enough to make it across those Kopet Dag Mountains. I would need 10'000 ft. to do so. Anything is better than sleeping in a ramp (it was about freezing during the night, -6°C) and I am looking forward for the cabin heater to taw me.

 

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Off I go. There's lots of rain but at least it is not that windy.

 

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Oh no! As I hit could level, my poor Cessna freezes over and I have to drop out of the clouds again. At last when I fly at about 1'000 ft, it slowly taws again, but with that ice it is problematic even mainatining level. Still, I am obstinate enough for making several tries.

 

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No joy. It freezes over all the time and I have problems getting her to fly again before I'd hit the farm.

 

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I give up and just venture east to stay clear of those mountains. My printed map tells me that near the Caspian See there is a gap and I can go through that slot. My hope still is that this bloody ice cloud will end somewhere so I can climb and go on a direct route. The Cessna twas very slowly and I can reduce power.

 

I had plenty of gas for the trip, but now I am really worried about the fuel left. Goofing around over Ashgabat cost me a lot of fuel.

 

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I reach the Caspian Sea as planned and finally I can pick up some beacons on the localizer, both Gorgan (OING) and Dascht-E Naz (OINZ). Just south of them is now another hump for me to cross, the Alborz. I count on 10'000 ft being enough to cross that. As I approach Gorgan, my fuel warnings light up.

 

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What to do now? I could land in Gorgan, refuel and then go to Teheran. On the other hand, I said I go to Teheran, this means I'm going to Teheran. Near the southern shore of the Caspian Sea, clouds disapear (mostly) and I add power for a fast climb.

 

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Approaching the mountains, cluds get denser again. But at least this time I am above them already.

 

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I have 10 gallons left, fuel warning on. Maybe 8'000 ft will be enough to make it across? I hope that by having a very light aircraft by now, I can save more on power to extend my flight time. Still I am aware that below, under the clouds, there is absolutely no place to land the aircraft if I venture on from here. I am just over Dascht-E Naz.

 

I press on.

 

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8'000 ft. did I say? I am climbing with everything I have and those moutains start to rise through the cloud layer. And in the background, this monumental pyramid appears.

 

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The ground rises faster than my climb is. Again, I try the ridge for help, but as it is not really windy, I get no help. I cannot make it across. And my fuel gauges are pointing on almost empty now.

 

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Up at about 12'000 ft, I barely make the turn with the stall warning going off and I need to bleed some of my little altitude to make it.

 

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I make a wide turn, climbing almost to 14'000 ft. and I make it across. By now I have learned that this is Mount Damavand, the highest peak of Iran, rising up to 18'606 ft. It seems I really had chosen the most idiotic way across that mountain range. I just tried my luck and I was directly heading for the highest peak. It is the 12th most prominent mountain peak in the world!

 

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At least now ground level is dropping rapidly, but my fuel gauge says "E". It is still running but for how long? I will keep any inch of altitude until it gets quiet on my. Maybe 60 miles to Teheran. I never tried gliding this plane and AFAIR I should maintain some 65 kias for best glide.

 

I am roughly 1.8 miles above ground... if that crate makes 1:10 that gives me 18 miles. Theoretically.

 

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Now it happened.

 

There's this famous Swiss song about a pilot and his passenger flying in the alps, the pilot in front, passenger in the back and the passenger sees that they are almost out of fuel, so he yells at the pilot to go for a landing, the pilot yelling back that you wouldn't be understanding him because of the noise. This shouting would go back and forth until it is all quiet. And as they could have understood each other, they both shut up.

 

Now, Teheran is in front of me, but Imam Khomeini International Airport is on the far side of town, a good 40 miles away. Knowing I will not be able to make it half way, I'm looking now for other options close to me while I trim the Cessna to 65 kias.

 

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I am lucky, not too far off, there is Tehran/Doshan Tappeh AB and I can reach it with a fair amount of altitude reserve. Well, everything I really need for a controlled landing. One thing to keep in mind with this Cessna, if your engine quits, so does your artificial horizon. There is no gliding in clouds.

 

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An easy glider landing with a windmilling prop.

 

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I have enough speed to even roll off to the taxiway. Funny enough, as soon as you come to rest like this, the sim pops up the logbook by itself, you don't have to turn off the avionics. Just above the Cessna you can see the pointed top of Mount Damavand where I came from.

 

That was something. In two consecutive flights, I needed glider pilot skills. I think it is a very unerappreciated skill. I know some that just sit behind their engine and hope for the best. I frown at that.

 

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I certainly deviated a lot from my intended route. You can even see where I had to detour Mount Damavand.

 

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My engine quit just about when I entered this map region. As I was descending, I had to get clear of those mountains. I'd much rather land on a road than on the hill. passing them, I saw my to be alternate and dived for that one. The two other airports were out of glinding range.

 

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The next leg to Shota Rustaveli Tbilisi International Airport (UGTB) was easy and the one without unexpected things happening. With full fuel load plenty of range reserve in good weather, it was no problem.

 

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Teheran is huge, the scenery impressive... but as for the city itself, in this sim it is rather bland. If there was ever something that shows how interesting it can be, then I found it in the movie "Taxi".

 

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There is little to this scenery besides a great view of the mountain ranges. But at least this time I can tune in the localizer from quiet far and navigation is easy.

 

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I can even pick up the ILS from rather far away and go in for direct approach to Tbilisi.

 

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I have to decide where to go from here. But after all these desert experiences, I am looking for some nicer scenery. Greece and Italy are probably the way to go.

 

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Beautiful, no problems with frame rates on my system. 

Best flown from the instructors seat which enjoys upstairs in the circle type views while the pupil gets stuffed in the orchestra stalls.

 

 

Not gonna' give up my Gina for this though

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Sorry😃

 

It’s not all roses though. Something is going on with the trim. For a carrier trainer it’s actually very difficult to achieve the correct AoA for landing!

 

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Is it a CG issue? The ability to adjust the empty CG position was added in the last update. I've not tried it out with anything yet, but it might help there.

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I am currently having so much fun with the Bleriot..

 

Would any of you like to join on the 25. July to do the channel crossing aniversary? Sunrise in Calais is 6:09 MEZ thats when I would like to fly over..

 

Here is trying a bit of slope soaring in it:

 

 

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17 minutes ago, Monostripezebra said:

I am currently having so much fun with the Bleriot..

 

Would any of you like to join on the 25. July to do the channel crossing aniversary? Sunrise in Calais is 6:09 MEZ thats when I would like to fly over..

 

Here is trying a bit of slope soaring in it:

 

 

Excellent idea! Remind me again start of July. This aircraft is defo on my Wishlist...

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@SYN_Vander The Bleriot shouldn't be on anyone's watchlist: everyone should own it already. 😉

 

I flew it across the Pyrenees just yesterday.  47 nautical miles, from Itxassou France (LFIX) to Sangüesa Spain (LESG). It took me 1 1/2 hours, and I reached the astonishing altitude of 4650 ft!


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As for re enacting the Channel crossing, it would be fun to try a mass flight. Is the idea it to do it with live weather? That might be tricky, given how variable the Channel weather can be, even in July.

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On 3/13/2021 at 7:57 PM, ZachariasX said:

From Ashgabat to Teheran is next.

You must spend a lot of time updating us about your trip.

I want you to know, that you and Andy's updates are the reason I keep interest in this sim. Arthurs input is also most welcome.

I tend to fly just after reading your post

27 minutes ago, AndyJWest said:

The Bleriot shouldn't be on anyone's watchlist: everyone should own it already. 😉

It my GB version of PO 2. I simply must take it for a spin whenever I fire up tjis sim 

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LOL, now it ask me to put in my game disc.

And as a solution they sayI should dl a x box app.

I did and it do not find my install? 

Oh dear, patience is not my fortee 

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4 hours ago, SYN_Vander said:

Excellent idea! Remind me again start of July. This aircraft is defo on my Wishlist...

 

I will..  Basicly the idea for me is to take off at sunrise with live weather in the shakiest (but most fun) variants, the so-called "Rip edition" which is a bit more fragile and directionally unstable to be more realistic... and I would love to see a flock of bleriots doing the same!

 

On the Bleriot: Overall, I can recomend the Bleriot addon.. you get 2 variants, a gnome engined one and the channel-crossing anzani engined variant (which comes in 2 subvariants: the RiP and a more tame version). I don´t think it is "perfect" but really reasonably good. FM wise allmost all models don´t really spin and stall very very benign (which I am a bit sceptical about..) but the directional instability and wing warping is very nice and very very fun in creating a believable early aircraft feel in normal flight regime. And since the weight of the engine is tweakable on the normal weight and balance page without any modding it allows for personalized fun settings quick. 

The 3D models have some minor issues here like weird cable movements, at night the top layer fabric glitches away, some wood lookes like driftwood and stuff like that.. but overall the cockpit feeling is great and subjectivly it is one of the better payware addons if not among the top for me, just fun wise.

 

4 hours ago, AndyJWest said:

as for re enacting the Channel crossing, it would be fun to try a mass flight. Is the idea it to do it with live weather? That might be tricky, given how variable the Channel weather can be, even in July.

 

I feel like that would definately be part of the fun and hence that is the plan (for me)

 

I love your flight there.. i took the some distance flights like from the Dry Tortugas to Key West (very fun route..) and the distance flying over interesting terrain in the RiP version is definately very very fun for me.. and the problem with altitude is that you have to get down again, without overstressing. These long landing approaches with engine off are insanly fun!

 

This is the landing (in the Gnome version) coming back from the dry tortugas.. took a lot less fuel then I thought I would need and the lights of Key West in the dark where really visible far out:

 

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3 hours ago, 216th_LuseKofte said:

LOL, now it ask me to put in my game disc.

And as a solution they sayI should dl a x box app.

I did and it do not find my install? 

Oh dear, patience is not my fortee 

 

There’s a message on the MSFS forum saying ‘Xbox services are limited at this time’.

Try again tomorrow Luse.

 

@Andy, good call; slightly altering the c of g did the trick👍.

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14 hours ago, AndyJWest said:

@SYN_Vander The Bleriot shouldn't be on anyone's watchlist: everyone should own it already. 😉

 

 

Unfortunately, between IL2, DCS and MSFS I have too many addons and not enough time to fly them with all the coding I do as well. Other reason to wait: I noticed a lot of MSFS addons are rushed, so some extra time to fix issues is good :)

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Had lots of fun with the CRJ700 on FSX back when I was a kid, so I'm really excited for it to be coming to MSFS 2020.

BTW, my mom absolutely hated the Overspeed warning on the CRJ because of its super high pitched blaring, and would scream at me to shut it off. But hey, ignore it and you'll have a structural failure which will lead to the plane being snagged, or the plane will break apart and crash.

 

Sadly, I am unable to play this game because 1. I don't have the time, and 2. I bought the game back in December but my graphics card wasn't powerful enough, and that or something else made flying an airplane like driving a car with a sticky steering wheel -- plane crashed every time. I hope that in the late spring/early summer when I have the time I'll get this game.

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I am still kind of amazed, that so few iconic oldies like DC3, Ju52, Storch, Beaver, Grumans etc. have not yet been done in multiple variations.. but hey, it all takes time.

 

I just had a wonderfull first small distance glider flight, just used the Bleriot from Lukla to do ridge soaring to paplu.. an easy small jump that was fitting to the live weather wind, just some impressions:

 

 

Take-off was a bit dicey with the wind.. but thankfully MSFS planes can be very forgiving.

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Dammit, I spend a rather fruitless hour trying to ridge-soar something sensible in New Zealand live weather (not enough wind), only to find that some deranged monochrome equid has out-done me in the worlds least-suitable glider. 😜

 

Did you actually manage to gain height at any point, my stripy friend?

 

 

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On 3/17/2021 at 11:02 AM, AndyJWest said:

(..) the worlds least-suitable glider. 😜

 

Did you actually manage to gain height at any point, my stripy friend?

 

I gotta say, the Bleriot is a lot easier to soar then it may seem....         I mean, yes, it has this fun directional instability, but it is probably way overoptimistic in stall and post stall behaviour as well as a very optimistc L/D or at least thats how I feel after flying it a lot. So with the light weight you can use the somewhat weird ridgelift in MSFS2020 really good as it climbs really well and with the low speed you can stay in small high lift spots and the drag penalty of flying faster forward is actually not bad (probably not realistic, it feels more like a Grunau Baby to be honest). Ok, the directional problems have gotten me killed 1-2 times, when I got too careless on the slopes but overall, it actually is working really well as a glider and I low key kinda plan to land it on Mt. Everest once I get live weather with enough wind and cloud gaps.

 

Hight gain is not a problem in it, at all! Possibly due to overly benign slow speed handling, it does not really spin out or drop wings so you have a considerable safety margin getting slow when dealing with the directional quirks, as long as one turns always away from the slope (as one should).

 

Also Lukla is a super neat starting point because of the sloped runway (engineless takeoff for most light planes) and the U-shaped mountains behind i mean that any wind from any front angle (+/-90° to the downhill runway direction both sides) gurantees an entry into a ridgelift area.

Namche Bazaar, Kangel and Paplu are nearby airports that are enough of a challenge to soar to, but also really close, so you can keep flights like to 30-60min as short entertainment. I use the Y-key for positioning the RIP-Bleriot on the runway (the Anzani engine has not enough power to taxi at that alt, the gnome can take off under power but not climb without ridge lift) but you have to use the lower end of the runway to keep the plane from nosing over with the quick-translate key.

 

in short: I can only recomend. Very fun mix of doable and challenge to go soaring with neat landscape and clouds, very relaxing.

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@MonostripezebraI tried flying the Discus-2B out of Lukla. Not difficult, apart from the problem of starting on the flat part of the runway at the top. I soon figured out that I could set up Kinetic Assistant to give me a very slow 'winch launch' just far enough to get me onto the slope, so off I went. Not entirely successfully, since I'd not really got enough wind. And there aren't a lot of off-field landing spots available... 

 

Meanwhile, back in the XCub, more world trip screenshots: I've got as far as Luzon, Philippines, where I get a front seat view of the endless battle between rock and water. More geology lessons. Yay!

 

First, the water. Which the Philippines seems to have in abundance. I'd been struggling for days further south, with rain and cloud making flying difficult or impossible. Somewhere through that murk is Legazpi airport. 'Fly left base' says the ATC. Fair enough, there's an obvious hazard on the far side, all 8,000 ft plus of it, but it is a long way off. No problem.
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'Flying left base' only really works if you can see the runway though, and the rain was getting heavier. Taking me down to 500 ft or so as I fly parallel, just to keep it in view. Then this happens! Should have looked more closely at the map. The god of inconveniently-placed hills has found an ideal spot to plant a trap for the unwary. Not a problem under sensible VFR flying, but I gave up trying to be sensible miles back. Had to, or I'd still be in Fiji. Or possibly Lagos.
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Somehow I avoided face-planting the hill, and landed without hitting the high-rise buildings on approach either.
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The following day, conditions have much improved, and as I climb out of Legazpi, I get a good view of the hill that nearly did me in, along with the larger obstruction in the distance. The mighty Mayon: 8,081 ft of stratovolcanic perfection. You don't need to be a geologist to figure out that volcanoes don't get to stay that shape for long if they aren't being topped up regularly. Mayon seems last to have done significant topping-up in 2018, when it was apparently going through the entire volcanic repertoire: "phreatic explosions, steam-and-ash plumes, lava fountaining, and pyroclastic flows"
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I circle Mayon as I climb, admiring its near-perfect conical form, before heading towards Manila. Or at least, that was my intention. 
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As it turned out, Manila was enveloped in rain as I got there. I diverted to a small strip to the east. Too busy landing before that got rained in too to get a screenshot. Diverting paid off though, as the following day Manila was still covered in rain when I set off north. Not an ideal day for flying, as I had to dodge over, under, and around the cloud, and gave up on trying to get a look at Mt Pinatubo, which would have been buried under the worst of it. Eventually, I found myself flying along the west coast of Luzon, peering intently ahead to see what the conditions were like below the cloud layer I couldn't fly over. Safer out over the water than inland where the mountains were pushing up through the clouds. San Fernando airport is on the isthmus behind me, a safe bolt-hole if conditions worsen.
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Ahead though, it seems to be clearing, as I follow the coast, and the linear mountain ridge beyond. I've seen enough of these by now to have a good idea what's going on. Got to be a fault line, where rock is fighting rock, and more rock gets pushed up out of the way...
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Up ahead, I reach Vigan, where another rocky ridge tells a tale. Or at least, I think it does. A sharp ridge, with a river cutting through it. This is the Vigan Gap, where the Abra River passes through almost as if the ridge wasn't there. I've seen this sort of thing before. Sharp (uneroded and therefore new) ridge, cut by a river that would surely have gone around it. "I'd bet good money the river was there first" I think to myself. A bit of Googling after I land confirms my suspicion. The Abra was there before the fault-line did its work, and cut its way through even as the ridge rose up. Water won this battle.
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My destination, Laoag airport, comes into view. Nice to be landing in good conditions for a change. My next leg will, if all goes to plan, take me to Taiwan.
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Ok, another leg on my trip around the world. From Airport Tbilisi Lochini (LGTB) in Georgia (not USA) to Ankara Esenboğa Airport (LTAC).

 

This is the one where I froze up, couldn't make it, and then had to take to road to Ankara.

 

 

From Georgia, I'm planning now to fly across Turkey to Greece, from there to Italy and back home. I expected the flight to Ankara to be rather boring. Like the flight to Tbilisi, just longer.

 

Boy, how can one be wrong.

 

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There's just this bloody cloud in between, but on Windy, it doesn't look so bad.

 

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So here's my flight plan. The mountains are not that high, at 10'000 ft. I should easily make it.

 

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Man, it is bloody windy. Also those clouds.. ugh.. It is also rather cold outside.

 

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I can climb and fly around the clouds and make it to Stepanavan Airport (UDLS). but what I see on the horizon is NOT good.

 

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As I appoach those clouds, the crate freezes and sends me into a stall right away. I kick off the AP and dive to get some speed (getting used to that), but the mountain ridges rise above me quickly.

 

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The crate barely stays aloft and I make for the lowest pass. I make it across but this pice of crap refuses to taw. This is the worst.

 

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After I made it across, I soldier on to my next waypoint, Shirak (UDSG). The snowy mountain range look plain evil.

 

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I see the cloudbase dropping to the level of the mointain peaks. Maybe I find a way in between? I cannot climb above, the Cessna barely maintains level up here at 7'000 ft.

 

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Hopefully I took the right valley. My paper printout of the map is not too detailed. I have to fly manual now. Pleae, make this valley go through... It is incredibly bumpy, lots of downdrafts. i have to decide between making more altitide or more speed. Speed it is. In the mountains, always. Always.

 

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Yes, I made it... but 2/3rd of the fuel is spent and I am not even half way. There is a ver ystrong wind, It really tosses my crate around and flying level on average is about the best it can do. In the distance I can see the lights of Erzurum Airport. I have to land there to refuel. I have to fly at full power just to stay aloft and I have a lot of headwind.

 

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Landing here gives me an opportunity to taw the aircraft. Then again, I wonder how much good this will do in the long run. Still, I decide to press on. I mean, how much worse can it get?

 

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It can get *much* worse. And it even does so. I took off and soon was greeted with a cloud base reaching down in the valleys. But this is not the realy bad part, these clouds freeze me up at once. At tree top, temperatures are almost permissible and there is little (or: not so much) freezing. I climb 500 ft. more and the crate freezes over. Ther is no way I can do IFR. But how do you do VFR when you get about 100 - 200 m vision?

 

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Answer is easy, locomotion as nature intended, by car! State road D.100, from Iran via Istanbul to Bulgaria, this road is gonna be my saviour. I follow it from Erzincan westbound over the pass. It is a highway, I count on it being not to windy, enough to follow it by aircraft.

 

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In few instances, the clouds clear up a bit after sweating in almost zero vision this is like good weather.

 

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Sometimes I get tempted taking a wrong turn, but I manage to follow the highway. Straight is always the direction that keeps you on the main road.

 

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This is nothing but a ghost train. For half an hour or so I am skimming tree tops along the road.

 

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I am zooming over the pass, just to lose the road out of sight as it winds down the pass in tight serpentines. I lose sight of everything to to keep on running into tree tops that pop up from the fog.

 

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I lose all sense of direction, I can't read the whisky compass (it's pitch dark in there, they didn't model luminescence!!!) and the repeater compass is way off from the violent maneuvering. I just turn the aircarft around from shadows popping up in the grey. All I can do is keep the speed up.

 

I seriously can't believe I am still airborne at this time. It has been about an hour of flying finding the road and losing it out of sight before I am completely lost now. I have no idea how far and where I went and where and how I would look for the highway again. Total desorientation.

 

I give up. For some reason, the crate is not really frozen. I just level it, set it on auto pilot after I managed to set the repeater compass again and I know the direction I am going. I could run into a moutain any second. But I can't be fussed anymore. Yet I am still there. I take my chances and I keep flying low, knowing that more freezing will kill me 100%, as I have almost no alttude reserve. But down low, most scenery is above me and I will run into things. So, I have to choose between 100% death and 99% death.

 

I keep low. And I just keep flying on course.

 

Time passes.

 

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I chose wisely.

 

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Clouds open up and lift a bit. This still doesn't mend the freezing, I can barely keep her airborne at full power. Any bit more icing and that was it. Some small town. I try to triangulate but I get few stations. I must be west of Sivas.

 

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I keep on flying by the heading bug, going west until I receive Ankara. Anonther gram of ice and I will crash. There is the sun now, but my Cessna refuses to taw.

 

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It's getting evening and I am still alive. How unlikely. The crate is still iced, but it still flies somewhat. Finally I receice the beacons around Ankara. I dial in and annonce myself at LTAC tower.

 

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They assigned me RWY 21R. That's the small one without lights to the left. 21C and 21L both have ILS and lights. I use 21C ILS for approach and just switch runways in the final.

 

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Almost there. Frozen all the way. What a tunnel of horror.

 

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I park it behind the first shed I can find. I need a break. But how unlikely that this Hobbit made it that far.

 

My kids just asked me "Why do you do these kinds of long flights, nothing is happening, it's dull!" And there I was, sweating for hours. Combat flying they say is hours of boredom followed by short moments of terror. Well, that was terror for a good hour and a half. But I do know, in his place, I would have thought the same.

 

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So, where did I actually go? On my first leg, my meandering through the mountain range make it obvious that when calculating with 10% reserve, I would never make it to Ankara. From then on, it was ok until about half way.

 

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After my stoppover near Erzurum, theings obviously went south and I had to follow the D.100. From where the dashed line goes straight again, there I was lost and I was flying blind until I got to a bearing of about 270°. Before that, I didn't dare to change course from which I thought it would distance me from the mountains and so far kept me alive.

 

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Hit the road Jack... You can see I took some wrong turns.

 

I'm a lucky son-of-a-gun...

 

Greece!

 

 

 

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On 3/18/2021 at 1:03 PM, AndyJWest said:

@MonostripezebraI tried flying the Discus-2B out of Lukla. Not difficult, apart from the problem of starting on the flat part of the runway at the top. I soon figured out that I could set up Kinetic Assistant to give me a very slow 'winch launch' just far enough to get me onto the slope, so off I went. Not entirely successfully, since I'd not really got enough wind. And there aren't a lot of off-field landing spots available... 

 

 

i really like your trip pics.. the vulcan is looking georgious!

 

What I find even more cool is that the are working on the Albatross extension which would not only allow for glider races (I´d assume the name is a pun on condor, the soaring sim) but also air races in general.. that would be cool!

 

Meanwhile I fight with the problem of landing in Lukla without brakes.. that is kinda dicey.

 

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I flew another leg of my XCub world trip, Taiwan to Okinawa, last night. Lots of low cloud to start with, which I flew over after finding a way up through it. Worth doing, since I had the benefit of a 20-kt tailwind when I got there, along with a splendid view of the Yaeyama Islands' atolls just as the cloud cleared. This is probably one result of the work Asobo have done on water masks recently.

 

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22 hours ago, ZachariasX said:

 

 

My kids just asked me "Why do you do these kinds of long flights, nothing is happening, it's dull!" And there I was, sweating for hours. Combat flying they say is hours of boredom followed by short moments of terror. Well, that was terror for a good hour and a half. But I do know, in his place, I would have thought the same.

 

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So, where did I actually go? On my first leg, my meandering through the mountain range make it obvious that when calculating with 10% reserve, I would never make it to Ankara. From then on, it was ok until about half way.

 

1649518525_Screenshot(422).thumb.jpg.b0f11bec26fe5448769bfb4e9324f01e.jpg

 

After my stoppover near Erzurum, theings obviously went south and I had to follow the D.100. From where the dashed line goes straight again, there I was lost and I was flying blind until I got to a bearing of about 270°. Before that, I didn't dare to change course from which I thought it would distance me from the mountains and so far kept me alive.

 

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Hit the road Jack... You can see I took some wrong turns.

 

I'm a lucky son-of-a-gun...

 

Greece!

 

 

 

What do you use to get your route planning?

 

 

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After Entebbe it was off to Kigali. Just had my lunch hour for this so hopped into the CJ4 and after the Spitfire it's nice to be able to sit back with an AP and just fiddle with buttons. Flew down over Bugala Island in the northwestern edge of Lake Victoria and then straight on down to Kigali. 

 

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After Kigali it was a short hop down to Bujumbura on the northern shore of Lake Tanganyika which is the 2nd largest lake in the world by volume. Tried out the new Piper Arrow III which was a great little buy. 

 

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After that it was due north to Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The plan was to head straight up over the Nyungwe Forest National Park and then down over Lake Kivu until I hit Goma. The weather around Bujumbura was a bit shaky as I was taking off.

 

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And it got progressively worse as I started flying over the National Park to the point where I could hardly see a thing - at one point a ridge loomed up and I just managed to haul the plane over some trees to the sound of scraping leaves against the bottom of the plane. So decided to divert west to hit the shores of Lake Kivu as quickly as possible where it cleared up a bit and I was able to skim along over the water with decent visibility.

 

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It got socked in again though as I got near to Goma but the trusty Garmin 530 was able to get me close enough to eventually see the airport as I flew over it at 500' and was then able to circle around and come in for a landing and a beer.

 

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Downloaded and installed patch 1.14.6.0 this morning.

 

Very nice performance upgrade on my system.  Very smooth indeed and I've been able to increase some visual quality settings too.:biggrin: 

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