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David White liked a post in a topic by caderly_one in An unexpected flight with friends in his Beechcraft Bonanza
I was talking to a friend of mine Mark, who suggested we go out to the Georgetown airport here near Austin to look at flight schools today. I am interested in getting my PPL. Well yesterday, they setup a plan to surprise me. I had no idea what was in store for me.
We show up at the airport hangars and Mark has me park next to another truck and says, wow Ken is here. Ken and Mark are both neighbors of mine from a few years back and friends. Ken is also an airline pilot on a 777 and has been flying his personal plane for several years now. I was excited to see Kens plane because I have not seen it yet. Ken was getting it ready for a flight to Colorado tomorrow. The plane looked sweet and was super clean. As we are talking he hooks it up to his power tow and pulls it out of the hangar and asks "Are you boys ready to go?"
Man I was shocked. I did not notice that Mark had brought his flight headset with him. Until that moment I had no idea, I was about to go up and also fly my first Beechcraft Bonanza or any plane for that matter.
We all put on our headsets and Ken got ATC taxi and takeoff clearance for VFR. We took off and the wind was about 10-15 knots. The plane really moves in the air side to side and up and down with the wind. It really was cool to feel what a smaller plane this size feels like in the wind. It felt natural and cool all at the same time. We flew out of Georgetown airport over to Lago Vista.
Ken banked it pretty good for me so that I could get a nice photo of Lago Vista's airport. This is a great shot!
From Lago, we flew to lake travis. We got to see the party boats near hippie hallow and also the Oasis restaurant which is a famous Tex Mex overlook in Austin. This was a beautiful day to be out on the lake as you can see from these photos.
From Lake Travis we headed back towards our neighborhoods in Cedar Park. Here you can see our local high school Cedar Park High. We also flew over my house and buzzed it at about 1000 ft. My wife heard us fly over but did not go outside to see it. Ugh!
Next was my other surprise, the wheel was moved from the left seat to the right. Uh oh. Im in control now. Thoughts ran through my head and anxiety. Calm down Patrick(Caderly). You've done this 1000 times in the sim. Just watch your instruments and fly. So I did. It was scary at first and then ken programs in a direct to Georgetown and has me bank and follow the magenta. It was a fun 10 minutes of flying for my first time in a real plane. I couldn't of done it with a better pilot. I felt confident having someone with so much experience sitting next to me. Thanks Ken!
I gave the controls back to Ken so that he could do a downwind and land the plane. We followed in a 172 closer than I expected. Im used to bigger separation on the heavy's from flight sim. We landed and taxied to the refueling. Ken let Mark and I refuel the plane in each of the wings. This was my first experience fueling a plane as well. Once fueled we headed back to the hangar where the plane will set for the next 12+ hours before Ken takes off for Colorado.
Again I cant thank these guys enough. Mark and Ken today was amazing. Since you could not make lunch Ken, let me know when you get back, I would like to buy you lunch or dinner. Have a safe flight and enjoy your time in Colorado!
One last note. Once Mark and I left, we headed to the main hangar for the airport. Mark showed me the wall of solos which was very cool. This is people who have all done their solo flight out of Georgetown. I added it here for you guys to view. I thought it was very cool!
Till Next Time,
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angeli662 liked a post in a topic by David White in Man crashes plane into his own house
What is going on lately with people and planes.https://www.ksl.com/article/46375241/plane-crashes-into-house-in-payson-pilot-dies
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David White liked a post in a topic by GrizzlyBearSims in POSCON
Hello TSL Guys,
Not sure if this will be worthy of "Worth Mentioning" and I'm sure those who attended FSExpo already know a bit about POSCON. But yesterday during one of Matt Davies Twitch Live Streams he was answering questions regarding POSCON. I took notes from that live stream and then did a little more research from the POSCON website and forums and wrote the following blog article.
I think we can all agree that if POSCON becomes reality, it will be A M A Z I N G!
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OMGEDSON liked a post in a topic by David White in Drzewiecki Design calls out FlyDesign for Texture Theft...YOU be the judge!
Cool. Someone get the popcorn. This should be fun to watch. 👀
David White liked a post in a topic by Ivana Fly in Lake Arrowhead to Big Bear video
Just a teaser video of the magnificent scenery around the upcoming Big Bear Airport, the airport is the star but it's definitely worth exploring the area as well.
*Note: I've reduced the 20 minute flight by 50% by speeding up the video in places, it's a bit annoying but less tedious to watch I believe.
flightsim productions liked a post in a topic by David White in Welcome to Big Bear!
Bear Valley (Big Bear Lake and surrounding area) is my second home. My daughter was a member of the ski team at the local ski resort for many years. I have flown into and out of L35 several times. Not as a pilot, but as a passenger. When Tubulent Designs released Big Bear airport (L35), I had to check it out. I was not disappointed. They have recreated the airport in great detail, including signs telling pilots who depart from rwy 26 to turn left 10 degrees for noise abatement reasons. There is an elementary school that sits below the flight path. This has become one of my all-time favorite scenery packages for FSX and P3D. If you are into flying into small airports, I would highly suggest you look at this for a couple of reasons. Not only is it a beautiful airport, as is the surrounding area but, it is a challenging airport for flying. The airport elevation sits over 6000 feet, and the mountains, as high as 11,000 feet make for some very interesting flying.
David White liked a post in a topic by Ivana Fly in Welcome to Big Bear!
Turbulent Designs is incredibly excited to announce FTX Big Bear City Airport for FTX Southern California.
Big Bear airport is one of our favourite and most popular airport projects. This all-new version for Orbx has been a joy to re-visit.
Turbulent’s Big Bear airport has been completely re-worked to provide an even better experience with all new, 2017 imagery plus the addition of Orbx’s flow technologies. We’ve also added a bunch of new custom buildings and objects.
The primary airport buildings, groundpoly and surrounds were built by the legendary Russ White and his texturing skills really shine here! Combined with new static aircraft, PeopleFlow and CreatureFlow, the airport is an exciting place to visit!
Big Bear City Airport is situated at the eastern end of Big Bear Lake. At an altitude of 6752ft (2058m), surrounded by hills on both sides and in a mountainous area of over 11,000 feet, Big Bear provides a challenge to any pilot. It has a 6750ft runway and is frequented by small GA aircraft, private jets and military/emergency service aircraft.
FTX Big Bear City Airport includes a massive 1405km2 coverage area from the desert foothills in the east stretching all the way to Lake Arrowhead in the west and including huge mountains and deep valleys in between. As a bonus, the coverage area seamlessly links up with Jarrad’s phenomenal Palm Springs airport which is just 30NM southeast (not to mention 6500ft lower!).
Included in the package is Lake Arrowhead airport, a private airstrip and associated homestead, located just north of Lake Arrowhead itself. Here you’ll find a 3170ft, gravel airstrip carved into the landscape. The airport is currently closed in the real world, but we’ve reopened it here for your enjoyment!
The imagery for the whole coverage area is entirely new and now reflects the current drought conditions of Big Bear lake and surrounding areas. The huge expanses of newly exposed shoreline, while not great for boat-owners, make for a strangely beautiful departure or approach to the airport itself. We’ve also added hundreds of jetties, docks and boats on the lake to really bring the area to life.
Although designed from the ground up with FTX Southern California in mind, Big Bear will blend quite happily with the all the FTX Global range.
FTX BIG BEAR CIY AIRPORT FEATURES:
· Incredibly detailed high-resolution rendition of the airport by Russ White
· Huge 1405km2 coverage area
· Ground textures at 60cm/1m
· Custom 3D grass and trees
· Bonus Lake Arrowhead airport
· Bonus Bear Valley Hospital and helipad
· Seamless connection with FTX Palm Springs
· All new and up to date 2017 imagery
· Custom POIs
· Hundreds of lake objects
· Detailed static aircraft
· Animated PeopleFlow2 and CreatureFlow technology
· Dynamic airport lighting (P3Dv4 only)
David White liked a post in a topic by FlyBye in Lockheed Martin Release Prepar3D v4.3 & Upgrade Checklist
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OMGEDSON liked a post in a topic by David White in FlightSimExpo 2018
Saturday was great. The excitement was awesome, and the atmosphere was electric. But, with lots of people attending, spending time at the booths was difficult. Sunday was far more laid back and I was able to talk more, and learn more from the exhibitors. And, if I had not stuck around on I would not be here, as I met the guys from The Sky Lounge on Sunday.