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  1. My journey started several years ago when I pushed myself to get back into flight simulation. I have always loved flying online and in real life, but never got that serious with it. I set out to get into military sims and bought the A10 Thrustmaster controllers and DCS. This was fun and still is, but its not realistic as far as what I could or can accomplish at my age. I have always wanted to be able to fly GA and commercial aircraft. I happened to just get lucky one day while watching a streamer on twitch switch from a FPS game to going flying. Flying, really? You can do this on twitch? I had no idea. I had no idea about what I was about to get into. Belnyz was the guy. He flew out of Sedona which I had visited just about 6 months prior. I was amazed at what I saw. Flight simulation has really come a long way. I started watching more and more on twitch and stumbled on Edson from theSkyLounge one late night for me. I was instantly hooked on his stream and his service. I loved the visuals and the music combined with the simulator. Sure I watch guys like Chewy and Chilly now as well for the hardcore simulation flights or long hauls, but sometimes I love to just get immersed with the sights and sounds of a good OMGEdson stream. It brings out the beauty of flying and to me, that’s what its all about. It’s about lining up that runway at approach altitude with the right music going with a nice sunset. Nothing is more beautiful. After years of investing in hardware, software, and blowing every dollar I could on simulation for both P3D and Xplane 11, I decided I wanted to take it to the next level and work towards a possible career change into the airline industry. At my age, that may not make much sense, and of course I am in no rush to do that. I would like it as a backup as the industries I am in continually shift jobs outside of the US which is where I live. I need a backup plan for something I really love. It is now January 2019. I make 2 resolutions this year. The first is to work hard at getting back into shape. I used to be in pretty good shape. I raced motorcycles and exercised daily. I always ran a 5k a day back then. I missed that. So the work starts… My other resolution was to actually get my PPL before I turn 50. Yes 50. Ugh! It’s coming this year and I am working hard to make that a reality. I decided to go do my training at a Class D airport near Austin in Georgetown. I have friends who fly out of Georgetown as well as some who have done their training there. It just made sense to go to a towered airport, but not a busy one like KAUS. Sure I will fly into KAUS soon, but I did not want my time in the plane eaten up by traffic and ATC. I want real hours in the plane and I can get the class C airspace down while doing this. Tuesday, January 8th, I started my flight school at Pilot Choice Aviation, the same place that some friends of mine did their training. Beth, the owner has created a great service and business for those of us that love aviation. I completed the 6 weeks of flight school all while getting up into the air whenever possible. The weather has cancelled many of my flights this winter, but I have still been able to squeeze out 10 flights with a total of 12.5 hours of flight time. Flight 1 [Jan 6th] : My discovery flight was with Jarrett. He had me takeoff and land the plane with his help. I think he felt comfortable with my sim skills I had picked up in the simulator. I was instantly hooked and signed up for flight school that night. 0.5 hours flown : Total 0.5 hours Flight 2 [Jan 13th] : My flight school instructor, Austin, took me up for my first training. We spent some time on the ground going over pre-flight checks as Jarrett did with me on the 6th. We worked on fundamentals and did a few steep turns. 0.8 hours : Total 1.3 hours Flight 3 [Jan 20th] : I am back with Jarrett from here on out. Austin was busy with many students and it only made sense to stick with one CFI. Jarrett was my initial contact and I was happy to fly with him. We worked on slow flight, power on and power off stalls. 1.3 hours flown : Total 2.6 hours Flight 4 [Jan 24th] : We worked on steep turns, power on and power off stalls. The first time Jarrett demonstrated a steep turn from left to right, I thought I was going to be sick. I was not expecting it. However I put it out of my mind and was able to replicate what he did 3 times in the plane. I was pretty excited but a little nervous that I might get sick which has never happened to me in the air. I can say now, that was just a worry. I have not felt that since and I am very excited to fly every time I head to KGTU. 1.3 hours flown : Total 3.9 hours Flight 5 [Feb 4th – 1.4 hours] : On this flight we worked on ground references and emergency procedures. As Jarrett demonstrated landing on a farm, I almost thought we were going to. We got about 500 feet above it before he aborted. I was shocked with did not get shot at. The farmers out that way are used to it and I would hope that they would prefer a life saved than a little farm damage that money can fix… 1.4 hours flown: Total 5.3 hours Flight 6 [Feb 15th] : It’s been almost 2 weeks since the last flight due to bad weather. We decided to review ground references, emergency procedures, and traffic patterns around some fields. Ground references included turns around a point, S-Turns, and rectangular course work. 1.4 hours flown : Total 6.7 hours Flight 7 [Feb 18th] : We reviewed some of the traffic patterns with my stepped up GoPro system. I am now up to 3 of them in the plane. We did some emergency procedures and then headed back to KGTU to start some real pattern traffic work. I was able to get 4 takeoff and landings done. 1.5 hours flown : Total 8.2 hours Flight 8 [Feb 25th] : This flight was all about the traffic pattern at a towered airport, KGTU. We had a slight crosswind as well. We ended up doing about 10 touch and gos during the flight. 1.3 hours flown : Total 9.5 hours Flight 9 [Feb 27th] : I showed up ready to go, but my archer wasn’t. This was the first time in a new plane. We went from the 181 horse power archer to the 160 horse Warrior. Not a bad plane, but we were close to max weight with filling both wings up before departing. This was not a great flight for me. I felt a little stressed with the instruments different, different plane, and now we were going to a non-towered, shorter runway airport to do touch and gos. My CFI and I decided to end this flight sooner than later due to the takeoff characteristics that were kind of messing with me. I plan on getting back into that plane soon though to beat it. I won’t let it beat me. 1.3 hours flown : Total 10.8 hours Flight 10 [Mar 4th] : We have our archer back and headed back to Taylor, T74 for some uncontrolled pattern work. We had a couple of planes in the pattern with us at different times. This was pretty fun. I was on a high being back in my plane that was performing like a rocket ship at -1C that day. I felt great but made some simple bad calls on the radio as I got tongue tied a few times as well as making the cockpit not sterile at times during critical stages of flight. I think my overconfidence that day led me to that, and I know from my studies nothing should be discussed on takeoff and landings except important information as it pertains to the flight. I am glad I made that mistake though because it needed to be made. It’s something I will always think about on approach as it put our lives in danger. If something was to happen when my hand was not on the throttle discussing something that made no sense to talk about, our lives would be at stake. Yes, I am hard on myself. I expect the best out of myself and want to produce nothing but the best when I fly. 1.7 hours flown: Total 12.5 hours So my times are always on a 2 hour schedule. It takes time to preflight, setup the GoPros, taxi, fuel sometimes, and get off the ground due to traffic. The Hobbs meter in the plane is running from engine start until stop. This is what tracks your flight hours. Typically I am up pretty fast, but I have sat once on the run way for 30 minutes waiting. Its rare but would be more of a problem like that had I flown out of KAUS. This is why a class D towered makes the most sense to me as a student. More time in the skies and less on the ground. You are paying for it no matter where you are, so best to be up in the air. Some things we do before maneuvers: 1. Clearing turns. We look for traffic with a full 180 degree turn or two 90 degree turns in opposite directions. 2. GUMPS check. Gas on fullest tank, Under carriage is down, Mixture is on full rich, Fuel Pump is on, and Seatbelts are attached and harnessed. To get to solo, you need all the training that I have done and then maybe a little more. I am close. However, you need your medical as well as a student certificate. I passed my class 3 medical a little over a week ago and applied for my certificate with the FAA right after. On Tuesday I got notification that my certificate was approved. So now, the countdown is on to Solo. I am nervous about flying without Jarrett, however I know we both will know I am ready when he steps out of the plane. I plan on wearing one of the two flight sim expo shirts on my next several flights. They cut your shirt off after you land and put it on the wall in the airplane hangar. I want to represent our community that helped me get to where I am. I hope you guys follow my progress on YouTube and enjoy the videos. I have tried to make them as entertaining and raw as I can by adding cameras and getting as much conversation into them as we can. A couple of my flights, we had gear malfunctions. One went into a screen shot mode, so I threw that footage out and the other had a bad cable or disconnected cable from my headset to one of the cameras. Without our conversations in the plane and ATC, it was not worth posting. Every other video has been worth the effort to get online. I want to thank the theSkyLounge for their help and support. CanuckShaw for his work on my liveries to match what I fly in real life on a service called PilotEdge. Without those planes, some of the communication would not be as easy. Practice, practice, practice. PilotEdge is a great service for that. And lastly my family and job that both make this dream possible. Enjoy and I will be updating this post with future flights and pictures Until next time, Caderly [caderly_one] caderly@iflyga.net SOURCE INFO DEVELOPER POST LINK : NEWS SITE ARTICLE LINK : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiUMyqmkXD6WbhPAAv7dhnA
  2. Taffy Holden, the Accidental Lightning Pilot Terrifying stuff !!!! SOURCE INFO DEVELOPER POST LINK : NEWS SITE ARTICLE LINK :
  3. Accidental take-off of Victor Bob Prothero explains what happened. SOURCE INFO DEVELOPER POST LINK : NEWS SITE ARTICLE LINK :
  4. Pilot Experience Sim Previews LFMT Montpellier Developer Pilot Experience Sim contacted us earlier to inform us that they have two brand new previews of their newly announced Montpellier Airport (LFMT). The duo of previews show the work that is currently being made on the HD buildings and detailed ground texture set. Whilst details are light right now, we’re excited to see further developments on their scenery project. France is slowly building up an extensive collection of new and updated airports including the recently announced Sim-Wings version of Charles De Gaulle or the soon-to-be-released Jetstream Design Paris Orly airport. You can follow Pilot Experience Sim on Facebook to stay updated. SOURCE INFO https://www.facebook.com/pilotexperiencesim/ https://fselite.net/news/pilot-experience-sim-previews-lfmt-montpellier/
  5. I don't know if folks on the other side of the pond know all about this, but this is the first I've heard of this brave young female trainee pilot. Well done to her. SOURCE INFO DEVELOPER POST LINK : NEWS SITE ARTICLE LINK :
  6. A pilot shortage is increasingly preventing the use of business jets in Europe, warns London-based aircraft broker Colibri Aircraft. Lack of available aircrew has become a difficulty in seven out of every 10 business jet sales that it handles, the company said. SOURCE INFO DEVELOPER POST LINK : NEWS SITE ARTICLE LINK : https://www.ainonline.com/aviation-news/business-aviation/2018-09-19/european-pilot-shortage-harming-bizjet-ops-says-broker
  7. Top government leaders painted a “sobering picture” of the future of the aviation workforce, with a need for thousands of new pilots in the next couple of decades at a time when interest in the industry appears to have ebbed. SOURCE INFO DEVELOPER POST LINK : NEWS SITE ARTICLE LINK : https://www.ainonline.com/aviation-news/business-aviation/2018-09-18/workforce-symposium-spotlights-urgency-pilot-shortage
  8. Pilot Plus Previews London City Renders X-Plane developer Pilot Plus has been quietly working away on their next scenery release after the updates for their other projects. This time, the team remain in the UK and are focusing on crafting a high quality version of London City Airport (EGLC). The busy airport, which is surrounded by one of the most densely populated cities in the world, has already started to take shape in the form of renders. The below render previews are of the Tate and Lyle factory, which is just south of the airport itself. The factory is one of the most iconic landmarks are you take the steep approach into the airport. SOURCE INFO https://en-gb.facebook.com/pilotplus.airports/ https://fselite.net/previews/pilot-plus-previews-london-city-renders/
  9. X-Plane developer Pilot Plus has been quietly working away on their next scenery release after the updates for their other projects. This time, the team remain in the UK and are focusing on crafting a high quality version of London City Airport (EGLC). The busy airport, which is surrounded by one of the most densely populated cities in the world, has already started to take shape in the form of renders. The below render previews are of the Tate and Lyle factory, which is just south of the airport itself. The factory is one of the most iconic landmarks are you take the steep approach into the airport. No word on a release date, but we’ll keep you updated on progress. SOURCE INFO DEVELOPER POST LINK : NEWS SITE ARTICLE LINK : https://fselite.net/previews/pilot-plus-previews-london-city-renders/
  10. The recently certified G500 represents a leap forward in flight deck and flight control interface design, a bold move for a manufacturer as conservative as Gulfstream yet also a logical progression in business jet design. The G500 is a delight to fly, a significant step up in handling compared to the non-fly-by-wire (FBW) designs (G550 and below). And the many touchscreens that run the avionics and systems feel as natural as wings on airplanes. SOURCE INFO DEVELOPER POST LINK : NEWS SITE ARTICLE LINK : https://www.ainonline.com/aviation-news/business-aviation/2018-08-24/pilot-report-gulfstream-g500
  11. This is all sim related not just P3D. I recall on a previous show some of you had issues with PC Pilot. I found this digital version of the magazine about a year ago and have been a subscriber ever since. It may not be monthly, but I would say I get an issue at least every other month. I love reading it and there are some great series of articles as well as reviews and other stuff. I bring this to you attention for 2 series of articles that span many issues and in my opinion are worth the investment at 3.99 a back issue. The first is a series on airliner simulation. It starts with issue 111 through the issue of 117. 111: Airline Simulation, Part 1: The flight deck 112: Airline Simulation Part 2: Flight planning 113: Airline Simulation Part 3: Preparing at the gate 114: Airline Simulation Part 4: Pushing back 115: Airline Simulation Part 5: The take-off 116: Airline Simulation Part 6: Settling down in the cruise 117: Airline Simulation Part 7: Descent and landing preparation The second series starts with issue 106 and continues through the current issue of 119. 106: GA back to basics: The principles of flight 107: GA back to basics: Understanding trim controls 108: GA back to basics: Preflight and groundhandling procedures 109: GA back to basics: Angle of attack, balanced flight and using flaps 110: GA back to basics: Advanced skills -- stalls, steep turns, ... 111: GA back to basics: Landing techniques 112: GA back to basics: The circuit pattern 113: GA back to basics: More demanding manoeuvers 114: GA back to basics: When things don't go to plan 115: GA back to basics: Forced landings without power 116: GA back to basics: Getting through the checkride 117: GA back to basics: Visual Navigation 118: GA back to basics: Planning your flight 119: GA back to basics: Executing your flight plan I have not read 100% of these. I have read most of the Airline simulation and I am going back to read up all the GA articles. I have started GA, but want to revisit the entire series. I think this is a great magazine and wish there were more magazines that hit our market. You guys should support them so we don't loose a media source that is great. I can read them on my PC, ipad, and phone with the pocketmags app. Link below to the magazine. Caderly SOURCE INFO DEVELOPER POST LINK : NEWS SITE ARTICLE LINK : https://pocketmags.com/pc-pilot-magazine
  12. King Air 250 Pilot Regional Aviation Campbell River Ltd. - Campbell River, BC Regional Aviation Campbell River Ltd. operates a King Air 250 for corporate and private use. We are looking for an experienced, customer-focused Captain to fly the aircraft according to Transport Canada and Company standard operating procedures. REQUIREMENTS At least 2,000 hours of flight time Type rated for King Air aircraft Conducting flights in strict adherence with regulations, the Aircraft Flight Manual, and Aircraft Standard Operating Procedures Completing the pre-flight, in-flight and post flight duties. Canadian flight experience Must have current and valid Canadian passport Must be able to obtain Transport Canada Restricted Area Pass (RAIC) 1,000 hours Multi-Engine Simulator training on BE20 an asset Able to meet medical standards Must meet requirements established in Client Standards Exceptional customer service skills Demonstrated ability supporting and enhancing safety initiatives. Demonstrated leadership skills with the ability to coach and mentor. Excellent analytical and decision making skills Excellent ability adapting to change Demonstrated teamwork and interpersonal skills Job Type: Full-time SOURCE INFO DEVELOPER POST LINK : https://ca.indeed.com/viewjob?jk=bdf2f0084d32b982&l=comox+valley&tk=1cjhgcjid39rmcij&from=ja&alid=5a1351b8e4b0e302192d6930&utm_source=jobseeker_emails&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=job_alerts&rgtk=1cjhgcjid39rmcij NEWS SITE ARTICLE LINK :
  13. Pilot (CRJ-200, Dash 8) (Multiple Positions Available) Department: Flight Operations Location: Multiple Overseas Locations Schedule: Various Rotations (i.e. 8 weeks in country/8 weeks out of country) Job Type: Full Time If you are a licenced pilot (CPL or ATPL) and want the opportunity to give rewarding work and receive rewarding results – Voyageur Airways has the job for you! Allow yourself the opportunity to work in some of the most beautiful and remote places on Earth while taking advantage of a very flexible schedule. Home is your choice and Voyageur will fly you to and from your base location; accommodations are provided while working. We are looking for qualified individuals to join our Flight Operations team as a Licenced Pilot. As a Pilot with the Voyageur team you are responsible for the safe and efficient operation of our CRJ and DH8 fleet. Current opportunities are available at several base locations including our African, Caribbean and European locations. WHAT YOU WILL BE DOING Safe operation of company aircraft. Ensure that all flight operations are conducted in accordance with applicable legislation, company policies and procedures. Maintain qualifications required to crew CRJ or Dash 8 aircraft. Act as a liaison between the company and our customers. Actively participate in Voyageur’s Safety and Risk Management System including report hazards and incidents encountered during daily operations. Understand, comply with and promote the Company’s safety culture. WHAT YOU WILL BRING TO THE TABLE All candidates must possess a valid CPL of ATPL and meet Transport Canada requirements to operate a 705 aircraft. Minimum 1,500 hours total flight time required with 500 hours Pilot in Command time. Candidates with current CL65 and/or DH8 type-rating with be given preference. EFIS experience considered an asset. Reliable, responsible and self-motivated with demonstrated problem solving skills. Ability to work a flexible rotation schedule. All candidates must possess a valid passport and be able to travel abroad unrestricted. In addition, candidates must also be eligible to work for a Canadian company. Clear criminal background check. Maintain immunizations and immunization records. EMPLOYEE BENEFITS Voyageur offers employees and their families extensive benefits upon successful completion of the probation period including: 100% coverage of extended health care benefits for dental and vision care, prescription medication, out-of-country insurance and more. Life and disability insurance. Employee Stock Ownership Program (TSX: CHR). Retirement pension plan. Employee assistance program. OUR COMPANY Voyageur Aviation Corp. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Chorus Aviation Inc. (TSX: CHR), a company whose vision is to deliver regional aviation to the world. Voyageur Aviation Corp is the parent company of Voyageur Airways, Voyageur Aerotech, and Voyageur Avparts. Voyageur Aviation Corp manages these three entities under the same core principles of comprehensive Safety Management, Quality Assurance, and Client-Dedicated Solutions. Under Voyageur Aviation Corp, Airways, Aerotech, and Avparts can combine their expertise on aircraft services and products to offer an unparalleled one-stop-shop for aviation related clients across the globe. Voyageur prides itself in providing its employees with job security, competitive wages, health and retirement benefits, and a safe working environment. If you are excited by this opportunity and want to be a part of the Voyageur Team, please apply online by clicking on the link below. Voyageur is an employment equity employer and we welcome all qualified candidates to apply. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Apply Now SOURCE INFO NEWS SITE ARTICLE LINK : http://www.voyav.com/ResumeWizard/JobDetails.aspx?Position=1
  14. TULSA, Oklahoma - Veterans just months away from earning their commercial pilot license are losing their funding from the VA starting Thursday SOURCE INFO DEVELOPER POST LINK : NEWS SITE ARTICLE LINK : http://www.newson6.com/story/38312495/va-pulling-funding-from-veterans-in-spartans-pilot-training-program
  15. A Chinese passenger jet was forced into an emergency landing after its windscreen blew out at 32,000ft (9,753m), sucking the co-pilot halfway out of the plane. Captain Liu Chuanjian said the Airbus A319 had been cruising mid-air when a deafening sound flooded the cockpit. "There was no warning," he told the Chengdu Economic Daily. "The windshield just cracked and made a loud bang. The next thing I knew, my co-pilot had been sucked halfway out." Thankfully the plane landed safely with only minor injuries reported. More info from the BBC news site: SOURCE INFO DEVELOPER POST LINK : NEWS SITE ARTICLE LINK : http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-44121377
  16. I’ve just found the following series on YouTube, I don’t think they’ve been included on the TSL forum before (apologies if they have). Please see below links to a series of very informative and clear videos from a REAL pilot on the Flight Factor A320 for X-Plane 11. These are a must for anyone that wants to get as close to the real deal. Including more advanced features and systems (plus 3 types of approach ILS, RNAV and VOR). To get the most out of these videos ensure you read the notes for each video which provide clarifications and corrections. I am a fan of the Aerosoft A319-A321 for FSX, but on seeing this I realise the FF A320 is a step up in terms of accuracy of systems in the real bird! === #1 Cold and dark start through to cruise: #2 descent to landing (ILS): #3 vectors go-around and autoland: #4 RNAV approach: #5 VOR approach: SOURCE INFO DEVELOPER POST LINK : NEWS SITE ARTICLE LINK :
  17. Nice tutorial video by a real pilot of an RNAV approach in XP11 zibo mod 737 that I stumbled across today. I am stubbornly using FSX:SE but this is another product that is making me seriously consider retiring FSX on my rig! SOURCE INFO DEVELOPER POST LINK : NEWS SITE ARTICLE LINK :
  18. FS2Crew Release Pilot Assist Pro for iOS FS2Crew released their newest application: Pilot Assist Pro. The application is only available on the iOS platform via the App Store. It is a mobile flight bag that has a ton of features. It is available on the App Store for a one-time purchase of $49.99. The application includes personalised and customised checklists for the PMDG 737, PMDG 747, PMDG 777, Majestic Dash 8, Airbus A320, Leonardo Maddog, Quality Wings 787, Flight1 767 and many, many more of the best FS aircraft! Furthermore, it includes detailed NOTAMs, live weather updates, flight logging, mobile charts and documents, a scratchpad, frequencies and references and much more. It is a massive bundle of features you could use during your flight. It even has a day and night mode! SOURCE INFO https://pilotassistpro.com/ https://fselite.net/news/fs2crew-release-pilot-assist-pro-for-ios/
  20. A private jet comes in for a landing at Santa Monica Municipal Airport, which is scheduled to close at the end of 2028. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times) SOURCE INFO DEVELOPER POST LINK : NEWS SITE ARTICLE LINK : http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-free-flight-santa-monica-councilman-20180225-story.html
  21. LINK TO SOURCE: https://flyelite.com/elite-pilot-deck/?gclid=Cj0KCQiAkZHTBRCBARIsAMbXLhE1voJ532UPxZzGWvoLugcIg_I7ul0udAptA3H8UcaAe9bs91V-rNwaAvUTEALw_wcB
  22. I am only 32 and I've thought about becoming an airline pilot with Southwest as was my dream since high school, but life happens and I just had to put it on a holding pattern for now. But when is it too late? I was watching a YouTube video by Dutchpilotgirl talking about this subject and she shares her opinion. Do any of you guys here feel you are too old and simming is where the buck stops? Or do you want to want to take your flight experience to that level? LINK TO SOURCE:
  23. Yet another real-life example of how crazy aviation seems to be at the moment; even in the flight deck.. “A pilot was taken off a flight from Gatwick Airport after fears were raised he was drunk. The British Airways flight to Mauritius on Thursday was delayed and the pilot replaced, BA said.” LINK TO SOURCE: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-42759124
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