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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. Building a Perfect FSX Rig ( pt1 )

    Over the last month there has been a number of forum posts that have ended up in rather animated discussions around what to use, how to build and settings for getting the best sim experience that you can on your soon to be, or just completed PC build.
    I am guilty of wading headlong in on some of these threads, something I have until recently avoided as I knew that it would cause me much frustration.
    Of course the first major bone of contention is that ole Intel vs AMD argument which ...
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  3. Air Combat USA! Marchetti SF260

    This was an unusual entry in my logbook, a chance to play “fighter pilot for a day.” To recreate the flight, I reluctantly looked at the video again. Reluctantly because, even though I had 400 hours by that time, I did not do that well. It just was not normal to fly in unusual attitudes, even inverted, although the plane did it easily. The video was not that helpful; I heard departure heading from the tower and the altitude, but I could not really tell attitude from the horizon. Plus, this ...
  4. PA32 XC: Illinois to Washington

    In 1996 I bought a Piper Saratoga (PA-32-301) through an aircraft broker. He flew it from the east coast to Illinois. I flew it from Illinois to Washington. This is a recreation of that flight. Although my plane was a fixed gear Saratoga, the best virtual approximation I have found is a Cherokee Six (PA-32-300). They are almost the same, and I even had more than one controller call me “Cherokee” instead of “Saratoga”.

    Aurora, Illinois to Sandwich, Illinois: I depart Aurora for Sandwich, ...

    Updated 06-17-2015 at 09:25 PM by gmurray56

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  5. Random rantings

    Is the era of the super heavies dying already?,

    After reading a number of articles in aviation trade magazines over the past few months it is starting to become clear that airlines are starting to review their super heavy programmes, and the economic figures look rather bleak.
    Malaysia airlines has already announced that they will be selling off their A380s ( albeit they are in financial trouble ) as they are uneconomic to run and service compared to A350s and 777s. More concerning ...
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