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  1. Hi Helisimpilot

     

    If the 5 screens work in Windows, are the 3 x 27" screens set up as a 'single' wide-angle view and the 2 x smaller screens independent of this - i.e. an extension of the Windows 'desktop' onto, say, a left and a right screen?

    If so, then FSX should allow you to 'undock' 2 New Views (1 for Instruments + 1 for Console) and 'drag' them individually left and right. I only have 1 extra screen like this and the undocking seems to be the trick.

     

    By the way, +1 on Brett's Welcome! And do let us see your set up - sounds great! :thum:

     

    Cheers - Dai. :old-git:

     

  2. Well, here we are at Lashio for another ATWC Six leg:

    Something slightly different, this time - a 375 nm flight with 20 waypoints and all in VFR. You are joking, I hear you say? Well, suspend your disbelief for a couple of minutes...

    First, we go back in time - to Burmah in 1943. The Allies are having a hard time getting supplies through to Chiang Kai-shek. The Ledo (Assam) to Kunming land route is too long and a shorter route, from the railhead at Lashio, is being reconnoitered. This is where we come in. Instead of flying from Lashio to Kunming over the high plateaux, called The Hump, our job is to fly along the proposed route and determine its feasibility, and the route looks something like this, in Plan-G (Thanks, Tim!):

    ATWC22_Burmah_Road_Plan-G_zpscvzjjkwq.jp

    There are no, repeat NO, nav aids between VYLS and ZPPP - well, not in 1943, anyway. But we have got some old, colonial vintage, relief maps, which show the topology and some of the roads. The back-room boys have laid out a plan for the proposed route in 4 sections - from Lashio to Mangka:

    ATWC22_Burmah_Road_Part_1_zpshv6ulu4m.jp

    Section 2 - from Mangka to Xingfu:

    ATWC22_Burmah_Road_Part_2_zps6sw1ra1r.jp

    Section 3 - from Xingfu, across the Lancang Jiang (or Mekong) river up to the Ledo-Kunming road at Chuxiong:

    ATWC22_Burmah_Road_Part_3_zpsu3p83jlr.jp

    Section 4- the final stretch to Kunmimg:

    ATWC22_Burmah_Road_Part_4_zpsk4x9ndbr.jp

    Although the flight is for reconnaisance, we're taking some supplies with us. Here we are loading the faithful DC-3 up:

    ATWC22_01_Loading_At_Lashio_zpswnn69kus.

    Taxi-ing past the Lashio Base hospital:

    ATWC22_02_Taxi_To_Active_zps94btodm5.jpg

    It's a warm afternoon - the morning's rains are over, as we take off from runway 19:

    ATWC22_03_Take_Off_zpszu557apn.jpg

    Turning north, we fly past the base...

    ATWC22_04_Return_North_Road_zpsw037t2xx.

    ... and pick up the road towards Thienni:

    ATWC22_05_Wpt_01_Road_North_zpsriuxm7k2.

    After the turn at Hseni (Thienni), we head east, up the wide valley:

    ATWC22_06_Valley_Road_East_zps7uvkk7lx.j

    Although the road on the proposed route looks in good shape, it's very close to those cliffs:

    ATWC22_07_Lakeside_Road_zpszlasjtqk.jpg

    And there are some very steep climbs, towards Mangka:

    ATWC22_08_Mangka_Ahead_zpskjjyzblf.jpg

    Some low cloud hides the road - but it soon clears:

    ATWC22_09_Cloud_Over_Xingfu_zpspzwjnf35.

    Just after Xingfu, there's been a mud slide and the road is impassable:

    ATWC22_10_Mudslide_Near_Yanxiang_zpsa8nl

    We've been climbing all the way from Xingfu - this terrain before Juzishan, is 7500':

    ATWC22_11_High_Ground_Juzishan_zpse6v3y6

    And that's the Lancang Jiang gorge ahead. The gorge sides are steep and there's no road - at the moment. A problem for the engineers!

    The river Lancang Jiang becomes the Mekong, when it reaches Laos:

    ATWC22_12_Mekong_Gorge_Ahead_zpsnhr6rcix

    Looks like the engineers have already begun blasting this stretch to Midu:

    ATWC22_13_Road_To_Midu_zps923miimr.jpg

    Another high pass - but the road looks good:

    ATWC22_14_Xiangyun_Turn_zpsx2oa1tbf.jpg

    The sun's going down as we approach the Xiang Yung turn:

    ATWC22_15_Dusk_On_Ledo_Road_zpslnpm66pc.

    The navigator's says there's a new base around here - just north of the road:

    ATWC22_16_Approaching_Yungan-Ni_zpshl6re

    Here it is - Yungan-Ni camp:

    ATWC22_17_Long_Final_Yungan-Ni_zps3jl6mg

    Time for a quick cuppa and a chat with the locals:

    ATWC22_18_Unloading_At_Yungan-Ni_zpsj2n6

    And we're off, again:

    ATWC22_19_Leaving_Yungan-Ni_zpsz0piki8f.

    That's Chuxiong - just the last section to go:

    ATWC22_20_Chuxiong_zps2von0vb6.jpg

    Over Anning Town, the land starts to rise, again:

    ATWC22_21_Anning_Town_zpsucgd2xnu.jpg

    Over the last ridge, and that's Dianchi Pool ahead with Kunming beyond:

    ATWC22_22_Dianchi_Pool_And_Kunming_Ahead

    Turning north over the pool:

    ATWC22_23_Final_Turn_Dianchi_Pool_zpshfs

    Long Final at Kunming:

    ATWC22_24_Long_Final_Kunming_zpsw9ttt3ub

    An easy landing on runway 03:

    ATWC22_25_Landing_At_Kunming_zpsgkhgvibt

    And that's it:

    ATWC22_26_Finish_At_Kunming_zps11jwiry0.

    Just need to get the camera films to the lab and we're off for cool drink in the mess...

    And, that's it, Folks! The Burmah-China mesh was made by "Roger-Wilco-66" from Sim-Outhouse and is available here:

    http://www.sim-outhouse.com/sohforums/showthread.php?91041-1-arc-second-highres-mesh-for-CBI-scenario-%28FSX-P3D%29

    The DC-3/C47 is by Manfred Jahn - search for "Douglas C-47 Skytrain Exterior Base Pack 1.0"

    Thanks for joining me - I hope you didn't find the flight too fatiguing! Flying without nav aids is certainly not boring, especially

    keeping close to the ground to follow the road.

    Cheers - Dai. :old-git:

  3. It isn't raining airbuses...

    Sorry to quote you, John, but Airbus has another set of worries as a Singapore Airlines A330 loses power to both engines and descends 4000m before re-starting them:

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/may/27/singapore-airlines-jet-plunges-4000m-after-losing-power-in-both-engines

    Maybe, this is similar to the engine loss experienced when flying through volcanic plumes?

    Not good for Airbus - or Rolls Royce for that matter.

    Cheers - Dai. :old-git:

  4. Mike, best start the mision, as normal, then Save at the point where you wish to Re-start - possibly after the introducory dialogues but before take off. You will need to tick the box for Show saved missions (or similar legend) so that your Save-d point shows up. Also, you might use the Save function during (all) missions before, say, a difficult landing or manouevre. You can then 'skip' to this strategic point again should you encounter difficulties.

    Hope that helps.

    Cheers - Dai. :old-git:

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