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  2. Leg 4 Flight- 17 February 2019 Las Vegas (NM) Municipal (KLVS) to Carrizozo Municipal (F37) The flight was uneventful. Takeoff was at 1913Z There was a strong headwind, which lowered my groundspeed to only 46 mph in places, resulting in the 126 mile long trip taking 2 hours and 29 minutes. Although I was blown off course 3 miles to the east by the wind, I was able to identify and correct the error, and hit the Encino, NM nav point. The remainder of the trip to Carrizozo was uneventful. See attached images: Image 1 Near Bernal, NM 1934Z Image 2 Encino, NM checkpoint. Although the town is small, the road junction stood out clearly Image 3 Salt Lakes near Duran, NM
  3. When I fist flew to America to meet the lady who is now my wife, I flew by BMI International. It was in an Airbus 330 and was great...nice and clean with a TV screen in the headrest in front and so on. The second trip was in an American Airlines Boeing 767....what a difference. The latter was somewhat dated and shoddy in comparison. Not a patch on BMI International.....sad that FlyBMI is gone....
  4. Leg 4 Pre-flight- 17 February 2019 Las Vegas (NM) Municipal (KLVS) to Carrizozo Municipal (F37) A check of the weather this morning shows that snow is coming from the west, and will cover most of the northern and western half of New Mexico for the next two days. I had planned on covering some of the scenic areas in the northern part of the state, but being delayed for a couple of days wasn't appealing to me. I'll tentatively plan on covering the four corners area (where Arizona/Colorado/New Mexico and Utah meet) toward the end of the journey, after I do the Grand Canyon. For right now, to avoid the weather, I'm going to fly south towards the White Sands/La Cruces area. Later this week, I'll try to fly into the scenic Big Bend area along the Texas-Mexico border, as the weather along this route looks relatively good for the next couple of days. Today's flight will end at Carrizozo Municipal airport. This is to the NNE of White Sands, and is also next to the Lincoln National Forest, so there should be some good views when I fly out of here tomorrow down to White Sands. (see chart below. Note that east is up and north is to the left on this image). The one problem with this route is that the navigation checkpoints are far apart, and they really aren't that good. I cross a couple of major roads in the early part of the trip, which can give me a groundspeed. However, I don't get a really good navigational checkpoint until I reach Enicno, NM, almost one hour into the trip. The weather for a 17 Feb 1845Z takeoff looks good. Excellent visibility, and only a few clouds. There are some gusting winds out of the west, but nothing too difficult: METAR: KLVS 171653Z AUTO VRB03KT 10SM CLR M01/M18 A2984 RMK AO2 SLP107 T10061178 METAR: KCQC (Clines Corner) 171653Z AUTO 25010G17KT 10SM CLR M01/M12 A2987 RMK AO2 SLP128 T10061117 METAR: KALM (Alamogordo/White Sands) 171735Z AUTO 21007G15KT 10SM CLR 09/M09 A2996 RMK AO2. The terminal area forecast also looks good, although the winds gusts may be picking up to 26 knots of so when I'm landing. However, Carrizozo Municipal runway is oriented 06/24, and it looks like the prevailing winds will be from approximately 240, so these gusts shouldn't be too bad. Icing will only be a problem for the first third of the trip, and only if I don't get off the ground before late afternoon. KCNM [Carlsbad/Cavern City] TAF: KCNM 171121Z 1712/1812 29005KT P6SM SCT250 FM172000 24018G26KT P6SM SCT250 FM180100 23007KT P6SM FEW250 KCNM [Carlsbad/Cavern City] TAF: KCNM 171121Z 1712/1812 29005KT P6SM SCT250 FM172000 24018G26KT P6SM SCT250 FM180100 23007KT P6SM FEW250
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  6. It's business and probably a board decision at the last minute. I'm sure they wanted it to keep going but you can't keep putting good money into a failing operation. Having people get their money back through card issuers is better for them then trying to get money out of a company that the banks are probably taking over. Still a tough break for travelers on the go.
  7. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-47267901
  8. FlyBMI. A regional airline that was a spin off from BMI international announced today that it had ceased trading with immediate effect. The thing is they were still taking bookings and customers money as late as last wednesday! But today have told customers that their flights are cancelled, they will not be issuing refunds not arranging flights with other carriers. Customers stranded abroad have been told to make alternative arrangements to get home at their own expense and then claim the money back from their card issuers! To me that is just plain dishonest and poor customer service. https://www.flybmi.com/en
  9. mutley

    Some TEUK P3D

    Superb videos Kevin, you have P3D looking top class
  10. Knit One, Purl One Ribbing. http://youtu.be/9YgyHV72tMU
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  12. 16 February Winds of 31 mph with gusts of 44. No flying today. Heck, the Cub would literally take off when taxiing into that headwind. METAR: KLVS 162153Z AUTO 27031G44KT 10SM SCT075 05/M12 A2959 RMK AO2 PK WND 27044/2145 RAE24 SLP981 P0000 T00501122
  13. 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/
  14. 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
  15. Crackin' shots, The Hawk is a real success story and is still evolving even now.
  16. 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
  17. 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.
  18. 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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  20. 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
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