Once more have I challenged myself to go where no sane pilot has gone before!
Today not so much though, @BeachAV8R adventures with the X-plane economy application had me inspired to open up FSEconomy once more. I had done a flight with it a decade ago(no joke). Boy has it changed since then, it’s part airline manager, part pilot, part aircraft owner. It takes many of the aspects you never experience as a sim pilot and gives you a glimps into it. AND ITS GREAT!
Let’s have a look then how a flight might go. I have a weak spot for the Caribbean area when it comes to flying so it was no more natural to me then to look for something there. I’ve opted to fight into haiti from a neighbouring country, a strange flight in any other case but I have to carefully select passengers and aircraft type! It all factors into the costs!
I ended up flying from MDCR, Cabo Rojo Airport to MTPP, Port Au Prince.
Why did I do that? Well I could rent a cheap 152(Justflight free version) at MDCR, fly it to MTPP in an hour without getting extra fuel and make some good money! I even got it close to it’s homebase which yields me another little money bonus.
The cute little 152 that will have 2 unsuspecting passengers go through a harrowing journey across the Haitian mountains.
As it turns out flight planning is kinda important when you want to make money, this is an aspect I really love to be honest. It adds value to all that you do instead of following arbitrary rules you set for yourself.
As I had accepted the flight without checking the weather I felt commited. Despite conditions being, sub optimal for an VFR flight.
Never having been one to be deterred by some electrostatic atmospheric effects I opted to go. 5mi is totally VFR!
Ready. Set. Go
Weather isn’t great after takeoff but I can see something. Time to turn towards the ocean and head north.
It’s kinda nice to fly in to be honest. Bit bumpy but something different then my usual 12.00 clear skies gig!
FSX in all it’s wisdom decides to randomly increase or decrease visibility so I got a good look at what is up ahead. It’s the moutains. Time to start a subtle climb!
Thank you FSX…
At this point I dialed in the VFR beacons and requested flight following, if I decide the mountains is a good place to crash then I’d atleast want someone to sort off care enough.
Just a little more to get over.
One more hump ahead and we should be entering the Port Au Prince bay.
There’s the sea, time to start decending.
Totally VFR still, right? Doing the best to loose all the speed and altitude I have.
And then you realize you didn’t do a Weight and Balance, in the spirit of the bush I suppose.
As soon as I shut the engines down the FSE application told me it had logged the flight and I was done(the plane was back for rent). Let’s see if I made any.
Hoorah! I did! You can also see it’s been a decade since I last flew with FSE. It’s nice to see how rich the package has become, not sure if it holds up with the commercial offerings but I sure am enjoying this kind of flying.
It’s free, it’s a 152 and it’s made by Just Flight. Fun to fly around with!