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  1. I was going to do this in my TBM850, but they said I couldn't afford it. And that it wasn't mine. And that I'd have to pay for that coffee. As if I wasn't going to pay... So, I had to come up here in my '182. Nice, huh? Where's the baton? I'll take it from here Capn Soggy. Err, Coffee. O.K. gotta go. Hey, if a guy in a green hat comes around looking for me, tell him I was headed to Paris. Yeah, it's a game we're playing. Ha ha. He'll get a kick out of it. What? Oh, no. It's nothing. Bye now. So, there I was climbing into the '182 with my flight bag and an empty stomach. The race to get here took a lot out of me and I was cold to the bone. The plan was to cut across Norway and Sweden to the coast and head north for a shorter water crossing. Upon reaching Finland, I'd turn south to cross the Gulf. Upon reaching the land of Estonia, I'd head east to Tallinn. Say. That reminds me of a song. Ackhum.... FINLAND, FINLAND, FINLAND with your mountains so lofty and your treetops so tall Hmm... Maybe it's not quite like that. Anyway... This was the plan. Landvetter (ESGG) to Tallinn (EETN) Fuel 60% (adjust depending on weather) ESGG -> VSN VOR (115.25) FROM VSN, FOLLOW 040* RAD, 24 NM TO Norrkoping (ESSP) Turn hdg 086, for 18nm (speed/time) Turn 048* heading up the coast Pick up 075* outbound rad from VOR TRS (114.3) to 25 nm Pick up 193* inbound rad for VOR NTL (116.3) 48 nm Turn 050* oubound rad NTL to Mariehamn (EFMA) 41 nm - LAND AND REFUEL to 60% (weather dependent) Turn 066* outbound from EFMA for 55 nm (speed/time) Turn 100*, pick up RVS VOR (115.5) outbound radial 141* to EFHN ~47 nm turn 122* out of EFHN for 43 nm, to reach the coast of Estonia Pick up 260* inbound rad to TLL VOR (112.2) to Tallinn ~19 nm Now. Being serious. I have razor nostromo that I have programmed to take screen shots. I pressed the trigger many times and thought I was getting some great shots. But, the profile had been changed and I was pressing an un-programmed button. For some reason, I also used the actual keyboard and managed to get a few shots. I'm seriously disappointed and I'm sorry I don't have more to show you, but I'm not doing that flight again. Here are the few shots that I managed to capture: Getting Fuel at EFMA: Flying south over Finland Having navigated this far, I took one last look at Finland: And then looking ahead at Estonia: The weather Across Scandinavia was pretty bad and I had a moment of disorientation. Being summer, I've been out racing my KTM 300XC and have not been doing much flying. Well, none really. So, I was a little rusty and it took me a while to get my instrument scan dialed in again. For a while I was in a pretty steep dive and had to pull out fairly hard to avoid the ground. The weather cleared as I left Finland behind and the remainder of the flight was nice and relaxing. Really, disapointed that my camera was broken, but happy to be alive. Here is the actual flight path: You can see at about 145 miles into the trip is where I almost flew into the ground during IMC flight. Tim, the Baton is in your good hands. And the beer is in mine. Uh, is that guy in the green hat coming this way. I have to go.
  2. OzWookiee's Flight Adventure (Pic Heavy)

    There is a part of Robert Coram's book: "Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War," where he writes about his time as a U.S. Air Force flight instructor. Now, it's been a few years since I read it, so it's a little fuzzy, but your post brought this to mind: During IFR training, the student (wearing foggles) is asked to call out his position, including altitude. As part of the call out, the student reported that they were at 1,500 feet. Boyd, sitting in the rear cockpit, makes a statement that basically gives the student a second chance to check the altitude because they were actually at 15,000 feet. The student again calls out 1,500. So, Boyd writes, he wanted to make a memorable lesson on getting the altitude right. Boyd takes the aircraft, rolls inverted and pulls! Can you imagine that! He later goes on to say, that in retrospect, that it was a really dumb thing to do. The student who was convinced they were at 1,500 might have decided to eject... By the way, you've got some great screenshots up there!
  3. Flight stories

    Great stories Dave, really liked the imagery you generated there.
  4. Show off

    Just having fun! Not at all a standard approach... But I realized that I was pretty fast coming in, so I figured a little break turn was in order. Worked out pretty well, but I would have had a much better rating if I had spent the time in the pattern. Here's a short video if you care to see the turn and landing. Sorry about the music, it was otherwise totally silent and didn't seem right. MEBAR 2017, Final leg, Pipistrel Panthera Landing Santiago Chile
  5. Well, I just finished the fifth and final leg of my first Virtual Air Rally, Mutley's Easter Bunny Air Rally (MEBAR). X-Plane was my chosen simulator and I had a new bird in the hanger, an Aerobask Pipistrel Panthera, and figured this would be a great way to gain proficiency of the aircraft performance and navigation systems. Before starting the 2017 MEBAR, I may have had about an hour's worth of familiarization in the Panthera. After landing in Santiago I had added 10.75 hours to my log book. After this time, I am most definitely more proficient at flying the Panthera and I've got a good understanding of the navigation systems. I tried to do my navigating without relying on the GPS. The first flight was pretty good in that I was able to use NAVAIDS, dead reckoning and pilotage with minimal peaks at the GPS. The weather in the second flight was pretty bad for landing in mountain valleys. For one of those landings I had to rely on the GPS and Terrain avoidance system pretty heavily. I felt I could have planned much better for that flight and didn't feel that I was navigating very well. For the remainder of the flights, my navigation planning and execution was much better. Not only am I new to the Panthera, but I've only been flying XPlane for a couple of months, so I learned a few things about XPlane as well; but I think I still have plenty to learn. I had intended to fly two airplanes in this rally. I think it was a blessing in disguise that my PC-12 had an engine fire during the Rally test flight. I just barely had time to plan and fly the one airplane let alone two! Maybe when I'm retired and my kids are both in college... I intend to go ahead and continue flying the Panthera north to get my new bird to southern California where I'll probably hanger it and fly a C172 on PilotEdge. The first flight of that journey is going to test just how long her legs are. Theoretically, it's supposed to be able to carry four passengers up to 1,000 nm. Finally, I say to the event organizers: thank you, very, very much! Also, thank you to the other pilots for sharing their experiences. I had a blast with the MEBAR and it was a terrific learning experience. I'll be back for the next one and think I will be looking for a 'round the world flight to join.
  6. Show off

    Inbound for Santiago!
  7. Show off

    Hmm... There's a lot more water than I was expecting...
  8. Show off

    You must be the guy who asked for new pants, Dave. And yes, we are having fun!
  9. Apr 2017 - MEBAR Screenshots

    I hope this isn't too dark. Looks good to me though!
  10. Apr 2017 - MEBAR Screenshots

    A relaxing let-down out of the mountains.
  11. Apr 2017 - MEBAR Screenshots

    Early, during leg 1:
  12. Leg 3 was gorgeous

    I think maybe that last shot came out too dark on some monitors. It looks fine on my sim monitor, but I just looked at it on my ipad and it's too dark. Here's another look... I did manage to get the gear down at the last possible moment. Had to add power, ended up bouncing and the cross wind blew me into the grass!
  13. Leg 3 was gorgeous

    Nice. And you've got your gear down too. Even better.
  14. Leg 3 was gorgeous

    I agree, I had some of the best looking and more agreeable weather on this one. Here I am getting ready to go... And juuusssst about done... spent too much time looking at that guy parked out in the grass...
  15. "Say...What's a mountain goat doing way up here in a cloud bank?" -- Gary Larson I'd post the picture, but afraid I'd break a copyright or forum (or both) rule. Found out last night, I had better be real careful with my fuel burn. Landed with 3.4 gallons in the left tank and 3.8 gallons in the right.
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