I need to get started early due to RL and may not finish before the deadline, but I will get there eventually.
My choice of aircraft has been influenced by having read @PaulRix early progress reports and seeing the fun with no GPS.
By the way…did you guys see this freeware DC-3?
Funny you should say that, it was either the VSkylabs DC-3 or this one.
The BBMF don’t use their Dakota over the winter and I’m sure they wouldn’t mind me borrowing it. It took a while, but I managed to get all that nasty green paint off and we’re now back to bare metal.
EGXC (RAF Coningsby) -> EGLK (Blackbushe Airport)
I needed to get back to my home base with the newly “leased” DC-3. Departure from Coningsby was early afternoon with a little cloud.
The beta version has an autopilot but its a bit quirky with workarounds and as usual I hadn’t read the manual, so pointed the nose south with a hastily constructed flight plan and climbed to cruising altitude.
It was a relatively short hop, before decending through the murk and seeing if I could recognise anything.
Eventually having circled a few times, I had to have a small peak/cheat at the map and was around 10 miles southwest of my destination.
I had downloaded a nice representation of Blackbushe airport for Xplane, but the GB scenery seems to clash with it slightly. Coupled with the low cloud and rain I needn’t have bothered.
Blackbushe airport - sack the gardener
Its amazing that this is a freeware beta aircraft I found it really nice to fly and there’s plenty of scope for Captain Chaos to make an appearance.
Time to load up the kegs and goodies
Things I need to work on:
Radio navigation - I could get the NDB working, but needed VHF frequencies for all the other points on the route.
Discipline with speed and time on each leg - I’d assumed a much higher average speed and got nowhere near that. I kept forgetting to reset the stopwatch.
Suss out the workarounds with the autopilot