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  1. Here we are getting ready in the more private area of KSFO San Francisco airport. A beautiful takeoff over the bay, ... ... but a little desorientation during climbout - that does not look like safe flying from my side... However, I made it south to Palo Alto... ... with Dumbarton Bridge below. After crossing the hills towards the Pacific I passed Watsonville... ... and soon I came to Fort Ord beach, where I already turned downwind... ... into Monterey. A safe evening touchdown... ... and an adequate place to park. What´s missing now?
  2. Only coffee here in Half Moon Bay, so I asked the airport manager where I might get a cold beer. He gave me a hint, but told me not to mention it to the Sheriff. So I left the west coast... ... initially in northerly direction, ... ... and into the Pacific sunset. The californian coast looked great, here at San Pedro Point... ... and soon I reached Golden Gate Park. The famous bridge glowed in red. Traffic, traffic... A little climb made sure we stayed safe and were able to escape from Alcatraz. Oakland Bay bridge and the CBD, empty, probably because the workers had left for home and foreign tourists are still excluded in the pandemic. Oakland city itself... ... with a nice little detail practicing. A foiling catamaran, as they were used for the 2010-2017 America´s Cups. Time to close in for the intended drink... ... and to land at the SFO city airport.
  3. My virtual travel has lead me to Benton, CA, and there is clearly a preferred choice when it comes to liveries to be used from there. Starting to the north I crossed Keswick Dam... ... and Shasta Dam. Still filled with water. Is that true also in real life now? Heading southeast I climbed across Lassen Peak, high enough for a snowy scenery. But Honey Lake looked as expected and feared. Which makes it easier for the stuff at Sierra Army depot to stay dry. Reno-Stead airport looks like a free upgrade, not totally fitting into the region pack? South of Reno we met Lake Washoe (to the left) and Lake Tahoe (to the right). Looks like a pleasant refreshment. So we descended towards South Lake, ... ... spotted the Heavenly Ski arena, ... ... before we landed at KTVL. Let´s go hiking!
  4. There are so many Orbx pay- and freeware airports south of Vancouver. If I were to fly them all it´d probably take me until Christmas before I get to another country. So I chose an Alaskan airliner (Airbus? Do they use them?) ... ... to climb southwards... ... over the San Juan Islands, ... ... and looking back to Sidney BC. Crossing the border and the channel towards Port Angeles and the Olympic mountains. Lake Cushman to the left, ... ... and Bowerman to the right. Soon we crossed Columbia River at Portland, leaving the volcanoes to port. I like these evening views. Mt. Shasta welcomes... ... in his glory, ... ... just before we arrive... ... in Redding, CA.
  5. Hello, The Night Lighting check box to disable night lighting in the NCA area for openLC NA is always unchecked when I start FTX Central From what I've read on the Orbx forums both it and the New Night Lights box should be checked because I have openLC NA installed. Both boxes remain checked for my installed regions CRM, NRM, PNW, SAK. I suppose I can uncheck both boxes for NCA, but I'd rather have it work like the other regions. So far I've reinstalled NCA, but that hasn't helped. What else can I try? Other information: I use FSX Acceleration with Windows 7 and my order number is FSS0486304, migrated to OrbxDirect with transaction ID 586c5a7091447. Mark
  6. Hello all, I've just taken advantage of the last few days of the 37% off sale to purchase a few more terrain regions and airports. All seems good, especially KJAC, and my SSD is now feeling rather overfed! However, I do have an issue with the navdata for the Northern California region. Specifically, installing the region seems to have added an huge number of spurious inner, middle, outer and back course markers. To illustrate, here's a 'before' image: the FSX map of the San Francisco Bay area with recently updated ILS data (it looks much the same with default FSX navdata)... And here's an 'after' shot showing all the mysterious marker beacons which are included in the new FTX_NCA BGLs. As you can see, even small airports like Byron (C83) seem to have acquired a full set of beacons for each approach. The profusion of markers around bigger airports with multiple runways like KSFO and KSJC is very obvious. The same thing seem to have happened over all of the NCA region... I searched the forums before posting, but didn't come across any discussion of this problem. Just wondered if anybody else is experiencing the same thing? I installed NCA patch001 and this is on an FSX Acceleration installation. Oh, and my order number for FTX NA Gold NCA is FSS0386639. Thanks, Nick P.S. I also had an issue with the ILS glideslope at KMRY but looks like there's a fix for that which I've downloaded - thanks!
  7. Getting my kicks at gate... I love these details of plane, airport and scenery. Here we go. With p3d being hicced up and showing the AI traffic labels... The streets of San Francisco. Clear Lake ahead, ... ... Trinity Lake, ... ... and Mt. Shasta. "And it burns burns burns - the ring of fire"... Portland. Mt. Rainier, Mt. St. Helens, Columbia River. Finally into Seattle. Do you remember this from the old 32 bit sim days with a heavy bird? Full brakes, we don´t want to waste time on the way to the terminal. Thanks for flying with United again. You are cordially invited into the United Polaris Lounge... .
  8. ... if you can keep them there close to a wind machine like this. Not the most quiet caravaning place... Heading north... ... along the Montara mountains... ... and the Golden Gate Park... ... to the well-known bridge. Alcatraz, ... ... CBD, ... ... and the 49ers stadium (you can see: my VC issues are solved), on our way to .... KSFO.
  9. If you don't like the yellow & vintage plane neither the lady in red... well don't read this post I was very lucky this evening : I got a famous passenger...yes,...here are her suitcases, hat, beautiful red dresses probably, ... She will be soon at board... the engine is ready to run...I have put a nice music, decoration... Here she is...the Lady in red herself !!! Yes - see - there are also special lights for our take of ! Thanks to my buddy from the control tower ! well during the flight I have been very disenchanted ! Everything was ok - a very charming plane...the engine is not so noisy...some delicate biscuits and a very tasty red wine (of course red !)... BANG !!!!!!! Suddenly I heart a strong sound...the door ?????? Empty !!!!! ??????? yes ....she has decided to jump ! Why ??????? And what to do ? I heard at the radio my buddy : "Don't worry Jean Marc ... it is not the first time...She is so nice but also very strange... OK !! I see her parachute - a red one of course - she is ok - she is just an improbable character....." well well ... So take care with the red lady...sometimes she is quite strange... Best is to see her at the airport, around, but maybe not in your plane ! Or maybe I have just been unlucky ? Just a bad day ? I will never known ...
  10. Having been on sabbatical from flight sim for awhile, I've been checking out some of the things that came out while I was gone, and Cloverdale Municipal (O60) is a real charmer! Enjoy!
  11. I am unable to select the unchecked items in the control panel. I check them and close the control panel, however when I reopen the control panel, they are again unchecked. Only region I am having this issue with. Sim is P3D v4.1. Any thoughts appreciated.
  12. Just a handful enroute from MRY to OAK. I think I get the best frames in the last shot on the ground ;-)
  13. First post here! Snapped these on my flight from KEKA to KMFR in the A2A Comanche 250:
  14. Hey all, I got a chance to visit the relatively recently released Half Moon Bay. This is just STELLAR from the air and loads better fps than San Carlos! Enjoy!
  15. Took another plane for a quick joyride, Ants T-28A demo aircraft, and that is one well made airplane. The Textures are the best I´ve seen yet, systems are done quite fine, not too happy with the external sound system for now, but internal is sweet as well. Heading for the runway, weather is fair enough. And up we are, wheels coming in. Gaining some altitude to get some momentum out of it. That bird is heavy and not too powerful. A quick buzz of the tower in old Top Gun flavor And up for a Split S. Turning out, heading back down to regain airspeed. And coming down from a Hammerhead turn. A high altitude roll over the runway. Almost time to land. But still room for one more medium low pass over the runway. Setting her back down, the runway looks more like a carrier from here in lenght. Was plenty of room remaining though. And tucked her away. KRDD and the T-28 are both stunning addons, need to add the other (payware) variants of the aircraft some day. If you like those kind of planes and you haven´t tried it, look it up, worth a try for sure!
  16. Hi All, This one has been a long time coming, and I know many of you have been waiting for it. Well, I'm proud to finally present my latest project, which I took over from Scott Armstrong a while ago - KHAF Half Moon Bay Airport! I'm very close to completion with this one, expect a release sometime in January, once you've had time to cool down from the sale frenzy Half Moon Bay is a unique airport located on the Pacific Coast in San Mateo County just south of San Francisco, and just over the ranges from KSFO. Being so close to the Bay Area, the airport sees a lot of GA traffic throughout the year, as well as some air taxi services. The spectacular coastline around the airport makes for a truly amazing approach, and the airport has been faithfully recreated from imagery taken over multiple visits to the airport by Scott and myself in the last few years. The airport is also not far away from many other Orbx airports, such as KSTS Sonoma County, KMRY Monterey, and KSQL San Carlos, all of which are very nearby, as well as other airports a bit further inland, such as KTVL and KBLU. COVERAGE MAP: Please enjoy the screenshots Cheers, Misha
  17. It hasn't been all 747 time lately... Over Greece at dusk: Moorabbin in the 182, heading to Philip Island AT-6 inland from the bay. The Texan is a delight to fly.
  18. LAX to Narita for an Xmas arrival: Leaving the basin Leaving the mainland for the loooong haul across the water. Just south of KMRY. Water, obviously Clouds (and more water) Chasing the sun. Sunset. It was there right up until top of descent. By the time I'd lost 7 miles it was gone, and visibility was down to 3 miles. Did this once in the MD-11. One day I might actually fly back. Next up on this trip is Singapore on SQ11. Soooo nice to not have to consider minor irritants like VAS after virtual 12 hours. Merry Xmas all.
  19. Another recent acquisition that promises to be lots of fun. Playing around in the North Bay Area Duck! Sometimes, I find I really like these "nearest airport" views. Can't see the duck in this one but . . getting my feet wet Another recommended and high quality bit of freeware
  20. Captured in natural habitats thanks to orbx.
  21. Trying out some newly acquired repaints around the Bay Area, when I saw something weird. You can probably guess what I'm about to do in this first shot - But it looks like some truck driver saw me coming and either panicked or lost his concentration So there you go folks, actions have consequences, even in simworld! In a Truck Sim somewhere, there may be a bunch of grieving pixels, and it's all my fault.
  22. I first went to O68 to explore the freeware Yosemite scenery and found an elevation problem. I have all the OrbX NA regions installed along with Vector. Vector does not have an AEC entry for O68. Thanks for any help. A search of my P3D folder for "O68" yields these 6 files: Edit: Further investigation reveals O68 (in real life) was updated to KMPI designation. P3D shows both listed: And looking closer in P3D, there appear to be two sets of runways/taxiways:
  23. Short little IFR run from Sacramento Exec (SAC) to Palo Alto (PAO). Nick
  24. Been a few days since I could do some flying and testing. Today was Eureka to Tahoe. Enjoy! Nick
  25. Ladies and gentlemen, please get ready for boarding. Please notice that due to our airline policy you are not allowed to bother other travellers with permanent mobile phone calls. So please decide if you like to talk to your crew and neighbors, or stay in virtual life. Seems to be somebody has preferred to stay on the phone. And on the ground. OK, climbing out... ... over Lake Shasta, ... ... and Columbia River. Oooo, oooo, oooh, the ring of fire...! Approaching over Tacoma... ... into Microsoft city. Or Amazon city? Or Starbucks city? No. SEAHAWKS CITY this is.
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