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  1. 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!
  2. Great stories Dave, really liked the imagery you generated there.
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. Inbound for Santiago!
  6. Hmm... There's a lot more water than I was expecting...
  7. You must be the guy who asked for new pants, Dave. And yes, we are having fun!
  8. Finished

    I hope this isn't too dark. Looks good to me though!
  9. Finished

    A relaxing let-down out of the mountains.
  10. Finished

    Early, during leg 1:
  11. 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!
  12. Nice. And you've got your gear down too. Even better.
  13. 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...
  14. "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.
  15. That second shot is really good. I had a double take wondering if it was real or sim... What are those icons on the right side of the screen?