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  1. The next flight on memory lane is a relatively short hop from Cairns. A little preview of the routing... ... before we arrive at Green Island. Some fantastic views of Arlington Reef, ... ... and even the underwater details of Michaelmas Cay are quite precise in AUv2. One of the platforms for diving and snorkeling. Many have been placed around Cairns. But too soon... ... we come back to YBCS. Quite some fun for the experienced simmer. Surely I have placed the "official" waypoints into my navigation software.
  2. As I had a helicopter at hand from my last flight, I just made a little detour southwards of the airport. Starting at the parking lots and rental car stations... ... towards the harbour... ... and to the lagoon, which serves as a croc- & yellyfish-free swimming ground. And nature´s beauty is still there.
  3. The surrounding of Cairns has enough sights for some days of exploration. And I do this with a scenic flight from Aeroglen / YBCS. When you set the calendar to dry season you get clear skies, but only low tide at Barron River falls. This flight leads us north along the spectacular coastal highway... ... to the visitor center... ... at Mossman Gorge. From there it is not far to the Daintree River ferry, ... ... you better not go fishing or swimming there. But when you drive up the hills to the north... ... you soon reach the famous rainforest. In contrast to the regular tourist we can take a shortcut back to accomodation in Palm Cove.
  4. Relaxed this flight out of Port Moresby/Jacksons will be, as it is not heading towards a bushstrip. And with an airliner instead of these all-terrain-props. However, the PNG scenery is always worth a visit! Just as the Great Barrier Reef along the Queensland coast is. Though... not in all seasons... ... and maybe better not in January. Landing in Cairns is stressless in all weather conditions, ... ... but why did they assign Cebu Pacific Airlines to "Domestic"? Perhaps this is the way to bypass Immigration controls even without carrying a tennis racket.
  5. We continue the history lessons about Papua New Guinea and start the next flight at Myola airfield. This plateau was chosen for a logistics base and airstrip by https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herbert_Thomson_Kienzle during the preparations of the Kokoda Track campaign in 1942. This is the easiest accessible airstrip in the whole region, and no problem for the Do228. We climb out over North Myola village... ... and survey the airstrips of Launumu (left), Kagi (right), Timkenumo and Bodinumo (right in the background). The first uses of the Kokoda Track were not less violent than its use in WW2: The British, in search for Gold, led many expeditions through the country and the Armed Native Constabulary was ordered "to enforce British rule in the region". Which means high numbers of unarmed indigenous were shot or put into forced labour. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kokoda_Track#History . Efogi is still one of the most important settlements on the track. You can "easily" spot the airstrip below. And from there it is a relaxed flight down to the coast into Port Moresby... ... over the more-developed areas of PNG... ... into Jacksons airport. OK, I did not accept the challenge to land at all these airfields. But I know is is fun, in the sim...
  6. The Kokoda track runs between Owers' Corner in Central Province, 50 kilometres (31 mi) east of Port Moresby, across rugged and isolated terrain which is only passable on foot, to the village of Kokoda in Oro Province. It reaches a height of 2,490 metres (8,169 ft) as it passes around the peak of Mount Bellamy. The track travels primarily through the land of the Mountain Koiari people. Hot, humid days with intensely cold nights, torrential rainfall and the risk of endemic tropical diseases such as malaria make it a challenging trek. Hiking the trail normally takes between four and twelve days. We make it a bit more comfortable and use what we have in the sim. Leaving "the other direction" from Kokoda... ... we follow the track and head south. The Kokoda track was the first place in history where a direct attack towards the Australian mainland was started. Many Australian and Japanese soldiers had to fight and die here, with the result of: nothing. The Isurava shrine is one of the memorials that makes us remember. Today the place is a welcomed rest for the hikers... ... surrounded by dense, hot and humid rainforest. North Eora Creek village, not the place for a landing; ... ... the Lower Eora village looks a bit better suited. The next settlement is called South Eora Creek, ... ... but we directly head on to Myola for an equipment change. For those who like to dive into historial reading, start here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kokoda_Track_campaign And the - rather obvious - map of today.
  7. After finishing (and surviving) the first series of service flights in Papua New Guinea ... we loaded lots of necessary cargo (guess what) and some passengers in Tapini to go further up and down in this region. The first stop of the day was Kosipe, with a unique passenger bridge for boarding. Some of the planespotters there did not intend to use that bridge. Next stop: Woitape. We came in low and missed the fence only by a few centimeters. Quite the busy airport, and we got the proof that a Twin Otter is the right choice to fly here. Not easy to spot: Yongai airstrip... ... and Asimba fits in this series. Once again the locals at that airstrip were quite relaxed. Ah, what a relief: An airport that is easy to find! Kokoda, where our freight was very much welcomed: Newspapers and beers. And the barbie was already prepared! PS: Here you get the flight path of this and the previous post. Plus, you can see my scary attempts to hit the runways and avoid the mountains...
  8. ... or more correctly said: Strait crossing. Not easy to get the DC-3 in the air on Murray Island without an engine overheat. And during the flight it is hard to spot the next Orbx scenery on the horizon: Papua New Guinea. The passengers are probably pleased to see land again, on base over Port Moresby... ... into Jacksons airport. It is already obvious where my next flights will lead me to, with some brave landing attempts...
  9. Yesterday I left the Australian mainland northbound towards the southern Torres Strait Islands: And there is more to discover. I couldn´t carry all passengers arriving with the Qantas flight in Horn Island, only the bravest. Maybe they already doubt if this was a good decision just after takeoff. Nevertheless we approach Warral Island, ... ... and avoid the forest landing here. Over 270 islands (with only about 14 inhabited) form the Torres Strait Islands, a remainder of what was the landbridge between Asia and Australia until about 6000 years ago. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Torres_Strait_Islands Moa Island is one of the bigger. Badu Island has an airfield as well. And Mabuiag is almost a metropolis. They say there might be an airstrip on Gebbar Island as well. Hard to spot - and only Jack would bring a 747 to this place. Yam Island is definetively easier to land. Even for me. Surprising how fast this shower ended, though it is rain season. For the geography lovers: A map of the Strait.
  10. On my tour across the Torres Strait I have come closer to Papua New Guinea than to Australia. And I have found some confusing parking lots at Yam Island... ... an island that has some detail. Anyway: time to leave. Tudu island, quite green I would say. And even there is an airstrip, for the brave & slow. More obvious is the one on Sassie Island... ... did I ever mention that I love the enthusiasm of the OZx community? Coconut Island, not much more than a runway. There are enough lonely islands in the Torres group. This one is not lonely, and famous for Orbx flyers: Murray Island. Easy to land... ... and the ground crew is already waiting to finish maintenance and paperwork. PS: Today´s extra service for the geography lovers:
  11. You never know how the weather will be when you fly in rain season in North Queensland, but the start out of Weipa was okay. Some rain over Scherger airfield, but not too heavy. Only 20°C over the Cape York peninsula... ... and its attractive West Coast. The Box Yellyfish has a nice habitat! Crab Island is the mark to turn eastwards again... ... across Bamaga... ... and into YBAM airfield.
  12. Hello Dear Community, I am currently in the process of optimizing my SIM, i am really not aware if Orbx is installed corretly or not. i Looked at the P3Dv4 Scenery Libary and Add-Ons. In the Libary everything is kind of messed up an i dont really get smart out of it. In the Add-Ons Menu i only see TerraFlora2, ObjectFlow and Accu Feel V2.... Can someone help me with how to tell if the addon was installed correctly? I own the Following Obejects: Simulator: Prepare 3D V4.5 Global Base Pack Global Buildings HD Global TerraFlora V2 Global Vector Orbx ObjectFlow SODE SimObject Display Engine TFDI Design RealLight TFDI Design TrueGlass Thanks for help and keep Safe! Enes Scenery.cfg scenery_add-ons.xml add-ons.cfg
  13. Getting ready at Bamaga airfield for a flight into the Torres Strait I met some tourists from Jandakot. Quite the distance they have come with a heli... 36°C and no A/C - all is set for a hot flight. Jackey Jackey Creek is probably a nice place for bigger reptiles. Turtle Head Island doesn´t look much like a turtle´s head from above. Here we left the Australian mainland and travelled further north to Taikan Islet, ... ... Mt. Adolphus Island, ... ... Lacey Island and Little Adolphus Island. But for an intermediate landing I chose Horn Island.
  14. Today we are going to visit two famous NPs in North Australia. But before we leave Darwin, listen and learn: Okay, you are prepared. Now get up, with a turn over the city... ... and towards Stuart Highway. This lovely city is called Humpty Doo. Not sure if they take it for serious if you apply for a visa with that adress. We pass Emkatyee, ... ... leave the highway westwards... ... and pass Southport at the Darwin River... ... on our way to the Litchfield NP. Wangi Falls area below us (at the end of the road circles)... ... and nearby are Florence Falls. No time for a swim today, ... ... though Batchelor airstrip is not far. But we head east and follow the Arnhem Highway across Mary River... ... before turning south onto Old Jim Jim Road. A road you should drive with care in wet season, as it is unpaved... ... and you need to drive through South Alligator River here, unfortunately not visible in this screenie. I do not think it is wise to leave the car if flooding gets you stuck there. Well, much easier with a plane. Just to go on into Kakadu NP, Yellow Waters here. Now we close in to Nourlangie Rock, with its rock paintings that are approx. 20000 years old. Passing Jabiru city, with its hotels, the Uranium mine and the airstrip... ... on our way to the Nadap floodplain around East Alligator River... ... and Oenpelli. Enough attractions for at least 3 days of road travel. If you survive.
  15. Hello all, I think it is a good idea to put all the feedback for RealEarth Netherlands in 1 topic. In this way it is easy for the developers to see what needs to be adjusted - One post per issue - No replies to keep the topic clean
  16. New repaint for the ND EC135...heading out for the mornings patrol plus a shot from yesterday evening...
  17. Todays flight takes us from one tax avoiders paradise, Panama, to another one, Cayman Islands. Out of MPDA... ... climbing out with a view to Panama´s highest mountain in the background, the Volcan Baru. Leaving the land and getting over the caribbean sea. The weather is not revealing much of the scenery ahead, ... ... and the radar of the approach does not look inviting either. At least one can see a bit of a Cayman island´s coast... ... and around 500 ft AGL we finally see the runway of MWCB. Done. With just one question open: Are these realistic trees for a caribbean island?
  18. After recovering from some drinks with @carlosqr we head out to explore Costa Rica. We step out of his house and directly into the appropriate plane, ... ... climb out over San José... ... and turn left towards the Reserva Forestal Grecia. A great wide landscape. The Volcan Arenal is quite a prominent landmark in the country´s north. If one would call someplace 10° off from the equator as "north". Back down to the Pacific we cross a village called Miramar. A name with good reason. And soon after we meet the famous & safe port of Puntarenas. Following the coast we cross Parque Nacional Carara, ... ... and come close to the Estero Damas swamp near Quepos. Passing the mountains of the Reserva Forestal Los Santos... ... before we meet some fellow travellers invited by Henrik Nielsen. This ship traffic really fits to our exploration! Next we pass el Golfo Dulce ... ... in slight tropical rain, ... ... which does not make El Golfito less interesting, looks like an airport location worth an upgrade. We leave the clouds of Costa Rica behind... ... and approach Panama´s highest mountain (hidden behind clouds) in the NP Volcan Baru. Time to land in Ciudad David... ... surrounded by palms, but just another classical default airstrip. For interested travellers: Here we have todays routing.
  19. For this relocation from one region to another I took the trusty 777. Out of San Diego... ... and southwards across the Baja California ... ... peninsula. You can see the Pacific in the background. Hermosillo. For comparison I enclose a photo from a book documenting a tour around the world with an ultralight, a fascinating adventure to read. I can make the same comparison above the Western Sierra Madre. Fantastic clouds on the way further south... ... towards Acapulco... ... and the Nicaragua west coast. Finally we approach Costa Rica, ... ... follow the A27 to San Jose... ... and land at MROC Juan Santamaria International. Maybe I have the chance to have a drink with @carlosqr?
  20. As promised at the end of my last flight report, here is an aerial picture of Palm Springs airport. If you have sharp eyes, you can spot the San Jacinto tramway here. It is a pleasure to land on its platforms with a helicopter, Orbx details at the very finest! Here we look back at the sandy Palm Springs valley. Not many palms to see, does someone know where the name comes from? And just as we come over the San Jacinto mountains, sharp eyes can already spot the Pacific. For those who need assist spotting things in the distance, they have built the San Palomar observatories under the right wing of the King Air. Shortly after we are already descending over the waterfront at Torrey Pines ... ... and into San Diego. Quite busy the place, let´s see if we get a parking lot. PS: Wooooah, now Imgur shows ads before each upload ! Time to move to another platform - which one do you use?
  21. Time to escape the city of LA over the weekend. The coastal El Segundo dunes are probably not a quiet place to rest, ... ... just under the 4 runways of KLAX. And the Chevron refinery doesn´t make the nearby beaches much more attractive. Redondo Beach, a place not less crowded, ... ... and Long Beach also just wears this name, but not too useful as a hideway as well. But these details & sharpness make me enjoy p3d with only little doubts (click on the picture to enlarge). Huntington Beach, where Jurgen Klinsmann lives since decades. Some traffic ahead, as I begin to turn inland... ... and climb over the San Mateo mountains. Descending along the motorway to Banning, ... ... and the Morongo Casino. I remember there have been some advertising signs posted next to the road, but I can´t spot them from this altitude. What can be seen are the San Jacinto mountains and the desert behind. I forgot to take the obligatory landing picture at Palm Springs, but I promise to get you one from the start!
  22. 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?
  23. 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.
  24. Passing the Cambria Icefield after departing from Stewart.
  25. Yes, a couple of views of the interior of Split Airport and something is not quite right. Can anyone see what it is? 1. 2.
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