Monday, July 24, 2006

You can't beat Wellington on a good day

From Mt Kaukau..... the site of the TV transmitter that servers most of Wellington

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Time Zones Annoy Me

MSFS new edition 1984

Monday, February 27, 2006

Atlas - Central North Island

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Installing New FlightGear Aircraft (Windows)

1) Open Winzip
2) "Click" on the "Open" button
3) Navigate to the downloaded aircraft file











4) answer "Yes"













5) make sure the "Path" column has a sub folder that will keep all this aircrafts files separate from any others eg in this case "Lightning\".











6) find the "Extract" button and "click" on it












7) navigate to the "[fg-root]/aircraft" folder
8) if in 5) above a separate folder didn't exist, create it eg. in this case it could've been "[fg-root]/aircraft/English-Electric-Lightning" but it did have "Lightning/......" so don't bother about creating a separate one (it'll stop FG from loading the A/C correctly)
9) Wait for the green light (bottom right) to come back on
10) start FG
11) ENJOY!!!!!

Installing New FlightGear Scenery (Windows)


1) Open Winzip
2) "click" on the "Open" button
3) navigate to your downloaded scenery
4) select the scenery file
5) "click" "Open"








6) Answer "yes"













7) wait until you get a screen like this












8) find the "Extract" button












9) navigate to your FlightGear root Directory
10) if a "Scenery" folder doesn't exist off the FlightGear root folder, use the "New Folder" button to create it
11) Select the "[FG Root]/Scenery " folder
12) make sure the "Use Folder Names" tick box is ticked (bottom left of the dialog window)
13) ...wait...... until the green light (bottom right) comes on again.





NOTE:
DON'T GET CONFUSED BY THE DIFFERENT PATHS BETWEEN ABOVE AND BELOW. I DOWNLOAD AND WRITE MAIL ON A DIFFERENT PC TO THE ONE I RUN FG ON

14) start up FlightGear
15) "click" on the "Prev" button











16) use the "Add" button to add the "[fg-root]\Scenery" path to the FG_SCENERY window.

17) continue starting up FlightGear and enjoy

Friday, February 03, 2006

FG/FGSD Scenery development


This is a picture of Wellington (New Zealand) looking towards NZWN runway 16 (true bearing 161deg). Its taken slightly to the left and about 1000ft below glide-slope. Distance is about 5NM. Note the Miramar penninsula on the left and Mount Victoria on the right. On final approach you pass between the peaks of these two land marks.

This picture was taken with a 2Mega-pixel camera with 6x optical on 1x zoom.


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This was taken with the same camera on full zoom.

Notice the fuel tanks to the left and boats in the bay, these are statics I hope to add to the final scenery.

Peter Jackson's "Welly-Wood" is just over the low range to the left of approach, mostly converted warehouses with a couple of custom built studios.
As you can see on a fine day visibility is 5NM plus.





VERSION 098 SCENERY

This is taken from about 5NM on glide-slope. Notice the flattened terrain... basically, everywhere you can see. NZWN is built on a recovered bog that rose from the sea in a major earthqukae about 1890. You wouldn't really guess it from the terrain presented here.

Do note the road to the right. This in fact is a deep gorge and carries 50% of the traffic in and out of Wellington. It is bumper to bumper in the rush-hour.




































This is taken from roughly the same position, after about a weeks editing with FGSD.

Note the increased elevations to the right and left of approach and the radio mast on the top of the hill to the right.

The Ngauranga Gorge is not perfect but more noticable.

I haven't really touched the mid-city (to the right) elevations yet.

VERSION 099 SCENERY















This is "raw" 099/0910 scenery.

Notice ...more contoured gorge to the left, better elevations to the right and left of glide-slope, and better elevations in the background of the city.

Most of the railway to the left is in a tunnel...something to address....this would be enhanced with a few static objects.... there are fuel tanks just to the left of the threshold, a medium radio mast on the peak of the right hand hill, and a wind turbine to the right in the background.

A few static yatches in the foreground would look good too.... watch this space.

Friday, January 27, 2006

AIP - International Sites

A list of International Aeronautical Information Publications

Australia

AIP Australia

France_(includes)

France General AIP

--European_France

--New_Caledonia

--French_Polynesia

New_Zealand

NZ AIP

United_States_of_America

USA AirNav

If you can’t find what you’re looking for try this site;

http://www.icao.int/icao/en/m_links.html

Monday, January 23, 2006

Fairchild A10 "Warthog" buzzing Nimitz