I can’t believe it’s been over 10 months since my last flight in X-Plane (or any other flight simulator for that matter). Real life has been very busy, and I just haven’t had as much time as I would have liked to load up a flight plan and do some flying. Unfortunately, that’s just the way things go sometimes! But I’m still here, and as a matter of fact I’ve been staying up to date on all the latest X-Plane news – including the new 10.30 release that I’m itching to try. I still haven’t downloaded it yet because I don’t feel like redoing all my settings, but I think I’m going to give it a go real soon. I’m very curious to test it out.
Anyway, like I said: it was 10 months ago I ended up in Chicago at the end of my round-the-world journey, and I’ve been virtually stuck there ever since. I’ve mentioned before that I like to keep my flying as real as possible – meaning that I must fly out of the same airport I last flew into, so in this case, that meant ORD.
The real purpose of this flight was to try out the new 757-200 from FlightFactor that I had purchased late last year. I’m ashamed to admit that I haven’t even flown it once since buying it, so I thought a long shake-down run out to San Diego (SAN) might be a good way to become more familiar with it. On a side note, I will say that being away from flight simulators for this long does nothing for the skill and knowledge I’ve learned about flying airliners over the past few years. It’s almost like starting all over again, but thankfully I have my quick and easy FMS tutorial to speed along the process.
Ready to go? Let’s do this!
Chicago O’Hare (ORD) – San Diego, CA (SAN)
Aircraft: Boeing 757-200
All in all, it was a shockingly uneventful flight considering that it was a new aircraft that I have never flown before – as well as being my first flight in almost a year. The 757 is a fun airplane to fly – well worth the purchase IMHO, and I’m looking forward to the next flight soon.