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  1. Orbx product ESMS Malmo This is P3Dv4 A pair of images of the Helldiver at Malmo 1. 2.
  2. Climbing out from PHDH Dillingham and flying across O'ahu. This is P3Dv4. 1. 2. 3.
  3. Next week I am going to do my first intercontinental flight since nearly 3 years. Plus, it is even going to be holiday. What an adventure! Zurich Jo´burg At least I had the chance to practice such trips in the sim.
  4. Now for a little regional flight in the early morning. From Dayton, Ohio... ... into a perfect clear sky. But only until Lake Michigan is reached! Hmmm, not much to see on the horizon, we have to trust the ILS. At least some of the little houses pop up while getting closer. A relief... ... if not the traffic would be so dense. As you can expect the landing in Chicago O´Hare was stressful, so I forgot to make a proving screenshot. The only document is this:
  5. OK, once again I use the name similarities of the western world: Starting from Lima, Ohio... ... I cross the hotel i am going to stay... ... and the company I am going to visit. A few miles south is Sidney, Ohio. There are 21 cities in the USA (and the one in Canada, Holger!) with this typo - if Lord Sydney knew that... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Townshend,_1st_Viscount_Sydney And not much longer it is time to turn downwind... ... into Dayton, to prepare for the next leg of this long day. The obvious proof of the routing. After flying this route I recognized that there is an "Armstrong Air and Space Museum" in Wapakoneta. And just a little Google away I learned that the first man to step on extraterrestrial ground was born there. Fascinating.
  6. I continue my little US tour from Meadville, PA... ... inspecting its little runway after my takeoff... ... and heading south, until I reach the I80 to turn westwards. Passing Mansfield... ... and Upper Sandusky... ... I reach Lima, Ohio. Just in case you wondered how I could reach the better known city of the same name with a small plane. I landed with a little tailwind, but ATC had other plans at that place. But in the sim one can ignore that. Keep calm and carry on. Just to let you know which Lima I mean.
  7. In 2020 there was nearly no real travel at all, just domestic. In 2021 one could carefully start to visit other places on the continent. 2022 sees us working on the backlog - within Europe, and even overseas. In the coming months I will (probably) drive from Pittsburgh... ... (KPIT, to be exact) ... ... towards the city... ... and northwards over the Ohio river. Leaving Lake Arthur behind... ... into Meadville. That´s the route, to be continued...
  8. 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:
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. It is a pity that flights between South Africa and Europe are mostly scheduled so that you won´t be able to see the land below. In simmers words: The beautiful scenery. But what shall we do: LH577 starts in FACT at 17:45 hrs. So we see them getting stuffed (that works faster than before Covid, as they now save on service, "upon customers request"). Pushed back into the evening... ... and today we start in southerly direction, towards False Bay. Not the smallest town, this one near the Cape. As we are talking about the Cape: Chapmans Peak in the evening sun... ... and a view back to the Mother City. The wineyards near Winterhoek. And the fascinating view down to the Equator. Hours later with just a slight different look: This is Vicenza. And, still in darkness, Mannheim (to the right) and Ludwigshafen (left), connected by two Rhine bridges. We help the people of Mainz to wake up with our engine sound... You can spot the famous cathedral near the Rhine, south of the bridge. Gliding down into the 07C of Frankfurt. Time to stop. And the beautiful european weather welcomes us. Pretty straightforward the route was. And you can see how many interesting countries we passed in the darkness.
  12. When exploring the world low & slow we clearly see the progress with MSFS - or the non-progress without. At least I could choose a helicopter for this tour out of Cape Town. The harbour of Mother City, with the correct layout (and the iconic mountains) but with so much missing. Touring down the exclusive suburbs appears okay. To Hout Bay... ... and along the famous Chapman´s Peak Drive... ... brings us towards the Cape of Good Hope. Then back north again along Simon´s Town with the penguin colony at Boulder´s Beach. Could you imagine how cool it would be to have some NatureFlow down there? I have not found out what this signature on Steenberg mountain might be. Any ideas? However, we pass Kirstenbosch Gardens... ... and get back to FACT airport. Here we were.
  13. Orbx Content: AU Australia V2. Below is Halls Gap, on the edge of the Grampians in Western Victoria. It is 260 km west of Melbourne. Halls Gap is named after the first settler, Charles Browning Hall. He came to the area in 1841 looking for grazing for his cattle. Today it has a population of 430 and is primarily a tourist town.
  14. Orbx Content: NA SAK, PAJN Rodgers meaningless topic this week asked if we had one choice of a plane to use in the sim what would it be. Mine was the DHC-2 Beaver. A go anywhere, land on anything plane and still a fairly common sight in Alaska and Canada. The youngest Beaver is now 55 years old and the type first appeared in 1947. 1657 were built and their rugged construction has stood the test of time. A Beaver on floats is seen passing PAJN Juneau with the Mendenhall Glacier clearly visible on the left.
  15. Orbx Content: AU Australia V2 Hand up who thought there was going to be an image of the legendary four engined bomber! Below the Auster's tail is the small locality of Lancaster with a population of 393. It was named after Thomas Lancaster who was an early settler and his son Samuel was a state pollitician. Other than that the local football club has been Premiers 8 times of the Kyabram and DIstrict Football League since it was founded in 1932. To the right is Kyabram, behind the tail is Merrigum and above is Waranga Dam which provides irrigation for the area's agriculture. BTW this is country Victoria, 30km from where I live.
  16. Airlink will take us out of Hoedspruit today... ... departing over the nearby Balule Game Reserve... ... and with some fine views of the northern Drakensberg mountains. For those sitting on the left. This flight passes Jo´burg, ... ... and Kimberley (yes, there is also a Kimberley in this mining country), ... ... before we descend towards the Ceres mountains (no, they are not close to Geelong). But there are some famous winelands around, ... ... for example near the city of Paarl. We head into a town with some famous sights, ... ... and from the cockpit you catch them best. Okay, sitting on the right would do as well, and compensates for the missing Drakensbergs after takeoff. Slightly offset, ... ... but safely arrived in Cape Town. Quite a straight way, with about 2:45 h block time.
  17. Orbx Content: OLC Europe Not far from Horovice and very close to Zdice. With a population of 4000, Zdice is a small market town in the Central Bohemian region of the Czech Republic.
  18. Orbx Content NA NRM Climbing out of CYLW Kelowna in the PA-20
  19. Today we leave Hoedspruit airport and follow the R40 southwards... ... with a great perspective of the North Drakensberg mountains west of us. Just before the lake at Bushbuckridge we need to turn right... ... onto the R533, which leads uphill... ... to Graskop "city". A good base to stay and explore the nearby Graskop Gorge (just below our 337) https://www.graskopgorgeliftcompany.co.za/#continue . A little detour brings us to a lookout called "Wonder View". Back to Blyde River we cross "Bourke´s Luck Potholes" - to small to be seen from a safe altitude. But the Lowfeld Lookout gives a good impression why the R532 is called "Panorama Route". The hills to the right are called "Three Rondavels", with Blydepoort Dam underneath. A full panorama behind us, and Moholoholo Animal Recovery Center below. We can´t see much detail of Balule Nature Reserve in P3D. Given the phenomenal detail of the Okavango scenery in MSFS the (potential) differences become clear: No safari in this flight. That´s the explaining documentation for today.
  20. Part of the Airdrie Airpark scenery is the enhanced city centre of Calgary. It has stood the test of time well, especially in the sunshine.
  21. Back into future travels this means. Hopefully this is going to be a soon-to-become real trip: With a late evening start out of Hanover... ... heading south over Germany... ... towards Zurich. The outside view shows Lake Zurich better. As this one shows Zurich airport, with its terminals B, A and E (from right to left). And here, the expected service:
  22. Good weather, some work and private life have kept me away from the sim for some weeks. Well, being stuck in Heraklion / Crete is not that bad - even if only in my virtual travels. Today we get on, with just a short hop from the Cretan capital... ... northbound over the Aegean Sea. Santorini to our right... ... and very soon the Greek mainland ahead. A view to Athens in the morning sun... ... not so sunny on this early May morning. But successfully landing in LGAV, ready to change planes.
  23. Continuing travels we were pushed back at Athens LGAV... ... to capture a view of the city shortly after. Levelled off over the Albanian coast... ... it was time to get my caffeine level also adjusted. That´s what I really, really like on a plane. The alps in the distance... ... or a bit closer. And here we begin the descend around Fulda... ... into Hanover, ... ... perfectly aligned. No troubles. And here is the obligatory service.
  24. Approaching Liverpool John Lennon Airport. Passing over the Silver Jubilee Bridge and the Runcorn Railway Bridge that span the River Mersey at the Runcorn Gap between Runcorn and WIdnes.
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