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#91 Herman

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Posted 09 July 2020 - 03:54 PM

Q&A time...  Some of you may be wondering where I get my routes from. Well, first of all I obtain my navigational charts (AIRACS) from a Swedish company called, "Navigraph".  Website: www.navigraph.com  The charts are constantly updated but I permanently use AIRAC 1908.

 

The above is the basic requirement for planning purposes. Next, is the actual route planning which is obtained via the website: http://rfinder.asalink.net/free/  i.e. EHAM (Amsterdam) to EDDF (Frankfurt)

The resulting route is then copy / pasted into an ATC application called, "Pro-ATC/X". See product website: www.pointsoftware.de  The derived codes are then "translated" into a definite route and simultaneously processed for verbal ATC instructions from beginning to end of the flight.

 

Actual "realtime" flight information is obtained via www.flightaware.com (less flights are currently shown due to the horrid COVID-19 situation) The aircraft type is also indicated and this influences my aircraft choice between destinations.

In principle flight altitudes from East to West are always even i.e. 34,000ft (FL340) and West to East i.e. 35,000ft (FL350)

 

Hope it clarifies.

 

Herman  :)

 

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Posted 10 July 2020 - 12:45 PM

Thanks for this, Herman.  I think it is safe to say that you really, really, really enjoy this as a hobby.  :)  :)  :)


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#93 Herman

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Posted 18 July 2020 - 03:37 PM

Another flight today from Nuremberg to Frankfurt with an Airbus A319

Flight time approx 40 minutes. Some cloud cover along the way.

Fasten your seatbelts... here we go!

 

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Pushback at Nuremberg Airport prior to heading for our assigned departure runway 10

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Ascending to our instructed 7000 feet (FL70) and making our U-turn in the sky

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Below is the airport that we had departed from

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We continue our climb to the assigned flight level of 18,000 feet (FL180)

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Always enjoy my coffee when having reached our cruise altitude

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Shortly after reaching our cruise altitude we start our descent towards Frankfurt

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Frankfurt International Airport can be seen in the distance and we will first pass it prior to doing a full turn so as to line up with ILS runway 07R

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Flying over the airport with the city of Frankfurt in the background

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Gear & flaps down so as to slow down our plane and release all that built up energy along the way

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Nicely lined up for ILS runway 07R

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We taxi towards our assigned gate

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Happy passengers have disembarked from our plane

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Thanks for looking.

 

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Posted 19 July 2020 - 12:14 PM

Why does it always have to rain in Scotland?

 

Did a Lufthansa Airbus A321 flight from Frankfurt (EDDN), Germany to Edinburgh (EGPH), Scotland, UK.

Under non-Covid19 conditions the flight number is DLH964. Flight time a little more than 1.5 hours.

Let's fly and... let it rain, let it rain...

 

Our flightpath takes us from Germany via The Netherlands and over the North Sea along the UK coast to Scotland

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Pushback from gate A16 in motion at Frankfurt International Airport

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Taxiing behind a Qatar Airways B777 Cargo plane as we head towards our assigned departure runway being 07R 

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Up, up & away... ascending to our initial 5000ft (FL50) prior to climbing to 18000ft (FL180)

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We continue our climb in stages FL50, FL180, FL270 till we get to our cruise altituse of 35000ft (FL350). Frankfurt and the airport that we took off from in the background

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Nothing nicer than having a cup of coffee at cruise altitude

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An overview of the FMC's (L) our flightplan, ® our landing configuration. The weather is manually updated along the route so that it matches the situation at the time of touchdown

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Approaching the UK coastline as we continue in a northerly direction

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Our descent from FL350 takes us in stages of FL230, FL170, FL110, FL50 towards Edinburgh

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We head towards a beackon which is situated on an island in the distance and from there head in a westerly direction towards the airport

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Oh gosh, it's raining again...

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On the approach towards Edinburgh Airport

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A little too high but reasonably lined up for the ILS runway 24. Officially those 4 white lights next to the runways should be 2x white and 2x red when at the correct height.  Hey, but you're in good hands... I'll get you down safely!

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Touchdown with thrust reversers in full swing

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Taxiing towards the terminal. A mock-up plane for the fire fighters to play with

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We finally come to a rest at Gate 10.  Don't forget your umbrella... it's raining again in beautiful Scotland

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Thanks for looking.

 

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Posted 01 August 2020 - 08:15 AM

Atlantic Airways flight Denmark to Faroer Islands

 

My flight today is based on an actual scheduled service between the city of Billund, Denmark and Vagar, Faroer Islands utilising an Airbus A320.  As the Faroer Islands are administered by Denmark, it is actually regarded as a "domestic" flight.

Our flightpath takes us in a north-westerly direction, first heading north towards the Norwegian coastline and then south of Stavanger we head out away from the coast over the Atlantic.

The weather is fair with an abundance of clouds and haziness. Flight time approximately 1 hour, 40 minutes.

Fasten your seatbelts and let's take to the air...

 

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Our A320 parked at gate 29, Billund Airport

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After obtaining pushback & engine start clearance, we complete our pushback and continue going throught the checklist procedures

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After our takeoff from the assigned runway 09 (90 degrees), we head for the skies. Our initial assigned altitude is 7000ft (FL70) before climbing further to 17000ft (FL170), 27000ft (FL270) and on to our cruising altitude 36000ft (FL360)

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Approaching the Norwegian coast which can barely be seen due to the considerable haziness

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Just look who knocked on our cockpit door

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Nothing nicer than being spoilt with a cuppa at FL360

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Just south of the city of Stavanger we head west across the Atlantic

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The first sightings of the Faroer Islands as we continue descending through the clouds

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We fly over the Faroer Islands towards one of the most westerly situated islands where we will do a 180 degree turn so as to align ourselves for the approach

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Flying a tricky flightpath for the approach to runway12 (120 degrees).  Tricky not only due to the terrain but the prevailing winds as well

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Heading towards the terminal buildings, Vagar Airport

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Unloading of both happy passengers & cargo

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Hope you enjoyed the flight. Thanks for looking.

 

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Posted 01 August 2020 - 02:45 PM

Very cool Herman.... and I see you enjoyed a coffee mid flight :) :rolleyes:


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Posted 07 August 2020 - 10:52 AM

Join me for a domestic "shopping" flight from Nuremburg (EDDN) to Hamburg (EDDH), Germany.

Flight time is 1 hour. The weather in Europe is currently heating up to tropical temperarture levels and haze levels are high.

Otherwise it's a very smooth flight all the way to our destination.

So fasten your seatbelt and let's go "shopping"!

 

Our flightplan

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Pushback at Nuremburg Airport, Germany whilst both engines are spooling up...

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We taxi away from the terminal area towards our assigned take-off runway 10 (100 degrees)

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We initially climb to 7,000ft (FL70) as instructed by Air Traffic Control (ATC)

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ATC instructs us to continue ascending to 20,000ft (FL200) and then on to our cruising altitude of 31,000ft (FL310) 

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Having reached our cruising altitude, it's time for coffee and a bit of "watchful" relaxation

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A good time to call up a weather report for our destination (barometer, temperature & wind direction / speed)

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Before long we start our descent as instructed by ATC. Initially 24,000ft (FL240), then 16,000ft (FL160), 10,000ft (FL100), etc

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Approaching Hamburg we see the harbour area situated on the River Elbe

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A slight turn in a westerly direction brings Hamburg Airport in sight

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Additional views of the harbour area

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We continue our flightpath flying parallel to Hamburg Airport as our assigned runway lies at 150 degrees 

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Having completed our "U-turn" in the sky, it's time to extend the landing gear and full flaps down

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Our approach to runway ILS15 is now in full view 

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Touchdown at Hamburg Airport

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We head towards the terminal building and approach our assigned gate no.2

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With the jetway placed, our passengers disembark and cargo is off-loaded from the aircraft

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Thanks for looking & I hope you enjoyed the flight. Now let's go shopping!

 

:)


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Posted 07 August 2020 - 02:49 PM

Cool.... are you sure all those coffees are good for you :P :D


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Posted 07 August 2020 - 03:20 PM

Thanks, Peter. Actually I've been drinking way too much coffee lately... not good for me.

Just as well that they're virtual cuppa's!

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Posted Yesterday, 04:49 AM


Q&A time...  I'd like to take this opportunity to mention what environmental programs I use for my flight simulation hobby. As mentioned previously all weather conditions are "actual" for the region where I operate the aircraft. Weather updates are inserted at intervals of 5 minutes along the flightpath.

There are a number of programs that I use simultaneously and they are liked to each other via software settings.

 

In order of priority:

 

1. Active Sky - produced by HiFi Simulation Technologies, this product offers the online weather-engine whereby meteorological data is constantly downloaded into my PC via wifi connection. The product is supplemented by Active Sky Cloud Art (ASCA) which takes care of all weather graphics;

    Link: https://hifisimtech.com/

 

2. REX SkyForce 3D -  offers additional atmospheric immersion (offers a weather-engine as well but not activated as I use the above). Supplements additional weather settings and graphics. The product is further supplemented by REX Environment Force for further realism;

    Link: https://store.rexdownload.com/

 

3. TOGA Projects - product serves as an environmental director further improving the weather environment and graphics. Components consist of ENVTEX (textures), ENVSHADE (graphics shader) and ENVSOUND. The latter product offers all sorts of local environmental sounds i.e. birds, thunder, wind, etc.

    The three products are coordinated by ENVDIR and linked into Active Sky ASCA and REX SkyForce 3D.

    Link: https://www.togaprojects.com/envdir

 

4. M.A. RealTurb - a wonderful addon for realistic turbulance subject to actual weather conditions and geographical environments.

    Link: https://www.facebook.com/RealTurb

 

The combination of the above products offer me the most realistic meteorological conditions.  Afterall, I want everything to be as real as it gets!

 

Hope this gives a bit more insight in respect of the environmental aspect of my flight simulation setup. I do recommend that you have a good look at the links for more in depth detail as to what the products entail.

If you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to let me know.

 

Herman :)

 

 

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Posted Yesterday, 01:21 PM

Herman, wow!  You're taking flight simulation to a very serious level.  You give new meaning to "realistic".  :)


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#102 Herman

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Posted Yesterday, 03:08 PM

Herman, wow!  You're taking flight simulation to a very serious level.  You give new meaning to "realistic".  :)


Flying is "serious" business, Mark!

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