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Everything posted by hurricanemk1c

  1. Leg 16 - Mau Hau (WADU) to Broome Intl (YBRM)

    Brilliant leg there Joe - and a good few twists and turns!
  2. So, having been deposited by the RAF in Selaparang just about in one piece, I look towards the next aircraft they have planned for me. The exercise they are conducting out here must be large to warrant such an aircraft..... A fully fuelled and armed F-35B Lightning II. And they were giving it to me for the flight, to test out high-low-medium-low flight paths as well as system functions. Do they know the reputation of the chicken I am nicknamed after?! It's a nice enough looking aircraft - although not as good as the original jet Lightning! Engine start was easy enough, and soon enough I'm taxiing past some of the more usual residents of Selaparang. Not sure what they thought of me or my company! Showing off the "Short Take Off" function of the F-35B, it was decided not to back-track down the runway but to use the remaining length. No pressure! But it still lived up to the Lightning name in departure. I think I may have been noticed by the odd person on departure, but made sure it was reasonably quiet..... Thundering up A quick intercept up at FL310 was conducted, allowing tests to see how it performed with the doors open. Showing off the AIM-9 missiles, AIM-120 missles and Mk83 bomb Following the interception, it was time to go down to low level. The HUD was of create use here. Having flown the Bucaneer down low, I felt more comfortable in the 1950's aircraft! Although it didn't stop a few low encounters! After skipping over one of the islands between Selaparang and Mau Hau, I climbed to FL210 to perform an autopilot test. It didn't work too well, not leveling out at the intended altitude! I did however find a Learjet..... ....and how the cannon worked Down in the dirt for the last few miles I intended making a spectacular arrival at Mau Hau, involving a little display over the airfield. As it was next to the sea, I had to buzz a yatch. No other choice. Not sure what they thought of an aircraft accelerating to Mach 1 at 50ft! Boom! A view of my HUD as I head down from the top of the loop. The big X across it means I'll crash if I continue this course. Also a fascinating difference between Ground Speed and Indicated Air Speed Halfway along the runway I inverted, and suddenly realised that was a bad idea. Power! By this point I had a Master Warning up - fuel was getting rather low. Oopps! With the fuel situation becoming critical, it was time to land. And not mess it up! Originally I had intended to do a vertical landing, but with my fuel state a nice normal landing was made The F-35 doing it's best to merge into the runway And finally parking up for some much needed fuel Thoughts on one of the most expensive combar aircraft? Fun ride, good roll rate, poor altitude performance (as modelled). But a decent way of converting cash to noise! After I landed, I turned my phone on (not knowing who would be around to take the baton from me). A message from Joe pops up: "Waiting in Mau Hau for you. Had a hard landing so be careful". I don't think the Mach 1.2 pass was exactly what he had in mind of being 'careful' Aircraft: Dino Cattaneo F-35 pack v1.51 (freeware is now 2.41, payware V3 [complete change] also available)
  3. The Godden-Catalina Incident.

    So that's what I blew off the runway...... And Joe - the money was just resting in that account!
  4. B-21 Bomber

    I've been following (from a distance) the B-21 programme. I didn't think anyone had been awarded it yet, or even funds allocated to it!
  5. As some of you may recall, in my last ATWC leg I ended up with a rather expensive piece of equipment - namely a KC-97, bought for around $1 million. Not a bad price considering what is was, but not required all the same! It's taken me a few weeks of flying around Asia, tempting various clients and prospective purchasers, but eventually two days ago I managed to get rid of the aircraft - for $1.2 million. So a slight profit, although very minor once fuel and landing costs were taken into account! So, with only a day to get from deepest China to Indonesia, a few favours had to be called in, with people John-G would know well. I arrived at the airport with minutes to spare before the pre-arranged time. No other aircraft was around. That's suspicious. I was told something very unusual was to take me to Selaparang. Suddenly, a bag was placed over my head. I would have been worried by the nice British accent of the bloke placing it over my head. It sounded familiar too.... I was bundled up the stairs of the above aircraft and a sharp left turn at the top. At this point the bag was removed and 'all' was revealed. It turns out that a RAF Sentinel R1 was on excercise in the area and dropped in. I wasn't allowed to look in the cabin to see what strange things were around, but it was transport! No sooner had I strapped in that we were off. And in true tatical style - maximum rate climb! You wouldn't get that in the normal Bombardier CRJ-900! Leaving Tunggul behind In terms of how the aircraft handled, the extra lumps and bumps didn't make that much difference to a normal CRJ - just that you could throw it around a bit more Rapidly we approached our cruising altitude of 32000ft - what had been determined as 'safe' around these parts. Not sure I was too happy with how 'safe' was said.... Plodding along at FL320 A nice part of the world - if you like islands! Crossing between two of the many islands in this 500nm trip Of course the other claim to fame that Indonesia has is volcanos. Lots of them As we approached Selaparang, I was getting increasingly concerned that we weren't loosing any altitude. The miles clicked off - 50, 45, 40, 35, 30, 25, 20, 15. At that point, my co-pilot said, "I suppose we better go down" And down we went. I made it an average of about 9700ft / min turning descent This would of course make mass media say "plane dives out of control", but of course it was under perfect control - because it wasn't me! As we bottomed out, the words "You have control" we uttered by my perfectly presented co-pilot. Better not make a mess of this Well, not a complete mess but my now means the best landing ever! I just avoided the grass! This time they allowed to me exit a bit more normally, minus bag. But with a massive heavy curtain between the door area and the cabin, preventing any kind of spying. My guide did tell me what they were there for, and it is related to us - but I dare not say. I still have to get a ride to Mau Hau. And it's just come onto the ramp..... Aircraft used: IRIS Sentinel R1 (Easter Egg 2013)
  6. Leg 15 (1) - Tunggul Wulung (WIHL) - Selaparang (WADA)

    Thanks for the comments! It's based off the Bombardier CRJ-900
  7. Leg 15 (2) - Selaparang (WADA) - Mau Hau (WADW)

    No harm was done to the Learjet - bar prehaps the seat covers when they saw me coming!
  8. Leg 14: Changi (WSSS) to Tunggul Wulang (WIHL)

    Great leg David - and welcome to the forums! I'm having a little bit of trouble in Cilacap getting rid of something so it may be a day or two late!
  9. I'm slipping. Used to be one of the first in but not anymore! Put me down for anything Joe - not too fussed again!
  10. Cracking read Andrew!
  11. Ireland bracing for Ophelia

    Not been as bad as was reported thus far. Currently inside (obviously) but outside is around a 50km/h (30-odd mph) wind. Think it got up to around 80kmh here in Portlaoise. Not over quite yet though
  12. Having said for a few year's I'd go, I got the closest I have been yet - East Grinstead! Looked like a fun day
  13. Leg 12: VMMC Macau to VDSR Siem Reap

    Great PIREP Steph - nice choice of aircraft! Always liked absailing myself
  14. This date in history

    72 years ago today, the first Manchester Mk III took to the skies - do we all know what it became, with 4x Rolls Royce Merlins? Prehaps this could be a regular feature?
  15. Leg 11: ZNSJ Nanjing (Lukou) to VMMC Macau Intl

    Excellent flight Tim. Very good idea that drop-off!
  16. Looking at my logbook for the recent past shows I’m out of practice. Not just a few months, but years. The last flight I managed to complete was for the last Around the World Challenge! Since then, I’ve been busy, mainly with college but also with work as a train timetable planner. So, flight sim hasn’t had a look in! However, as planning has become my profession (at least for a placement and summer job!), this should be easy enough. As it happened, a local Chinese carrier was evaluating the Avro RJ85 in the area, and were happy for me to get a seat and some stick time again. The only problem? They were doing radial routes from Beijing Capital. In my case, to Taiyuan Wusu. Only a 500nm diversion, but with the promise of onward transport to Lukuo, hopefully with the same aircraft and crew. I was told to turn up at the airport at 0330. Not a pleasant time to get up, shower, get ready and turn up at an unfamiliar airport. But once again, the airline turned up trumps and arranged my taxi and all associated costs. So far, the Hangar GISA card hasn’t been touched since Ros gave it to me. Hopefully the boss gives me a raise from nothing to something Turned up at the right gate, and something from home greeted me With Cityjet starting to replace the Avro RJ85 with Sukhoi SSJ’s, their aircraft are starting to turn up all over the place. Although normally de-branded, someone must have known I was coming and left it in familiar colours Climbing into a cold and dark cockpit. Where’s the battery switch? With the ground power unit plugged in and turned on, we start getting the aircraft alive. I should add there is a Cityjet pilot and fitter aboard, as well as the chief executive of the Chinese airline and a handful of his pilots. Monitoring engine start The fitter looks on, making sure I haven’t blown the thing up yet Having had a long taxi (that helped me get used to having a stick rather than rails to guide me), we are cleared for take off Spooling up the engines on the parking brake, ensuring even thrust And go! With a lightly loaded aircraft and suitable fuel for the trip, we soar quite dramatically into the sky Autopilot engaged, we climb our way to an eventual 25,000ft Some photographers go all out to get the shot Approaching the top of the climb Turning left Having settled into the cruise, I had a wander around the cabin and took some different photos Having had an hour or so of uneventful (or interesting) cruise, it’s time to start heading down to Wusu Getting closer to the airport Starting to make the aircraft a bit dirty aerodynamically Airport in sight, gear down and locked A touch high, but plenty of room to make things right The tower has a tradition of taking a photo of every aircraft landing at the airport. Luckily, they sent me a copy later on After another uneventful taxi, we park up. The Irish airliner next to some exotic birds I was told to leave the aircraft in a “cold and dark” state to allow some pilot training in starting the systems up etc. So that’s what I did and I left the aircraft to get some food Just as I sat down to eat, my phone went off. As I am regularly in noisy environments (when the phone can be on anyway), my ringtone is loud and unmistakable. “We have a problem……”. Basically, when they were getting ready to refuel the aircraft, they discovered that the refuelling point on the aircraft was cracked. Rumours of a rough landing were quickly dispelled by me, blaming the autopilot on any rough work. Whilst they hope to have it fixed in a day or two, the prognosis isn’t great for that, due to a lack of facilities at Wusu. Worse still, the airline couldn’t pay both me and for the aircraft repair, so the GISA card came out for lunch, and to find accommodation. Looks like this will have to do until I find alternative flights. The Yijiang Hotel. Not too shabby Part 2 to follow….. --- Aircraft used: Quality Wings Ultimate 146 Collection FSX
  17. Leg 10 Part 2 - Wusu (ZBYN) - Lukou (ZSNJ)

    Part 2 All the airlines [China Eastern, Shandong and Shenzhen] were booked up for a direct flight, and any option via Beijing was both unappealing and hideously expensive. GA isn’t really my cup of tea, but the military was out (even for the baton), so it was looking increasingly likely that I would have to hire a GA aircraft and face the 500nm leg in something a lot smaller than what I am used to. After about the third day of scratching around looking for a suitable aircraft (and someone who didn’t mind travelling to Nanjing for the day, I was approached by an older gentleman with a gleam in his eye. “You look for plane?” With most of my options exhausted, I felt I had no choice but to talk to this stranger and see what he had to offer. First I had to buy him a drink, of course, to sweeten the deal. “I offer you plane. Big plane. Old plane.” Intrigued, I asked him what the aircraft was. I hadn’t noticed anything unusual in Wusu whilst I was finding out a lot of useless information that had no relevance to the challenge, or life in general. I had noticed a few more people arrive in the bar, and they all acknowledge the man with a smile and a curious twitch. “Turn up tomorrow at 0300 and find out”. What is it about the Chinese and stupidly early starts?! Anyway, that left about 5 hours for sleep. Hopefully no inspectors turn up and find out! It was, naturally, dark by the time I arrived at the airport, having had great difficulty in finding anything in the town. What I found when I arrived at the gate, I wasn’t expecting at all……. A fully functioning (I think) KC-97L. A C-97 freighter with refuelling equipment and added jet engines. Why not?! I was assured everything worked. So when I sat down into the captain’s seat and switched on the cockpit light, I was expecting, erm, light. Luckily the crew that had been assembled knew where everything was. This is starting to seem a little bit suspect…. The runway lights did little to illuminate the interior of the cabin as we accelerated down the runway Climbing out One nice thing about flying at night is seeing the stars The first signs of dawn appear on the eastern sky Flying over a large town Dawn over China Ploughing through the sky at 25,000ft. Hardly elegant but it’s doing the job Making the turn towards Nanjing My guide then motioned that I should join him in the rear of the aircraft. To watch the refuelling boom be extended and the light show that goes with it All tidied back up again, we carry on to Nanjing, with the descent starting Flying past Dajiaochang (Z08T). Nice railway station there My rusty flying skills showed up, with the airport exactly 90 degrees away and about 10nm to run Turning onto finals and a bit high Touchdown was a little bit left of centre, but still on the tarmac! A Beech departed after we vacated the taxiway. Slight difference in ‘personal' aircraft size! And parked up. At this point, my guide thrust a piece of paper in my hand, and ran. Immediately. Sensing that Putinfeld could be behind this bizarre leg, I checked my flight bag. It had been gone through, but nothing stolen, and the baton was still where it should be. The GISA card had moved slightly, but I presumed this was due to landing. I opened up the piece of paper Not knowing much Chinese, I didn’t have a clue what it meant. However, I didn’t like the look of it. I passed on to an airport security guard to explain it to me. Then checked the bank balance Oh dear. I think my pay rise has evaporated. You always wanted a KC-97 didn’t you Joe? Aircraft bought: Manfred Jahn / Team Stratofreighter C-97 Collection (FSX) The text of the above "item"
  18. Leg 10 Part 2 - Wusu (ZBYN) - Lukou (ZSNJ)

    Don't worry - the tanks were full before departure! Cockpit light is now fixed (replacement bulb), but I fear parking fees will be a little bit high. Time to escape!
  19. Leg 10 - Beijing Captial (ZBAA) - Lukou (ZSNJ) - eventually

    Thanks for the comments folks. It was good to get behind the yoke again after so long! The QW 146 is a very nice aircraft I have to say. Very handy for short trips and it can be flown a little bit more aggressively than a 'normal' airliner of that size!
  20. Happy Birthday Ros!

    Happy Birthday!

    Great leg Rosario! See you in the lounge. Just leaving the hotel
  22. Guess the Aircraft

    I seem to be very good at this, so... ...any guesses what this is? Have fun!
  23. Leg 8 - VQPR - ZLXY. Out of retirement.

    Excellent leg there Jess! Glad to see you are on the mend as well!