Tahiti Start-up for JD Military Links

Air Hauling across French Polynesia

 This was the very first payware scenery I bought for FSX. I really liked it, too, and started up an Air Hauler base there straight away.

However, I soon realised that most of the flying was over plain, allbeit beautiful sea. I got fed up very quickly - especially as I was flying aircraft such as the U206 Stationair at speeds that had me desperately trying not to nod off.

But this time around, I have learned from past errors and have started an Air Hauler company made up entirely of post war military aircraft. Yes, okay, there will be a little tedium to start with, no doubt, after I have got used to the sights, but the knowledge that my favourite jets are but a few hours' flying away will spur me on! I'm tlking about the likes of the F-5, F-14, Hunter and Harrier! I can hardly wait.... but I must, due to Air Hauler's finance and rep system. I would also be flying in Virtual Reality, thanks to the Oculus Rift and Dan Chruch's Fly Inside - and I can easily sit at Trabi speeds for hours on end in VR flight.

Choosing my first aircraft was difficult. Do I want something fast from the off (and can I afford it?) or should I settle for a slow, but enjoyable experience? I decided on the latter, and Iris' gorgeous Grob G115 Tutor. I normally fly the Heron, but it doesn't carry as much and I fancied a change.

A base was rented at Bora Bora 1 - NTTB, and to my surprise, the list of jobs on offer was long. I decided to go for a short(ish) flight to start with. Two items out to NAO, Ralatea Fetuna, and two items back to Bora Bora - that would be a good start.

I loaded up the Tutor...

It's a lovely model - and the cockpit and systems are a joy to use.

The GPS is a nice little thing - you wouldn't know what it was if you didn't know...

Here displaying a list of the local airports

a quick flip of the knob, and the filed destination comes up...

There we are - 34.1nm. Not far at all. Then just push the switch to change from NAV to GPS on the RMI, and the yellow arrow shows us which way to fly, while the GPS DME function counts down the miles:

Righto - taxi to the runway and off we go...

This thing really does have a very nice cockpit....

and in VR, I often find myself ducking to avoid clouting my virtual head on the cockpit release handle...

There's plenty of nice scenery to admire before we reach the open sea...

As I'm crossing the short expanse, I spot a notice on the cabin roof...

Really?! You honestly think I'm going to be reading this thing if I'm in a spin towards the deck?

I chuckle to myself - mentally making sure I have those instructions implanted firmly in my mind's RAM!

It's not long before I reach the destination islands

But there are still a few miles to go - and the aerodrome is the other side of this particular island

Looks like it's going to be the other side of this ridge:

...and what's the betting it's directly the other side of it? So I'd best go around, rather than over, so I don't have to mess around with steep approach AOAs and the like....

But no! All I see is another ridge! Onwards...

Some nice coastal scenery, but still no airfield...

Nice little harbour.... no airfield, though!

Looking back at the GPS, I note that there are actually still a few miles to go

I'll bet it's on that little island over there

As we near, I think I spot something familiar...

Yup - it's a DC-3! We have arrived!

Ooh! Hope I don't end up like this guy...

Nah - plenty of room

I turn to port, downwind

and come around to finals

lining it up...

Wow! This thing stays airborne at Trabi speeds...

and we have.... touchdown!

taxi down to park up next to the big fella

All closed down and then I realise that Air Hauler has not monitored the flight at all!

Looks like I'll have to fly it again - what a shame!

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