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  1. This regular commercial flight would (in normal times) go out of Iguazu (Brazil), ... ... giving a view of the remainders of rainforest first. As we mention the rain, over Paraguay... But it cleared up as we reached the border to Argentina, at the twin cities of Resistencia and Corrientes separated by Rio Parana. Here we touch the borders of the wetlands, La Pampa. The Gran Chaco - the Argentiean version of the Outback. In great parts hot, dry, and more hunters country than usable farmland. And now towards the Andes, near Mendoza. They make a clear border, covering the inland from the Pacific wind and rain. And showing Aconcagua, the highest mountain in the Americas and the highest outside of Asia, being the highest in both the Southern and Western hemispheres with a summit elevation of 6,960.8 metres (22,837 ft). Rio Aconcagua leads us down into Chile... ... towards the plains of Santiago.
  2. I would like to travel to Santiago de Chile one day, but today I will just leave it, virtually. Just like the commercial flights in my direction, this simulated one leaves around midnight, local time. Concepcion, the last spot of the South American continent on this trip. You may guess where this is going. Hint: The only possible airport for emergencies around is la Isla de Pasqua, and this is still ETOPS 240... At least our plane is reliable and makes landfall in New Zealand, ... ... near Gisbourne, which is hidden under a table cloth. Some decent mountains peek through the clouds as we pass Rotorua. Gliding down ... ... over the Hunua Ranges NP ... ... into Auckland. Another place I´d like to see in real. A nice view of office and city, I felt. Ready to land. Deboarding in Corona times: All separate, with the bus, directly to testing and into the quarantine hotel.
  3. After arriving in Iguazu (Argentinian side) the touristical tour is obvious. Over the rainforest... ... to Iguazu Falls, the largest waterfalls in the world. Learning for today: In Guarani "y" means water, "uasu" means big. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iguazu_Falls First we visit the town of Puerto Iguazu on the Argentinean side... ... then we continue to the meeting point of Iguazu river and Rio Parana. This point is called Tres frontieres, guess why. Our flight continues over Brazilean territory. To the left of the "Friendship Bridge", in the west, there is Ciudad del Este, Paraguay. Just a short hop north we meet the Itaipu dam. I am not sure this freeware photoscenery came from. The dam is 196 metres (643 ft) high, equivalent to a 65-story building. It feeds 20 generators, with two of them producing the equivalent of one current nuclear power plant. The third city around is Foz de Iguazu, Brazil. It also has an international airport, which I´ll use for the next flight...
  4. When I hear the name "Argentina", football comes to my mind. Tango, steaks, great plains. But I was not aware how big this country is. This is going to be a 1700 mile flight from the very south of the country to the very north. Boarding in corona-safe distances at El Calafate... ... and climbing out over Lago Argentino. Heading North over Rio La Leona, ... ... before crossing the border of Frank Daineses photoscenery. Flying along the Atlantic coast does not show interesting ground details, ... ... even landclass repetitions. But some thunderstorms give us entertainment... ... before we reach Buenos Aires. Here the ground gets some better detail. Crossing Uruguay, near the ciudad de Concordia. And then we follow the big Rio Parana... ... leading us to the rainforests... ... to Mayor D Carlos Eduardo Krause aeropuerto. Better known as SARI, the argentinian airport at Iguazu.
  5. After adding Frank Daineses freeware I started a flight from El Calafate, Patagonia, Argentina. [Yes, there is extensive use of his fantastic freeware in this post - it fits well into OLC and adds the missing, spectacular mountains.] Climbing out over Lago Argentino... ... and the nearby Lago Viedma. By car it would be a 3 hour trip into this scenery, the flight was about 40 minutes. The village is El Chalten, living mainly from tourism in Summer. In Winter it is mostly deserted. Hikers go up to the glacier lakes ... ... to visit the iconic Cerro Torre. Obviously one of the world´s most difficult mountains to climb, 10262 ft high. The first proven ascent was completed in 1974. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cerro_Torre Beautiful valleys as well... ... and the second prominent mountain: Cerro Fitz Roy, 11171 ft. We turn back south... ... over El Chalten... ... and finally returning to El Calafate.
  6. Here we go from Punta Arenas to one of the touristical highlights of la Tierra del Fuego. Lucky guys get a flight to Puerto Natales and save 300 kms of driving. But these days there are no commercial flights to that village - that´s why we started at Punta Arenas. And here we are... ... climbing to las Torres del Paine. This is how they look in real. I would say OLC definetively needs something here. I do not have Frank Dainese´s add-on for this area. But I know the way over the famous Glacier Grey. Really famous. And, as you see (or miss) the glacier at the left end, this is no comparison to the glacier additions in Alaska scenery. Wouldn´t it just be copy-paste? Here we proceed northwards and, just before entering a Dainese photoscenery, we miss the glacier Perito Moreno left of the small channel. This is how it should look. So we follow the tourists eastwards... ... along Lago Argentino... ... to El Calafate... ... and its airport. Pure and simple. And ready for the next day of tourism!
  7. Georgaphically, indeed. This flight goes from Santiago de Chile... ... over the cloud-covered Andes... ... and huge volcanos, like Monte San Valentin... ... to the Cerro Torre region. Frank Dainese has done some valuable work on the scenery here, when you look towards the Atlantic. The passengers on the right see see the Pacific instead. Descending over las Torres del Paine (hidden under clouds just under the left engine) ... ... and the metropolis of Puerto Natales (it even has a runway!) ... ... into Punta Arenas. Manual, and in lovely visibility. But successful.
  8. Even though so many of us seem to be absorbed by the fsxx-hype, I will keep on enjoying my existing system, and share these impressions with you. Regardless if airports are with limited detail, like this one in Calama, northern Chile. For me it is acceptable to have these fields not upgraded in the OLC packs... ... as long as the landscape shows its details. Well, it gets a bit boring down the Chile coast... ... the first different view came up nearly two hours later in the highlands near Santiago. This is the approach into the default SCEL. You can see on the ND that my ATC chose runway 17R for landing, and the disciplined pilot programmed it. But the scenery is on 2006 state, and the new runway not shown... ... so I had to make a manual sidestep. Successful. As successful as finding this local livery for the bus!
  9. Ready for a touristic highlight in Bolivia? Here we go, from Uyuni airport. Please note the altimeter. It was not 2050 ft., just the next level. Camouflage... ... and outstanding perspectives. That lake is named Laguna Colorada. Originally it is red from the algae and sediments. And this one is Laguna Verde. The name suggests another colour as well. ... with the volcano Licancabur just to the south. The usual 3-day roadtrip might end (or start) at San Pedro de Atacama, on the Chile side. But the "airport" looks a bit small for my intended travel plan, so I went on... ... to Calama. Where the adequate bird was already waiting in the background.
  10. For this flight out of La Paz "El Alto" I wanted to use an Airbus (like in regular services), which I did with success. I also wanted a more-or-less local airline from my instalment, so I chose LATAM Brazil. Success. I overlooked that I only had this livery installed on a 321, not the commercially used 320. As a consequence, the runway proved too short for a regular start... Good that this is only a sim. I cheated the plane up over the Altiplano. Lots of volcanos and other peaks around the plain. And gigantic lakes, like the Lago Poopo. But not all lakes could stand the sun. Some turned into salt fields, like the Salar de Uyuni. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salar_de_Uyuni It is the biggest salt flat on Earth, at an elevation of 12000 ft. Following rain, a thin layer of dead calm water transforms the flat into the world's largest mirror, 129 kilometers (80 miles) across. It also forms the worlds biggest Lithium source. In the past decade the Bolivian government turned mining from foreign companies into a domestic-controlled joint venture, leaving a bigger part of the profit in the country. The airport of Uyuni is not present in p3d. But with the help of https://www.freewarescenery.com/fsx/bolivia.html you can get it. [Some of the links there are dead or leading to suspicious websites.] Landing worked, and the place looks fascinating.
  11. For my next leg out of Cuzco I tried to use a real plane. With some local musicians playing in the cabin, probably to overcome their fear after seeing the pilots boarding. The airport is at 10700 ft. Unfortunately at this altitude the engines go hot the moment you fire´em up. Climbing is a bit of stress... But I could follow the roads between the mountains... ... to reach Puno... ... and Copacabana... ... at the shores of Lake Titicaca. By volume of water and by surface area, it is the largest lake in South America. It is also the highest lake with commercial travel in the world. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Titicaca Landing at La Paz was not easy either: When slowing down the engines heat up again. The airport is at 13250 ft, which makes it the highest commercially used airport on the planet. And the ATC at airport "El Alto" even provided me with a go-around. At least the virrtual engines survived and brought us to Bolivia´s capital safely.
  12. After the sensational impressions I had in OLC Africa I want to re-visit another OLC region. So I queued up on an early morning in Vancouver... ... and finally managed to take off. Just some sights on the way south: Mt. Rainier (plus a little traffic), ... ... the Grand Canyon. In pure OLC - I need to reinstall Maurizio Giorgi´s phenomenal OZx freeware here. Leaving the US near Las Cruzes at the Rio Grande. Mexico City in the haze. The Popocatepetl. At the gulf of Tehuantepec we reached the Pacific... ... encountered dawn near Colombia... ... and arrived in northern Peru already in darkness. Approaching Lima. Here we are. A surprising long flight, now it´s time for some shorter ones!
  13. Early morning at the pacific coast. Leaving Lima... ... down the coast viewing the Andes. This is the exact position of Nazca https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nazca_Lines . As I was already preparing to get up into the mountains I was flying quite high, perhaps the famous line figures are better visible from lower altitudes. The Nazca Lines were created between 500 BCE and 500 CE. Most lines run straight across the landscape, but there are also figurative designs of animals and plants, made up of lines. The individual figurative geoglyph designs measure between 0.4 and 1.1 km (.2 and .7 mi) across. The combined length of all the lines is over 1,300 km (808 mi), and the group cover an area of about 50 km2 (19 sq mi). The lines are typically 10 to 15 cm (4 to 6 in) deep. They were made by removing the top layer of reddish-brown iron oxide-coated pebbles to reveal a yellow-grey subsoil. Some of the Nazca lines form shapes that are best seen from the air (~457 m, 1,500 ft), though they are visible from the surrounding foothills and other high places. The figures vary in complexity. Hundreds are simple lines and geometric shapes; more than 70 are zoomorphic designs of animals such as a hummingbird, spider, fish, condor, heron, monkey, lizard, dog, and a human. As said, I went up into the Andes... ... with uneasy feelings. These mountains are enormous. And finally I had to cheat with the weather to "see" Macchu Picchu. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Machu_Picchu Not. It is missing in the sim. At least you can see the village Agua Calientes just east of the Urubamba river below the ruin location. Following the Inca trail... ... across the sacred valley to Cuzco. They regularly serve this place with A319s, and it looks as challenging as Innsbruck. Plus its altitude (11150 ft).
  14. Nice when I left... Got a little sinister... Ended up in less than minimums from time to time... And a bonus, because the South American mountain lighting at dusk was pretty cool Mike
  15. The return trip to Rio. Seem to be making progress on the AA settings, thanks Lee and Jack. There are a lot of marvelous painters out there. The hobby would be the poorer without them... Anyway... I'm minding my own business, plotting an instrument approach when I hear a pop and a hissing sound. Immediately I hear 'wah, wah' from the back. Back come the throttles and rpm from their high speed descent setting. Over goes the nose. By the time Betty is asking what's up I can see the cabin altitude heading the opposite way to the airframe. Drop the nose some more to make the most of the difference to lose height quickly. Not really ideal when I know there were hills and soup below. Fortunately, 10k' and safety wasn't far below, and the hills weren't that high. Right turn out to sea to buy some time to plan if it came to that. Temperature 20. Dew Point 19. Those with a bit of met (or paint) study behind them will know what that means. Broken at 700', Viz 2nm. Apologies for the lack of on final shot. I was preoccupied with needles.
  16. A change of pace from all big Boeings... Wet... Still wet... Clear of the worst Coastal Brazil is spectacular now (at least of what I could see of it). At some point I'll fly a little closer to it, but for now I'm happy plying the commercial routes to get my bearings. The weather wasn't quite as bad as Rio, but honestly, not much better. Wound up high and ugly. But didn't bang it down or run out of runway. 22 hours on type, and I'm still not willing to risk career mode! What's the go with V4 and the AA settings? I'm not happy with what I'm getting at 8x MSAA and Anisotropic 8x with 1024 textures. In FSX I just let nvidia Inspector do all the hard work using Tabs settings. Is that still the best thing to do here, or is V4 better at it?
  17. Lake Titicaca to the horizon The last of Peru before hitting the coast and Chile Another night time landing. I guess I'll see the Santiago scenery when I depart again in the morning...
  18. Just installed OLC SA. Went to Rio. Looking for Jesus. But he seems to have back-slid. I have OLC SA and Vector in place, plus FS Global Ultimate NG. I did / do have Paulo Ricardo's Mega Rio de Janeiro installed, (with the default FSX/P3D Rio de Janeiro global entry disabled), but I had the PR Rio disabled in the scenery cfg file and had re-enabled the default Rio before doing this flight. Just tried same thing (same scenario) in P3DV3 and in this case, there's no sign of the guy at all. Maybe the PR Rio also dumped a bunch of stuff in the general P3D \Scenery folders on the original install and blanking out the scenery.cfg entry is not enough? Don't see how that should affect my P3Dv4 system as the way I was running it under v4 was only to point the v4 scenery.cfg to the v3 directories anyway, so v4 wouldn't have picked up anything in its own folders as the PR product was never actually "installed" to v4. OLC SA looking good though!
  19. One more question about OLC SA, and possibly Global Vector. After reading Vora's post elsewhere, I thought I'd go see the area around SVCN Canamai. Just after takeoff I flew over a water feature with rather unrealistic edges - Not having a moan here, but I sort of expected running Vector along with OLC to provide more realistic boundaries for such things, so my question is just - is this correct or have I screwed up somewhere? I'm struggling a bit at the moment to get v4 looking the way I want, colour and light wise, so I'm having an attack of the "why doesn't my system look like the preview screenies" and it's making me very aware of things like this. Any advice or suggestions gratefully received. And if it's still to be expected to find occasional anomalies like this then that's fine too. It's just that my first two forays into OLC SA have both produced weird results (the other being the JC in Rio/mesh issue)
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