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  1. After a fortifying coffee I decided to have a quick look around Lukla before loading back into the Spartan with Flores to head on to Paro. Met this nice chap who gave me some tips on mountain photography. Here he is here without his jaunty green cap he'd just taken off for the photo. Got a few nice shots and thought I'd return to the bird with some warm goats milk for Flores. Only one problem... SHIT. Where's the bloody plane??? It was then I got a txt message from Flores who was apparently stuck in the Spartan as it was being towed back to Kathmandu for "extend
  2. When I first started here I saw the number of pilots running the MEBAR and other rallys with the DC-3 and wondered to myself, why are they all flying the DC-3? What's so special? Now I know. Just spent the last couple hours watching docos on YouTube about this not only incredible and stoic but GORGEOUS bird.
  3. 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 j
  4. Here's a new 20 mission pack for FSX Steam Edition - Cargo Crew. Developed by Jane Whittaker of PC Pilot, it features the venerable DC-3: http://store.steampowered.com/app/343959/ FSX and P-3D versions coming soon... Cheers - Dai'
  5. Welcome aboard for Leg 4 of MEBAR 2015. We fly from Palonegro Intl (SKBG), Bucaramanga, to San Bernardo (SKMP), Mompos - a distance of around 240 nm. This Leg is 'blind', which adds to the excitement! Here's the Flight Plan in Plan-G (Thanks Tim): It's raining here at Palonegro as we take off at 7 am: Here's the sun coming up over the northern Andes: Our first waypoint, Hacaritama (SKAG), where we turn east: Now, we're established on the 101 deg in-bound radial for the LFA VOR: And soon we've arrived at Aguas Claras (SKOC) for a Full Stop. Here we're on Lo
  6. We're almost halfway - this is Leg 3 of MEBAR 2015, from Medellin (SKMD) to Bucaramanga (SKBG). Only one dog-leg, this time! Here's the Flight Plan in Plan-G (Thanks yet again, Tim!): Another beautiful, sunny day, here in Colombia as we take off: We've passed the Medellin LI NDB, and here we're establishing the 80 deg OBR from the RNG VOR: Over Puerto Nare (SKPN): And that's Cimitarra (SKCM) - still on the 80 deg OBR: Malaga - SKLA not the famous one! - is around here somewhere: Ah! There it is, tucked into the hillside, t
  7. This is where things get interesting, MEBAR 2015 Leg 2, from La Nubia (SKMZ) to Olaya Herrera (SKMD), and the first of 2 'blind' Legs where we're not told the Target Time in advance. Not that it makes much difference! Here's the interpretation of Andrew's Flight Briefing in Plan-G (Thanks again, Tim!): It's a nice sunny day as we take off at La Nubia: Turning north east to intercept the 76 deg in-bound radial for the MQU VOR: Turning at MQU for SKPQ: German Olano AB (SKPQ) ahead: A quick T&G and we're away: That's Furatena (SKFR) ahead, where we'll turn westwa
  8. Well, here we are again, thanks to Andrew and Joe. Well done Sirs! The first MEBAR Leg sees us start at Eldorado Intl, Bogota. Today we fly to La Nubia SKMZ. Here's the Plan-G Flight Plan (Thanks Tim!): Leaving SKBO: A quick T&G at Melgar AB (SKME): Turn at Wpt 2, the confluence of the Rio Magdalena and Rio Saldana Turning towards SKCL: Turning again at VOR ULQ (SKUL): Long Final at San Marino SK54: That's SKPE ahead: And our destination, La Nubia SKMZ ahead: Base Turn, SKMZ: Long Final: Touch down at La Nubia: An interesting fl
  9. Here's another short video using the Isola d' Elba photo-real scenery from http://blogfsx.forumfree.it/ . This time I'm back in the old Dizzie in Air Atlantique colours: Yes, the starboard engine cutting out made the landing a bit more exciting, but I hope you enjoyed the short trip around the island! Cheers - Dai.
  10. Benvenuti in Sicilia! Per l'aeroporto di Palermo - Falcone-Borsellino aeroporto (LICJ). Today, we fly to the Isle of Elba, sometime home to Emperor Napoleon, and where to eat real gurguglione, washed down with the local Aleatico wine. The flight will take a little over 2 hours - here's the plan (Thanks Tim): We're priveliged to be using a veritable gem of an aircraft, the DC-3 of Air Atlantique G-AMCA: The wind's in the south west, so we'll be taking runway 20, and the big bluff, to the south will require a fairly quick turn towards the main departure waypoint. Here's the Jeppe
  11. MEBAR 2014 Leg 05: Baldoon to Inverness. Sad to say, this is the last Leg of this year's MEBAR. Today, we fly from Baldoon, in the south west of Scotland, back up to Inverness, where we started. Andrew has included a few castles on this trip, as well as a number of light-houses, so let's see what Tim has made of the briefing: It's another lovely afternoon as we take off: This is Southerness, where we turn north west: This is our first Loch, at Earlstown: As we go further north west, we come to another Loch, this time it's Loch Dungeon: Turning north east at Loch Enoch: Reac
  12. Finish that coffee – we're off! Leg 4 of MEBAR 2014 takes us from Glenforsa, on the Isle of Mull, to Baldoon, which is on the Scottish mainland, south of Wigtown. Getting inside Andrew's mind hasn't been easy, but a few hours with Tim's Plan-G resulted in the following flight plan: It's 09:30 and the sun is shining as we take off: Gaining altitude along the Sound of Mull (Bag-pipes? - Ed): A steep turn to the south west at Eilean Musdile: And we bag our second light-house of MEBAR 2014 at Dubh Artach: This is Rhuba a Mhail, the north
  13. Welcome aboard for Leg 3 of MEBAR 2014. Today, we're flying from Stornoway on Lewis, south to Glenforsa on the Isle of Mull. “Simples”, I hear you say – well, not quite. Here's Tim's interpretation of Andrew's flight briefing: The ministry said sunny, but they got ot wrong – it's p*ss*ng down as we take off: The plan takes us westward, out to sea to Eilean Mor, where we turn back... … over south Lewis (or the Isle of Harris, as some maps say): This is Scalpay and we turn south west: Passing Weaver's Point: And head out to sea again to visit the Monarch Islands:
  14. MEBAR 2014 Leg 2: Scatsta to Stornoway With this Leg, Andrew's briefing returns us to the Scottish mainland, where we head westwards toward the Outer Hebrides – here's the flight plan (Thanks, Tim): After taking off from runway 6, we return over Scatsta, to head SSW: Saying 'Goodbye' to the Shetlands as we pass Sumburgh Head: A half an we make landfall at North Ronaldsay: And that's Papa Westray (EGEP) ahead, where we'll make a Touch-and-Go: Descending over Westray (EGEW), joint holder of the shortest scheduled flight in the world (with guess who?!?): Long Final
  15. MEBAR 2014 Leg 01: Well, better late than never! After 3 weeks of painting the house, I finally dragged the Old Girl (sorry, not you, Pam!) out of the hangar and cleared out the worst of the sheep droppings. Stuck some new letters on the fuselage, and we were ready. Tim kindly gave me the latest version of Plan-G and, 48 hours later, we had decoded Andrew's briefing and the flight plan was finished: As you can see from the flight plan, it's one of Andrew's masterpieces. Looks like we'll be visiting every rocky island between Inverness and the Shetlands. As always, there's method in his mad
  16. Just a few screenshots from the DC-3 Airways World Rally made into a video montage: The rally was a typical Norm Hancock mixture of bad weather, cross-wind landings and tortuous flight plans coupled with some buzzing around the landmarks of NYC. Great fun - hope you enjoy the video. CHeers - Dai.
  17. I mis-spent a few hours this afternoon messing about with 2D panels for the DC-3. I went looking for a suitable DC-3 for the 2014 GAAR and couldn't find anything I really liked. I like the stock DC-3 the best but it is woefully inadequate in the instrumentation department. I'm not one to suffer for the sake of nostalgia. Heck, there isn't a DC-3 flying today with the original panel in place. All of the panels include the GAAR timer in the right hand side of the panel. They all have a pop-up Garmin 500 except as noted below. ADF's are tuned with the stock radio pop-up. VOR's can be tuned ei
  18. For the second leg of the DCA WR, we're in 'darkest Peru', so have your marmalade sandwiches ready! We fly from Pampa Grande (SPJB) south to Comandante FAP Germán Arias Graziani Airport (SPHZ). From the flight plan (Thanks, Tim), it looks fairly straightforward: Take off from Pampa Grande: Turning onto the TRU VOR (Trujillo) radial: An unusual navigation direction from Norm: "Head to the right of that sharp peak in the distance" - plenty of choice, I'm afraid! That's "Pico de Diamante" to starboard: Turning south east, up the valley: Picking up the ATA NDB (SPHZ): And that
  19. Here we go again with the DC Airways World Rally for 2013. Leg 1 is from Charles de Gaulle (LFPG) to Aix les Bains (LFLB), which is in south east France. Here's the Flight Plan (Thanks, Tim!): Just a few screenshots - LFPG Take Off: Leaving Charles de Gaulle: Turn at DJL VOR (Dijon): That's the Alpes ahead: Passing the Rhone: Turning towards Aix les Bains at St Claude: Picking up the ILS on approach to LFLB: Long Final to runway 18 at Aix les Bains: Touch Down: Hopefully I'll post the other Legs - Thanks for watching... Cheers - Dai.
  20. "Must be something important", Hal commented as we headed back towards the aircraft. Midge had started the engines after the local crew had finished their checks. "And in this weather, too". The mist had come down soon after we'd finished our mid-day meal in the mess - it had looked like chicken, but that's no guarantee - and now it was raining quite hard. Both Hal and Midge had accompanied me to the afternoon briefing with the station chief. I'd hoped for a less conspicuous aircraft, but the old An-2 was out of action. The Russian built bi-plane had been captured in South Vietnam, dismantled
  21. Welcome to Leg 15 of our fourth Around The World Challenge. Today, we are flying from Chiang Mai Intl (VICC), in northern Thailand to Dien Bien Phu (VVDB), in northern Vietnam. Straightforward enough, here's the Flight Plan from Plan-G (Thanks, Tim!):   "Ah", I hear you say "What's the intermediate stop for?". Well, read on... "How many hours?" Hal was shouting above the noise of the P.W.s. I tried to ignore him, but I was still trying to get comfortable. The FC-47 instruments were different to the Dakotas I'd flown in Burma, some were the same but in the wrong position. Hal had set the f
  22. The fourth World Rally flight is another late afternoon flight, this time in Norway, and is mostly navigation by NDB with some VOR. The route first takes us in a North Easterly direction and eventually North West to terminate at Leirin, Norway. The distance is about 190nm and flight time will be approximately one-hour and twenty minutes. This is a VFR (Visual Flight Rules) flight, so keep those eyes open! Here's the Flight Plan from Plan-G (Thanks Tim!): It's a wet, windy day at Torp - but visibility is good. Here we are, stowing the gear: Turning towards our first waypoint, the DA ND
  23. The third World Rally flight begins late afternoon in South Africa. and is almost exclusively navigation by NDB. The route is South Westerly from Retief and will terminate at Ficksburg, both cities in South Africa. The distance is about 245nm and flight time will be approximately one-hour and forty minutes. This is a VFR (Visual Flight Rules) flight and here's the Flight Plan courtesy of Tim Arnott's Plan-G (Version 3 - so no contour shading): Here we are, taking off on a lovely sunny afternoon from Retief: First turn at the VHD NDB: Turning west at the HS NDB: That's Bethlem by t
  24. The second World Rally flight begins in the dawn light at Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis, Scotland, and is a mixture of NDB and VOR navigation following a North Easterly route terminating at Tingwall in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland. The distance is about 234nm and flight time will be approximately one-hour and forty minutes. Here's the Plan-G Flight Plan (Thanks Tim): Sun coming up as we take off from Stornoway: Turning east at the first waypoint: Over the mainland of Scotland, turning at the second waypoint: Heading north from John-O-Groats, bound for the Inner Hebrides: This
  25. The first Leg of the DCA World Rally begins at Bandirma AB on the southern coast of The Marmara Sea in Turkey and traces the coastline east to the end of the lake. From there it becomes an NDB/VOR navigation flight to the north and then west to Corlu AB on the northern coast. The Marmara Sea connects the Black Sea and the Aegean Sea and separates Asian Turkey from European Turkey. The distance is about 165nm and flight time is around seventy minutes. Here's the flight plan - Thanks, Tim! Here we are, taking off from Bandirma AB and stowing the gear: Turning east at the coast of the Mar
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