Those tangent episodes are always the best part of events like this. Don’t be shy, @Sine_Nomine
I concur - please, sir, story time!
You can’t just throw out a teaser line like that and not follow through.
@Sine_Nomine Please keep up the good writing
The weather in Penang turned out to be just the same foggy a few days later after I first arrived. It appeared the fog spread all the way to Kuala Lumpur.
Passing a town called “Teluk Intan” where the river twists like a python. An easy fix point in the middle between Penang and Kuala Lumpur.
Kuala Lumpur, I suppose. Should’ve installed the twin tower to make it more like a major metro area.
Heading into a mountainous area to the south.
Passing the last peak after which it’s a relatively flat plateau area. Felt like about to scrape the top. The weather here cleared up.
Could see the Singapore city sky lines in the horizon
I paused the flight and tended to some other stuff. When back unpause it, XP crashed. I just started in the mid of the air around the same location…
Crossing the river to Singapore
Almost landed on the military base just next to the east of WSSS. I didn’t put on my VR HMD. Hadn’t done a landing on 2D screen for a while. It felt much more difficult, especially on the timing of flare. Always felt this DC-3 was difficult (to me at least) because the cockpit is high up when touching down. This time it bounced really bad.
And I forgot to release the parking brake before touch down …
It flipped back down itself.
Just not my day. Oh well, I had planned to stay here for a few days anyway
It happens. @Sine_Nomine might have seen this one floating around the internet quite a few years back…
Wow. Guess it didn’t take long to damage the tires and landing gears to the extent releasing the breaks didn’t matter any more. Wonder how people felt on board
I’m just amazed that Airbus - Masters of Automation, didn’t have some sort of logic on that system that was tied to a squat switch that says something like “Hey…no weight on wheels, Parking Brake is engaged, but we aren’t going to let that happen and will instead default to MAX auto braking or something…” It must just run straight logic from the parking brake switch/handle to the brake hydraulics with nothing in between. Ouch.
that’s a nicely done awesome video, and great flight! I do love the music with GeeBee
Thanks for the family history @Sine_Nomine.
Replied to the wrong post. Was intending to reply to Cygon_Parrot’s post.
Leg 17: VTSP to WMKP via [no available NDBs]
Date: 22 May 2019
Weather: Historical 22 May 2019 @ 07:45 UTC (14:45 local)
Takeoff: ~ 08:00
|Planned Distance||207 nm||6711 nm|
|NDB Beacons Tuned||0||67|
|Duration||01 H 38 M||43 H 00 M|
Location: Food Court Airport, Arrival, Sungai Tiram, Permatang Damar Laut, Barat Daya, Penang, 11900, Malaysia
This is the first leg where I did not have an NDB beacon to tune to help me navigate! I have had segments of my previous flight plans out of sight of the helpful NDB system but never had to rely on visual navigation up to this point. Lucky for me I didn’t have to head far off shore to try to cut down on the flight time! A series of islands and coastal features, along the way, would provide ample navigation references and allow me to not stray too far from shore or overshoot my intended destination.
I was having a hard time finding a good window to head down the coast, however. I think that because I was on the west side of the land mass, I was running into semi-regular periods of rain and thunderstorms that may just be regular to the region. Either way it left me a limited window to attempt the segment.
Other Media and Notes:
Uneventful startup and taxi. Using LittleNavMap was nice because, with it, I could plan my destinations around airports that had some decent scenery; or maybe the scenery is this nice all over the map and I am convincing myself to accept my own convenient lie . Either way, whenever I find an airport that has it’s parking spots displayed in LittleNavMap, I have been getting some good terrain.
Yup. I am actually heading uphill on this taxi.
Of course, not uphill to that hanger, at any rate. Wonder what power setting I would need?
I do appreciate the weather graphics as well.
And the VFR navigation opportunities around those clouds.
My alternate, should things go sideways.
I guess I am holding my camera out the window? Probably not a good idea. Wonder what the terminal velocity is for a DSLR?
I guess you can call for a fuel truck in X-Plane and it will, literally, show up. And park a tad close for my taste … but I guess it is only a $40 module and not an expensive real-world airplane
Leg 18: WMKP to WSSS via CE, BP NDBs
Date: May 26, 2019
Weather: Historical May 26, 2019 @ TIME UTC (TIME local)
Takeoff: ~ 08:20
|Planned Distance||333 nm||7044 nm|
|NDB Beacons Tuned||2||69|
|Duration||xx H xx M||45 H 21 M|
Location: Airline Cargo Road, Changi Airfreight Centre, Loyang, Kampong Ladang, Southeast, 819480, Singapore
Straight down the coast from WMKP into the loving, safe arms of the CE NDB. It makes navigation so easy it is cheating (literally, for the time period that we are simulating) :-). Couldn’t be easier, right? Just have to find a suitable weather window on the west coast of the thunderstorm magnet landscape.
Turns out to be correct. I have some rain in the area and that translates into thunderstorms. In hindsight, ActiveSkyXP is set to generate these thunderstorms whenever it sees CB in the METAR - which means, and correct me on this if I am incorrect, that I have been experiencing more thunderstorms that actually happened because each potential thunderstorm cloud was converted into one. Oh my.
Out of the gate:
And the destination, if I end of being faster than my planned airspeed, which I usually am, will have something similar. If I wait, it gets worse at the start, but better at the end.
Other Media and Notes:
Ominous skies with the odd lightning strike. But … no one else seems to mind it, so I can’t back out now, can I? Of course in the real world, I would have tied the plane back down and left it for another day
They don’t seem too shaken up…
Lightning in the distance on the climb out.
And I run into it. So much so that I end up stalling and plummeting back to mother earth. I tell you what is scary, trying to pull out of a stall/plummet in IFR flight.
But I manage to do it without too much altitude loss. So there is that. I may need to get a new seat however. So, add 1 to the ‘weather incident’ column for this flight
Shortly after I am out of that nasty weather and back enroute.
Scenery in the area is, again, very good. Much better than I expected, but I tend to not fly X-Plane a lot (this trip has multiplied by flight hours in X-Plane by a lot).
Trying for some fancy shots … and a beautiful model by Carenado of the Beachcraft Bonanza F33A.
Planning ahead as I come up on Singapore. I plan on following the water and counting the airports on my right … should be 5th one as I circle in from the coast.
And then the weather drops in on me. One minute, clear skies, the next I am being thrown around like a rag doll. I think I have my ActiceSky XP settings finally figured out but on this flight, it went pare shaped in a hurry. I will point you to this post for the video details but moments from the previous picture I went to this:
Note the sudden onset of a negative vertical speed But I was able to persevere, in spite of mother nature twice trying to end my virtual life.
Looking at the clouds, it is easy to see/pretend/imagine what I ran in to, I just wish I could have seen it coming
But, yeah. Gonna need a new seat
Leg 19: WSSS to WIOD via TI, OI, ND
Weather: Historical DATE @ TIME 01:00 ( 08:00 local)
Takeoff: ~ 08:20
|Planned Distance||354 nm||7398 nm|
|NDB Beacons Tuned||3||72|
|Duration||02 H 30 M||47 H 51 M|
Location: Buluh Tumbang, Bangka-Belitung Islands, Indonesia
This is the first leg in a long time where I seem to be operating in overcast conditions. There were low cloud layers in France, which made things interesting and there were thunderstorms and cloud fronts scattered all over but this is one of the few -RA conditions that I have hit. Luckily, I have NDB’s along the route so I do not have to rely on visual identification of land features.
One different ‘by design’ route feature will be when I hit the OI beacon, I intend, instead of driving down it transmissions, to cut across it to the left by 20 (20ish) degrees to intercept the 110 radial to ND and the WIOD airfield.
So as soon as the OI NDB needle becomes active, I turn left 20° until the NDB needle reads 110 degrees away … which would put me on the 110° radial out of the NDB … I think. Not sure if that is clear but the picture above likely makes it more confusing :-). Above, I was looking to see which radial/direction inbound to NB I would need to cut the corner at OI. I am probably using the wrong terminology.
Put another way, I would be travelling 152° from TI (off map north) to OI. When the OI needle becomes active, if I turn to a course of roughly 130° I should be able to pick up the NB NDB between the 110° and 130° radials.
This will shave some distance and time off of my flight. Here is how the track played out:
That may make it clearer than my description
Weather looks acceptable. Nothing ‘significant’ in my way.
Other Media and Notes:
Wheels up at WSSS
I get a glimpse of an island off my right and it looks like the one I would see as I cross the equator. This is a momentous occasion as it is the first time, that I can remember, where I am flying in the southern half of the globe. I have switched from summer to winter
Other than that, this is what my view looked like for most of the flight.
Trying for a dramatic bank shot but it’s not great. I am turning the 20° left of my 154° course after the OI needle comes alive.
Another one where I am turning to a course of 110° just as the NB NDB needle becomes active as well, putting me right on that 110° course to ND.
Just before this I had some strange lights below me on the water. The appeared to be stationary, forming a straight line. The first one is just behind the left wing, with the other two out in front.
No idea what they were.
Landing was uneventful. Little cross wind from the left, a bit under the published value for crosswinds for this aircraft. Nothing else to report
Hi team! Well, I’ve emerged from my work-toddler-sleep-work hole for a quick flight - I needed it, so had to make it happen!
Not least because of this lady:
I had to take her on a maiden flight and what better way to do it than finally get out of Karachi.
I had a bit of interesting drama at the airport. The starboard engine decided to shut down for no apparent reason as I was taxiing. I checked all the obvious reasons, but nothing made sense. I restarted the engine, which worked out fine…but the RPM needle was moving really jerkily. Almost as though the sim was stuttering…but the sim framerate was fine and the left engine RPM needle was moving smoothly.
I did a runup and turned off each magneto - that fixed it. Unsure if that was a bug or something simulated. In real life I would not have taken off with that engine…but it would have been a bit of a lousy return to my journey if I taxied back to the hangar. So off I went. It was really hot at the airport, over 40 degrees…but the Duchess didn’t seem too sluggish to accelerate, which was nice.
Visibility at Karachi was about 6km - not great.
I didn’t have much of a flight plan so I just headed out to sea and figured I’d turn East once I’d climbed a bit and figure out where to go.
The visibility got a lot better as I climbed. I fiddled the mixture and the props to something resembling cruise and got the map out.
In the end I decided to fly to Ahmadabad (VAAH), some 250 NM away in the East from where I’d ended up while reading the map. It was relatively easy to figure out my location, as the Bhuj VOR DME was within range.
Arriving at VAAH.
Leg time and distance 342NM, 2:08.
I’m excited about flying the Duchess more, although interestingly the Turbo Arrow flight model feels a lot more ‘alive’ - but it could be that the Duchess is just more stable.
Nice! I have her in my hanger and looking forward to flying her.
I readily enjoyed the history lesson. It is not a location that I have invested much time in, so it is good to read these stories! Nice job!
yet you write them so well. I like these diversions. You should have done them at the other sites as well
It was a good read on a subject unfamiliar to me. I always enjoy those types of side bars as much if not more than the actual AAR’s
It will be talked about around the dinner table for years
Back onboard ‘Valhalla’ - heading towards Allahabad from Ahmedabad via a couple of VORs.
Weather looks good on my route on ASXP and through the windscreen too:
The winds are quite variable along the way, by the looks - I’m not going to be so lucky with the tailwinds as I was around the Mediterranean. There is a bit of thunder and bad weather further South around Hyperabad and off the coast of Bangladesh, but that’s a little way away.
There are some high pressure things happening further North, but who knows what that is all about. I don’t think I’ve ever seen pressure maps look like that in New Zealand, maybe it is to do with the mountains:
Either way, all is rather boringly well at the moment, which is good - I don’t have a lot of time (just Eva’s nap) so might as well try to make some drama free headway.
Turning at the Pratapgarh VOR to fly out radial 080 towards Khajuraho VOR:
The weather stayed mostly good through the flight, with a little bit of local low cloud now and then.
Allahabad airport in sight…and I started my descent way too late again.
There was an easterly breeze at the airport so I joined downwind for runway 12.
Red over white, you’re all right…