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  1. This is going to be just a short flight, I had to use the occasion that I could spend some virtual days at these remote islands. And some more exceptions to my usual posts: We´ll see some photos from a picture book of my library. And I get you the orientation right at the beginning of this post: We take off from NTAA Tahiti, ... ... make a short hop over the sea to Moorea, ... ... and have to climb quite a lot to cross Mt. Tohiva. Directly after we can descend to the north coast of Moorea. For comparison the same descend taken from Matevz Lenarcic in his book "Wasserwelten" (don´t know how the title is in Slovenik or English). A fantastic inspiration for us pilots, and a great book to read, btw. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matevž_Lenarčič Heading back to Tahiti with Temae airport behind. An approach over the north coast of Tahiti already gives a hint of the sharp mountains, ... ... which look even sharper when you cross the island. On final back into NTAA we cross some bigger settlements, namely Mahina and Papeete. And here we are back again on the international airport of Faa.
  2. After some days in Tahiti it was time to get a widebody ready. Leaving Papeete, where obviously a huge number of tourists arrive by ship. Looking back to Tahiti, ... ... the sunset over Moorea, ... ... and Rangiroa. Then came the night, and until now you may only guess from the livery where this flight was heading to. Hard to spot: The sunrise over Baja California. Easy to spot: Full moon over Cabo San Lucas. The rugged hills of the Sinaloa province in western Mexico. Here we crossed the Rio Grande at Laredo... ... before we came to Nueces Bay, at the Gulf. Corpus Christi from above... ... and from the ground. Port Aransas and North Padre Island, ... ... with its long beach. After a long flight we turned into our approach, southwest of Houston... ... before we could already spot the CBD. Here we are, finally on final... ... into the 09. Time to strech our legs and wave goodbye to the plane, ... ... carefully parked and getting ready for the next flight. The equator gave me a little lack of precision in the flight plan, but I did not change the route.
  3. Some famous islands in the southern sea will be touched in this freight delivery tour from Pago Pago. The fire brigade is ready to help, but not required, luckily. So we get out into the clouds. The sky gets blue over Raiatea, ... ... Moorea... ... and Tahiti, our destination. A straight approach, ... ... an easy landing. And the ground crew is already waiting to get off the supplies. Whatever these may be?
  4. Travel agencies, at least in my country, use to offer stopovers after NZL roundtrips. Well, if you went there with a 35 h-flight, such an offer may sound interesting. However, I tried to avoid the risky Cessna-strike before that flight... ... out of Auckland. Still climbing north we pass Whangarei... ... and then the northern tip of New Zealand. The Southern Sea - or how is it called in English? After about 3 hours we approach Fiji... ... at the coast & forests of Viti Levu. IFR. At the Queens Road. Someone has nicely cut a runway into the jungle, ... ... which is long enough for heavy birds. Let´s get the towels & briefs out for some days of lazyness!
  5. There are no scheduled flights from Singapore to my destination of today, but at least in exactly that direction. The shiny 787 gets cleared early... ... and leaves Singers with the morning light, ... ... waving g´day to the city. Flying southwest we cross Sumatra, which - to me - shows itself surprisingly big and rugged. Interesting for the future with OLC Asia. Some hours of Indian Ocean flying later (shortened by the QW jump function) Mauritius comes into view, ... ... and then the coast of Madagascar. This is the place to descend today. Looks interesting, but unfortunately slightly covered. Luckily Antananarivo airport shows up... ... but this bird feels somehow misplaced here ! Interesting expeditions to come, I am sure.
  6. Then comes the day when one has to leave the land of Oz. At least in a stylish plane - just chartered for this special flight. Out of Darwin, ... ... for some seconds following Stuart Highway again, ... ... but soon turning north to the Java Sea. Some cloudy hours later we can spot Borneo´s west coast... ... and begin to descend... ... over Pulau Bintan.... ... and Bataam... ... into Singers. I find Singapore is the perfect hub in south east Asia. Let´s decide where to go next!
  7. Directly following the previous night flight... ... I added flight SQ227 Singapore-Melbourne to test the full virtual exhaustion. 18 minutes after takeoff the equator is crossed and the lucky ones anong the passengers fall asleep. Not much to see from the continent; even over Adelaide it is still night. But soon the sun sets, ... ... and one could spot Birdcage Reserve. Good morning, Victoria! It took me some time to load the autogen of Melbourne. At least landing worked well. But I can´t say this is a welcoming weather!
  8. When I did this flight in the sim, we were booked on it: SA264 from Johannesburg to Munich. Departing - unfortunately - in darkness... ... and it remained dark over the entire continent. This would not be a too interesting flight. At least, we got something to recognize over northern Italy: Bolzano, which we have often passed by car. This is the Brenner Autobahn, ... ... ending at Innsbruck. After crossing the northern alps ... ... we could spot the Starnberger See, ... ... and the STAR is set over Munich city. The disadvantage of dropping an airport into a meadow area like the Erdinger Moos: You often have limited visibility. But it got better, finally. Parked in Munich, ready for deboarding. And just after completing this virtual preparation for a real flight, South African Airways announced they will stop their services to Munich and rebook all passengers to Frankfurt, using brand-new A350-900s. I should have instantly repeated this flight, but - forgive me - I´ll do this only after release of openLC Africa...
  9. This flight goes from Kruger Mpumalanga (yes, I did not work on the elevation correction, because I wait for OLC), ... ... over the dams at Klipkoppie ... ... to the village of Graskop, where we will start this tour by car in a few months. Across Sabie, ... ... and the Long Tom Pass, ... ... before going into the lowlands at Mashishing... ... and Dullstroom. Some power stations have been added to the scenery near Phola. Absolutely nothing has been added to the scenery at OR Tambo airport, Johannesburg. That is why I only show it from far, still flying on base.
  10. No, this is no analogy to Statler and Waldorf. This is "just" a flight over some places we have planned to visit in our holiday later this year. We´ll leave from Hoedspruit airfield in South Africa... ... to Balule Reserve near Kruger NP, where we´ll spend some days. Next stop Moholoholo Rehabilitation Center, not present in the sim. With the plane we can cover another series of sights in a few minutes. The northern end of the Panorama Route with the Three Rondavels, ... ... Blydepoort Dam, ... ... and the Lowveld lookout. Blyde River winds his way through the northern Drakensberg mountains. We just follow R532... ... to Graskop, ... ... and on to Kruger Mpumalanga airport. Which has some elevation errors at present, but I won´t work on that before OpenLC is out.
  11. Our next leg will go from Cape Town, ... ... climbing over False bay, ... ... and finally into the "deserts" of the default African landscape near FAVW, Victoria West. However, just about 90 minutes later the passengers might be served a great panorama: The Panorama Route along Blyde River! Its northern end is near the Blydepoort Dam, which us just under the approach into Hoedspruit´s runway 18. Deboarding to the main terminal. And ready for some excitement.
  12. Even without the upcoming OLC Africa Cape Town should be worth a visit. Here we go heading south from the airport... ... and over the beach to False Bay. The name of the bay is a tribute to those sailors who turned north after passing the wrong cape of South Africas southern tip: The real southernmost point is Cape Agulhas, a few miles to the east. This one here is more famous, but misleading for some navigators: The Cape of Good Hope. And I hope that we will see great improvements with OLC later this year... Getting back north to the town we cross the Table Mountain: This is the view from his top. I have set the time to early morning to avoid the classical cloud coverage. And that is the view back over harbourfront. With a helicopter it is just a short hop over to this place. In reality the way back from Robben Island took much longer for some: Nelson Mandela was imprisoned here from 1964 to 1982, followed by two other prisons until 1990.
  13. Here we go from Johannesburg O. R. Tambo airport (ICAO code is FAOR, and in the current optics it should be called FAbORing in the simulator) ... ... across Joburg city ... ... and, later, Bloemfontain. On the way we can see the South African landclass in all its current "glory". And this is, indeed, the famous "table cloth", hanging over the mountain with the same name at Cape Town. At least the runway could be seen underneath the clouds, ... ... and a beautiful view of Cape Town. The most important passengers deboard first at FACT.
  14. This will not be an unexpected journey (as the livery might suggest), but an uncommon one. Especially for a twin engine plane. From Christchurch... ... we are heading southbound over NZ´s South Island. Near Dunedin this is Mahinerangi Lake, ... ... and over Stewart Island we leave New Zealand. Time to reveal where we are going to: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polar_route#Antarctica The problem of this route is illustrated here: TINA (= there is no alternate). Instead, we can see the icy coast of Antarctica. The only airfield around is Wilkins Runway. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilkins_Runway Along latitude 66°S for hours and hours... ... but in local time we stay at the same hour that we departed in Christchurch: Just after 9 a.m. Even after turning north... ... still the same local time. But you can see UTC has proceeded by 3 hours since the last screenshot. Finally landfall over South Africa. The aeroworx freeware adds a bit of landclass, ... ... but Johannesburg still has room for improvement. And O. R. Tambo International airport is totally disappointing - though it is the most frequented airport of the continent. That´s what a 2006 simulator looks like.
  15. We went from Brisbane to Sydney to Canberra to Singapore... ... and had 7 hours of layover at that location. Luckily WSSS is well equipped for this type of travelling - while our plane was being prepared... ...we spent some time at the (nearly private!) pool in T1. Finally we got off, over the ever-impressing strait of Malacca. Some movies and the Bay of Bengal later we reached India, ... ... Delhi to our right: Chasing the sun over Afghanistan. It really looks this way, not too much work to invest in any OpenLC product here. Over Germany South the Orbx lights showed their magic. Frankfurt airport has set up some sausage-like STARs. Well, Frankfurter Würstchen are famous and tasty! They had even placed a good runway indicator just over the horizon. Touchdown with a dark triple-seven. Wake up, paxes, time for another plane change!
  16. In the upcoming weeks I will bother you with some flights and places we have visited during our holiday in September. Maybe boring to you, but for me this is one of the bigger pleasures of sim flying... Here we go, and I´ll skip the night flight with Singapore´s A350 into their home town. We start with a budget flight in the morning (well, the worst was the check-in procedure, the rest was as expected and therefore reasonable). Ready for boarding. Engines started... ... and off we go. The usual ship meet in front of Singers. A nice view on the tropical seas during climbout. Hours later, near Cape Leveque: The first view of Terra Australis. Vector is outstanding. I was fortunate to capture these shots, because most of the (electronic) windows were darkened. Traffic. 1000 ft below, no worries. Some salty lakes... ... and sand dunes. Orbx, you have to change them as you have a 90° offset ! Unfortunately not much to see in the late phase of the flight: The destination was covered by darkness. But I am sure you guess the city - if not I´ll give you a hint: You could hang a very big coat there. And my next report will be in daylight for those who still are interested.
  17. In my last post I arrived in Munich and asked where my next flight might be going. Martyn guessed "Andorra", and today we will see if he was right. Here we get ready with the plane & airline of choice. Flight number is SQ327 for those who want to spoil. Let´s go! Munich city... ... and the airport, seen from a southern fly-by. The Chiemsee with the alps in the background. Today we even use the center tanks. Slightly later, passing the Crimea. Mt. Elbrus in the left back of the picture. Nowadays it is considered to be Europe´s highest mountain. The rest of the flight was basically pitch black night. With the usual thunderstorms over northern India, of course. Here we already approach our destination for today, 40 minutes ahead of schedule. Runway 20R Deboarding in the home city of the airline, to get some rest before we travel on...
  18. Do you remember the first three legs we will have to fly on our way back home from our planned Australia trip? https://orbxsystems.com/forum/topic/165774-an-uncommon-fire-patrol/ https://orbxsystems.com/forum/topic/165894-5th-freedom-flight/ https://orbxsystems.com/forum/topic/166011-from-oz-to-singers-as-well/ Here we go with the 4th one, milewise the longest. SQ326 from Singapore to Frankfurt, departure time is 13:55 h. We can see all the good food & lovely drinks being loaded... Takeoff with approx. 90 tons (200 tlbs) of fuel takes significantly longer then on these short hops. A last view towards Singapore... ... and Changi airport, currently being expanded on another artificial landmass. Climbing out over Malaysia, ... ... next to Malacca city. 4 hours later we make landfall in India, near Bubaneshwar. The economy class passenger can only hope for a good inflight entertainment. And for the free drinks on board of this airline. Chenab river in Pakistan, ready to merge with the Indus. The Panjab plains are behind uns, now we face the Balochistan ridges. The borders of the balouchistan province were made by the british colonial gouvernment in the 19th century under ignorance of the ethnical groups present. Which is still the reason for military conflicts. Afghanistan. Facing the same trouble: Historical home to the Pashtuns, Tajiks, Hazaras and Uzbeks it was turned in the 19th century into a buffer state in the "Great Game" between British India and the Russian Empire. As we all know the artificial borderlines between have not led to peace since then. We are peacefully heading into the night over Azerbaijan... ... and Georgia. Darkness around for 4 more hours... until Vienna. Nuremberg to our right, where we start to descent. On downwind to EDDF, ... ... this is STAR PSA07S into the 07R. On base, ... ... final, ... ... and here we are. On time. Parked at the B gates, as usual for Singapore Airlines. Hope you had a nice flight.
  19. Seems I choose the appropriate airline for starting in Guangzhou, UT live did the same. Climbing out we have a great view of "Canton" city... I thought this would be a vector error at the delta of Zhujiang river. But it is correct: GE shows it as well. If the water might be sweet enough for watering the fields? 20 minutes after start we pass VHHH Chek Lap Kok. Could be a destination, but not for us... Macau is not either. Instead we turn back on STAR TAMT13 towards Hongkong (old) Kai Tak ... ... over Lamma Island, ... ... heading to Kowloon. What´s on TV today? With the big screens of the present it must be much easier than in the last decade to watch TV from the plane. You probably all know why this is called "Checkerboard approach". I had to do it all manually, as the navigation database of the 787 does not know the ILS / IGS frequencies of Kai Tak. Slightly offset, but survived!
  20. Getting ready in Delhi in typical Indian weather... ... and with the typical traffic jam. This airport has only single runways, so it is way to small for all the traffic (like their roads). The ganges and some artificial lakes near Dhanbad. Kolkata. As big as LA, and as flat. Leaving the coast of Bangladesh... ... and landfall at Myanmar. Irrawaddy river - its banks are full of pagodas. Bangkok, hidden under the curtain. Into Singapore we got the STAR ARAM1A, for the 02L. Watching the golfers... ... just before a soft touchdown. OK, get ready for nightlife!
  21. Getting ready in Hong Kong Kai Tak - from the choice of the airline you may start to guess where we are flying today. Here we climb out along the rivers near Guangzhou. Some hours later the Sichuan mountains come into view, ... ... as we cross the city of Chengdu. The worlds main reservations of the Great Panda are in the forests and mountains around, so it is no surprise they sell lots of related stuff at the airport. Commonly unknown, but over 20000 ft high: Rongme Ngatra https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rongme_Ngatra No good area for travelling - not today and not in the past. Mt. Taxilanlung. Again unknown to me, and over 20.000 ft. Dagze and Lhasa in the valley next to Lhasa He river. Unfortunately with not much detail. The number of inhabitants of Lhasa was increased from about 20.000 in 1959 to approx. 500.000 today. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lhasa_(prefecture-level_city) The Himalaya ahead. This is Kangchenjunga, the 3rd highest peak of the globe with 28.169 ft. Kangchenjunga was first climbed on 25 May 1955 by Joe Brown and George Band, who were part of a British expedition. They stopped short of the summit in accordance with the promise given to the Chogyal that the top of the mountain would remain intact. Every climber or climbing group that has reached the summit has followed this tradition. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kangchenjunga Under the left wingtip is Makalu (27.838 ft), under the left engine Mt. Everest. Not an official airway, I had to leave B345 and make a direct shortcut from RKZ to KIMTI. This resulted in a beautiful Everst crossing. Aerosoft Lukla provides with photoscenery - and landclass errors around. The Shishapangma massiv in the background. The "smallest" mountain of those higher than 8000 metres. Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal at 1356 m. Today it has approx. 1 - 1.5 mio inhabitants. The approach to the airport is very steep and tricky. Annapurna, the next eight-thousander. It is in fact a group of mountains with 3 summits over 8000 m, and Annapurna 1 is one of the most dangerous mountains to climb. One of the rare mountains that have a feminine name. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Annapurna_Massif Turning away from the Himalaya... ... with Ganges river hiding under the clouds. I had to descend in a holding, ... ... before landing softly in Delhi. Flight routing was VHHX DCT TAMOT B330 ZYG DCT CZH B213 LXA B345 RKZ DCT 2887E DCT KIMTI B345 KTM W41 PUTAN DCT SUKET L626 HW DCT PUMOT VIDP .
  22. On my way from orbx region (AU) to orbx region (NO) I decided to make a little detour in Asia. So I set up a China Southern flight in Singapore... ... into the regular clouds at noon. "Traffic, traffic!" We went north over the (unspectacular appearing) coast of Vietnam, until we got clearance for descend into Hongkong. At least a clear STAR procedure... ... into Kai Tak. I had hoped for the famous checkerboard approach into the 13, but the gods of the winds (and the ATC) had decided different. The city view is impressive anyway, isn´t it? Soft landing ahead. Followed by a strange simulator feeling: Taxiing over an airport full of (static or AI?) airliners - though it is closed in reality since 1998. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kai_Tak_Airport
  23. Some men at work here: Ground service at Singapore Changi. Flexing up! Amazing how many ships are waiting here. Low & slow over Pulau Batam island - due to an altitude restriction of 6000 ft. Finally we were allowed to climb, and after 21 minutes we crossed the equator - nearly at cruise flight level. Bali. Hours later we reach the land of Oz near Curtin. This is where dreams start. Some really flat land around Fitzroy Crossing... ... and soon the colour changes to red. Uh, oh...! Enough space around, but the plane from Longreach uses the same airway! All passengers on the left side can see a gap... ... and we all know where it is. One should not underestimate the length of these flights - again we run into darkness. This is the original Scoot flight TR12, which is scheduled to land at 19:40 h local time. But before doing so, we have to fly a holding over Sydney... ... and touchdown! 27 minutes late... Another great looking airport. Hurry mates, the city is waiting for you!
  24. Going on from Munich we had the chance to choose the best airline of all. Well, it is a long flight, why should we go with some other? Climbing out of the 08L... ... to reach the initial FL350 just before Vienna. FTs scenery does not blend perfectly into FTXG. Later that day... the Caucasus. Already powdered. The russian Republic of Dagestan with Chirkey Lake below and the Caspian Sea ahead. Over Afghanistan / Pakistan we came into darkness. And India even presented thunderstorms - we had to divert. "Shortly" after the next day came out, somewhere over the Indian Ocean. Here we descend over Malaysia... ... and turn towards our destination. This is it, still flying downwind... ... the Localizer came alive, ... ... and here we were established towards the 20C. I think the 20L is still mudland? Left the runway after a successful landing... Singers just looks great now. Slowly moving into the parking lot... ... and finally we were ready for deboarding. Where to go now? Ah, here´s the luggage belt! Singapore is a great hub, with direct connections to nearly all major airports on this planet. We have booked exactly this flight for next years holiday with our children, so I was totally forced to prepare it in the sim. For me this enhances the pleasure of travelling a lot!
  25. ... was from VABB Chhatrapati Shivaji, (Mumbai) with Air India, departure at 02:00 in the night. The real situation has a lot more light & ground traffic than the sim - showing the real India can´t be simulated! Ready to go on the 26... ... and we´re off. Looking back to the airports... ... and over the Ocean. Displays are configured... ... and the routing is done. Be flexible. Thailand, we come. Initiating the complex approach pattern. Ready to capture the LOC, with VTBS Suvarnabhumi, (Bangkok) slightly left of us. Captured & established. Safe. Unboarding. You can be sure after such a short flight at that daytime, everyone on the plane is tired. So let´s fine a good place to relax here... A great bird, and - without checking any malfunctions - it works fine. Currently I only miss the weather upload, but I´ll surely test a bit more soon (on shorter flights...).
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