[COMPLETED] @Skybear's TBM-930 World Tour Log


County Down, Northern Ireland (EGAD) to Innsbruck (LOWI)

EGAD Information
LOWI Information
Weather Information via Windy

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.

Approach Notes

  • 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


Departure EGAD
Arrival LOWI
Distance 856nm
Cruise FL290@M0.53
Climb 170/40
Descent 2000
Fuel 757kg (4.6h)
Flight Time 2:57

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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.

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TBM-930 on approach to LOWI

Innsbruck (LOWI) to Makedonia (LGTS)

Departure Arrival Dist Flight Time
LOWI LGTS 245nm 800nm
Cruise Climb Descent Fuel
FL290@M0.53 170/40 2000fps 738kg (4h)
Planned Route via Skyvector Weather via Windy
LOWI WI528 WI529 WI531 WI521 RTT Y107 BAKOR N503 VIC L12 LUMAV Z982 ANC L612 VIE Q920 GOKEL M603 KAS UM603 EDASI LADAD LGTS Thunderstorms along the way. Severe turbulence above FL180 when approaching KAS VOR waypoint.

@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.

Departure Arrival Dist Flight Time
LGTS UGTB 1010nm 3:30
Cruise Climb Descent Fuel
FL290@M0.53 170/40 2000fps 738kg (4h)
Planned Route via Skyvector Weather via Windy
LGTS ARNAS3B ARNAS ALX EKI UW702 BKZ UW702 INB UW90 SIN UN644 KARDE UN644 ROLIN KTS M737 LOBIN B143 BT B143 GIMUR DF4B UGTB VFR conditions at DPT and ARR airports. Rear crosswind 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)

Departure Arrival Dist Flight Time
UGTB UTAA 670nm 2:30
Cruise Climb Descent Fuel
FL290@M0.53 170/40 2000fps 574kg (3.5h)
Planned Route via Skyvector Weather via Windy
UGTB LAMUS4A LAMUS ADEKI LEYLA RODAR A909 TUGTA A909 KEKAL A87 MAMED A87 ASB UTAA Thunderstorms near the departing and arrival airports. Should have a descent tailwind along the way.

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.

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Ashgabat (UTAA) to Delhi (VIDP) Flight Plan

Departure Arrival Dist Flight Time
UTAA VIDP 1133nm 3:3 5
Cruise Climb Descent Fuel
FL290@M0.53 170/40 2000fps 820kg (5h)
Planned Route via Skyvector Weather via Windy
UTAA KEM30D KEMOR A125 BELUG A125 NINOP B475 DAVET P173 TAPIS M875 NITIV M875 BUTOP DPN VIDP Thunderstorm SIGMET at UTAA but looks like VFR conditions at VIDP. Flight will favor a tailwind most of the way.
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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.

Stalling at FL290 in the TBM-930

Glad you got on the ground safe. Good luck on your upcoming leg!

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Delhi (VIDP) to Kathmandu (VNKT)

Departure Arrival Dist Flight Time
VIDP VNKT 467nm 1:30
Cruise Climb Descent Fuel
FL290@M0.53 170/40 2000fps 410kg (2.5h)
Planned Route via Skyvector Weather via Windy
VIDP SSB W37 HW ONISA MAHEN SUKET PALPA NARAN B345 KTM VNKT VFR conditions at VIDP and IFR conditions at VNKT. 70kt+ tailwind on the way.
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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.


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).

Approach Procedure

"…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.

Departure Procedure

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.

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VNLK, Lukla Airport Sidetrip Update

Well that was a rough landing. I didn’t flare enough, and wasn’t stable enough and I ended up having the nose gear touch first. I luckily only bounced once and managed to swing the 930 into parking. I’ll now fly back to VIDP unless Lukla has fuel on site (I don’t know if they store fuel or not but I’m going to check online). I plan on doing some more reading on approach and departure procedures here as it’s definitely one of the more challenging places I’ve been.

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Kathmandu (VNKT) to Lijiang (ZPLJ)

Departure Arrival Dist Flight Time
VNKT ZPLJ 953nm 2:45
Cruise Climb Descent Fuel
FL290@M0.53 170/40 2000fps 697kg (4.25h)
Planned Route via FPLtoIF Weather via Windy
VNKT D022C D320D KTM IGRIS D102T KIMTI 2723N/8650E TUMLI NONIM RKZ LXA TAPUN LEVBA 2733N/10000E 2700N/10000E 2656N/10019E ZPLJ 70kt+ tailwind at FL290. MVFR conditions at VNKT. VFR conditions at ZPLJ.

Utilizing IGRI1B SID on departure, expecting RWY 20 on arrival.


Kathmandu (VNKT) to Lijiang (ZPLJ) Screenshots and Notes

It was a beautiful flight to Lijiang. I did fly by Shangri-va and if you look carefully above, to the right of the tail of the 930, you can Shangri-la airport (ZPDQ) sitting in the valley. It’s unfortunate it doesn’t actually exist in IF.

Lijiang was fun flying into because you have to fly AROUND Yulong Snow Mountain before descending for ZPLJ. It’s a fun approach if you’re coming from the North as you have to avoid a few different mountains and descend into the valley.

This is the beginning of the mountain range just north of Lijiang that you have to navigate around before making a hard left to begin descending into the valley, followed by a hard right.

Flying over the Himalayas (I believe between Everest and K2). Everest is in the background here, to the right.


Lijiang (ZPLJ) to Da Nang (VVDN)

Departure Arrival Dist Flight Time
ZPLJ VVDN 855nm 2:45
Cruise Climb Descent Fuel
FL290@M0.53 170/40 2000fps 656kg (4h)
Planned Route via Skyvector Weather via Windy
ZPLJ NIVUX L888 BIDRU LPB A206 VIN W2 HUE HUE1A VVDN ZPLJ / VVDN / Still heaven crosswinds today, VFR at ZPLJ and MVFR at VVDN.

Utilizing IGRI1B SID on departure, expecting RWY 20 on arrival.

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