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  1. i found out myself that the king air is useless currently and i don't use it. but watch your words, buddy.
  2. Hi there, I just finished the Vancouver Island Tour. Thanks!
  3. Hi there, I'd love to do the Radial Tour (https://www.flyaka.com/index.php/tourcenter/tourdetails/34) next, after I finish Vancouver. FS2020 doesn't have any of the planes though that are available from AKA for the Radial Tour and I'm not yet ready to spend 50 bucks on a DC6 payware. Would it be okay if I took the King 350i for this?
  4. What's not so good is that some of the airfields are located in some kind of sinkhole in the ground. I understand where that comes from, and I was able to land and start from these fields, but barely - especially with a heavy c172 and 400 pounds of mail in the trunk. And these kinks really kill some of the otherwise great immersion I'm getting from these tours. So there's lots of room for improvement in FS2020. Hopefully Alaska/Northern America/Canada get a world update soon.
  5. Hi there, just completed the Mail Flight #1 Tour. On the last leg I had this nice rainbow as a compensation for the lousy weather during most of the other legs.
  6. I am utterly surprised that all airfields of this tour are present in FS2020. I didn't expect that.
  7. Hey, just finished Southern Alaska Tour, see https://www.flyaka.com/index.php/tourcenter/tourdetails/15 Thanks!
  8. I think I'm gonna try a different approach. PAMD may not officially exist in FS2020, but there's a nice straight road on the island. They may not want to give me my PAMD, I'll have it anyway. For cryin out loud.
  9. Hey, I took a look at the Southern Alaska Tour. Seems to be a nice flight to help getting to know the area. Being a FS2020 user I anticipated some issues/specialties. Here they are, maybe it helps others who are trying to do the same tour. First I checked whether the airports from that tour exist in FS2020. For that I use a nice open source tool called LittleNavMap (LNM). I also do my regular flight planning with this app. It's able to scan the scenery folders within FS to find out which airports are available in the sim, including those which were installed manually / in the community folder. You can either generate a flight plan file and import it into FS2020 or you could just use LNM as your primary navigation device - it connects to FS and it's got a moving map function. PAVD doesn't exist in default FS2020, but we do have a freeware addon for download at FlyAKA. I installed it and it shows up on LNM after a rescan. PAMD doesn't exist either, and to my knowledge we don't have any addon which covers this. And PAMD is especially painful to not have because it's the great little island field on the fringe of the Aleutian trench. So I guess the only option is to do a fly-over of the island. Looking at the leg list, we've got to cover a distance of about 1170 nm. From the array of aircraft which are shipped with FS2020, just the following 2 are allowed by FlyAKA for the tour: C172, C208. The C172 has a range of about 640 nm, the C208 about 960nm. For this tour I'll pick the C208 simply because I like it a lot. The aircraft range means I'll have to fuel up at least once. Since not all airfields have gas stations, it's important to plan accordingly. Here's the list of airfields, including a hint on which ones also have gas (F) in FS2020: PADQ(F) -> KEB = 98nm KEB -> PFCB(F) = 127nm PFCB(F) -> 5HO = 69nm 5HO(F) -> PAWR(F) = 28nm PAWR(F) -> PAVD = 75nm PAVD -> (PAMD) MDO = 102nm (VOR MDO on Middleton Island) (PAMD) MDO -> 19AK = 146nm 19AK -> PAYA(F) = 67nm PAYA(F) -> AK76 = 45nm AK76 -> PAGY(F) = 97nm PAGY(F) -> PAJN(F) = 70nm PAJN(F) -> PASI(F) = 82nm PASI(F) -> PAKW(F) = 116nm PAKW(F) -> PAKT(F) = 48nm (It's curious by the way that the Valdez addon field doesn't offer fuel despite being one of the biggest on this tour.) The longest part of the route without a chance to pick up some gas is PAWR to PAYA which amounts to about 390nm. My plan is to refuel twice, at PAWR and PAYA, because taking off and landing at every field on the tour list uses up quite some extra fuel. Since I've got a rather busy family life, reality calls often and forces me to make breaks in the middle of a tour. While in FSX you are able to simply save a flight in midair and continue some other time, in FS2020 you should definitely avoid to do this (especially when in mid-air); more often than not the "save game" is corrupted and cannot be loaded anymore. Happend to me countless times until I decided to handle it differently: If I need to make a break, I hit pause, do what I gotta do, come back and continue the flight or quickly land at the nearest possible airfield, note down current aircraft load-out/fuel amount, and continue some other time. There's one problem left to deal with and that's PIREPs with smartCARS/Bluebox. Since PAMD doesn't exist I can't land there and I won't formally be able to complete leg 6 and 7. Any thoughts on this? Should I file manually in this case, e.g. a leg from PAVD to 19AK with a special flight callsign?
  10. Okay, thanks - I'll pick a flight from the schedule that's possible in FS2020.
  11. Hey there, I've read in another thread that FS2020 isn't exactly well-endowed when it comes to airfields in Alaska, especially the smaller ones. Being a good greenhorn pilot boy I wanted to do the introductory flight AKA073. Problem is: There is no Lake Hood Strip (Z41) in FS2020. And there's no C206 on FS2020 either. And we don't have that plane as a download. In cases like these - what do we do? There are some airfields like Merrill or Sky Harbor which would make sense as starting points. And plane-wise the next best default option in FS2020 would be the C172. So, I'd suggest to do the following: Pick the C172, take off from Sky Harbor, do a flyover at Lake Hood, and continue on as planned to Palmer. And then I'd do a PIREP manually. That sound like an acceptable solution? Thanks!
  12. Hey there, just joined in from Germany. I'm a father of 2, husband of 1, got a cat, a house and an apple tree in my garden. I'm working as an IT guy in a government institution and I have some experience concerning VAs: About a decade ago I was a member of GerAir (http://www.gerair.de). Activity died down there at some point and I made a long break from virtual flying. But since FS2020 came out I'm all in again. I also used to fly gliders when I was younger, but life and circumstances forced me to basically quit "active duty". So I'm doing it virtually, it's better than nothing. Looking forward to getting to know you people better - happy flying everyone.
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