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Early start on Saturday morning, trip from EDDT to LSZH......really enjoying this one though I am constantly struggling on landing.....more practice.... reasonable morning in Berlin going to be a wait, get the kettle on... my old home becoming a distant memory.. up with the candyfloss now... sorted and cruising..... a break in the clouds, nice smooth flight.... raining now, getting ready for the awful, long landing..... all parked up, few hours break before the next flight..... thanks for flying along...
After a fortifying coffee I decided to have a quick look around Lukla before loading back into the Spartan with Flores to head on to Paro. Met this nice chap who gave me some tips on mountain photography. Here he is here without his jaunty green cap he'd just taken off for the photo. Got a few nice shots and thought I'd return to the bird with some warm goats milk for Flores. Only one problem... SHIT. Where's the bloody plane??? It was then I got a txt message from Flores who was apparently stuck in the Spartan as it was being towed back to Kathmandu for "extended parking in a 15min zone". So that's what that sign was for.... Told Flores to sit tight, I'd get it sorted out once I got to Paro with the baton, I couldn't come back and get her as I was already running late. Thank fully a quick call to HQ and I was able to "commandeer" the fresh new Tara Air Twin Otter sitting on the apron. Quick run through the check list and it's down the runway and off!! And what a view of the mountains we had! Since I only had the twotter, I didn't want to fly right over Everest so this is as close as I got. At this point I was at about FL210 and the DHC-6 was starting to really struggle in the thin air. We only JUST made it through this pass into the valley below And a whole lot of this for miles and miles. Eventually I crossed out of the mountains and back into the plains around VEBD where I had to drop off the Otter and procure another ride. And WOW, what a ride! Had a guy meet me at the terminal who, funnily enough, had the same green cap my friend in Lukla had. Oh well he said that this plane had to be delivered to her new owner in Paro and if I knew anyone that could fly her there. I certainly wasn't going to pass up the opportunity to fly a DC-3. Even a cheap Russian knock-off. Making the turn at VE44 heading north to the PRO VOR. Some amazing rivers flowing out of the mountains into this area. This was not going to be an easy trip, short though it might have been. To make matters worse, the camera broke during landing so I can't even show you how pretty Paro was once I (eventually) landed. Wonder if I can claim that on expenses.... Anyway, time to try find Jess in the lounge somewhere I guess and hope she didn't get too board waiting for the damn rookiee to show up! Sim Details X-Plane 11 FSRealWX for weather injection (real world) UnRealistic Carolina Blue Skys Ortho4XP RWDesigns DHC-6 Twin Otter VSkyLabs DC-3 Project AFL LI-2 CCCP 63885 livery
2nd flight yesterday (sun). Nice to Barcelona, Air France for this one...... and we are away, using different weather engine this time, clouds not so good but do go out further around the AC.. heading to Spain and the weather looks better... another strange route, coming back into the coast.... ready to turn, again to high.. all nicely shut down, until friday an flight to Geneva.... thanks for looking...
2nd flight of the day, same plane, different colurs though, flight over the mountains from Zurich then out to sea and back into Nice..... all loaded and started, ready to taxi.... up and away and getting on course.... cloudy as we climb above the mountains... cruising now, still cloudy below... at last we see some mountains... I really like this AC so much, seem to be flying nothing else in any sim at the moment.. inbound, but way to high, more practise needed, got there though.... parked up at a busy Nice.... safe onward journey.....