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  1. Lake Charles,LA to New Orleans

    The next leg on my trip to Florida was to New Orleans, heading 087. I took off to the north in the Cherokee Six and turned right. There was not as many wetlands as I had expected until about halfway into the hour-long trip. I could still see the Gulf on the right horizon. As I approached New Orleans, the program started glitching, especially in the spotter plane view. Random triangles and polygons of a different view flickered and pulsed on the screen, as if glimpsing into another dimension. The ...
  2. Cherokee XC: Texas to Washington (Day 3)

    Harris Ranch to Red Bluff: I start on the narrow runway, with both wings of the Cherokee extending beyond the pavement. I am already pointing in the direction of my route, so I take off and climb straight ahead. I stay below 3000 feet, as there is no dangerous terrain along the flightpath. The scenery is nice, with lots of green. I crank up the sim rate to 8x and speed through California, trying to maintain a straight line. I bust through the Sacramento airspace, with hardly time to look out the ...
  3. Cherokee XC: Texas to Washington (Day 2)

    El Paso to Blythe: Unlike the real flight, a week has passed between legs. I ask myself why I need to continue, just to prove that I can follow a course and sit for hours? I decide that, like the touch-n-go’s, this is a part of the logbook recreation, but it doesn’t have to be 100 per cent realistic. So I start on the runway at El Paso International and take off to the west. It is a long ground roll at the 4500 ft. elevation, and the Franklin Mountains are in my departure path, but I clear them ...
  4. Cherokee XC: Texas to Washington (Day 1)

    I flew my Cherokee 140 from Texas to Washington in 1993 over a four day period. This is a recreation of that flight.

    Leander to Burnet: Before the long trip, I had the plane inspected by a mechanic. His shop was at Pegasus Place, a grass field in Leander, Texas. For a realistic recreation, I set the time and season to a March morning and adjust the fuel and payload to minimums for the soft field take-off. The wheels are off before the end of the runway, and I turn to the northwest ...
  5. Instrument Intro

    How to recreate flying “under the hood” on the simulator? (The hood or “Foggles” is a vision limiting device to keep the pilot from looking out the windshield.) I decide to go to the virtual cockpit view and tilt down until the windshield is not visible. However, I tilt back up for take-off.

    I start in the Cherokee 140 at Austin Mueller. Looking at the radio stack, I can’t figure how to set Nav1 for a VOR, but this flight is more about unusual attitudes than radio navigation, ...
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