Mudspike Air Cargo


#101

Nice. Especially the Cessna C185. :slightly_smiling_face:
Just signed up to say that I really like these Air cargo storys. Was reading here before but without signing up.

@BeachAV8R
Got a few questions especially about your X-Plane setup. Can I contact you in some way?


#102

Hey, glad you enjoy them. They are fun to write…

You can send me a private message by clicking my little icon there and MESSAGE I think…


#103

MAC had an incredible day today - $25,000 in contracts moved…! The cargo hauling capacity of this 185F is just awesome…up to 1,400 lbs. per load…so I’m able to double up some contracts and carry multiple contracts on the same leg.

These were my legs - only 283 nm of flying…but I found some very close by contracts to the places I was going. I had to split one contract load because it was too big for a single flight, so I just booked another load with it, split it in half, and grabbed a return contract for the dead leg back.


#104

So here is the breakdown on the $25,000 day…

Since the first contract (1,484 lbs.) was a bit too much for my new plane (limit is about 1,400 lbs.) - I split that load off and picked up a second contract so I could carry that full $8,109 contract and a portion of the big one…that meant I’d have to return to base to pick up the balance of the big contract of course…

The departure out of Mud Lake was a bit of an eye opener…it was my first takeoff at max gross weight and that 185F is very twitchy at that weight…hovering at the edge of a stall and climbing very slowly in the high density altitude. You have to nurse the flaps up and be very gentle on the trim and try not to bank much at that max weight…

Coming across Idaho Falls…still climbing southbound…

Soon we are dropping into Simpson, just west of Soda Springs…the airfield is small, but easy to spot because it runs parallel to the highway running through the area…

We drop our goods and I pick up another contract that is headed back to Mud Lake from Soda Springs…just over the ridge to our east. Picking up good on “dead” legs is the most efficient way to make money (obviously)…

I’m already getting familiar with the area - having been to Soda Springs once already it is a quick in and out…

On the way to Mud Lake…passing a wind farm on the way…

Passing over Idaho Falls again…

…before hitting the farmland just south of Mud Lake…

I’m just in time to see our old Maule leaving - repainted for a new customer…

I pick up the rest of the first contract load, plus another one that we’ll drop off in Aberdeen just across the lake from Pocatello. Once again, the near gross load almost bites me and I almost take out the trees at the end of the runway. She pops off the runway pretty quick, but does take a lifetime to accelerate up to climb speed…

Passing the double bumps south of Mud Lake…

Dropping the load at Aberdeen…

And our final leg to complete the heavy contract back over to Simpson. On the way, I spot that tricky little field at the bottom of the ski area where I almost killed myself in the Maule…

Shutting down in Simpson - all contracts fulfilled - and ~ $25,000 in the bank…!


#105

Alright…I’m border-line addicted to this game now… Had a couple hours more to play tonight and picked up two more contracts - one for $5,103 and the other a whooping $10,276 (max gross load)… A dicey takeoff from a short, dirt strip…but we staggered into the air…

That tilted our daily earning to just over $40,000 (minus fuel and landing fees of course)…


#106

Hey wow…and a great day for REP…my cargo REP went above 40 - but I think I still have to wait for Overall REP to be over 40 before I can lease an aircraft. At this rate…I won’t be in this Cessna 185F for very long!


#107

You want to be careful - last time I got addicted to this was during beta and for a few years after. I used to write a pilot’s log of every flight and I still have it - as a reminder not to get too involved!

Between January 2008 and December 2010 I have 2,579 Air Hauler flights logged. That doesn’t even include all the test flights I did to get aircraft data on fuel economy and the other flights as well. That was in addition to Flaming Cliffs and Black Shark.

I used to have pictures on the wall of the aircraft I flew and used to write the hours up in chinograph under the pictures!

Sad.


#108

It’s not sad if it interests you and engages the grey matter. If I hadn’t been a hopeless sim addict through my teens and twenties then I wouldn’t be flying for a living today.

Besides, you could have spent all that time at the pub drinking beer instead. :wink:


#109

So how much would I have to spend to set this up? P3D is about $200 right? Plus AH2 and then the 3rd party aircraft.

I kind of jumped over to XP11 exclusively for my civilian sim needs, but your adventures in hauling freight have really peaked my interest.


#110

Well it won’t cost you $200 if, like most of us, you buy the academic licence. $60 is plenty enough already. At least for those of us without that much to splash around!

You can also get some excellent freeware aircraft that work very well in AH, not to mention the default stuff like the Maule Beach was using.


#111

It’s kind of hard for me to justify buying the academic license… If I was learning to fly maybe, but it doesn’t sit well with me to do that at this point. I’m not judging anyone else btw. I might consider their monthly subscription though. I didn’t realize that was an option.


#112

My only reason for not buying the Professional License is that there are modules that will not be supported beyond the Academic Version. I believe the VRS Hornet was one of those… Not sure if that stance is still in place for ver 4. As well there are some add-ons which graduate the cost for Academic vs. Professional. I actually wrote to LM when I bought ver. 3 and tried to upgrade from Academic to Professional and they did not respond to my email…

Besides, my son is an undergraduate level or lower and he’ll be learning to fly with this version… :wink:


#113

lol, the VRS answer for any sort of change:

Essentially they’re of the opinion it says “Professional”, so you get the professional level F/A-18 simulator: starting at a few thousand dollars a pop.


#114

Just some random shots from those last two contracts that brought in an additional ~$15,000…


#115

That’s a lot of soft drinks.


#116

And they must be special to warrant a $10,000 flight…! Maybe they were limited edition Pellegrino bottles or something…


#117

Cheerwine. It’s next to impossible to find in the western US.


#118

A new month - time to make some money. I picked a contract out of my home base of Mud Lake - so I need a short repositionining flight from ID87 to 1U2, pick up my cargo, and then head up to 05MT…a small 1,300’ dirt strip in the high mountain valleys east of Dillon…

A nice morning to fly…real weather is on…light winds, high clouds, but just a wee hazy…

On the ground at Mud Lake - picking up my cargo…

I’m a few hundred pounds under gross…and the temperature is way cooler this morning, meaning that the farmhouse at the end of the runway isn’t in danger of getting hit as I stagger into the air…

A quick swap of some avionics at Mud Lake and I have a new (old) KLN autopilot installed…! A bit of an improvement over the old autopilot in that it allows for altitude preselect and capture…!

Bare minimum fuel enough for the leg to keep the weight down…only do this in solid VFR conditions…

At 11,500’ and still scraping the top of the hills…

Having not been to 05MT - I’m having a hard time spotting it…thankfully the GPS gives me a bit of a clue…

With calm winds, I set up to land straight in to the north…but on short final I decide the tree situation and the short runway are just too risky to screw up this transport. I go around…which is dicey in itself with full flaps and that heavy load and density altitude and come back around to land toward the south with a much better and clearer approach path…

Down and in safely…another $11K in the bank…

Still working my way toward the 40% overall rep when the banks will open their doors to me…!


#119

I’m impressed you can even spot those airfields. They aren’t very well defined, visually.

I’m assuming that’s a flight sim thing, and they’re easier to detect in real life?


#120

Not the dirt and turf ones. They really blend in. Paved strips are usually fairly easy to see…