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  1. Welcome back again to travelling - with a little "earworm" from Whitesnake. Leaving Hannover for the next months... ... and climbing south over the Weser river (Göttingen to the left). After that nice sunny start, real weather hides the scenery over central Germany. Turning into final over Augsburg is no problem, ... ... but the lack of a working ILS gives an uneasy feeling shortly after. Ah, there is a runway. And it is long enough to catch it, even now. That is the proof: The plane can be used after this flight. And now it is time to guess: Where am I heading next?
  2. I started in May and flew over Norway to Alaska, then down the American West coast to Panama, across Cuba to the Caribbean and back to Europe. Now is the day to return home. From Amsterdam... ... climbing out over the Amstelveen Bosbaan. I suspect this is used for rowing, but we can imagine another use, can´t we? Amsterdam Centraal. Nice details, even without a TE scenery. Muiden. When I was in school we lay there with a sailboat, to visit the city nearby. Flevoland. One of the big landfills in the Ijsselmeer. And here we nearly reach my home turf. Osnabrück, with its interesting railway crossing. Porta Westfalica International Airport... ... and the Porta itself, where the Weser river crosses the mountain ridge. Hanover city... ... and the area where I type these lines. Into final of the 27L (my favourite runway). Flying & screenshotting without pause is a risk. Causing a bad angle of attack here... ... but the sim is tolerant, so I get the Caravan parked. At home. Where to head next?
  3. There are so few occasions to simulate real travels nowadays. And so many regions in the Orbx world that are worth to be rediscovered... so I decided to go north. From Hanover... ... over Hamburg... ... and Lübeck... ... to Denmark. Hmm, the weather was not perfect some days ago when I did this flight. At least I could see the runway lights on the downwind leg. Upon further descent the situation became better and Copenhagen visible. The final was safe, ... ... and the passengers ready for deboarding.
  4. Since March 2020 routes lead me once or twice per week from Hanover ... ... past the Steinhuder Meer and the adjacent white Monte Kali ("Mount Potash")... ... towards my office in the industrial area at the city of Minden. This is my office view. The Porta Westfalica with the monument of Emperor William. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_William_Monument_(Porta_Westfalica) Touch at EDVY... ... and go. My family still has a holiday home at the Dümmer See, just about 26 miles from Porta. I have been there about every second month. Which justifies an approach to the nearby Diepholz airfield... ... with another touch-and-go. To the northeast we pass the village of Harpstedt, where two of my grandparents are buried. Then we visit my parent´s town, Bremen. Again, a touch and go. I may have been there about every month, but never visiting the historic city center next to the Weser river (right). Usually I went directly back to this city: Hanover again. A total circle of about 150 miles. Just as a comparison flight routes I travelled in the 12 months before that (some Europe destinations excluded). Which would have lead to a longer post. PS: I promise to do these India flights once OLC Asia is out.
  5. Now for a little experiment: The maximum plane size to realisticly take off from Innsbruck: An A320. OK, skilled pilots can do this with a 747 as well, preferrably in yellow livery. At least it was cleaned from all the heavy dirt upon arrival. Nice terrain reminder on the ND... ... before we hop off ... ... into the Inn valley. The Zirler Berg, I have been driving some times up and down that pass. But today we just climb over it, local knowledge helps! Easily we cross Munich, ... Würzburg, ... ... and the cloud-covered center of Germany ... ... towards Hanover. Perfect summer weather (realistic, unfortunately) and an easy ILS landing. Home! After 14 months of virtual flying around the world. Now I have to look for inspiration to find potential destinations...
  6. Found a needle in a haystack: Flying over the city of Meißen in Germany (near EDDC Dresden) with Germany North and Germany South active I found a small patch of morphing night textures. First, I followed the usual steps by Nick and Holger (i.e., a new lclookup.bgl, a new terrain.cfg) but I could not get rid off the bug. So, I reinstalled GES and GEN but the night textures remained. After fighting with this issue in P3Dv4 I tried to replicate it in v5 and could find the exact same error. Having still a fairly vanilla v5 with only Global, OLC and GEN/GES running (with OLC border blending unchecked) I would now conclude that this is indeed a scenery error. I would appreciate if somebody from Orbx could please check this. Interestingly enough could I not find any similar error. But as this happens in Meißen it can probably happen at other locations too. Thanks, Christoph (The screenshot is from v5 but it does look similar in v4).
  7. Staying at home convinced me to buy a new monitor. A slight risk, as Doctor Internet told me UHD/4k resolution (3840*2160) would only be working with GPUs 1070 or above, and you can see from my spoiler I use a 1060. Nevertheless it works, frames are ok, the only borderline point is the temperature: As my GPU is utilized between 70-110 % during flying, its temperature raises to about 75°C. This causes the CPU to warm up to 71°C as well, which gives me a BIOS warning. I´ll have to watch this... After the tech talk, we go to the results: Overwhelming. So many more details seen during the flights, not only from the instruments, but also from the scenery. I am enthusiasted. A first test flight lead me over my home town, Hanover:
  8. Just rain and storm here in northern Germany. I needed to see some winter colours, so I set up a little nordic tour. Starting in Hanover... ... and climbing out to the northeast, ... ... I reached the Baltic Sea near Rostock. The Swedish coast ahead, with the invisible Copenhagen in the background. Rushing up the country... ... until Stockholm awaits in the evening light. Perfect visibility... ... makes for a nice landing. Now lets go for a Smörgasbröd and some fine Öl!
  9. Finally, after a virtual absence of nearly 5 months it seems to be time to fly to my home airport again. So I´ll take a blue-white Lancair from Schiphol... ... turn west over Amsterdam CBD... ... and reach the German border relatively quick, near Rheine. Ibbenbüren power plant guides the way... ... towards Osnabrück with its remarkable railway cross. At Porta Westfalica the Orbx sceneries GEN and EDVY do not really use synchronized seasons, surprisingly. The monument for Wilhelm the Emperor has a brilliant location. And an impressive size. Plus a good view. One could see my company office on this shot. By plane it is really a short hop to Hanover. Here you see the southwest area with the Herrenhäuser (baroque) Gardens to the left. Just next to it you can see some famous hockey pitches, with occasional international action. The direct train from Amsterdam stops here at the main station (bottom of this shot). I live a bit more to the left (shown here as well). And the airport is not too far away. Home!
  10. Nearly I was flying to the same airport as Martyn, ... ... to a place called Pearson. Wait and see... . I have set the weather to end of April, as I will be doing the same flight in real at that time. From Frankfurt... ... across Cologne, ... ... to England. Not much to see here, I assume this is due to its separation from OpenLC_Europe. As a consequence, there would be no much sunshine in the country as well. Better visibility awaits us at Sept-Iles, Canada. Landing instructions... ... before the downwind leg. Here we see the Toronto Islands with Billy Bishop airport. Quite limited visibility on approach. At least the localizer has been captured and G/S is armed... But it got better on final. A slight view on Toronto cityscape... ... before landing at Pearson. Toronto-Pearson this is, Martyn!
  11. I hope there's enough ORBX scenery to be seen.
  12. Gentlemen (and Ladies?), Speedbird 11 from Heathrow to Singapore is pushing back! Taxiing to runway 27L. Hello Concorde. Such a cute little plane. Lineup... On cruise level, we see some beautiful clouds over south-eastern England. It's already evening... ...as we cross the North Sea... ...only to find some seriously bad weather over Amsterdam! The Dutch must have summoned the bad weather because their airline celebrates its 100th birthday and they want all the attention for themselves! Anyways, a nice scary extra for our paying customers. My theory over the cause of the bad weather is further supported as the weather shifts to a very cozy summer evening as soon as we cross the border into Germany. Han(n)over. Origin of many British Monarchs and said to be the most dull town in Germany. I have never been there, though, so I might just as well be wrong! Sure Master Gerold has good expertise on the matter... I believe this is Hildesheim. Nice to find out where it's actually located. The crazy capital city of Germany abeam and behind our 777. Thank goodness we are safe from ecologist terrorism at this altitude. The ICAO might as well issue a warning. Night is falling as we head further to the east. Sleeping time! Hopefully the passengers had a good sleep... ...as the sun rises over Turkmenistan. Another Stan. Paki. Stan. Some hours later we reach Phuket. The 'Singapore Effect' materializes in front of our aircraft. What's this, you might ask... THIS. The incredibly bad weather that is common around Singapore. Our descent path resembles a mace. We managed to avoid the worst and thankfully, the weather closer to the aerodrome is better. The landing was fairly good! *clapclap* The passengers rejoice over the amazingly professional work of the pilots, as a certain stinky stench enters their noses, the proof of a composure somewhat capable of improvement. Thank goodness again we quickly reach the gate, opening the doors. The crew and passengers rapidly flee the scene, the crew to the hotel, some passengers to the rest room, leaving the cleaning personnel with the thankless task... Bye bye, 777! See you soon, freshly cleaned!
  13. Due to my troubles ocurred during the switch to Win10 I did not fly & post as much as usual during the last two months. But I am getting back, slowly. Today you see me leaving for a short Easter holiaday, picking a safe Boeing at Hanover... ... climbing over the Wesergebirge... ... and reaching FL350 over the Rhein. Northern France is mostly cloudy, ... ... but at least we can spot Biarritz over the south, to the right. Hours later. Leaving the west coast of Africa behind... ... for a short hop over the Atlantic. Sandy Fuerteventura. Approching Gran Canaria from the south (as usual). You can see the global landclass is nothing but a disaster.
  14. ... and this was done nearly 2 months ago. With real weather on that day. And after installation of the latest ESSA version, which should have supported SODE jetways. Catering services for the Smörebröd and some fantastic fish "tapas" under way. Parked in the right area for the airline. But obviously SODE did not recognize that... so boarding happened by bus. Bye bye winter. You can clearly see Copenhagen below. Well, somehow you can: For example the Öresund bridge in the little gap between the clouds. This is Hamburg. Slightly hidden under some coverage... And here we are established to capture the glideslope in Hanover. Somehow GEN was already on spring, whilst Aerosoft still believed the airport needed snow. But ok, at least I found the runway!
  15. Leaving home again... ... and GEN already shows winter in a very beautiful way. Turning out to the right / north... ... to see Hanover airport & city above the Airbus. The Elbe river leads to hamburg - but you can´t see it under the clouds. Some colleagues flying around me. Copenhagen below... ... and Gotland to the right. If you look at the weather on the ND, our approach seems to be a good choice. Stockholm below, ... ... just before reaching Arlanda. Unfortunately the jetways can´t be used or replaced with SODE ones in Arlanda. Which makes our beloved passengers freeze when unboarding . @Magnus Almgren , please help them!
  16. After a late arrival in Frankfurt with ... ... we have to take the last connection of the day out of Frankfurt to Hannover: LH58, the so-called "Lumpensammler" (is "ragman" the right translation?) for us. I hope all our luggage makes the connection as well... Taking off the 07C - with a camouflage plane. Frankfurt CBD to our left. Not much to see on the ground, but a nice navaid to our right side. On short base you can see Hannover airport left ahead... ... and we are way too high! But I had no interest in going around, so I extended the speed brakes, released flaps and gear as soon as possible and skipped the autoland in order to speed up. Successfully. This was the last post of my "Vacation in Australia" series. I hope you enjoyed it?
  17. I will start my exploration of GermanySouth in Cologne - "Kölle" as the locals say. Getting ready at my home airport... ... and off to the east. The small squared lake below the belly may be quite famous, since a well-known man was staying there for some days in 2016. But we go on and turn to the right over the Altwarmbüchener See. Travelling in style. The Sauerland around Winterberg. Whenever I was there it was winter. And the mountains covered with snow. ATC had instructed us to use runway 24. An unusual choice, especially on a cloudy day like this: We came in very high, and had to circle before we could land slow enough for this short strip. And now for one local beer. Those who have been in Cologne know what this "one" means...
  18. A typical plane and a typical last leg of some of my intercontinental flights: Boarding a turboprop in Copenhagen ... ... and leaving on the 22R - in the right direction already. Uuups, ice formation on engines and window... ... under control when leaving Sjaelland. And soon we are over Germany: Lübeck, ... ... Hamburg hidden in the background, ... ... Celle. With NDB CEL already being the entry point for our STAR ... ... into Hannover. Many lakes to the south of the final, like the Hufeisensee: As you can see we are heading for the 27R. Good to be here again, I think I have virtually left this place half a year ago. Or even longer...
  19. The detail and hifi-representation of the Germany sceneries GEN & GES is fantastic. Hereby the area around and the airport itself of Porta Westfalia(EDVY):
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