Thursday, 22 August 2019

Take a Look at Locher!

Locher, Sarentino, Corvara, Badia, Italy, Northern Hemisphere

There exists a Lochness Monster of sorts, though it is not in Scotland but in the Italian Dolomites about ten nautical miles or so north of Bolzano. Instead of being water borne, it is very much a land locked entity set in hard, unyielding granite.

The airfield to which I am referring is Locher in Corvara, Badia, a small privately owned sloped mountain strip fit only for decently powerful bush aircraft piloted by fruit and nutcase pilots. It is located at hight altitude along a narrow one-way valley, and it is short and steep.

Do watch the following YouTube clips which show off this airstrip in its best possible light, but mind that you watch closely because shortly I will show you where to find excellent freeware scenery for both FSX/P3D and X-Plane.

Mind you, it's not how I first saw the scenery, as my view was rather more upside down and skewed rather alarmingly towards Switzerland, which isn't all that close, on account of the bump that I hit during my takeoff roll, the operative word here being "roll".

Takeoff at Locher:

Locher Landing Guide:

The airfield’s apron is set apart from the grass meadow which doubles up as the runway, and can be found along a short raised sloping track. There is an underground hangar too, and all of these features are present in the freeware sceneries. 

If you watched the approach guide, then you’ll have seen the church to look out for plus the myriad of treacherous powerlines that merrily criss-cross the valley at several distinct points before you get to the strip itself. You’ll be pleased to know that these too are present.

If you are ready for a day out in the Italian Dolomites, then read on to find out where you can find the scenery.

Do read the installation guide, as airfield, photoscenery, and mesh is bundled together in the single download. Do pay particular attention to copying "detial1.bmp" from your FSX/P3D installation into the Locher texture folder, as well as ensuring that your mesh is set to 2m.

This installation takes rather more than the 350Mb of the FSX/P3D counterpart, as users must also download the requisite 1.3Gb of mesh/photo scenery from zonephoto available here.

So, what do you get for your effort?

For either platfom, you will end up with spectacular scenery that has been worth every second invested in downloading, installing, configuring, and admiring it.

The XP version has one or two more features, but both are true to life and as "good as it gets" renditions of the Locherness Monster.

I hope that you enjoy this as much as I nearly did!

Sunday, 11 August 2019

X-Plane GA Pilots: Traffic in your, err, everywhere!

Introducing "See and Avoid" for X-Plane!

This essential Python script plugin is an absolute must have for all X-Plane GA armchair pilots.

The plugin adds a ton of GA traffic all around you - above you, below you, to your left, to your right, and so on - and it makes your skies come alive with traffic and gives your eyes a serious workout in tracking said traffic.

There are one or two options, for instance a pop up window listing traffic, but you won't need it because your skies will be teeming with bogeys!

You will need Python V2.7 installed, along with Sandy Barbour's famous Python Interface for X-Plane, with Win/Mac installers easily obtained here. Similarly to FlyWithLua, Python is a scripting langauge for which there exist very many handy X-Plane scripts.

Thursday, 8 August 2019

Maxed Out?

This is an interesting and rounded appraisal from the BBC of the inherent failings of Boeing’s ill-fated 737 Max.

In my opinion, it’s worth reading, if only to properly gauge what went wrong with the recent Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines disasters.

There are one or two simplifications, such as references to the trim system, but overall it’s a well considered article.

Monday, 5 August 2019

No, its not the Q4XP quite yet ..

Free Legacy update
.. still the best Q400 for X-Plane     


Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Honeycomb Yoke - A great review for those who may be tempted

 Thanks to DaveCT2003

"Well, here is an example of having a flight simmer design our hardware, because the Honeycomb Yoke is connected via a USB-C connector which attaches directly to the back of the Yoke, which allows users to disconnect and remove the Yoke without having to remove the cable from the computer or USB HUB."

Read his full review in the Aerosoft Preview Forum

Monday, 15 July 2019

Fans of Fangzhan: Zakynthos Greek Holiday for Free!

Fangzhan Aviation Studios has released an exceptionally detailed freeware rendition of Zakynthos LGZA airport in Greece for P3D V4.4+.

Two installation compatibility modes, one for ORBX and the other for Realworld Scenery (photo).

Fangzhan Zakynthos feature list:
  • PBR Textures
  • Dynamic Lighting
  • Airport Clutter
  • Static A321
  • 3D Grass
  • 3D Ditches
  • Basic custom houses and vegetation around the airport (in Photo Scenery Mode)
  • Landclass correction