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.
Innsbruck (LOWI) to Makedonia (LGTS) Screenshots and Notes
Flying the 930 in IF has been an absolute blast! Fly high to get a birds eye view at FL290, fly low to get some great horizon shots. This was on my LOWI-LGTS leg. The Aegean sea below and Pierian mountains on the horizon. LGTS has an interesting ILS approach in that you fly a radius from the Thessaloniki VOR to enter finals.
Morning takeoff from Innsbruck with the sun rising over the Alps. I especially like the technical arrivals and departures into this airport. In fact, I like them so much that I’m going to form MVAO (Mountains Virtual Aviation Organization). I decided to go ahead and create a placeholder for it today at http://m-vao.org.
Hitting the coastline of Greece (I’ve done some post-processing of all my screenshots with Pixelmator).
And for good measure, here are a few more sights along the way. Off to
Makedonia (LGTS) to Tbilisi (UGTB)
I’ve changed up the route a bit. I was originally going to head to Damascus and then Dubai but have now opted to route through Georgia and Turkmenistan. This will give me a more direct course to Kathmandu where I’ll take a day trip up to Lukla (Everest Base Camp). The mountains will be huge and gorgeous in this area. Mt. Everest happens to be 29,029’ tall. Nothing like looking at a mountain at FL290.
Makedonia (LGTS) to Tbilisi (UGTB) Screenshots and Notes
Nothing too eventful on this leg of the trip and I suspect that will be the case for the next leg. Here are a few screenshots from along the way.
Tbilisi (UGTB) to Ashgabat (UTAA)
Tbilisi (UGTB) to Ashgabat (UTAA) Screenshots and Notes
I’m officially through the Europe section of this world tour and have landed in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. You can see the Caspian sea in the screenshot above.
Flying just northwest of Baku before heading over water.
Ashgabat (UTAA) to Delhi (VIDP) Flight Plan
Ashgabat (UTAA) to Delhi (VIDP) Notes
Not a lot to see in the darkness. I did some editing to make the 930 a little more visible in this screenshot. It was almost a completely uneventful flight except I accidentally lowered the gear during cruise. Before I could realize what had happened, I went into a stall and lost 5000’ before recovering into stable flight. I thought maybe I had planned the fuel wrong and was trying to figure out what was going on before I saw the indicator lit up for the gear. AP only made things worse as it tipped the nose of the plane up increasing the stall. I finally realized I needed to disable AP, point the nose down to gain speed and it was only after several seconds that I realized the gear was down, making it almost impossible to recover, and then finally raised the gear so I could regain some altitude. Making a good mental note of this incase I unknowingly lower the gear again.
Anyway, I’m now in India and looking forward to the next 3 airports of this tour. I believe they’ll be my favorites, Kathmandu, Lukla, and then an airport high in the Tibetan Prefecture. I wish the third airport existed in IF but it doesn’t. It’s a an airport in wonderful Shangri La, China. I’ve settled for flying to a Lijiang about 180km/97nm to the south. I plan on plotting a waypoint that takes me over Shangri-la.
Glad you got on the ground safe. Good luck on your upcoming leg!
Delhi (VIDP) to Kathmandu (VNKT)
Delhi (VIDP) to Kathmandu (VNKT) Screenshots and Notes
Himalayan’s are in sight! I’ll be going for a jaunt to Lukla before heading off to Lijiang. If I think I can make the landing I’ll do so but if not, I’ll double back to Kathmandu. This is the approach into Kathmandu for RWY2.
More sights from this leg of the trip.
Side trip to Lukla (VNLK)
Flight Plan IGRIS1B KIMTI via SkyVector.
VNKT IGRIS1B KIMTI VNLK
Lukla is so close that it’s worth the effort of visiting. I’ve found these approach/departure procedures on the Flightgear Wiki (referencing an aerosoft post). I’ll take 2 hours worth of fuel (this will give me a 90 minute reserve if I need to turn around. That’s 328kg in fuel. This is a VFR flight, so I may fly until I hit the 10° radial towards Lukla (fly past KIMTI which is the 65° radial).
"…From (Khatmandu) VNKT climb to at least 13000 ft while following VOR 112.30 outbound on track 096° for about 70 nm. Now turn on terrain mode (TERR) on your GPS navigator and carefully locate the low elevation valley running north and south with VNLK on its path. Follow the valley to the north while descending to just above the airport elevation at 9100 ft. When you have the airport in sight on your right side line up with the 2500 ft asphalt runway at 60° and land… " Courtesy of forum.aerosoft.com.
If GPS isn’t your preferred method, it is just as easy to fly the 096° radial from Kathmandu, then turn north onto the 010° radial of Lamidada NDB 236 as you intersect it. This heading takes you straight into the valley to Lukla. Most aircraft will allow both these to be dialled in on seperate displays at the same time.
Make sure your descent from FL130 on the turn is made without delay, there isn’t much time before the airport appears ahead on your right. Full flaps are a must.
Depart the airfield to the South, climb toward FL130. Using Khatmandu VOR 112.3, turn west onto the 096° radial as you intersect it. Clear of the mountains, descend 7000ft. Don’t be tempted to descend any lower, as after a 6-8 min stretch without mountains, there is one more range to hop over. Once past, descend as able and prepare for an imminent landing. As the plains stretch away beneath you, the runway should become visible. If not, immediately overhead the VOR, turn north. The airfield is within a mile or two of the VOR.