Normally we'd need you to test fly the plane (FYI see below), but for simplicity's sake let's assume that the FSX version flies at the same speed as the FS9 version, 165 kts. This is also supported by the note in the aircraft.cfg "Cruise Speed\t\n164 kts".
We'll catch any significant discrepancy on the first leg where you'll fly full throttle at about 2000-3000 ft anyway, and can test later if needed if the cruise speed in the Duenna log is not consistent with KTAS/KIAS of about 165 kts.
Note that the "Vno" we use is not the "maximum speed for normal operations" that is found in the real-world aircraft documentation, but rather the absolute maximum speed the plane can fly at in level cruise (at 2000 ft), and has to be tested with the particular aircraft in FS, at full throttle. We just consider that in the context of FS racing flying at full throttle is "normal operation". Engines are cheap in FS
Leg 4 complete. SkyVector worked fine this time around. I'm still not sure if I took off or landed at the right position. It looks like I came up short on the landing spot. I can refly this leg if it's necessary. (Like K hinted at earlier, there are way too many glaciers around these parts...lol)
I got to do a lot of cooking tomorrow (oops, I mean today...lol). I deep fry my birds. A lot of work, but it's well worth it. So my flight time will be in stretches during 'chef' (that's sarcasm there gents...lol) breaks.
I'm looking forward to the STOL challenge, and then trying to get Helga off her high horse -meaning the ledge she's perched on at the moment. We'll see if I can't make the Cessna stick without gouging a prop...lol
Last Edit: Nov 28, 2013 2:11:51 GMT -5 by bushflyer
Hi bushflyer, welcome back to Talkeetna. Head over to the Bar. It's just halfway through the night. The party's still going strong.
I like that night photo during the last flight through the great gorge of the Ruth glacier very much (have to view it in a darkened room though).
It seems you have glacier textures along the valleys. That looks nice! Do you use addon scenery/which one ? Thanks.
Thanks for the bar invite. I'm too stuffed (still) on turkey yesterday and leftover turkey for today and the next week...lol
Yeah, that is a bad thing about night flying, the screenies never translate good, no matter how good your (or my) OS/monitors are. It always looks good in flight, but the screencaps always look weak.
No addon scenery. UTX, GEX, FS Global 2010. I swear by all three in tandem working together, and UTX/GEX are meant to work together.
FS Global is a one-shot wallet hit, at around $129 USD I think I paid, and you wait a month after ordering it to get it via post here in the States. 6 DVD's. But it gives you 12 GB on each platform, FSX and FS9. Awesome terrain mesh. I had the whole world on FSGenesis terrain mesh, but FSG2010 blows it away big time. Can't say enough good things about it.
Now the worldwide coverage of UTX and GEX, that takes some time to accrue, unless you got Mr. Donald Trump's kind of money laying around. It takes a while. I bought bits and pieces at a a time, because there's no way I could afford to buy everything at once. But you notice the difference no matter where you fly IMMEDIATELY. So I started at the US, and worked my way slowly around the globe. I never bought one without the other, meaning I bought each UTX and GEX area together.
It cuts into your payware airplane budget, but worth every penny imo.
A caveat: There is one major drawback when it comes to running all these goodies: it will throw you out of mission making for FSX, being the system you create a mission on HAS to match a system of those who run said mission, or nothing lines up right. In short, the mission won't run correctly.
That was a huge bummer for me, 'cause i really like creating missions. Gave up on it when no one else can run 'em. Might still get back into it, but even barebones default FSX runs like crap on my laptop, and I can never commandeer the kid's pc long enough to create anything...lol
One day -once the wife's done running up the credit card for x-mas stuff...lol- I will get me that GTX 760/770 graphics card that will def rock my FS world. Then the screenies will be 'top notch' in my view. Meanwhile, I'm happy with the GT520 I got now...
Thanks for noticing. If you ever get into FSX heavily, those UTX/GEX stuff is must-have imo, 'cause default anything in FSX is way too sub-par.
Last Edit: Nov 30, 2013 0:06:46 GMT -5 by bushflyer
I found a workaround to the CS C130, similiar to a workaround I use for other planes that start cold and dark default: use a plane that is already running, then save that flight. Restart same flight and insert the C 130. Works for me, now I can fly this plane in FSX!
I used 3AK3 Songlo Vista for takeoff. No room at Talkeetna Village (as the screenshot below shows -this attempt in the USCG C130 ended in a crash), and Songlo is comparable in length, but without the houses and buildings on the runway...lol
So onward with the Lynden:
Takeoff: lots of pitch with three flaps got her airborne quick:
Over the Ruth glacier:
Around the Don Sheldon ampitheater. Time is a wastin', but couldn't resist a quick fly around:
Dropped some infrared flares to let her know that I'm coming in:
Unfortunately, I couldn't this plane slowed down enough in time with full flaps and reverse thrusters, and flew right up the mountain. It did not end well, for her or I...
So for my second attempt in a heavy, I dug into the H drive hangar and pulled out a Fairchild C123 Provider. The same kind of plane used in such movies as Air America, Con Air, Operation Dumbo Drop, and The Living Daylights. It has great STOL for it's size -as long as you ain't trying to land on uphill icy slopes on the side of a mountain.
This one didn't end well either, but I gave it a shot. I gotta admit, I'm really liking the C123's possibilities for this application.
Talkeetna Village strip. If you try to use shift-p pushback, it grounds out and crashes. And if you try to go to the other end of the runway for takeoff, it's not enough room. If you could shift-p right up to the buildings, it might work. But shift-p causes an auto crash on this end too. So in short, that's all the runway you got, a south to north takeoff:
Cleared the structures at the end of the runway. Just barely, but we're off:
Made a direct beeline to Helga, no sightseeing on this trip:
I probably should have used the GetWeather instead of REX. I don't remember seeing 43 kt gusts or fog this bad in the other legs that counted. Otherwise, no problem, got her in sight:
Landed decently, but still gouged the ice like I did in my C206 practice runs, and crashed. I hope Helga's got nine lives...lol
I might try this once again in the 206. It's now become an obsession of mine to stick a plane up where Helga's at long enough till the Duenna kicks in. On the other hand, I'm kinda sick of looking at the whole Denali thing now, so who knows. We'll see what tomorrow brings...lol
Last Edit: Nov 30, 2013 0:22:25 GMT -5 by bushflyer
Some very cool pictures of your latest flights, and some very brave attempts with the 130/123! This mountain is quickly turning into a junkyard! Helga can soon build her own plane out of the left-over parts, and fly down herself!