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    Doing an IFR run from Penang Malaysia to Seoul (RKSI)

    Currently at 41000 feet somewhere over Taipei.

    I know I should get back into the VFR club more, but flying these jets is so addictive!

    Currently: B787 (Pacifica brand)
    current altitude: 41000 ft

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    Was learning the ropes on the modded Bonanza G36 (Robert Young turbo version) and familiarizing myself more with Garmin & autopilot. Took off from KBKL and was heading to KROC. Everything was going pretty smoothly, finally figuring out the heading and vertical speed functions on autopilot and I *think* NAV, but I may have already been on track anyway. Took me a bit to learn that on the G36, I should pretty much leave the throttle on full and just reduce the propeller RPM for max cruise speed...AAAAAND decreasing the mixture as I got higher (I set cruise altitude at 17,000).

    Was enjoying the sights and sped up the rate to get to the descent point (this is where I should've been using Little NavMap but I was testing out my new CH Products Pro Throttle...what a different HOTAS makes!). I saw that I could skip ahead to the descent portion, so I did that.

    Well, I won't do that again. I expected to find myself still at 17,000 preparing to descend, only I was already dropped down to 1,000 and KROC was nowhere to be seen. What the...?!?!?

    Well, that's OK, this flight was mostly for testing and learning anyway. Loving the new throttle but I think I need to tweak a setting or two. Mixture on the paddle control on my joystick that I previously used for throttle didn't work like I thought it would (it did, just differently).

    Anybody ever feel like you spend a lot of time just tweaking everything before you finally get to a comfortable point where you can just....FLY? lol!
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    I did a Skypark mission yesterday and today during which I basically crashed and died because of icing.

    I was supposed to take off from a small airstrip near the Washington-Oregon border and fly to an island off the British Columbia coast. The RL weather appeared to be decent so I used a Cessna 172. Immediately after take-off I iced up, so I circled back, landed, and picked a more powerful plane, the Piper Arrow.

    This was a dumb decision too though. The Piper is more powerful than the C-172 but it still doesn't have de-icing equipment. I iced up again and this time tried to soldier on a little further. Right after crossing the Canadian border, I could barely keep the nose up. I tried to emergency land on flat terrain somewhere, but I was over the Vancouver suburb of Surrey by this time. And, all of my windows were iced over so I could barely see. With the realism advantage of VR, I actually opened up the tiny window on my left windshield for a small unobscured view to properly land on flat terrain.

    Failure.

    Being over a city as I rapidly descended, I crashed into a building. The plane completely flipped over. I would probably not have survived.

    Waited until this morning to reincarnate. The live weather was better anyway, but I also opted for a Beech Bonanza to just get the job done. Took off from a small airstrip in Surrey, flew along the gorgeous BC coast to Texard Island, and landed smoothly. Lots of cloud cover and slight icing on the windshield, but the Bonanza at least has a propeller de-icer.
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    I'm curious in regards to your signature; namely the fact that you have a 49" monitor and a VR headset. Which do you find yourself flying on more often, VR or the monitor?
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    Quote Originally Posted by CLE_GrummanTiger View Post
    I'm curious in regards to your signature; namely the fact that you have a 49" monitor and a VR headset. Which do you find yourself flying on more often, VR or the monitor?
    Almost always VR now. I originally got the monitor for work, really. MSFS is still enjoyable on the monitor but I just don’t fly on it as often.
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    Quote Originally Posted by neilends View Post
    Almost always VR now. I originally got the monitor for work, really. MSFS is still enjoyable on the monitor but I just don’t fly on it as often.
    I see. I've been debating getting a VR headset, but the one I'm interested in, Reverb G2, is just too pricey right now. Maybe the next round of stimulus money I'll get it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by CLE_GrummanTiger View Post
    I see. I've been debating getting a VR headset, but the one I'm interested in, Reverb G2, is just too pricey right now. Maybe the next round of stimulus money I'll get it!
    Follow the news from Qualcomm, the company that makes the actual chips for both Quest 2 and the G2. In 2020 before the pandemic hit they said that new VR products were in the works for 2021. The pandemic hit after that so I assume there will be some delays, but new VR devices will give you more options, and may also drive down the prices for a G2.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CLE_GrummanTiger View Post
    I see. I've been debating getting a VR headset, but the one I'm interested in, Reverb G2, is just too pricey right now. Maybe the next round of stimulus money I'll get it!
    If you want to get an HP Reverb G2 VR Headset be very careful where you buy it from. I was looking for one last week and found the usual place I purchase products from (they have free shipping if your a Member) wants almost $800 US for one. I bought mine from HP directly and it was only $600
    US with free shipping. I have seen the Honeycomb Bravo Throttle go for $459 at this same sight. If you look elsewhere you can find it for $250 US.
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    Was flying nicely from KBKL to KRSW in that nifty TBM-930. I finally figured out how to start it up without overheating so rapidly. Looks like I wasn't the only armchair pilot to experience this issue. The checklist was actually accurate, but it drew on the pilot knowing to take it out of lo-idle to flight idle, like the layperson knows that lo and hi-idle are only meant for start-up!

    In any case, I wanted a long flight so I could tinker with the G3000 and learn its functions and how to make it work. Slowly, but surely I'm getting more comfortable with the Garmin systems. Used Little NavMap for my flight planning and learned more about the ins and outs of that program as well, such as calculating the route for me and inserting an approach procedure. Learned more about VS in the G3000 and using FMS to implement my flight plan, which MSFS2020 did very nicely from Little NavMap!

    Was learning about VNAV and was going to see how that worked when it was time to begin descending when...crap...I was low on fuel! I thought I added enough fuel to get there but apparently not! Didn't get the chance to try out the autopilot approach function like I wanted to. Decided to end the flight there as I definitely got my education.

    I'll just have to jump back into it but on a shorter flight so I can properly test out autopilot VNAV and approach.

    Next step will probably be learning about fuel and weights and how to calculate that for range and performance. I hope Little NavMap has that function too, I'll have to read up on that.

    Oh, and the TBM-930 is a beast of a plane!

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