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So after seeing this today... Of course I had to try for myself! Fired up Ortho4XP, go the DEMs, created the four tiles and I was off!! Managed to do 1 circuit then crashed. Managed another 3 and then Over G'd the plane. LOL Good times! Thought I had recorded it to share and then watched the reply and it was trying to capture all three screens as once every third frame so it was unwatchable. Anyone else have fun in the Loop?? What's your fav plane to fly it with? I think I'll get another bunch of ortho's as the ones from Bing were quite mellow and the Google ones might be better. Will also have to get the area at a higher res than normal since I was averaging 1000' off the deck and close to 400Kn!! WOOHOOOO
So before I knew about this section of the forum and how other people are chronicalling there adventures, I started the first part of this thread here: [unofficial] GAAR 2016 Leg 01 However now I (think) I understand how this works, I'm going to chronicle my adventures in a single thread per area. This one for the 2016 GAAR another for the NZAR 2016 etc. Anyway, go read the first part if you haven't already and I'll get on with the next part of the journey.
After (unofficially) completing the MEBAR I've decided to use another Air Rally as a chance to learn more about our hobby and a new airframe. Now in this particular instance my choice of plane is completely against the theme and I'm sure the intent of the GAAR originally organised by Bluegrass Airlines and I believe our very own @Andrew Godden (please forgive me but I haven't gotten my old birds in the hanger yet and I really wanted something to learn the systems on this baby.), who I will just have to beg his forgiveness and indulgence, however I have decided to use the C-17 Globemaster III by Virtavia (On sale now! http://www.pcaviator.com/store/product.php?productid=19714&cat=635&page=1) Why did I choose the GAAR then if I was going to go almost against the whole idea? I was born and bread in Far North Qld and the GAAR actually stops in Normanton where my parents have returned to after several years away. (Thankfully I now live in Melbourne) I had a BLAST on the MEBAR and have since gotten the routes from several rally's that I hope to use for my own intents I don't have any suitable craft in the Hanger at the moment but I am very much eyeing off the Khamsin Bundle on the Org Store: http://store-x-plane-org.3dcartstores.com/Warbirds--Khamsin-Complete-Package_p_523.html Ohhh... and I had to change the time to normal day instead of the 0500 start as, for some reason, X-Plane thinks that it's pitch black in Darwin at 0500 in February. I know from personal experience in "the top end" that it is VERY MUCH day light at that time of year. At any rate, after many failed attempts to get this bird of the ground ( I kept crashing after takeoff for some reason) and going through the cold and dark procedure each time during this weekend, tonight (Sunday) I decided I had earned a cheat and lined myself up on Runway 29, had a successful takeoff and got myself turned around and headed to the first checkpoint YPTN Katherine. Hmm that's weird. En route I noticed those flying pieces of geo on the C-17. Unfortunately this plane was made for XP10 and there have been a few changes in XP11 and I don't think the Devs (Virtavia) are supporting their older birds, but I'm going to ask anyway. OK There she is on the 141 radial for the TN VOR, sleepy town of Katherine NT, well it's airport YPTN really as I've already passed over the township itself less than a minute ago with a ground speed of about 270kn 25mins later and we touchdown at YNGU Ngukurr and then use the mighty reverse thrust on the C-17 to backup the runway and park our bird. C-17 pilots will use the reverse thrust in this way after landing if needed to get the bird into position for cargo unloading. D'Oh, just went to upload an image from Plan-G showing my crazy attempts at, first trying to sight the damn airfield and then trying to slow the Globemaster down. LOL I overshot 3 times before I finally landed and then only just kept myself on the runway. Learning, learning, learning. She's NOTHING like the Let L-410 I flew in the MEBAR, but we have some time to get to know each other. Looking forward to more of this and I hope Andrew forgives my adjustment to his Rally
hi guys, just wondered if anyone here had the opportunity yet to play with the Area51 Simulations C-17 Globemaster...i've done a little digging but so far not turned up many reviews. the screenshots and videos obviously make it look outstanding, but then if they didn't, nobody would buy it....so do any of you have 1st hand experience with it and can let me know a little more about its flight characteristics & interior/exterior model & sounds quality - i.e. are they any good!? thanks in advance, simi