[New Poll] @Socata_1's World Tour: Mountains vs Islands?

You should come to Manchester, NH @Socata_1 :). Maybe later I could fly with you somewhere in New England

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Maybe that can be a pitstop on the way to Bar Harbor. Cathedral Ledge in NH is one of my favorite places up in the north east, along with Mount Washington. I’d be curious to see how the winds are modeled around Mount Washington.

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If it’s around 6pm, I’ll be able to tag along

It’ll be after midnight tonight if I start the flight tonight. Poll ends at 1155pm today.

Oh, then unfortunately I can’t join that early :(. Maybe next time when I’m not asleep :)

Flight 001: KLEX-KCRW Notes

That was a nice and short flight to Charleston in the TBM9. Perfect weather, beautiful evening sun, and flying over my home state of Kentucky. The weather had changed in enough time from my initial planning that I had to change from Runway 22 to Runway 4 at KLEX.

I also posted a video of the flight to the #screenshots-and-videos at KLEX-KCRW TBM9 Video

Parked on the Apron in General Aviation at KLEX.

Take off from Runway 4 at KLEX


Beginning my departure to the East. I’m climbing at 2000fpm at 124 kts.


Saying goodbye to Lexington. I have no idea where this journey will take me or when it will end.


On approach into the Charleston area.

On final to Yeager Field (KCRW) for Runway 5.

Not enough nose flare, but still a down the center landing nonetheless.

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I’m off to Charleston, South Carolina next, but let’s throw up another poll to get the ball rolling on where I’ll fly after I get to Charleston number 2. I’ll add the Flight Plan sometime later on Monday.

  • South to KOPF - Miami-Opa Locka Executive
  • West to KNEW - New Orleans
  • North to KACK - Nantucket

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Flight 002 - KCRW-KJZI


Looks like I’m headed from Charleston, WV to Charleston, SC next and the current poll is sending me south to Miami if nothing changes. It closes 2019-06-25T02:00:00Z.

I’m going to fly an unconventional route for this flight that tracks me to some of the highest points in the Appalachia near the Blue Ridge Mountains down towards Asheville where I hope to get a glimpse of Mt Mitchell, and then I’ll shoot for the coast. When I’m near the mountain I plan on flying around 6’500-7’500 and then I’ll pop back up to FL155 for the rest of the trip. I need to check VFR altitudes again to make sure I have the altitudes correct.

Flight Plan

Departure Arrival Route Altitude Fuel ETE Distance

KCRW Weather and Procedures

There is light rain in the area but visibility at 10 sm. Clouds are few at 2,500’ and broken at 8,000’ with winds from 230° at 6 kts. Winds are favoring a RWY 23 takeoff. The departure procedure for 23 is to climb heading 233° to 1400 before turning left.

KJZI Weather and Procedures

I’ve planned as if I’ll be vectored into Miami Executive off of the the IRQ VOR using the OSPRI6 arrival procedure. Current TAF forecasts winds from 210° at 9 kts, visibility more than 6 sm, and clouds scattered at 6,000’ until 9am tomorrow. Winds are favorable for a RWY 22 approach.

Flight 002: KCRW-KJZI Video and Notes

Another nice evening run. I tracked along the Appalachian Mountains towards Asheville where I spotted 2NCO near Mt. Mitchell. 2NCO, aka Mountain Air Airport, is a fun private airport on top of a mountain worth flying into. I’ve flown into it on other sims but I don’t think it’s modeled very well yet for IF. Maybe it can be an airport I add to my list of contributions if I can figure airport editing out. Loved the purple hues as I settled into Charleston this evening. You can see them towards the end of the video.

Also, The community has spoken once again (all 3 of us ha ha) and I’ll be off to Miami Executive next. I’ll be very curious to see where I get voted off to next. It will either be to some eastern or southern islands off the coast of Florida, or across the Gulf towards Texas.

Flight 003: KJZR-KOPF
Charleston Executive to Miami Executive

Coastal views are the name of the game for this flight. I’ll track down the eastern coast of the US from Charleston, SC to Miami, FL. I’ve plotted a route that stays almost entirely right on the coast. When I get near Miami Executive (KOPF), I’ll use the FISEL7 approach starting at TRV. I’m expecting Runway 12 or 27 due to current weather, and 12 seems appropriate for GA flights. I’ll depart using the KIAWA1 Departure procedure from KJZI and exit on a radial towards CRG from MILIE. I’ll be taking enough fuel for a reserve of 1 hour.

I think what I’m most excited about is whatever the next flight may end up being. It’ll either send me south or west. South through the Caribbean or West across the Gulf. I have no idea if or when I’ll stop this particular journey (maybe if I end up near KLEX again).

Flight Plan

Via SkyVector

Departure Arrival Route Altitude Fuel ETE Distance

Current Weather

Via Windy

KJZI It’s currently misting at KJZI with about 6 sm of visibility. Wind is 220° at 6 kts and clouds scattered at 5,500’, 6,500’, and broken at 8,000’

KOPF First order of business is that there it a NOTAM that 09L/27R is closed daily from 0100-1300. We’ve got VFR conditions, winds from 170° at 5kts, skies clear. Could be a gorgeous approach into Miami if those conditions hold.

June 25 Choose My Flight Poll

I’m currently on my way to Miami Executive and it’s time for the next Poll. This is where things are going to get interesting. I thought I was going to head North towards New England but y’all sent me South. Where to next?


  • South to TNCM - Saint Maartan
  • South West to MHTG - Tegucigalpa, Honduras
  • West to KGLS - Galveston, Texas

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Looks like a strong possibility that I’m headed through the Caribbean next! I know nothing about aviation in South America, so if you have recommended airports/places to see via VFR let me know. Thanks!

Flight 003: KJZR-KOPF
Screenshots and Notes

That was a nice flight down the south eastern coast of the U.S. It definitely looks like the Southern Hemisphere is where I go next. I’ll have to look into what it takes to cross from South America to Africa (if it’s even possible in the TBM9).


Off into the pre-dawn sky at KJZR


Several airport beacons off in the distance on a dark early morning. I’ve had the moon in the late evening but it seems to be gone at this point.

I believe this was the Northern Florida coast.

Turning inland for my approach to KJZR. Interesting side note I need to figure out. KJZR exists inside of KMIA airspace. I was given permission to transition at 3000’ or above but I’m not quite sure I did that right. I’ll have to ask in the ATC forum.

Over the numbers touch down at 12 at KOPF.

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Flight 004: KOPF-TNCM
Miami Executive to Princess Julianna


Looks like I’m about to do some island hopping through the Caribbean next! I’ve plotted a route that takes me directly over several islands on my way to Princess Julianna. I’ll be flying directly over Nassau, Turks and Caicos, along the coast of the Dominican Republic, over Puerto Rico and the British Virgin Islands, and finally approach into TNCM. There will be plenty of sight seeing to do.

I plan on stopping for a refuel in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic because I’ll be over MTOW for fuel. I’ve used BR (Bahama Route) and A (Oceanic and ATS) airways to plot my route among the islands. Because this is a VFR flight that’s transitioning thought the Bahamas, I have to fly during the day. No nighttime VFR routes are allowed in the Bahamas.

Flight Plan

Departure Arrival Route SID STAR Altitude Fuel ETE Distance

Current Weather

KOPF TAF is calling for wind from 70° at 8 kts, clouds few at 3,500’, scattered at 6,000’ and visibility more than 6 sm at noon EDT.

MDPP No TAF available, but there are currently thunderstorms in the area as of 2am EDT. Marginal VFR, and visibility 5sm.

TNCM 10am EDT TAF is calling for winds from 130° at 12 kts, more than 6sm of visibility, and clouds few at 2,200’. The TAF expires at 7pm EDT.

Fuel Stop in MDPP

MDPP is a single strip with runways 08 and 26. Winds are calm now, but who knows tomorrow morning. If it works out, I’ll prob aim for 08 on left traffic, entering on the downwind leg.

Where to next?

Which direction in South America should I fly next? To the west and hit up the Andes? Or to the East and hit up Rio?

  • Western South America towards the Andes
  • Eastern South America towards Rio de Janeiro

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@Naz It’s looking a little lonely for heading down the eastern coast…

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Flight 005 - TNCM-SKGY
Princess Julianna to Cundinamarca, Colombia


This is going to be a long haul (at least for the TBM9), to the mountains of Columbia. This will set me up for a trip down the western side of South America and through the Andes. You all get to pick where I go past SKGY again.

I’ll be taking off from Princess Julianna on the JULNA2.DANDE departure, and flying via airways to SKGY at FL280. To make things as realistic as possible, I’m going to set my N1 to whatever the POH recommends for cruise at altitude and temp (I believe it’s 96% at -40°C but I need to check).

Flight Plan

Departure Arrival Route SID STAR Altitude Fuel ETE Distance

Current Weather

Great weather at TNCM with winds from 80° at 4 kts, visibility more than 6 sm, a few clouds at 1,800’. I believe that puts me on a Runway 10 departure. Nearest weather to SKGY is coming from SKBO (El Dorado International). Looks like VFR conditions with wind from 90° at 10 kts and visibility more than 6 sm. I’m a little hesitant to simply rely on that because I’ll be landing between tow mountains that appear to be towering a few thousand feet over the airport. Things could change drastically because it’s the mountains.

Where to next?


  • SEMT - Southwest to the Ecuadorian Coast
  • SELT - South to the high mountains of Ecuador

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I need to work out when your flying… I’d be more than happy to join for a stage if I can work out where my UK time fits against your schedule?

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I’m going to eventually make it to the UK with this little project. When I do, we’ll have to link up and you choose the flight.

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Okay some fun performance math and charts.

I’m cruising on my way to South America at the moment. I decided to look up the POH for the TBM-930 and look at the cruising performance charts.

I may be completely wrong on this, but I think the real TBM-930 doesn’t actually have a speed autopilot setting. The closest thing to a speed setting is found with the FLC (Flight Level Change) button you can click in the real aircraft. But as far as cruising, it doesn’t exist. You manually control the throttle (someone please correct me if I’m wrong, I’m not a real pilot and could very much so be wrong).

Anyway, the HUD is indicating an OAT of -25°C. I’m flying at FL280. The NG setting for this is about 85% so that’s what I’m cruising at now. This info can be found on page 5.8.9 of the POH and is just another way to geek out and add some realism to the sim.

With an 8 kt tailwind at the moment, I’m getting about an IAS of 211 kts, GS of 354 kts, and TAS of 344 kts, which I believe is actually over the max operations speed of 330 kts for the TBM-930, but I’m not quite sure where the 330 kts number is actually coming from or how it’s calculated.

Sidenote: I used this TAS calculator.

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Sounds good to me :)

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