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  1. Starting this flight in Munich I was fascinated by the 787´s cockpit functionality, for example the airport map on the ND... ... or the HUD. And the look of the GES region pack is not bad either. We can spot the Isar river below the plane, and the Alps hiding in the (southern) background. Vienna (my version is not perfectly blended) and the Donau river. The Carpathian mountains - a rare touristic destination. Here we have already crossed the Black Sea, with Turkey´s north coast in the background. Hard to see in the sim (but always fascinating when you fly this route in real): The lights of the Iranian coast of the Caspian Sea. Dis is India. Just another million people settlement between Nagpur, Vizak and Bubaneshwar. I can give you real life comparison shots of these cities once OLC Asia is released. Finally we can see the sun rise over Malaysia, ... ... at the Malacca Strait. Well prepared. Autobrake 2 will be more than sufficient. A first look of the plane´s home country... ... with Changi airport showing up on downwind. The turn was close to the airport, so we came in a bit high (too high for the ILS), ... ... so a longer manual approach was required. No panic, as we knew the runway is long enough. Now we´ll have some quality time in Singapore. Would it be great to finally use OpenLC Asia and explore the region!
  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. ... especially for a country that one would consider a small one. Usually KL730 starts in the evening and therefore is a nightflight. With an A330. But we are allowed to dream, so we get a day flight in a dreamliner. Getting ready in St. Maarten, Dutch overseas territory. Welcome on board of our sunflower. These planespotters can expect thoroughly dried hair in the next few seconds. Hope the clothes are carefully fixed. Don´t say there hasn´t been a warning. Here we go, and do not look back in the mirror. Climbing out over Sentry Hill is a challenge for a fully loaded plane. Turning initially south over the island, before crossing the Atlantic. About 7 hours later. This is already land´s beginning. Some call it also Land´s End. London. Landing there would have made the flight international - and legally bring us out of Europe! But we start descend at the Thames windfarms... ... heading into the beautiful European weather at the Hoek van Holland... ... crossing Den Haag... ... and - over Aalsmeer - turn into Schiphol. You can already see the runway ahead. Or better here. Even better here. Now we are back in the Dutch mainland, ready for deboarding at Amsterdam.
  4. WIZZ Airbus A320 flight from Belgrade (LYBE) to Gothenborg (ESGG). This is an actual operational flight schedule. Fair weather conditions but unfortunately mostly cloudy along the way. Herman Our aircraft as seen from behind a fence at Nikola Tesla International Airport, Belgrade Strict flight levels and speed limits apply whilst flying in Serbian airspace Cruising at FL360 Winging our way in a north-westerly direction Cruising FL360 increased to FL380 to avoid turbulance (for passenger comfort) Flying over the Oresund Strait which separates Denmark from Sweden. Below us is the amazing Oresund bridge/tunnel with Copenhagen (L) and Malmo (R). The island is called Saltholm. Fast approaching the towns of Helsingor (Denmark) and Helsingborg (Sweden). Ferries operate between the two towns. Tight turns as to line up for the approach to Landvetter Airport, Gothenborg, Sweden Runway 03 in sight... We head towards Gate 19 Passengers and cargo are off-loaded from our aircraft. Thanks for looking!
  5. When I boarded for this supply flight in Arlanda the weather seemed so fine. But there were loads of load to load, and during this time a hazy shade of winter appeared! Flying over the clouds usually is no problem, ... ... giving even sights to interesting structures like the Kaitumälven river. But after the initial approach into Kiruna... ... the hazyness of winters shade became more tight! Good to see the runway, finally. Good to ignore the EICAS messenges, also finally. Blow the snow! And time to unload whatever the miners need.
  6. 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!
  7. 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!
  8. After arriving from Jo´burg / South Africa some passengers needed a connection from Munich. TrueGlass makes the rain more enjoyable. Through the clouds... ... and up to the Netherland coast. Obviously Amsterdam. Not easy to spot the assigned runway in this quite detailed landscape, ... ... flying by the instruments helps. Been there, done that.
  9. 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!
  10. A successful SODE trial allows us to have a speedy boarding procedure at Bilbao... ... so that we could go quite quick. What a location. We headed northeast, to cross the Garonne (and the Dordogne) in Bordeaux. Stewart @European Mountain Man will probably know this place well. Here we are already descending into downwind, with a nice view across Paris and the Seine river. And the rainy final into Charles-de-Gaulles´ 27R. Some traffic around, which will result in a lenghty taxi tour on the way to the gate...
  11. 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.
  12. Never been to Sardinia in the sim (I don't think). Flew in from Rome. This is Alghero to Cagliari. Straight 'v's. Next leg is back to Rome. Fair to say I'm a bit of a fan of openLC. It opens up a whole lot of the world. Mike
  13. Due to another update of the Aerosoft Airbus I had to chose an uncommon livery for a flight out of Tromsö. And these northern impressions are great... ... though the SID is not as easy as one might think! Oh, quel surprise: Coffee service already while climbing through 14000 ft! You can be very sure I open the cockpit door... At least the route was going around the worst weather. In order to avoid coffee spills. Who would be cleaning the cockpit? Here we meet the Baltic sea. I don´t know why Vector has chosen the "frozen lakes" option, but the ground looks winterly still. We have to expect some limited visibility during descend... Limited, indeed... ... but ok. I did not manage to get the updated ESSA jetways to work. Is there a trick?
  14. It's a wintry morning in Stockholm... ...the land seems frozen... ... visibility is reduced... ...snowflakes are dancing in the air. So is the Swedish winter! The United Airlines plane that's being catered at Gate Foxtrot 36 finds itself in this winter story... ...and is being de-iced right at the gate. The passengers inside the plane observe the de-icing crew doing their job without protecting their heads and hands against the cold. Those hardy Swedes! A few minutes later, the Triple-Seven is being pushed back from the gate... ...and starts to taxi to the runway. The snow gets no less on its way... ...flaps and slats are kept retracted to prevent icy material to attach to the flaps mechanism and potentially freeze there. How different the sight, only a few minutes later! A bright morning above the clouds. The airplane cruises high above the snowy landscape of Scandinavia... ...and above the ships that traverse the Atlantic Ocean. The New World is no less covered with snow than the old one. Somewhere over New England... ...the sky looks even colder than at the other side of the pond! Who might populate those snowy hills in this time of year, when even the bears retreat to their den? New Jersey and Staten Island ahead! And a massive bank of clouds... A/P off at 270' and touchdown. After more than 8 hours, the plane has made it from the wintry cold morning in Stockholm to the wintry cold morning in Newark. Content and relieved, the passengers leave the plane through a comfortable jetway... ...and probably face the worst part of their voyage on the highway to home. That's it, I hope you liked it. Cheers.
  15. Although, given this weather, there might be too little lift to fly the FSX mission with the glider. So I´ll better take a KingAir and get ready in Arlanda. Man, this looks cold. BTW, this flight is done at noon. At least the Swedes are routined experts in cleaning the buildings and apron. Stockholm below. Only for those with radar eyes. OpenLC was not improving much of the scenery today. Hm, this does not only look cold. Luckily Gotland, my intended destination, shows up. ILS21, but VFR would also be possible in Visby today. Get out & fetch some warm drinks, mates!
  16. No fear, mates, this is neither a latin lesson nor a history one. This is "just" a flight between the two airports that come as a bonus in Magnus´ Kiruna scenery. An early morning start in Visby... ... where de-icing was requested by the ground crew. Taking off in southerly direction, ... ... yields a beautiful turn over the historical city of Visby. No too much to see from the swedish landscape... ... but the approach to Borlänge / Dala was even worse: Some might call this "whiteout"... Due to the wind direction we were guided into runway 14 - which does not have an ILS. And the visibility was not really good... Nevertheless, we found the runway, finally. The next challenge was finding a useable taxiway... Made it. A great flight, and two bonus airports that make Kiruna to a "must-have" scenery for me. And I did not even visit Kiruna itself yet...
  17. 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!
  18. Welcome aboard Swiss International Flight 196 from Zürich to Peking, pardon, from Zurich to Beijing. Grüezi! It never rains in Northern Switzerland... wait: it pours, man, it pours! The Swiss controllers are a very relaxed concerning the dangers of crossing runways. Takeoff into the... soup. Sorry I forgot the proper word that I've read 100 times here. But soon we leave the clouds below us. Alpine rocks scrape the clouds over Tyrolia. Soon there's a hole in the grey blanket. Mighty mountains, blue lakes and a green valley. It's a harsh yet beautiful environment. Let's bank to the left, towards Bavaria. Servus, Bad Aibling! The Inn River (over Rosenheim). In the background is Austria (direction Kiefersfelden). Looking towards the Donau / Danube Grüßgott, Deggendorf! Nihau, China! (already outside of the limits of Bavaria) We enjoy the blue hour from the jump seat before we will be reaching Beijing eventually. I hope you enjoyed the flight. (sorry no landing)
  19. Just some Asian (and North American) highlights, without much ado. PIA789 OPKC-CYYZ Baku The beginning of the Caucasus Range Scandinavia Greenland Labrador PIA790 CYYZ-OPLA Ontario Québec Oh no, the yellow flood! Mother Russia. Let's make an awesome turn. What remains of Lake Aral. It could benefit from some Orbx love. The Fann Mountains of Tajikistan. Dushanbe ("Monday"), the capital of Tajikistan. The Hindu Kush ("Hindu Murderer") in Afghanistan. Close to Lahore, the view goes in the direction of Islamabad and the Western Himalaya. Thank you for looking.
  20. 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!
  21. One holiday comes to an end, and we have to catch a flight in Heraklion. This is how the airport looked until early 2018. The airside was expanded meanwhile, but only in reality, not in the sim. Let´s go east, ... ... then north. Here we already cross the Peloponnes, with the channel of Corinth hidden under the cloud bottom right. Kerkyra / Korfu. From here we just follow the adriatic sea... ... until its northern end. Venice. One holiday spot follows the other. This is Bozen, with the Lago di Garda in the background. Innsbruck. We went on to an easier airport... but into the clouds! No approach pictures here, again. I´m sorry. Munich is THE place to change to another category of flying. Be it bushflying in Bavaria? Approaching the alps? Or world-travelling in widebodies? Stay tuned...
  22. From Heraklion, the capital of the Island of Crete... ... I followed the road southwards, over the moutains at Agia Varvara, ... ... where, after crossing the pass, we had a glorious view of the Messara plain. Further westwards the main city of the plainland, Mires, was crossed (and misplaced in Vector...), ... ... and over the Minoan harbour we flew out to the Libyan Sea. The uninhabited Paximadi islands are a good waymark to turn back... .. to the famous bay of Matala, ... and overlooking the 5 km-long Komos beach again. Here we are already on the way back to Heraklion, crossing Zaros - a good place for hiking and freshwater fishing. Sorry, no landing pictures today. But you know how this looks like, be it successful or not, don´t you? As you can see OpenLC does its job and gives a wonderful realistic impression of the landscape. As well we can see this is no full fat region, some Vector misplacements and the lack of POIs or true cites is evident. And this is totally as intended (and expected) by the Global packages: Mission accomplished, I would say.
  23. We were getting ready in Athens for a little hop... ... and climbing out the 09R. You can easily imagine why the greek national colours are blue and white. After a few minutes on FL170 we are already approaching Heraklion in 09 direction. You can see that I had to manipulate the cockpit to make this old Airbus Extended livery working: The callsign is wrong. But the glideslope is right! The old venetian harbour... ... and the remainders of the city wall. Here we are, ready to look for the beach. And the tavernas...
  24. Boarding in Olbia, Sardegna. With a last view to the terminal. Climbing out in the real weather conditions of November - obviously I had to cheat with the simmed weather to get some views of the harbour... ... and the coast. Heading westwards we reach Italy. This is just east of Salerno... ... and here we cross the tip of the Italian "boot": From Taranto to Brindisi. Reaching Greece at Kerkira. The Bay of Korinth from the western end (right) to the east (left). South of it is the Peloponnes, below us the greek mainland. To the left you can see the "cut": The channel of Korinth. In anciend times ships were pulled over the rocky lands, but since 1893 the 6.4 km channel enables the shortcut, saving 325 km of sailing. Though, only for small ships: It was carved to a depth of 84 m into the rocks, resulting in a lockless but narrow seaway: The minimum width is about 21 m. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corinth_Canal Approaching Athens. You can already see Piraeus in the middle and Athens right in front of the mountains. Around the corner at Vouliagmeni... ... over the Koropi quarry... ... and here we are: Athens Eleftherios Venizelos, opened on time for the 2004 Olympic games.
  25. This time I was faster in the simulated flights than in real life. So I can only give you the additional proofs to the enclosed post now. Here is the reference... And here is the reality: On approach to Madrid Barajas... ... and visiting Toledo some minutes later. Mesh and vector data are ok, but the building charatcter is a clear deficite. Plus, that city has lots of POIs which would be nice in the sim, like the Puenta de San Martin or the Cathedral:
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