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Who woud've guessed MSFS would be the first of the modern sims to actually get a good quality Corsair 😂 Looks like a solid addon aircraft!



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Corsair sure looks nice. I'm a bit reluctant to buy warbirds for MSFS though, just because I'll likely find the lack of dakka-dakka dakka-dakka kaboom frustrating. And a Corsair really needs an authentic carrier with realistic wire trapping physics to do it justice.

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100% getting this. Was always one of my favourite planes as a kid and I've been waiting years for it to arrive to a modern sim. If nothing else it'll tide me over until it arrives to DCS at some point this decade.

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21 hours ago, AndyJWest said:

Corsair sure looks nice. I'm a bit reluctant to buy warbirds for MSFS though, just because I'll likely find the lack of dakka-dakka dakka-dakka kaboom frustrating. And a Corsair really needs an authentic carrier with realistic wire trapping physics to do it justice.

I agree it should have a carrier, but my thinking is different. As I see this, we have Spitfire in all cfs known to men , but it is 20 years since we got a Corsair  none real ones operate from carrier today. This is why I buy this and not the Spit. For some vintage flying in the modern world. 

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Sorry for the OT question. Anybody having trouble taking screenshots since this latest update? I have a GeForce RTX 2080 GPU and for some odd reason after the latest MSFS update when I try to take a screenshot using GeForce's default [PrtScn] key the saved png file is black. I've checked in MSFS and there is nothing assigned to the key. I'm not having issues with anything but MSFS. GeForce experience records tracks just fine. 


This image was taken in cockpit...during daylight east of Spokane Washington...trust me. 😎



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16 hours ago, ZachariasX said:

I just use Win + PrtScn. That works.


That's fine if you are only using a single monitor. With more, you get a screenshot of all of them, rather than just the active one, which is usually what you want when screenshotting a game.


@busdriver Screenshots via the NVidia software seem to be working for me (2080 Ti) after the update. THe only issue I have is that for some reason it saves the screenshots to either Videos/Microsoft Flight Simulator or Videos/Desktop, rather than to the Creenshots folder, but it has always done that with MSFS for some reason.

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So... next leg on my around the world trip is to from Ankara to Greece, LGHL to be precise. Google has the airfield Porto Kheli Alexion pixellated, but at least it exists as a community addon. It is a nicely situated airfield. One shouldn't hide it. from then on to Bari, Italy.


This is the one where I could finally leave this darn freezer clouds behind me.




In terms of flying distance, it looks ok. I should even be able to extend the flight path a bit south for making a pass at Santorini.




The weather doesn't look all too bad this time, less of those evil frozen clouds.




I take off and fly over Ankara downtown. Definitely a big city, but one can see most of it grew very recently.




The clouds are sill awful as ever, you get near and your plane freezes with little hope of it tawing again. also somehow I think I am rather slow.




Near Afyonkarahisar, I decide to climb above the clouds, I might make it through this ceiling without freezing up.




That was a good call. I doubt I would have made it far underneath these clouds.




Arriving near the coast, it is clearing up. Bodrum Airport is just ahead to the left. It is also getting late though, I didn't really check the time when I departed.




Kos. Has been a while since I was here last time. The airport is just underneath my left wing.




Astypalaia. On toward Santorini.




Sunset at Santorini. I am passing over the airport and fly up the western coast. The remains of one of the most impressive volcanoes. The Minoan eruption destroyed an entire civilization.




One just has to visit here.




After all this foul weather a beautiful sunset. Yet over the sea it can get very dark very quickly and I am running on fumes. I tune in to Milos for firection.




I use the "From" radial from Milos to direct me through the darkness to LGHL. This way I have a distance indicator and I should know when I'm there, as there is no beacon present at my destination.




It is easy to spot the light of the airfield. As suggested by Windy, I make for an easterly appproach. No way, I just get blown off course. Something is rotten here. The radio is no help as it does not have an ATIS. I eventually go for a westward approach and all works out. I must have done tailwind approaches before.




Found the tower. Well hidden when sitting on the runway.




After takeoff I had to deviate a bit from course in order to stay well below the clouds. But once I reached Bodrum, that trouble was behind me. Also those Islands are well covered with beacons, making navigation easy.




Landing at Porto Cheli took a bit more gymnastics than anticipated. Thise bloody islands have some windy corners...




The next morning, I decided to venture on, to Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport (LIBD).


This is the one you could easily do in reality if it was not for just one thing.




That is my planned route. I just gotta do some sightseeing in Athens.




Off I go. Another one of there "airports on a cliff next to the sea".




Rather scenic. On towards Athens.




A huge city. But there's something specific I am looking for.




Rather hard to hide. but they really made it nicely. Once we have a world update for greece, there must be ton of incredible POI's in these whereabouts.




Going North West, I have to cross a mountain range, the Agrafa. But in fair weather not really a problem.




Corfu. For your eyes only, of course. I should have brought a 2CV. Maybe Andy has one that flies.




Crossing the Adriatic Sea I arrive in Lecce, Italy. Nobody races in circles better than the guys at Nardò.




Taranto. I forgot my stringbag.




One of the all time best pilot books of WW2. If there is ever a book that comes close to "The Big Show" in terms of drama and entertainment, then it is this one. With the upside of it being rather exact (as opposed to Pierres artistic writer liberties) in recounting as well as being often a very funny read. Only the English can write in such a way. I have no idea why this book so rarely mentioned. I have many books, but if I had to pick one to stand for all of the pilot stories, it is either this or The Big Show.




In the meantime, I arrived on approach to Bari. I announce myself for landing, but the give me a "Negative, IFR only!". Same as I Dehli. Well, I am flying an ILS approach, don't I? Alora eccomi!




Made it. Awful crosswinds. I must say, it is so relaxing flying in a place where the scenery is not outwardly there to kill you. It's just nice flying here.




I took a little detour to inspect Taranto harbor. It is nice having a relaxing scenic flight.


Next will be the way home, via Pisa to Birrfeld, Switzerland, where I started my journey. From Rome on, the area becomes very familiar and the utter lack of VOR's is of no concern. It is kind of amazing. When you fly around the world, the numbers type of beacons present tell you much about how evolved the aviation scene is. On the backside of the world, you have some NDB's, maybe some VOR. Then when the areas get more populated, you get more VOR stations and less NDB. As soon as you cross into Europe, they tore out most antennas as everyone seems to be flying by GPS.


I like the old way of navigating.

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9 hours ago, AndyJWest said:

@busdriver Screenshots via the NVidia software seem to be working for me (2080 Ti) after the update. THe only issue I have is that for some reason it saves the screenshots to either Videos/Microsoft Flight Simulator or Videos/Desktop, rather than to the Creenshots folder, but it has always done that with MSFS for some reason.


Thanks...it started working for me after I fat fingered [Win] + [PrtScn]. Meaning I saw the NVidia message flash in the upper right corner (normal behavior) after fumbling. And yes, oddly NVidia screenshots show up in the Videos folder.


Just had an entertaining mountain hop in the O-1 Birddog. Got ForeFlight on my iPad Mini paired to MSFS.




The terrain map of North America in MSFS is superb, I got intermittent 500 foot warning whilst staying out of the clouds and rocks.




The straight line flight was only 23 minutes with a tailwind. Actual time was 47 minutes. The FM for all the taildraggers I've tried is a bit off in regards to crosswind landings. But a professional never blames his tools.


@ZachariasX I agree that Charles Lamb's book is excellent.


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I fancied a bit of live-weather ridge soaring this morning. Took a bit of time to find a good spot on Windy.com, as most of my regular haunts from XPlane seemed to either have no wind, wind in the wrong direction, or too much cloud. Thought I'd give this a go - it should be familiar from IL-2 GB and DCS.

It's a bit more built-up since the 1940s.


This ridge was producing good lift, but it doesn't go that far either way, and the ridge behind, which looked a reasonable prospect from a distance, turned out not to be working well at all. It is less sharply defined (erosion due to it being older I'd guess) and there just wasn't enough wind for it to work.


Spoilers out, wheel down, heading back to where I started after trying to find lift over the cliffs. Some there, but very local, and not much use. A bit frustrating, as I got little higher than where I'd started from the whole flight - with a magic invisible-winch ride up to 4,700 ft or so over the sea.


I'd no doubt have done better further east, where the mountains come down to the coast, but there was more cloud there, and I've already learned the hazards of flying this thing into cloud when it's below freezing. The ASI isn't essential, but I'd rather have it working just the same.

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This brings back memories of the FSX Tutorials -- in of them you would be in a DG-808s, soaring near Reno and Lake Tahoe, Nevada; learning about thermals, ridge lift, and wave lift. That got me interested in gliders. There was another mission in the Deluxe Edition where one would soar over Austria. Those mountains and valleys sure looked impressive, and would look even more impressive in MSFS 2020.


I'm hoping that by the middle of May I'll have this game and enjoy all of these sights (to be fair, I got the game last Christmas but because my graphics card was slightly out of date for this game, or something else, but anyway flying a plane was like driving a car with a sticky steering wheel. Also, the graphics card I needed wouldn't be out until the end of January, but by then I would not be available, so I refunded the game).







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So... this is the first part of last leg, from Bari via Pisa San Giusto (LIRP) back home to Birrfeld (LSZF) where I took off from two aircraft ago in direction to Biggin Hill.


This is the last one, but in two parts. The second part of the trip in memoriam of HB-HOT.




The plan is to go there via Naples, up the Amalfi coast to Rome. From there further up the coast past Grossetto and Elba, then up the Maremma coast passing Livorno to Pisa. I am venturing now in regions very familiar to me.




The weather is ok and the scenery familiar enough to mainly fly by the heading bug westward, taking the localizers just for entertainment.




It doesn't take long and I cross the Apennines far enough to get a glimpse of the Gulf of Salerno.




Having past Salero, I fly along the coast of the peninsula to Sorrento at the tip. It is already getting dark. 40 years ago, in these whereabouts it could have gotten dark like inside a cow. Not today anymore. With this weather it is easy to navigate at night.




Over Naples, looking back at the Vesuvio and Pompei in the picture just below the aircraft.




I reach the eternal city at nightfall.




Past Grosseto, I proceed up the Maremma coast, a popular holiday destibnation and one of Italies premier wine regions. Flying over the sea direction north, you can see the lights of the Strada Statale 1 Via Aurelia. What looks line piers into the sea are in fact two of the resort towns in on the beach, the lower Marina di Castagneto Carducci and Bibbona beting th one ahead. The beach is all dark as it is covered by forrest plantation that spans from Livorno to Grosseto, from where the tree coverage gets more scarce.




Arriving over Livorno. Pisa San Giusto is below the wheels of the aircraft.




An easy flight.


Next day, part one of the final stint, from San Giustpo to Birrfeld.




After having another look at the vine region around Bolgheri, I will proceed along a route you'd take by car or train to Milan. From there I will proceed to Locarno where HB-HOT took off for her last flight, then following her flight path, absent some pilot supidities. From there via Zurich to Birrfeld.




After takeoff, a short detour over downtown Pisa, right next to the airport. It's about 10 min by car. As it was night when I arrived, I make anoher short pass the the wine region just south of Livorno.




For this, just follow the E80 Highway that is an elevated highway over all these fields. I suppose the farmers would have killed the workers had they cut the fields in half. Here, at Collesalvetti is the intersection with the highway to Florence, the FiPiLi, as they would call it here (the SGC Firenze - Pisa - Livorno). An hour ten minutes to Florence by car from here. I follow the E80 south (to the right).




You follow the new E80 highway, it leads you through poster book Tuscany. The sim delivers a rather bland redition of the true looks.




Going some 20 km south, I turn back north over Castagneto Carducci. Everything below the aircraft left oth the town on the hill (C.C.) should either be wineyards or olive trees. From here...




to Bolgheri. You can see that straight road to the sea, the Strada Provinciale Bolgherese or the Viale dei Cipressi how they call her. Teh longsest Cypress alley in the world, they say, some 5 kilometers, all straight to the via Aurelia (a roman road of course, that is why it is still usable). Trees are mosty planted here some 200 years ago, both the cypresses and the Pineta, the pine forest along the coast. There's some regret about neglecting maintenance i.e keep on planting new trees. Then again, moving their arse is not an alternative. The road leads to the Tenuta San Guido down at the Aurelia. if you are into wine, you know it. Almost all of this land (and a seizable part of Tuscany belonged to one single well known family. Everybody needs cash at some point, hence possession fragmented a bit.


But enough of that, now, on homeward.




This leads me all the way up the coast toward La Spezia. I am passing Massa here, with the white marble mountains of Carrara in the background.




At La Spazia, I turn north passing the harbor. This will lead me across the Passo della Cisa to cross the Apeninnes. Not very high, the highway passing it has some spectacural bridges. (And I remember a lot of the most dreadful accidents happening there when the Highway was more of a windy road.) they also built a railroad tunnel there through the Apeninnes, and while it is not all contingeus, IIRC is is some 70 km tunnel! The high speed train is extremely efficient now and if they operate, then its usually better than taking the plane. And much faster than the car. (You can't really speed anymore in these parts. This is a good thing, trust me!)




I climb as hard as I can just to make sure, now passing Aulla. All these vilages over the pass were gradually abandonned in the last century, but from 2000 on and with the highway built, any hipster with money could afford his own town and be in commuting distance to La Spezia. It looks different now than in 1980's.




Crossing the pass brings me to Parma. From here, I can follow the Autostrada del Sole, the A1, to Milan in direction north west.




Piacenza, roughly halfway to Milan from Parma. Crossing the river Po from Emilia-Romagna into Lombardy.




Milan. I think this is way too clear of a weather here. usually you have not only smog but also humidity that put up a considerable haze.


Now I need to make a short break, as I seem to exceed my upload quota. Crossing into Switzerland after passing Como is next.



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7 hours ago, AndyJWest said:

Thought I'd try ridge soaring on the Rock of Gibralter today, as the weather looked good. The launch didn't go exactly as planned...



Eventualities, "If I have a launch failure for any reason I will land ahead, unless there's a mahoosive rockface I might make it to" :)

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7 hours ago, AndyJWest said:

Thought I'd try ridge soaring on the Rock of Gibralter today, as the weather looked good. T

That is one fantastic updraft. Up to 6 ms. On the back side -6 then... While I do think it is probably an optimistic reditition of how you can sail there, it is plausible and I am extremely happy with MSFS providing this. It is a huge component of flying in the mountains that... your engine just is not enough if you venture in bad places. On the other hand, you can use it to achieve what is not possible otherwise. I guess I will delete FSX and P3D from my rig. Although they are still home to my Accusim fleet, when weather is just shaking and horizontal displacement of the aircraft is just... boring. Despite occasional good looks and stellar 3rd party addons, there is just no way around the fact that this is a thing of the past. As much fun as we had with it.


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4 hours ago, Hoots said:


Eventualities, "If I have a launch failure for any reason I will land ahead, unless there's a mahoosive rockface I might make it to" :)




By the time I'd figured out what had happened, and avoided face-planting the runway, it was probably too late to land ahead. This thing is slippery, and takes some stopping, even with spoilers out. I'd got a lot of energy, and if the lift wasn't there, there was a bit of flat ground below the corner of the rock. And if that didn't work, I had the option of deleting the video and pretending it didn't happen. 🤐

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11 hours ago, Hoots said:

Eventualities, "If I have a launch failure for any reason I will land ahead, unless there's a mahoosive rockface I might make it to"


Kinda waiting for the "monkeys throwing rocks at you" DLC.

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Second half of my last leg. This is the last one, so i'll ad some more comments. It is of note that this writeup is a tremendous collection of mostly useless knowledge. You have been warned.


Now the route: From the Swiss border to Locarno and from there following HB-HOT's course to the Segnes pass, maintaining speed and altitude, then make it for Zurich and Birrfeld (LSZF):




Currently, I am on route just above the VOR SRN(H)n north of Milano.




I am heading north east now, Lake Como being just visible behind that ridge on the picture just below the aircraft. Como is on the right side behind that hill and the Swiss bordertown Chiasso is on the left side behind that hill.




Como. [ˈkoːmo] as they call it. A beautiful town. It is easy to go there, as one of Europes main north-south traffic arteries passes the town, you can see it just next to the rudder of the plane. If you are a Bond villain, having your estate on the shores of lake Como is fashionable. It also served as StarWars prop.




Crossing into Switzerland now, just above the bordertown of Chiasso. It is a slightly shady town (my own accusation) with a huge rail station that has to deal with a big chunk of Europes traffic. It is also home of maybe the largest trading place for gold. They have a very particular sense of humor in that business. For instance by selling "pre-owned" gold. To me it sounds like the sick reference to someones tooth fillings.


But I guess bodertowns worldwide share some idiosyncratic properties, Chiasso being no exception. I never stopped there longer than for rolling down the window and declaring "nothing". Yet, many, many stop there as a sizable chunk of the workforce in surrounding Italy comes to work in Switzerland, producing a traffic jam every morning and evening to an extent that we otherwise require the help of millions of Germans, Dutch, Belgians etc. during holiday season. Narurally, locals are miffed by the people who staff their hospitals and restarurants to create such a traffic misery. Public cross border transport has increased such that the Italians, much to their dismay, found it impossible to "make the border a bit difficult" if they feel they want to motivate the Swiss for favors, something that usually worked well. But now it is their own people that come with pitchforks and torches if that happens.




Passing Coldrerio (last gas station on the Autobahn before you can expect them putting dirty water in your tank when going south) and Mendrisio (just below the aircraft) I arrive at the lake Lugano.




As I get above lake Lugano, you can see both the Autobahn and the railway on the right side of the lake that eventally cross the lake on a dam at Melide. You mess with this dam, the only viable way to Italy from Germany is via the Brenner pass in Austria or the Mont Blanc tunnel in France.


The mountain on the left side of the lake is very special, that is Monte San Giorgio, one of Europes primary fossil excavation sites. The city of Lugano is on the far side of the lake.




Lugano. The airport is on the left in the flat area between the two ponds.  Now to another peculiarity of the Swiss Canton of Ticino. The Canton being a state, like in the US (we copied that constitution while doing some rephrasing to keep things small; e.g. a president we cut in 7 to make sure that pieces stay small) it is also a somewhat divided state. No state is too small from being barred of such idiocy. But here, the culpit is the Ceneri pass. It is the gap where you see the white Alps just above the airplane.


The Ceneri divides the Ticion in two, the Sottoceneri ("below Ceneri") where I am currently, and the Sporaceneri ("above Ceneri"). Both of which think of the others as idiots in a wider sense, The Sottoceneri being all criminal Italians, as this is where draw most of their culture (you will notice this in restaurants as well, In Locarno they will be more organized like you find them in Zurich, in Lugano the restaurants are Italian style) and the other being just boring square northern troglodytes.




As I cross the Ceneri, you can see the Autobahn and part of the railroad tracks. Recently, the infrastructure project of a century, the NEAT, ("new railway alp transversal") was completed by providing base tunnels for both the Gotthard pass and the Ceneri. That was not just some 57 km and 15 km tunnel respectively, it provides a flat trajectory for the trains. If there is one thing a train can't do, that is go up a slope. It is relatively easy to make a train go fast, but make it tow cargo up a slope is a truly different animal. There are for instance portions of the new high speed tracks for the French TGV from Mulhouse to Paris, where the sections are too steep for the train to depart. It requires the train to go fast and use his momentum to go uphill. If it would stop on that part, it would have to backtrack towards Switzerland. The old track and tunnel across the othard and over the Ceneri are rather steep and it required rather particular locomotives to do the job, the most prominent one being the Ce 6/8, known as the Crocdile. But it goes only 80 km/h at best and like most heavy vintage locomotives, they destroy your tracks.


Today, It's 200 km/h on most of the railroad route from Zurich to Chiasso. Still, some public fund abuse happened. Of course. They bought locomotives that can do 250 km/h. They just wanted that, because in principle on the new tracks you can go that fast. The problem is that the infrastructure department of the Swiss Federal Railway vetoed against going that fast, as it would casuse problems with synchronizing such speeds on a tight schedule with the much slower freight trains that go about 160 km/h maximum. And they just wouldn't have those tracks idle just because of some nervous idiots. Now, making a train that can go 250 km/h instead of 200 km/h is like making an aircraft that can go 1200 km/h instead of 800 km/h 8and that eventually only goes 800 km/h) and you pay for it. There is a barrier at this speed that forces you to rethink your entire design. This hurts especially bad as every train under the sun is made to measure, you just cannot buy them off the ramp as a car. Even all the railroad campanies that operate on the very same tracks in Switzerland operate different trains and waggons and they even differ in size, they being just centimeters at times.


Many thought is was irresponsible of spending billions and tow decades of work on such an enterprise, because what good are trains when the tracks would end somewhere in the dirt one step across the border into Italy. Truth is that despite some troubles, the Italians not only (mostly) kept their end of the bargain but on top of that put a high speed train into operation, the Frecciarossa. Meanwhile in Germany... There is this old joke of what happens when the communists conquer the Sahara. Answer is: Nothing for ten years, then sand is getting scarce. The Germans on the other hand... After ten years of thorough mismanagement of tze Deutsche Bahn and ten years of constant deficit, they increase the board's salary. Nuff said.




Crossing the pass I arrive in the Sopraceneri, the lake Maggiore being just visible on the far left. The airfield of Locarno (not to be confused with Lugano, that's the others, as said) is barely visible just next to the lake with snowy runways, just at the edge where thing get green again. From there, HB-HOT started her last journey.




After departing west over the lake, they flew direction Bellinzona, from there the Leventina Valley that rises (as the name suggests) all the way up toward the Gotthard pass. They followed the Leventine up to Biasca.




Passing Bellinzona (just underneath the aircraft) and looking back down the valley to lake Maggiore, the "big lake". Bellizona is your typical highwayman-meets-bordertown settlement. It is evident the way it is situated, it controls all valley that cross the Alps in the single bottleneck junction the local geography provides. What did they do? Built three castles and a wall asking for cash whoever wanted to go through. This worked fine until they sufficiently p*ssed off people long enough and eventualy got burned into the ground. A raid of 600 (!) Swiss soldiers/mercenaries/brutes did that to 10'000 Milanese troops. Walls however have some sweet and cozy home in a wide variety of of human pathologies, hence it was kind of kept. A wall works both ways after all. The main castle, Castelgrande, is resored by the local architect Mario Botta and transformed it into an archtiectual gem.


Today, the Gotthard base Tunnel exits just north of Bellinzona. You can cross the Alps from Zurich to Bellinzona in 1 h 39 min.




Going north, HB-HOT didn't follow up the Leventina Valley (left) all the way as mentioned above, but turned right into the Blenio valley at the town of Biasca. If you want to drive home after summer holiday, it might be that the traffic from the Gotthard highway tunnel reaches all the way down here. Unless you caought Malaria, that is probably the low point of your vacation then.


As for HB-HOT, the idea was not going toward Lucere, but toward the Segnes pass in the Grisons to show off the "Martinsloch" or "Martins hole", a hole in the rock formation along the mountain crest next to the Segnes.




Going up Blenio valley will lead you to the Greina pass. It is not just a pass, but (now covered in snow, it is about 7'500 ft.) also an alluvial site of national importace. It is a plateau of unique biological diversity. If you like hiking, it is can make for one of the most fantastic tours you can do in the Alps. It was "discovered" when local power companies looked for further places to flood, making it a reservoir and turbine electricity from. It was in high risk of being flooded for decades until enviromentalists had their way. This because local municipalities do like a nice environment but do need the money from powercompanies as well. Eventually, the municipalities were compensated with the "Landschaftsrappen", a tax on power companies that requires them to pay municipalities anyway, regardles whether they flood and dam places or not. Hence municiplaities were not too keen anymore alienating other stakeholders and no grants were issued to power companies to build dams.




Passing the Plaun la Greina as it is called in the local language Romansh, I arrive in the upper Rhine valley in the Canton of Grisons. The highest mountain on the horizon, just above the cabin of the aircraft, is the Tödi, the highest mountain in the Alps of the neighboring Canton Glarus. You can see it well from Zurich on clear days.




Turning into the upper Rhine valley, I am officially on the northern side of the Alps. The valley extends all the way east towards Chur on the far side, the capital of the Grisons. I will now appoach the ridge of the northern flank of the valley, turning north east.




Looking down from here, I can see Brigels, a resort town and was home to a military light AAA firing range for our mosquito inseminators, the 20 mm Oerlikons. (Disbanded some 20 years ago). There was a huge platform on that little ridge just next to the town.




They would fire up in this valley just in front of the aircraft up the Kisten Pass (or: "Kastenpiss" to the commom soldier). Target tug planes would zoom down that valley, hoping that the rope of the bag  is longer than your average idiot's aiming scatter. This was not always the case, of course. And that was then the difference between the target tug losing the bag and making a pass over the platform or just losing the bag and diving away. The fist case hapens like once in two weeks of everybody trying and you get home leave and lots of hooray!! if successful; the later case just makes a lot of people very, very angry and lots of papers will have to be filed. The target tug will cut the rope to flee when he sees tracers around him of gets hit.


Oh well. Good to leave all of that behind in every way.




A couple of kilometers further, I arrive over the next ski arena, Flims. Normally, this place schould be littered with paragliders. Just dreadful. But there's lots of other traffic as it is one of the prominent places where you cross the Alps. Circling just over the ridge to the left I well remember a formation of Tigers passing, the leader passing me to the left and the wingmen to the right. I have never been closer to someone piloting an F-5 than at that very moment and I am sure he made the same face under his mask that I made. Airprox back then was when you hit something.


The crest right ahead is Piz Segnas and the idea is to cross the Segnes pass right in front of that. I am approaching like the Ju-52 that time from the wrong side. You can see the valley closing up with the thehighest part right in the way of an exit turn.




Before making the left turn, I will pass along the ridge. Looking at Andys video above, you know what that can mean when the wind is from nortwest (as it is most common). Now there is almost no wind and it is very cold, my conditions are not bad and as long as I can mainatin elevated speeds to make whatever turn, I should be fine.




I am coming in with high reserve and speed up to the end of the green arc. Yet even then I will not be safely able to exit once I am inside this bowl with the Segnas peak to the right to make it across. 


The scenere here is very bland. In the last seconds of their lives, the passengers got at least to proper view of the real thing.




Taken from a passengers mobile phone camera. You can see the hole in the crest and the little gap next to it where the pilot aims for. It is also evident how much nose up attitude there is, as the pilot had throttled back to make a slow, descending pass next to the "Martinsloch". The left turn inevitably brought him im proximity to the Piz Segnes and from a downwind zone next to the crest to the left into a considerable updraft of the Segnas flank to the right. This with a tailheavy, now slow flying aircraft.




The now well known result. The updraft made the AoA exceed maximum and the plane at one stalled over the inner, slower wing with zero chance of survival.




If you are fast and descensding and still have reserve, then you can play with a mountain crest. But it is still a bold move.




Past the ridge I arrive over Elm, a drastically unerapreciated ski resort on the mountains opposite, the town of Elm just underneath. This is the end of the Sernftal or Kleintal, the appendix to the left being an artillery range. A convenient one, as it is not one of those that from where weekend warriors are occasionally shelling Italy by grace of alternative understanging of geography.




As I fly down the valley, I arrive where it joins the valley of Linth river, over Glarus (just underneath the aircraft). To the left is the towns landmark mountain, the Glärnisch. almost 3000 meters in height. The military airfield Mollis (and the town) are just at the right wingtip on the picture. In terms of topography, these moutains are a convenient entry for glider pilots on their way to the high Alps.


Some more absolutely useless knowledge: While it might seem a remote area (for Swiss standards), the town of Näfels (just above the right wingtip) was the site of a battle 700 years ago between Glarus along with their allied Old Swiss Confederation against the Habsburgs, where the latter got his again. As losses were (Wiki) some 79 to ~1'700, which gave the Swiss considerable leverage in the following negotiations and just get lost! became an acceptable solution for the Austrians. The victory of this battle is still commemorated (somewhat) each year by a pilgrimage to the site of the battle, the Näfelser Fahrt.

I should add that today, Näfels hosts the one and only factory of confetti in the whole of Switzerland. It also has a nice shop for model trains if that is your thing.




Pressing on to the Swiss Plateau, leaving the Alps behind. Just right of the plane is the Linth valley. Some 150 years ago it was malaria infested swamp. At that point, local people were generally sick and poor and the smart ones emigrated to the USA. But the remaining folks did the reasonable thing of draining the swamp and turning it into agricultural land. It is also now home of one of the premier airfields for glider pilots, Schänis (LSZX).


Just above the plane is lake Zurich. To the far left you can see the Sihlsee or "lake Sihl", a dammed lake that is one of the main power sources for the Swiss Federal Railways. This being the main reason why we have 16.6 Hz AC current for the trains. When they stared elecrifying the tracks, 1000 rpm was the max. specification to which they could build turbines for hydro plants. Most of the national railroad system is run on water power.




I tune in the VOR of Zurich airport and arrive there soon after. To the bottom right, Dübendorf military airfield, where HB-HOT should have arrived. ZRH just ahead, Zurich with the city center on top of the lake, by now extending all the way to ZRH and Dübendorf.




Finding Birrfeld is easy in a world where I can ignore Zurich center. Just take the outbound radial from ZRH at 264° and this brings me the the main Autobahn forking past the town of Baden, residing in our nuclear Canton of Aargau and thus home of prominent nuclear power plants. Kind of like our own Nevada. The airfield is just right where the Autobahn splits in direction Bern (left) or Basel (right).




I make an approach like a pig, but in such nice weather that works.




There I am, just where I started. A long time and two aircraft ago. One taken by Chinese and the other by my own (direct) stupidity.




A long voyage, and I must say such fun how I never had with a civ flight sime before. I have had them almost all in most iterations. But this, while not perfect, is a whole new level.


The best flying? Italy, Switzerland, the USA. The worst? Greenland, Turkey, the Aleutian islands, that order. Afganistan was rather eerie and more of a challenge than I imagined. I also learned that mountain ranges are like the Spanish Inquisition. The worst appear where you least expect them.


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32 minutes ago, Bremspropeller said:


Kinda waiting for the "monkeys throwing rocks at you" DLC.



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Excellent write-up on you final leg, ZachariasX. 👍 Any sort of ball-park figure for how far your tour was in total?


My world tour is on hold for now, as I'm in Japan and can't really go much farther north until it warms up a bit. I want to get across the dreaded Aleutians as soon as I can, but in an XCub with no anti-ice, I've got to be sensible.


Did a bit of mountain flying myself today, gliding in the Caucasus. Started off in live weather, but MSFS disagreed with windy.com, leaving me two knots to play with, which clearly wasn't going to work. A bit of fiddling with custom settings gave me 7 kt at ground level, from the SE (which is what windy.com said was happening) increasing to 20 kt at 20,000 ft. Which I intended to use...


I set off from Mestia Airport (UGME), Georgia. Very pretty and alpine-looking. The wind veers about a fair bit, but climbing out of the first valley isn't too hard.


Onward and upward. Glaciers!


My target in sight. Mount Elbrus, Europe's tallest peak, all 18,510 ft of it. Sadly, even at this distance I can see that MSFS has had trouble rendering parts of it. Probably down to a lack of good cloud-free satellite imagery. The altimeter is misleading, since it doesn't have a 10,000 ft needle.


Getting higher takes more and more effort, as the terrain refuses to cooperate. There is lift, but it is patchy and unpredictable. Even with Kinetic Assistant's useful wind direction indicator on my second monitor, I won't really know if a ridge will work until I try it.


Made it! Elbrus looks bad due to the blank patch, but the view from up here is spectacular otherwise. 


Looking back towards Georgia.


I decide to go north further into Russia to land, rather than heading back to where I started - the airport there was ok to start from, but it's in a valley, and I'd either have to land downwind, or do some tricky low-level turns in potential downdrafts. I've got 40 nm to go, but if I push the nose down, it won't take long, and I've got plenty of altitude to play with. Engage bee-line mode!


My destination, Krasnyy Kurgan Airport (ULRH). A nice big grass strip - just don't collide with the multi-story building MSFS has decided sits right next to the approach. 🙄





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On 3/27/2021 at 12:50 PM, AndyJWest said:

Corsair sure looks nice. I'm a bit reluctant to buy warbirds for MSFS though, just because I'll likely find the lack of dakka-dakka dakka-dakka kaboom frustrating. And a Corsair really needs an authentic carrier with realistic wire trapping physics to do it justice.


Aye - I feel much the same way - especially after watching the ED Corsair demo.

I'm fairly certain I'll burn a fairly significant amount of time with it when it comes out, even if taking off/landing on a carrier, and shooting some ground targets is all I can do with it for a while.

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17 hours ago, Tektolnes said:

Corsair is now officially out: FG-1D Corsair for MSFS2020 (milviz.com)


Bought and installed so will give it a go later tonight.


Okay, awaiting a review 👍.

The forty bucks price point versus the limitations of the MSFS flight model makes me think I’ll have a spot of buyers remorse with this one at the moment.

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On 4/2/2021 at 1:40 PM, DD_Arthur said:

Okay, awaiting a review


Just had one short flight so far but seems like a solid add on to me. The exterior model looks good. Cockpit textures are generally very nice and seems like pretty much everything in the cockpit is clickable.


Take off is a bit of a handful but not too bad once you trim it up right beforehand. Landing is fairly straightforward once you come in right. Engine sounds good to me but I'm no expert so can't say how well it matches up to the real one. General flight seems pretty sensitive - I had a bit of a hard time trimming it out for level flight. Throwing it around in a bit of aerobatics required some work to get it done. Definitely a bit more of a handful than the Spitfire that was released recently. The engine management is more involved too than the Spitfire as you have manage your temps or the engine will blow. 


So all in all I'd say it's worth it quality wise but like you I wonder how much I'll actually end up flying it. 

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Engine management? Unnecessary distraction. 😛


This view may seem familiar to DCS players.



At a pinch I might have been able to fly to Iran. I got up to 11,500 ft. Safer to just head back, and do some aerobatics to use up all that height.


Not the best terrain for soaring. Rather bumpy up there.


This was live weather, but time shifted because it was getting dark. There's a hefty blow coming down the strait from the west, and no cloud. May stay that way for another day or two, if anyone else wants to give it a try.

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Has anybody else had the problem of the keyboard stopping to work in mid-game?


Nevermind, I had set the keyboard to "default"...

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1 hour ago, Bremspropeller said:

Has anybody else had the problem of the keyboard stopping to work in mid-game?


Nevermind, I had set the keyboard to "default"...


Thank you for contacting Microsoft Tech Support, we're not happy until you're not happy. "Pour le français, appuyez sur l'étoile suivante, le signe dièse, le point d'exclamation, neuf ... Merci."

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Lost planes after last update. They are in the content manager as uninstalled. And update 0mb until I restart the game , then I can dl it again. But still say uninstalled. It is bought modules like the L 19. Yet I have the Bleriot. In the markedplaced it say I own them. And they worked before

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8 hours ago, LuseKofte said:

Lost planes after last update.

That is odd. And by clicking on it in the module manager, it will not download?


I bought the Blériot as well. Gave up resisting. So far, I have been flying mostly with the Gnome powered one and I must say it is very pilot friendly implemented. But I love it. Still I'm trying to get the best out of the engine, as I intend to follow Oskar Biders flights.


I guess I need to cheat first in getting the HUD gauges on to have an idea which mixture setting works the best. There is no audible effect on the engine. It either runs and makes a certain sound, or it idles/cuts. But there is no feedback from any intermediate mixture setting. Anyone has some more insight on that?




Getting at max. altitude for making a crossing at the Jungfraujoch (the three mountains in the back, Eiger, Mönch, Jungfrau; I'm aiming for the gap between the middle one and the right one) makes best use of the mixture lever paramount I guess.




So far, I made it up to 3000 m departing with 80 kg of pilot (I get a sense that a pilot >70 kg is overweight for the plane) and about 95% fuel to make for max. T/O weight. I should reach Domodossola after all. 3000 m is still some 400 m short of what I should have in minimum, better 500 m. (I'd still be way too low for safe passage, but in the sim you can take the risk.) The Jungfraujoch is is just inside this small cloud.


The alpine mesh of MSFS leaves much to be desired at this point. I hope in a future world update, ASOBO takes the chance and shows what they can do. Swisstopo, the government agency for surveying just released ALL maps for free, this means that all exact maps of the country that were taken in the last 150 years or so are freely available in any resolution. Thus, you not just have it down to ecvery single house in vector, but also you have maps and aerial images covering the whole of the country going back to the early 1930's. These stereo images were the base for any country wide survey and were the base of any vector maps drawn from those images. These maps used to be rather pricey. Now it's all free access. They figured in the age of Google Maps, selling 1:20'000 maps is a moot business and they much rather encourage some innovation. What a nice way to recognize that a former profit center has gone the way of the Dodo.


The way the Blériot is implemented, it seems to be very much in trim for a good climb and can be flown almost hands off (I very much doubt you could do this in the real Blériot).


I am somewhat hesitant for just getting me a nice NW wind. It might just postpone the problem, as I have to fly some kilometers down the Aletsch galcier to arrive in the Rhône valley.


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