Post by Mike Monce - HJG on Aug 29, 2019 13:05:06 GMT
Tony's great idea of around the world in 80 days, reminded me of another long term way to explore, and get out of the FS rut.
Try making a flight to all the cities listed on the departed flights website (http://departedflights.com/) In particular, go to the historic schedules ( www.departedflights.com/oagintro.html ) and then pick a time period and region. Most are US, but there are some worldwide options. When I first did this I chose 1985, I'm now working through 1999. Once you pick a schedule you will be presented with a list of cities. Your objective is to make a flight into each of the cities listed using the the appropriate departure airport as well as the appropriate aircraft.
1) For the two airports you choose, if there is available a modified airport, download and install. This will greatly increase your scenery library and add to your enjoyment flying in and out of enhanced airports.
2) You can cover most flights using HJG planes, BUT be adventurous. Some of these cities only had small commuter/turboprop service. If you don't have the plane need, download, learn to fly it, and then do the chosen flight. In my case I sometime ended up spending a few days re-engineering the FDE on most of the planes I downloaded. I now have some really interesting planes in my hanger I never would have thought to put in there.
3) If you've been doing a lot of flights with say an ATP, but then the next city is a big hub; go ahead and take a 747 up....mix it up as you work through the list.
This project can keep you busy for over a year, and never lack for an idea of what and where to fly.
Pilot reports Number 3 engine missing.
Mechanic replies: Engine found under right wing after brief search.
Doing historic flights one stumbles also over the question of navigation especially what type of appoaches one should use. Back at the dawn of jet airliners flying ADF approaches and VOR approaches were in place but ILS was not so common still on less popular airports. So in doubt one should use the non-precisión approaches (VOR and ADF). ADF approaches are now not being published any more on many airports. On Route Navigation needs also some handwork like calculating the course and estimating wind drift. So its not without challange.
At least in the US, there were more ILS approaches that you may have thought. Yes, smaller airports did not yet have them, but airports of cities of any reasonable size almost certainly did.
That said, almost all airports only had one ILS, the one that uses the airports initials (i.e. the ILS at Burbank (KBUR) was IBUR on Rwy 7). This makes it easy to know which runway should be used if you need the ILS, and if flying into other runways you should avoid any ILS approach.
For example, in the western US in 1962 the following airports had ILS runways: Albuquerque Arcata Austin Billings Boise Burbank Casper Cheyenne Colorado Springs Corpus Christi Denver (2) Duluth El Paso Eugene Fargo Forth Smith Fresno Grand Junction Great Falls Joplin Klamath Falls Long Beach Los Angeles Medford Midland Monterey Oakland (2) Ontario Pendleton Pocatello Portland Pueblo Reno Rock Springs Sacramento Salem Salt Lake City San Diego San Francisco Santa Barbara Seattle Boeing Seattle Tacoma Spokane Stockton Yakima
The large airports without ILS: Las Vegas Phoenix Tucson
Note that these three airports are all in the desert southwest where bad weather was unlikely.