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  1. Pensacola,FL - Belleview,FL

    For the final leg from Austin to my new home in Central Florida, I will be flying across open water for long stretches. In a real plane, I would stay within gliding distance of land, but I am not worried about engine failure in FS9 (unless I ask for it.) Again, I will be flying the Cessna 172.

    I spawn on Runway 1 at Pensacola NAS, and have a look around. There are trees and military-style housing near the runway. Suddenly, a large tree grows right before my eyes, blocking a house! ...
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  2. New Orleans,LA - Pensacola,FL

    For this leg of the trip, I'm taking the Cessna 172, the default plane for FS9. As such, it is beautifully rendered. The high wing will make it easier to look out the windows. I spawn on Runway 35 at Louis Armstrong airport. I see what appears to be the city of New Orleans on the horizon, so I decide to take a tour downtown before heading on course. What I find is more of those strange factories(?) with tall smokestacks, and one cubic building that looks about 10 stories high. A hotel/casino, perhaps? ...
  3. 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 ...
  4. 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 ...
  5. New Plane, New City: Cessna 172, Austin, Texas

    In January 1990, I earned my private license. The flight school in San Marcos had closed, so I had been forced to finish in Austin. It was different, with a control tower and commercial flights landing on the parallel runway, but it was closer to home. About two weeks after my private pilot checkride, I rented a Cessna 172 and got checked out. This is a recreation of that flight.

    This was not my first flight in the FSX Cessna 172. I have flown it at home with my CH Products yoke, and ...