INTRO - 09/04/06
Since I have got the new VOZ 1.1 scenery, I haven't been flying anywhere except for the glamerous continent of Australia or comonly known as OZ.
So, regarding that I have decided to out together a set of adventures, flown by myself, which include all four Regions of Australia: - the North Region, the South - West Region, the South-East Region and the Central Region. I will be starting with the South-East Region which will include four sets of adventures in that area.
Before I begin the Adventure into Australia, I would like to thank Cheekytrolly for letting me know about this wonderful for such an amazing country
Thanks for reading and expect some reports along with some fab screenies along the way!
Great, can't wait for that first report!!
Bring it on Mike!
I'll be waiting for it
Region - North Region
Adventure No. 1
Route - YBCS, YMBA, YIFL, YBCS
The day has come for the adventure to start! With the rain spitting down above and the misty mountains setting the scene on the distant horizon, I knew that I was in for an adventure of a life time.
Not before long, I was all ready with my freeware Maule. I was ready to taxi from my very own Hanger in Cairns Intl to RWY 33 for my first leg of my first adventure to Mareeba (YMBA). (see screenshot 1 below). With ATC's clearance for takeoff I took off at approximately 12:15PM on RWY 33 and immediately executed a left turn which positioned me flying over a semi-urban patch of land just to the north-west of Cairns. (see screenshot 2 below). I admired VOZ's amazing scenery below and switched quickly to spot plane view. I also noticed that I was in store for a treat with misty mountains ahead of me seperating me from Mareeba. I was heading West towards Mareeba at 130 knots with a total of 17nm to go. I decided to climb to a cruise altitude of about 6,000 feet because I just wanted to admire the wonderful scenery. The fogginess in the mountains was so brilliant that I actually felt like I was there.
With about 20nm to go and slowing to 115knots I noticed that the mountains below me began to fade away into the distance behind me as I approached the deserted area of Mareeba Airfield. The land below me on approach was mostly rural with a lot of feilds - looked photoreal to me.
At 12nm I had the runway in sight and lined up for my first landing on a rather short runway. Because it was so short only one word sprung to my mind.....help. I was pretty scared as I thought that I might over shift the Runway! But I was soon proved wrong when I executed an almost perfecct landing on my arrival. I arrived at Mareeba at about 12:35PM just in time for some lunch.
After gobbling down my food, I started to refuel my Maule in order to fly the second leg of my first adventure in the North Region of Australia. My Second Leg was from Mareeba (YMBA) to Innisfail (YIFL). I lined up along the runway and applied full throttle, then taking off at 125 knots. (see screenshot 3 below).
I made a right turn so I was flying south towards Innisfail. During this leg, I noticed how similiar it was to the first one - flying from town to town and inbetween, seperating each town was a row of mountains. I was in for some more mountainous scenery as I noticed via my GPS system.
Before long I was cruising at 6,000 feet above the mountains with a total of 42nm to go. It was a long flight in a small prop but well worth it as I was focusing so much on the scenery below me. The textures appeared immaculate and I was astonished. (see screenshot 4 below).
Soon, I was descending towards Innisfail. On my descent I noticed once again that I was once again leaving the mountainous areas for the more Urban area of Innisfail.
I landed at Innisfail at approxiamtely 1.10PM. I performed an average landing but thats just me I guess - one minute a good landing the next a bad one. I noticed the fuel pump but decided not to more fuel in the tanks and thought that I would have enough. So far I have enjoyed the tour with one more Leg to go until the first one finishes!
After a short break I cracked on to complete my first adventure in the North Region of Australia. In total it would take me 45nm to get back to Cairns Intl which would last me about 35 minutes. So I applied full throttle and took off, making a left turn, 180 degrees so I was heading north again. (see screenshot 5 below). I had mountains to my left and right so I had a good view which ever side I looked. I was very close to the mountains this time, closer than before and it was very special to see the detail that the VOZ team had done at such a close view. The fogginess was so real (done by Active Sky) and it was resting at about 5,500 feet so on my approach I seemed to glide into the cloud and line up. My cuise altitude was at 7,000 feet, which meant that I should descend at a distance of 21nm from Cairns Intl. I crossed over the City of Cairns on my way which was beautiful to look at. One thing I knew that VOZ had improved on would be their ground textures - they were very accurate - especially the lush green fields which lay below me.
Soon I was approximately 10nm from Cairns Intl, and was lined up at 95 knots. I was cleared to land on RWY 33 and touched down with that sense of mistyness and light rain that I witnessed when I left here 1 - 2 hours ago. I was given taxi clearance to my Hanger and parked the Maule there for the night. (see screenshot 6).
Today I have explored and discovered so much yet so little as the rest of Australia awaits to be discovered.
Thanks for reading and I will send my next Adventure report of the North Region of Australia tommorow!
Bye for now and P.S - I will take some more screenies than I did today.
Great report Mike!!
Glad you finally got it to work
Thank You PilotWannabe!
P.S I like the new avatar
Thanks - and my sig - its the centre of the Australian Desert
Yeah!!! A bit hotter than England!!
Great job dear Mike.Keep on feeding us with your ecxellent reports ans shots.
I am just organising my next adventure for the south east of AUS so expect it soon!
I am just organising my next adventure for the south east of AUS so expect it soon!
Looking forward to it...
Nice work Mike
Yay, I love tours- especially if they concern VOZ
Great report Mike, I enjoyed reading that very much! I must agree that the flight from Mareeba (YMBA) to Innisfail (YIFL) is spectacular with the Vista Australi's textures installed- I reccomend everyone gives it a try!
I just can't wait for the next installment!
By the way, when you said "Region - SE Region" didn't you mean North
I am glad you enjoyed it Cheeky, I loved your own Oz Tour that you did a couple of months back and I just had to do my own set of adventures - The scenery is amazing!!
And yes I did mean the North Region. I have edited the post.
Region – North Region
Adventure No. 2
Route: - YBSG, YBWP, YLHR, YBSG
Hello again and today we start the second adventure in the North Region of Australia. We start at the airport of Scherger, in a particularly deserted part of Australia with many fields beyond. I set my fuel for 50% as I thought that would just keep me in the air for the second adventure!
So with fuel ready, my baron ready and of course myself ready I departed from Scherger Airport, turning left at a heading of 090 degrees and flew to my first stop of the day to YBWP, Weipa Airfeild (see screenshot 1). Weipa Airfeild was an incredibly short distance from Scherger and it only took me 10 minutes to get there. I cruised at 2500 feet and sat back for a short period to check out the great scenery done by Ross Casey (VOZ Team). There were mostly a lot of fields about and wherever you seemed to fly, you felt virtually going in an aimless direction. Only could I see the distant mountains of the North East on the horizon.
I landed shortly at YBWP, and noticed that there was no traffic there nor no ATC system at all, so I landed on whatever runway I desired and stopped for a little break – even though I had only travelled for 15nm/10 minutes.
However, I was quickly back up in the sky heading towards the more North Easterly region of YLHR, Lockhart River. On my first leg as I said I noticed the mountains thinking in my mind that I wouldn’t be going anywhere near them…but I was wrong.
This journey was 83nm long so I could set the autopilot for an altitude of 7000 feet at a speed of 170 knots. So…I sat back for 25 minutes and admired the scenery, which was before flat land, turning into the famous mountainous Aussie landscape!(see screenshot 2)
The clouds surfaced just below the tips of the very tops of the mountains, and it made me feel very relaxed. However, there was a substantial amount of cloud below me so unfortunately most of the scenery was not in sight from my aircraft. (see screenshot 3)
The approach into Lockhart was more than fantastic. I had to make a steep right turn approximately 7nm from the airport as a large mountain was blocking me from flying straight towards the airport. But to divert the Baron an extra 3nm simply gave me the opportunity to explore even more.
I landed successfully at Lockhart River at 4:35PM.
Soon the day was dawning and I felt that I had to make a quick flight back before the sun goes down as I wouldn’t be able to see the airport as it had no lights for guiding me to the airport. This flight lasted a little less than LEG 2’s one, a total of 72nm to travel. The route led me back over the mountains and then towards the rural area, of Scherger. I still admire the great mountains that the VOZ team have added to. On approach I met the same clouds that I witnessed on my second leg and saw the sun setting behind me in a peaceful state. (see screenshot 4)
I landed at Scherger Airport at 5:15PM (see screenshot 5) and parked there for the night. (see screenshot 6)
Today’s adventure was once again more than fun but challenging at the same time. I met new land to discover, and thought that the 83nm journey from Weipa to Lockhart River was such a distance that I thought that I had covered a huge amount of Australia. However, I soon discovered that I had only covered the smallest of portions.
Until next time,
Thanks for reading and enjoy the screenies!
Another great report SteveT
Keep 'em coming!!
Another great write up friend- the screenshots where particually top quality
Where can I download that Baron repaint too?
Region: North Region
Adventure No. 3
Route:- YGPT, YBTI, YSNB, YGPT
Today is the day I start my 3rd and second to last adventure in the Northern Territory of Australia. Today I will be flying my Maule taildragger. The weather had cleared tremendously from yesterday so I was very pleased with the fact that I would be able to see the scenery. I began at the airport of Garden Point, YGPT. It was an airport with no ATC system and many forests and open fields surrounded me. I was very near the sea and so I had that in sight for my admiration.
Soon I lines up in the runway and took off at a rather late time of 3:15pm. My first stop was a very short hop over to Bathurst Airfield, YBTI. The land below me was quite deserted and noticed that there were no mountains in the distance – much to my surprise J I noticed a pretty looking river that was near my route and it looked very peaceful, especially in the late afternoon. (See screenshot 1 and 2)
With a total of 27nm to travel I soon landed in a matter of minutes at Bathurst Airfield. The airfield was much like the one I took off from. (See screenshot 3)
With no need to refuel I was soon back in the air (after a break), setting my GPS to my second destination, Snake Valley, ICAO code – YSNB (see screenshot 4)
I had about 40nm to travel and was travelling 180 degrees, south. Although I was heading towards the mountains of the southern land, I didn’t expect to reach them because of my short second flight. The scenery was once again very well done and was surprised to see many ‘little’ towns which appeared in numerous areas in the forests below me. Later, I was 15nm out and started to descend from my 5000 feet cruising altitude. I landed at Snake Valley to complete my second leg.
My final leg had arrived after flying a rather short amount of flying: 70nm. The sun was setting to my rear as I took off for my last leg. It was a pleasant final flight for the day, taking off at 5:00 (I had a break) just in time for a nighttime visual landing back at Garden Point. (See screenshot 5)
I was cruising at 6000 feet for my 50 nautical mile journey at a cruise speed of 140 knots, which was a little slower than the baron that I used on the previous adventure. (See screenshot 6)
However during the flight whilst I was looking at the well-crafted scenery below in spot plane view, I didn’t realise that my speed had dropped dramatically to 90 knots!!
I thought that the wind must be facing me because me speed was very low for my approach and landing. I did land successfully from a 25-minute journey, completing my third adventure for the tour so far. (See screenshot 7)
Join me tomorrow for my final adventure of the north region.
So for now,
Goodbye, and thanks for reading!
Another great report SteveT.
Some great screenshots and a fantastic report to go along with it
Remember, if you ever want me to join you on one of your hops, just give me a buzz
Looking forward to your next report
Thanks for your kind words Pilotwannabe
For my next adventure you are more then welcome to join me but the trouble is the graphics are poor for me on multiplayer
Keep on flying Mike.
OK Mike don't worry, good graphics is the whole point of having VOZ after all
Interesting report, Mike!
I'm looking forward to read the other legs
Cool trip report again
Unfortunately, today I have been unable to fly part of my Adventure tours because I have been very busy - but tommorow I will post it