Recently I read a post about the forum being a bit quite. I hope to spark a bit of rejuvenation in the sim with some suggestions of flights to do over the summer. We are now so lucky to have the most realistic sims ever, along with excellent addons out now, as well as being set for release in the next few months.
So fire up that rig and get in the air!
TE ANAU (NZMO) - MILFORD SOUND (NZMF)
On the fringes of Fiordland National park lies one of New Zealand's best little airport - Te Anau/Manapouri. This wee gem has excellent facilites, a long enough runway to cater for most aircraft, and thousands of square kilometres of unspoilt NZ scenery within literally minutes of flying. But, you ought to pick a good day for it, as this route to Milford Sound, via the Milford Tramping Track, lies in some daunting terrain.
Fire the girl up, and head off into a crisp morning up the eastern side of Lake Te Anau. Initially out to your left you will notice the Kepler Track (one of NZ's "Great Walks") on the south-western side of the like, opposite Te Anau township. Progressing northward, you will fly over Te Anau downs. Take a good look to your west from here and you will notice some stunning Fiords with clinging native bush running all the way down to the lake edge.
Next up, at the top of the lake, is the point where many people flock over the summer months to walk the Milford Track. Beware of wind here as the converging valleys can cause down-draughts and severe turbulence. Make a dog-leg left here, and head up the valley towards McKinnon Pass. Just to the south is New Zealand's largest waterfall, the Sutherland Falls. Circle around it and get a few good shots before you carry on.
On the north-western side of the pass is Quintin Lodge, a luxury wilderness lodge with an airstrip (well depicted in Orbx scenery!). Feel free to pop in for a cuppa, but ensure your aircraft has the capability to get both in and out safely.
Once airborne again, dog-leg to the right and fly northwards towards Milford Sound (NZMF). Descend and listen out carefully on the radio as this place will literally be buzzing (both with aircraft and sandflies at this time of year!).
Hope you enjoyed it!