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  1. I'm not sure which is correct - am I losing my marbles? Or, has my Air Hauler (1) database changed somehow? I'm (almost) positive that there used to be a field under "My Fleet" that showed the Cargo Capacity of each of my aircraft. It is still present in the "Lease/Buy Used" and the "New Aircraft Purchase" pages. Anyone care to comment?
  2. Here's the new bird on her maiden voyage CYVR-CYYC-CYVR. Over the Rockies at FL300. Printing money.
  3. Any of you AH experts out there figure out how to fly the stock FSX 738 without incurring damage penalties (ie: how do you flare the thing?). Every time I fly down the GP at what should be a normal rate of descent (approx 700-800 FPM) AH informs me that I've incurred damage - this is getting expensive. I'm not hand flying the thing. It is difficult enough to do anything with the "traveling joystick" (Logitech Gamepad) let alone control a jet. I'm capturing the localizer then the GS and getting the a/c established. At 200 AGL, I've been cancelling the A/T and letting the plane hit the numbers without intervention. The first few times I tried to flare it, I got altitude which caused no end of problems as that tends to shorten the available runway. Not a desirable effect when you're landing on 1500 feet. For the stock 738 here's the numbers I'm using: approx. 75% of MTOW Auto Braking at "3" Spoilers Armed Full Flap 130 KT over the fence
  4. I've reached "that moment" in the business where the decisions I am facing have the potential of dooming my business to a point beyond return. I have gotten past my "past due" fees at my last base (closing the base and moving somewhere better within 30 miles allows you to get out of paying the back-rent fees, apparently!) and have amassed over $2m with a fleet of 5 leased DC-3's (one is a C-47 with a modern cockpit) and I am faced with either saving up for the Airbus or opening another base (possibly KSFO) and hoping for some base-base action to help increase income. If I wait for the Airbus at my current base (KVNY, or Van Nuys, CA), it should take me another 3-5 days at our current pace. Opening the new base a bit farther up North may delay the Airbus lease, but may increase profits as base-base operations tend to be (in my memory) more profitable and steady (let alone easier on the dispatcher). I plan on making a decision sometime today and once the stones are cast, we'll just have to make the best of it. One funny little thing that happened: One of my pilots has not progressed quickly enough to be able to fly the DC-3's. As I was assigning pilots to flights with my dispatcher Rachel today, she quickly reminded me that his rating doesn't allow him to fly planes that big. D'oh! He's my second most tenured pilot, yet doesn't have the hours to fly planes in our main fleet! Good thing I kept a Mooney Bravo around for personal flying. I picked up a job that had a deadline 37 hours in the future and was at short range, so even though it was a cargo load of around 5k lbs, I told him to fly it back and forth to get the hours up. He's pretty close, maybe 5 hours away from his next rating which would get him into the DC-3, so between this job and maybe another one or two, he should be caught up and able to fly DC-3's soon enough. Has anyone found planes worth flying between the DC-3 and, say, the Airbus A321? There seems to be a big gap between the two. I figured the 727-200F might be a good interim plane, but it turns out it's even more expensive and carries roughly 2200lbs more than the A321. So much for that thought!
  5. Good day fellow haulers, I'm between a rock and a hard place. The Rock - I was planning on leasing an A321 for my top AI aluminum bender, Lauren. However, as this is going to be a sheep and potato hauler I decided to remove the seats to save a bit of weight (this being a tried and true AH method of getting a few more pounds in an aircraft flown by AI pilots). The A321 is listed as having 220 seats, so at an estimated weight of 30lb per seat I'd be picking up 6600 lbs of capacity if I left them in the hangar. I edited the aircraft.cfg file to reflect this change by reducing the empty_weight by 6600 lbs. Easy. When I imported the modified aircraft into AH I was confused to see that it had much more capacity than planned. I was expecting to pick up 6600 lb, not 20,270 lb as was shown by the Registered Aircraft listing in AH. On inspection, the only other thing that has changed is the fuel capacity. Somehow, I'd lost one complete wing tank full of fuel and AH was happy to stuff the empty space with cargo, or at least that's the way it looks. The difference equals exactly the 2400 USG in one wing times 6.7 lb/gal. Maybe I should start hauling bootleg liquor. I've inspected the aircraft.cfg file from top to bottom - all is as it should be. There are five fuel tanks, all with capacities as advertised. I even went so far as to add a dummy tank and all that did was up my tank count from five to six. If anyone can shed some light on this little gem, I'd be appreciative. The Hard Place - I could just go ahead and lease the airplane which might get me an aircraft with short legs and wide shoulders. All for the paltry sum of $7.5M. Or - I could start another company with the biggest aircraft possible and trade that in on an A321 somehow. Unfortunately, it sort of looks like I'd have to fly the thing myself which would defeat the purpose because I can trade fuel for capacity anytime. All ideas welcomed. UPDATE: I offloaded the custom aircraft from AH. Then I renamed the saved aircraft-Copy.cfg file back to aircraft.cfg. This should return all to normal, no? NO! I'm getting the same weird figures using the stock aircraft.cfg file - I swear I made no changes to that. Honest! As an aside, I also noticed that the custom aircraft was $1.5M more expensive to lease than the stocker. Maybe someone is telling me not to mess with Mother Nature.
  6. March flies again! After a (almost) two month sabbatical, the boss climbed into his personal Beaver and actually made a buck for a change. QuikAire has been soldiering along under the capable management of Lauren (Crash) Pethard - now a Training Captain, high time hotshot, and general big-time earner. Lauren and Amelie have been burning up the PNW in a couple of DC-3's that March leased just before disappearing. The five pilots working for the company have managed to amass $8M in receipts. The boss is contemplating permanent retirement. Here's a screenshot of the laggard going for altitude on the crosswind out of CYCD heading for Friday Harbour. The bright light just over the wing is a UFO that has been hanging around the Vancouver Island area for a few weeks. March is kind of hoping the little green guys will drop in and fill out a job ap. Who knows what that thing will carry? Here's shot of some of the QuikAire fleet. As you can see, QA specializes in Beavers (plus a couple token DC-3's). One of the wheelie Beavers (Isabella) is still out on a job when this photo was taken. Amanda flies the one parked here. Antonio (another Training Captain) flies the lone turbine C208, also still out earning. The staff were criticising the sloppy procedures as the boss taxied into the parking apron with the flaps still at half-mast. He did manage to get the pitot cover on before shutting down the engine. You can find the bunch of them over at the Dinghy Dock Pub on the boss's sailboat - Passages. Drop in for a Kokanee (It's the beer out here) if you're in the area.
  7. Anyone experience problems with slow to non-existent loading when bringing up AH? I'm doing a virus scan right now, just in case. This morning AH refused to load - it goes through the pop-up where it asks which company. Easy for me because there's only one. then there's the screen that says that AH (company) is loaded and the OK button. That's it - no further activity other than the little blue Windows "I'm working on something" rotating icon. This problem began, suddenly, this morning after a history of no problems with AH. The only difference is that I have switched ISP's as I'm now in New Zealand. Does AH go out to the internet for any reason on loading?
  8. Quickmarch

    Night Run

    Vancouver Island to the Mainland - City of Vancouver off to port. AH's never sleep.
  9. It is amazing how FSX is able to capture the PNW sky colours. Here's a few taken in Full Screen Mode, especially for Alan.
  10. Strange thing happened in the PNW today: One of my AI pilots arrived at home base with a load aboard, advertised in OPS that she unloaded, then somehow didn't! Unload, that is. I noticed that the Skylane was listed as having cargo onboard. "Strange", I thought. I'd swear on my sainted mothers teapot that she unloaded that stuff. Checked - no credit. In fact, no record of the unloading at all. There's a note in the Activity Log showing that the aircraft loaded at source. Then there's a note that the aircraft landed at destination. End of story. That's in the log. The OPS board showed the arrival and the unloading process. Once that's completed, however, the notation disappears except for the entry in the log. I tried numerous things to shake the stuff out of the plane and finally resorted to cancelling the job as it seemed the only way to get rid of it short of flying back to source with the load aboard and starting over. I'm going to make a suggestion (or, at least try to research whether or not someone already has) in the AH "Suggestion Box" that: If AI pilots can adversely affect your reputation, isn't it only fair that they should contribute to it as well. Even a measly 1/10th of a percent would be something on a completed AI job. It might cover these types of goof-ups. Other than that - any day where my AI pilots bring my airplanes home in the same condition I sent them out, is a good day.
  11. Quickmarch

    A Slow Day

    Slow day at QuikAire. There's very little showing on the jobs board. I think I might have shot myself in the foot. I sent Lauren off the other day with a load of shoes on a fairly long trip (for a 172) down to Sunriver (S21). I did this, taking a gamble that something would show up between there and home. As it was there was little for her to do and it seemed like a good idea at the time. She's cooling her heels, costing me a small fortune in hotel rental, surrounded by 10,000ft mountains. I think I'll do her a favour and route her a bit further north with an empty airplane. Meanwhile, I've been doing the shorthaul route a little closer to home, picking up some decent high-paying jobs. The best was KUIL to S18 - less than 7NM with 750lbs of potatoes. That job put $5250 in the kitty and I was embarrassed to be taking work away from the local truckers. However, I got over it in a hurry as I stuffed my Levis with greebacks. Someone down there really likes potatoes. Lots of fun, though. I debated even bothering to cycle the gear for that trip. ADF packed it in on the way up from Seattle this afternoon. Off to the shop, I guess. We use the ADF a lot here in the PNW. I'll stay in touch - have a fine day.
  12. Red letter day, today: QuikAire finally dragged itself past the magical 55% Rep mark and went hiring. I gotta tell you, it's been rough trying to get there, flying all these jobs myself in an aircraft (C172) that will only haul 585 pounds of stuff. Being the first day, I wasn't expecting much. Sure enough - the job applications weren't exactly pouring through the mailbox slot (we're in the PNW - they still use snail-mail here). There was a full Captain with a 10M MTOW rating - perfect for my non-existent Antonov, and a FO with a 49% reputation. Ah well! Keep on flying until something better comes along. Lo and behold! Later in the day this letter arrives with a CV from one Lauren Pethard. MTOW of 10K, perfect for the C172 . Look at her rating - 93% and she only wants $1,124/month! Wow! I met her in the airport snack bar (QuikAire doesn't have an office, per se) and hired her on the spot. She looks a real responsible type and I hope she'll take care of my airplane. I put her to work right away. She's real happy with her new airplane. I gave it to her in 99% condition (I have to admit to a slightly crossed-up "arrival" a few days back that bent something). Too bad AH won't let me mod the capacities of the plane to reflect the pilot flying it. This little girl can't weigh 100 lbs sopping wet. All that extra load capacity going to waste. I had to "borrow" the phone book from the snack bar so Lauren could see over the dash. This is just temporary. I'll get her a copy of "War and Peace" that should gain an extra couple inches. She's out there flying right now, hopefully on her way back from upstate WA with a load of soft drinks. The other significant event was precipitated by Lauren's hiring. I leased a brand new zero-hour Skylane 182RG. There's a picture of it on it's first revenue flight in "Screenshots" on MH. This baby is modded out with the rear seats removed (picked up 40lb of capacity, thanks JA). With all this extra cash coming in, it's time for repaints to both aircraft so I'll have a "Fleet" presence.
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