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  2. Image 5 Painted Cave, Bandelier National Monument NPS photo by kevin stillman https://www.nps.gov/band/planyourvisit/painted-cave.htm Image 5 Pecos Baldy 12,487 feet Pecos Wilderness) Source: https://www.pecosnewmexico.com/images/businesses/attractions/Pecos_Baldy/Pecos_Baldy_Santa_Fe_Baldy.jpg And for those with a taste for history, Las Vegas, where I ended the flight, has a colorful reputation, being described as "without exception there was no town which harbored a more disreputable gang of desperadoes, and outlaws than did Las Vegas." It apparently was at one time or another home to such illustrious citizens as Doc Holliday, Jesse James, Billy the Kid, Bob Ford, and Wyatt Earp, among others. https://www.legendsofamerica.com/nm-lasvegas/
  3. And now for some real-world photos of the areas I virtually visited during this leg: Image 1: Sandia Peak, 9,702 ft (2,957 m) Credit: MARELBU https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Albuquerque,_USA,_New_Mexico_-_Sandia_Mountains_-_Sandia_Peak,_9,702_ft_(2,957_m)_-_panoramio.jpg Image 2 San Francisco Catholic Church , Golden, NM (check point 2 where I turned to 351 magnetic after leaving Sandia Mtns) Credit : Elisa.rolle - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden,_New_Mexico#/media/File:San_Francisco_Catholic_Church.jpg Image 3 The Sandia Mountains at sunset, looking Southeast from Bernalillo (checkpoint 1 on my route) . Below is the Rio Grande. Source: G. Thomas - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sandia_Mountains#/media/File:SandiaMtnNM.jpg Image 4 Cochiti Dam. Source: https://www.cochitilake.org/lake
  4. Crackin' shots, The Hawk is a real success story and is still evolving even now.
  5. Autogen annotator. Its part of the SDK. There is a cheaper option available to you as well. Just flight are releasing their VFR photographic scenery again with an updated version including buildings and trees. Its being released in volumes and Scotland hasn't been reached yet, so watch out in the future. https://www.justflight.com/product/vfr-real-scenery-nexgen-3d-vol-one-southern-england-and-south-wales?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Just Flight Just Trains Newsletter - October 2018&utm_content=Just Flight Just Trains Newsletter - October 2018+Preview+CID_56dbd3d5969ea0bc2b58cfbc657c6a54&utm_source=cm&utm_term=VFR Real Scenery NexGen 3D Vol 1 Southern England South Wales Works on FSX as well, remiss f me to not include it as an option above... K
  6. Hi Kevin, Thanks for the reply. I've got to ask though, what is the annotator? I thought I'd used this already but have been told that I'm using something completely different? Moving away from FSX is a non-option (too expensive for a charity organisation), as is unpredictable placement of scenery objects as the Commanding Officer wants the local area to be as real a possible without affecting frame rates to much so as to keep it flyable on the system we have.
  7. 1st option: Use annotator to add autogen to photoscenery. BUT its tedius adding millions of objects manually. 2nd option: Use Scenproc to add huge numbers of autogen objects procedurally. BUT with unpredictable quality. 3rd option: Upgrade to P3D 4 and/or XP11, get orbx TrueEarth. Recommended, but may come with some hardware cost! (Example video below)
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  9. Leg 3B Flight- 15 February 2019 Los Alamos (KLAM) to Las Vegas (NM) Municipal This leg was a bit more challenging. , because of the portion of the flight up the Sangre de Cristor Range/Pecos Wilderness area. Basically, I screwed up and went up the wrong spur, which dead ended in a peak I think was over 12,000 foot tall, well over the Cub's ceiling. As my airspeed was dropping off and the ground was coming up as I approached the peak, I took the better part of valor and reversed course, heading south, then turning east. I crossed the Sangre de Cristor Range near San Geronimo and flew to KLAM from the west, instead of from the north as I planned. The landing was also challenging. During my approach to runway 20, the winds were 240/19 with gusts to 27. I successfully landed the Cub, with only my pride bruised. Image 1 West of Santa Fe. Rio Grande River is in Upper Left Image 2 Approaching Pecos Wilderness from the West, NW of Santa Fe Image 3 Approching KLVS near Montezuma NM
  10. Leg 3A Flight- 15 February 2019 Double Eagle, NM (KAEG) to Los Alamos (KLAM) This leg was uneventful. Take off was at 1800Z. Weather was as predicted: Clear sky, little to no wind. See attached photos: Image 1 North Face of the Sandia Mtn 1842Z Over Cochiti Dam SW of Santa Fe 1923Z
  11. Leg 3 Preflight- 15 February 2019 Double Eagle, NM (KAEG) to Las Vegas (New Mexico) Municipal (KLVS) A new day dawns bright and clear. At my anticipated take off time of 1700Z, the weather is clear, moderate winds and few clouds: METAR: KABQ 151652Z 36009KT 10SM FEW040 BKN200 BKN270 11/01 A3000 RMK AO2 SLP131 MTN TOPS OBSC SE T01060011. The Terminal Area Forecasts for Santa Fe/Los Alamos and Las Vegas also look good, although there may be some high wind gusts at KLVS when I arrive at approximately 2300Z. However, given the orientation of the runways there, I think I can handle it. I will also have enough endurance to go to an alternate field, if necessary. : TAF: KSAF 151130Z 1512/1612 26012KT P6SM VCSH SCT025 BKN050 FM151500 26015G25KT P6SM SCT050 BKN120 FM151800 27014G22KT P6SM SCT060 SCT120 FM160100 32007KT P6SM SCT200 TAF: KLVS 151130Z 1512/1612 23020G30KT P6SM VCSH BKN050 OVC100 FM151400 27025G33KT P6SM SCT050 SCT120 FM152100 27020G29KT P6SM SCT200 FM160200 25008KT P6SM SCT250 Although there are clouds present and the freezing level will be approximately were I am flying, there is a very low chance of icing:
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  13. Leg 3 Preflight- 14 February 2019 Double Eagle, NM (KAEG) to Las Vegas (New Mexico) Municipal (KLVS) This flight is intended to see some scenic areas of the Albuquerque area, while still heading in a generally easterly direction. The first part of the trip will go from KAEG to Los Alamos (KLAM) via the Sandia mountains. After topping off my gas at KLAM, the route will go to KLVS via the Pecos Wilderness area. This is partially to challenge my minimal VFR and mountain flying skills. My intent is to fly north between the two main spurs of the mountains there. The charts show two peaks that are 12636 and 11960 feet high. This is above the ceiling for the cub, but there is a pass between them just west of the town of Cleveland, NM that I should be able to fly through. The other problem is weather. I wasn't able to fire up the computer for the flight until later in the afternoon. This is what the weather looked like then. Sigh. There is always tomorrow:
  14. On the outskirts of a small town, there was a big, old pecan tree just inside the cemetery fence. One day, two boys filled up a bucketful of nuts and sat down by the tree, out of sight, and began dividing the nuts. "One for you, one for me, one for you, one for me," said one boy. Several dropped and rolled down toward the fence. Another boy came riding along the road on his bicycle. As he passed, he thought he heard voices from inside the cemetery. He slowed down to investigate. Sure enough, he heard, "One for you, one for me, one for you, one for me ...." He just knew what it was. He jumped back on his bike and rode off. Just around the bend, he met an old man with a cane, hobbling along. "Come here quick," said the boy, "you won't believe what I heard! Satan and the Lord are down at the cemetery dividing up the souls!" The man said, "Beat it, kid, can't you see it's hard for me to walk." When the boy insisted though, the man hobbled slowly to the cemetery. Standing by the fence they heard, "One for you, one for me. One for you, one for me." The old man whispered, "Boy, you've been tellin' me the truth. Let's see if we can see the Lord...?" Shaking with fear, they peered through the fence, yet were still unable to see anything. The old man and the boy gripped the wrought iron bars of the fence tighter and tighter as they tried to get a glimpse of the Lord. At last, they heard, "One for you, one for me. That's all. Now let's go get those nuts by the fence and we'll be done...." They say the old man had the lead for a good half-mile before the kid on the bike passed him.
  15. Nice work Tim, you got all the pretty views and a nice calm flight by the looks of it. I am lounging around in the VIP lounge of course, see you there
  16. What memory? I can't remember four posts ago . . .
  17. I'd love to spend some time looking around the sights of historic Alexandria, but a little bird tells me that the boss is already looking at his watch in Aqaba, so I'd better hustle. Fortunately I discovered that the plane has fuel tanks in both wings, so I think we should have enough to get to Jordan without too much drama (or spending of money!) So, straight back into the plane without further do. We know there's nobody in the tower, so there's no point asking permission. And unregistered flight in the Middle East, what could possibly go wrong? (nothing as it turns out - Ed) Nice view of Alex My plan (such as it is), is to sneak along the coast, almost as far as the Gaza Strip, then sneak down the edge of Israel, and hang a left over the Red Sea. Easy Peasy! Port Said, and the entrance to the Suez Canal. Bardawil Lake. I think this is far enough. They can get a bit shooty-shooty too close to the border, so it's time to head inland. I can't help but notice there's someone on my six... An exciting view of the desert (for certain values of 'exciting') Eventually we get to Eliat, Southernmost city of Israel. I didn't accidentally stray across the border, that's a distortion of perspective. Honest! The Red Sea. Nearly there . . . Eliat pretty much merges into Aqaba - you can see how close the two cities' airports are! Final Finally, an airport that isn't closed! They're out repairing the runway, which means the boss must already be here. I just need to find which 'lounge' he's holed up in ...
  18. You went for it then mate It is a great plane, I was thinking of getting it for XP11 too, but not sure at the moment. Great screens too bud. I cannot wait for XP to fix those darn trails though, really annoying having a 152 with wing trail vertices all the time - good things come to those who wait. Thanks for sharing, see you on my stream mate.
  19. I used to love EZDok back in the day - but then when Chaseplane came out, I got that and didn't look back. It will be interesting to see how this stacks up to Chaseplane, I am sure it will be on par at least given the reputation of EZDok. Thanks for sharing Joe
  20. Birch, Thrashing...Mmm, brings back memories of Boarding School.
  21. A welcome arrival, all be it some what overdue. Cheers for the HU Joe.
  22. The western part of the US is really beautiful country, with some really interesting and unusual scenery. I'm trying to highlight some of this beauty during this transcontinental Cub flight.
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