LHRman From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 398 posts, RR: 6 Posted (8 years 10 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 5632 times:
I am loving every moment that I fly on FS2004 that I received on Wednesday, its a joy compared to FS02. I hope everyone enjoys my trip report and I would love for everyone reading to leave a small comment weather it be an essay or a 2 word reply. Criticism is welcomed but if you do moan, could you advise me on how I can improve on it to meet your requirements as I would like everyone to read my report and enjoy it. Thanks, anyway now to my report:
Origin: TNCM St Maarten
Destination: KBOS Boston Logan International
Flight Routing: IFR, east coast of USA about 50 miles off it, rejoining land over Long Island.
Departure Time (local): 08:00am Actual: 08:07am
Arrival Time (local): 11:44am
Aircraft Type: Learjet 45
Well I had been flying this plane from a to b for a couple of hours on the Wednesday when I thought of the idea of becoming a pilot for a millionaire that travels a lot. So I flew to his base in EDI and picked him and his family up and took them to the Caribbean via FNC for a holiday. They dotted from island to island including, Barbados, St Lucia, Antigua and St Barth. It was time for them to leave so we left St. Maarten terminal for the aircraft at about 07:45. Here is a picture of our aircraft waiting for us.
As I began preparing the cockpit I requested clearance IFR from the tower, they gave me a nice routing out which included a good view of St. Maarten, unfortunately the pic didn't come out very well, but if you want to see it, post your request in your reply and I will gladly put it on. Here is me in my office preparing the cockpit.
I got clearance for startup and taxi to runway 09 and lucky for me there was nothing on final so I was able to back track the runway quickly, if there had of been an aircraft on final and ATC made me wait that could of meant at least a 5 minute delay which isn't good, I think you will agree. I began to line up and took this shot of the sunset bar. I wonder if any 'virtual photographers' were taking a picture of me?
I climbed out and as I said, my routing passed me directly over St. Maarten. I was then informed to climb at ATCs request. I was then allowed to follow my own routing that took me north of Cuba and up the East coast of America. I was informed to climb to an initial altitude of FL290 and to expect FL410 by LEENI. This put a on my face! But that soon changed to . Flying for a long time above the clouds and sea at high level with no other aircraft visible is for sure a snooze fest. I decided to put it on 4 times speed and took a shot of the cloud formation below me.
I was approaching my estimated top of decent and sure enough ATC requested for me to descend. First of all to FL300 and then onto FL210, approaching 21,000 Ft I received my arrival information for Boston.
I wasn't happy about being given 04 left especially the fact that I wasn't able to fly an ILS approach in the deteriorating conditions, so I requested an ILS approach into runway 4 right. The controller obliged and I was vectored for an ILS approach to runway 04 right.
What did I tell you about the clouds, this gave me a thought of a rather bumpy approach and I was tempted to fly a autopilot approach to 2 miles then me take control and land her. But I hadn't done that for so long, I decided against it and flew a manual approach with the aid of the glideslope system for guidance. On approach I had a nice view of Boston and a Landmark 737 approaching a nearby airport, it might have been Logan but I didn't watch it since I was only 4 miles from touchdown in my own flight.
Although the wind wasn't particularly strong it kept changing direction and I had trouble keeping her inline with the runway centerline. At this point in the approach I was given clearance to land by the controller. However he said something I had never heard before in any of my Flight simulator experiences. Here is the picture of me on a 4 mile final and the phrase he used.
"Learjet LYA, cleared to land 4 right. Caution the 737 landing runway 4 left."
I began slowing the aircraft down and pulling the nose up into the flare as I was approaching the piano keys of 4 right, personally I found the touchdown smooth and it looked nice as well. Here are some pictures of me touching down and slowing the aircraft down.
You will notice in the 2nd picture the darkness of the clouds, I am naming this picture, "the landing before the storm" .
I contacted ground and requested taxi to a stand, I was unfamiliar with Boston so when I heard taxi to Gulf 16, I thought that can't be that bad. When I turned on progressive taxi and found out exactly where I was going I could not believe where they were sending me. They put me in a stand that had to be the furthest stand away from where I had vacated. To give you an idea I had vacated runway 4 right on a taxiway that leads to the 15 left threshold and they had given me a stand that was about a 2 minute taxi to the 4 left threshold, you can see why I was annoyed!
Here is me approaching on stand after what seemed like a marathon of taxiing. I really enjoyed this flight as it gave me a chance to fly from paradise to one of the largest international airports in the US. I also love flying IFR, that is basically all I fly now, IFR that is, not just this route. How boring would that be! I hope you enjoyed reading my trip report and I look forward to hearing your comments. I leave you with a picture of my aircraft as I left it, ready for my next flight back to our base EDI. The background shows a real contrast of weathers! Thanks Dave
NAV20 From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 9084 posts, RR: 37 Reply 2, posted (8 years 10 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 5464 times:
Great report, Dave! I'm especially pleased as I'm one of the people who encouraged you to get FS2004, glad you're pleased with it. And you seem to have got the hang of it, and the new features, very quickly.
Couple of tips (though you probably know these things already):-
1. If you press the 'CLR' button on the GPS several times it progressively clears a lot of that clutter, makes it easier to see the things you want.
2. About 'scenarios', FS2004 offers a number of them, which are quite challenging as they don't 'hold back' on giving you realistic weather, night takeoffs, etc. Look at the bottom of the 'Select a Flight' list. 'European Airline Pilot' should be right up your street; 'Aerial Chauffeur' is ferrying a wealthy writer round New England in what becomes 'end of the world' weather. You don't have to use the aeroplanes they specify, you could use the Lear if you like.
3. That 'caution' is just a bit of 'local colour' - telling you not to stray too far left on the approach.
4. About staying on the runway line in a crosswind, rather than pointing the nose way off, an alternative is to 'cross the controls' - drop a wing very slightly into the wind, and stop her turning into the bank by applying a touch of opposite rudder. Needs a bit of experimenting though - next time you encounter a stiff crosswind, I suggest you save the last few miles of the approach and use it for practice.
Having said that I can't resist putting on a picture of a crosswind landing at Ayers Rock in my latest toy (downloaded yesterday). And one of the Rock itself, and a touchdown.
LHRman From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 398 posts, RR: 6 Reply 3, posted (8 years 10 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 5435 times:
Here is the picture of SXM that I took. I hope more people can read my report and leave a comment as it means a lot. Thanks for the replies guys, its very much appreciated. Thanks for the comments Tony, I will try the aerial chauffeur and yes I was using that technique of wing dipping and rudder control but the wind kept changing so it wasn't working properly. This is why I put a picture of me correcting my approach.
LHRman From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 398 posts, RR: 6 Reply 6, posted (8 years 10 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 5395 times:
Hey all, I have a question that I assume Scott can awnser but any reply is welcomed. I have my ATC traffic set at 100% and have downloaded 48 packages of projectai, it says I have 182,038 legs which in my mind seems quite a lot. A lot of my traffic goes into the UK which I wanted, so how comes LHR is very quiet? This seems strange! Can anyone tell me how to get the airspace around the world packed with aircraft? Thanks for your time in reading my reports and the replies made me have a big all day. Thanks for your comment Luc, that means a lot that somebody would like me to do another report. Look forward to a reply to my question!
NAV20 From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 9084 posts, RR: 37 Reply 8, posted (8 years 10 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 5350 times:
Thinking about 'scenarios' and 'crosswinds', Dave, this is the 'worst' - or 'best' - I've come across so far. 'Frontier Airlines' in 'Historical Flights' is about flying un-pressurised Dakotas between the high ground in Colorado and the 'oxygen limit' of 12,500 feet. You can't go high enough to get over some of the mountains, so you have to map-read your way THROUGH them....this is flying through Monarch Pass.
After that you have to land at Gunnison, Colorado - if I recall, the crosswind was about 30 knots! Also note the altimeter showing 8,100 feet - Gunnison's runway is at 7,678 feet MSL!
The Dakota only has an old-fashioned autopilot, it will hold altitude and course for you but there's no ILS or auto-throttle. Luckily, you can still tune NAV1 to the ILS and get the 'Visual Flightpath' though. Needed it that day.
Of course, you don't HAVE to use the Dakota - but it's more fun if you do! Once you get used to it, it's the nicest-flying aeroplane on FS2004, IMO. And I think the panel is beautifully done, just right for a tired old 'workhorse' that is still giving good service. Maybe you can see why I'm hooked on the 'oldies'
"Once you have flown, you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards.." - Leonardo da Vinci
LHRman From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 398 posts, RR: 6 Reply 11, posted (8 years 10 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 5240 times:
KCMike: Thanks for your kind words they are appreciated. As for taking pictures all you do is hit the prt scr but on your keyboard and paste into paint. However avsim has a product on there website called fsscreen which saves the picture for you until you need to use it. Thats what I use it for as it saves keep coming out of FS. Here is a link to the product, just download extract and start taking pictures. I will also link you to a website that have pictures of FS, much airliners.net but just virtual airlines and aircraft.
http://www.avsim.com sorry couldn't find the exact link so just go to file library and search for Fsscreen.
Delta rules: Thanks for the words, means a lot. I enjoyed island hopping however long haul flights are always nice. Yeh, i love the feature of the stairs folding out. Feels as if when i get off my computer seat I am really at the airport going to pay my landing fees!
NAV20: Indeed, the Dakota is one of the nicest planes flying on FS. However I like flying the newer aircraft, just because they are so nice to fly. I have flown a bit in the Dakota but obviously not as much as you. I haven't used the visual aid thing yet, personally I wouldn't like to as it wouldn't seem to be my landing if I used that!
Thanks guys for reading my trip report, it is appreciated and I am planning on writing another one.
NAV20 From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 9084 posts, RR: 37 Reply 13, posted (8 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 5170 times:
KCMike, just to add to what Dave said, after you've pressed 'Print Screen', pause FS, minimise the screen, then call up 'Paint' and save the shot into your Pictures folder. As he says, fsscreen is an option, but I find that, once you are a screenshot addict, you can wind up with too many pictures that way and editing them all takes a while!
Dave, agree about the Visual Flightpath normally. But it's available in real life, and I use it when (as at Gunnison) conditions are extreme. I couldn't believe how far I was having to 'aim off' on that day..........
Virtualplanepictures is a pretty good site, isn't it? Except for a few guys who keep putting their crashes on (although they call them 'landings' ). I have some on there too, search Tony Carr.
"Once you have flown, you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards.." - Leonardo da Vinci
LHR27C From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 1279 posts, RR: 18 Reply 19, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 4540 times:
What a good idea to do a virtual trip report! Great shots and an interesting flight.
"Caution the xxx on runway yyy" often happens when two parallel runways are in use that are quite close together.
With the AI, you should also check your AFCAD for Heathrow. It may be that if you are still running the default AFCAD and so there just isn't enough space to fit the aircraft, check in the PAI AFCAD Library where there are good ones for both the default Heathrow and the awesome scenery Heathrow Pro.
Once you have tasted flight, you will walk the earth with your eyes turned forever skyward