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Yea "Killer In The Home". Me like Adam and Ants!

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From the Flight Deck - GA Edition
"Little Wings, Big Airports"

[Flight Planning]
Good Afternoon Captains!! Did you miss me?
Haha, it's been a long time, hasn't it?
Anyways, it's been a busy few weeks finally getting used to Prepar3D Version 4. It's absolutely amazing! We've only got a few basic addons working, such as the fantastic A2A Cessna 172, Active Sky, PTA, URP, and FSUIPC.
Even with the few addons, Prepar3D is already looking beautiful. And to show off the beauty of the sim, we're going to take things back a notch for a simple hop down the Floridian Coast. We're bringing along a friend and of course a few snacks to keep us happy while up in the air. We'll be taking our fully fueled Cessna 172-R, with 3000 hours on the airframe and a few hours on the newly renovated engine.
To get some hours under our belt, and for the hell of it, we're going to take our puny C172 between Daytona Beach (KDAB) and Fort Lauderdale (KFLL), hanging out at Ft.Lauderdale for a nice dinner before returning to Daytona in the evening. It's midday, and we're not going to arrive during Rush Hour, so we should clear of most jets.
The weather seems to be a bit interesting. With gusting winds here at Daytona, there's also clouds hovering at about 3200 feet, with reports of light turbulence and some icing. Now remember, we're flying in our little C172, not a 737. Clouds are extremely dangerous to us as ice can quickly build up on our wings, making us as air efficient as a rock. Luckily for us, there's pockets in the clouds, meaning that we can fly in between them, so this should be fun. Weather should clear up on the way to Ft. Lauderdale.
Also for the sake of simplicity, I filed a VFR flight plan, flying via VORs. We'll take off from Daytona, fly straight to MLB, then VRB, PBI, before arriving in Ft. Lauderdale
If all goes well, we should be there by 2 hours!

[Departure & Cruise]
Using a trusty ol' golf cart, we arrived by parking stand 13, where our rented Cessna 172-R is parked at. She's painted in a sleek black and orange paint job, but don't let the modern livery fool you. "Mike Romeo" is an old workhorse, having logged over 3000 hours on her airframe. A few weeks ago her engine was renovated to keep her flying healthy. There's still black soot on her undercarriage, with dust covering her steam gauges. Opening the door was a pretty welcoming experience, as we were met by her equally amazing interior. A black and brown textured leather covered the four seat, with a nice black panel offering quite a luxury. Leaving the doors open, I removed the pitot heat cover and the control lock, initiating the start of the preflight walk-around. As any good pilot knows, a well maintained aircraft is an aircraft well fit to fly. The preflight walk-around let's us to check for any damages on the airframe, as well as prepare for our departure. I quickly checked the electronic systems, where I was met with those lovely red LEDs shining with life. All the electronics were operating just fine, so I went ahead and lowered the flaps, turning off the electronics as I head out for the walk around. First thing we checked was the pitot tube. This little tube is what gives us our airspeed information and such. We make sure it's warm so ice doesn't build up and disrupt the air flow going into it. Fortunately, it was all warm and clear of any obstructions. The walk around had us going around the tail and wings, moving the flight surfaces to make sure there wasn't anything wrong.
And well, the only thing I found wrong was that the right flap was a bit heavy to move, but then again this was a worn down aircraft so that's expected. As we hopped back into the cockpit we closed the doors and opened the window. I turned on the beacon lights and primed the engine by turning on the fuel pump and increasing the fuel mixture for a few seconds. Then the fuel pump comes off. We check to see if the prop is clear, and shout out "CLEAR PROP!"
And with that we turn the ignition on. The propeller spun a few times and well...
After a few seconds we had to abort as the engine failed to start. Don't worry, as this kind of thing does happen from time to time (thanks to A2As fantastic simulation!)
We wait a few seconds before turning on the ignition again, ooooonly to be met with that disappointing whine. Again, we shut down the ignition and wait 10 seconds.
Finally, we turned it on again and I watched as the needle on the RPM gauge passed 500 RPM, the engine finally rumbling to life. The aircraft vibrated as we introduced the mixture, with the dials beginning to move. We checked the Oil pressure and temperature, which was all okay. I plugged in my headsets and dialed into the ground frequency of Daytona. We requested for a departure to the south and we were cleared to taxi to the runway. I quickly scanned the instruments again and finally set off the brakes, turning the airplane 180° down to face the taxiway. The wheels rolled and bumped over the concrete as we taxied out to the runway, our RPM hovering above 1200 as we leaned out the mixture.

We weren't met with any traffic as we arrived at the runway. As per our before takeoff checklist, we pressed on the brakes for our run up. We pushed in our throttle till we reached 1800 RPM, at which point we switched to the right magneto. There was a slight drop, but it appeared to be fine. We did the same for the left magneto and were met with the same result. All is good! No fouled spark plugs!
We switched frequencies and contacted Daytona tower. We received clearance for takeoff right away, and as such I looked to the left as our passenger looked to the right, making sure the runway was cleared. I turned on the landing lights and strobes, pushing in the throttle for max power. This C172 wasn't that hard to get moving, where we were already hitting 50 knots within a few seconds. I decided to keep our little craft down for a bit longer until we hit 70 knots, at which point we lifted off the ground. She climbed like an absolute dream! We were doing about 750+ FPM, heading south to fly via our planned route. Everything went according to plan and we were soon at 8000 feet within a couple of minutes, flying in between the pockets of clouds. I set the mixture back a bit and lowered our RPM for an economical cruise, watching the large clouds on either side of us, casting dark shadows onto the land and water below us

- And that is my little sneak peek to my series I am considering on making. I have to admit, I might have gotten carried away with details, perhaps. Heh, who knows. Anyways, if you enjoyed this little preview, be sure to let me know if you did! It took me quite a while to do this, and I want to be sure you guys are enjoying it as much as I am. As always, I had a pleasant flight with this one, and until next time, Happy Flying! 
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im starting to depart this BS, are you all blind? it says "FSX", yet i see Shit3D and X-Fuck 11

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BWI for X-Plane just released! I've tried the scenery, it's awesome! Go buy it!

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