French Charcuterie and referring to white and dark meat

Here are two links to articles by Camille Chevalier-Karfis on her web site, French Today Although I haven’t pursued Camille’s learning materials as much as I would like to, I really admire her approach to learning french. Her emphasis is on learning to speak and comprehend the french that people actually speak, rather than the academically correct version that we mostly learn in school.

Camille sends out a newsletter by email with a different focus each time. Here are a couple of article’s about food featured in a recent newsletter. I well remember seeing the Charcuterie shops when I was in France in 1964 but I never actually knew how the word was translated! 

Charcuterie are french cold cuts:

Finally Condor version 2 has been released–well last month actually!

I can’t believe I missed its release by about a month but, yes, Condor version 2 was released last February 21st! I deliberately curbed myself from repeatedly checking due to lack of optimisim that it would be released any time soon!

I have not yet spent $60 to buy it. One of the reasons is that, from what I have seen so far, those who have purchased it are not praising it wildly. In fact, there seems to be a lot of disappointment. I have tried to go back and read forum messages that give impressions. I still have a lot to read but most messages seem to be of the variety–this isn’t working or, does it have this, or when will this be ready, etc.

From images and videos I have seen so far, the clouds look ridiculous, like cotton balls, and there are many complaints that it is difficult or impossible to tell whether a cloud is building or dying!

Over all, my impression is that the new model represented by this version makes improvements much easier and the developers have promised that improvements will be coming soon.

The other reason I haven’t bought it yet, is that I am very into X-Plane now. I’m having a great time trying to master the ASDG Super Cub at the moment.

Announcing the Socata TBM 900!

This looks really exciting! You can read the description here. It sounds like a very ambitious project. So much so, that I will remain sceptical. At the same time I really hope it succeeds and I am already impatiently awaiting the release this summer. Again, I have to be sceptical. If everything that is promised is actually implemented successfully, this will be by far the most advanced X-Plane add-on yet! I really, really hope they succeed!

ASDG Super Cub

I just bought the ASDG Super Cub yesterday. It comes with the Reality Expansion Pack. I’m practicing takeoff and landings at the 1300 foot Bilai airstrip in Papua, Indonesia. The specs say it can takeoff in 30 feet and 200 feet to clear a 50 foot object! Also, the landing roll should be about 245 feet! It’s really fun! Here is the description.

It is normally $42.95 but I was lucky to go to the Aero Sim Gaming forum where I clicked on a “Get it Now” link at which point I was offered $10 off the usual price!

Update on 3/26/18: It is still available for 32.95 if you go to the  Aero Sim Gaming web site and click the “Get it Now” link. It will take you to the store and display the 10$ discount deal. You simply add it to your cart!


Shortest Airstrips in Papua, Indonesia to try!

I’m sitting at WT89 (Mbugulo) in the Quest Kodiak viewing the Nearest Airports function of the G1000. Scrolling through all the airstrips in range I can see which have the shortest runways. Here they are as I came across them. I intend to try all of them. I can’t believe that WA0D, Dadou, is only 970ft long! That is probably way to short for the Kodiak although the length is not necessarily the deciding factor on the possibility of landing. If there are no trees at the threshold and the runway slopes sharply, I can land on a much smaller strip.

WT89 Mbubulo 6680ft 06/24 soft surface 1260ft X 85ft

WABX Bilai 5673ft 12/30 soft 1350ft X 68ft — very difficult

WT86 Homeyo 5148ft 08/26 soft 1270ft X 59ft

WX74 Duma 4794ft 06/24 soft 1140ft X 81ft

WZ03 Hitadipa 5048ft 07/25 soft 1440ft X 68ft

WXY3 Kiman 2700ft 10/28 soft 1150ft X 66ft

WT11 Dboto 2550ft 07/25 soft 1340ft X 66ft

WXY5 Unnamed Fayu 380ft 07/22 soft 1290ft X 75ft

WA0D Dadou 4720ft 01/19 soft 970ft X 66ft

WX37 Beoga 6229ft 16/34 soft 1460ft X 79ft

WX80 Epamani 2300ft 16/34 soft 1220ft X 95ft

WXY7 Wahuka Old 339ft 15/33 soft 1400ft X 58ft

WXZ2 Wahuka 422ft 06/24 soft 1020ft X 68ft

WW41 Ogam 6590ft 03/21 soft 1390ft X 66ft


I’m working on video again

Of course, I’m not sure that I ever mentioned my video attempts here. I think I tried doing some six months or more ago. At that time I bought Cyberlink Powerdirector 15. The software takes some time to figure out and I was more interested in flying when I first took it on. In fact, at the time I was in the middle of flying the Beechcraft Baron B58 around the globe. Now I’m on another circumnavigation of sorts. I purchased an FSEconomy Quest Kodiak in Greece and have been gradually working my way back to the US flying west to east (for the favorable winds aloft). I’m now at my second stop in Indonesia and trying to become as proficient as possible landing at the very tricky Idedua (WA0B) airstrip. I’ve been practicing takeoffs and landings at that same strip for days now and suddenly decided that this would be a good subject for a video project.

This is the first time I’ve attempted to insert a video into a blog. The resolution isn’t very good. I’ll have to see if I can improve that.