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MS Flight Simulator X - ORBX NZSI - Saitek Gear - XTOP PanelFlight Simulation

I've always been fascinated by the world of flight, planes and airports. This way, it was love at first sight when I detected Microsoft Flight Simulator 4 in a shop someplace back in 1991. After several years of flying a desk, this is my present equipment mimicking a Cessna C172:

Cockpit Panel: X-Wishes Flight XTOP Pro Panel
Yoke/Pedals/Trim Wheel/Pro Flight Panels/Flight Instrument Panels: All by Saitek/Logitech
Flight Instrument Panel gauges: FSXTimes driven by SPAD.neXt.
Computer: Custom Made by Jecosys Redlich IT
Monitor: LG 34UM95-P
Simulator: Lockheed Martin Prepar3d
Scenery: ORBX New Zealand North Island (Auckland City) - one of the best sceneries I own
GPS (on networked laptop): Gemini Airmap (now replaced by FS Flight-Control where I am in the beta team).   Photo: Matthias Basler

I was quite excited when well-known label ORBX published a new scenery for Germany called FTX Germany North in 2016 (to be accompanied by a part South in 2017). Thus, I decided to write my own review, which you can either read or download (84 MB, in German language).

AeroflyFS2 - ParisBesides Prepar3d, I use AeroflyFS2, an alternative simulator from German maker IPACS. It excels in beauty of rendition, performance and under Virtual Reality. In the screenshot I am flying in a Piper Turbo Arrow (model by JustFlight) over a stunning freeware(!) Paris scenery by IZ0JUB and TomSimMuc. In view of the many outstanding freeware sceneries available for AeroflyFS2, I thought I could pay back a little by maintaining a freeware AeroflyFS2 scenery list. 

Unfortunately, flight simulation had developed from a leading gaming genre in the 1990s into a niche elitist old men's hobby, notably, after Microsoft closed the Flight Simulator product line in 2009. Thus, it hit like a bomb when Microsoft announced the forthoming re-entry into the market with a brand-new Microsoft Flight Simulator for 2020 - with a concept which will redefine the field.

Three colors red / Favorite filmsCinema

Cinema - a fascinating topic during all my life! I stood in a queue for tickets for My Fair Lady with unforgettable Audrey Hepburn in the 1960s. I recall performances of Sergej Bondartschuk's Masterpiece War and Peace on 70 mm/Todd AO screens in the 1970s. And, I still have in mind wonderful art house films like Fanny and Alexander from directing legend Ingmar Bergman from the 1980s, now available on DVD. Click on the DVD cover on the r.h.s. for some Feature Films I'll probably always stay in love with.

Cover: Ingmar Bergman: Fanny and Alexander, DVD available from The Criterion Collection - thanks for the kind permission.

I maintain a Website Susanne-Bormann.info on talented German actress Susanne Bormann who started acting at the age of 8 already. Susanne excelled as desperate Patty in Andreas Dresen's famous film Nachtgestalten (1998) and is well-known as blonde angel Britta in Liegen Lernen (2003). In addition, she gave stunning performances on stage in Neil LaBute's the shape of things in Nuremberg (2005-2007) and as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet at the Freilichtspiele Schwaebisch Hall in 2007/2008. Over several years, she has been well-known as inspector Sandra Reiß in the successful ZDF TV series "Letzte Spur Berlin" ("Last Trace Berlin", 2012-2015). While she maintains has her own Instagram blog for some time, I still keep the site as a repository and to inform on appearances on TV and elsewhere.

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