We have been having a blast doing cargo runs between CYTS and the James Bay coastal communities in the Kodiak. By far, the most “complete” aircraft I’ve flown in MSFS and the most fun.
The target was 106 hours split between the single engine turboprop (Kodiak) and the twin engine turboprop (Twin Otter).
Packed up the manuals and with the last flight down to CYAM to pick up the Twin Otter after some maintenance and a new paint job we hit the 53 hours.
Parked the Kodiak, finished up some paperwork and a little while later the ground crew got the Twin Otter out of the hangar for us.
It’s been awhile since I’ve flown Steam gauges and the GNS530/430 but it didn’t take to long to get acquainted with the cockpit. Got our clearances and after a lengthy checklist everything was fired up and running as expected.
Departure and climb out went great as well as the cruise but things fell off the rails a little when it came to the approach.
ATC told me to expect vectors for an RNAV approach and while I was programming that into the GNS530 I could not find the vector option (like in the G1000 I’ve grown accustom to). I only had the transitions available, not the option to select vector. With already poor weather turning worse I worked with what I had and hand flew the vectors and approach.
The runway came into view before minimums and I was able to safely set it down.
Shutdown checklist complete, but just before turning off the power I went back through the 530 and found the option I was looking for. I had grown use to being able to select vectors when configuring the approach procedure in the G1000 and then just activating vectors to final.
I then remembered in the GNS530 you select your approach procedure, choose the approach and then back in the main procedure menu, activate vectors to final.
I’ll be all set for the next flight!