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  1. Las Vegas Night Landing

    When I flew this leg in the real Saratoga, the lights of Las Vegas were so vast and so bright that I lost sight of the airport amidst the glow. In FS2004, the lights are not quite so bright, but Las Vegas at night is a definite must-see for any simulator fan. With the Saratoga, I felt more comfortable going over mountains, so I took a more direct route from Washington to Texas. The first leg was from Bremerton to Red Bluff, California, to Hawthorne, Nevada. This leg was from Hawthorne to North Las ...
  2. ILS Bremerton, WA

    I never really enjoyed flying IFR; I got my instrument rating because that was the next logical step. Once I got it, I seldom used it. This is a recreation of one of the times I flew IFR just for fun.

    I start on the ground at Bremerton (KPWT) in the PA32. I set the weather for “fogged in”, then tune the NAV1 for the ILS and the NDB using the info from the map. The fog is thick, but the runway lights are bright. I don’t bother with the Seattle tower, I just launch into the clouds. ...
  3. Giant Volcanoes

    I have flown above and among mountains, but a few are MOUNTAINS. The super massive volcanoes of the Pacific coast dwarf everything around them. I have had the privilege of seeing several close up (but not too close up.) I have recreated these encounters from my logbook.

    Mt. Shasta: I depart from Red Bluff, California (KRBL) and turn to heading 340⁰ on my way to Washington. I climb and climb at 80 mph, eventually leveling off at 8500 feet. (My original goal was 10,500 but I get tired ...
  4. XC Bremerton, WA to Hoquiam, WA

    This was one of my favorite flights, to the Pacific coast from Bremerton. I use the Saratoga (FS2004) to recreate the 60-mile flight. When I appear on the runway, I look at the instruments only to see black holes where the gauges should be. There is an autopilot and ADF, but no nav radios. In the virtual cockpit, there is a full array of instruments and radios, but they are static and somewhat out of focus, for looks only. However, “alt” and “w” give me a panoramic view to the front, with ...
  5. Weather Turnback; Pattern Work; Short Hops

    Obviously, all my flights were not in perfect weather, but I rarely logged weather data. One exception was returning to Austin from Angleton when thunderstorms forced me to turn back. I set the weather on FSX to “building thunderstorms” and depart in the Cherokee. I don’t notice too much difference, but the plane becomes increasingly harder to control, and visibility slowly decreases. After half an hour, I turn back to KLBX and land. The logbook shows IFR conditions for .2 hours, but I never ...
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