F421 Sea Trials

After a *significant* refit, Canterbury today headed out on Sea Trials before being put back to work.

Canterbury seaming slowly out of the Harbor on her way to her Sea Trials

Back in April the PC running as my pseudo-ship sim died, leaving Canterbury effectively out of service.  Over the past weekend I built and configured the second i7 PC as a combined ship sim and Terminal Server, meaning that today F421, HMNZS Canterbury set sail for the first time in 3 months.

It was nice seeing Canterbury working again, and it marks a significant step in upgrading the entire sim network, with the addition of the Terminal Server to help reduce the number of full-size PC’s needed to run my sims.

Dodging traffic on the way out of the harbor

Well that does it!

A few events in the past month or so have conspired to bring forward the big PC upgrades in the sim cave!

First the HMNZS Canterbury PC died…. leaving Canterbury stuck in the middle of the Pacific… next, the TA-4, running old old Windows XP, wont run some of the cool LUA scripts I’ve been writing…..

So!  Now I have one of my ‘spare’ i7’s plugged in and about to be configured with a shiny new copy of Windows 7, and my now well developed FS9 build….  With any sort of luck I should get the thing running over the next week or so…  More to come as it develops!

737 Maritime Patrol?

Low pass of HMNZS Canterbury departing the Chathams

HMNZS Canterbury, and the 737 were both in the Chathams.   Tonight Canterbury departed, heading for Tokelau, so I did a wee flypast, masquerading as an Orion 😉

Around the World in 80 Days

This sounds like a lot of fun… but because I am ‘me’.. I am thinking of doing the trip by sea, mostly, and then mixing some other sims in along the way 🙂

From the Aerosoft Forum:
Join us in a aviation version of the famous journey made by Phileas Fogg, traveling around the world in 80 days. We leave on October 2nd and arrive on December 21st. Check out the rules and when you like to join create your own dairy topic.

Aerosoft “Around the World in 80 Days” Club

So Long Flashies….

“Flashing” or flickering gauges have plagued both the 737 and F421 sim PC’s.  Both are running good graphics cards, both are running Win7x64…  I *know* both of these machines ran FS9 nicely under Windows XP.

After a bit of google searching and forum reading I had no clear fix, or even a cause!

Tonight I installed and ran nVidia Inspector, applied my favorite settings, then disabled Anti-Aliasing, and texture filtering inside fs9 and voila!  no more flashing/flickering gauges!


In the early hours of this morning HMNZS Canterbury arrived in Malta, I expect there will be some shore leave coming up 😉


After a very long transit of the Indian Ocean, F421 can see land again!

Land ahoy!

Well into the Gulf of Aden, and that’s Somalia in the background. Travelling up the Gulf, then the Suez Canal and finally the Med!

Canterbury heads out into the Indian Ocean

After spending a few weeks around NZ, Canterbury is once again heading out on the high seas. This morning she cleared Western Australia and headed out into the Indian Ocean.

A beautiful sunrise West of Perth 🙂

Whenuapai to Whitianga in the Arrow

Tonight I had a spectacular flight from Whenuapai down to Whitianga on the Coromandel Peninsula.  This is an area I have not really flown before, and I’d completely forgotten that there was photo scenery for the re installed in the sim!  Arriving in Whitianga was **beautiful**!


And for those following along, Whitianga in the middle of the map, surrounded by some amazing landscapes, and plenty of small airfields to visit 🙂


And an old friend was also visiting
HMNZS Canterbury