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RTW Retro Flight #78 Abu Dhabi to Das Island & Return . . . . . 1961


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Shell Aircraft Ltd. flight 195 is a de Havilland DH-114 on a flight from Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi to Das Island, Abu Dhabi and return the following day (OMAA – OMAS - OMAA). We have 165 gallons of fuel on board for this 242 mile round trip flight of about one hour each way. The weather is fair with moderate high cloud cover. We will be cruising at an altitude of 8,000 feet.


Thanks to:

Aircraft: de Havilland DH-114 Heron SRS2. Model, panel & textures by Derek Palmer, Fraser McKay, Dave Booker, the CBFS team and Gary Jones. Repaint by Enrique Medal.

Propliner AI & Traffic: CalClassic & FS Aviator - Tom Gibson, Mike Stevens, Jason Krogmann, Manuel Jagmann, Bill Towers, Nikko Yaginuma, Richard Wright, Frederick Coleman, Dave Jones, Paul Haak, Marty Lochmiller, Ake Lindberg, Harland Sandberg, Richard Wright and Gary Harper at www.calclassic.com

Scenery and Add-ons: MS FS2004 v9.1 Standard and:

- Abu Dhabi Intl. and Das Island Airports from the 1961 Trucial States scenery package by Juan Martinez and Julius Czarnecki at www.calclassic.com

- Rwy12 and EZ Static Object and Scenery Libraries.

- FS2004 Classic Scenery Libraries v4a by Wolfgang Gersch at www.flightsim.com.

- REX FS9 w/Overdrive & SP5 for sky, cloud, weather, water/waves, runway, taxiway textures, sun and runway lighting.

- Flight One Ground Environment Pro II.

- HDE 2.0 grass texture enhancement by Pablo Diaz.


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1. We have a group of oil executives on board and are ready to taxi out to runway 14 for takeoff.


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2. We are in the air and packing up the gear.


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3. With the western edge of the city behind us we turn on a course of 295 degrees for Das Island.


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4. Climbing through 6,500 feet over the Persian Gulf.


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5. Now at our cruising altitude of 8,000 feet nearly halfway to Das Island.


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6. We are about 45 miles from the island with a couple of ships below.


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7. About 25 miles out we begin our descent.


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8. Down to 3,000 feet we make a turn toward the Das Island airport.


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9. We are lining up for our visual approach to runway 33 and can see the port facilities, oil refinery, storage facilities and oil workers barracks.


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10. Touchdown on the improved dirt and sand runway.


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11. Parked and passengers unloaded. We will stay here overnight and fly back to Abu Dhabi mid-morning tomorrow.



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12. The oil execs are back on board and we are taxiing out to runway 33 for departure.


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13. We are in the air and retracting the gear.


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14. We begin our turn on a course of 115 degrees over the northwest end of Das Island.


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15. Climbing out through 3,500 feet we get a parting view of the small, but important Das Island.


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16. We are cruising at 8,000 feet and just nearing the halfway point of our flight.


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17. Flying through the clouds about 40 miles from Abu Dhabi we see a ship below.


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18. About 20 miles from Abu Dhabi we are descending through 5,000 feet.


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19. Passing through 3,500 feet we turn toward the airport.


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20. We are descending over the city about 4 miles out with the flaps and gear down for our approach to runway 32.


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21. Touchdown. We will turn around and taxi back to the terminal on the main runway.


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22. Parked at the gate and oil executives have disembarked. Thanks for flying Shell Aircraft Ltd.


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