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  1. Leg 19.2 Kone NWWD to Moue NWWE

    However DID I get off that island? Stay tuned folks! Great PIREP mate =)
  2. Leg 18.03 Longreach YLRE to Hamilton Island YHMI

    OMG I was in such a rush that I completely forgot that. OP updated
  3. Had a decent meal last night and they put me up in the Staff Quarters which, was ok I guess, but the important thing was that the holy batton of Mutely was safe. No alarm, no headache, yea I thought last night was a bit dull. But I got through my morning routine and was greeted by Geoff downstairs and we got in a Golf Cart and drove to the airport. Quick weather check (mostly clear skies by scattered closer to the coast) and I'm escorted out front of the terminal for the visual inspection, and introduction, of my ride for the day. "Yea, we want you to give this beauty a test run on a little regional trip from here to the coast and back and give us your report. Antonov have been courting us for a while and we have been looking for a little regional jet for some of the smaller trips so they sent us an AN-148-100B." "They even got the paint right, but don't pay attention to the rego, it's actually from one of our 717's that wont be flying whilst this little girl is here." Geoff then took me round and we completed the visual inspection before he introduced me to Yuri who was the Antonov Instructor that came with the 148. "You fly jet before?" he asked as he crushed my hand in a gorilla grip that could pop a coconut. "Yea, but nothing this small before. That's, that's one hell of a grip you got there Yuri, where you perhaps a bear wrestler in a former life?" He just looked at me and released my hand. And stared at me. And laughed; "HA! You make good joke!" as he slaps me on the back hard enough to stagger. "Geoffrey, I like him, he can fly my bird." (The way he said it though sounded like boid) Don't ask me how by Yuri managed to squeeze himself into the right hand seat and took me through a quick familiarization with the 148 as we got her started and out onto the runway. Still under instruction, take off was by the numbers and we were soon up to our cruising altitude. For once, the weather man was spot on. Just as we were hitting the ranges out side of Proserpine we got some cloud. BUT once we got past the ranges, it was clear again. This whole region is pretty famous for sugar cane so I dipped down a bit to Yuri. "Ahh, sugar cane da. Make good Vodka." I looked at him. "Rum you mean." "Did I say Rum? No I say Vodka." "oh... kay" Out of the cane and into the Whitsunday Passage, turning onto a long final Yuri and I go through our final checklists. A very nice touchdown at YHMI. Nothing much to say really. Guided into our parking spot.... I think I've seen this guy around before. Anyway, parked and stowed and Yuri filing me in on the 148 and the different variants and how he flew a 158 into Cuba once for Fidel Castro himself. He had a wealth of stories and it seemed once he started talking he just wouldn't shut up. Somehow I had to ditch my new best mate and find Tim, hopefully he would be at the main Hotel bar and not one of the multitude of banana lounges on either side of the island. Flight Sim: X-Plane 11.05 Aircraft: AlphaNovember Antonov AN-148 (coming soon). This is an update I am working on to the original AN-148 released by JARdesign for XP 9.60 Livery: QANTAS by Hartmut Krueger Scenery: Longreach: Part of the VOZ 1.8 Scenery pack Hamilton Island: YBHM Hamilton Island Airport 1.1' Orthophotos by Ortho4XP
  4. Leg 19.1 Hamilton Island YBHM to <classified>

    You wait till you see what happened next!
  5. Winter Caribou

    Nice one. Where's the coffee livery though?
  6. True enough, after stumping up to the bar and asking the lady behind if her name was "Doris", she got me sorted and stowed in my room. I asked if I'd missed the fight tent or not and she said that I was just in time as they'd rolled in just before I did. Going to be an interesting night! Sure enough, once the sun went down, the lights came on and the call went out! Yes sir, you too can get some free denture work from these travelling professionals! Just another quite night in Birdsville! I think the big horse race is on tomorrow so good thing I'm clearing out tomorrow before the crowds arrive. ANOTHER late night. ANOTHER early morning. ANOTHER pounding headache. I really hope the Dak is ready for our next little jaunt. I checked my duffle before leaving the pub and the batton was still securely stowed so we were good to go. I went looking for Jeff at the main hanger just round the back of the pub. O.o "A full paint and spray in less a one day? Damn you work fast mate.", I said to Jeff. "What? I thought you knew what was happenin'?" "Nah, mate I just fly where they tell me to, was wondering why I had to drop in here on the way to Longy." as I scratched the top of my head. "Yea we got the order through the other day that you were coming through and we had to repaint her for her new home. You're on to Longreach yea?" "Yea..." "Well she's gunna join the other birds they got out there for the QANTAS museum idn't she. Ha! She'll look great next to that big ol' 747 they got there". "Yea I've seen it before.. passed through in a C-17", I said, hoping he'd be a little amazed "Yea right ay. Painted one of them up for a bloke in NZ last week. Look, anyway you gotta get goin' but if you need a new coat a paint for your bird, you bring her to me right." Apparently Jeff runs a roaring trade in Aircraft restoration. Who knew. Right so anyway, we (me and the baton) got lined up on the rwy and got on our way. Did see something strange though immediately after take off.... Must've been the annual Grey Nomad convention.... Anyway, that was Birdsville. Don't blink or you'll miss. And so I settled down for a lot more of the same really. I did get a little bit of green. Not much. Just a little. Came in a bit high so went for a go around. I'm not flying the C-17 so can't really do a tactical descent. Touchdown at YLRE. The marshal guided me around and got me to park right in from of the other two birds currently on display at YLRE and signalled me to shutdown and close up. Got the Dak all cleared and cleaned, hopped out the back and was greeted by another bloke who looked mighty familiar. Said his name was Goeff. "Ahh I see my brother did a great job with her." "Who now?" "Jeff in Birdsville. He's my brother. And before you asked, yes our parents were comedians", he said with a wry grin. I opened my mouth to say something, left it hanging for a bit and then shut my pie hole. He'd probably heard it all before. "Hope you don't mind, but we've got you doing a test flight tomorrow for us. We're looking at maybe getting some new regional jets. Should be a good little trip by all accounts and I'm sure you'll appreciate a couple of days on Hamilton Island before returning huh?" New regional jets? Sure, why not. Plane: Aeroworx MJ C-47 conversion for XP11 Livery: Personal conversion of (I think) @jankees QANTAS for the MJ C-47 Scenery: Ortho4XP and HiRes Mesh from JASA Photo: Courtesy of one of my work collegues from a recent 4WD trek up the Birdsville track P.S. I actually grew up in the bush (YNTN) and I remember the boxing tent making the rounds along with a few other carnies so we'd have our own town show cum fete. No, I don't miss it.
  7. Leg 18.02 Birdsville YBRD to Longreach YLRE

    @Captain Coffee yea they did a top job didn't they!
  8. Leg 18 Ayres Rock YAYE to Birdsville YBRD

    Thanks Ros, high praise from you This one I think is my favourite but I just couldn't figure out how to include it in the narrative.
  9. I awoke to sweltering heat, a headache the size of Manhatten and my alarm blaring in my ear for what seemed an age. Could have sworn I only had a couple of beers with Steph, but man is my head ringing. Whats the time?? 0600, ok so I haven't slept in too late. What's the temperature? 35. crap. gotta buy more water! I got up, grabbed my gear and checked out of my hotel room and got one of the bush taxi's to Connellan Airport where I'd been told I had a surprise waiting for me. I still had NO idea what bird I was going to fly but I'd managed to fly my way out of Asia taking little contracts here and there (Air Force kinda kicked me out after "loosing" the Spartan). This was not going to be any different. Well apart from what I had stowed in my duffle; Once again, the mighty baton had landed in my lap some how and I was entrusted to escort it on it's merry way. I had three contracts all up, one from here to Birdsville (might be in time to catch the fight tent), then on to Longreach and finally Hamilton Island. Been a while since I'd stopped off at YBHM so it'd be good to just laze on the sand for a while after this trip, though I might see enough sand to last two lifetimes going by my flightplan. At any rate, after buying the cateen's last slab of water bottles I was greated by this gorgeous beauty. Looks like I'm back in the DC-3 again. Well no complaints there! Looks like she's an old Northern Territory Airlines bird she might even have been one of the original Connellan Airways girls from after the war. They've certainly maintained her well enough. OK Well, time and the heat is a wastin' lets get her up into the air where it MIGHT be a bit cooler. Wasn't long and we were up in the air Can't say I'm not happy to say goodbye to Yulara. That light show last night was something else but all in all, the red outback is not my stick. Give me the mountains or the Atherton Tablelands any day of the year. And being this close to Uluru, I really couldn't help myself I just HAD to do a low circle around it. As we came around the back end there we saw the other famous rock(s) out here, The Olgas. No time for a flyby past those fellas though, it was time to start my climb and get underway. One last look behind and we're on our way guys and gals! You know, I have NO idea what this ridge is called, but when you're flying around and EVERYWHERE is just flat red sand, you tend to perk up a bit when we get a little treat like this. Now that I'm back in civilization, Uncle Google says that is Mount Conner Remember how I said it was flat and red. Yea.... Oh oh! Excitement, there's an airstrip! Pretty sure this is for some huge cattle station. In the middle of nowhere. More excitement! We've crossed over the boarder and are now in Queensland. No more red sand! Just more yellow sand...... I hate sand.... It's gritty and it's coarse, and it gets everywhere! Birdsville ahoy Capt'n. No bouncing kangaroos here, just a really nice easy landing. One of my best yet. Coffee and Brett'd be proud of me. I get the bird around the the main "hanger" and a bloke comes out, helps me shut her down and says "Strewth, we thought you weren't comin fella. Head into town there and ask for Doris at the pub, she's got your room sorted and we'll get the bird sorted for your trip t'marra." I give him a little eyebrow look at "get the bird sorted" but just shrug and go looking for Doris at the pub. Plane: Aeroworx MJ C-47 conversion for XP11 Livery: Personal conversion of (I think) @jankees NT Airways for the MJ C-47 Scenery: Ortho4XP and HiRes Mesh from JASA
  10. Just sayin' no way I can top these PIREPs...great read as always!
  11. Paint it black

    Wow really nice shots there Al.
  12. Leg 16 - Mau Hau (WADU) to Broome Intl (YBRM)

    Nice work boss! Love the cat Finished off my NZ rally with the Cat (which I must get back to) and she's a beauty.
  13. The Godden-Catalina Incident.

    So I'm obviously missing something here about the Catalina...
  14. Yea they kinda let the cat out of the bag last week: https://flightdeckx.com/why-orbx-might-fail-and-why-x-plane-benefits-regardless/
  15. Douglas DC-4 / C-54

    Yup and need the other Buffalo one with the NWT logo
  16. Welcome to New York!!

    I had to re read the first sentence as the first shot looked like a photo with the setting sunlight reflecting off the wings. Sooo pretty. Love X-Plane =) Are you using the ZIBO mod?
  17. Leg 15 (2) - Selaparang (WADA) - Mau Hau (WADW)

    Nice work =) enjoyed the read and pics. Looks like fun.
  18. Leg 15 (1) - Tunggul Wulung (WIHL) - Selaparang (WADA)

    Nice work. What is the Sentinel R1 base plane? Looks very much like a Gulfstream IV.
  19. Some V4.1 questions

    You'll have no problems with aircraft the use xml gauges. Problem comes with gauges and plugins that are 32bit, which was the case with some audio and fuel gauges for a lot of aircraft out there. 32 but binary gauges won't work and will need to be updated to 64 bit. I had some planes (like the Manfred Jahn C-47) that I was able to convert with updated plugins and a manual edit of config files. Pretty much just add one player e at a time, turn on the ContentError log setting in P3D and check it after loading a flight with the new aircraft.
  20. Leg 14: Changi (WSSS) to Tunggul Wulang (WIHL)

    Just wait for the MEBAR! It's a hoot as well. What are you flying mostly in XP? Also the ground ai is something I missed when I was using P3D after being in XP for so long.
  21. Leg 14: Changi (WSSS) to Tunggul Wulang (WIHL)

    Hey welcome aboard Lucent! Nice to see another multi-sim =) To help with those crashes you can turn on the Content Error log and see what's in there or post it here as @brett suggested as there a great bunch here.
  22. Updating my monitors

    Hey Tom, I've got 3 Qnix 27" 2k displays running of a 1080 with little difficulty. Purchase price was US$280ea from: https://m.ebay.com/itm/332129291811?_mwBanner=1 They're great, offer them 280 and you're good to go!
  23. IRIS C27J Spartan - help!

    Well I guess Lt Sarah earns her pay then huh?
  24. Flight Replica's DC-4 / C-54

    Gorgeous. You know I gotta ask for a Buffalo one =)
  25. Coffee Cargo Liveries

    Nice work Coff.
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