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    Woke up early this morning and decided to fly in India with live weather, since the sun was about to set there. Flew from Jaipur to Khetri, two places in Rajasthan that I have family connections to.

    The countryside scenery for India is pretty realistic, based on my driving those stretches in years past, and the overall lay-out of Jaipur (a huge city) is also impressive. But it is tragic that India's amazing and large palaces, forts and ancient temples can't be seen yet. Someone, somewhere needs to do an India scenery project.
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    South coast of France from LFMN (Nice) to LFML (Marseille)
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    In my early 30s I took a solo trip to Fiji for a couple of weeks. At my hotel in the capital, Suva, I ran into a crusty old Vietnam vet and a buddy of his who was from the country of Senegal. Unbelievably, the Senegalese man and I were both students at the University of Arizona at the same time and had met each other before, in Tucson. Anyone want to debate whether it's really a small world or not?

    Anyway, the two of them persuaded me to go with them to a small resort they were trying to build up on a remote island. So off we flew to the Fijian island of Kadavu, from which we took a tiny motorboat to the smaller island of Ona. It was awesome.

    This evening I noticed that it was raining hard in Fiji and the sun was going to set. So I set out to find out what the airport in Kadavu looked like. Ugh, such a disappointment, Microsoft. The airport is not there. Neither is the modest village, the boat docks, or any of the human life that exists on the real island. It was just a plain grass field. I did manage to land on it and then take off. I flew to another island at which there is also supposed to be a small airport, but again, nothing but flat grass.

    Fiji in general is pretty screwed up in MSFS land. I'm guessing most of the Polynesian, isolated island countries are. That's too bad. Attached is the Kadavu airport on Google Maps. On Bing.com, it's not visible at all.

    The storm and rain effects were absolutely spectacular, with the VR headset. The clouds are amazing to float through.

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    EGCC - LMML IFR. Nice medium hop

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    Just finishing up a video showcasing 5 Caribbean island airports and the incredible surrounding water! Stay tuned!
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    Logged a short 12min flight from Goroka to Chimbu Papua New Guinea (PNG) today. ICAO codes AYGA and AYCH. These are mountain top RWYs mostly set in the clouds. Lots of forest covered mountains. Villages where just generic building blocks. Flight inspiration I got from Missionary Bush Pilot on YouTube. Ron

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    Went down a major rabbithole regarding Amelia Earhart. I'm even halfway done watching the movie with Hillary Swank.

    Research by TIGHAR seems to virtually confirm, in my opinion, that Amelia crash-landed at Nikumaroro Island in the Republic of Kiribati, which is precisely along the "157 337 line" she mentioned in her last radio transmission from the air. Nikumaroro is about 350 nm distance from Howland Island, her planned destination. The direction from one to the other? Very close to 337 degrees going north, or 157 degrees going south (actual angles: 330 degrees going north, or 150 degrees going south).

    Both of these islands are among the most isolated land-based places on earth. I had a work project to tackle and several work phone calls. So I took off from Canton Airfield in Kiribati, which is the closest runway (though apparently unmanned) to Nikumaroro, and was mostly on autopilot while working away. Distance = 204 nm.

    Nikumaroro in MSFS world is stunningly close to real life. Maybe on purpose, they got the exact dimensions and even the general vegetation of this barren strip of land correct. I landed on it, probably close to where she actually did, and shut off the engine for a few minutes. It was a pretty wild sensation, and I felt real sadness at the thought of her and Fred Noonan landing here, surviving for at least several days (confirmed by evidence of radio transmissions), but never being located. We don't actually know how she died, since she survived the landing and was able to build fires, and eat fish, turtles and birds for a while. Since Noonan was evidently seriously injured, he may have died quickly, leaving her alone. Awful.

    I took off and flew to Howland Island in similar conditions. It's a US-owned island and is also realistically depicted, and easy to land on. In real life though, it would be extremely difficult to find from the air, using visibility only (no GPS). Really what killed Amelia was simply the choice to target, as her final destination of her world tour, the most difficult destination of her world tour in the middle of the ocean.

    Toldya it was a rabbithole.
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    If you're really a fan of TIGHAR's so-called "proofs"? Let me tell you about the Bigfoot I've been chasing in my local forest preserve. It's been a struggle for sure.

    They ran out of fuel over the open ocean, hit the water and sank. Not as great a tale, but IMHO reality doesn't always make for a captivating tale.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chicagorandy View Post
    If you're really a fan of TIGHAR's so-called "proofs"? Let me tell you about the Bigfoot I've been chasing in my local forest preserve. It's been a struggle for sure.

    They ran out of fuel over the open ocean, hit the water and sank. Not as great a tale, but IMHO reality doesn't always make for a captivating tale.

    There's probably an old thread somewhere where we should continue this if it keeps on ... but, yeah TIGHAR's research is pretty impressive. Amazing coincidences that skeptics have not been able to explain away:

    * Physical artifacts at Niku including an American skin cream product used only by white women.

    * Bones on the island analyzed by British doctors in 1940 who concluded they belonged to a European-origin male. Except they were wrong. It was a female.

    * Confirmed radio transmissions by the U.S. Coast Guard and professional radio operators of Earhart's distress signals, for days after she was lost.

    * Lockheed Corporation confirming that it is not possible to transmit distress signals if their plane was in the water. It had to be on the ground somewhere.

    There's much more. I'm persuaded.
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    I flew to the location of the glacier collapse at Joshimath India. I started out at the airport Neilends mentioned last week, which MSFS calls Rudraprayag India, but which is actually in a town called Gauchar (30°17'6.29"N 79° 9'34.84"E). There is something secretive and mysterious about the airport at Gauchar, it is listed as being fully functional, but "not open to domestic flights". Joshimath is about 27 miles NE of the Gaucher airport on a heading of about 52°.

    I have not found the location stated anywhere for where that exact canyon is; once you get to the Joshimath area you encounter several candidates. But you can't explore those canyons very easily in an airplane because they are so narrow; so once I got to the area around Joshimath I deployed the drone, which opened up a whole new world. With the drone you can get down low and operate in those narrow canyons and the landscape detail blossoms. Also, if you bump into a canyon wall with the drone it's no big deal, with a plane you'd be back to the main menu.

    I think I found the power plant that was washed away, but I can't be sure. It's easy to imagine the awesome power from that wall of rock and water roaring down the narrow canyon.
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