Reflections on Global

Hey everybody, I haven’t been active on here in a good while so cheers to new people around, good to see the community still thriving. I just wanted to announce I’ve finished a really long trip and I want to tell everyone how cool it was.

I have just finished my first “flight” since global came out last year. In October, as soon as the big update hit, I left my home airport of KSNA in a Cessna 172 with the intention of circumnavigating the world. Once I got to Saint Petersburg, though, I kind of felt like I was missing out on Europe so I backtracked all the way to Spain, and then things really went wild from there. After 42,445nm and 125 legs in my 172 through 5 continents I just landed back at KSNA to complete the thing last week, looks like a little over 9 months.

So- I didn’t get my turn to rave about global, you know since I just finished my first flight and all, so let me say this is really awesome. I highly recommend long treks in a cessna, it’s a great geography lesson and a pretty interesting challenge. Thanks to @Maxmustang for joining me for a leg or two several months ago in the maritime provinces of Canada (he nailed the landing), and a couple others who are no longer active here.

Finally, a 9-month belated thank you to Laura, Phillipe, and everyone else for making this an amazing sim.

As far as I can tell from my ipad, the world outside is quite beautiful. Don’t take it for granted.

Peace, Chris

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Glad to have you back buddy… please do share some of your stories of which there must be many!

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Hey thanks, good to be back!

Stories, I could do that… I actually took screen shots all the way so I have like 1,000 pictures… Let’s see, a few quick:

  • Stupidest idea: Landing at Lukla, Nepal. I did land and take off successfully, not pretty though.
  • Nearest miss was in Portugal, went a little sideways and almost touched a wing in a crosswind landing but survived.
  • Biggest success was a landing in Greenland on my first trans-Atlantic leg. I had waited a couple days because the winds were like 30 kts, finally found a calmer day and took off, 4 hours later I’m about to land and the winds were back to 25, gusting to 33 or something like that, but I absolutely nailed it, that was cool.
  • Biggest mistake- I had to cross India twice after realizing my plan to go via a little atoll in the indian ocean was questionable for fuel, that added a few days.
  • Biggest disappointment- Ayer’s rock for sure. Sorry Australia, I’m not impressed, it’s kind of just a red lump on a red plain.
  • Prettiest places to see from an ipad- Kodiak, Alaska; the coast of North Vietnam; Labrador.
  • Second-biggest success: Still a gainfully employed 30-something year old, despite logging 500+ hours in a virtual cessna over the last 9 months
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Wow!
What an amazing journey! I’m really impressed.

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Thanks my friend, glad you’re still here. You can think of this post as an acceptance speech for the “longest attention span” award

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I give you full stars for that. I’ve never even been able to come close to landing there successfully 😂

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Just…WOW! Really nice! Please share your top screenshots!

I admit I had to practice a few times in solo first, it’s close enough to impossible that it was definitely stupid, basically all about crashing into the numbers from a stall with the brakes on

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Chris this is amazing! Mind if we share this on social media? How do we find you on twitter and Instagram?

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Hey Jason! Love the podcast, glad to hear from you. My twitter is kind of just politics and NHL hockey and I don’t have instagram, but I could probably cook something up.You can DM me, would love to chat!

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With C172 is great too apreciate the global, and scenary, and details. Congratulations!

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Did lat Lon fixes work out for you?
It was a while ago last we talked about them.

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Ha! Yeah that’s right, they certainly have worked out for me. I planned each leg as thoughtfully as possible with Foreflight, so I’ve become a master of speed multiplying by 0.6 :)

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Sooo cool! Thank you for sharing! :)

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Maby you can give @anon93248082 some tips about going from NA to Greenland 😂

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Just head to Halifax, turn left, keep going til it gets too cold then turn right, gas up and go man! Lol I’m guessing there’s a story there… Extra wide runways and a bit of luck, that’s all I have for ya

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Thank you Laura! You’ve built quite a thing here, thanks for everything.

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The last few posts here should sum my coment up well… 😂

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You actually crossed the world in a 172!? That is actually incredible!

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I’ll be heading to greenland starting Monday, finally have some time to do this. Great story!! My next adventure will probably be going from Alaska to South America

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