Depends on the flight and airport elevation. There have been times I do 1500 and gone as high as 2500 if I overshot my TOD. I typically will do 1800-2000 in steps until I hit 18,000 then 1500 each time ATC assigns a new altitude on down to the localizer.
Badass someone else is in here from Ft. Misery. I actually live in the Cape. But not too many people know Cape Coral compared to Ft. Myers. You’ll see me all the time taking off from PGD on Allegiant or RSW in JetBlue or Delta.
@JFKflyer1 It seems like World Tour flights are a dime a dozen around here. I’d say pick one and try to follow it or see how they planned it. I’m trying to put all my thoughts about this one in this thread along with each segment of the Tour.
Things you definitely have to know in layman’s terms:
- How far can your aircraft fly?
- How will the weather affect how far or where you can fly?
- Can you load enough fuel to make your flight?
- How much realism do you want? You can always fly a direct path to any airport in the sim. Or you cam use tools like SkyVector, AirNav, and GCMapper (all links I’ve used to start planning things out above). You’ll have to know how to read charts, etc to use these services or use one of the automatic tools like Simbrief etc.
I’m no pro, but that’s my general process/thoughts.
Fpltoif.com takes a lot of the guess work out of the equation. It uses the express version of Simbrief and works out well for me.
@ActnJaksn239 I hadn’t tried that tool yet but it’s super nice! I’m going to use it to check against my work. I did notice that it recommended about 200 more kg in fuel than I planned for in my KLEX-KBHB segment. I had about 30-40 min of fuel left when I landed. Thanks for the resource!
KBHB to CYYR Screenshots and Notes
Lesson Learned: Check the weather between your departure and destination. I initially hit a 70kt direct crosswind in the first three segments of my route that turned into a 112kt crosswind. Eventually turned into more of a tailwind than crosswind (not really), but even at M0.55 I was off course by almost half a mile. Windy is my new friend… I could correct for level flight using my rudder but it would be nice if you could trim for rudder in IF. Maybe that’s a feature request already? So, just checking METARs at your departure and arrival airport can and will get you in trouble. I now have a better understanding of how to make the hop from Hawaii to California if the winds are favorable.
Arrived at Goose Bay for a 20kt crosswind landing. Nearly stalled the plane at 85kts while landing for a VERY short runout with Reverse Thrusters but we it! I’ll be off for my first over ocean flight to Greenland next.
90+ kt crosswind. Notice how AP tips the plane trying to keep it on course.
Goose Bay (CYYR) to Narsarsuaq (BGBW)
As of 05021225Z, there’s a 50kt+ headwind on this flight at FL290. Good visibility, etc otherwise at BGBW.
Planned Route via FPLtoIFR
CYYR 5352N/5937W ENNSO 5900N/5000W 6035N/4644W 6110N/4525W 6104N/4536W BGBW
Flight Time 2:47
Fuel 888kgs (5.4h)
0322Z Update Weather looks a little more favorable tonight than it did this morning. I’m going to make the hop and I just hit Grade 2 so I think I’ll hop onto the training server.
Super neat! Looks like a blast!
CYYR to BGBW Screenshots and Notes
That was an interesting leg of this journey. I either flew into very heavy fog or the scenery at BGBW isn’t as developed as I’d expect it to be. Everything seemed flat (maybe I was father north than I thought and hit that particular scenery bug). It was a smooth flight out of Goose Bay and a decently smooth flight into Narsarsuaq, though I did deal with a loft of variable wind on final. Over all, uneventful flight and I’ll be glad to get across the North Atlantic.
Reykjavik is up next, probably tomorrow, and I may even attempt the Dublin leg tomorrow as well to get through this North Atlantic portion of the Tour.
Narsarsuaq (BGBW) to Reykjavik (BIRK) Flight Plan
Planned Route via FPLtoIFR
BGBW 6110N/4525W 6139N/4332W INGAN 6432N/2409W RK401 EXINU CF19Y BIRK
Fuel 735kg (4.5h)
As of 1700Z on May 3, winds were not favorable for takeoff. Sustained 40kt winds with 50kt gusts.
Looks like I’m grounded at BGBW until at least 1800 local time today (2000Z).
Disregard. Made it out barely: Flying challenge at BGBW while the conditions last!
BGBW to BIRK Screenshots and Notes
After a quick challenge to the community, I set off for Reykjavik (BIRK). Taking off at Narsarsuaq (BGBW) was an absolute bear (no pun intended). Set trim to -100% to keep the nose down, decided to let the wind push me down the runway because it was gusting 50kts, and made sliding takeoff (somehow just feet off the ground but not over the runway).
A third of the way through the flight, the turbulence finally broke and it was a smooth flight into BIRK. After some planning I’ll be off to EGAD in Northern Ireland.
Reykjavik (BIRK) to County Down, Northern Ireland (EGAD)
Planned Route via FPLtoIFR
BIRK 6408N/2156W 6401N/2138W 6405N/2146W METIL 6335N/1939W RATSU BARKU BEN GOW TRN 5500N/503W BLACA BEL EGAD
Fuel 753kg (4.6h)
Flight Time 2:45
Reykjavik (BIRK) to County Down, Northern Ireland (EGAD) Screenshots and Notes
I’ve made it to Mainland (almost anyway) Western Europe. That was one of two ocean crossings for this tour. I left North East Canada to Hop to Northern Ireland with fuel stops in Greenland and Iceland. All-in-all, short 3 hour hops. Next stop Innsbruck.
If I’m not mistaken, the mountain range you can see in the first photo on the second row are the Mourne Mountains. Definitely a place worth hiking if you ever find yourself in Northern Ireland.
County Down, Northern Ireland (EGAD) to Innsbruck (LOWI)
This will be my first flying between the mountains approach on this journey so I decided to check FPLtoIF’s automated flight plan against Skyvector and the actual STAR chart and everything looks good. I’ll definitely have to exercise altitude awareness but this should be a fun approach and hopefully a great chance to record some video.
- XEBIX at 13000
- ELMEM at 13000
- HDG 90 to LOWI from ELMEM
- 32nm from ELMEM to LOWI
- LOWI elev. 1907 ft MSL
Planned Route via FPLtoIF
EGAD NELBO MASOP 5402N/402W REMSI SOGPO OTSOP KOREV COL MONAX TUSUK RIDSU ABUKA SUNEG TEDGO UTABA MOMUK BEMKI 4725N/1028E XEBIX ELMEM 4720N/1151E LOWI
Fuel 757kg (4.6h)
Flight Time 2:57
EGAD to LOWI Screenshots and Notes
This has been my favorite flight yet in IF. Navigating the mountains and flying in under blue skies was perfect! LOWI would be a really fun airport to practice touch and goes. It would also be a great place to run charter flights 😉. I’m sure I’ll be spending some significant time here in IF. Loved the feel of flying in.
Innsbruck (LOWI) to Makedonia (LGTS)
@Skybear. MaxSez: Watching, impressive planning, graphics & accompanying dialog tell the tail. Well Done this far. “”Continue the March”. Max Sends
Thanks! I’m seriously impressed at what you can do on an iPad with a flight sim these days. Superb mental challenge.