The Turbine In The Sky Keeps on Turning: 5,000 Hours Plus Thousands More

There is an eerie quiet in the apartment this evening. A noticeable lack of the sounds of a virtual jet off to a far off place. Unlike many, I always keep my sound on when simming. I landed an A321 in Sacramento a few hours ago. Although I could have flown back east again, I decided to call it quits for a while to let myself rest, pause and reflect.

Despite heading to bed and falling into a light sleep while listening to Skyfaring, I now find myself wide awake once more. Thinking and finding that I need to distract myself with something.

Under quarantine flight sim has become my life. Even more so than usual. I started my day, if you could call it that, with the 777 and a morning departure out of Johannesburg bound for JFK. Even with Orbx Global, the virtual African landscape isn’t much to look at. Wish I had the new openlc. The virtual Atlantic, of course, is a little better. I was going to cross The Atlantic and make my way home a day ago. On approach to Lisbon, though, I had glanced out at The Atlantic and thought, “No, Not Today.” So, I took a long detour through Johannesburg. Oh the things we do to ourselves.

I took some liberties with realism and lumped the two crew rest periods together. With auto cruise on I was able to sleep for a good portion of the rest period. When Alexia’s chime sounded I muttered snooze a few times. More liberties with reality. Despite the long leg and poor sleep the touch down on rwy 22l in JFK was smooth and I made a controlled exit at my intended highspeed. And, with that my 5,000 hour on projectFly was logged.

But, time zones being what they are, 6pm on The Eastcoast is 3pm for in my real world west coast location. Too early for real sleep. Thus, after a few short hours napping and scrolling the ever traumatic land of social media I found myself in the 321 trying and failing to avoid the worst of the weather west of JFK.

So, I hit the 5k mark and just kept flying. And, so long as I can, I’ll just keep flying. In these times it’s just about all I can do.

 

Chasing The Numbers is not why I Podcast

In this episode Nicolas attempts to process the latest events in their life under continued quarantine. A piece of writing Nicolas is working on along with their finances and the imminent release of Microsoft Flight Simulator (2020) has given Nicolas pause. Could this be an opportunity to hang up the headset? Sadly, at this level of addiction, Nicolas suspects not. But, with their continued fs addiction in mind Nicolas is at least thinking critically about their addictive behavior. Other topics include getting along with people, reflecting on the past and trying not to dwell on podcast download statistics.

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Help Wanted

In this episode Nicolas sends out the call for FSRideAlong Co-Hosts in an effort to try a panel show format again (more at the end of the description). Nicolas also poses the question AMD or Intel for flight sim?

Would you like to be a co-host on the show? Here are the details:

Looking for dedicated flight simmers to co-host monthly flight sim audio podcast. Must be available once a month to record and do pre-production work. Position is a volunteer position. Video, audio, hardware experience a plus. Email nicnacjak@gmail.com for more information.

Don’t forget, Mike of zerosideslip.com is offering a special discount for FSRideAlong listeners. If your interested go to zerosideslip.com to book a training session and be sure to mention the promo code “FSRIDEALONG.” The code is valid till May 31st, 2020.

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FSRideAlong

Way back in 2010 (before Twitch) I started a thing called FSRideAlong. The idea was to take you the listener along as I did my virtual globe trotting in Flight Sim. Needless to say, the idea didn’t go as well as I had hoped but the show has evolved a bit and you can find current episodes below.

As the internet evolved and video streaming became a thing I started a Twitch Channel also called FSRideAlong (I refer to it as the video version). You can find it here.

Lastly you can find my Discord here.

If you like what you see and here please donate, follow, rate and review on the appropriate media outlet. Thanks so much for listening and viewing. It means the world to me.

Happy landings!

Se 5 Ep 6 Building A Flight Sim Community And Internet Trolls

In this episode I talk about the challenges of building a community around my flight sim stream. I also talk about my degraded flying skills due to automation dependency, internet troll and my flight sim and aviation background.

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Internet Troll By The Doubleclicks

Catch Me if You Can By Attica Attica

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FSRideAlong Se 5 Ep 3 The FeelThere Embraer Classic With Hopes for V2

In this episode I talk about the classic FeelThere EMB 170 and 190 and some of the challenges they had from a systems perspective. I convey my hope that V2 of The FeelThere EMB 170-195 will be a good systems airplane. I also talk a bit about multiple developers making the same scenery.

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FSRideAlong SE 5 Ep 2 Hope And Disappointment

In this episode I talk about my thoughts on Microsoft Flight Sim 2020. I also briefly go over my impressions of TFDI’s PACX, Drzewieck Design’s Chicago Airports, and LatinVFR’s New Orleans. It’s a short episode. I will try to post more often.

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FSRideAlong SE 5 Ep 1 Streaming and Flight Sim Jobs

In this episode I wonder if comparing every flight sim plane developer to PMDG is a good idea. I also talk about my recent flight sim activity. I also talk about my upgraded computer. Lastly, I mention my search for a job in the flightsim or aviation industry My renewed FSRideAlong Stream is available at twitch.tv/nicnacjak

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