FREE Airport from JustFlight!
- 3D Signage and taxi lights
- Numerous static objects
- New Landclass
- New Mesh terrain
- Corrected coastlines
For FSX only. [Link]
FSDreamTeam Products on Sale until August 31st
Save 30% on all FSDreamTeam Proucts until August 31st.
- Brings their JFK from $35 to $24.50
- Brings their O'hare from $33 to $23
All of their products have demos/free trials. More details [Link].
Building Recreational Flight Simulators Released
This is a broad ranging introduction to building a flight simulator for recreational use. It touches upon most aspects of simulator building. Because the focus is on recreational rather than training simulators, the common thread throughout is improving the flight simulation experience rather than building a picture perfect training device. Each topic is presented in terms of what it can do to enhance the illusion of flight and deepen the sense of immersion. This provides a means for prioritizing where one’s time and hard earned cash should go. The book is intended for hobbyists, and takes a strong hands-on approach. There are many projects, both large and small. However, even the most enthusiastic DIY-er, will occasionally want to buy rather than build. I feel it is important to present at least some information about purchase options. (From other vendors, not me!) This is something of a risk. Our hobby is small and does not support many vendors. Frequently, new vendors learn the hard way and vanish overnight. Portions of the book might rapidly go out of date. Nonetheless, making the reader aware of options other than building seems valuable. Check out this page with more info and a sample! [Link]
Danton Talks R/C With Us!
Links to all items we talked about in the show:
- Multiplex Easy Star Complete Kit $190 (Maybe the best starter plane, especially learning by yourself) [Link]
- HobbyZone Super Cub LP Complete Kit $180 (Slightly more advanced model of my first plane) [Link]
- ParkZone F4U Corsair Complete Kit $280 (2.4GHz warbird suitable as an aileron trainer with help) [Link]
- Find a local club to give R/C a try and learn for free [Link]
- Academy of Model Aeronautics (Membership required by most clubs; provides insurance policy) [Link]
- Park Pilot website (Focusing on smaller electric planes ideal for beginners) [Link]
- RC Groups – Beginners Forum (Over 10 million posts on the website!) [Link]
- RealFlight G4.5 R/C Flight Simulator with controller $200 (FSX of R/C sims, but easier on computers) [Link]
- ESKY Controller with FMS R/C Flight Simulator $29 (Cheap, but far less eye candy) [Link]
Danton also sent along these videos, check them out!
Corsair RC - Onboard Video!
RC Slideshow - With Info on RC Aircraft
Easy Star RC Aircraft Training Flight
3D RC Demo Video
RC Combat Flight
New $100 Hamburger Flight: LA Lost In Traffic
By Mark Stewart
Welcome to Los Angeles! This is a very personal Hamburger for me having done all of my flight training in this airspace and worked in this airspace as well with Professional Pilot Training (PPT). This is hands down one of the most challenging airspaces in the country. You have the San Fernando Valley with Van Nuys airport. It is the airport of legends, with the likes of Amelia Earheart and Howard Hughes. Many famous movie and television studios have used this airport over it’s 80 year history. Van Nuys is currently the #1 busiest general aviation airport in the world and #25 in busiest airports period, of all airports worldwide. I feel privileged to have had dozens of landings on runway 16R and 16L. It is a living breathing aviation legend.
Now take this airport (Van Nuys) and put it 5 miles from Burbank (Bob Hope) airport, a busy Class C airport with everything from celebrity charters with AVJET, UPS and also numerous commercial carriers flying everything from the Beech 99 to the Boeing 757. When you done fitting that into your head, throw another airport into the triangle, Whiteman Airport (5 miles) and then just for good measure, overlap the whole thing with Socal Approach. Now just as the nuts are the top of the perfect sundae (storm), Place this high intensity triangle of airports just over the hill from Los Angeles International (LAX) and it’s 59,000,000 passengers a year and ranking as the #7 busiest airport in the world.
So was that filling enough? Just for the fun of it, include terrain that ranges from sea level to above 4000 ft, water and ocean waiting to bring-in-da-fog and the Santa Anna winds that whip up from the desert, howling through the canyons and across peaks attempting to bounce your fillings loose. (Video Included).
But I just wanted to say…. Welcome to Los Angeles Pilot!
It happens on a lazy summer day, the flight school might be slow and an instructor has some downtime between flights for an hour or so. So what did we do, we hopped in a plane and flew from Burbank to Catalina Island for a famous Buffalo Burger. Catalina Island off the coast has herds of Buffalo and the stunning little airport café in the Spanish style. It has a great outside deck overlooking the airport and it cooks a mean burger. All it was missing was a cold beer!
So give yourself some time because there is a lot to digest here. I have included lots of charts and overhead views with my personal notations on the airspace and procedures. Take your time, study this flight and make it worth it. We might be back here with an upcoming event!
- 1 – Fly Burbank Airport to Catalina Island and Avalon Airport
- 2 – Enjoy Buffalo Burger At The Café (Nice Deck)
- 3 – Fly Back to Burbank Airport – Full, Satisfied and Exhilarated.
- 4 – Do it all without being violated by the FAA or hitting anything beside bugs
Please set weather as follows. Important!
TIME : 1300 HRS
CEILING : 7/8th SCATTERED 7,500
WIND : S (180 degrees) at 13 MPH (11 KT)
TEMPERATURE : 92 DEGREES
TRAFFIC : Turn it up all the way, even if you have to turn down some graphics!
You can keep off the Boats, Cars & Ferries to save FPS
Share your thoughts!
Share your thoughts on the $100 Hamburger flight, head on over to the FSzone.org forums!
Danton: Aviator Slang Dictionary [Link] Eric: "V" Key shortcut in FSX to take screenshots, no program required!
"Current Potentially Bad Weather Airports" ATC Feeds
This weekend I downloaded the version 2 update of REX. Having done that... I decided to go and try out the updated scenery with your $100 Hamburger flight in my Carenado Piper Seneca and using real time weather. What a great flight - sorry no screenshots on this occasion - which was pretty uneventful, until I was approaching Nantucket Memorial Airport. I was making an ILS approach when at about 900ft I hit some pretty severe turbulence - which was when I decided to switch of the autopilot and enjoy the thrill of the landing, in adverse conditions. This got me thinking about flying in other areas where there was severe real time weather conditions. I 'googled' the subject and came across this website http://www.liveatc.net/badwxfeeds.php This website provides you with real time ATC feeds at airports that may be interesting to listen to because of challenging flying (weather) conditions. Challenging weather conditions include low ceilings, limited visibility, high or gusty winds, or thunderstorms. This is an evolving new feature and comments are welcome. At the time I was looking there were 8 airports which it had identified as having challenging conditions and there is an ATIS weather report alongside so you can get a feel just how 'challenging' the conditions are. I chose an airport, loaded the real time weather up from REX, and planned a short hop, which was dramatic in terms of the REX real time weather thunderstorm, and the challenges the flight presented. You've got the hamburger and pancakes flight - perhaps you could introduce a new category - the 'change underwear' flights!!! The show and the show notes are getting better all the time and has become a major source of information and reference for me. Keep up the great work George from London