content_pasteUsing just the two flight plans included in Africa Visual Vol.4, I spent a fun-filled week exploring Cape Town, South Africa. Some of my explorations lasted a few minutes, some an hour. Check them out and get inspiration for your own flights.
content_pasteReview by popular YouTube channel Sim Hanger. The review starts at 6 min 39 secs. One slight correction is necessary, the flight plan IS accessible in flight by bringing up the default map display (default key 'V'). If you want to see the NAVLOG within MSFS, you will need the GAME edition, which was not published at the time of this review.
content_pasteIn these videos I went on a flight from 'MiGMan's World Tour' and by chance was asked to effect an air intercept. *** NOTE *** The chances of finding aircraft to intercept depend on your sim traffic settings. They are not programmed as part of the flight plan.
content_pasteAndorra lacks an airport, so we take off from the nearest which is La Seu d’Urgell LESU at Catalonia in Spain, just 6 nm S of the border. LESU is a spectacular airport in it's own right, being positioned on a plateau.
content_pasteJoin me as I take off from Carcassonne airport, 100 km from Andorra la Vella (yes, that's the nearest airport), for 15 minutes of FUN in Andorra. | Landmarks: Lake Engolaster, St. Stephens, Salvador Dali's melting clock sculpture.
Well, I didn't see any of that, but next time I know exactly where to go! Moral of the story - trust the Lat and Long over the tourist info, which said 100km from the ap to the city. Yes... that would be by road!
content_pasteA tropical paradise! I must come back in a helicopter! Managed a wheels up landing... unintentional! Tore off the right flaps and put a few dings in the bodywork, nothing that won't buff out!
content_pasteTakeoff from Jorge Newbery SABE Fly NW to San Fernando International S to Ezeiza International E to the coast Follow the coast N back to Jorge Newbery Managed to scare some other aviators along the way I think... and someone abandoned an a/c on a runway I was trying to use. Perhaps a drug smuggler on the lam?
content_pasteTake off from Zvartnots International SW to Lake Van Golu (Cancelled this leg - SE to the bridge across the centre of Lake Urmia) N to Lake Sevan W to Zvartnots International. This was quite a long flight due to the inadequate flight planner (me). Next time I'll just take off, head south and circle the enormous mountain peak and RTB. Or fly to Azat Reservoir where the dam is quite stunning.
content_pasteTake off from airport in Stepanakert, the capital of Artsakh. o Got lost
o Once again realised that relying on google maps' driving instructions is a mistake!
o Worst landing to date... ran into the mud!
o On the plus side... absolutely gorgeous sunset!
content_pasteBotany Bay is where Captain James Cook first stepped ashore from HMS Endeavour on April 29th 1770. Initially thinking this to be a suitable site for the 1st settlement, he changed his mind upon sailing 10 miles north to the mouth of what became Sydney Harbour.
content_pasteOld Fort Bay is a private gated community, club, and former British colonial fort located in northwestern New Providence Island in The Bahamas just east of Lyford Cay. The clubhouse itself is the site of a fort that was built by the British during the 18th century to fend off pirates.Wikipedia'
content_pasteIncludes Nassau's Lynden Pindling International Airport (MYNN) and all other Bahamas airports served by Bahamas Air including MYAB, MYAF, MYAK, MYAM, MYAN, MYAP, MYAT, MYBG, MYBS, MYCA, MYCB, MYCI, MYEF, MYEH, MYEM, MYER, MYGF, MYIG, MYLD, MYLS, MYMM and MYSM. Most custom scenery objects are vintage 2016 as previously created by me for FSX scenery.
content_pasteAll mods will work with the MSFS Basic version but it is recommended to have the MSFS Premium version installed to ensure that all included objects appear in your sim. Other versions (Standard and Deluxe) will work, but some items may not appear.
It is highly recommended to have all free World updates installed.
Do not forget to check the dependencies. its imperative to have the list of dependancies installed, or your scenery will not display correctly / incomplete.
content_pasteHad a bit of unexpected excitement at the end of this idyllic flight as the gear didn't extend and I had to do a go-around!
o Take off from Grantley Adams (TBPB) in Bridgetown
o Fly N up the coast
o Follow it around, admiring the beaches
content_pasteo Took off from El Alto International airport (VQPR) in La Paz, Bolivia.
o Few 40km NW to Lake Titicaca.
o Landed on a first strip... or rather off a dirst strip at Copacabana on Lake Titicaca.
content_pasteMy first ever flight in the T-45 Goshawk.
o Took off from Sarajevo International LQSA in Sarajevo, Bosnia Herzegovina.
o Flew up a valley
o Then another
o Got very lost
o Landed at Sarajevo International
content_pasteI used a special "landing cam" view on this one. Kind of like being in the back seat of an instructor model.
o Took off from International Airport of Brasilia SBBR in Brasilia, Brazil.
o Few around the Lago Paraono (Lake of Pihranas!!!!!)
content_pasteTook off from Brunei International WBSB in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei. Flew around smaller and larger Brunei Bay. Lots of spotty weather (fun!). Had to go around and then a good landing. Until I landed!
content_pasteVery impressed with the level of detail like truck tires turning, the sound of the airbrakes and the aircraft sinking and raising on it's suspension in real time according to how much fuel you load.
content_pasteHad an in-flight emergency when the airspeed/mach indicators went u/s! Landed successfully. On reviewing the cockpit cam I saw that the airspeed HAD come back online during final approach, but I was so fixated on the picture, relating it to past landings in order to guess the speed, that I hadn't even noticed!
content_pasteHighlights: o I flew to the Ziggurat of Dur-Kurigalzu.
o Bridges can be difficult to spot.
o A major road intersection with clover leaf flyovers turned out to be a better turn point.
o "You are not cleared to land"!
content_pastewp 1 - Burgerville
wp 2 - Hermitage Dam
wp 3 - Port Esquivel Airstrip
wp 4 - Fort Charles - Remains of a fort originally built in the 1650s, with a small museum & guided tours. As is often the case, the landmark I put the most research into turned out to be the least visible and rendered in autogen!
content_pasteTokyo is a photogrammetry city which was featured in the 1st world update to MSFS 2020 in late 2020: Japan.
wp 1 - Ichikawa-ohashi Brige
wp 2 - More or less follow the Arakawa River to the Sakitama Bridge
wp 3 - Yokohama Bay Bridge
content_pasteOrbiting Srinigar at altitude and using the left wing camera to get some nice views of the city. I used the 1st two waypoints from my 'Srinagar to Mount Kolahoi' flight in Asia Visual Vol.1.
Scenery upgrade to Pristina Airport BKPR built by MM Simulations Scenery.
Many enjoyable details. Really brings the standard airport to life. I particularly enjoy flying past the radar and radio installations, the light towers and even the perimeter fence!
content_pasteLiechtenstein lacking an airport, I flew from Altenrhein, a small airport in Altenrhein in the Canton of St. Gallen, Switzerland near Lake Constance.
--/o\-- Waypoints --/o\--
1 - Vaduz Castle dates back to the 12th century and is a royal family residence
2 - South West corner of Liechtenstein and Switzerland
3 - South East corner of Liechtenstein and Switzerland
4 - Northern border of Liechtenstein, Switzerland and Austria
content_pasteFor some ?? reason the capture file was only twice the size of my usual stuttery captures, at 630mb instead of ~ 300mb. That's fine, I can live with that. But - HD and no stuttering. So the workflow changes again... I'll do the preflight - map - drone footage in OBS, do the inflight with the Xbox game capture, and splice them together post flight in Windows 'Photos' app.
1 - Dam with a very large inscription on the wall
2 - North end of Mechra Lake: buildings and a swimming pool. /\ I couldn't spot it. I think the swimming pool has gone.
3 - Mouth of the Sebou River
4 - Fly back down the coast