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  • Oh, it's definitely "my forum section" again?

    Has it been the forum section of another jetphotos forum member, since I am here? Hm. My jetphotos friends seem to know more, but I seem to be the only
    "jetphotos senior" of the three of us, who still uses

    one of the brilliant Randazzo fsx Boeing simulators (LH-B744 in my case) ...

    Senior is such a mad word, for a man who is not yet 40 years old...

    Back on topic. There is news today. Due to the season in Africa, I preferred to fly LH # 576 instead of O'Hare. Before one of the specialists say something, yes, 576 takes off today with an A343, not with a B744. But I don't care. Africa once has been a LH B747 destination. So, I see no reason why to change that.
    Real Time weather at the LH # 576 arrival: clear skies with only very few clouds, +19°C or, for our Fahrenheit friends: 67°F, and almost calm conditions (2 mph, i.e. 175 @ 1 or less ...)

    O'Hare definitely is next when I'm back at Rhein/Main again.
    Last edited by LH-B744; 2017-12-29, 01:34. Reason: real time weather in Africa.
    Jubilees do count. Type 747-100, inauguration flight: February 1969.
    And constantly advanced, 744 and 748 /w upper and lower EICAS.
    LH is member in the 747 club since April 1970.
    Aviation enthusiast, since more than 30 years with home airport EDDL.

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    • UA has replaced its last Boeing 747 by... B772. That's true at least when I look at the O'Hare schedule for today.

      Today, LH # 430 has a break. The first flight in the new year indeed is tomorrow! The 747 is alive.

      But the weather...
      Real time weather at the LH # 430 arrival: completely clouded, and -17°C or for our Fahrenheit friends: precisely 1°F. And that's not much. It was even on German news today.

      I've just talked to HalcyonDays, who seems to be quite close to the former NWA headquarter. So, let's talk about KMSP.
      Real time weather for KMSP: clouded, and -8°C during the day and -15°C during the night.

      Good that such a 747 does not freeze that fast (at least not at -22°C). So my plan is: FACT and back to Rhein/Main, and then KORD and back, and then... I really like to do HalcyonDays a favor.

      KMSP and back to Rhein/Main on board Randazzos NW-B744 simulator, bowling shoe livery.

      PS: Fahrenheit and Celsius, and then try to find out what Google weather tries to tell you... Now after a 5th attempt.. When I ask Google for "wetter Minneapolis St Paul" it should tell me the (almost) real time temperature at KMSP, in °C .
      -8°C? I again should ask HalcyonDays before I make attempt #11 and 12...
      -15°C during the night at KMSP. And now I indeed ask a second source. Hm.

      What do you say now, Google? This is the KMSP METAR TAF (0053 UTC):
      -23°C . Oha. Schmoogle again says that's -9,4°F . Hopefully at least that's right...
      HalcyonDays?! Help me.

      Now I know who I can ask for real time temperatures. And who not, Google.

      A third source, and imho, the most reliable one:
      The New York Times Weather for this weekend.

      An excerpt from the NYT: Saturday night, 14°F/minus 10°C and snow. So, I assume that 14°F and -10°C are the same. I've learned it from the NYT, so that should be true. Sunday night, 9°F/minus 13°C and ... sunny? Wow.

      But airline schedules (or pilot schedules) do not always include the best weather on the planet. So I stay with my schedule, FACT, KORD and then KMSP. I almost tend to alter it, KMSP and then KORD, because me, as a winter child, I LOVE 747s in the snow!
      Last edited by LH-B744; 2017-12-31, 02:05. Reason: The NYT temperatures are double cross checked and true. Finally!
      Jubilees do count. Type 747-100, inauguration flight: February 1969.
      And constantly advanced, 744 and 748 /w upper and lower EICAS.
      LH is member in the 747 club since April 1970.
      Aviation enthusiast, since more than 30 years with home airport EDDL.

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      • zero° F are.. minus 17,78°C ?

        Hell, I'm really glad that the Randazzo B744 simulator which I bought is operated with degrees Celsius, as (hopefully) all Lufthansa jets are.

        Knots, feet and nautical miles are ok, but the temperature? °Celsius, please. Otherwise I'd get mad in my B744 simulator.

        PS: I even heard through the grapewine, that the Randazzo B744 simulator is able to be operated with degrees Celsius OR degrees Fahrenheit. Don't know if that's true, I never needed that option. But I can imagine where the knob is, to change it. That's a hell of a simulator, isn't it.

        As far as I know, Randazzo even only began to sell it after one or two people had tested it, who normally sat in a cockpit with a nightblue tailfin... So, Mr Randazzo, here is your LH B744 approval for the year 2018: passed.

        And, of course, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

        PS: As some kind of an early easter egg: Randazzos B744 fsx v2, so the thing which he sells since today or only since a couple of days, now has officially been licensed for FSX Steam (and FSX Gold).

        I don't know if his B744 fsx v1 also has the official Steam license. I'd rather say no, without having asked the master himself...
        Last edited by LH-B744; 2017-12-31, 04:58. Reason: Randazzo ist ein Fuchs, we say in German.
        Jubilees do count. Type 747-100, inauguration flight: February 1969.
        And constantly advanced, 744 and 748 /w upper and lower EICAS.
        LH is member in the 747 club since April 1970.
        Aviation enthusiast, since more than 30 years with home airport EDDL.

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        • Great stuff!

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          • Originally posted by AceOnUrFace View Post
            Great stuff!
            This is why I love this platform so very much. If we are lucky, one of the 21 zillion jetphotos members always post an answer as fast as you'd never expect it.

            May I ask, what especially you've found so great, in my last post of the gone year? Do we talk about Captain Randazzo? Yes, he invents great stuff, also since more than two decades yet...

            Time flies, we sometimes say, don't we.

            PS: Especially for HalcyonDays, I promised to take off in Randazzos NW-B744 simulator. And I tend to fulfil promises, although he refused my jetphotos online friendship. Sorry Halcyon. You can ask Brian. I'm a man who since 40 years
            "wears his heart on his sleeve".
            -
            "Halcyon has made zero online friends here at jetphotos". For me that's ok. I also began to make friends here at the very juvenile age of... 39? I should ask seahawk, he probably knows it, or he's able to look it up.
            And some jetphotos seniors never make friends with somebody, if the friendship only exists online. As I said, that's perfectly ok.
            Last edited by LH-B744; 2018-01-15, 21:28. Reason: dt.: das Herz auf der Zunge tragen.
            Jubilees do count. Type 747-100, inauguration flight: February 1969.
            And constantly advanced, 744 and 748 /w upper and lower EICAS.
            LH is member in the 747 club since April 1970.
            Aviation enthusiast, since more than 30 years with home airport EDDL.

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            • As I've announced in the #.. 497 here, I now sit at FACT with Randazzo's Finest (my LH-B744).

              But the signs have changed a little bit since the last day in 2017. Somebody declared my avatar a museum. So then. Why not use a real ancient a/c type, a type which does no longer exist in the USA.

              The NorthWest Boeing 747-400 in Bowling Shoe livery. I'll fly the LH return flight from FACT to Rhein/Main, and then it is Minneapolis/St Paul time, as I announced.
              In February, a 'Bowling shoe' should look like that. Originally I was lookin for a Bowling Shoe B744 with snow. But this not bad, for the beginning, without purple lights:
              NW-B744 with snow.

              Hm. We have NW-B742 Bowling Shoes with snow. And NW-B744 with "NW bronze" in snow. But NW-B744 Bowling shoes with snow? Probably we can take this Bowling Shoe and imagine it were February and snow:
              NW-B744 bowling shoe in January. With snow?
              What a nice and clear winter day. Congrats for this B744 jetphoto!
              --

              Btw, Did they use purple lights at KMSP during the SuperBowl? I'd have understood that..

              PS: And I "know" at least two more jetphoto "seniors", who also understand that. Sad eyes behind sunglasses.
              Last edited by LH-B744; 2018-02-15, 10:18. Reason: Purple lights now. In memoriam. Jetphotos are rediscovered.
              Jubilees do count. Type 747-100, inauguration flight: February 1969.
              And constantly advanced, 744 and 748 /w upper and lower EICAS.
              LH is member in the 747 club since April 1970.
              Aviation enthusiast, since more than 30 years with home airport EDDL.

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              • Hm. I said, I'd use this bird (or one of her sisters) when I'm back home at Rhein/Main.

                NW-B744 bowling shoe, reg N674US

                And I'm not a man who changes his flight plan within a minute. But... KMSP weather for today is, +16°C or 61 F, and sunny. Well, it seems as if I've been waiting a little bit too long. A NW-B744 bowling shoe in the snow? Probably only next year.

                But a flight plan is a flight plan. I'll always love liveries who are the exact opposite of monochrome. See my avatar. See the year 2002 UA-B744 livery (I once knew the name of it..). And see the NW-B744 bowling shoe.

                So. My next flight is NW-B744 bowling shoe, from Rhein/Main to KMSP (and back). My suggestion still is, purple lights for this airport.
                Jubilees do count. Type 747-100, inauguration flight: February 1969.
                And constantly advanced, 744 and 748 /w upper and lower EICAS.
                LH is member in the 747 club since April 1970.
                Aviation enthusiast, since more than 30 years with home airport EDDL.

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                • Well. Is it allowed to use a second forum entry without that somebody answered?

                  If you ask me, two entries in a row are ok. So...

                  Minneapolis St. Paul international airport. I'm here long enough. So, I know that this airport was open for two airlines, who not necessarily land at Rhein/Main.
                  NorthWest Airlines
                  and
                  KLM.

                  Thus, I should rather use a KL-B744, and then the dep of course is Schiphol (boring default fsx..) . I own Randazzo's KL-B744 fsx simulator, still with the straight line under the main deck windows..
                  Even the KL-B744s today wear the "KL wave", don't they. But I'll find a good flight for the KL-B744. Sint Maarten.

                  The "KL wave". I mentioned it earlier, a good example where an experienced airline successfully altered a good livery. Taste is not a matter of age. The on duty KL CEO is less than eight years older than me. Taste is a matter of taste, and I don't think that Mr. Elbers (or the LH CEO) ever seriously would have ordered a monochrome livery, not for all KL (LH) long haul jets. Again, the opposite of monochrome:
                  The opposite of monochrome on a KL "wave"-B744. Super.

                  Back on topic:
                  KMSP and KL-B742, a true combination.

                  PS: Somebody with my avatar is not allowed to use foreign simulators. But if it contains destinations, which until today are not part of the LH schedule, imho nobody will hit me.
                  Jubilees do count. Type 747-100, inauguration flight: February 1969.
                  And constantly advanced, 744 and 748 /w upper and lower EICAS.
                  LH is member in the 747 club since April 1970.
                  Aviation enthusiast, since more than 30 years with home airport EDDL.

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                  • In 2018, I've received yet one invitation to Texas. So, my next three long haul flights are scheduled. I love it!

                    1. KMSP, with the NW-B744 bowling shoe. They still don't use purple lights at MSP?
                    2. O'Hare, or as I call it, Obama Intercontinental, with my avatar.

                    3. DFW, Gas Monkey international. The new entry on the list, LH #438, with my avatar of course. When I was new here at jetphotos, I wondered if it were allowed to use an a/c type which is not mentioned in the official LH schedule... But Randazzo did quite a good job. With the help of one or two jet pilots who work under a nightblue tailfin.. Since then, I'm convinced. Not many other semi-pro simulators are so good! Now I only wonder..
                    Where's that beard with all that cars.. And the Flyin Kangaroos?
                    Jubilees do count. Type 747-100, inauguration flight: February 1969.
                    And constantly advanced, 744 and 748 /w upper and lower EICAS.
                    LH is member in the 747 club since April 1970.
                    Aviation enthusiast, since more than 30 years with home airport EDDL.

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                    • Wenn Du das nicht kannst dann lass das doch die Profis machen.

                      That's always my answer if someone asks me 'what?'. In Berlin, someone tries to build an airport. But since 13 years (!) they only try and will never come to an end! The reason?
                      Three clients (Bauherren), and two big architecture companies. Why two architects? Well, nobody in Berlin trusted a successful architecture company who since 1980 is responsible for Frankfurt/Main Intl airport and DUS Intl airport, a company with 150 architects! The chief architect of that company (JSK) died in 2018, after 12 years in which he tried to build an airport in Berlin.
                      So, nobody finishes what he's begun in 2006, both big architecture companies were fired in 2012! 'Politicians are not able to build a functioning international airport, you need professional knowledge.' ZDF, 2012 (seven years ago!).

                      One construction engineer who denies alterations after the first detail of the layout is sent to an executive construction company. Since 2006, nobody in Berlin does that. Thus, now they try to open a (rather not so) new airport for 25 million pax, although they needed 36 million pax or more if Tegel is closed... And who really wants to go to Schönefeld, so far away from Kurfürstendamm, really nobody. Mit den Füßen wird abgestimmt heisst es auf Deutsch. 22 Mio at Tegel vs 13 Mio at Old Schönefeld. Meinen Glückwunsch!

                      Back on topic. At Rio de Janeiro, they have two active airports, because wise men said, one airport is never enough. And since 2016, Santos Dumont is connected with the tramway Rio De Janeiro. What we are able to learn from Brazil.

                      LH #500, that's my next flight after a really informative round trip through Brazil, Guarulhos, Goiania, Brasilia, Maraba, Belem, and where did I end?

                      Rio Galeao. After almost 1,400 nautical miles, from Belém. A/c type? LH-B744, although Belém is a rather small airport in the forest. But I had to make sure that I use an a/c with a good range, in contrast to Chapecoense. And it worked.

                      Galeao - Guarulhos and then back home, but soon I'll return to Rio.
                      Jubilees do count. Type 747-100, inauguration flight: February 1969.
                      And constantly advanced, 744 and 748 /w upper and lower EICAS.
                      LH is member in the 747 club since April 1970.
                      Aviation enthusiast, since more than 30 years with home airport EDDL.

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                      • In Germany, the New Year started with something like a ridiculous weather. I thought, January February and March are the winter months in Germany, but 3 or 4 weeks ago, we had temperatures like 12°C or 54°F . Which is not really winter in my eyes. I am a winter child, I know the winter.
                        At this very moment, in the middle of the night, thank God the winter has come back to Germany, at least a little bit. +4°C or 39°F .

                        So what did I do. I took the Beech B350 King Air fsx, for a little ride, nonstop from EDDL to LOWS Salzburg airport. SZG tonight rather sounds like winter: -2°C or 28°F.
                        That btw is also a commercial flight, op by EW with a freq 1234567 .

                        Shortly after I arrived at SZG in my simulator, Kobe Bryant died.

                        So what did I do. To be honest, first of all I thought, how near to death must you be to decide to fly into the fog, and was it only one man on board who made that fatal decision?
                        Then I thought, from Orange County to Camarillo, that's not only a helicopter route.

                        Then I took the Beech Baron 58 fsx, for a flight from KSNA Orange County to KCMA Camarillo, of course with IFR request preflight. And with real weather conditions for January 2020 (fsgrw), which for me was visibility 22 kilometers or vis 12.
                        I have to say, I almost know nothing about the Sikorsky S-76B helicopter, but I am able to safely land a Beech Baron 58 fsx simulator from KSNA to KCMA with vis 12, within 55 minutes during a first flight on that route.

                        The Orange County IFR controller gave me alt 6,000 as a minimum, and it worked like a charm. And on that sunday morning, they only skipped the IFR request because that always has to be done a few minutes before take off, so, 9 humans died only due to impatience? As my friend 3WE said, not each and every (helicopter) pilot is able to fly with visibility 4 or less.
                        But Kobe Bryant's private pilot is not Kobe Bryant's private pilot without an IFR license, in my humble opinion.
                        Dead, at the age of 41. JFK junior died at the age of 38, because he chose the wrong pilot (himself). But that's not noble. You don't get an award for that. Dead at the age of 41 is a stupid idea.
                        I can say that. I'm only six months older than Mr. Bryant.

                        The next flight. From SZG to Rhein/Main International, again with Beech B350 twin turbopropeller. And then.

                        VTBS Suvarnabhumi (freeware by Ray Smith), on board Randazzo's LH-B744 QOTSI fsx (I know, that's not quite the real thing which is in the winter schedule..) .
                        That's a hell of a ride, especially with real weather conditions in January 2020. But I love it. You like to book it? LH # 772 .
                        Last edited by LH-B744; Today, 01:36. Reason: minus a rather hard four letter word (with indeed five letters).
                        Jubilees do count. Type 747-100, inauguration flight: February 1969.
                        And constantly advanced, 744 and 748 /w upper and lower EICAS.
                        LH is member in the 747 club since April 1970.
                        Aviation enthusiast, since more than 30 years with home airport EDDL.

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