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  1. Leg 32: Pisco International (SPSO) - Good Question!

    An old schoolfriend converted from Hunter F6s to Lightnings. He described takeoff as, "Like sticking a very large rocket up your backside and lighting the blue touchpaper."
  2. Ring a ring o' Roses
  3. OK, so you're reading it...... Perhaps I shouldn't have left the flight planning to the co-pilot, but checking back, his plan seems to have matched the official route. Pity he didn't check the Norwegian charts! There we were, trundling along at 7000', when a cliff-face appeared 3 miles ahead of us. Not sure that it was below our level, I decided to climb, and cleared it, just as a bigger one appeared behind it. At about 8500' we cleared this one by about 400', and carried on up to 9000' to make sure. A look at the chart confirmed that we were flying over the Jotunheims and THAT had been the summit ridge of Galdhøpiggen, at 8100' Norway's highest mountain... No, there aren't any screenshots - I was too busy juggling throttles, pitch levers, and the trim wheel, and my co-pilot was jibbering and apparantly trying to use the E6B as a prayer-wheel.
  4. Screenshot App?

    YAFSScreen to take the shots, IrfanView to edit them.
  5. (Especially for those who like flying through cloud):- Norway has 291 mountain peaks that are more than 2000 metres (6562 ft) amsl. Two of them are over 8000 ft high. It is probably easier in this year's MEBAR to become geography than to make history.
  6. ENBL Bringeland - fuel

    No worries, we are already shipping spares (mostly for DC-3, but I've got some bits for the Monospar, and if anyone else needs anything that'll fit in, or underneath, a Dakota we'll happily carry it), tools, and maintenance crew from North Weald to all airfields involved in the Rally.
  7. I don't know what FSX (etc) says about ENBL, but according to FS9 and ACUKWIK, Bringeland has JETAV, but not AVGAS. As ENFA Flatval can't supply fuel for the final leg, this suggests that whereas the paraffin burners only need to remember to fuel up at ENBL for two legs totalling 616nm (plus margins), piston-engined aircraft are going to fuel up at ENSO Storsstokken for 3 legs totalling 1001nm (plus margins). Some of us can fit ferry tanks, or even carry a few 55 usg drums and hand refuelling kits (maybe even the odd drum or two spare for selling to the less fortunate), but can we assume that ENBL Bringeland will have an avgas cache for the event (I can arrange for DC-3 Airways Maintenance Division to fly it in)?
  8. The Easter Bunny Does Exist!

    Oxygen system? - that thing's pressurised (ex-BOAC Canadair Argonaut - as flown in by HM Queen Elizabeth II for her return to England on her accession in 1952, although we haven't got the "club seating").
  9. Woohoo! Mebar2018 here we come!

    Missed the last one or two but am back with a DC-3 this time. Wonder how long the shortest runway is.....
  10. The approach to this touch-and-go is full of opportunities for the unwary to become geography, especially if they haven't said their prayers while passing Lourdes. To make it slightly easier, there are visual approach maps for LFCB at https://fly.rocketroute.com/plates/adminview/LFCB_VAC.pdf?cmd=pdf&docid-400000000103645&icao=LFCB
  11. Just a thought...

    To remove any last-minute temptation, have carefully chosen an aircraft with too large a wingspan to go through the arch while straight and level.
  12. As the effective range of my aged Rapide is a bit marginal for legs 3 & 4, and definitely inadequate for leg 5, request permission to convert 3 T&Gs to TSs for refuelling. Alternatively, can plumb in a ferry tank, and my passengers can take turns with the wobble pump.
  13. Test Flight FS9

    Knew I should have checked the NOTAMs before departure! Made the same discovery, and came up with same solution. Have now updated my FS9 scenery to incorporate the "new" REN VOR/DME (about 340metres bearing 290deg from the "old" RNS VOR.
  14. Far be it from me to suggest that any MEBAR participant would break French air regulations, but seeing that this year's rally flies along the Champs Elysee, I remembered that the Arc de Triomphe stands at one end of it, and of the late Charles Godefroy's 1919 feat (the Nieuport 11 had a wingspan of 24' 8", while the archway is 47' 6" wide). http://fandavion.free.fr/godefroy.htm
  15. "Blind" Legs

    Some of us would probably prefer not to have known what the target times were for any of the legs! Although the Monospar did a creditable time for leg 1, I now realise that it probably needs either more powerful engines or a tunnelling attachment.
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