Flight 52) Karachi – Jodhpur

After taking a look at the route on the map to prepare myself for what terrain there may be, I loaded the flight simulator FSX and got myself comfortable for the journey ahead. It doesn’t take me long to turn on the fuel tanks, set the prop and mixture levels before starting the engines. I watched the engine temperature rise and read that the air temperature outside was 15 degrees. Living in Edinburgh UK and having endured the lasting winter, I would certainly welcome a 15 degree warmth first hand.

As I taxied to Runway 25 Left I followed a red and white De Havilland Dash-8 and got a close view of “World Travel 383″ – a large Boeing 737, touch down and kick up some tire smoke. Watching the Dash-8 take off I was soon cleared to take off myself and began my flight over the city. There was not much to see as the city was covered in thick fog although this cleared to a clear sky by the time I reached 4,000 ft. From this height I was able to spot the river which I followed upstream towards the mountains and then took a northern detour as I flew low through the valleys.

Reaching my way point, a sharp right hand turn took me east towards Jodhpur as the sun began to set directly behind me. As the sun faded and the horizon took on its familiar purple tones I saw another large river with green fields on either bank. The last of the mountains flattened themselves out and I climbed over a number of lakes before the desert sands returned 15,000 ft below.

Coming in to Jodhpur the sky was now dark and I couldn’t make out many in the way of city lights although I could see a bridge spanning a lake with lights on. I didn’t know if this was accurate to real life Jodhpur. I contacted Jodhpur airport to request landing clearance which was denied. The airport was laying under some more fog which meant that only planes using IFR (Instrument Flight Rules) flight plans were able to land using ILS (Instrument Landing System.)

This complication really had me stumped as I would be unable to land in the foggy conditions. I continued towards the airport by following the lights of a city road until I spotted a light beacon shining through the mist. I took a very slow and very low pass of the airport to attempt to see the wind direction although I was unable to spot a classic orange wind sock at all. I wanted to continue the radio contact to the airport but had no options available. I was on my own. I used the GPS to line up with the runway best I could and successfully made a smooth touch down on Runway 05. It was eerily quiet without any other aircraft or radio contact adding to the grey mists. I parked up and looked forward to the weather clearing.

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Travelling to India: Jodhpur – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOOsLvkbRFk

Umaid Bhawan Palace & Royal Family Of Jodhpur – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2VPl0Yi4yNU

India Jodhpur – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSqeGaA-wAU

Jodhpur Fort and Thriving Market Place, India – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtdB6lHWMBo

Jodhpur , The Blue City – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Av8oka5p0m0

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Flight 51) Konarak – Karachi

This flight to Karachi, Pakistan, would finally take me back on to the official route which Amelia Earhart attempted back in 1937 and I wanted to enjoy a sunrise on this lengthy trip. I took off from Runway 9R after taxing down the runway itself. It must be a quiet airport in order to get away with using the runways as taxiways so often. This was highlighted by the fact that I did not see any other planes land or take off in the time I spent within the simulator.

My wheels raised at 05:35 whilst the sky was only just beginning to lighten. The stars of the Milky Way galaxy were very clear and there was only the slightest hint of darker blue rising from the black on the horizon. Flying east I knew I would be pointing my little plane at this patch of sky for much of the route. Once in the air I decided to stay low and fast and enjoy the sunlight creeping its way over the various dunes and hills across the landscape. These hills were soon becoming larger and forced me to climb a little to ensure I didn’t fly straight into one.

At 2,000 ft there was not a cloud in sight and the sky was turning an amazing colours through pink and orange. The interior of my Beech Baron 58 was decidedly pink from the sun’s soft glow.

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I passed over what I thought was going to be a small settlement which turned out to be a small forest. In the desert sands I am sure this was a life source to many creatures. A large bank of cloud appeared on the horizon and for the whole time I approached, I could see brief flashes of lightening. I knew I was in for a bumpy ride.

The closer I got to the storm front I struggled to decide if I should fly under or over the clouds. I thought it best to stay above the bad weather so climbed as much as I could. Pushing 14,000 ft I knew I wasn’t going to be able to clear the clouds completely and had to take them on directly.

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Engulfed by cloud I couldn’t see a thing. Many flashes of lightning with increasingly loud thunder was rather disorientating. Although I am relieved to only be flying in a simulator, I must admit that this weather was pretty exciting. At times the lightning was very close to my aircraft although I believe that was never actually struck.

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The increasingly heavy turbulence forced me to decrease my altitude until I realized that I could not see the ground for rain and fog. The rain pattering off of the windscreen felt almost cosy in between bursts of thunder which was by now beginning to easy a little. I reached my way point and banked towards my destination of Karachi and watched a rain soaked runway pass by beneath. This was also my cue to attempt to reach some better weather, so I pushed the engine a little to climb out of the rain. Even at 12,000 ft I had not cleared the cloud although I could see the odd patch of blue sky above me.

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The rest of the way was quieter. There were no other aircraft on the radio and the sounds of thunder softened with the distance although I was still aware the storms were raging somewhere behind. By the time I reached Karachi the weather was a lot clearer and I even got to watch a Boeing 747 take off whilst I completed my circuit of the airport. At 08:00 I was close for touch down and the sun was already evaporating the rain water left on the runway. The size of this airport was a welcome sight as I watched an Airbus taxi past me and was greeted by many cargo vehicles busying themselves.

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Another exciting flight down but I am glad to be back on the ground with some nicer weather above. Time to see what Karachi is all about.

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Whilst looking for images for Karachi I found many images of the Airport in flames and learnt of a large attack of the airport on 8th June 2014 which left up to 24 dead. I was shocked to discover this and also at how little coverage this would have received in the UK. I also read that there are many other attacks and riots within the city of Karachi making it one of the top 10 most violent cities in the world.

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Karachi Airport – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YN3IXln8PSY

Karachi Airport 2 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-GvJk27qpvM

 Ross Kemp Extreme World (Karachi) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXhdChkzYeE

Karachi, Pakistan, The Other Side Of Town – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvfdsXGVLEg

Vice Guide to Karachi. Pakistan’s Most Violent City (Part 1) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgIl1vmIchA

Reality of Karachi – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ckkAKDS2fA

Karachi, City of Joy – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TfHAu2xLHYs

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Flight 50) Jask – Konarak

I was very eager to get back in to the air and leave Jask so I left later that afternoon. Once I had loaded the flight simulator FSX and got back to my aircraft the bad weather I landed in had cleared, leaving only a few lingering clouds. I took off quickly with only half tanks of fuel as this trip was to be a relatively short hop east along the southern Iranian coastline.

With sand dunes to the the north and sea to the south it didn’t take long for the sun to drop in the sky and create pink capped hills across the desert floor. The sky darkened to a deep purple and the skies became increasingly quiet with no aircraft on the radio or signs of roads below.

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I expected there to be some light from the surrounding area of the airport but the only light I could see from the ground were that of the 2 runways. Touching down on Runway 9L I was quick to find my parking bay and stop for the night.

The layout of Konarak airfield certainly looked like a military airbase from the air which was confirmed by wikipedia once I landed. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Konarak,_Iran

 

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There was not a lot of content online for Konarak, Iran, although I was able to find some interesting music:

Salim Hamdan Konarak Iran – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_3R93-fFHg

Part 2 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWsLHPf53Pg

Part 3 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9h_qoRHst7g&spfreload=1

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Flight 49) Bahrain – Jask

I knew that this flight would be a longer journey as I was to double back on myself some what and fly over Dubai once again. With this in mind I requested a fuel truck and filled both tanks to their full capacity of 68 Gallons each. Later in my tour I will be stretching the distances as far as my small plane can handle, and I even have one flight I am yet to see as possible, but I have plenty of time to find a solution yet.

I completed all of the start up procedure, which I have no doubt is vastly shorter in a simulator than it would be in real life, and requested my IFR clearance. Following the taxiways N A Q R and A to Runway 12 Right, I was leaving Bahrain tarmac at 10:20 and entering clear blue sky.

Crossing the turquoise seas between Bahrain and Abu Dhabi, the colour soon took on a deeper navy blue and I could spot a dusting of clouds on the horizon I was due to fly through. I decided to climb a little and clipped the top of the odd cloud whilst picking my way through them. Light turbulence lasted for a good few minutes and I though I would enjoy diving through some of the larger clouds so dropped height to 6,000 ft. As the clouds increased in number and density I was no longer able to see the horizon and was relying on the satellite navigation and my instruments. The odd gap through the clouds allowed me to spot the water below, making sure it was still there. Right on cue I saw the clouds open up to show me a small island with its own runway. I later checked and found that this was Siri Island. As the turbulence grew stronger I climbed back to 10,000 ft and headed for Dubai.

It was nice to see Dubai again. I really enjoyed learning about many of the record breaking structures in Dubai and much of the history of the area. The FlyTampa “Dubai Rebooted” add-on scenery really was fantastic and I am looking forward to my arrival in Hong Kong where I hope to use another add-on pack by FlyTampa.

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Flying over Dubai. Again.

The rest of the flight was due to be an easy leg over the water again until reaching the Iranian shore and my landing destination of Jask. It was far from the easy leg I was expecting.

I received my first ILS instructions at 84 miles away from Jask and whilst I was surprised to receive them so early, I was greatful for the amount of support I had.

I hadn’t seen so many clouds since I was flying through the thunderstorms raging over Entebbe and lake Victoria in Africa. As I was beginning to think how easy it could be to become completely lost in the clouds a few very bright flashes lit up my cockpit and was followed by extremely close thunder. This was about the same time the turbulence decided to kick up again.

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Flying by instrument only, I followed the ILS instructions best I could but upon request to declare that I has sight of the Runway, I was unable to reply positively. I had descended to only 2,000 ft but the cloud, rain and fog made visibility the worst I had ever flown in. (Virtually of course.) I was guided directly to the Runway but could only get a visual as I flew directly over it. By checking the runway number (6) I could establish the opposite heading to fly in (240), before completing a full 180 degree turn and hoping that I would line up with the runway.

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Coming in to land at 500 ft, I took a very low and slow pass over a yacht and could barely make out the start of the runway. The strong crosswind had blown me slightly off course but I was able to correct for this and bring the wheels to the ground to complete the scariest landing I have done on this tour. I was still being buffeted around as I parked up for 13:35. I admit that I didn’t want to spend very long at this tiny airstrip.

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Bandar-e_Anzali (Jask)

Bandar Anzali Photos – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6X24PVIn1TM

Bandar Anzali Photos 2 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3K8P3ansT3s

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Flight 48) Abu Dhabi – Bahrain

Whilst working late shifts for the past couple of weeks I decided that this flight could be taken of an evening whilst watching the sun set across the Emirate Sands. Checking the fuel levels I was confident that I did not need to refuel before this flight as I had over half tanks full.

Seeing the sun peeking over the terminal building I could see it rapidly getting lower in the sky. It didn’t take long until my aircraft was sitting in a shadow and I was starting my engines.

By writing down the taxi directions I trusted my navigation skills to find the correct taxi ways and entrance to Runway 13. It was another long taxi and even had to stop to avoid a collision with a fire crew.

Awaiting my take off clearance I watched a CRJ700 on final and eventually touch down before rolling onto the runway myself and pushing the throttle open. My wheels were up at 17:10 and I banked to the correct heading, ready to enjoy the setting sun over the waters.

It was clear where the wealth of the United Arab Emirates comes from as I passed over oil platforms not far from the coastline.

As the sun disappeared and the sky became a deeper shade of blue, the clouds took on a orange hue before eventually thinning out to a clear sky. I climbed to 10,000 ft and leveled off. This flight felt like quite a long time in the air although I am sure that it was probably simple because I was so tired myself. Whilst night time flights can be fun to test instrument reading skills, I think it a better idea to do the longer flights during daylight hours.

Once the stars had come out I was impressed to witness 3 shooting stars flash across the sky in front of me. This was the first time I had ever seen shooting stars within the simulator FSX and was surprised that they had been included.

Reaching Bahrain the skies quickly became a lot busier and as I entered my landing pattern I saw 4 other aircraft ahead of me whilst counting other aircraft taking off. Both runways were in full use and once I had landed I was very surprised to find out that the runways themselves are used a lot by taxiing aircraft. This meant a lot of waiting whilst other aircraft were landing and taking off although whilst waiting, I did get to see another set of shooting stars.

I didn’t know much about Bahrain other than the Formula 1 Circuit. So was interested in seeing some of their own architecture. Whilst turning on to my crosswind leg, I saw a very long road which seemed to stretch out over the water. I was puzzled by this until I checked Google Maps and could see that they do indeed have a very long bridge spanning the sea between the islands.

Turning my engines off and parking the aircraft I know that I shall need to refuel before my next flight which will be doubling back on my journey before arriving at Jask.

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Bahrain City Guide & Travel Information – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmREZW80FJQ

Qatar-Bahrain bridge – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5DA3LjhY0RY

Bahrain International Airshow 2012 Documentary – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMkDBVrupbI

Top Places to visit in Manama, Bahrain – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhbOEz_0HiI

Bahrain 2014 F1 Race Edit – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0i6xsCZJw9U

A Tourist’s Guide to Manama, Bahrain – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWCEN55m0G0

“Happy” In Bahrain – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTrBlI-64DA

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Flight 47) Dubai – Abu Dhabi

I started this flight by taking a few minutes to familiarize myself with my new aircraft and understand the new layout of the radio stack. Being a new version of the same plane I have already completed 18,000+ miles in, I was pretty confident I knew the majority of the controls.

Sitting in Gate F-14 of the world’s largest airport I was right to presume that I had a long way to taxi to reach the active runway. The airport was extremely lively with large jetliners touching down and many ground crews driving around the terminal buildings.

With my new plane I have also assigned myself a new Call Sign. “World Travel 80F.” The “F” standing for Flights as I was originally to complete the entire trip in 80 flights. I have since learned that with all of my detours to see additional destinations, my 80th flight will only have taken me half way around the world.

I requested my taxi clearance at roughly 10:00 and began my lengthy taxi journey to Runway 30L via K Z Z4 K K17. Trying to write down the instruction and radio frequencies proved to be very tricky. I’m going to need more practice at that. Previously I have simply been re reading the radio text within the simulator.

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I dutifully awaited my takeoff clearance and proceeded to roll down the runway. A Boeing MD-80  was also taking of from Runway 30R and looked huge in comparison to my little light aircraft. I took a glance back at the massive terminal buildings and was pleased that I had watched much of the TV show “Ultimate Airport Dubai” which provided a fantastic, detailed insight to the operation of this huge airport.

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It wasn’t long before I was flying over the city taking my final looks at the iconic buildings here such as the Burj Khalifa, the Burj Al Arab, Atlantis Hotel resort and “The World.” A project of man made islands mapping out the world.
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I am pretty confident that this will be the shortest flight on this World Tour. By the time I had left Dubai behind, it was already time to consider my landing pattern. I skimmed the coast line and saw many islands dotting the shore and as I turned inland towards Abu Dhabi International I was surprised to see how far away from the city this airport was. I had previously checked Google Maps and was pleased to know that I would be flying directly over Yas Marina F1 Circuit and Ferrari World. Being a big fan of Formula 1, I enjoyed seeing the 2014 Championship be settled at this track. See the video link below.

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Yas Marina Circuit & Ferrari World

Abu Dhabi may not be on the same level of extravagance as its neighboring city Dubai although it does still boast some spectacular architecture. It will be exciting to watch this part of the world develop even further through-out the next few decades.


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Inside Abu Dhabi International Airport Etihad Airways *HD* – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8qirEjrEwY

Early Morning Approach & Landing Rwy 31L Abu Dhabi Airport – Cockpit View – https://www.youtube.com/watch?
v=ji1eDqydc5E

2013 Formula1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at Yas Marina Circuit – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMXNqkXvkoI

F1 Abu Dhabi 2014 Race Edit – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZqGJ_vPZw90

Ferrari’s Alonso and Massa ride world’s fastest rollercoaster at Ferrari World – https://www.youtube.com/watch?
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Ferrari World Abu Dhabi 2012 (full HD) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBigggu8GKk

Yas Waterworld, Abu Dhabi – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2WqinOY5yVw

Abu Dhabi Travel Video Guide – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lT8x5wa04F0

Beautiful Abu Dhabi Top 5 Attractions City Tour *HD* – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TuEOVr-HvGY

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Another New Aircraft

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During my stay in Dubai I wanted to treat myself to a new aircraft to continue the rest of my around the world tour. I had been very impressed by the virtual aircraft created by Carenado and purchased the fantastic Embraer Phenom 100. Whilst I love this aircraft I clocked up some airtime with this machine and soon felt that I was missing a lot of the landscape below and making this tour a lot quicker and easier than I had originally believed it to be. For this reason I though it would be best to stick with a smaller aircraft and after covering more than 18,000 miles in a small Beech Baron 58, I had learned to love this aircraft.

Carenado also make a highly detailed version of the Beech Baron 58 and I was keen to try out this updated version of the aircraft. With a slightly different radio stack, I have had to become accustomed to the new surroundings but was soon enjoying the aircraft just as much as the old one.

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I’m looking forward to getting back on the World Tour in this little bird.

Beechcraft Baron 58 Showcase Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtPmAGEAuIs

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Amazing Dubai

I have enjoyed learning lots about each of the places I have stopped off at so far on this around the world virtual tour and of course I have my favorite destinations through out my travels. Cape Town was a city that I was very impressed with and have added this to my list cities I would like to visit in my lifetime.

Dubai has been the next large destination that I would love to see first hand. So much about this place impresses me. From the tallest building in the world, the largest airport in the world, the world’s first 7 star hotel and off shore island projects. All having been built from nothing within the last 30 years. It goes to show what can be achieved if money is no object.

During this tour I have decided to take a break in Dubai to allow myself to discover more about this spectacular city before moving to my next destination.

I used Google maps “Street View” function to mimic the drive from Dubai’s International Airport into the city. Seeing the roads and the buildings pass by from first person view allowed me to learn the routes and appreciate the scale of this young city. My first location I wanted to see was the Burj Khalifa. At 2723 feet high, and with 163 occupied floors, this building currently holds the world record for tallest building and does so by quite some margin. The views from both the observation deck and from the ground looking up at the tower are extremely impressive.

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Mega Structures Burj Khalifa – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLCRcKX00-o

Inside Burj Khalifa – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4OADecQMpaw

burj khalifa apartment – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSB73lJOWgE

Living in the Burj Dubai (Burj Khalifa) in Downtown Dubai – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJyPvTwNTnM

Burj Khalifa – 4 Bedrooms – 4,128 sq ft – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDZ6GZLS25A

View From Working On Top Of The Burj Khalifa – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9HMWCDUfJMs

Burj Khalifa Base Jump – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iD4qsWnjsNU

Burj Khalifa Fountain Show – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MELNJRJMK-Q

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In the shadow of the Burj Khalifa lays the worlds largest shopping mall, The Mall of Dubai. This massive collection of buildings contains several world firsts and record breaking features including the worlds largest aquarium, Olympic sized ice skating rink and even its own indoor roller coaster at Sega Republic.

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Mall Of Dubai

Due to the amount of wealth to be seen in Dubai, their shopping mall needed to be on a scale above anything else on the planet and the gold district aims to impress.

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Dubai’s Underwater Zoo / Aquarium is definitely something I would love to see for myself one day. Over 33,000 species and 400 sharks can be seen gliding above your head from a tunnel running through the entire record breaking sized tank.


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Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJaXgEbhCfo

Meet King Croc the latest addition to Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMRrsRjaavc

Full Coverage of The Dubai Mall Aquarium in Max. HD 18+ minutes – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_KHGr4JtiR8

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DUBAI LUXURY MEGA MALL ( World’s Largest Shopping Mall ) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAI7tveh02w

Exploring The Dubai Mall – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4R6eBlYpsc4

30 min. Carspotting at the Dubai Mall – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8GQzUxYGgAw

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Getting back on the Google Street view roads I explored many other areas of the city including some residential districts which was home to some very large houses and littered with the very best expensive cars which are mostly in white. This must be to reflect much of the burning Emirates sunshine.

It didn’t take long until I spotted another iconic structure which I promptly headed for. The Burj Al Arab, 7 Star Hotel built on its own man made island. I had seen many images of this building before and even remember watching an interesting TV show about how this building was made. If I do make it to Dubai first hand, at over £1000 a night, I don’t think I shall ever find myself lucky enough to stay in this renowned hotel.

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The world’s Most LUXURIOUS HOTEL – Amazing Hotel in Dubai – 7 stars – Inside Video (Burj) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDpO8i4Aty0

Bathrooms in Burj Al Arab Suites – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtpQkUbZjPE

BURJ AL ARAB Suite Panoramica – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ldl_IHUycWI

Burj Al Arab 7 Stars – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpcnPbAybVs

Dubai Burj Al Arab The World Most Luxurious Hotel HD – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvUbza_QQ2c

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There is still much more to see and experience and I am going to aim to visit this amazing city first hand one day and get to see everything with my own eyes. As with every destination I reach during this virtual world tour, I would love to see the world first hand.

CityFilm Dubai 2013-2014 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28qLX7qEQlQ

Dubai Welcome 2015 (Awesome Timelapse) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gQw-8Iu-8k

Piers Morgan: The Luxury Life of Dubai & A Luxury Tour Of Dubai – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahdfA_DJ-0A

 

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New Aircraft!

I have spent a long time flying around the virtual world whilst undertaking this tour. So far I have logged over 18,000 miles. (That’s over 15,500 nautical miles.)

My small Beech Baron 58 aircraft has been very faithful and of course has required no maintenance. If only I could have said the same thing about my computer.

Now that I have reached one of the major destinations of my journey I have been playing with the idea of upgrading my aircraft to something a little bigger and more powerful. Maybe a small jet powered bird.

Looking online for available add-on aircraft which suited my criteria I was extremely impressed with the Embraer Phenom 100. A small business jet with some very sleek looks.

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I decided to bask in the wealthy atmosphere of Dubai and treat myself to this new aircraft before I had actually landed in Dubai and was looking forward to seeing it sitting on the tarmac at one of the worlds largest and busiest international airports in the world.. Whilst the real life machine would cost a neat sum circa £2.2 Million, my own version from Carenado, was nicely with in my budget.

The Phenom 100 has been recreated with amazing levels of detail and I was especially impressed with the interior lighting. I know that I will enjoy flying this machine at night.

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Further Tech Specs – http://www.embraerexecutivejets.com/en-US/jets/phenom-100E/Pages/technology.aspx  

Whilst taking a look at the Phenom 100 in FSX My machine did take a hit in performance resulting in reduced frame rates. This may be a factor in deciding if I will continue my World Tour using this aircraft. Equally the drop in frame rate performance is no doubt also being affected by the fact that I am currently flying from the FlyTampa Dubai add on software. I am still to decide if I shall remain with the Beech Baron 58 which I have come to know and love or work with the new Phenom 100 until I reach some better frame rates. Of course there is always the option of upgrading my PC to help in this performance drop. I have decided to spend some time in Dubai whilst testing various aircraft and learning much much more about this amazing city.

Jet Aviva Presents Aircraft Review – Phenom 100 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sgdd261wZn4

FSX Carenado Embraer Phenom 100 Pt 1 of 3 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7coNj4lF_to

FSX Carenado Embraer Phenom 100 Pt 2 of 3 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJWLSaxoBhA

FSX Carenado Embraer Phenom 100 Pt 3 of 3 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDmdj-Q-Tgo

Carenado Embraer Phenom 100 FSX – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzvKMgSmZEw

Inside the Embraer Phenom 100 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYsh8BfqmM0

JetSuite Phenom 100 Flight from LAX – VNY – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHA7ApDWL6c

$500 Private Jet to Las Vegas – JetSuite Phenom 100 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SqYTkv0Qp9g

UK Phenom 100 Review – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nNlM6MOBRY

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Flight 46) Seeb International, Muscat – Dubai

The city of Muscat has been full of amazing places which I would very much like to visit first hand. I used Google Earth to travel from Seeb International Airport to the city of Muscat itself and was overwhelmed by the grandeur of many of the buildings. See my previous post for images of some of the architecture and the very impressive Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque.

As wonderful as the capital of Oman was, I have been looking forward to my next destination of Dubai since leaving the virtual tarmac of my home city of Edinburgh, UK.

Being so keen to reach Dubai I fired up my computer and loaded FSX first thing on the weekend morning. By 9:00 am I was looking out of the windows of my Beech Baron and watching the organised mayhem of aircraft much larger than mine negotiate the taxiways of Seeb International.

I rather enjoyed the bustle of the airport around me as I powered up my Beech Baron 58, started both engines and began my taxi route to runway 26 behind a Beech King Air. After watching the King Air take off I received my own take off clearance and had raised the wheels by 09:19.

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Looking Back at Seeb International

It didn’t take long to reach my 6,000 ft flight level and could see over the sand dunes and rocky hills as they passed below. Only three or four clouds marked the horizon line in front of me and I was surprised to see a single patch of greenery in the expanse of desert. I wasn’t sure if this was accurate or simple a bug in the FSX Software. As the hills continued below me, they grew progressively taller until I was climbing further to clear them at 11,000 ft. The Hajjar mountains broke up the rolling sand deserts and made for a little more interest in the landscape.

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Flying above the Hajjar Mountains

Heading a bearing of 335 degrees, I slowly descended back down to 10,000 ft and the resulting speed gain cut my ETA to 24 minutes to the next way point. With mountains on my left and sea to my right I clipped a single cloud and realized that while Seeb International Airport was incredibly busy, the skies here were rather quiet.

I was keen to see Dubai coming in to view over the horizon as I had treated myself to the fantastic “FlyTampa Dubai” Scenery Add-on Pack which contains a huge area of detailed landmarks including the worlds tallest building, although I was still 109 miles out when I received my ILS landing instructions to follow a bearing of 345 and then 315 and back again. This repetition quickly became irritating and I knew this had to be a glitch with FSX radio communications. All the while I still had not seen Dubai come in to view.

At 10:35 I could make out on the horizon, the giant rising tower that is the Burj Khalifa. The tallest building in the world! The building was impressive even from a long distance away.

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Dubai comes in to view.

Dubai International Airport appeared very quickly afterwards and I was soon on final to land on runway 30L, the larger of Dubai’s runways.

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Trying not to get distracted by the size and detail of the area I landed smoothly at 10:45 and immediately taxied for a very long way until I reached my parking bay just in front of the Dnata Freight Gate.
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Whilst taxiing I could see so many features in the horizon that I knew I would have to explore again in another short flight and was already looking forward to spending a longer time here than in most of my destinations. As I set my parking break and turned off the engines and avionics I thought to myself that this might be the final time I do this. Not because I want to end my journey, but because in a city as amazing and luxurious as Dubai, it would make sense that if I was to upgrade my aircraft, I should do so in Dubai!

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Dubai Travel Video Guide (25 mins) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SlR0Y1dGecE

DUBAI: The Greatest City On Earth (43 mins) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOSci-rWf2Q

Dubai Holidays Destination Guide from Virgin Holidays (7 mins) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nkrh3po0KBA

Travel Dubai – The Tourist Attraction (8 Mins) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9TtbrRBwEc

 The Luxury Life Of Dubai By Piers Morgan – full documentary (58 mins) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NbUOaVqBFJQ

Dubai – the rules (3 mins) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=spgEppa1BgY

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