A Little Update

It’s been a while since my last flight again. I’m not sure if there will be new flights in the next couple of months, as I’m going to London in 12 days to start my MSc in Aviation Management. I won’t be taking my Computer with me, only my Laptop. But I’ll be home for Christmas, so maybe I’ll get the chance to do one or two flights then. Anyway, I’ll try to keep this blog updated. There will be plenty of aviation stuff going on for me in London, so maybe there will be posts about real world aviation in the meantime. I hope I’ll be able to continue my FS flying when I get back in one year. Thanks for reading all my reports in the past, and feel free to check back once in a while to see if there is something new. I’ll definitely get back to FS-flying in the future.

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Flyover States: UPS 2930 – PHL to ONT

I felt like hauling some more Cargo. So I jumped aboard my beautiful MD-11F, and did the UPS flight 2930 from Philadelphia to Ontario, CA.
Here we go! But be warned, quite a few pictures this time.

The flight info.
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Our routing. As you can see, we will be crossing the entire United States (10 States to be exact). Most of them, especially the midwestern states, are the so called Flyover States. Take-off will be on 09L, CRZ altitude is 35,000 feet, and we will be landing on runway 26R in Ontario.
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Let’s get it started. N250UP is shining beautifully in the sun, and just waiting for us to take her to the West Coast.
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They have Taxi-Out positions at the UPS ramp in Philly, so no need for a pushback later on.
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Man, I just LOVE this flight deck. And this aircraft!
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We’re at the holding point for 09L. This UPS 747 is just giving us a little symphony with its PW-engines.
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It’s time for some Rock ‘n’ Roll!
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Two things:
1. This is clearly US Airways turf.
2. Look at that skyline in the background!
Oh, and don’t forget to admire this amazing aircraft on the runway, while you’re at it 😉
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Rotate!
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Gear up, and one more glimpse of the beautiful Philadelphia skyline.
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From the cockpit it looks like this.
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The Delaware River below.
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After we’ve reached our cruise altitude, a company 747 is challenging us for a little air race…
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Needless to say that we kicked his ass, and let him eat our dirt!
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Not much happened from now on. Here we are alreay over Pueblo, CO and Colorado Springs.
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Sadly we didn’t get to see the Rocky Mountains today. Clouds were blocking the view.
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And another disappointment. Grand Canyon National Park and its airport lies below us, as you can see on our ND. Again, clouds were blocking the view.
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At least we were above the clouds and that means: Sun.
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Whoopsie. In case you’re wondering why my seat is emtpy…must have been on a bathroom-break.
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I never get tired of looking at this plane.
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Descent has started. This is a completely different world, compared to the East Coast.
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Watch out for terrain. The Sierra Nevada is getting in our descent path.
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This might help to understand the difficulty of this region. We have: LAX, a billion other airports in the region, incredible amounts of traffic on the SOCAL frequency, mountains, and often some fog on top.
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UPS should use this A2A-shot for marketing…
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Yay, we made it through the mountains! Gear down, approaching 26R.
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Looking good.
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The airport of Ontario is located right next to these mountains. Breathtaking!
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Short final.
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Did I mention these fantastic mountains in the background?
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I let my F/O do the taxiing to the UPS ramp. I had to enjoy the view.
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About to cross 26L.
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And going all the way back to the UPS ramp. This ERJ just took off.
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An incoming Southwest 737 about to touch down.
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Quite the collection: A DC-8, a B757 and another MD-11F.
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Shutdown complete.
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Thanks for reading!

I did some editing on some of my favorite shots from this flight again. So here they are. I think they emphasize the details a lot better than the originals.
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A Little Artistic Excursion

I took some old pictures I especially liked, and did some cutting, editing and pimping. Thought I’d just share some of them. Love the detail in some of those shots.
All the cutting and the applied filters might not be everybody’s cup of tea. In my opinion it’s an interesting approach at the Sim in any case. It shows you just how much can be done with the virtual pictures.

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And my favorite:
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