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
Edited for corrections to phrasing!
[Edited 2004-07-25 00:58:35]
Always after the picture you can't get..