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#264660 Visiting the Burgers' Zoo in Arnhem tomorrow...

Posted by Herman on 22 September 2020 - 06:20 AM

Hoping to get some fine images of the animals and aquarium fish species they have there. Never been there but apparently it is the best zoo in The Netherlands.


Link: https://www.burgersz...e&message=false


Will be taking the following equipment along:

D300 with Nikkor AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8G lens attached (+TC14E-III if needed)

D810 with Nikkor AF-S 24mm f/1.4G lens attached (specifically for aquarium photography)


Hope to share images with you from my outing...


Herman :rolleyes:

#264649 My other hobby...

Posted by Herman on 13 September 2020 - 02:05 PM

Thanks, Mark. Yes, I can program the simulator for all types of emergencies both technical and non-technical.

Some of the individual aircraft I have, can be programmed for emergency situations too.
See link for the Dash 8 Q400:  http://majesticsoftw...0/products.html   I have the 64bit PRO version of this aircraft.
PMDG aircraft offers similar as can be seen on their website: pmdg.com

The PMDG 747-400 Base Package spares no detail with incredibly accurate cockpit displays, a full-featured flight management system, highly accurate LNAV/VNAV and auto-thrust modes, precise and realistic ground and satellite approach navigation capability, dozens upon dozens of optional pieces of equipment with which you can customize your 747 cockpit and literally hundreds of potential mechanical failure scenarios that you can activate to challenge your flying skills and your airplane knowledge.

The are certain manufacturers such as A2A whereby you actually need to maintain the aircraft to avoid issues. For details see www.a2asimulations.com

I can even control fire brigade vehicles at airports complete with screaming sirens but I don't think my wife would approve!  :D

#264645 My other hobby...

Posted by Herman on 10 September 2020 - 11:41 AM

Soaking up the sun on the Canary Islands


Join me for a flight with an Airbus A319 from Lisbon, Portugal to the Island of Tenerife, Canary Islands... great destination to get a sun tan!

The flight with TAP (TP1128) Air Portugal is based on an actual scheduled service. Flight time 2 hours, 5 minutes.  

So bring along your sun tan lotion and let's take to the skies...


Our flightpath today takes us from Portugal over the Atlantic Ocean (along the coast of Morocco) to the Canaries (several islands make up the Canary Islands with the largest being Tenerife, Las Palmas and Fuerteventura)



We await our pushback from the gate at Gen. Humberto Delgado Airport, Lisbon



Taxiing towards our assigned runway 03 (30 degrees)



Having accelerated along the runway and reached our rotation speed, our wheels leave the ground



Views of Lisbon suburbs



Some further nice views of the Lisbon area as we head for the skies above



Passing over the coastline near Costa da Caprica with some maritime activity



Our final views of the Portuguese coastline as we head out across the Atlantic Ocean in a southerly direction



Having finally reached our cruise altitude of 36,000ft (FL360), it's time for coffee and some watchful relaxation



Watchful as always, as we are never alone in the skies as can be seen here



Our first sight of the Canary Islands (Tenerife) in the distance



The Pico del Teide meaning Mount Teide (volcano) comes into view with it's height of 3,718 meters. Last eruption was on the 18th November 1909



Approaching the rugged north-eastern section of the coastline



Following our track to the south-eastern part of the island



Some nice views of the rugged mountain landscape





Nice view of Mt. Teide. I was getting increasingly nervous thinking that we were at insufficient height. The systems on board were constantly reminding me of this



Steep gorges as we fly along our flightpath



We reach the most southern coastline and shortly thereafter make a U-turn so as to line up for the approach



Our assigned runway ILSZ07 (74 degrees actual) comes into view



We descend rapidly for our landing with the speed a little too high for comfort



A little too fast but safely on the ground at Tenerife Sur (South) / Reina Sofia Airport



Heading toward the terminal building



Arriving at our assigned gate







Passengers disembarking via the getway



Thanks for looking. Now let's head for the beach...



#264641 Hermans Deer

Posted by Herman on 07 September 2020 - 02:49 PM


Ha, ha, rub it in, Peter!!!

They're still standing on the same spot!!!

What a laugh that was... I'm still too embarrassed to explain to our PN-family!!! You may have the honours...


PS. Nice one, Peter. Amazing how far they got...

#264638 My other hobby...

Posted by Herman on 06 September 2020 - 10:01 AM



So let's take a quick look at another important aspect within flight simulation..." immersion ". 


Ground Handling - Airports are always an extremely busy hive of activity. Crew / passengers board and de-board, catering services, refueling of aircraft, handling cargo, logistical equipment requirements, fuel requirements, push-backs, etc, etc.

All these aspects are dealt with by a program called GSX / GSX Level 2.  I don't often make full use of the facilities offered due to time constraints.

The software is developed by FSDREAMTEAM.


For more information see link: https://www.fsdreamt...gsx_level2.html


Aircraft - You may have noticed from my previous posts that there are at times many other aircraft around. Some are static but others operate according to schedule (just like the real thing)!

These aircraft can not only be encountered on the ground but in the air during flight as well. A special add-on program ensures that they produce the associated engine sound as well. In fact, sometimes I just listen at a selected airport and watch all the activity just like the real thing!

The program used for the above is called, Ultimate Traffic Live which is responsible for AI traffic generation and management. It comes from the software developer Flight1.


See link: http://www.flight1.c...?product=utlive


On-board Announcements - Just like during a real flight, all announcements are made. This includes music, passenger sounds (throughout the flight) and all crew announcements. I even get a clap after doing a descent landing!

Subject to the airline used, I apply a specific language module. All modules are multilingual meaning English and a foreign language. In my case I have separate modules for the Dutch, French, German, Portuguese and Spanish languages.

So if I fly Lufthansa my announcements are in German and English, with TAP Air Portugal it would be in Portuguese and English, with KLM it would be Dutch and English, etc,etc. All performed very realistically!

The program used is called Simsounds which has been developed by On-Next GMBH.


See link: https://www.simsounds.de


Environmental Sounds - ENVSOUND by Toga Projects really does a good job concerning immersion by offering a considerable variety of realistic sounds concerning airports, nature, etc, etc.


See link: https://www.togaprojects.com/envsound



I also have several other utilities but will cover that at a later stage.


Hope the above offers a little more insight into my very addictive hobby!






#264635 Scenes from a stroll in the coastal dunes

Posted by Herman on 05 September 2020 - 09:29 AM



Gadwall Duck (Male)



Gadwall Duck (Female)






Last but not least, a Grasshopper





#264628 My other hobby...

Posted by Herman on 04 September 2020 - 02:28 PM

Art, I need a memory refresher... which desert scene are you referring to?

In general, what you can see from 37,000ft depends on atmospheric conditions prevailing at the time of flying. The actual weather conditions are injected into the flight simulation program every few minutes. What you are able to see also depends on the quality of the satellite imagery featured for a particular area in the simulation program.

For your info, the planned flight path data is inserted into the weather program prior to the actual flight and is from that moment continuously updated. Wind direction and speed continuously changes resulting sometimes in having alter the original assigned runway to land on.

Hope the above offers some clarification.


#264617 World time

Posted by Herman on 04 September 2020 - 12:56 AM

Nice, I've always been a BIG fan of Seiko watches.


#264616 Museum of funeral history-more

Posted by Herman on 04 September 2020 - 12:53 AM

Very interesting collection of images, Bill.
I see KLM featured too...


#264611 My other hobby...

Posted by Herman on 02 September 2020 - 02:46 PM

Just tried out an early evening flight ex-Lisbon (LPPT) to Luxembourg (ELLX). Wanted first to get used to the runways of both airports.

The flight was with an Airbus A320 and based on an actual EasyJet schedule.

Thought I'd just show what it looked like in the evening... will repeat this flight again on a more complete basis during daytime hours. 


Enroute via Northern Spain, over the Bay of Biscay and across France to Luxembourg



Lining up for a landing on runway ILS06 (60 degrees) and using the Instrument Landing System (ILS activated)



Side view during the approach



Taxiing towards the main terminal. Luxembourg is a major hub for many cargo plane companies due to it's central location in Europe



At our gate



Thanks for looking.



#264609 My other hobby...

Posted by Herman on 02 September 2020 - 05:33 AM

Some Images of my flight simulation setup...


Thrustmaster - Throttle unit & joystick (Thrustmaster series - T16000M FCS HOTAS) , Edifier R2000DB Multimedia Speakers, Samsung C27HG70 Curved HDR QLED Gaming Monitor.



CH - Rudder pedals



The beast that does it all...

PC Intel i9-9900KF CPU @4.97GHz | Asus ROG STRIX 390-E Gaming mainboard | Corsair Vengeance 32GB DDR4-3200 RAM | 2TB Samsung 970 EVO PLUS M.2 SSD |  3x 6TB Seagate 7200 rpm harddisks | Gigabyte Aorus Xtreme RTX2080 Ti 11GB video card. 




#264605 My other hobby...

Posted by Herman on 31 August 2020 - 02:16 AM

Thanks, Mark.

Coffee was especially needed on this longggg trip to stay awake! ☕

I guess the airbusses are adequately automated to fly without a FO and thus cheaper to operate than...


#264603 Museum of Funeral History

Posted by Herman on 31 August 2020 - 02:08 AM

Very nice image series, Bill.
Looks like a great place to visit.


#264595 My other hobby...

Posted by Herman on 30 August 2020 - 02:20 AM

🤣 😂 🤣

Only D7's this time, Peter! Perhaps...


#264593 My other hobby...

Posted by Herman on 29 August 2020 - 01:32 PM

Special cargo delivery by FEDEX from Nuremberg (EDDN), Germany to Memphis (KMEM), USA
Well I finally completed the trans-atlantic flight with an A330-300. Flight time was 10 hours, 10minutes. 
It took 31 minutes to reach our cruise altitude of 38,000ft (FL380). Weather was mostly overcast with considerable turbulance particularly in Boston controlled airspace.
And now... let's fly! 
Our flightplan
Pushback of our aircraft at Nuremberg Airport
After obtaining clearance from the tower we accelerate along runway 28
Leaving the ground
Heading for the skies above
Sharp turns as we follow our assigned track. At this stage our assigned climb level is 8000ft (FL80)
We continue our climb as assigned by ATC (Air Traffic Contol) to flight level FL170 (17,000ft) The radar warns us of areas with poor weather (green / yellow patch on display) 
The EFB (Electronic Flight Bag) indicates the general wind conditions along our flight path10zQqBW.jpg
You guessed it...time for coffee at our cruising altitude of 38,000ft (FL380)
Below we get a glimpse of Amsterdam Schiphol Airport and the Dutch coastline
Whilst we cross the North Sea and Atlantic Ocean, I thought it would be an opportunity to show a few images of the cockpit and aircraft exterior
Once the North Atlantic has been crossed the closest airport encountered is at Lourdes-De-Blanc- Sablon, Quebec Province. We continue across the Saint Lawrence Bay towards Frederickton, New Brunswick and head further south in Boston, Cleveland and Indianapolis controlled airspace. Below is the shoreline of Lake Erie
We continue in a south-westerly direction
A quick update of the weather conditions at our destination. The real-weather data is manually inserted in the FMC (Flight Management Computer). At this stage our flight level has been set for 15,000ft (FL150)
We continue our approach towards Memphis International having descended from 15,000 (FL150) to less than 2000ft (FL20)
Initially, we were advised to land on runway ILS36C but due to changing wind conditions, we were instructed to use runway ILS18R instead. On the ground at Memphis International
On the tarmac at Memphis International
Airport staff waiting to offload the cargo. Did it bring that shipment of Nikon D7's???  Time will tell!
Thanks for looking!

Wonder if Jim has time for a quick coffee? 😉