Around the World VFR (ish) - now complete!

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Leg 74 - Nice, France (LFMN Nice/Cote d’Azur) to Porto, Portugal (LPPR Francisco Sa Carneiro)

This leg: 1,216Nm, 4:50 flying time
Total so far: 84,573, 342:03 flying time

Today we are following the South coast of France and then nipping over to the Balearic Islands before flying around the South Coast of Spain and then on to Portugal, ending our trip in Porto. We are passing over many places on our way; Marseille, Barcelona, Mallorca, Ibiza, Murcia, Almeria, Merbella, Cadiz, Faro and Lisbon before landing in Porto.

It’s a lovely morning in Nice today, for our departure

First stop is Marseille

And on to Barcelona, across the Gulf of Lion

Heading South to Mallorca and over La Palma and heading to Ibiza

Over Ibiza and now heading back towards mainland Spain

On our way to Murcia in Southern Spain

Back to the coast now and the town of Almeria over some rugged, hilly and dry terrain

Next stop is the holiday destinarion of Marbella further along the coast, passing Malaga on the way

And on to Rota Navy at Cadiz, a major port city in Spain, crossing inland across miles of remote mountains and scrub

Here’s Faro

And our last stop before Porto - Lisbon

Heading North to Porto

Lining up for final approach

And down

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Leg 75 - Porto, Portugal (LPPR Francisco Sa Carneiro) to Courchevel, France (LFLJ Courchevel)

This leg: 755Nm, 3:04 flying time
Total so far: 85,328Nm, 327:07 flying time

Today we are taking a lazy winding stroll across Northern Spain and into the French Alps - passing by a number of points of interest in true sight seeing style. We start by heading East to Pamplona then into to Pyrenees. There we will fly by Lac de Cap-de-Long and Pic du Midi de Bigorre Observatory before heading on to Stadium de Toulouse. Then further East, we’ll have a close up view of the Millau Viaduct and then on to the French Alps. Mont Aiguille, Sanctuaire Notre dame de la Salette and Perret Tower all await before our final, tricky landing at Courchevel, high in the French Alps.

So a bit overcast and cloudy on the West Coast of Spain this afternoon as we take off, climbing and then turning right to head East towards Pamplona.

Heading across Northern Spain - some clouds, but not too bad

Here’s Pamplona and the Fuerte Alfonso XII San Cristobal

Our next stops are Lac de Cap-de-Long and Pic du Midi de Bigorre Observatory. We need to climb up to about 11,000 feet to get over the top of the Pyrenees mountains to reach them. Spectacular views of the mountains through the clouds

Aproaching Lac de Cap-de-Long - hopefully not hidden by the clouds - and no - the clouds clear perfectly to give us a fantastic view

And onwards to the observatory - which is, unfortunately shrouded in cloud today - just visible through the murk

North East to Toulouse, clearing the Pyrenees, still lots of low cloud about though

Onward to the Millau Viaduct - spectacular

Climbing now towards Mont Aiguille, crossing the Rhone valley

Unfortunately the airstrip is shrouded in mist

More stunning scenery as we head to Sanctuaire Notre Dame de la Salette

On towards Perret Tower - a little hard to see in the gloomy mist, but it’s there

And now our final approach into Courchevel, circling around to approach runway 22 - hoping visibility improves - passing right overhead before we turn back around

And down and parked

What a great flight! Loved that.

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Leg 76 - Courchevel, France (LFLJ Courchevel) to Prague, Czech Republic (LKPR Ruzyne)

This leg: 635Nm, 2:43 flying time
Total so far: 85,963Nm, 329:50 flying time

Today we are sight-seeing across Central Europe, heading North initially to Geneva, and then cutting across East, all the way to Prague and Ruzyne Airport. On the way, we’re going to fly by a few sights. First is the Arc-Et-Senans, then on to Chateau du Haut-Koenigsbourg before we head to Strasbourg, Neuschwanstein Castle and finally Hohensalzburg Fortress before heading North East to Prague.

Unfortunately, the weather in Courchevel today is best described as “foul”

Well, if the weather doesn’t improve, we won’t be seeing too many of the sights we’ve picked out!

You can just about make out Geneva below us here, but a sudden break in the clouds reveals a stunning Lake Geneva

A little glimpse of sunshine maybe as we head North East, but it looks more ominous ahead

There, below us, is Arc-Et-Senans

Continuing North East to Chateau du Haut-Koenigsbourg…getting cloudier again!

Well, the Chateau is down there somewhere…honest!

On now to Strasbourg…and unfortunately for us today, the weather is not playing ball. Not had many trips like this so far - let’s just call this one as unlucky. But, for the record, here is Strasbourg

Neuschwanstein Castle is next up, and really hoping the clouds clear a bit before we get there. Maybe we’ll get lucky…or maybe not

There’s the castle, at the foot of the mountains

On to our last visit to Hohensalzburg Fortress

Spectacular views of the Alps and some improving weather too

And here is Salzburg and the Hohensalzburg Fortress

And our final leg towards Prague, scooting under the low cloud

Turning to take up final approach, lining up nicely on the glideslope

Coming in nicely

And down

Cool. Next we will be heading North to Scandinavia think


Leg 77 - Prague, Czech Republic (LKPR Ruzyne) to Vaasa, Finland (EFVA Vaasa)

This leg: 1,166Nm, 4:45 flying time
Total so far: 87,129Nm, 334:35 flying time

Today we are heading North from Ruzyne and into Scandinavia. First we are heading to Malmo then turning to the North East and taking in the Oland Bridge and Kungsangen before onwards to Stockholm. Further East from there to the Bomarsund Bridge and Turku Castle before Helsinki. Lastly going North to Ylisto Bridge before finally heading West to Vaasa.

Should be a fun flight. Much better weather in Ruzyne today too.

Pretty flat here in the Czech Republic and the River Elbe

Crossing back into Northern Germany, still following the River Elbe and approaching the Northern coast of Germany

Heading across to Malmo and our first sight of the Swedish coast and the Oresundsbron Bridge

On to the Oland Bridge, the bridge between the Swedish mainland and the island of Oland

North to Kungsangen

East on to Stockholm

Bomarsund Bridge

Into Finland and Turku

Finland is very flat, much like Sweden, at least this far South

Clouds coming in as we come over Helsinki

Ylisto Bridge

Cloudy now as we head towards Vaasa

Landing in this could be tricky

Coming in for approach and a big crosswind

And down, with a big crab on!

Cool flight. Next leg will probably be further North to see more of the Scandinavian sights

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Great photos, many thanks

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This is brilliant, enjoyed reading. Inspired me to try and do this once I get to grips of the game a little more (I only bought it on Thursday). Made my first real successful smooth landing last night so I am getting there! :slightly_smiling_face:

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Awesome! Glad you’re enjoying it. I found it a great way to learn the game and I now know the TBM really well!

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Leg 78 - Vaasa, Finland (EFVA Vaasa) to Bergen, Norway (ENBR Flesland)

This leg: 1,033Nm, 3:18 flying hours
Total so far: 88,162Nm, 337:53 flying time

Today we are heading further North to the some of the picturesque islands of Norway, before following the Norwegian coast South West to Bergen. On the way we are going to fly by Kiruna Church, Stornappstinden, Mengelsdalstinden, Helgeland Bridge, Trondheim, Storseisundet Bridge, Hardanger Bridge and Fyksesund Bridge.

Looks like a nice day here in Vaarsa - hopefully that continues and we can get to see the sights

Heading North over the Gulf of Bothnia and some much thicker clouds here as we approach Sweden

And here is the East coast of Sweden

Kiruna Church is our first destination

Climbing through the murky cloud as we head North into Norway

Stornappstinden and Mengelsdalstinden are next in a stunning series of islands on the North coast of Norway - still cloudy, but some gaps, so hopefully we’ll get some good views

Stunning views through the clouds though - what an amazing place

Turning South towards Helgeland Bridge, still pretty murky

And South West on to Trondheim - and more low cloud

Storseisundet Bridge

Hardanger Bridge

Fyksesund Bridge

Finally, our last leg and on to Bergen through the low cloud and setting sun

Lined up for final approach

Down and parked

That was an awesome flight! Some great scenery!

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Great leg with plenty of great scenary! :+1:

Leg 79 - Bergen, Norway (ENBR Flesland) to Paris, France (LFPG Charles de Gaulle)

This leg: 863Nm, 2:40 flying time
Total so far: 89,025Nm, 340:33 flying time

Today we are making an evening flight from Bergen to Paris. On the way, our route will take in quite a few landmarks: Aalborg Stadium, Cere Park Aaarhus, Lego House, Afsluitdijk, Houtribdijk, Rijkmuseum, Erasmus Bridge, Cathedral of Our Lady Antwerp, Palais de Justice Brussels, Citadelle of Lille, Amiens Cathedral.

Hoping for less cloudy weather today, as that was a bit of a problem over Norway and Sweden on our last leg. And it is indeed a beautiful late afternoon in Bergen with clear skies around

We take off to the North before turning 180 to head back South towards Aalborg, our first destination - but unfortunately heading back into heavy clouds

Crossing Southern Norway

Crossing the Skagerrak towards Denmark

Here’s Aalborg and we fly right over the top of the football stadium

Onwards to Aarhus and we can see just how flat the terrain is here - which does mean we can fly nice and low over Aarhus and Cere Park

Heading South West towards Billund and the Lego House

And on to the dykes in Netherlands, Afsluitdijk and Houtribdijk. Leaving the Danish coast and heading across the North Sea

Approaching the Dutch coast and the cloud getting lower again in the sinking sunlight

And here are Afsluitdijk and Houtribdijk, just visible through the mist (which I’m really hoping clears soon!)

Onwards to Amsterdam and the Rijkmuseum, which is unfortunately shrouded by the low cloud

I suspect Rotterdam and the Erasmus Bridge will be the same…but it turns out we are in luck and the clouds clear a little

Maybe Antwerp will be the same and we’ll get good views of the Cathedral of Our Lady - but not really - it’s down there somewhere I’m sure

Brussels may be just as bad, or indeed worse

Heading further West to Lille, and maybe, just maybe, the cloud will clear a bit. We may be in luck, although it’s getting darker than I thought it would. We can just see the Citadel of Lille below

Last stop before Paris is Amiens and a good view of the Cathederal

And on to Paris and definitely clearing cloud, which is great

Turning on to our final approach

And down and parked

I think we may be on our last leg for our next flight!

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Leg 80 - Paris, France (LFPG Charles de Gaulle) to Edinburgh, Scotland (EGPH Edinburgh Airport)

This leg: 725Nm, 3:10 flying time
Total so far: 89,750Nm, 343:43 flying time

Well, the time has come. This is our final leg - coincidentally our 80th (Around the World in 80 Days anyone?). It seems like a long time since I first left Edinburgh way back on 20th August last year, just a couple of days after the sim launched. But now we are finally heading home. Obviously we are not doing that in a very direct route and will be fitting in a long list of sights that we’ll be taking in along the way.

Heading North from Paris, we’ll take in:

  • Cliffs of Dover
  • Canterbury Cathedral
  • Archbishop’s Palace Maidstone
  • Tower Bridge
  • Waterloo Bridge
  • Vauxhall Bridge
  • Albert Bridge
  • Wandsworth Bridge
  • Wimbledon
  • Wolvesey Castle
  • Stonehenge
  • Clifton Suspension Bridge
  • Principality Stadium
  • Warwick Castle
  • Villa Park
  • Iron Bridge
  • Jodrel Bank
  • Anfield Stadium
  • Blackpool Tower
  • Fountain Abbey
  • Durham Cathedral
  • Tyne Bridge
  • Floors Castle

Finally, of course, we’ll land at Edinburgh Airport.

So, we should get going. And guess what, it’s a bit cloudy in Paris. Hopefully, for our final leg, it won’t be like that this the whole way

Heading North towards the English Channel

Some low cloud as we reach the French coast, but then it clears as we start to cross the Channel - albeit with some thick dark clouds ahead perhaps

Our first place to visit is the Cliffs of Dover

And on to Canterbury Cathedral

Next stop is Maidstone and the Archbishop’s Palace - and the clouds have come in with some rain too. The Palace is down there through the heavy cloud

So on to London, and quite a few sights to see here of course including Tower Bridge, Waterloo Bridge, Vauxhall Bridge, Albert Bridge and Wandsworth Bridge

Further South we can see Centre Court of Wimbledon and the Lawn Tennis Association

Heading further West towards Wolvesey Castle and the typical British weather continues - a mix of cloud, rain and sun

The day does seem to be brightening up a bit as we head to Stonehenge

Further West now to Bristol and the Clifton Suspension Bridge

Into Wales and to Cardiff and the Principality Stadium, first crossing the Bristol Channel

Looping back around to the North East towards Warwick and Warwick Castle

On to Birmingham and Villa Park Stadium

Passing a small village called Iron Bridge with…an Iron Bridge - a famous industrial landmark

And North to Jodrel Bank radio telescope

On to Liverpool and Anfield Stadium, home of Liverpool Football Club

Further North to Blackpool Tower

East to Fountain Abbey

North to Durham and the Cathedral there

Newcastle is next up

In Southern Scotland, Floors Castle, is our final stop before heading, at last, for home

On our final leg now to Edinburgh

On final approach

And down and parked

Well, that’s it. We are back home. Nearly 90,000Nm and nearly 350 flying hours. What a marathon journey. We’ve seen some incredible sights, got to know the TBM 930 really well and had an absolute blast.

I’ll post a wrap up shortly, once I’ve had a stiff drink at the bar and a fish supper!


Final world map and last leg on the log book

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Brilliant mate. I only started on MSFS on Thursday and joined this forum the same day so joined your run late but went through the lot, going to miss the updates. Great stuff :+1:

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It has been a real pleasure to follow your trip around earth (since the beginning for myself :wink: ). You’ve been a great inspiration for many places I went to.
Thank you for sharing this with the community !

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