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  1. Leg 15 pre-flight and flight -09 April 2019 Scholes International Galveston (KGLS) to Harrison County (Texas) (KASL) Today's flight is to take me to the North eastern corner of Texas, just east of Shreveport, Louisiana. (Image 1). I'll try to get off the ground by 1900Z/1400L, as it is a 210 nm flight. The weather looks good. Low winds and clear skies for the entire route. The winds at 3000 feet are predicted to be from the North or NW at only 5 knots, so headwinds won't be a significant factor on this leg, which is nice given the distance I'm flying. The TAFs are also very nice-only 5 knot winds expected at my destination. METAR 091800Z April Terminal Area Forecast 2207Z April WInds Aloft, 3000 foot 091800Z April I took off at 1910Z, only ten minutes late. The weather was as forecasted, and the trip was uneventful until my landing, when I had to go around due to an GA aircraft that decided to enter the runway as I was on final. Aside from that brief bit of excitement, the trip was pleasant. The .kmz file can be downloaded from here: https://we.tl/t-fDotAHccpp Of note, I forgot to begin recording the .kmz file until I was near San Augustine, TX, so about one half of the trip was not recorded in the .kmz file. Image 1 Looking South at Galveston, TX 1918Z Image 2 West of Port Bolivar TX 1918Z Image 3 Approaching Ivanhoe TX 2017Z Image 4 Sam Rayburn Reservoir near Zavalla, TX 2042Z Image 5 Tenaha TX 2115Z Image 6 Approaching Marshall TX 2209Z
  2. Thanks. I wanted to showcase some of the natural beauty of the US in this virtual adventure. Plus, I'm virtually exploring places I would like to see in real life in the next couple of years, so this is a bit of a "recce flight" for me.
  3. Leg 14 pre-flight and flight -07 April 2019 Kransas County (KRKP) to Scholes International Galveston (KGLS) As predicted, in late afternoon, the weather improved to MVFR conditions as the front moves to the north east and out of the area. While the ceilings are marginal, the weather forecast for tomorrow isn't particularly good, and I'm getting itchy to fly. Plus, I'm hoping to get further north, as the flying weather here hasn't been good the past couple of days. Based n the weather reports, it looks like I can get to Galveston, TX before the weather starts deteriorating to IFR conditions. According to the forecast discussion "[l]arge line of thunderstorms moving across the majority of the terminals this hour. Expect variable winds to 40 knots in gust, conditions falling to LIFR within locally heavy rain. +TSRA line should be east of the air fields by 19Z or 20Z, possible light rain lingering behind system through the late afternoon. Westerly winds and overnight high end MVFR or low end VFR ceilings through Monday sunrise." Aviation Forecast Current Weather Conditions Terminal Area Forecast 08 0025Z April Since I will simply be flying up the coast to Galveston, and I'm burning daylight, I dispense with creating a VFR chart using a sectional chart. My planned take off time is 1700L/2200Z, with a projected landing time at 1830L. The .kmz of the flight can be downloaded here: https://we.tl/t-sXXDrlWfNP I got off the ground at 1712 local/2212Z. I had a nice 17 knot tailwind for a lot of the trip. At times during the flight, the ceilings were lower than I had expected, lowering to 1900 feet. Fortunately, the coastal terrain is low, and there were few towers, so between descending to 1200 feet and weaving between a few clouds, the lowering ceiling wasn't too much of a problem. The landing at Galveston was one of my better ones in the Stearman. I believe it was a 3 point touchdown, which for me is rare..... Image 1 Haze during Deaparture 2216Z Image 2 Looking South toward Ballou Island 2220Z Image 3 Looking towards Grass Island south of Seadrift, TX 2229Z Image 4 Looking North 6nm W of Port OConner TX Image 5 Shipping Channel to Matagorda Bay 2240Z Image 6 Lowering ceiling S of Matagorda TX Image 7 Lowering ceiling SW of Sargent TX 2303Z Image 8 One nm W of Lake Jackson TX 2312Z
  4. 7 April Preflight Well, that was a quick preflight. Staring at darkening skies doesn't take much time..… Looking at the TAFs, I may be able to try a short leg around 4 PM local time today.
  5. Here are some real-world images of some of the places I flew over in leg 13: Website of Gulf Coast Aerial Photography. This is worth looking at for some nice real world photography of the places I traveled on this trip: http://texascoastgeology.com/misc/misc.html Ground Level Panorama of Padre Island. (Image Credit: Me) USS Lexington
  6. Leg 13 pre-flight and flight -29 March 2019 Alice International (KALI) to Kransas County (KRKP) I decided to cut short the leg to the Mexican border, and instead cut across to Padre Island, and then north to Corpus Christi This route will take me over the Padre Island National Seashore. I also hope to do a flyby the USS LEXINGTON (AVT-16) ex-(CV-16), which is now a museum ship docked in Corpus Christi, TX. The route is below: My take off is scheduled for 2045Z. Weather looks good, with scattered clouds at around 5000 feet. I can expect gusts of up to 30 knots at my destination by 2300Z. However, I should be on the ground by approximately 22455, so it shouldn't be a problem. Radar shows a small line of showers off the coast may create some localized rain by the time I get to Aransas County, but they shouldn't cause me any problem. At worst, they may cause a localized IFR conditions, which I can easily mitigate by going inland and landing at an alternate airfield. METAR Terminal Area Forecast 2343Z The flight was pleasant. I experienced light buffeting throughout the flight from the southeasterly 20-25 knot wind. I also had lowering ceilings and haze from the light rain showers coming in from the Gulf of Mexico as I was transiting across Baffin Bay and north of Corpus Christi. However, weather conditions did not deteriorate to IFR. The landing at KRKP was easy, as the runway was oriented directly into the prevailing 25 knot wind. Unfortunately, my detour into Corpus Christi was unsuccessful, as my graphics program did not correctly interpret the USS Lexington. I also had an operator error, and failed to save a .kmz file of the trip. Image 1 Kleberg County Airport 2103Z Image 2 2110Z approaching Loyola Beach Image 3 2114Z Baffin Bay. The afternoon rain showers are coming in Image 4. Baffin Bay west of Neubaur Rock Image 5 Approaching Padre Island Image 6 looking south at Padre Is and Baffin Bay Image 7 Heading north above Padre Island National Seashore
  7. Here are some real-world images of some of the places I flew over in leg 12: Image 1 Robinson Ranch, Round Mountain TX (source: https://www.landsoftexas.com/property/FM-962-Round-Mountain-Texas-78663/1938852) Image 2: Pedernal Falls State Park, TX Image 3 Canyon Lake, TX Image 4 Choke Canyon Reservoir
  8. Leg 12 Flight -28 March 2019 Horseshoe Bay (KDZB) to South Texas International (KEBG) I took off from Horseshoe Bay at 1838Z. My take off was a bit sloppy, as I had too much right rudder as I lifted off, than overcorrected to the left. North of New Braunfels , the cloud base lowered to 2500 feet, requiring me to drop to 2000 feet, which is the MEF for the area. However, that was (barely) the safe altitude above the various towers near my flight path, and visibility was 6+ miles, so I was not too concerned about descending that low. Shortly after passing New Braunfels, the cloud base increased to over 4000 feet, allowing me to climb back up to my planned altitude of 4500 feet. As predicted, the headwinds were about 20 knots. My slower groundspeed caused me some real life problems, as I had to pick up my daughter. The forced me change my destination from South Texas International (KEBG) at McAllen, TX to Alice International (KALI), located 40 nm WSW of Corpus Christi, TX. The winds at KALI were 140 at 18, gusting to 26, giving me up to a 13 knot crosswind. This caused me to concentrate so much on keeping my wings level to not ground loop, that I ended up high, resulting in my bouncing 3 times on landing. Now I'm trying to figure out how to log that-is it one landing or 2 touch and goes and a full stop? ;-) The .kmz of this leg can be downloaded from here: https://we.tl/t-gfapwiSIO8 Image 1 1846Z 2nm E of Round Mtn TX Image 2 1852Z North of Pedernales River Falls Image 3 1857Z lowering clouds Image 4 1922Z Canyon Lake Image 5 1925Z North of New Braunfels TX Image 6 1955Z Stockdale TX Image 7 2026Z 11nm NNE of Choke Canyon Reservoir
  9. Leg 12 Pre-Flight -28 March 2019 Horseshoe Bay (KDZB) to South Texas International (KEBG) Today's flight is to position me back on the Texas-Mexican border, preparatory to flying up the Texas gulf coast, along the Padre Island National Seashore and on to Louisiana. The weather outlook looks good. I am planning on taking off at 1815Z. At that time, there a few clouds at 3300 feet. The wind gusts on take off shouldn't be bad-19 knots, but they are down the runway, so there will be virtually no crosswind. The weather guessers are predicting a 20 knot wind from the SSW at 3000 feet. At 6000 feet it becomes a 30 knot headwind. Because of this , and the clouds at 3300 feet, I will fly the route below 3500 feet. Nevertheless, I will be fighting a significant headwind all the way to my destination. METAR 281753Z March 19 Winds at 3000 feet The Terminal Area Forecast shows that the winds around Brownsville will be 20 with gusts to 25, giving me a more challenging landing.
  10. KMZ files of flights to date Several weeks ago, I promised to upload the .kmz files of the flights I had made to date. For anyone who is interested in following this adventure on Google Earth, the files are here: https://we.tl/t-KAIjGYemEr
  11. Real World Images from Leg 11 Image 1 Enchanted Rock State Park Image 2 Enchanted Rock Panorama Image 3 Garner State Park
  12. Leg 11 Pre-flight and flight -13 March 2019 Hondo Municipal (KHDO) to Horseshoe Bay Airpark (4XS7) The southern leg of the "Cyclone Bomb" blew through the San Antonio area earlier in the morning. By 1600Z, when I was doing my flight planning, the bad weather had moved to the east, and the warm front behind it was bringing clear skies and gusty wind conditions: Image 1 National WX Image 2 METAR and Radar in San Antonio Area 13 March 1600Z Although the winds are relatively calm at 1600Z, the NWS says that for the Hill country area, "Mixing and a restrengthening of the surface pressure gradient will then allow for some 20-25 knot gusts through mid-afternoon." This outlook is reflected in the TAFs, which show wind gusts in the 20+ mph at my expected landing time: Image 3 Terminal Area Forecast 1900Z My take off at 1700Z is uneventful. The skies are clear, Cruising at 4500 feet MSL gave a nice view of the country, and minimized the buffeting from the westerly winds I was experiencing at this altitude. The wind gusts were a problem landing, nearly causing me to ground loop the Stearman shortly after touchdown. Fortunately, I caught it in time, but I almost had to replace my left wingtip. See attached images of the leg: Image 4 Eleven nm E of Medina Lake Dam Image 5 Utopia TX looking SW Image 6 Garner State Park Image 7 Vanderpool TX Image 8 Sandy Creek near Enchanted Rock Park Image 9 Enchanted Rock SP Image 10 Approaching Horseshoe Bay Airpark
  13. Here are some real world images of this leg: Lost Maples State Park The Big Valley © 2012 Jeff Lynch Photography, Ltd.Note: this photo is copyrighted, so I'm not going to post it, but below is the link: https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8083/8355423499_6cec0cd6f0_b.jpg Vanderpool, TX
  14. Leg 10 Pre-flight and flight -12 March 2019 Real County Airport (K49R) to Hondo Municipal (KHDO) This flight is to help get me familiar with my new aircraft, a PT-17 Stearman biplane. Because of this, it will be just a short hop to Hondo Municipal, located WSW of San Antonio. The flight will include a brief flyover of the Lost Maples State natural area. Tomorrow, I hope to fly around the Hill Country area of Texas, ending up in Horsehoe Bay Airpark. Today's flight to Hondo will consist of the first two legs of the route below: The weather today was rainy and cloudy. However, by1900Z, when I took off, it was clearing. albeit with some gusting wind: The flight was uneventful. I missed the turn SE to Hondo, realizing my error only when I crossed the Sabinal River north of Vanderpool, Texas. (Image 1) Image 1. Crossing the Sabinal River Continuing southeast, the Hill Country gives way to the gulf coastal plains of Texas (Image 2). I was a bit concerned that the gusting winds would create a problem for me in landing the Stearman. Fortunately, KHDO has a runway that was oriented almost directly into the wind, eliminating the crosswind, making the landing easy. Image 2 North of Hondo, TX Image 3. North of Vandepool, TX Note: I haven't yet figured out how to make my flights in P3D4 transfer to GoogeEarth. I will post the .kmz files as soon as I do.
  15. Well, I played around with the L-5. It isn't going to work for me. The flight model seems wrong-the aircraft has significantly more power, more speed, and a better climb rate than it should. At sea level, I was easily climbing at 1000 feet/min and hitting 140 mph without difficulty. Looks like I'll be transitioning to the Stearman. I will continue to try to get my beloved A2A Cub working, but FSX has been irritating me for some time, so my patience with it is wearing thin.....
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