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!

Malta!

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

Land!

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**!

Whitianga

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

Fleet Update

It’s been a while, but very soon the TA-4, Arrow and Canterbury will all be in the same geographic location….

After almost 3 months Canterbury is almost home, and will be meeting both of my sims in my virtual world. Canterbury is due at Devonport tomorrow evening, while the Skyhawk is already at Whenuapai. I hope to fly the Arrow down to meet them both tomorrow evening, bringing them together for the first time this year!

Meanwhile in the Big Apple

HMNZS Canterbury has been on a bit of a voyage over the past 7 weeks or so, leaving NZ far behind, she visited the Southern, South and North Atlantic Oceans with stops in Portsmouth and Benbecula and has now arrived in New York. Must be time for a virtual party for the crew!

Formation and Tanking Training

Multiplayer is now running really well and smoothly using iBNET. Tonight I had 3 drones operating; HMNZS Canterbury, B707 Tanker and a US Navy A-3.

Joining on the A-3 orbiting around Canterbury

Then up top to tank with the 707.. missed by *this* much!

After landing the Skyhawk, jumped into the A-3 and had a go at tanking that….

I really like the Alphasim A-3 Skywarrior 🙂

Finished off with a high-speed pass at Ohakea in the A-3, then landed… a great nights flying!

iBNET is great for a better multiplayer environment. More animations work, lights work properly, and even “smoke” works!
Check it out at: iBirdSoft