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  1. I’m looking at my screenshots above on my iPad and they all look VERY dark. They look fine on my PC; I hope you can see them ok.
  2. Well, it turns out I was running a little late, so I needed something a little faster. O.K. A LOT faster: Ahhh, the SR-71. Yet another example of Kelly Johnson's genius. I found the lights fairly easily this time, despite having never flown this aircraft. Although, it take a bit of hunting and pecking to get the engines started. Hmm... I hope this runway is long enough. The team would be awfully upset if it were to run it off the end of the runway. Sheeeooooot, no problem! Climbing and accelerating very nicely. Mach 3.36!! I think I could have gotten more, but I was starting to hear some strange sounds and throttle back a touch. But still unbelievably fast! It occurs to me I should have taken a video of this flyby. It was...well, fast! 194 miles and something like 20 minutes -- including climb descent and landing! I think the en-route part of the flight was under 10 minutes. I had to do a few S turns to get her slow enough to land. Almost went down too early, not being familiar with the low speed performance. But, never fear, the baton is safe! Oh yeah! Here you go Chuck, the baton is in this old bag here.
  3. X-Plane 11 Default Scenery Hot Start TBM900 Before I set off, I headed over to the castle. I placed a stone, so as to add to the structure of the fortress; I believe the Papal decree still holds and guarantees me a place in heaven, as I would be considered someone who helped with construction, right? There it is! The TBM almost as amazing as Bodrum Castle! Well, O.K., maybe not. But still fun to fly. With the "sandwich bag" safely stowed in the forward stowage compartment, we leave the vomiting twin driver behind. Gorgeous day for flying! I shot the VOR approach and for a while was lined up with the roads there to the left. But, that's enough flying for one day. Those planes look kind of Military; what are they doing here?
  4. X-Plane 11.32 Default Scenery Default Aircraft: Stinson L5 Sentinel So, as I was waiting for John over in Maintenance, this mechanic walked over with an irritated look on his face and told me that the pilot that was supposed to ferry my plane over landed in Imsik, thinking that was where he was supposed to leave it; he must have been confused by my destination. The mech said I could borrow one of the field's trainer aircraft and to just leave it at Imsik. No charge. Nice huh? He was about to leave when he turned back with a frown and said, "You know what really burns my ass?" Having no idea, I said, "uh, no." He says, holding his hand about waist height, "A flame, about this high!" I rolled my eyes and said I'd be by early the next morning to get started. It was still dark when I got to the hanger. I didn't see anybody around, but found a note guiding my to my loaner. Well, there she is: It looked a little...tired. I guess I should have gotten a look when it was still light, 'cause I can't find any light switches -- maybe this thing is so old they didn't have lights when it was made.? Well, in for a penny, in for a pound, right? I never did find any lights, but I managed to fumble the right knobs and switches to get the thing running. It actually fired up fairly quickly and had a nice rhythmic purr as I warmed it up. Dawn had arrived and I was on my way. I had a map of the region and would be flying by pilotage and dead reckoning -- with no lights, how could I expect even an ADF? Not a bad flight at all. A little chill in the air, but we've got windows and they're closed! I was getting pretty hungry, so I looked around a little more and found something that might have been a sandwich in that bag there. It looked bad and smelled worse. What better place to hide the baton, right? Hey! I found the lights! And discovered I had a little over 4 gallons of fuel... Low on fuel, clouds coming down. It was at this point that I started sweating despite the chill. You know, if you fly too low while navigating by pilotage, you could fly into a tall structure or hill even! I know this because someone else wrote it on the internet. Anyway, I had to make one last maneuver to duck under a cloud as I headed for Imsik. While I was shutting down, this guy in a twin taxis out onto the runway and I'm thinking, "Oh, he's going to back taxi and take off. That'll be cool to watch." But he turns off the runway and comes over and starts harassing me. Telling me I can't park here. What do I think I'm doing flying that old rust bucket around his airfield. And what's that smell? I retort with a resounding, "Watch it pal. This thing has LIGHTS and don't think I wont use them!"
  5. Very nice, John. Love that full afterburner departure! You didn't think you would find me in that Vegan food truck there did you? I'm over here in maintenance...
  6. Oh, come on! Next you're going to tell me the world is round, right? Nice screenshots: what is that plane? It looks something like a citation, but those business jets all look so similar to me.
  7. 750 KNTS, 300 ft: YEAH!!! Cool PIREP. Agree with your assessment of x-plane; rock solid and beautiful right out of the box. My P3D has only been fired up a few times after completing last year’s MEBAR.
  8. I made it. I made it. Whew, just in time too! I've been learning to fly this thing in X-Plane and I'm coming to like it quite a bit. Although, the FMS is a little quirky; which is to say generic. Climbing out of Eppley Field Coming up on Lake Michigan. Just of the tip of my right wing is lake Geneva. I had a brush with greatness here when I got to play Dungeons and Dragons with Gary Gygax at one of the Lake Geneva Gaming Conventions that were restarted in the mid 2000's. GenCon is still a major event, but is currently south of here in Indianapolis. Flying over Flint Michigan (don't drink the water) you can see Lake Huron (ahead), St. Claire (off the right wing) and Erie further south. I tried to get a shot of Niagra Falls, but my scenery doesn't do it justice -- or even acknowledge that it exists. Approaching Toronto ILS RWY26 The ATIS reported winds 240 11 gusting 20, Which made for an exciting landing. But it's all over now; we can laugh about it. A little off center-line...welcome to Toronto. Just in time!
  9. Oh, good lord! I'm embarrassed to say that I've only just figured out what "Feel the Power" means. And I'm an electrical engineer for crying out loud! Great set of pics there Brian! As I was looking at them I was thinking, "Hmm, there sure are a lot of hydro-electric sites here. Huh, what's with all the power stations?" DOH!
  10. All beautiful shots, but the one over Trondheim is gorgeous! I have a shot of overflying the same area (I'll bet we are flying within a mile of the same spot), just a slightly different angle. Yours is much better; I regretted turning on the "Frozen Water" option in the Orbx scenery as the transition from frozen rivers to dark blue ocean was pretty harsh.
  11. Hi everybody, A big thank you to Andrew, Joe and crew for hosting this excellent event. This was my second rally and, like last year, I thoroughly enjoyed it and learned a lot along the way. Also, thanks to all of you who participated and shared your stories. So cool to see what other folks are going through doing the same flights. Here are a few shots over the course of the rally. Completing the test flight (the best weather we'd see for the entire event ): Setting off on the first leg: It was eerie seeing these mountains fade into view through the haze. This kind of set my expectations of what was to come. I should have turned here, but flew on another 13.4 miles before realizing my mistake! That extra 27 miles artificially pushed me into a better time for the leg as I was referencing indicated air speed... One of the many Fjords... Hey! I recognize that place! Plenty of room to spare. Lots of this on leg 4. The Milviz 310R was up to the task. I do wish that the Navstax radios had been released though. Took me a long time to find this one. Visibility was much better on the last day. Right on track! These wind turbines were very cool! Almost there! I guess I was a little too busy to take shots of the approach, but I made it without incident. Awesome fun. Thank you all!
  12. Ha ha! Me too. I flew the first three legs at indicated. In a fluke, my first flight came in very close to the expected time only because I over flew one of the waypoints by 26 miles. At which point, I fire-walled the throttle for the remainder of the flight. I flew leg 4 last night referencing ground speed, but I think my execution was bit off, so we'll see. Doesn't matter though -- it's really about planning, executing, and arriving at the destination.
  13. Great post John. I refrained from reading until I had completed the flight. For the vast majority of the flight I couldn't see a thing in front of me. I was able to get an ominous glimpse of the snow capped mountain peaks passing silently below from time to time. Very unsettling. I've been doing my planning in google earth and after building my route, I ran an elevation profile on the route itself and offset left and right. I think it was on the final segment that I looked down through the mist and saw windmills turning. It was an eerie and lonely feeling. Took me a very long time to find ENFA... For that I had used Foreflight to get the location at 43 miles on the 034 radial ( I don't have my notes with me, but I think that was it). Turned out that the airport was further east. Lots of low, slow circling in the fog over a lot of lake pocked stone.
  14. I had the EXACT same experience. Complete with an attempt to land on the "ground" above the runway and sinking through -- only in my attempt, I actually flared and was just above the stall before "touchdown" and crashed on touchdown to the runway. It's a real bummer to end a flight like that, especially after all the planning and careful execution. Immediately ran the elevation correction and all was well. I should have known better -- been running ORBX scenery for years. Otherwise, nice video Marc!
  15. Nice PIREP Kieran. Nothing a little duct tape can't fix, right?
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