Flight Journal: Flight Simulator’s scenic views in New Zealand

I recently went on about an hour long flight in New Zealand using Microsoft Flight Simulator and it showed off some impressively scenic views and changing weather that just had my jaw dropping from moment to moment as I flew along. Here’s a short recap of the experience. From Grisborne to Hamilton My flight was…

Flight Journal: Anti-ship vengance in the Viggen on a full moon

I’ve been flying on the Persian Gulf at War server hosted by Hoggit a lot recently. My flying has been divided mostly between flying the DCS: F-16C on some solo flights and teaming up with friends on flights in the DCS: F/A-18C Hornet and making full use of the DCS: Supercarrier to begin our flights….

Flight Journal: ‘Wind of Fury,’ the first three missions

Just over a month ago, owners of IL-2: Battle of Boddenplatte received a free Scripted Campaign to help pad out the single player experience. It features the Tempest Mark V (Series 2) introduction on the front-lines following the conclusion of the V-1 interception campaign. If the first three missions are any indication, the following seven…

Flight Journal: Over Okinawa in Flight Simulator

My flying time has been somewhat curtailed due to a hectic schedule but I did sneak in some time to check out Microsoft Flight Simulator’s latest update including the world update featuring Japan. I am hoping to conduct a series of flights over the next few weeks exploring the country in more detail. It should…

Flight Journal: Pulling off a wild move in a dogfight

In the school of aerial combat there’s a whole range of established maneuvers that are designed to, when employed correctly, put you in an advantageous position and enable you to engage the enemy. And then there are times where something a bit more crazy works and there’s no better place than in a flight simulation…

Flight Journal: Donegal to Belfast in the DA62 with Flight Simulator

The newest patch for Microsoft Flight Simulator was focused on performance and improving some aircraft features and I had some time to put it through it’s paces last night covering some territory that I’ve been itching to fly around for a while now. Here’s an overview of my journey from Donegal Airport to Belfast International…

Flight Journal: Flying CAP with the DCS: F-16C

A lot of questions get asked about the state of the DCS: F-16C and what you can do with it. I’ve been slowly putting the jet through its paces in its current state to see how much it can do and if at any point I’m left wanting for capability. Here’s a brief journal on…

Bush flying on the bottom of the world in Flight Simulator

Go to the very tip of South America and you’ll find the region of Patagonia and, as it turns out, some fantastic bush plane flying opportunities courtesy of Microsoft Flight Simulator. Here’s how the challenge works and a few details of what we’ve seen so far. Multi-stage progress ‘Bush trips’ is one of the two…

Flight Journal: Into the eye of the storm

Following-up last night’s flight, I once again headed out in Microsoft Flight Simulator to see what the sim and its weather system was able to do showing what now appears to be a catastrophic category 4 storm. And I wasn’t alone either… Storm chasing Fed by real world data, it’s been interesting to see what…

Flight Journal: Flying into Hurricane Laura

My fascination with weather, aviation, and flight simulation came crashing together in the most fantastic way as I decided to fly a hurricane intercept mission into Hurricane Laura and see what the new Microsoft Flight Simulator can do with its weather engine. The results impressed on nearly all fronts! Hurricane hunter A large and powerful…