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  1. Cross-Country and Fatal Errors

    Thank goodness that a “fatal error” in the virtual world is not lethal. I fly the Cessna 150 from Austin Executive to the Angleton area, a route I have driven dozens, if not hundreds, of times, and have flown in a real plane several times. I plan my route and take off, and after struggling with power and trim, eventually settle on a steady course and altitude. The view out the window is much like in a real plane: semi-familiar. On the map, I see that I am paralleling my intended course a few ...
  2. The Humble (and Humbling) Touch-n-Go

    I am humbled. The virtual touch-n-go’s are kicking my butt. I am recreating my logbook, and many entries are just local, so I was going to skip it, but decided to give it a shot. What could be easier? Take off; climb to pattern altitude; turn left 90 degrees; turn left 90 degrees to parallel the runway; when even with the numbers cut power; when the numbers are 45 degrees off the left wing turn left 90 degrees; while descending at an even speed, turn left 90 degrees to line up with the runway; ...

    Updated 11-12-2014 at 06:29 PM by gmurray56

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  3. Cessna 172: FSX v. FS2004

    It dawns on me that I have the Cessna 172 on both programs, and can recreate my real C172 flights on both platforms and compare the experience. I start with the FSX at Austin Mueller and head for Taylor, just a few miles to the north. Everything seems normal, except the long take-off roll and some ground handling difficulty. The settings were the same I have been using, with brown and green out the window, generally identifiable landmarks, and sparse buildings. After landing, I reset the graphics ...
  4. Beech Duchess

    Maybe I'll go back and recreate some of my adventures in the Cherokee and the Saratoga, but now I'll skip to the end of my flying career. I went back to Texas for a stab at a commercial license, hoping to fly for a living. This is a simulation of my first multiengine lesson. I have successfully installed a Duchess on the FS2004. It looks a little boxy, and compared to the Beech Baron, small and ugly, but it is painted exactly like the one I flew in Georgetown. Inside, the instruments are sparse, ...
  5. Olympic Peninsula in a Saratoga

    Two years had passed since my move to Washington. The Cherokee 140 had reached TBO and my family had grown, so I had persuaded my wife to buy a bigger airplane. After much research, I decided on a Piper Saratoga. It was very similar to the Cherokee, but with six seats and an engine twice as powerful. I had taken instruction in a Piper Arrow (a more powerful, retractable gear Cherokee) and in a retractable Saratoga to learn the constant propeller and the moving landing gear. Eventually, I found a ...
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