The simple pleasure you can get from this sim amazes me at times.
This morning I had the urge to fly and figured I’d get in on the action down the Hawaii region. I planned my flight via sim brief and loaded into PHNL in TBM. After careful planning, I contacted ground, who sent me to a runway that was farther than I wanted, but instead of requesting another, I obliged to go for the longer taxi. Along my taxi to RW 08R in my little TBM I got the pleasure of seeing a few Boeings coming in to land right over head. Server seemed to be functioning well and it was a pleasure watch them descend to the touchdown.
Soon after, I departed on the SID and began my Journey to PHOG, a route which I have executed countless times in my time flying the sim. However, flying in this region seems to never disappoint.
Shortly after reaching my cruising altitude I start the process of planning my arrival and approach into Maui. Visibility is about 6sm with winds gusting to about 25kts.”Typical” I thought as I continued to plan. The arrival I was on instructed me to plan the ILS 02, so I entered this approach into my plan. Since there was no Approach or tower online I chose to perform the whole procedure, which called for executing a hold (which I needed to get to the proper altitude anyway) and then following the Glideslop and Localiser down to the DA of about 240 or so feet.
Next I made direct entry to the fix and performed one circuit in the hold from which I make my way inbound. Shortly soon after visibility decreases and I am in IMC. Fortunately I have LNAV activated and am following the glideslope almost perfectly. I get sight of the runway at about 5nm and proceed visually to the runway. The landing was firm with a slight bounce yet, otherwise stable. I quickly decelerated and excited the runway smoothly as there was Triple 7 traffic on final (forgot to mention that element).
I make the call that I am clear and head over to transient parking where I shut off the engines and enjoy watching the 777 (who ended up parking next to me lol) and a delta 737 land.
I got a large amount of satisfaction even from a simple flight like this. This flight encompassed many of the things that I find so awesome about aviation. I hope through reading this you may develop a deeper appreciation for this sim and the endless possibilities that it offers while it is still (in my opinion) in its infancy.
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