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  1. No, this flight is not going into regions that Harry Belafonte was thinking of. I took off at Amsterdam... ... and could not resist flying over the amazing city center. Since 1876 the Ij channel connects Amsterdam (in the background) with the North Sea (left), the harbour below is named Ijmuiden. Top end of Netherland´s mainland is Den Helder, with the westernmost of the Frisian islands ahead, Texel. I followed the famous Afsluitdijk. The name means like "Closure Dyke", and it has cut off the former Zuiderzee (a bay of the North Sea) to form the controlled water levels of the Ijsselmeer. For ages, the Zuiderzee had been the safe access of cities like Hoorn (you know the cape of the same name?) and Amsterdam to the open seas. After building the Ijmuiden-connection, Amsterdam had a shorter access. Now we follow the islands the flat coast from the open North Sea. This is Ameland, ... ... ahead is Schiermonikoog. The last on the Dutch side. Here we come over to the German side at Borkum. Juist is the long one on the left. The Memmert dune below is, as far as I know, inhabited. Norden-Norddeich (seen left) is an important ferry port to the islands. All these islands have received exploding numbers of German tourists during the pandemic, when international travel was even more unpredictable. Langeoog, with Spiekeroog and Wangerooge on the horizon. You can see how difficult is is to drive a ship in these waters. And you can see that it is possible to walk to these islands on low tide (I did that). Two icons below that every captain should know: When you want to enter the Weser river, you got to pass around... ... the lighthouse Roter Sand (to me one of the most beautiful lighthouses worldwide, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roter_Sand_Lighthouse )... ... and lighthouse Weser, its successor. Leaving the Sea I headed south passing Bremerhaven. Bremerhaven´s "mother city" is Bremen. Well, also my mother city. Airport to the left, football stadium at the Weser river in the middle, University and marshlands (perfect for cycling) to the right. Not long with the Lancair to get to the Steinhuder Meer, ... ... where I turned left towards... ... the airport of the city you can read in the last screenie. If you want to repeat the tour:
  2. For the next "low & slow" leg I continued from Cologne (default)... ... towards the river Rhine, which I followed. In the background under the King you see the refinery at Wesseling. Cologne central, with some details like the cathedral next to the railway station. On the way north to Düsseldorf we crossed the chemical plants of Henkel ("Persil, da weiss man was man hat!") and Cognis, now BASF. Quite a good canteen they have, but no runway... Düsseldorf CBD. Here we have the Krupp steelworks north of Duisburg. Already disappearing in upcoming rain. So I changed the time and virtually continued one day earlier towards Gelderland / NL. The Rhine estuary is a confusing waterway to me, with Schelde, Maas and some more rivers meeting. Lots of flooding options here... ... while we turned northwards... ... and looked back to the westernmost end of the Netherlands, where the Rhine meets the sea. Hoek van Holland is quite a busy harbour. And the settlements near Den Haag are really dense. Tulip land near Aalsmeer has less houses, and still some remaining spring flowers. Landing at Amsterdam. The jet pilot above must be angry, but ATC wanted him to follow the small prop plane. That go around will cost him some fuel. Here you can follow the course along the Rhine and finally up to EHAM. Flight 78 is the went-around jet.
  3. After I arrived from Cape Town in Frankfurt, I had the choice: The regular tubeliner, or a more enjoyable and detailed route along the river Rhine. The second option became true: From Egelsbach... ... passing EDDF... ... towards Mainz. Once again you can see the iconic catherdral in the southern part of the city. The famous Schiersteiner Brücke connects Mainz (the capital of Rheinland-Pfalz) with Wiesbaden (the capital of Hessen). Famous the bridge is, because it was half-closed for many years due to constructions, and you can see it is one of the few bridges around. Ingelheim to the left, ... ... and now Bingen, ... ... and after turning north we come to the Pfalz at Kaub. One of the places where the Rhine has the lowest water level in dry summers - and there were so many in the last years. We pass the Loreley. Can you spot the railway tunnels at both sides of the Rhine? These railway lines are probably the most beautiful in German, not fast but a must-use. Castle Rheinfels below us, Castle Katz behind. And the impressive river turns at Boppard ahead. Over Castle Stolzenfels we come to... ... Koblenz, with the "German Corner", where Rhine and Mosel meet. Hard to understand why somebody put a nuclear power plant in the middle of such a inhabited area. Any Super-GAU like in Harrisburg, Tschernobyl or Fukushima would have touched half of Germanys population. Bonn, the former German capital. The smaller tower hosted the offices for the parlament, the bigger tower for the Post. A good explanation why they set up an infrastructure that is mediorcre, compared to other countries where competiton was more elaborated. Our flight ends in Cologne-Hengelar for today. As you can see.
  4. Like many of us, I haven´t done a business flight since March 2020. And now it is scheduled... so I need to look ahead what is waiting outside. Off from Hanover... ... with a view back towards the city. The Rhine is crossed at the Deutsches Eck of Koblenz. Soon the Alps come into view, ... .... before passing Geneva. Impressive even from FL350. We pass Grenoble, ... ... and Marseille, ... ... before we reach the spanish coast at the Golfo de Rosas. Downwind past Barcelona... ... and into the 07L. Here we are, ready to explore the city!
  5. Not with a massage, as this is not the Alaskan Mule Team Services. I took off from Hanover, a good portation of rather old FSX software, ... ... climbed out over the Steinhuder Meer... ... and the fields of Lower Saxony. The GPS got hot during this flight. Which ended peacefully downwind... ... and final into the 27R. No doubt I know this runway very well. I did some turns today, as you can see from the executed flight plan. Perhaps you can see it better with the planned version merged. Or without my amateur steering skills.
  6. ... and just a tiny one. Out of Frankfurt... ... over the Edertalsperre, ... ... descending over the Weser river at Hameln... ... and just minutes later downwind into Hanover. Here I am again, virtually back after months! That feels good...
  7. 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?
  8. 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?
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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...
  12. 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).
  13. 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:
  14. 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!
  15. 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!
  16. 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!
  17. I hope there's enough ORBX scenery to be seen.
  18. 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!
  19. 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.
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