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  1. Still no flying today, at least until this afternoon. A lot of rain in the Natchitoches area right now, and ceilings around 1000-1300 feet. The forecast (reproduced below) indicates clearing skies. Possibly I will be flying later this afternoon, but most likely not until tomorrow. For the 18/12Z TAF period, IFR/LIFR cigs plague all sites this morning as low level moisture surges north ahead of a cold front. Scattered to numerous showers will continue through much of the morning with some isolated thunderstorms possible later today as heating occurs ahead of the approaching cold front. Breezy S/SW winds will veer W/NW with the arrival of the front as speeds increase to between 12-18 kts with higher gusts near 20-25 kts. Convection will gradually diminish from NW to SE through this afteroon into the early evening hours as the front clears the region. Skies will also begin clearing as well with SKC taking hold across all sites during the latter half of the TAF period. Wind speeds will drop off slightly after 19/00Z to around 10 kts on average from due north.
  2. No flying today. Too much "Terrain Obstruction Orange" on this picture: The forecast discussion doesn't look good, either. Possibly I'll get a chance to fly this weekend: Low clouds and fog blanketing the area again this morning ahead of an approaching CDFNT expected to sag slowly south through the region today. Expect VSBYS to improve mid morning or so, with CIGS slower to improve, lifting to IFR mid to late morning and perhaps MVFR for a time this afternoon. Isolated to scattered showers are possible with the front, and a combination of vicinity and PROB groups were carried to convey this activity along with the potential for IFR CIGS to linger and the coastal sites. SFC winds will increase from the NE with the passage of the front, which will help mitigate VSBY reductions tonight, though low CIGS will continue to be a concern through the evening and into the overnight.
  3. Yep, it is pretty. This whole part of the US is nice, scenery wise. Weather-wise? Notsomuch. At least today: Its been like this the past couple of days, and looks like it may last until Friday, so there won't be too many updates in this trip until then..... Edit: From the Forecast Discussion: IFR/LIFR conditions will hang around the Four-States region over the next 24-hours. A frontal boundary has stalled across the area, allowing for winds to decouple, and moisture to pool area wide. This will result in low cloud decks (and fog headed into tomorrow morning) to blanket the region. KTYR is the only site expected to reach MVFR this afternoon past 14/23z. All TAF sites can also expect either VCSH or SHRA during this period due to the unstable airmass overhead. /44/
  4. Here are some real-world images from some of the areas I flew over on this leg: Cotton Field near Natchitoches (Source: https://www.visittheusa.com/destination/natchitoches) Black Lake, LA
  5. The flight was uneventful. Climbing out of Harrison County airport, the winds buffeted the Cub, but it settled down once I reached my cruise altitude. The flight was uneventful, and I made an straight in approach with a decent landing on Runway 17 at Natchitoches at 1703 local. My lack of recent stick time in the Cub, combined with some wind gusts, caused me to "float" the Cub a little farther down the runway before I touched down. Images are below: Image 1 Over Panola, TX Image 2 Approaching CE 'Rusty' Williams airport (3F3) Image 3 Over Black Lake, Louisiana Image 4: Over the Red River, approaching Natchitoches
  6. Leg 16 pre-flight and flight 08 January 2020 Harrison County (Texas) (KASL) to Natchitoches, Louisiana (KIER) With the release of A2A's Piper J-3 Cub, I've decided to resume this little jaunt across the country. Today's flight is simply to get the Cub repositioned along the Gulf Coast. I plan on flying along it and into Florida for most of January, and begin to venture back north into Georgia and the Carolina's in late winter and early spring. The flight today will be brief, covering only about 90 miles, as real life has delayed my departure until 3:30 PM. Consequentially, I will only have about 120 minutes of flying time before nightfall. Route: KASL-KIER National Weather, Aviation Weather and METARs There is some weather coming in from Texas, but it won't get to where Louisiana until tomorrow. METARs show VFR conditions throughout my route, and the terminal area forcast that conditions will remain VFR. METAR: KASL [Marshall/Harrison Cn] METAR: KASL 082115Z AUTO 16008KT 130V190 10SM CLR 18/M02 A3025 RMK AO1 T01831022 METAR: KIER [Natchitoches Rgnl] METAR: KIER 082115Z AUTO 12010G14KT 10SM CLR 19/00 A3029 RMK AO2 T01870003 The one thing that concerns me is the winds. Winds aloft are predicted to be around 25 knots from the south at 3,000 feet. In my little 65 hp J-3, that could significantly increase my time aloft. Although I would really like to get further south, I decide to take the better part of valor and just get as far as Natchitoches. I will also fly the route at 2500 feet, to try to minimize some of the wind. This is far below the 11,000 foot freezing level, so I won't have to worry about icing. (Not that I would anyway, as the skies are clear today).
  7. With A2A's release of the Piper Cub for P3Dv4, I will pick up this adventure in my brand-spanking new J-3. Stay tuned.....
  8. If ya'll like WWI flying, there are some "deep immersion" virtual flyers at : https://simhq.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/4449449/deep-immersion-did-campaign-player-instructions-updated-28-nov-2018#Post4449449 who use "Wings over Flanders Field". Some of the writing is pretty good.
  9. I was in Ohio for my high school class reunion, and happened to come across this classic GA fly in at the Springfield Municipal airport. Here are some photos: 1928 Kreider KR 34B2 1929 American Flyer 1931 Stinson JRS 1947 Stinson Voyager 150 1946 Globe Swift 1936 Waco YKS-6 1941 Piper J3L-65 1941 Piper J3L-65 1946 Piper JC3-65 1946 Piper JC3-65 1946 SILVAIRE LUSCOMBE 8A 2002 PIETENPOL AIRCAMPER Champion Aeronca 7EC
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. 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
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