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  1. Dave, Very nicely done and presented. Ahem, however.... Hawaii is the USA, you know. :mrhappy: John
  2. What a great leg...or legs! Great aircraft, scenery, screenshots, dialogue - all of it. Welcome to the US. John
  3. Mut, One of Murphy's Laws says, "Work flows to the competent man until he submerges." Hope you have a snorkel and periscope. We'll try to behave and allow you some peace. John
  4. KATL's runways and KMCO's runways are all on the same heading.
  5. KATL Atlanta Hartsfield has five parallel runways, all lying at 094/274 degrees. They're numbered... 9R/27L 9L/27R 8R/26L 8L/26R 10/28 KMCO at Orlando has four and uses the same scheme, just ofsetting the numbering of one pair by 10 degrees. The new airpatch could also use a "center" designator, so would only need two triads of runway numbers.
  6. Very cool. After all those aluminum tubes full of seats, this is a nice change. Well done. John
  7. When flying the US legs (including Hawaii), these links may be useful for flight planning... You guys probably already know all about these. SIDS, STARS, approach procedures, airport diagrams (as PDFs): http://www.naco.faa.gov/index.asp?xml=naco/online/d_tpp Weather, (if you fly with real world weather turned on) including terminal forecasts, winds aloft, METARs, WX maps, etc: http://aviationweather.gov/ Maybe this will help someone a little at some point. John
  8. Thanks, Joe. I'm touched. Very classy, very well done, VERY much appreciated. John
  9. Mut, Yes, we came home Friday evening and are indeed back on the big wire. I actually took these shots of the simulated BA over a week ago, but didn't have time to do anything with them before we left. The resort only had dial-up, so I sat on them until returning home. Then came the accident, the day after we got back, which motivated me to get my act together and post these. I did see a clip of amateur video that caught the beginning of the accident. It shows the main formation of four already grouped up and travelling pretty fast from left to right in the clip. The fifth is behind, maybe two or three A/C lengths, but on about the same heading and catching up. The sixth plane, the accident plane, comes into the scene at what looks to be the lead groups 10 or 11 o'clock position, almost on an opposite course, but low and pulling hard to port to roll in behind them. All were low; there were trees all along the lower edge of the shot, but #6 appeared lowest of all. In my view he was pulling very hard, maybe too hard and too low (and with no g-suit). Within a few seconds he still seemed to be at about an 80 degree or greater bank angle and had turned most of the way back toward the heading of the main group, showing a bottom plan view to the camera. He appeared to be losing more height in the turn. In the last half-second of the clip his nose seemed to be dropping below horizontal though the bank angle still seemed very pronounced as he dropped behind the trees from the camera's perspective. It's only speculation, but it had the appearance that he was pulling so hard that he either blacked out or had begun to stall. It appeared to be a really radical turn at a very low height. There is also an unconfirmed report that the #6 aircraft clipped a pine tree at the end of the previous manuever, but no one seems too sure of it. It really doesn't seem credible that anyone would attempt a turn like that to rejoin in an aircraft that had just hit a tree. John
  10. Outstanding, David. I especially like the morning shot with the looonnnnggg shadows. Beautiful aircraft. Very nice flight and photo log. Did I understand correctly that you do not use GPS? Neither did Amelia, but she didn't have floats. John
  11. I’ve just gotten a new S3 Viking and what better place to try it out than Pensacola NAS? I’d just started up and was getting ready to taxi when who should happen by? An F-18 in Blue Angels colors! Then another…and another…six in all. They taxied to the active and took off in sequence. They stayed in the pattern and were doing T & Gs, though AI Smooth gave them a lot of go-arounds. You don’t run into these guys just anywhere… Lead is rolling… Couldn’t resist following along… Gear coming out. It wasn’t up long… Those are his squadron mates beyond. Downwind Over the Gulf. Note the centerline tank. I don’t think they use them for airshows. Lined up, flaps down… Crossing the beach… Going around… On the ground you can see some of the less brightly colored examples. Must be females of the species. Back at pattern altitude for another circuit. These are courtesy of JF-Traffic 2005 and the Military Plus Pack #1 (I need to download MPP #2 one of these days). I had no idea they would be there, just blundered into it. Note all the aircraft on the ramps in the last two shots. That would have been bare tarmac before the JF add-ons. I’m really happy with what they do. Hope you enjoy these. John
  12. This is part of the sectional showing the restricted area. I've added arrows pointing to the RA and the note. I had the altitude wrong. I thought it was 15,000. This says 14,000.
  13. I like the route. It hits most of what most considered worth doing. Speed and efficiency rank dead last in the order of things we ought to be concerned about. Also, I like the idea of opening the bids for a route say a day or two before it is to be flown then everyone who's interested submitting a proposed aircraft, scenerio etc. to Mutley. When he has all the bids in hand, then he can decide who has the most interesting or appropriate proposal. Some of the "bids" I've seen so far read a little like ultimatums. All this far-ahead staking out of legs seems chaotic and I think Mut is getting painted into corners he'd rather not be in. There's a lot of the world left after we finish Canada and the US, so I think everyone is going to get all the opportunities they want. Actually, Europe got the short end of the stick at the outset and I think it might be a good idea to criss-cross that a bit after coming up out of North Africa. John
  14. This happened a few days ago. Ironic, as I'd just mentioned this cable and the associated restricted area in the post on potential US destinations on the round-the-world challenge. That RA is clearly depicted on the sectionals and anyone from the area should be well aware of it. The quote is from a local news web site and that's all they give you without a paid subscription. Bad week for airplanes in the US - If what happened at VA Tech is any indication there should soon be an outcry to outlaw airplanes lest more people die needlessly. John
  15. Martyn, Very, very nice. I really enjoyed it. I'll bet you did too. Is the fuel quantity on the FMC in hundreds of pounds? John
  16. From what I saw on TV yesterday it wasn't a collision. They had completed a manuever that had separated them and were rejoining from all over the compass. This guy was heading toward, but not close to the others when he went down. It has the smell of an engine failure or some other malfunction, but no one knows for sure yet. John
  17. A Blue Angel pilot was killed yesterday in a crash during an airshow. It doesn't appear there were any other casualties. http://my.earthlink.net/article/top?gui ... 2571400708 John
  18. Joe, I loved your choice of aircraft. One of the true classics. Great photos and I have to say your imaginative way to salvage the flight after a PC issue was top-notch. I think you got Mut in hot water with his better half, however. Still when duty calls, you've got to go. Nice job to all concerned on this team effort. John
  19. Simi, Great flight and photos. I've got to get one of those. The only thing better than a radial engine is four of them. John
  20. You guys are GOOD! That was a great, imaginative sequence. Well done. John
  21. I like mulletman's map - it looks like it was designed by the guy who hopes to be selling us fuel though. It's a good concept and Mut can tweak the details as necessary to hit the places that ought to be visited. As for airport types, you can find anything, from KATL-like behemoths with four parallel runways to 1500 foot grass strips. Lots of both, and everything in between. Strips are scarcer in the West than the East, except right along the Pacific, where there are also plenty. I know of one place with two water runways and one asphalt. No ILS, though. :-) John
  22. Mut, Possible US destinations, in no particular order and with no particular preferences... Meigs Field (RIP) in Chicago would be fitting. It would have to be in FS9, as I believe it had already been converted to a city park when FSX was compiled. A beautiful venue and useful field that literally had the runways bulldozed without warning by city road crews after the tower closed at 10:00 PM one night on the orders of the mayor. It took weeks for all the aircraft stranded there to get out after painful negotiations with the FAA to permit them to fly off the taxiways, which he thoughtfully left intact for a while. It may be off the beaten path for us, but there's a nice little strip on Mackinac Island, where Lakes Michigan and Huron meet, near the famous Mackinac bridge. I've landed a Skyhawk there in real life (on the island, not the bridge). Someone once flew a B-52 under the bridge, so I suspect one of us could do something similar, maybe even inverted. Key West is kind of neat, and there are a couple of interesting features nearby that are modeled in FS9. One is a tethered balloon site operated by the Navy. The balloons carry an antenna for transmitting to the population of Cuba, ala the now defunct Radio Free Europe. There's a restricted area on the sectionals with a note that a cable to 15,000 ft. (!!!) may be present. The RA, complete with cable and balloon, are there in FS9 (I've also seen it in real life, though not from an aircraft). Also, some distance west of KW are the Dry Tortugas with a Civil War era fort and a lighthouse, both present in FS9. There's a memorial to the Wright Brothers at Kill Devil Hill in North Carolina and I'm pretty sure it's in FS. At least a buzz job, if not a stop there might be a fitting gesture. There are some Islands in Lake Erie that, until about 15 years ago had a twice daily scheduled air service for tourists in Ford Tri-Motors. I saw some of them in the 80's. Among other things, the aircraft were operated under contract as a school bus service for the children of permanent residents on the islands going to schools on the mainland. Quite by chance, I encountered a famous military flight demonstration team doing touch and goes at a US military field, thanks to the JF Military Plus Pack #1. I'm pretty sure they're a permanent feature there if you're running that add on, so we could get an air show on the tour - or be part of one. (I have screen shots, but won't be posting them until I get back home on a high-speed connection.) Among the things I haven't seen, but I believe are modeled in FS are the arch in St. Louis, Mt. Rushmore, Niagra Falls, Grand Canyon, Mt. Ranier (tallest peak in the continental US), the strip at Las Vegas, Hoover and Grand Coulee dams (a made to order mission for Dambuster??), the Queen Mary and nearby dome housing Howard Hughe's Spruce Goose and some of the landmarks in Washington DC and New York. As I said, no preferences, just info. John
  23. Mut, Perth/Scone it is! Exactly right. Did I say something confusing? Not sure how you can do this without FS. I use the Go To Airport database and the map feature extensively when searching for an airport. Anyway, you have it. I almost choked at your early mention of McDonalds. I'm sure you wouldn't have to look too far in Perth to find that surname, though probably not under the golden arches. Very good work. I think that one was a little more difficult than the Shuttle landing strip. I thought planting one under your noses after KSFO was a good idea. John
  24. Well, I think cabers and haggis are more common than hockey sticks and moose meat, if that helps. :-) John
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