Two days after flying to LAX on a UPS MD-11F, I packed my bags once again and started a long journey east to Barcelona via Atlanta on Delta Airlines. I flew a 737-700 to ATL on July 20th, but things were a bit busy after I landed (real life got in the way) and I wasn’t able to depart for BCN until the afternoon of the 24th. That was totally fine though, as I wanted to prepare for the trip as much as I could. There have been a few things about the PMDG MD-11 for FSX that I wasn’t quite comfortable with, so I was able to do a bit of research in my spare time to figure out some of the issues that were confusing me the most.
Anyway, it was a beautiful summer afternoon in Atlanta on my day of departure and thankfully the weather forecast looked good all the way across the Atlantic and into western Europe. Being new to flight simulation, I’m not totally comfortable flying through severe weather patterns just yet. Well, the take off and cruise portions of the flight aren’t a problem but it’s the landing that gets scary in heavy weather. That wouldn’t be so bad if I knew how to do fully automated ILS approaches and landings, but I’m forcing myself to learn how to land manually before I start getting into automation.
The majority of this flight was perfect. No problems with the aircraft, fuel burn was as expected, and…I didn’t even get lost! Just kidding – I may be new to flight sim but at least I know how to enter coordinates into the FMS and use the autopilot.
Landing this MD-11 in Barcelona wasn’t pretty, as evident by the scary final pic in this series (below). I managed to keep it together, but I’m not sure this particular airplane will ever fly again…
Atlanta, GA (ATL) – Barcelona (BCN)