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    Default KSAN to KSMO

    I flew the first leg of a trip up the West Coast from the U.S./Mexican border to Seattle. Taking off from San Diego in the Daher TBM, I flew to Santa Monica on a course that took me out over the Pacific, then inland over Long Beach and Compton before looping around Century City for an RNAV-guided final approach to RWY 21 at SMO; flight time, 42 minutes. The flight was uneventful, except for a stall warning over the water. While on autopilot, I'd turned my attention from the Daher's cockpit to the Cubs/Giants game on our TV and lost track of my airspeed. Immediately throttling up took care of that.

    Despite ATC clearing me to land at Santa Monica, once I touched down "she" told me I was not cleared to land. This wasn't the first time. What's up with that?

    Since I started this border-to-border trip at an airport named after a saint (San Diego de Alcala de Henares, I googled it) and landed at similarly named field (Saint Monica, mother of Saint Augustine), I think I will try to land at as many saintly airports as I can as I head north. Next stop: Santa Barbara.
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    Default KSMO to KSBA

    Day 2, leg 2 of my border to border West Coast trip, flew the Daher TBM from Santa Monica to Santa Barbara--a placid, 35-minute flight on autopilot with an ILS approach to RWY 7 at Santa Barbara.

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    Enroute to KSBA at 7,000 feet
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    Default KSBA to KSBP

    Continuing my border-to-border trip up the West Coast, and my plan to touch down at as many "saintly" airports as possible along the way, I flew the Daher TBM from Santa Barbara (where I last parked it) to San Luis Obispo this afternoon. Father Junipero Serra, founder of California's many missions built on the backs of native-American labor, named the place after a 13th century Franciscan saint: Louis, Bishop of Toulouse. "Bishop" in Spanish is "obispo," hence, San Luis Obispo--known to us Californians as "SLO." I followed a low-altitude IFR RNAV flight plan with a final approach to RWY 29 at San Luis; clear "live" weather, zero clouds, lovely virtual scenery.

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    Crossing the Santa Ynez Mountains after leaving Santa Barbara

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    Highway 101 (El Camino Real) off to the left. I've driven this road many times.

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    On final at KSBP
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    Default KSBP to KSQL

    Another day, another "sainted" airport visit in my aerial peregrination up the West Coast from San Diego to Seattle in the Daher TBM. Today I flew from San Luis Obispo (named for Saint Louis, Bishop of Toulouse) to San Carlos, Calif., which may have been named for the San Carlos, the first ship to sail into the San Francisco Bay; or for King Charles III of Spain (he was a saint of a king?); or to mark the "discovery" of San Francisco Bay by Gaspar de Portola on the feast day of St. Charles in 1769. (Of course the native Ohlone people found the SF Bay long before Portola did.) Whatever, one way or another, the place takes its name from a saint.

    I few GPS with an RNAV approach to RWY 30 at San Carlos, which has a locator but no ILS. I expected ATC to give me reasonably detailed descent instructions as I -- or rather, the AP -- turned onto final near San Jose, but no such advice was forthcoming. Left to my own devices, I followed the approach plate as best I could, using the AP to reduce my altitude and keep me inline with the runway. But that wasn't getting me down fast enough, so I disengaged the autopilot and few the rest of the way in on my own. There didn't seem to be much if any crosswind, fortunately, and all ended well.

    Flight time was 1:12:02, cruising at 10,000 ft. With nothing much to do on autopilot other than monitor my airpeed, I looked out the window a lot.

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    Lake Nacimiento. This locally financed reservoir west of the Salinas Valley provides groundwater for valley farmers.

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    Santa Cruz

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    SF Bay Area ahead. We (the AP & I) took a left turn toward San Carlos after clearing the Santa Cruz Mountains, immediately ahead.
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    LKPD to EPGD
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    Flew from KMDW to KLAS in the Working Title CJ4 as I chased the sun (it won). Greeted with the lights of Sin City! Love this plane. First time flying with live traffic too, man, the skies were hopping, especially around Chicago!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CLE_GrummanTiger View Post
    Flew from KMDW to KLAS in the Working Title CJ4 as I chased the sun (it won). Greeted with the lights of Sin City! Love this plane. First time flying with live traffic too, man, the skies were hopping, especially around Chicago!

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    Whoa! Quite a picture. Did you crop or just zoom in? I have not tried to fly one of those little jets yet. I've gotten fairly comfortable with the Daher TBM, done okay with the Beech Baron, but I've stayed away from the Citation, etc. How much more difficult is it? And do you pretty much rely on AP?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aptosflier View Post
    Whoa! Quite a picture. Did you crop or just zoom in? I have not tried to fly one of those little jets yet. I've gotten fairly comfortable with the Daher TBM, done okay with the Beech Baron, but I've stayed away from the Citation, etc. How much more difficult is it? And do you pretty much rely on AP?
    Zoomed in, although I really want to learn how to use the drone as that can take seriously good pictures.

    The jet is a dream to fly once you get a handle on it. The Working Title guys put out a great and exhaustive guide on how to fly it. That’s basically required reading. There’s also videos, of course, but for an A to Z tutorial, you’ll want the 2-hour version made by Filbert Flies. The majority of learning is the FMC and autopilot, but the video and guide do a good job of explaining things that you don’t feel in over your head.

    The plane benefits greatly from FADEC engines, essentially doing all the work for you and all you have to worry about is the throttle. Also, as far as I know, it’s the only plane in the sim right now that has functional VNAV, and it’s quite impressive. Compared to the other planes, this one is a hot rod and will take off like one. Its power takes some getting used to and you’ll likely overspeed a few times. Heck, I still do now and then. Yes, I fully rely on autopilot with this plane. Trying to do it manually would take a LOT of time and attention. Landing takes a bit of practice as the CJ4 is wont to float a bit.

    I think once you learn and fly it a few times, you may find yourself surprised how easy of a plane it really is.

    It’s an awesome plane and I often go to it as it has the best range of all the small planes, is smooth and fast, and fully featured thanks to Working Title.

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    Alliance, Nebraska to Casper, Wyoming
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    Quote Originally Posted by CLE_GrummanTiger View Post
    The jet is a dream to fly once you get a handle on it. The Working Title guys put out a great and exhaustive guide on how to fly it. That’s basically required reading. There’s also videos, of course, but for an A to Z tutorial, you’ll want the 2-hour version made by Filbert Flies. The majority of learning is the FMC and autopilot, but the video and guide do a good job of explaining things that you don’t feel in over your head.


    It’s an awesome plane and I often go to it as it has the best range of all the small planes, is smooth and fast, and fully featured thanks to Working Title.
    (1) How difficult is it to fly the CJ4 without the Working Title mod?
    (2) How did Working Title's mod improve your experience with this plane?
    (3) Does Working Title sell their mod in the MSFS marketplace?
    (4) I'm nervous about add-ons.
    I had a lot of trouble with CTDs and worse several months back and had to uninstall/reinstall MSFS more than once, not to mention using my recovery disk to restore Windows 10 at one point. It may just have been pure coincidence, but it seemed that my CTD woes exploded after I bought and installed an ultralight (from the marketplace). I've been gunshy about addons ever since, though I did purchase and add the Asobo ultralight to my hangar with no problems.
    (5) If I get the Working Title CJ4 mod, does it download to the "community" folder? (FYI: I have the Steam Edition.)
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