Trip Report: From Amsterdam to Doha in Business Class - Qatar Airways 777-300ER

At the beginning of 2017 Qatar Airways launched a promo called "Qatar Travel Festival" that had some extremely low fares. 
I was able to purchase a flight on Business Class from Amsterdam to Tokyo (Haneda) and back.

I'm going to start this series of trip reports with the flight from Amsterdam to Doha.

At the airport
On the 10th of June, after arriving at Schiphol from Madrid in the morning, I went planespotting until approximately 6 PM, when I headed to the terminal to return the rental car and check in. 

In my experience, when flying with Qatar Airways check-in is fast, and this time it was even smoother as business class passengers have their own queue. The same cannot be said for Schiphol's security controls... 
I didn't have a lot of time to spare, but I decided to pay a quick visit to the Aspire Lounge, where you are given complimentary access with a Qatar Airways business ticket.
I was somewhat dissapointed by the lounge, as it lacked some elements that other airp…

TFDi Design 717 for FSX/P3D - Review

TFDi Design 717
On the night of December 22nd, the TFDi Design 717 was released to the public for a price of 59,99 dollars.  Many people were excited for the release, but did it hold up to their expectations? Let's find out.

The "Angry Puppy"

The Boeing 717 (or MD-95 as it was originally marketed), is a single aisle, twin engine regional jet designed by McDonnell Douglas. 
The first order for the MD-95 was placed by Valujet in 1995, but after the Boeing/McDonnell Douglas merge in 1997, the MD-95 became the 717. The first airframe was delivered in 1999.
A total of 156 717's were built, most of which went to AirTran Airways, and subsequently to Delta.
The 717 is still in service with Volotea, Qantas Link, Hawaiian Airlines, Turkmenistan Airlines and Delta Air Lines.


TFDi introduced something new in the FSX/P3D community using their Addon Manager: after purchasing the 717, you'll have to download their Addon Manager, log in with your credentials and then downloa…

Spotting Guide: Lima Jorge Chávez International Airport

Jorge Chávez International Airport (IATA: LIM, ICAO: SPJC, formerly SPIM) is Peru's main airport. The airport is located in Callao, the port city of Lima.  It's currently the hub for a number of airlines, the biggest ones being LATAM and Avianca Peru.  The Peruvian Army, Navy and Air Force also have aircraft based at this airfield. The airport was named after Jorge Chávez Dartnell, a well known Peruvian aviator.

Lima is a really interesting place to do plane-spotting due to the rare airplanes that fly in and out on a daily basis, e.g AN-32, Fokker 60, 737-200...

Sadly, planespotting at this airport is dangerous.
This is both due to the fact that security will attempt to kick you from most spots if they see you, but most importantly because the areas surrounding the airport aren't safe.

You'll need a car to get around (or hire a taxi for the day as I did). I'd recommend speaking to local spotters before heading out.

Proceed at your own risk!

Repsol Gas Station - Runway 1…

Photorico Scenery Dominicci Airport for FSX/P3D - Review

Photorico Scenery Dominicci Airport

Earlier this year, Photorico Scenery released their rendition of Fernando Luis Ribas Dominicci Airport in San Juan, an airport that most people know by the name of "Isla Grande airport". The scenery was designed to work both with FSX and Prepar3D, and is available from simMarket for 20,57 €.
Fernando Luis Ribas Dominicci Airport
Dominicci Airport, most known as Isla Grande Airport, is an airfield located in Miramar, a district in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
The airport was constructed by the U.S Navy prior to World War ll, and was given the name of NAS Isla Grande.  It also served as Puerto Rico's main international airport until 1954, when Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (TJSJ), was built. Up until 1971, the airfield also hosted the USCG, but they relocated to Ramey AFB.
The airport was renamed in honor of Fernando Luis Ribas-Dominicci, a Puerto Rican F-111 pilot that was killed during Operation El Dorado Canyon.
Currently, the airport is fr…

Jetstream Designs Milano Linate for FSX/P3D - Review

Jetstream Designs Milano Linate 

Jetstream Designs is a French flight simulator scenary building company, most known for having made airports such as Marseille or Palermo available to the FS community.

Last year, they started developing a Milano Linate scenery for FSX/P3D, scenary that was released just a month ago.

According to the developer, the included features are the following:
Scenery configurator for seasons, levels of detail, etc.Native P3D ground polygons with reflections, rain, etc.Animated jetwaysVolumetric grassDetailed airport objects and vehiclesAnimated airport vehicles3D runway and taxiway lights with halosRamp lights with halos4 seasons (snowy conditions included)Realistic ground layout with HD texturesExtended custom autogenNight environmentCustom taxiway signs with realistic night texturesGSX© compatibleStatic GA aircraftJetstream Designs Milano Linate is currently available at SimMarket for the price of 24.20 €.

Lets take a better look at it.

Milano's Li…