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  1. Back in the Cockpit

    I flew the sim for the 1st time in about a year. (FS2004, aka FS9, aka A Century of Flight) I have recently retired and moved to Florida, so I wanted to explore the area from the air. The program took forever to load on my ancient pc, but eventually I took off from Ocala in a Cherokee 6. Instead of my normal CH yoke, I had plugged in my Logitech joystick. I soon learned that I had forgotten the functions of multiple buttons (and even keyboard controls!) Throttle and stick. I turned east and soon ...
  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 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 ...
  4. Texas Mountains

    I was raised on the coastal plains of Texas, where a highway overpass was the highest elevation for miles. However, all of Texas is not so flat. There are rolling hills of pine forest in the east, the Hill Country with sweeping vistas in the middle, and actual mountains in the west. Here are some recreations of flights to explore the bumpier parts of Texas.

    Enchanted Rock is a large, pink granite outcrop north of Fredericksburg. I depart from Gillespie County airport (T82) and head ...
  5. "New" Computer, "New" Planes

    I knew it would happen eventually: my old Dell running Windows Vista finally gave up the ghost. So, I got a refurbished Dell with a faster processor, more RAM, and Windows 7. Hopefully, there will be no more "fatal errors" when flying.

    However, I have lost my FSX disk. Gone. I still have FS2004, but Disk 4 was stuck in the old, dead, computer. With a little research, I remembered the trick of putting a straightened paper clip into the hole to eject the disk, but my wife could ...
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