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  1. A very pleasent surprise to see this released this evening , thanks Orbx team . Thanks for looking !! . John
    10 points
  2. As a local who has flown over Auckland countless times IRL, I’ve been looking forward to this one all year and am certainly not disappointed! It’s great to finally see recognisable 3D counterparts of all the CBD buildings replace those ugly generic autogen tower blocks. The skyline of the city centre is pretty unique, and it looks fantastic in the sim early morning or evening with the PBR texturing. I’m stoked with how much detail was given to the harbors too- with Westhaven Marina, the largest in the Southern Hemisphere actually visible now and 3D boats moored at the jetties, as well as animated boat traffic on the Waitamata. A huge photoreal groundplate stretches nearly the entire width of the city with higher res ground textures replacing the Bing maps data. It includes watermasking of the many estuaries and bays (all be it at very low tide) and is a huge improvement from default. Great job Orbx team- this one will undoubtedly give me countless hours of entertainment!
    10 points
  3. Welcome to the City of Sails, or Tāmaki-makau-rau, its Māori name. Auckland hardly needs an introduction given its stunning bayside location on the North Island of New Zealand and its famous buildings and structures. No wonder it is frequently ranked among the world’s topmost livable cities. In addition to the iconic Sky Tower and Auckland Harbor Bridge, we’ve modelled the entire downtown waterfront in full detail, from the historic Ferry Building to Hobson Wharf. In the CBD you’ll find the tall towers of The Pacifica, PwC, and Seascape, and to the east the imposing structure of the Auckland War Memorial Museum. The port areas downtown also received careful attention, with custom models for industrial buildings and container cranes, the Marine Rescue Center, and a diverse collection of ships and boats. The city’s terrain is dotted with dozens of ancient volcanic cones, some of which have hilltop POIs, like the obelisk on One Tree Hill (Maungakiekie), the Beacon on Mount Eden (Maungawhau), and the weather station on Victoria Hill. For helicopter pilots, the ASB Bank Centre and Auckland City Hospital have landable helipads. In addition, Mechanics Bay heliport east of the container port as well as several moored vessels in port with helipads offer landing spots. $13.63 AUD Sales tax will be calculated at checkout where applicable. US$10.11 | €8.72 | £7.36 USD, EUR, GBP estimates only We’ve added animated features on both water and land so keep your eyes peeled while exploring the city and its surroundings. As with all our Landmarks titles, we've made extensive enhancements to the entire area, including custom orthoimagery, terraforming, and improving the placement of vegetation and generic buildings. Last but not least, along the entire coastline, from Buckland Beach in the southeast to Whenuapai airport in the northwest, we have exposed the extensive tidal mudflats and beaches that are covered by water in the default scenery. As an added bonus, receive a 25% discount if you bundle Landmarks Auckland and our picturesque New Zealand Mesh together! Features High-detail custom landmarks include Auckland Harbor Bridge, Sky Tower, Auckland War Memorial Museum, Eden Park Stadium, and the entire downtown waterfront between the Ferry Building and Hobson Wharf. More than 100 medium-detail custom buildings showcase the unique architecture of historic and new Auckland. Several buildings with rooftop helipads, with additional landing areas on moored vessels and at the Mechanics Bay heliport. Animated features on both water and land. Custom orthoimagery for downtown Auckland and the entire Waitematā Harbor waterfront. Many enhancements to the city and surrounding areas: improved vegetation and building placements, static boats, vessels, cranes, antennae, etc. Extensive terraforming and shoreline adjustments across the coverage area. Custom night lighting based on real-world photography. $13.63 AUD Sales tax will be calculated at checkout where applicable. US$10.11 | €8.72 | £7.36 USD, EUR, GBP estimates only
    10 points
  4. ...need to start teaching the metric system in our schools (I found this in a CNBC news article this morning): "The rocket will launch from Blue Origin’s private facility in West Texas, aiming to reach above 100,000 kilometers (or more than 340,000 feet altitude) before returning to Earth safely a few minutes later."
    9 points
  5. How attractive women plaster themselves with tattoos. Maybe I'm old fashioned, but I think it spoils their looks. But this didn't come from me. cheers Gumby
    9 points
  6. Cheers R It looks like a "serious" discussion, but really it was just all about what our plans are for tomorrow. For me, I just wanted to take a bit of time and capture a few shots of what life at KAVX is like. Shouldn't take too long I said - famous last words. The next morning... Little did I know that MS2020 would pick that exact time to throw one of its infamous little Wobblies. AKA - "the you don't have sufficient bandwidth to continue streaming. Would you like to turn off photogrammetry?" So I did as I always do and just ignored it. Everything looked entirely normal . But then ... They seemed to be entirely oblivious to it all though , or at least they were very good at ignoring the obvious ... So a quick trip down to the harbour and all seemed to be looking good there ... And the group discussion back at the A/P was "waxing poetic" as normal .... What an opportunity ... I really wanted to grab a screenie of the Beachcraft Bonzana driven by "Renault" , but wait, this is mighty strange . I realize that he's famous (infamous?) in these parts , but this is ridiculous But then I discovered that I had just received the latest update SU999 !! Welcome to our brand new world ..... And SU999 - why its the new environmentally friendly update for MS2020 , otherwise known as The People Power Update version 1.0.0 On the count of 3 everyone, all together now let's run !! And then the activity icon took on a life of its own and about 30 seconds later all is forgiven I love this sim .... just plain love it! Cheers! R PS- but what I truly do love is KAVX .... It's my "fav" in case you hadn't noticed.
    9 points
  7. Well my American friends, if you ever visit England, I will buy you a drink, when you will discover to your delight that an English pint of beer is 568ml in volume, whereas the US pint is 473ml. This is because you foolishly declined to update the definition of the gallon in 1824, preferring to stick with the 1707 'wine gallon'. Cheers!
    9 points
  8. Hello, while we may have left the EU, as far as I am aware there is no intention to return to the imperial measurements in day to day life. Most people under the age of 50 or so have no idea what they are in any case, as the imperial system has not been taught in schools since 1974. Quaintly, we continue to mark our road distances in miles and measure our speed in miles per hour, even though every commercial vehicle over 3.5 tonnes must be fitted with an EU spec tachograph which does everything in kilometres and kph and every car speedometer is calibrated in both mph and kph.
    9 points
  9. Back in 1990 I was stationed in Naples during Desert Shield. I had leave over Christmas, so rather than going home to the 'States, my wife and I decided to meet in London, so we could spend the Holidays with my cousins in Hythe, and her friends in Beccles. In setting this up, my wife arranged A rental car, and to save A few pounds, opted for a manual transmission. Should not, it seems, have been a problem, except I had never shifted gears with my left hand! Until I got used to it, it was an adventure. Learning to drive on the "wrong" side of the road was the easy part. Getting the gear shift was another thing. Ken
    8 points
  10. Following on from Andreas's previous Norwegian release of ENSG Sogndal, we are pleased to announce the Scandinavian destination of ENSD Sandane as his next project. Sandane Airport is a small regional airport near the city of Sandane in western Norway, and this scenery brings this rugged part of the world to life. The airport boasts a detailed yet simple-to-navigate layout, with many additional features added to enhance the visual appeal with everything created from scratch to ensure a truly realistic airport experience The airport serves Widerøe's Dash 8-100 regional flights to Sogndal and Oslo and was voted on the world's top 20 scariest approaches back in 2009. At a glance Detailed rendition of ENSD Sandane Airport 2K textures and PBR Custom ground decals Crisp 60cm ortho Custom approach lighting and ground equipment By Andreas Hegi
    7 points
  11. Cheers R I really enjoy both the extremely well rendered objects and the animated LED lighting. Well done Orbx
    7 points
  12. Besides the obvious, what was next deciding factor you looked at before choosing your life long partner? For me was looking to see what her mama looked like, pretty good indicator as to what she will look like in twenty years.
    7 points
  13. Wing Commander TTM drops into Bryce to check progress on the update & Pony. The absence of both will generate a report to HQ. TTM
    7 points
  14. Was just thinking about all you guys the other day. Figured I'd stop in and just say hello. Haven't moved to MSFS so not really actively shopping much with Orbx these days but still hoping for an odd P3Dv4 offering here and there - and really, you just gotta love this community here. Have been enjoying some FTX Australia recently and really, as always, I like to try to go back to fly the ones I've not been to in some time. With over 100 of them, I generally have a good selection of airports that seen almost like new.
    7 points
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  17. You can't take 1 flight at Hammerfest then put it aside! This time I used SoFly Light Snow to give a winter ambience, & had a look around the City. I was keen to get an authentic livery in there, but Wideroe run Dash 8 Q100's, [for the short runway], & I couldn't find a Q100 for MSFS. There is a freeware Q400, but it needs nearly twice the runway length & the freeware Wideroe livery is currently a bit dicey. I settled on a fictional Kingair 350 livery. Hammerfest is a very interesting place to fly out of , all sorts of stuff tucked away around the peninsula & beyond. Also, there is what looks like a massive power transmission lines system near the airport. FWIIW, all shots are untouched/unedited/un fiddled with etc. TTM (MSFS) A drifting left departure from Rwy 4. Circled clockwise & now back over the City. More City as I head for the LNG terminal. LNG terminal fly by. On approach into Rwy 4. Climbing as the airport is on a plateau & I was below it. Successful roll out after a bit of sliding. Note the power line complex on the horizon. Anyone know what that is? Perhaps a feed to the City from hydro or thermal power?
    7 points
  18. Colorado is chock full of roundabouts...they are everywhere, from the small mountain towns to the mid-size towns to large cities like Colorado Springs and Denver. Lucky for me, about 5 years before I moved to Colorado, I had gone on a ten day bicycle ride across northern Italy, along the southern edge of the Italian Alps. Negotiating a road cycle through those roundabouts, where the motorists could give two hoots if you were on a bicycle, well, now that was an adventure Landon
    7 points
  19. Doing 160 sounds much better than 100 and 25mm of rain -- sounds more wetter than 1" and 20 degrees a lot cooler than 70
    7 points
  20. Just a few though from the 103 I took I was thinking of using this one for October's contest but went for the one posted Buildings in detail will follow though a great example have been posted by Renaul Cheers Carlos
    6 points
  21. MSFS Orbx Aeroplane Heaven
    6 points
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  23. Great work by @Holger Sandmannhere - having worked there on and off for about 5 years, I feel (almost) homesick! ;-) Share screeshots pls!
    6 points
  24. They have trouble with cardinal directions
    6 points
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  26. My wife knows where everything is in the house, so if I move something I hear why is that setting there!!!!!!!!!!!
    6 points
  27. The fact that a couple of them actually wanted to have sex with me.
    6 points
  28. After 60 plus years of marriage I can still annoy her without even trying !
    6 points
  29. I keep coming back to this charming airport, the devs have captured its atmosphere suberbly. I highly recommend it. Thanks for looking. Cheers Graeme
    6 points
  30. Cheers R Orbx NA Alaska Mesh Utqiagvik (Barrow) , Alaska (find it on a map to see how far away it is ). A hint - it's about 500 km north of the Arctic circle. Current temp at time of posting -3C The predominant land in this part of the world is tundra, which sits on top of permafrost. Although it can be upwards of 1300 ft deep in some areas, Climate change and warming of the Arctic eventually leading to melting of the permafrost is a major concern. Utgiagvik, is the largest city on the Alaska North Slope and in 2017 had a population of approximately 4400. It experiences Polar Night which lasts from November to January when the sun never comes above the horizon. However in mid May, the sun doesn't set for about 2 1/2 months (24 hr daylight) so there is compensation . I had a friend at work who grew up in this part of the world. He said in the summer, children would sometimes play until they got exhausted and just curled up on the ground. The elders and adults in the community kept a careful watch on them all, and when this happened would collect them and either return them to home or sometimes they woke up at a friends. My friend Bernard, said that this was often the best part, because their breakfasts were always better than his mom's It is surrounded by tundra and is not accessible by road. It is home to the Iñupiat people, and many scientists who come to study arctic weather conditions.
    6 points
  31. In aviation in the UK altitude is measured in feet, distance in nautical miles, and visibility in metres or kilometres. Confused?
    6 points
  32. Don’t mention this to often, the rental car companies may charge us for the extra wear of the wipers…
    6 points
  33. I once met an American Gentleman who sent a whole 2 days trying to leave the Hyde Park Corner roundabout
    6 points
  34. All I know is my concealed carry companion is 9mm and I could care less how many inches that is.
    6 points
  35. Bit slow to pick this one up. I wanted to try the circling approach into Rwy 22 & the 1st shots reflect an 'attempt'. Hammerfest is a very compact airport and Finni has done a nice job of reflecting the character of the location & immediate surroundings. A worthy addition to your Scandinavian portfolio! TTM (MSFS) Departing Rwy 22 to circle back anti clockwise. Switched to dusk to pick up the landing guidance lights. Couldn't spot them from here. Rwy 22 Lead in lights- I was actually on approach when they appeared to turn on. They are bright Amber. One is under the left wing tip, the other is in front of the left wing. There was a 3rd which I have flown past. It was back, to the left, so the 3 form a curved lead in to Rwy 22. I think I needed to be a bit lower as I was turning, to trigger the lights earlier. View from the cockpit. Looks ok but was way too slow from fiddling with shot placement & the Goose dropped like a stone just short of the runway.
    6 points
  36. This is a a direct GPS flight from Vancouver to Kelowana. We are about a half hour east of Vancouver at 10,000 feet.
    5 points
  37. I'm super super impressed by this scenery. The coastal / watermask improvements take this to the next level. It's a massive upgrade. Fantastic work!! Thanks to those who worked on this! Default: Orbx:
    5 points
  38. Their ability to tip me on my ear without warning
    5 points
  39. MK-STUDIOS EKVG Vágar Airport is now available for Microsoft Flight Simulator! Vágar Airport is the only airport in the Faroe Islands and is the primary operating base for the Faroese national airline - Atlantic Airways. The airport approach is challenging due to the surrounding hills and regular wind gusts though on a clear day you will be greeted with an incredible view of rugged mountains and valleys as you descend to the island of Vagar. $14.95 AUD Sales tax will be calculated at checkout where applicable. US$11.08 | €9,56 | £8.11 USD, EUR, GBP estimates only Features Vagar Airport in very detailed rendition, High definition 2k textures with PBR support, Satellite image for the airport area, Terrain mesh, Runway profile, Simplified terminal interior. $14.95 AUD Sales tax will be calculated at checkout where applicable. US$11.08 | €9,56 | £8.11 USD, EUR, GBP estimates only Customers with the P3D version of EKVG in their OrbxDirect account are eligible for a 40% cross-platform discount.
    5 points
  40. Kids and I went to Ireland couple years ago and always had to remember to enter the roundabouts to the left since I'm an American. They had too much mead one night so I drove us back to the hotel in Shannon. Got to a round about and I faked like I was going to go right.......their reaction was priceless! Personally I always thought the metric system was easier it use. At least here in the USA we kept the width of railroad tracks the same as in Britain.
    5 points
  41. Your wife will inform you you're the wrong way round Wolfgang
    5 points
  42. Inch by inch the imperial world will embrace the metric system
    5 points
  43. Plus two questions to the Brits: How far is this in Inch? How many ounces of fuel were used?
    5 points
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