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Your Favourite Places To Fly In FS?  
User currently offlineAloha717200 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 4557 posts, RR: 14
Posted (12 years 5 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 11241 times:

Hello all,

Just curious, but what regions or areas in flight sim are your favourite places to fly?

Either fly to or from, or just around these areas. Where do you most enjoy flying at in your FS world? And why do you enjoy flying in these areas the most? Any particularly interesting flights you can share regarding these areas?

I'll start:

My favourite places to fly in FS are Hawaii, the Salt Lake City area (of course! Big grin), the western region of the USA, and down in Florida/the carribean. I also enjoy a good south pacific flight on occasion, but those are the major three areas where I spend the most time in FS.

So why Hawaii? That should be selff-explanitory. :P Just love the islands, always have, probably always will. In fact Hawaii has been my favourite place to fly all the way back to FS98. FS5.1's hawaii was sad to say the least. I really fell in love with that area in FS98. I've never looked back.  Smile

Some of the first real flights I did with addon aircraft were flights in FS98 from Seattle to Hawaii. I remember flying an old AA DC-10 from SEA-HNL once, completely VFR, using only Proflight 98 as a guide as well as a few maps and the "map view" function, which back then was nothing more than a blurry globe surrounded by stars. I found my way to hawaii by aligning my plane with that faint green dot in the middle of the pacific on that map view. That was what hawaii was until you got there. Then the scenery was very beautiful, even for that sim. I absolutely love Hawaii.

Next of course is Salt Lake City. That should explain itself. Big grin I live sort of near SLC and it's the closest major airport to me, so naturally in real life that airport and area has been a part of my life long before FS ever came around. With FS I get to fly around my "home" area, when I can't do so in real life. SLC is just the epicenter of this region though. The entire area that I fly in most often spans north to south from Yellowstone to SE Idaho, to SLC, all the way down to the deserts of southern utah.

At other times I'm exploring california. I've been there several time sin real life, and I enjoy flying there in FS as well. I've flown to Phoenix, and Albuquerque, to Dallas and Denver, to Portland and to Seattle as well. This is my area. The western USA.

And finally down in florida and the caribbean. I used to feel differently about this area...I used to find it very flat and somewhat boring until you get to the Bahamas, but I changed my mind. After making a flight from SLC-MCO, I discovered how really beautiful the Gulf of Mexico, and then the florida coast, is when you see it for the first time from the air in the late afternoon. The sun glinting off the gulf and the progressively bluer waters until you get to Tampa. Big grin

I've always liked flying out of Miami for the carribean though. After climbing out from the US mainland suddenly these expandive coral reefs ad islands open up. The islands themselves long and narrow, but the coral reefs massive and seen from the air stretch as far as the eye can see, turning the ocean from a rather boring dark blue to a very exciting tropical colour. It's a feeling of warth and at times, adventure.

In FS98 many times I'd make "emergency landings" on small, deserted islands in the bahamas or try my hand at landing a jumbo jet on a small airstrip. I used to fly an American Eagle ATR 72 around this area as well in FS98, exploring the turks and caicos islands, bimini, the caymans, jamaica, etc. More recently I flew to Cuba which in and of itself wasn't very exciting compared to the other islands of the area, which I find prettier.

I also very recently visited Cancun for the 2nd time. The last time was when I installed some FS98 scenery for the area, but I never did fly back there after that. I just wasn't interested I guess.

The carribean is fascinating. Once you get past the eye candy of the Bahamas, where everywhere you look there's reefs and beauty, you get down into the southern caribbean where beauty tend to surround islands spaced far apart, making you appreciate the sight of land even more. The Virgin Islands are breathtaking, or at least they were the last time I was there, which was a while ago (in FS). St. Maarten is not only pretty but also fun to try landing at, challenging even in the sim. I've never really flown into Grenada but most of the other islands I have, including St. Lucia, where I made a point of looking for the spires. It's interesting to note that the bulk of my exploration of this area, though, happened back in FS98, when I had downloaded some really really nice scenery for the caribbean area.

But in FS2002 I've barely even touched these regions south of St. Maarten. Not sure why, but I will say that the FS98 scenery, though somewhat less realistic, was a heck of alot morre colourful. Flying here in FS2004 is a painful experience. The glare from the water is blinding at times, but turning off reflections makes the water look less realistic. I much much prefer FS2002's water reflections.

Outside of these areas, I rarely ever fly. When I do though, it becomes an adventure of exploration. When you just one day fly to somewhere you've never been, it's an entirely different experience. I once flew a Cessna 172 from Siberia all the way to Anchorage, making some fuel stops of course, and flying along the Aleutian islands. It's a very cold, icy, lonely flight. Very lonely. And that's what makes it an adventure.

So what about you? Where do you love to fly to the most? Where do you spend the most time in the FS world?  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

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User currently offlineContinental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5557 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (12 years 5 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 11211 times:

Either east coast or midwest MN. But I also like islands. I just flew a TAP A310 from Lisbon to Funchal, Portugal. Tough approach for runway 5, try it! I had one missed approach, so did the AI!


User currently offlineJutes85 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (12 years 5 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 11209 times:

I love trying the old VHHX rwy 9 approach.

User currently offlineNJT916 From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 47 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (12 years 5 months 4 days ago) and read 11182 times:

I enjoy KMRY (Real WX is a must). Its near home, and its close to SFO for a quick hop to a busy airport.

User currently offlineFlymia From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7607 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (12 years 5 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 11160 times:

I enjoy it all reallly!

But in the USA i like Florida and Bahamas my home! Also the Northeast Mass and NY the most. Midwest is cool and the Texas MCI DFW IAH OHA ORD.
Also Alaska is great might go there this spring break in FS9.
Carribean is good too. Antartica is great.
Europe LHR and the Mederterainen.
Asia and South Paciffic have not been there yet but going there this summer in FS9.
Have not been to Africa yet too but going there too.

Anyone want to make suggestions on a around the world trip sourt of. I am flying my airlines flights or One World partners flights. this is what i am thinking of.

MIA-PDX-ALK-SYD-NRT then spend like 2 weeks maybe in NRT going to Hong Kong Manila Singapore, Seoul, Kulaum Por and i got to go to Tahti and land in the beutiful airport. Then go to TLV then to Johanesburg. Then to LHR spend a little time in LHR Then to MIA from LHR. This is for summer time! Cant Wait!

"It was just four of us on the flight deck, trying to do our job" (Captain Al Haynes)
User currently offlineMandala499 From Indonesia, joined Aug 2001, 7561 posts, RR: 76
Reply 5, posted (12 years 5 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 11145 times:

I like flying around my own country... because...

1. I got the enroute and approach charts...
2. Some quite interesting terrain...
3. Combine them with weather combined from real weather download and actual METARs... sometimes it can be HELL ! Big grin
4. Due to #1, I can also go further than just flying it. Distances and procedures are known, so I can plan the fuel requirements (including reserves and alternates)... Once I did Jakarta - Manado direct (about 3hrs flight) on an F100 from Project Fokker, followed the route planning tables... and was only out by 150 - 300kgs in most cases (thanks to knowing the wind)...

Try doing this with a 734 or A320 or BAe146 with the weather on the prescribed minimums!

Manado Sam Ratulangi, WAMM...

or this...

Padang Tabing, WIMG...

Fun to do! Big grin


When losing situational awareness, pray Cumulus Granitus isn't nearby !
User currently offlinePlanesarecool From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 4143 posts, RR: 10
Reply 6, posted (12 years 5 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 11139 times:

I like flying around Ljubljana because its the only airport that i have real AI traffic at.  Big grin

Well I don't mind where i fly, but at the moment I'd just do anything to be able to get on FS2004  Crying


User currently offlineKAL744 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 11075 times:

My favorite flights are:


These flights are usually done with A 330 or B 747

Also I like flying with the Cessna in Greece, Spain or South Korea.

User currently offlineCaptain_777 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 295 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 11062 times:

I enjoy flying around the Savannah, GA area. Or around BOS.

My favorite is doing this....

Taking a Delta 727-200 from SAV and going out over the ocean about 20 nm and practicing drills, like hard banks, steep climbs and so forth. Then after 30-40 mins fly back to SAV or up to ATL.

User currently offlineRoyal330 From Austria, joined Nov 2001, 57 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 11034 times:

I love to fly in the area around Chicago or in around London.
These areas are very interesting and there are enough airports to land.

“I don't have any solution, but I certainly admire the problem.”
User currently offlineClrd2go From United States of America, joined Feb 2003, 1000 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 10999 times:

Lately I love flying the Cessna Caravan around the Islands of the Bahamas (my
favorite place in the Universe) or flying a 737 from the US to Nassau or
Freeport. My "home" airport is MHT, so I'll usually fly short trips from there
to BWI, IAD, and points west. I'm starting to do some flights within Europe
in the Lear.


What a long strange trip it's been
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