Mathijs tell us about Aerosoft, more details on their Sim, and Piracy in FS...
A big thanks to Mathijs Kok from Aerosoft. Have a listen to the show and learn more about Aerosoft as a company, the new Aerosoft Simulator, and we talk a little more about Piracy in the FS community. If you're interested in getting involved with the Sim suggestions, have a look at the Aerosoft forums and chip in!
$100 Hamburger: "Monument Valley" results...
Check out these notable results from the last Hamburger flight! Bluewolf flew it in the Carenado Piper Arrow, with REX! [Link]
Redeye flew it with the Carenado Mooney M201 and would recommend the freeware scenery for this area... [Link]
Mark Stewart did the flight in X-Plane with superb results! [Link]
New $100 Hamburger Flight: The Inside Passage
Welcome To Alaska!
Home of the midnight sun, narrow passages, high mountains, quaint towns and some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. It is also home to some of the most skilled aviators in the world, the Alaskan Bush Pilot. It is a place often so remote that if your plane goes down, your children’s children might be the one’s that are told they found your aircraft.
As part of your assignment, go to www.hulu.com (free, region limited) or YouTube.com and watch the movie “The Snow Walker” about an Alaskan Bush Pilot. It will define the word “remote” Alaska. I have had the privilege of visiting all but one of today’s stops and have traveled the whole length of inside passage from Vancouver Island north. It is one of the reasons I bring you this Hamburger Flight and share my passion for flying in this area to you the listener.
This flight will introduce you to flying some of the northern section of the Inside Passage. It is likely 90 minutes of flying depending on the performance of the aircraft. It is back to basics again with “NO GPS” and propeller driven single or twin-engine aircraft.
As a treat for our listeners that still do most of their flying in FS2004, I have included special 2004 scenery that will really enhance your experience. I use this scenery, I love it, and would suggest all FSX users give this flight a try in FS2004 using this scenery. The scenery even includes special traffic and moving Cruise Ships!
You have a buddy that that is in town from the lower states. He is staying in Haines on business. Fly over from Skagway, pick him, grab a hamburger in Honnah and then drop him at the airport in Juneau for his flight back home. Great chance to show him the beauty of Alaska from the air.
SKAGWAY : PAGY
Dimensions: 3550 x 75 ft. / Surface: asphalt, in good condition Runway edge lights: medium intensity RUNWAY 2 RUNWAY 20
HAINES ALASKA – PAHN (STOP #1)
Dimensions: 4000 x 100 ft. / 1219 x 30 m / Surface : Asphalt, in good condition. Runway 8/26
HOONAH ALASKA – PAOH (STOP #2)
Hoonah is just across the channel from the entrance to Glacier Bay. Referred to as the Bay of Thunder by the Indians, it is a marvel and contains many active tide water glaciers. Take a optional detour up into this area and if using the optional FS2004 scenery, see if you can spot any ranger cabins. Optional route marked in yellow on maps. Dimensions: 2997 x 75 ft. / 913 x 23 m / Surface : Asphalt, in good condition. Runway 6/24
JUNEAU ALASKA – PAJN (STOP #3)
Drop off your buddy so he can grab his flight back south. You can then fly back home to Skagway or stay over for the night. Dimensions: 8457 x 150 ft. / 2578 x 46 m / Surface : Asphalt, in good condition. Runway 8/26
CHARTS & AREA OVERVIEW
In this Hamburger, we are not going to list the NAV AID available. There is one VOR and a couple NDB’s available for navigation. Use the sectional charts provided to find those navigation aids.
Share your results!!!
Let us know what you thought of this flight, was it hard? Easy? Have a suggestion, or just want to post your screen shots? Share them in the forums! [Link]
Eric: Spitfire Challenge Series
A video series about the history of the Spitfire in the Battle over Britain and a 'challenge' to train fresh pilots in the Spitfire. They take young and relatively inexperienced pilots (19/20 year old, some with around 20 air hours) and threw them into a training aircraft, and quickly after a Spitfire - The same sort of scenario that would have been done during desperate war time.
They fly in a restored Spitfire, and whichever pilot shows the most skills in this bird will learn dog fighting, aerobatics, etc in it.
~50 Minute video (Spanned over 5 videos): http://www.fszone.org/forums/Intersesting-flight-documentry-on-youtube-for-you-t10389.html
Recommended by Redeye/Mark in the forums.
Mark: OZX Gruman Goose HD upgrade
Microsoft's model of the G21A Grumman Goose has been a sleeper; well received in certain quarters but providing generally ho-hum graphics and flight model. It had a bland interior and was crying out for some high quality paints. When the team at AussieX started investigating this aircraft for our HD Redux treatment it was also discovered that the performance files for this bird were derived from an assortment of different Goose models; a lot of fine tuning was going to be required to get this bird to behave as close to the real life aircraft as possible.
We think we have succeeded with this ambitious tasking. We offer two different models of the Goose - the original model with 450hp Pratt & Whitney radials and an uprated version dubbed the 'HP' (High Performance) with more powerful 650hp engines. Both models have had significant performance tweaking to make them behave as much as possible like their real life counterparts. In addition to this remodelling of the flight characteristics we have overhauled the interior of the aircraft with high resolution virtual cockpits. Engine gauges have been recalibrated for both engine models of our Goose and there are a number of different virtual cockpits available in our aircraft.
Finally we have provided six high-definition paint schemes for this aircraft in both 450hp and HP-650hp versions. These 4096 pixel textures include every rivet, screw, dent and panel-line hand placed on normal, specular and diffusion texture maps. What this means for you the pilot is a gorgeous rendition of the metal framed G21 Goose just waiting to grace your monitor with realism and authenticity.
Vatsim Event Heads Up
Make sure to mention on the show that July 18th is the Vatsim event "Denver Live". Denver international airport will be fully staffed, and all towered airports will be serviced within the ZDV ARTCC on Vatsim. Prizes will be given away to pilots from the sponsors, which include FS2Crew and simMarket. Here is the link: http://www.denartcc.org Casey
Other Sims from Dean
Hey guys, absolutely love the show. Started listening when I came across your interview with Austin from X-plane. I'm now addicted and have started to go back through previous shows. Love the product reviews and the tips and the hamburgers are great. Since the demise of the Microsoft Aces team I have started trying out other flight sims. In fact Marks enthusiasm for X-plane made me give it a try. Its just not quite there for me, I love the PMDG and Level-d FSX products. X-plane feels a little unpolished, especially the default planes. Version 10 sounds really interesting. I also came across the opensource flight simulator, FlightGear. Have you guys tried it out? might be worth a mention on the show Dean from Poole, UK
From 747 to Piper from Bert
For a few months now I am subscribed to the FSBREAK podcast and enjoying it very much. Especially the in-depth interviews like the one with Austin Meyer of X-plane are very interesting. I am a flight simmer and aviation enthusiast myself. Although I have no real-life flying experience as a pilot. ...Well just a bit of stick time in a Cessna 172. But as a passenger I flew in the two Douglas DC-3's from our Dutch Dakota Association (Link) and the Consolidated PBY-5A operated by the Neptune Association here in Holland (Link). Here a link to some photo's' As I came into flightsimming I went straight to the big jets and after many "Try and Errors" learned to fly them. I enjoyed flying them very much and was somewhat proud that I could manage those jets with ts complex systems. But then at some point I tried the default Piper Cub and found out that I couldn't fly that plane! I was very frustrated. As a virtual airline pilot I was not able to land the Piper with 5 Knots of crosswind and couldn't understand why the handling of the plane was different on a grass as on the concrete. I realized that I went the opposed way of learning to fly. A new challenge revealed. I had to learn this Bush flying thing! And I did. Now the default Piper Cub has somewhat become my favorite plane. Can you Imagine that? At this point I want to make a few suggestions for the show: 1. What do you think of Missions in FSX.? I would think that the full potential of this feature is not explored yet? 2. I am looking into the Section F8 (link) F-86 Sabre. Could you look into that product? Maybe get the developers into the show. 3. Look at the FS "Learning Center". There a wealth of flying information there. 4 Minor issue: Maybe the show could be a little bit shorter. Its eating my podcast listening time :-) Now I'm wrapping up. I hope your show will continue. Its a added value to the Flightsim community. Thank you, Bert