Wall decoration

I get asked about the banner hanging on the wall next to the sim;

This came from an advertising campaign by Microsoft in 1994, and I thought it summed up what flightsim is about for me 🙂

I scored the banner during my time working in a computer shop.  Being the hoarder that I am, I grabbed the banner and stored it for some-time-in-the-future

Wiki Article on the Campaign


First sortie “Up North”

Tonight I spent a bit of time downloading, installing and configuring scenery and AI for an upcoming event (to be announced here soon!).  After everything was sorted I flew a quick test flight to make sure all the new elements were working together in the sim.

Preparing to get underway as a U-2 ‘Dragon Lady’ taxied past
The weather was not that nice for our departure from Osan
Approaching the DMZ, the locals seemed to be a little offended by our “sightseeing”
So after a quick scoot along the DMZ it was time to head back to base. This time at a much more civilized altitude!
Back at base and a little drive around to peek at the local “talent”; F-16C’s in their shelters
And John Young’s incredible A-10C’s These are AI models, yet the level of detail is as good as many “flyable” aircraft!
The paint on the A-10’s by ‘Mins’ is stunning, the realistic weathered look brings the models to life!
Map of the mission… North to the DMZ at low level, turn right and skim along the border, and finally South and back to base.

Night flight

This evening, after a refuelling stop at Shanghai, Pudong Airport we blasted across the Yellow Sea, headed for Osan in South Korea.

Once we get to Osan I hope to try out some of my Multi-player mission ideas…. More on that later! 

Well I did it!

After lots of deliberation…weighing the pros and cons…. and justifying spending money on my sim… I did it!

My new Thrustmaster Throttle will be here tomorrow, thanks to Mighty Ape’s fast shipping.

I’ve been a Thrustmaster fan since the early 90’s and have a fair collection of sticks and throttles in my collection <note to self….post idea?> and in fact the new throttle will be replacing an old WCS2, also from TM….

I can’t wait to get it in the sim!

New Skyhawk Throttle Option?

During a Trademe search for something unrelated I stumbled on Thrustmaster’s new TWCS Throttle.  It looks pretty close to the ‘Kahu’ Throttle, and is PnP so means no work for me to interface… and it’s cheap!

One possible plan is to sell my Cougar HOTAS setup to fund buying the new throttle……
So… “For Sale, one reconditioned Cougar HOTAS, F-16 stick and Throttle in Aluminium construction”…….

Here is the page on Mighty Ape for the new throttle…

Formation tanking

These photos were taken during a multiplayer mission a few years ago, paving the way for future missions 🙂

The 737 was one of our sims at work, the 707 Tanker was running on my old ‘TACOPS’ machine, and that was me flying the Skyhawk.

Cards, Boots, Camera and EFIS

It’s been a while since an update, and despite working long hours I have something to talk about!

I received a B737 passenger safety card in the mail, which will fill its place in the seat pocket..

Then, I bought a new phone, with a much nicer camera… So I had to try it out;

This was taken on the climb out of Trondheim, headed North and eventually to a small mining town in Russia.

During the climb I did some research on interfacing my new EFIS panel to Project Magenta. It appears that most of the functions I need should be easy to implement, and may only need some LUA scripting for the more complex tasks.

Initial machining on the EFIS panel is complete, now I just need to find some time to assemble and wire it! Once everything is fitted and tested I’ll remove the face plate, paint and engrave it.

The final bit of news is Huge… I got new boots today which means…

(drum roll please)

Susan the fighter pilot gets some boots at last!


For some reason I’ve always wanted to visit Trondheim in Norway.  Perhaps it was all the Alistair MacLean novels I read as a teenager, with the Russian Convoys as their theme…..

Engaging in a little low-level navigation on the way up from Oslo
Short finals to runway 27
Parked at the gate after a great flight

So far Norway has been a great adventure.  Next I hope to explore around a little more, then set sights on the UK to continue the exploration I started last year.

For links to the Norway scenery I am using go to Freewarescenery.com

The journey continues

From Kolkata we continued on our North-Western heading, landing in Tashkent, Uzbekistan before the final hop to Oslo in Norway…

Nice scenery, and not too bad weather in Tashkent
FL370 over Sweden, about to start the descent into Oslo

Tonight’s mission is the arrival and landing in Oslo.  The beauty of X-Pause means that the sim automatically paused 100 NM’s from it’s destination… waiting for me to come home and fly the arrival 🙂