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  1. Now that Sydney has become more detailed, I can remember my last holiday flight. Over 2 years ago... With respect to my 6 GB GPU I have set the resolution to 2K only. Morning view from underneath the Coathanger. Cockle Bay Wharf. Quite well done, look at the building details. The fountain is missing, and the tourists. The Opera. Rose Bay Seaplane Terminal. Frank, if you need you can use my pictures to improve the terminal building. Macquarie Lighthouse. Can´t be improved, my compliments! And finally a city view from Taronga Zoo.
  2. 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!
  3. The next day in my outback tour ... ... started early at Kings Creek Station. A lovely and well-depicted OZx scenery, ... ... giving the virtual pilot a good impression of the place. Lovely outback views... ... on the short hop to Kings Canyon. The mesh looks a bit unspectacular here, ... ... reality has more to show. When you accidently come along, do not miss to do the 6 km rim walk! Afterwards you have deserved a break at the nearby BBQ area, you can see the loop in the sim... ... in reality it looks like this: We follow the Meerenie Loop road... ... and find Gosses Bluff Crater just north of it. But we do not continue to Alice Springs, as the usual route would be. Instead, we take a shortcut... ... over the West Macs... ... across Tilmouth Well... ... and Yuendumu... ... towards The Granites, another mining station out here.
  4. We continue the flight from my last post ... ... with a BBQ lunch at Yulara campground, unfortunately you cannot see the smoke from the white roof below. Heading east we follow the (only) road and pass Curtin Springs. A roadhouse to be recommended, and why won´t anybody be stopping here - with cold drinks, hot air and a good sense of humour? North of Lasseter Highway is a big salt pan... ... to the south you can see the 3rd big rock in the area: Fooluru. Aka Mt. Conner, aka Artila. Navigation is easy here: We took the first crossroad to the north, onto Luritja Road. A while later Giles Road splits off to the east. It does not only look different in the sim... ... it also requires a bit different driving style, if you want to use it as a shortcut to Henbury Craters and Alice Springs. But we headed north along the George Gill Ranges... ... until it was time to look for Kings Creek Station airstrip. There it is, together with a notorious tree. And a fine campground just next to the runway. Indeed.
  5. Very rare that I have to split a flight report in two posts, but this one just had too many sights. This is a replication of a highlight day of our last family vacation: It started at Yulara, ... ... watching the sunrise at Uluru was followed by hiking through the nearby rock formation: The longer of the famous Kata Tjuta hikes leads through the Valley of the Winds, ... ... passes a helipad at the north side... ... and includes the Karingana lookout. The parking lot is south of Kata Tjuta. It just looks fascinating. As does the second rock formation nearby. In the foregound you can see the "sunset parking" bays for buses (left) and cars (right). This is the loneliness in the desert at sunset. We wave goodbye... ... and leave the Uluru Kata Tjuta NP at the gate; you can see it in the bottom left here. To be continued...
  6. Here we go again from Kingsford Smith, ... ... Sydney, ... ... over the Blue Mountains to the bush. Lake Eyre, ... ... pure desert, ... ... and, after about 4 hours, some sacred rocks appear. Sand dunes make the final into Ayers Rock airport a bit more challenging, ... ... but pure trust brings us down. Let´s go to the teminal!
  7. ... just between P3D and the real one. And we clearly see where MSFS is superior. Kingsford Smith airport (FT) is fine in any sim, ... ... but Darling Harbour is way off from reality in P3D. The same with the coathanger: P3D... ... and the real thing. Same effect with the panorama, from the copter, ... ... and from the ferry. A day at the Opera. View from Vaucluse: And finally Bondi. Indeed the potential of MSFS leaves no doubt when it comes to sightseeing.
  8. After some days of hiking is it time to leave the Cradle Mountain area. This airstrip is really wonderfully placed into the valley next to Cradle Mountain Road. We follow the road further eastwards... ... until we cross Forth River down of the Lake Cethana Dam. The lake appears smaller on this old picture taken in autumn. But Mt. Roland appears big enough, ... ... just above the Claude Road airstrip. We pass the mountain towards Minnow River, ... ... and follow the Mole Creek Karst valley towards Trowunna Wildlife park. Cosy creatures there. Next stop could be Westbury, with the famous extraction factory north of the motorway. Closing in towards Launceston we cross a golf court. Just left of the H-shaped lake with the little island in it is the Country Club & Casino, ... ... from which the lake looks like this. Launceston city in its full glory, ... ... and the airport as well. Its replication in P3D is in the early 2000s look, ... ... when the baggage collection area already showed how this post would be named many years later.
  9. After a bumpy takeoff from Friendly Beaches airstrip we head eastwards to the coastline... ... and turn south, checking the sandy runway once again. A few seconds later we spot Cape Tourville lighthouse, ... ... just on top of some spectacular cliffs. Extra view for @Jack Sawyer . Turning back westwards we meet Wineglass Beach and the hills of The Hazards. From the top of Mt. Amos you´d have a magnificient view, too. The village Coles Bay at the left end of Richardsons Beach... ... as you can see with a number of sailboats parking, sheltered from the Ocean swell. We head on to Swansea, ... ... southwards to Triabunna, ... ... and follow the roads to Sorell, ... ... where we get ready to land in Hobart. There is an OZx rendition of the airport, but slightly blurry, so I don´t show it here.
  10. I think I do a virtual tour around Tasmania every year, and mostly I start from Launceston, as shown here. Just a few captures of this 5-hour-drive, the first ones from Binalong Bay, ... ... then St. Helens, ... ... and, down the east coast, Bicheno. The perfect break is made at Friendly Beaches, with some good places to stay, hike and relax nearby. Parked!
  11. Today we follow a 16-day-expedition a friend of mine has made in 2016. Driving from Douala, Cameroon, ... ... passing Lake Ossa... ... on the N3... ... to Yaounde. After changing to a 4WD they went on following the N10 eastwards... ... with a stop in Batouri. Days later they crossed the border to the Centra African Republic. One of the poorest countries in the world, with a high rate of analphabetics, ... ... but with cities like Nola, where Diamond traders and corruption control everything, from business to security. Lucky are those who can get on southwards to Dzangha Sangha NP. Even more lucky if you manage encounters in free wildlife. As there is no airport or bushstrip, we have to return directly, over Bayanga, ... ... whilst the real traveller had to get ready for driving after some days. The virtual pilot takes a shortcut over the clouds... ... meeting the N10 again near Ayos, Cameroon. Passing Yaounde, ... ... and, later the Mowasse wetlands, ... ... on the way to Tiko, near the Atlantic coast. I am happy that he has shared his fantastic travel report with me, but I am sure I will not make such a trip in reality.
  12. We went from Brisbane to Sydney to Canberra to Singapore... ... and had 7 hours of layover at that location. Luckily WSSS is well equipped for this type of travelling - while our plane was being prepared... ...we spent some time at the (nearly private!) pool in T1. Finally we got off, over the ever-impressing strait of Malacca. Some movies and the Bay of Bengal later we reached India, ... ... Delhi to our right: Chasing the sun over Afghanistan. It really looks this way, not too much work to invest in any OpenLC product here. Over Germany South the Orbx lights showed their magic. Frankfurt airport has set up some sausage-like STARs. Well, Frankfurter Würstchen are famous and tasty! They had even placed a good runway indicator just over the horizon. Touchdown with a dark triple-seven. Wake up, paxes, time for another plane change!
  13. After leaving Queensland... ... that day also included some more departures for us. At least such a trip is so tiring, you don´t have enough time to become melancholic. And: Duty free provided some Australian memories into our hand luggage: If you have to travel for many hours, do it in style - and with the right plane for @Captain Lars: Unfortunately we did not see much of the scenery, neither in real nor in the sim. Leaving New South Wales... ... for an intermediate stop in the Capital Territory: Restarting after one boring hour in transit... ... to finally leave Australia. Some hours and one continent later we were provided with the best airline breakfast I ever got . Right in time for some shaking on approach to Singers. At least the runway was clear. Now - try to wake up and get ready for the next flight....
  14. Our days in Brisbane had to come to an end... ... but we will be able to remember the correct spelling of the city´s name. Or, most probable, much more. Getting ready at the Virgin Australia terminal for a series of flights... The first takeoff of the day, across Port of Brisbane... ... Mud Island, ... ... and Cleveland. Gold Coast in the distance. Northern NSW looks harmless in the sim, ... ... but in reality there were bushfires already in September. Broken Bay, ... ... and an approach into a city y´all know by name. Unfortunately ATC choose a STAR from the east, I would have loved to have the sun behind. But the clean windows of VA help! The final into YSSY proves that spring textures are green here. Botany Bay. Sydney, here we are! Now grab the luggage and move...
  15. After our arrival in Brisbane... ... we were lucky: It was the final day of the Brisbane festival https://www.brisbanefestival.com.au/ with some extra shows in the city. On our way to dinner a suspicious plane crossed our way... Big. Noisy. Low. Very low. Unfortunately we can see that the iconic pedestrian bridges over Brisbane River are missing in Orbx Australia, like Kurilpa or Goodwill Bridge. After hiding behind the skyscrapers the pilot probably proved to be a real Jack. Just a little documentation showing that the correct livery was used... And another proof: No bridge was hurt that day.
  16. After some days at Fraser Island´s wilderness ... ... we were to return back to the mainland. In the sim this means I already placed a plane at Hervey Bay. This was the first flight I made after NVIDIA´s driver update mid November - and the significantly increased sharpness was so astonishing, I had to take some more close ups. Off we go, crossing River Heads Road, ... ... followed by some last looks at Hervey Bay, ... ... before we passed Maryborough... ... and Gympie, with its numerous (red) traffic lights. The road winds down southwards, passing Noosa Heads, ... ... Caloundra, ... ... and the Glasshouse Mountains. Caboolture airfield should be just next to the motorway, but I overlooked it! Welcomed by the confusing roads of North Brisbane... ... but we ignored YBBN that day. Instead we spent some funny hours at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Great fun to my family, I think we made at least 2000 pictures on that day. Archerfield (OZx) with some slight mesh issues was my virtual destination for this flight... ... though in real life we made a detour onto Mt. Coot-Tha ... ... before heading into Brisbane downtown for the evening.
  17. After all that shaking the day before... ... our plans for the next day at Fraser Island were smoother. Leaving Kingfisher Resort... ... with a tour where the name says what´s the intention. Heading north along the island´s beautiful coast and beaches ... ... to Platypus Bay where real life (and the map) indicate a high probability of encounters. Unfortunately in p3d they are placed somewhere else, much closer to Hervey Bay itself. At first we spotted some curious dolphins... ... and shortly after several families of humpbacks. Doing excercises? Or playing with the tourists? Fantastic hours came to an end, and I shortcut with the Cessna... ... right into Hervey Bay. No doubt a tour like this is not the worst activity to invest a day for.
  18. It has been some days since I posted the previous part of our tour: However, it should not be anything but a financial problem to stay at Kingfisher Resort for a longer time. This is how it looks from the sea. On this morning we had booked a 4WD tour across the island. It looks like a road, but in fact it is more a soft beach inside a forest. It was impossible to make a realistic photo while driving. Took us more than 1 hour for the 19 km ride across Fraser Island. The Pacific awaits. 75 mile beach, with slightly high tide in AUv2. And, as foreseen in OZx, ... ... the solid beach can also be used by other mobility toys. A short ride further north the wreck of S.S. Maheno can be seen. And nearby some of the famous Fraser dingoes. They are the genetically most pure dingoes on this planet, as they did never mix with dogs, like they do on the mainland. Returning from the beach via Eurong... ... towards Central Station... ... and Wanggoolba Creek. The water is so clear, you can´t even see it in real life. A few more kilometers back comes Lake McKenzie. A perched freshwater lake. Quite refreshing after the long 4WD ride! And, precisely shown as ever, we follow the bush track "home" to Kingfisher Resort. Thank you for watching!
  19. Ok, our time in Cairns had come to an end, ... ... so we needed to get ready for another exciting location. First we took the commuter from Cairns, ... ... and checked the competition. JetStar even parks on the wrong side. The SID leads directly out to the sea... ... making it difficult to catch a good city view. Just after the first hills you see the sugar cane fields of Gordonvale, ... ... while the left side of the plane can enjoy the reef islands. After passing the Hervey Bay area (far in the distance)... ... the STARs SMOK5x lead us along Redcliffe. A beautiful final into the 19 over Brisbane harbour and the mudflats. Not so beautiful the ground textures in YBBN since the AUv2 upgrade. And difficult to land... But at least we found a proper parking lot. Now let´s try to find the rental car station (not easy I can tell you)!
  20. As there was time left after our scenic flight ... ... we went into Cairns to relax, have a swim and a cold drink or two or so. Walking down the Esplanade: It was low tide when we started. Despite the low tide, it is not recommended to swim in the Ocean here due to the big reptiles. That´s why Cairns has a big saltwater pool ("Lagoon"). You can also have nice views of starting planes from there. Moreover, Jarrad has placed some more precision at the southern end of the Lagoon: A heliport... ... and some beautiful signs. Everything totally correct. Unfortunately we can´t see Mr. Marshall on the sign, probably because of the sunshine. A huge number of bars and restaurants around the Lagoon waiting for us. Successful, I can say.
  21. When you go for sightseeing, you expect a higher number of good views. We went for that, and as a result you will have to expect a longer post. So get yourself a drink and some snacks, maybe even some music, and join us for the next tour - after the one we did the day before: The white building on the left is now used by GSL Aviation Cairns https://gslaviation.com.au/cairns/ . Unfortunately I did not find their livery for my Caravan. Taxiing northwards to the 15... ... passing the freighters. Just after takeoff we passed the Hockey Centre (unfortunately no one playing there), ... ... followed by a little city view. Check today´s route. The real Caravan was equipped with a G1000, I try to survive with the older clocks. We were passing the Grey Peaks as we headed out to the Pacific. Jarrad´s replication shows Green Island absolutely magnificent! And the entire reef looks fascinating in AUv2. Vlasoff Cay. OK, if you look in this detail some photoreal would still add a bit. Michaelmas Cay. Do you see the pontons and shuttles next to the sand island? Wait a moment, we´ll get closer... While we turned over Hastings Reef... ... a catamaran came into view. It is the reason why the GPS waypoint is named "SPIRIT": The cat is the Ocean Spirit. Unbelievable how preicse Henrik´s AI ship traffic works! The cat brings snorkelers out to Michaelmas Cay... ... where we shared the island with thousands of seabirds. We returned (too) quickly to the mainland, ... ... and approached over Yorkeys Knob... ... into a sporty final. I did it safely (surely the professional pilot did as well). YBCS domestic terminal. And here we found ourselved parked after shutdown. Both Jarrad´s scenery and the real flight are well worth the money!
  22. Oh no, I do not want to go into music here. I just want to continue our tour through the northern surroundings of Cairns... ... which was paused yesterday just after Mossman. Shortly after we reached Daintree River, ... ... where swimming is not totally recommended. Then we just crossed a little pass towards the Daintree Discovery Center https://www.discoverthedaintree.com/ The views of the rainforest are impressive, unfortunately you cannot hear the birds flying in this picture. NatureFlow at its best! Well, there is also some other NatureFlow here... They say you are lucky if you spot a Cassowary in wildlife https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southern_cassowary: "At the Daintree Discovery Centre you may be lucky enough to see one of these amazing birds wandering along the creek, foraging for fallen fruit. Truly a once in a lifetime experience!"". We even saw two of them during the day. Now back into the air. Do you see the hairpin corner just under the Bonanza? That is Alexandra Lookout. Worth a little stop, me thinks.... ... before we returned over Daintree River. Unfortunately the ferry is not shown in our AU scenery (yet...). Shortly after we were passing the settlements of Palm Cove... ... and Trinity Beach on the way back to the pubs of Cairns.
  23. After our flight to the northern Queensland coast ... ... we took a rental vehicle and inspected Cairns´ surroundings. We left the airport to the north across Barron River... ... and initially followed M1, Captain Cook Highway. But as we use a plane here, we can do little detour up to Barron Gorge. Just a few seconds away (if you don´t take the famous railway): Leila´s airstrip and Kuranda. A touristic spot we skipped... Merging with the highway again. It winds along the Pacific quite nicely... ... until it turns towards the cane fields. Plan with some delays on the way. Mossman village is the place where one should leave the M1 towards the mountains. Drop your vehicle at the visitor center below... ... and let yourself be guided into Mossman Gorge. No place to land below and no beer either. So we had to continue...
  24. After escaping the sand storm in our last flight... ... it is now time to cross some borders: From AU_Red to AU_Green. From the Northern Territory to Queensland. And which airline would be better suited here than the Queensland And Northern Territory Aerial Services? Lining up in YAYE Ayers Rock airport. Off we go. With a last view to Kata Tjuta and Uluru. Some aerial views of Alice Springs, where our original flight had departed in the morning. You do not need to learn more than Orbx to have full orientation in the real city! The mountains of the northern Queensland coast come into view as it is getting dark. Into Cairns. No way to make real life shots, sorry. Is this really the milky way depicted here? Final. Parked. Parked & blurried. Next time I´ll do this tour with the freeware 717 John @BradB had pointed me yesterday. And now... off into this fantastic city!
  25. When we came to Alice Springs airport the morning after our city tour ... ... we did not expect anything uncommon. In contrast to ActiveSky, which knew what would be coming. The footwalk to the apron already indicated something... ... and if we would have been routined, we´d have guessed as well. When we were allowed to go out of the terminal for boarding, a veritable sand storm had started (not tasting well). Creepy! And now the pants of the pilot got tested. At least mine: On the speedtape you can see that it might already be time to rotate... ... did it. Not too early... OK, the real pilot did it better. Approaching Ayers Rock airport the weather had cleared up. Deboarding for a short tank stop. To be continued. Even though I don´t have a 717 in my virtual hangar.
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