One of my pastimes, and current times, is to partake of the Microsoft Flight Simulator experience at least once a year. Despite the fact the slogan is, "as real as it gets" it is up to the pilot to make it that way by purchasing additional payware software to get that realism.
If you are like me, and go in it for the long haul, you could never be sure which will crash first 13 hours into a 14 hour operation - your airplane or your software / computer. So... being that I am preparing my long-haul session next month with a substantial professional payware for Flight Simulator X, I decided to go in for a test run across the Atlantic last night. Being that I wasn't expecting anything from this experience, it was actually one of the best simulations and experiences with the program that I had ever since I started Microsoft Flight Simulator in 1999.
What made this magic happen? A PMDG Northwest Airlines 747-400. The city pair was Seattle - Amsterdam. Sometimes you have to think what brought you here in the first place and your experience. That magic never goes away. It is reflected through its memories. It was no surprise looking back that this was unexpectedly a great experience last night.
With these words and a brief flight portfolio, here are our
21 February, 2014
Northwest Airlines (A Member of the SkyTeamAlliance)
*Operated by Carliysle Aviation Services
Departure: Seattle / Tacoma International Airport (SEA / KSEA) 14:25 PST
Arrival: Schipol International - Amsterdam, The Netherlands (AMS / EHAM), 08:10 CET
Equipment: BOEING 747-451 (Quad Powerplant High Capacity Commercial Transport Jet)
Codename: "Spirit of Northwest People"
Softwares: FSX / PMDG 747 Professional / VATSIM Air Traffic Services
KSEA/RWY16L . STMSN . YXC . 5200N 11000W . 5500N 10000W . 5700N 9000W . 5800N 8000W . 5800N 7000W . LAKES . MOATT . 5800N 5000W . 5800N 4000W . 5800N 3000W . 5800N 2000W . BALIX . NINEX . UP59 . RUGID . UP59 . ASKAM . UL7 . PELET . UL74 . TOPPA . EHAM/RWY18R
Duration: 09 hours 32 minutes (real time)
Speed: 485 KTS
Altitude: 35,000-37,000 ft.
Have an awesome weekend everyone!