Bruce "Flying Singer" Irving

  • compare_arrowsGuns, Guns, Guns! (Not Really)   (external link)
  • Guns, Guns, Guns! (Not Really)
  • content_paste"One of the cool things about Microsoft Flight Simulator is the ability to do multiplayer flights with other players over the internet. I have done quite a few of these, most often group flights where we explore some interesting part of the world while we talk about flying or other things, over Discord or Skype. I've also done flights with my Australian friend Pete (a.k.a. "MiGMan"), often testing out routes in his ongoing MiGMan's World Tour (MMWT) Series. This is an enjoyable social aspect of flight simulation, where airplane nerds can talk with other airplane nerds about airplanes as they pretend to fly them!"
  • airline_seat_recline_extraMiGMan’s World Tour | Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020
  • Italy  Italy
  • location_cityNaples
  • personBruce Irving | MiGMan
  • tagMiGMan’s PodcastMultiplayerACM
  • import_contacts 2022  edit 2022-03-07

  • VIDEO
  • MiGMan’s World Tour - Lucerne Switzerland | Frankenstein and the Valkyries mission
  • content_pasteI've been exploring many cool areas in Africa and Europe with the help of a new series of flight plans for Microsoft Flight Simulator: MiGMan's World Tour. They include a large number of locations with illustrated guides to help you decide where to fly next. The flights are fairly short (depending on the aircraft you choose) with an emphasis on the scenic and the unusual in the huge, detailed world of MSFS.

    This video is a series of screen captures from two flights around Lake Lucerne, Switzerland, from MIGMAN'S FLIGHT SIM MUSEUM - EUROPE VISUAL VOL.4. I first flew the plan in the "wrong" order with 'Live Weather' at fairly high altitude - lots of snow and frozen lakes. Then I flew it again in the published way point order, at low level, with 'cloudy horizon' weather in late fall. I was using Bijan's Four Seasons addon as well as addons for powerlines and lifts (ski lifts and cable cars are everywhere in Switzerland). You can see those (and avoid them) flying down low.

    Switzerland is beautiful and these flights show that well. But there are hundreds of less famously beautiful places all around Europe and Africa, and this series has surprised me many times with unexpected wonders.
  • airline_seat_recline_extraMiGMan’s World Tour
  • Switzerland  Switzerland
  • location_cityBuochs
  • flight_takeoffBuochs LSZC
  • local_airportSonex Aircraft SubSonex
  • personBruce Irving
  • tagReview
  • import_contacts 2022  edit 2022-01-26
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  • content_pasteCharles H. Cook flew a B-24D named "Cookie" with the 90th Bombardment Group in the southwest Pacific in 1942-1943. At that time, Allied forces were greatly outnumbered, and Japanese invasion of New Guinea and Australia was a very real threat. Bruce Irving has interviewed Charlie Cook and composed this valuable record of his aviation career. The entire article is also available for free download.
  • USA  USA
  • local_airportConsolidated B-24 Liberator
  • personLt. Charles Cook | Bruce Irving
  • tagWorld War IIHistoryPilotPacific Theatre WWII
  • Missions based on my favourite books
  • content_pasteI have always enjoyed reading military novels and techno-thrillers, especially those in which air combat figures heavily. I also enjoy building and flying missions for combat flight sims. A few years back I decided to combine these interests and build some missions based on scenes from a few of my favorite military action novels.
  • personBruce Irving
  • tagMission
  • Front Row Center: Inside the Great American Airshow by Erik Hildebrandt
  • content_pasteI love air shows. As an aviation freak, air shows really get me excited, from the static displays to the aerobatics performers to the military demonstration teams. Every summer I go to at least one major show. I take pictures, and some of them are pretty good, but I can never quite capture the excitement of being there. Probably nothing can really do this, but I recently got a book and a DVD that come pretty close.
  • personErik Hildebrandt | Bruce Irving
  • tagAirshow
  • My ride in a Stearman
  • content_pasteHere's a shot of me in the Yellow Peril and also a cockpit shot of the approach to Riverside (CA) airport. This was on my first (20 min) Stearman ride at an airshow.
  • local_airportBoeing Stearman
  • personBruce Irving
  • K.I.S.S.
  • content_pasteAfter a frustrating MSFS2020 session early this morning with the Cessna 172S and the Garmin G1000 auto pilot and unflyable frame rates (15-24 FPS), I decided to change a few things and go back to basics with the C152.
  • personBruce Irving
  • tagReview
  • import_contacts 2020  edit 2020-09-13
  • New in the hangar!
  • content_pasteFirst thing I installed MSFS, natch, and did a quick test flight in Innsbruck. I only had 10 minutes so I didn't look at everything but it seems to have defaulted to High settings for everything and I got 58-60 FPS in the mountains with nice detail.
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  • import_contacts 2020  edit 2020-10-02
  • Flight of Passage re-done in 2014!
  • content_pasteI’m making plans to try the Flight of Passage flight in MSFS 2020 now that I’ve got good graphics and can capture video etc. While searching for info on one of these I found an AOPA article about a couple who bought the Bucks’ old Cub, restored it again, and flew the route in 2014!
  • personBruce Irving | Rinker Buck
  • import_contacts 2020  edit 2020-10-07
  • content_paste(FlyingSinger links below this point are in the software gallery - the last to be re-engineered. They'll be good again soon.)
  • personBruce Irving
  • import_contacts 2020  
  • Orbiter: First impressions
  • content_pasteOrbiter is a amazing free 3D Space Simulator written by Dr. Martin Schweiger, Ph.D. Orbiter contains accurate math and orbital physics, and has an extensive community support base.
  • personBruce Irving
  • tagSpaceReview
  • import_contacts 2005  
  • Apollo 14 missions
  • content_pasteThe addon people for this thing are maniacs, and the Forum is the one of the most multinational I have ever seen.
  • personBruce Irving
  • tagSpaceMod
  • import_contacts 2005  
  • International Space Station
  • content_pasteSo I spent a good 90 minutes orbiting the earth for the views in the ISS (usually at 10-100x time warp) while listening to some classical theme music. So far I've been pretty literal - Strauss's Blue Danube - Holst's Planets - Mozart's Jupiter Symphony -- all seem suitable for space. I also have the Ravel Daphne and Chloe (suite), very nice moon mood music.
  • personBruce Irving
  • tagSpace
  • import_contacts 2005  
  • Magic of Flight
  • content_paste"The Magic of Flight" was shot as a super-size-screen IMAX feature for the Museum of Naval Aviation in Pensacola, Florida. "
  • personBruce Irving
  • tagVideo
  • October Sky (movie)
  • content_pasteOctober Sky (1999) is the true story of Homer Hickam, a young boy growing up in a West Virginia coal-mining town in the 1950's. Homer eventually became an engineer for NASA, working with the astronauts in the Space Shuttle program. A very inspiring movie!
  • personBruce Irving
  • tagSpace
  • Favourite books missions
  • content_paste"Flying Singer: "" I have always enjoyed reading military novels and techno-thrillers, especially those in which air combat figures heavily. I also enjoy building and flying missions for combat flight sims. A few years back I decided to combine these interests and build some missions based on scenes from a few of my favorite military action novels.

    At the time (1996), I was flying mainly in Jane's ATF with the NATO Fighters expansion disc. It contained a good mix of flyable aircraft, terrain areas, and ground objects as well as a pretty decent mission builder. Since then, all of the aircraft in ATF/NATO Fighters (and more) have been released in Jane's Fighters Anthology (JFA). I have recently tested these missions in JFA, and they still work. So read the books -- fly the books -- have fun. If you build missions for other sims based on these books, please let me know."""
  • airline_seat_recline_extraFighters Anthology
  • personBruce Irving
  • tagMission

  • VIDEO
  • MSFS 2020: How to improve the control sensitivity
  • content_pasteI still felt that some of my landing problems are controls related so I went looking. This guy is long winded but the gist is to find flight_model.cfg (I think) for your aircraft. Save a backup copy then edit elevator_effectiveness from 1 to maybe 0.1 and similar for pitch and rudder. Fast forward to find this part of vid. Then set the sensitivity to 0.0 so all are back to linear with no dead zone (for me). With my stick, this makes it feel and act much more realistic to me in the XCUB and C152.
  • airline_seat_recline_extraMicrosoft Flight Simulator 2020
  • personBruce Irving
  • tagConfiguration
  • edit 2020-10-29
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  • content_paste"Other screen caps by me, FlyingSinger, with standard Orbiter 2005 installation, plus high-resolution ""level 9"" earth textures, well worth installing (free of course, all Orbiter stuff is, amazingly, free).
  • airline_seat_recline_extraOrbiter
  • personBruce Irving
  • tagGallerySpace
  • compare_arrowsTrevor Johns Training Tutorial Guides  (external link)
  • Trevor Johns Training Tutorial Guides
  • content_paste(dates on page look old but tutorials work with 2005 version, worth installing from two zip files, probably the best intro to the basics, conversational style, starts on Mars, less gravity and atmosphere to deal with than earth - print it out and go find Phobos!)
  • airline_seat_recline_extraOrbiter
  • personBruce Irving
  • compare_arrowsOrbiter Mars  (external link)
  • Orbiter Mars
  • content_pasteDuncan Sharpe, author of TransX MFD for interplanetary flight planning, good stuff
  • airline_seat_recline_extraOrbiter
  • personBruce Irving
  • Mars: Just Imagine Book Space  (download)
  • content_pasteA colorful picture book about humans going to Mars, how they might realistically go about this, and where this might lead in the future. The missions were simulated with specially developed add-ons in the freeware Orbiter space flight simulator, and most of the graphics are screen captures from Orbiter, though some are real photos from NASA. Intended for ages 10 to adult, the book includes an appendix with details for each page, including information on the add-ons used in Orbiter to create the images.
  • airline_seat_recline_extraOrbiter
  • personBruce Irving
  • tagBookSpaceDownloads
  • import_contacts 2007  edit 2021-06-02
  • In orbit over the USA and Australia.
  • content_pasteI think Orbiter should really be flown in a dark room up close to a big monitor. It's like looking out the window of the Shuttle, with Bach, Strauss, and Ravel cycling in the background.
  • airline_seat_recline_extraOrbiter
  • personBruce Irving
  • SpaceReview
  • Apollo 14
  • content_paste"Here are some Apollo 14 pics from a tutorial on recreating Apollo missions. The craft is a few years old now but still cool (the look is still much the same - I downloaded a lot of the Apollo stuff but have not tried any yet, as I'm still trying to achieve the orbit I want and maneuver with thrusters).

    The addon people for this thing are maniacs, and the Forum is the one of the most multinational I have ever seen -- 12 year old kids in India to retired USAF guys in Colorado to all sorts of people around Europe, some Australia, etc.
  • airline_seat_recline_extraOrbiter
  • personBruce Irving
  • Space
  • content_paste"Orbiter (available from www.orbitersim.com) is a freeware space flight simulator for the PC that is fun, powerful, realistic, expandable, and educational. The download page directs you to several "mirror" sites that actually host the program zip files. "
  • airline_seat_recline_extraOrbiter
  • personBruce Irving
  • SpaceLink
  • Apollo 14
  • content_pasteApollo screen caps from Apollo Lunar Mission Tutorial by John Dunn.
  • airline_seat_recline_extraOrbiter
  • personBruce Irving
  • SpaceLink
  • compare_arrowsSectional charts for the USA. Great to have displayed in your home cockpit!  (external link)
  • Sectional charts for the USA. Great to have displayed in your home cockpit!
  • content_pasteHave you seen this site? It’s US charts only and I don’t think it’s set up for flight planning per se, but it’s great to have a zoomable sectional chart right on my iPad or PC for general orientation and planning. I used to buy these things on paper for my region and others like when I flew in California. The density and clarity of information on these charts is a work of aviation art!'
  • personBruce Irving
  • tagNavigationVFR
  • edit 2020-09-27
  • compare_arrowsBushtalk Radio Landmarks: 5800+ POIs for MSFS and LittleNavMap  (external link)
  • Bushtalk Radio Landmarks: 5800+ POIs for MSFS and LittleNavMap
  • content_paste" It is so cool to combine my love of geography, of learning new things, AND flying into one cool enhancement. I've added 43 POI's so far and learned about places I now hope to visit IRL once that becomes a thing again. One source of POI and flight ideas for me is the Bing wallpaper app on Windows 10. It puts up a photo of some place in the world, and if looks like it would be cool from the air, I fly there and make a POI. I've also revisited the s universities I've attended and places I visited as a child. Very nostalgic and amazing that MSFS is detailed enough to support this sort of thing. Now that I no longer fly as a pilot OR passenger (someday...), this is a great way to explore this amazing world." - Flying Singer
  • personBruce Irving
  • tagNavigation
  • import_contacts 2021  edit 2021-05-01

  • VIDEO
  • Flight of Passage recreated in 2014.
  • content_pasteA couple bought the Bucks’ old Cub, restored it again, and flew the route in 2014!. This zoom event remembering the trip in June 2020 with Rinker Buck as a special guest.
  • personBruce Irving | Rinker Buck
  • edit 2020-10-08
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