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?
v=ijuQwnfBBZw

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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Burj Khalifa

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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Flight 45) Masirah – Seeb International, Muscat

Masirah appeared to be a very remote place to visit. I found that there are many trips taken to Masirah Island although I was eager to move on to parts of the world with a little more population as I gear up to my arrival in Dubai!

Whilst I knew I was to be flying over desert and sea, without a lot to see, I wanted to enjoy the challenge of a night time flight so set off rather late. Taking off from the runway at 8:50 pm I looked over my shoulder at the island below and could make out the main road which runs a complete loop around the island. Still, there were not many buildings or lights to see from the air.

I continued to fly north over the Arabian Sea and soon passed over the shore line at 6,000 ft. The brief but heavy turbulence notified me that I was over warm land again and I turned to a heading of 030. It was nice to see the odd cloud speckled through out the dark navy sky. It was equally nice to be flying above them as I climbed to 8,000 ft and continued to 10,000 ft. The dark sky allowed me to enjoy a different kind of view as my eyes were drawn to the brighter parts of the sky and I realized I was looking at Earth’s view of the Milkyway from my left window.

I was tuned to Muscat center and was surprised at how little radio chatter there was as at 9:20 I heard the only other aircraft in the sky, a Bombardier. I decided to gain some speed and requested a decent to 6,000ft. To really enjoy the challenge of night time flying I stuck to flying by instruments only. By the time I looked out of the windows once again I could see the opposite shore line coming into view on the horizon, dark shapes describing mountains to my left with a lot of desert floor below.

By 9:36 I had reached my second way point and received my landing instructions from Seeb International airport for runway 26. It wasn’t for another 15 mins of flight before I saw the lights of Muscat City come in to view and I saw another aircraft in the sky.

My first approach was missed as I failed to hear my landing clearance being given over the radio so I entered a downwind left landing pattern and looped over the city. Even the simulator FSX made Muscat appear to be a substantial location.

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Muscat City FSX

As I lined up for runway 26 I could see the airport was buzzing with aircraft and ground vehicles.  Just whilst taxiing to my parking spot I watched 4 aircraft leave Seeb International Airport and take to the night’s sky.

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Time to see what Muscat City has to offer.

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Landing OOMS Muscat – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7saH-nDyMc
National Geographic Channel: World Traveller – Muscat & Nizwa – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2wFZMcIbg3c
Muscat capital of Oman – Unravel Travel TV – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZZAnxAmg_w
Muscat City Tour – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=op1ZHk_qoG8
Oman Muscat 2013 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kp8SCdTBu9w
Amazing Oman Muscat, Nizwa – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Ufi-z_fgJ4
Oman Travel Guide and Tourism 2014 ( Full Video HD)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjVD1izlwNQ

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Flight 44) Salalah – Masirah

Salalah has been a refreshing change from the remote locations I have been growing accustomed to. I was surprised to see that Salalah is a larger city which includes the Hilton hotel and resorts which only wealth can generate. I didn’t get the impression there was a huge amount of wealth available in Salalah but of course it is all comparable to my previous destinations.

I started FSX and created my flight plan in the game software provided. I made sure that I would fly over the few interesting bits of terrain whilst not over the ocean. Gaining IFR clearance, I taxied towards the runway. I enjoyed holding at the entrance to runway 25 whilst a MD-80 with call-sign SOAR61 landed and cleared the runway. By 11:50 I was rolling down the tarmac and about to leave Salalah behind me.

There had been many beautiful locations around Salalah which I hadn’t ever heard about before. I was surprised to hear what a large destination it was. Coincidentally I watched the movie “Captain Philips” during my stop in Salalah and noticed that this was the port in which his ship sailed from. Its funny how it is possible to spend a life not being aware of something, and then upon discovering something it is noticed in a variety of places.

Taking a final look at Salalah over my left shoulder I climbed slowly at 300 feet per minute and trimmed the aircraft for speed rather than rate of climb. Just before leaving land I got to fly over a small canyon directly beneath my first way point. I had done well at planning my course.The next part of the journey was over sea once again and I could see smaller islands just off of the coast.

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It was just past 12:17 when I reached my next way point with another 1 hour 22 minutes to go. I really am enjoying the way most islands seem to be bordered by a small band of turquoise sea. I climbed higher and pushed though some turbulence as I crossed the opposite shore line. Over the radio I heard that SOAR 61 had left Salalah and was back in the air. I did’t get to hear where it was heading to this time.

Requesting 4,000 ft from 8,000 ft I was able to descend and increase my speed. I soon received ILS instructions at 76 miles out from my destination. I chose instead to fly over the island of Masirah to see what it had to offer. I was very surprised at how deserted the majority of the island was. I saw only a handful of buildings closer to the north end of the island close to the airfield. When I landed on runway 25 and taxied to my parking spot, there was a distinct lack of movement. No other aircraft or airfield traffic made this place feel exceedingly lonely.

 

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BAE Hawk Mk103 Mk203 over Masirah Oman – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dV9TSoe1lqc 

Trip To Oman masirah Island – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azqZ6toiUp0

2nd time on Masirah Island, Oman – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8Hn1jQMCwI

Oman / Masirah Island – a filmed Kiteboarding documentation – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DpzeGABFhc

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Flight 43) Moori – Salalah

After such a long time on the ground due to non-working PC I was itching to get at the controls and take to the skies once again. The island of Socotra held many strange and wonderful things but I knew there were more things to discover throughout the rest of my journey.

As it has been so long since I flew, as mentioned in my previous post, I thought it a good idea to take a small flight around the island to familiarize myself with the controls, handling and also to get an idea of scale of the island I had been stranded on for the past 9 months.

I set up the Beech Baron with my EZDock Camera configuration before adjusting the weight and fuel settings. Once I was happy the simulator had loaded the correct weather and I had finely tuned the graphical settings to get the very best from both REX and my machine, I requested taxi and take off clearance and soon took to the sky.

Taking off to the North meant that I was quickly met with bright shades of blue and turquoise as the shore line passed below. Turning a full 270 degrees to my left I circled the airport and headed for the hills on the Eastern half of the island. From my parking spot at the airport I could see the mountains in the distance and this was my first time seeing them from the air. I continued to head east until I reached the furthest shore finished with a small pointed hill. I turned back and following the South coast I was soon close to the airport again. Having already taken a very close look at the Western side of the island when I had to make my emergency landing, I decided I would rather land back at the airport.

There are not many airports that I will land at twice on this tour so Moori could be classed as a special point in this adventure.

A couple of days later and I was eager to move on from Socotra and continue to my next stop of Salalah, Oman. There was not going to be a lot to look at on this flight as it was almost entirely over water. Even so, I wanted to enjoy the view so made sure I flew during daylight hours.

I took off from Moori Airport at 10:25 and simply flew north over the water for just over an hour. At 11:35 I caught my first sight of new land. At 50 miles out I heard my call sign “Pacifica 112” over the radio advising of my ILS instructions for landing. As I drew ever nearer to land I could see large cliffs and sand dunes in the right side of my windscreen. I dropped altitude from 10,000ft to 6,000ft and hit some rather heavy turbulence coming off the shore line. As I banked left more turquoise water passed below and as I leveled out again I was following a range of hills towards the airport.

I was soon back on firm ground and taxiing to my new parking spot. I hoped that I would not be spending such a long time between flights this time.

Whilst turning off my engines and instruments a rather large passenger jet started its own engines and taxied towards the runway. It was nice to be among real civilization again.

 

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Salalah Highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1xibjy_3y0M
National Geographic Channel: World Traveller, Salalah & Musandam – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTIO85lDjAY
Salalah 2014 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_qwnlN8X9M
Photography from Salalah – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1mJe_uT4qE

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My Route Half Way

Whilst being grounded I have had plenty of time to review my course around the world. I have decided to add many additional destinations to my route making my journey more than twice as long as originally planned. It would seem a shame to be close to parts of the world I am very interested in and never taking the time to have a look.

I have included a list of destinations below detailing my route to Australia. Coming from Edinburgh UK this would mean I have reached half away around the world. Not bad for someone with no real piloting experience eh?

I would love to hear from people all over the world who are currently living at any of the destinations on my list, or even from places I have already flown to. Please feel free to comment.

Flight 43) Moori – Salalah

Flight 44) Salalah – Masirah

DETOUR—

Flight 45) Masirah – Muscat International Airport

Flight 46) Muscat International Airport – Dubai International Airport

Flight 47) Dubai International Airport – Abu Dhabi Airport

Flight 48) Abu Dhabi Airport – Bahrain

Flight 49) Bahrain – Bandar-e-Shenas

Flight 50) Bandar-e-Shenas – Jask

BACK ON OFFICIAL ROUTE

Flight 51) Jask – Konarak

Flight 52) Konarak – Karachi

Flight 53) Karachi – Jodhpur Airport

DETOUR—

Flight 54) Jodhpur Airport – Ahmedabad (Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Internation Airport)

Flight 55) Ahmedabad (Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Internation Airport) – Surat Airport

Flight 56) Surat Airport – Mumbai (Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport Area)

Flight 55) Mumbai (Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport Area) – Karad Airport

Flight 56) Karad Airport – Mangaluru

Flight 57) Mangaluru – Trivandrum International Airport

Flight 58) Trivandrum International Airport – Male, Maldives (Hulhule Island)

Flight 59) Male, Maldives (Hulhule Island) – Ratmalana Airport, Sri Lanka

Flight 60) Ratmalana Airport, Sri Lanka – Jaffna Airport

Flight 61) Jaffna Airport – Chennai International Airport

Flight 62) Chennai International Airport – Hyderabad (Rajiv Gandhi International Airport)

Flight 63) Hyderabad (Rajiv Gandhi International Airport) – Nagpur (Dr.Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport)

Flight 64) Nagpur (Dr.Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport) – New Delhi

BACK ON OFFICIAL ROUTE

Flight 65) New Delhi – Kathmandu

Flight 66) Kathmandu – Dhaka

Flight 67) Dhaka – Mandalay International Airport

Flight 68) Mandalay International Airport – Namsang

Flight 69) Namsang – Hai Phong

Flight 70) Hai Phong – Hong Kong

Flight 71) Hong Kong – Da Nang

Flight 72) Da Nang – Bangkok

Flight 73) Bangkok – Phuket

Flight 74) Phuket – Penang

Flight 75) Penang – Kuala Lumpar

Flight 76) Kuala Lumpar – Singapore

Flight 77) Singapore – Jakarta

DETOUR TO CHRISTMAS ISLAND & BACK

Flight 78) Jakarta – Bali (Bandar Udara International)

Flight 79) Bali (Bandar Udara International) – Ende (H.Hasan Aroeboesman Airport)

Flight 80) Ende (H.Hasan Aroeboesman Airport) – Kupang City

Flight 81) Kupang City – Darwin

9 Months Later…

Well it seemed that the hard emergency landing had caused a lot more of a problem that I had first thought. My PC had been temperamental for a number of weeks before hand but I lived with it so long as it was still able to run my Flight Sim, FSX. In the few days after landing on Socotra my PC decided not to boot up at all. It seems that my PC has gotten into this World Tour realism a little more than I had expected.

At the time my PC had failed on me, I was earning a very low income and had no extra cash to spend on fixing my PC, although I am well aware that would be a lot less than it would be to fix a real Beech Baron aircraft. For this reason it was pretty safe to say I would be stranded on Socotra for the foreseeable future. To be fair there were worse places to have been stranded.

My PC sat in the corner of my living room for close to 9 months before my life turned around for the better, I am now in a much better job and able to earn some decent wages once again.

I decided to look into purchasing a new PC and soon pushed my budget beyond £800. This is when I decided that it would be cheaper and more economical to fix the machine I already had. So 9 months and £50 to a PC repair guy based here in Edinburgh later, and I was back up and flying. After so long away from adding air miles to my Around The World Tour I have been itching to get back into the virtual sky.

I decided to sit down with my world map, Google Earth and flight list and have seen that there are several more places I would love to visit which are not on the official route. I have planned several diversions for the next phase of the tour which will be taking me well above the 80 original flights. I am now up to 80 planned flights which will take me to Australia. From the UK this is only half way around the world! Looks like I am in for many many more flying hours. And much more fun.

It has been great to discover so much more about the world beyond my door step and being able to do it from my own office chair is equally impressive. Technology certainly makes planet Earth a smaller place to live.

With only a few more flights until I reach the wealth and luxury of Dubai I have been considering an upgrade of aircraft to continue my journey around the world. I am very impressed with the Carenado E50P Phenom 100 and believe that this would be the perfect upgrade in a city such as Dubai. I shall be thinking about this upgrade a lot over the next few flights. Not long until I touching down in Dubai.

My PC now being fixed, the usual installations, upgrades and addon packs have now been installed and I was anxious to get back to flying. After stretching my wings, so to speak I configured my Beech Baron and located it at Socotra Island, Yemen, then took off for a short tour of the island to ensure I was comfortable with the controls and shortcut keys. The island looked rather bland from the air within the simulator. After learning how much beauty was on the island it left me wishing to complete this tour first hand so much more. Clearly a Simulator can never do justice to Earths actual beauty.

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