Awesome shots as always, I’m really enjoying the ongoing updates - very inspiring 👍🏻
Lijiang (ZPLJ) to Da Nang (VVDN) Screenshots and Notes
I’ve made it to my stop in Vietnam, Da Nang. Turning onto final for the only lit runway. Love the glass in the 930. Maybe one day these will be operation in IF.
The rolling hills of South West China in the background. This is my last major leg over ground if I shoot fo the PHNL hop to KHAF at the end of this trip.
The coast of Vietnam. I bet it’s beautiful in better light!
Stopping for some serious planning now. The legs for the rest of this journey are going to be about an hour longer at this point. Careful fuel planning, checking high altitude winds, and backup plans become paramount for this next section over the Pacific.
Anyone have a formula for calculating how much further tail winds will carry me?
Da Nang (VVDN) to Davao de Sur (RPMD)
RPVI will be my alternate for this flight. I should be fine on fuel, but just incase, I can certainly make it there. There are several airports to land at in the Philippines if need be.
|FL290@M0.53||170/40||2000fps||890kg (max fuel)|
Getting close @Skybear! Nearly at that finishing point!
I know!! been an excellent experience so far. I was pleasantly surprised that at higher alt airports the physics had been modeled of making it a little harder to take off. Great sim!
Da Nang (VVDN) to Davao de Sur (RPMD) Screenshots and Notes
Another leg down. I’m going to fly at least one more this evening (EST) and get this over the water party started. Ran into MVFR conditions at RPMD but nothing super challenging. Selecting the ILS and following it is surprisingly easy. The only characteristic of the TBM9 that I’ve noticed is that I need to stay at 130kts for easier correction or learn to be more stable with my iPad. Either way, this has been a blast and a great way to get acquainted with IF.
Good catch. I updated it.
Aright this looks like a lot of fun… I think I’m gonna do a round the world also
(Thx for the inspiration)
IT IS!!! I have as much fun planning, checking real work weather, considering flight scenarios (like where is it safe to fly on the real world and where is it not) as I do actually loading everything into the sim. IF excels in the ability to EASILY enter that info and act on it.
Davao de Sur (RPMD) to Guam (PGUM)
There are no direct airways to follow from where I landed in the Philippines so I’m going to island hop from/to different waypoints towards Guam. I thought about backtracking north but that didn’t really make any sense to me either. If anyone has any real world info about procedures regarding planning for this let me know. I don’t think you can technically fly VFR above FL180 but I may be wrong. Need to do some studying up on this.
Davao de Sur (RPMD) to Guam (PGUM) Screenshots and Notes
Lots and lots of water. That will be my story for the next couple of legs of this journey. Took off successfully, landed successfully, and ocean as far as the eyes could see.
Approaching Guam under MVFR conditions. I’m off to Wake Island next.
Guam (PGUM) to Wake Island (PWAK)
|FL290@M0.53||170/40||2000fps||890kg Fuel Max (5h)|
|Planned Route via Skyvector||Weather via Windy|
|PGUM BAGBE A450 HOPPY A450 FONUG A450 STINE A450DEWSS A450 JIMOS A450 NGUEN PWAK||PGUM / RPMD / Small ~20kt headwind on the way. There is rain and a thunderstorm to the south of my route that seems to be traveling WSW of my route so I should be fine weather-wise.|
Good luck for this flight. Happy Birthday aswell 🎉🎉
Thanks so much! I’m about 2 hours in atm.
Guam (PGUM) to Wake Island (PWAK) Screenshots and Notes
High right crosswind for I believe what was RWY 10 at PGUM.
Nondescrip journey to Wake Island. Midway atoll is up next and that’s where I’ll have to decide wheather I’m hopping over to Hawaii to attempt a Hawaii to California jump in the TBM9 or if I’ll instead head North to the Alluetian Islands (which are within the TBM9s specified max range with 4 passengers.) I’ll be doing some more search when I hit AP for the next flight.
Wake Island (PWAK) to Midway Atoll (PMDY)
This is my first truly Direct (DCT) flight from one airport to the next. Small island to small island with 1000nm of ocean between them.
|FL290@M0.53||170/40||2000fps||697kg Fuel Max (4.25h)|
Wake Island (PWAK) to Midway Atoll (PMDY) Screenshots and Notes
Flying towards my intercept point for RWY 24 at PMDY
I’ve arrived at Midway Atoll and now it’s decision time. The safe route is to fly towards the Aleutian Islands where I could intercept a Pacific Coast route from Alaska and down the coast. I would aim for PAAK which is approximately 1450nm north (within the TBM9’s range) and make my way back towards my home airport (KLEX) where I started this tour.
Option B, is to go ahead and fly on to Hawaii and land at Hilo International (PHTO). I’d then attempt the jump to Half Moon Bay (KHAF) that’s about 2004nm DCT away. There aren’t favorable winds for this jump forecasted for the next week. Definitely risky. Would definitely loose half a day worth of flying because I’d have to either back track to PMDY or continue waiting for favorable winds from PHTO to KHAF. If I do attempt the Hawaii-Cal jump, I’ll fly a third of the way, check fuel, winds etc, and then make a decision about whether I think it’s possible to finish the leg. If not, I’d turn back.
Turning onto final for RWY 24 at PMDY.
Wow u almost home
Midway Atoll (PMDY) to Atka (PAAK)
Long Range Note: The TBM9 long range cruise speed is 252KTAS at FL310
I’ve opted to head North towards the Aluetian Islands and will save the Hawaii to California hop for a different trip. This will definitely add some distance to my trip but I’ll get to fly through beautiful Alaska along the way. I plan at staying at FL250 to avoid strong crosswinds at FL300 along the way. It may be that I step down and then step back up to get better fuel efficiency.