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  1. After a few days of sightseeing it was time to leave Brisbane... ... chased by an Ultimate Traffic plane, ... ... but not without another view to the city. It was not too long to reach the Gold Coast region. Do these guys own boats instead of cars? Just a great view, though my rig comes to its limits with all these details to load. Griffith University Hospital below us - there could be another helipad for a try. For today we just land at Gold Coast airport, Coolangatta / Tweed Heads. I think some of our forum members live nearby? No reason for "me" to look so... serious. Maybe a drink helps bringing the smile back into the pilot´s face.
  2. Here we go from YBBN... ... towards the M1 bridge. And, as you might have expected, not above her. The most famous bridge up Brisbane River is Storey Bridge. I changed the daytime in the sim, to have a comparison shot. Kurilpa Bridge is a nice construction, connecting the CBD to the South Bank, with the Gallery of Modern Art just to our left. Here we should see Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. And that´s the view from Mt. Coot-Tha lookout. Queen Street, seen from the top of... ... City Hall. But, hey: Albert Street Church is missing in P3D! Just in case someone needs a proof of my flight. PS: One more thing: Surely I tried to land on the Sofitel Hotel. But the helipad is not solid, so I just went down into the penthouse. Sorry.
  3. No need to climb high after today´s start at Brisbane... ... instead, it is a challenge to fly that low & slow along the river! We were really surprised when we witnessed that action in 2019. And this is how Graeme looked at the same flight:
  4. Another replication of one of my real holiday drives takes us from Hervey Bay... ... with nice detail, but not-so-nice weather... ... towards the city´s Woolworth (and its parking lot with the huge white sunshades), to get some cookies for the day. The first waymark is Maryborough, ... ... followed by Gympie, with its numerous (red) traffic lights. Then we wave at the Sunshine Coast... ... and the magnificient Caloundra, ... ... just before we pass the Glasshouse Mountains. The M1 goes directly past the runways of Caboolture... ... and soon after we reach the outskirts of Brisbane. I wonder where they will build the area for the Olympics 2032. But I trust they will only make Summer Games here, no trials with artificial snow... Brisbane river embracing the CBD... ... and we go into the new 01L! Which is big enough for a soft landing...
  5. Here's a few of two great little planes, would suit you guys with quick reflexes, for zooming through those pylons - Verdigo and VL-3 915 ROTAX First flight with both of these so need to do a bit of tuning . The "course" from above. Under the Bridge - again Hope you enjoy these. The Verdigo is too fast for my old man reflexes, but she can be flown low and slow, very versitile. Don
  6. P3D v5.2HF1. I previously owned v1 of this airport and it was never one of my favourites visually. Yesterday I decided to buy v2 in the hope it would look a lot better. Sadly it still looks pretty bland and this screenshot shows why. Is that how the real airport looks? If it does then I can't really complain. What's the purpose of those grey jetway-looking objects? Do pax walk down them to the aircraft? And the terminal buildings look very ordinary too. Not really of the standard I would expect of Orbx. Where can I see the PBR effects?
  7. I purchased YBBN for MSFS just yesterday and after careful examination (ie using the drone camera to transport myself around the entire airport) I must say I'm underwhelmed with this "new" rendition. There are several key areas where according to my experience with previous YBBN versions FSX & P3D, it seems that this latest rendition was ported over. The textures of buildings such as terminals, hangars, and other buildings including glass around the airport seem to be lacking PBR and new texturing in accordance with the new MSFS engine. Just by comparison, when viewing the new Aussie airports YPAD by Impulse Simulations and YMHB by NZA Simulations there is a stark contrast in the use of textures, materials and the introduction of more in-depth features containing immersive details and quality. Fly Tampa's rendition of YSSY is another good example of feature rich immersive detail and good use of textures and PBR. The lack of any interior terminal detailing in comparison to other devs (such as the aforementioned) is surprising and disappointing. In fact, the car parks at YBBN contain more detail & work than the terminal buildings. Jetways in this new iteration are not even lining up to appropriate aircraft eg Domestic Terminal. My A320 lined up correctly at the gate and the jetway couldn't extend and reach it. Was the product QA tested prior to release? Are the devs aware that many of us long time simmers are requesting more details and more graphic immersion? The bulk of new simmers are also requesting more detail. (Just check the MSFS forums and FB pages). After all, this is MSFS, not FSX or P3D. The ability to add more immersion and make airports feature rich is ripe within MSFS and as pointed out earlier, other devs are introducing these. I sincerely hope that any other major Aus airports that are being worked on or are being planned to be worked on all under the banner of Orbx will certainly present with marked improvements over the old FSX/P3D versions. Keeping in mind I have been an Orbx customer right from the very beginning. It gives me no pleasure to voice my concerns and disappointment with YBBN.
  8. Good Day dear Orbx folks! As one of the users who have been very vocal about some issues with the release version of Brisbane v2, it is now time for a sincere thank you! For me, the new 1.1.0 update has significantly improved the points that bothered me about the release version. So I would like to thank you for listening to us and apologize for being such a pain in the back. Christoph
  9. Whenever I activate a jetway, either through GSX, or ctrl-j, the bridges twist and turn and the shoot upwards. See attached photo. Please help. Thanks!
  10. Hello. Can we please get a small update for YBBN for the new runway titling (01R/19L) and get the missing link on taxiway B filled in?
  11. Hi, Was wondering whether anyone has experienced this before and might be able to provide me a fix. After a fresh new installation of P3Dv4.5 Hot Fix 2 with Orbx Central installed, Im slowly loading in new orbx regions. Started with Global, Vector, Australia V2, then added airports. Cairns, Brisbane. All good with install so far. Loaded onto a brand new SSD. Puzzled now why this may be happening. Does anyone know how I can fix this little issue I'm having with cars travelling around on dirt roads and roads/highways not looking correct. Have studied the YBBN Manual and set scenery settings as preferred. Have also checked to ensure Australia V2 is selected in control panel and it is. The rest of the airport looks fine. Just the outside airport road network Interested in some help if anyone can assist me please. Regards Dave
  12. 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...
  13. 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.
  14. Hi all, After putting it off for too long, I've purchased the Australia v2 package and the Brisbane International (YBBN) airport. It looks absolutely outstanding, however I have a strange issue. When selecting Brisbane as my starting airport in free flight, I can only select 'Active Runway' for my starting point. No gates or ramps in the list. The 'active runway' point is also in the middle of one of the terminal/carpark buildings. To add to this, FSX is telling me there is no ATC, just Brisbane Traffic. Not the biggest issue as I use VATSIM, but may be related to the lack of gates to choose from? Hoping someone is able to help! I've uninstalled and reinstalled Brisbane and the Australia v2 package. I also have no other scenery for Brisbane that would be interferring. Transaction ID is 5df5c00fe49d2 Thanks in Advance! Brock
  15. After finally finding the rental car station at the end of the previous post ... ... we went on, using the motorways named in the title. Since I was the driver, there´ll be no real life photos in this post. It was already complicated enough for me to protect the wipers from getting totally worn whenever I had to change lines or directions... Easier was the flight out of blurry Brisbane... ... to the confusing intersections of Moreton Drive into the M1, ... ... along the Boondall Wetlands ... ... and then merging with the M3 into Bruce Highway. Many options for a stop in Orbx/OZx lands: Passing Redcliffe, ... ... Caboolture, ... ... the Glasshouse Mountains ... ... and Caloundra. It is nice to see the roads modeled in 3D, ... ... but not so nice to see Gympies runway also modeled in "3D". The city itself has a remarkable number of traffic lights, all in red of course. Finally we passed them ... ... to the settlements of Hervey Bay. Uranagan below. Can you see the 16 squares of the sunshades left from the middle, just next to the park? That is the supermarket where we grabbed some food for the next leg, wait... With this vehicle we just went downwind... ... into YHBA. The road below us is Booral Road. I was excited to see the airport from the road, but my family did not react quick enough to take a picture! We might have to come back... Touchdown. Stay tuned.
  16. 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)!
  17. Hi, I've got a problem since the installation of AUv2 or the check of files of the YBBN scenery in Orbx Central: - when I start the 1rst time FSX, I can choose what I want in the fly organizer for YBBN as runway in service, one specific runway or ramp or door... => the list is full of entries => GOOD! - when I've flown there, if I change the airport or if I've choosen another airport and then want to fly from YBBN, the list contains only one entry, the runway in service, all the other entries are gone! => BAD What problem can cause that? And if I choose this entry, the aircraft is placed in a building in the center of the airport of Brisbane or of the zone covered by the Orbx scenery perhaps, certainly not on the runway... Please see the pictures below.
  18. Getting ready for Virgin Australias flight 1709 from Cairns to Brisbane. Just out of runway 15 there is Cairns hockey center. Would be great to play there... The SID gives passengers on the left a chance to see the airport. This fantastic city view is hard to get from the cabin. Sometimes we simmers are in a better position... Passengers on the right can have a view of the Atherton tablelands and the valleys. Changing sides again to spot the reef. Do not underestimate the distances in Queensland. The flight takes nearly 2 hours. The top of descent is just next to Hervey Bay, which could be seen in the distance here. Descending into Brisbane. On the STAR around the city... ... and on final into the 01. I am sure Jack would feel a strong gravity of the bridge on the right. Deboarding at the Virgin AU terminal. Good work of the combination UT live and Pro-ATC/X.
  19. Hello, I have just purchased your excellent rendition of YBBN and am very impressed. However, I notice some gates are unavailable as departure gates. In particular, gate 24 (large domestic). This is a problem when flying a 744 on domestic routes and particularly when flying online. Is this something that will be fixed in future updates? Cheers, Peter Jenner
  20. Flight VA962 is ready for boarding at Brisbane, gate 44. During taxi passengers can enjoy a last city view... ... and one of the terminals. Then we climb out... ... over Moreton Bay... ... into the clouds. Look carefully towards Gold Coast. I don´t mean the skyscrapers at the coast. I mean the foreground! I am not sure if this is Orbx or OZx. Ocurrence was about 4:15 pm on a Sunday. After notifying the local authorities (by mobile for sure, the way to the cockpit is forbidden !), we continue to the dry fields of NSW. Warnervale. And here we have Pittwater Bay, where @teecee has his weekend hideaway. In the distance we see our destination. The Caltex refinery below us, ... ... while the sun sets over Botany Bay. On final to the 16L. I can´t give you more close-ups, cause I use add-on scenery...
  21. To the northwest of Brisbane is Mount Coot-tha https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Coot-tha,_Queensland . The aboriginal people used to collect honey ("ku-ta") up there. This is the view from its top: Just a few miles south should be Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lone_Pine_Koala_Sanctuary , but it is missing here. So I had to head back to the city center. The vector data are good here, even the landclass makes sense. But autogen and buildings are still far away from reality... That means: Down to Brisbane River, ... ... to Story Bridge (you can also climb it if you like http://storybridgeadventureclimb.com.au/), ... ... and further on to the M1 motorway bridge. For navigation purposes we pick up the airlink railway here... ... pass the cargo area... ...towards the domestic terminal, ... ... where the airlink line ends. Does anyone need a map or signs, or is Orbx just enough?
  22. Not from the start at Brisbane, ... ... and also the "Port of Brisbane" is not significant in the sense of the post title. But wait and see. We cross Saint Helena Island... ... and come south over green estuaries to Boonnahbah Island, ... ... followed by Woogoombah Island. This part of the Gold Coast settlements is Coombabah. The view to the left uses different letters: Runaway Bay. Turning to Surfers Paradise, ... ... before we arrive in Coolangatta. Tmrrw I will have t type with ther letters.
  23. In this case the King is a KingAir 200, being started in Hervey Bay. Climbing out over Fraser Island, ... ... and southwards to Rainbow Beach, the second ferry point onto the island. Passing Noosa... ... Caloundra, ... ... and Redcliffe... ... on the way to Vegas. Brisvegas I mean... When you are travelling in Australia, always look out for the Roos. They don´t follow established traffic rules and quickly come closer than you like!
  24. Qantas flight QF1709 was getting ready in Cairns. Severe rain this season in the lowlands, ... ... resulting in a foggy, partially even blind takeoff. But the Queensland coast was clear on the way south. Unfortunately the clouds came back as we descended, so it was difficult to spot Fraser Island in the background (under the 320´s belly). In this case the weather radar was of no big use. But some visibility was left, Brisbane showed up! Archerfield airbase was part of the approach procedure... ... before we turned over Brisbane River... ... and along the CBD. Some of our fellow simmers would probably modify the approach and fly under the M1 bridge? I did the conventional way. In FSX YBBN always turned into a slideshow on my computer, even when flying GA. P3dv4 makes it work much better, though still demanding (with the given weather and my standard AI setting just above the 10 FPS mark). Even worse: Still raining at the Queensland coast. Better stay inside today!
  25. After arrival from Cairns we change vehicles in Brisbane, domestic terminal. Following Moreton Drive, just right of the airlink railway, until it meets the M1. On the way north we pass Caboolture, nicely upgraded in OZx. The Glasshouse mountains appear to the west of the motorway, ... ... and Caloundra to the east. We pass the coastal settlements of Noosa in the distance... ... and the surprising location of the airstrip IN Lake MacDonald. This is sugar cane land. No doubt. You can follow the road to Hervey Bay, but we are already on base... ... final, ... ... and parked.
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