Exploring the world in the Beechcraft Bonanza

Leg 12 Les Mureaux, Paris to Terneuzen, Zeeland, The Netherlands

DAY9_3.PLN (9.9 KB)

9-3 Les Mureaux LFXU 5:07 AM
9-3 St Cyr-l’Ecole LFPZ 5:16 AM
9-3 Orly LFPO 5:26 AM
9-3 Le Bourget LFPB 5:57 AM
9-3 Charles-de-Gaulle LFPG 6:01 AM
9-3 Esbly LFPE 6:13 AM
9-3 Le Plessis-Belleville LFPP 6:20 AM
9-3 Persan-Beaumont LFPA 6:29 AM
9-3 Margny LFAD 6:42 AM
9-3 Courmelles LFJS 6:52 AM
9-3 Prunay LFQA 7:08 AM
9-3 Marville Montmedy LFYK 7:30 AM
9-3 Villette LFGS 7:34 AM
9-3 Luxembourg ELLX 7:45 AM
9-3 Spangdahlem AB ETAD 7:58 AM
9-3 Mendig Army EDRE 8:28 AM
9-3 Cologne-Bonn EDDK 8:43 AM

9-3 Cologne-Bonn EDDK 9:46 AM
9-3 Weilerswist ULM EDYV 9:54 AM
9-3 Duren-Hurtgenwald EDIR 10:03 AM
9-3 Spa-La Sauvenière EBSP 10:19 AM
9-3 Theux EBTX 10:23 AM
9-3 Liège EBLG 10:32 AM
9-3 Maastricht-Aachen EHBK 10:44 AM
9-3 Brussels National EBBR 11:12 AM
9-3 Brussels South EBCI 11:54 AM
9-3 Elesmes LFQJ 12:05 PM
9-3 Denain LFAV 12:16 PM
9-3 Lesquin LFQQ 12:28 PM
9-3 Calais-Dunkerque LFAC 1:01 PM
9-3 Ostend EBOS 1:16 PM
Crash to desktop
9-3 Ostend EBOS 1:41 PM
9-3 Axel glider airfield EHAX 1:59 PM

Flight time: 7:23 30 stops

Visiting my favorite race track today, but first Paris. The weather is a bit gloomy, Versailles

A familiar view yet the Jardins du Trocadéro are rather flat

The ‘glass’ pyramid at the Louvre museum is there (awesome museum)

Unfortunately Notre Dame has burned to the ground in FS 2020. The buildings that are modeled kind of stick out like a sore thumb, must be the weather :confused:

Euro Disney, lovely times visiting there as a kid

Parc Asterix with my favorite wooden rollercoaster!

Courcelles sur Vesle

There it is, my favorite race track in the world! Nürburgring Nordschleife.

I wish GT Sport would add rain to this track!

Passing through Adenau

And of course the Karussell

Back to Belgium along the Eifel

And on to Spa-Franchorcamps, another favorite

From a separate session earlier, flying the track in the Shock Ultra

Off to find Brussels, there it is

Big spiral to come in for a landing

Despite the gloomy weather, Brussels looks great!

National Basilica of the Sacred Heart

Parc du Cinquantenaire

The sloping lock of Ronquières

A true marvel of engineering

It also reminds me of my grandfather who liked to take his self made boat on tours to France from the Netherlands, all through connecting inland waterways.

Finally, the sun comes out in Charleroi

Calais, the other end of the Channel tunnel

And finally arriving in Terneuzen, the Netherlands.

Revisiting Paris after World Update 4, turned into a lovely PG Area

The Louvre

Musée d’Orsay across the Seine

Notre Dame

My favorite, Centre Pompidou

View from the Arc de Triomphe

And of course the Eiffel Tower

course the Eiffel Tower

Coming through


Leg 13 Terneuzen to Drachten, The Netherlands

DAY9_4.PLN (8.1 KB)

9-4 Axel glider airfield EHAX 6:29 AM
9-4 Midden-Zeeland EHMZ 6:37 AM
9-4 Haamstede EHBU 6:45 AM
9-4 Vliegveld Numansdorp EHND 6:58 AM
9-4 Weelde AB EBWE 7:22 AM
9-4 Aeroclub Nistelrode EHLO 7:35 AM
9-4 Maldens Vlak Glider Field EHBE 7:42 AM
9-4 Asperden EDLG 7:48 AM
9-4 Niederrhein EDLV 7:53 AM
9-4 Kamp-Lintfort EDLC 8:00 AM
9-4 Schwarze Heide EDLD 8:09 AM
9-4 Dorsten Airfield EDIQ 8:20 AM
9-4 Borkenberge EDLB 8:30 AM
9-4 Vreden EDLS 8:42 AM
9-4 Teuge EHTE 9:11 AM
9-4 Hilversum EHHV 9:43 AM
9-4 Schiphol EHAM 10:12 AM
9-4 Rotterdam EHRD 10:31 AM
9-4 Valkenburg Navy EHVB 10:44 AM
3-4 Langeveld Glider Field EHNO 10:52 AM
3-4 Glider Field Castricum EHCA 11:04 AM
3-4 Middenmeer aerodrome EHOP 11:25 AM

3-4 Middenmeer aerodrome EHOP 1:18 PM
3-4 Texel EHTX 1:34 PM
3-4 Ameland EHAL 1:51 PM
3-4 Drachten EHDR 2:08 PM

Flight time 5:46 24 stops

I was born and raised in the Netherlands so I know where to go here.

First to Kaatsheuvel to visit the Efteling

The fairy tale forest was a childhood favorite

I flew over to Germany to visit the movie park there. The Ruhr industrial area is quite striking

Movie park Germany with The Neverending Story ride, one of my favorite books

Apeldoorn, the town I grew up in, showing Paleis het Loo down there

There is not a lot of wildlife left in the Netherlands so got to make sure they can safely cross the road

Wild crossing at Hoge Veluwe national park.

I was born in Amsterdam and went back there to University

Unfortunately the more you know a place, the less good it looks in FS 2020

I lived on the 12th floor of the student apartment building right below my plane on the water

It’s right below the approach to Schiphol airport. The whole building would shake when a heavy out bound cargo plane came over.

Back to the West coast past Reeuwijk

Berkenwoude, the effort to keep the land dry. Large parts of the Netherlands are below sea level

Wassenaar, some nature left next to the beach

Tulip fields supplying the Keukenhof (down right)

The beach at Nordwijkerhout, you can beach walk all along the coast

Circuit Zandvoort

More tulip fields in Noord-Holland

The Afsluitdijk which made the Flevopolder possible, claiming land from the sea

Terschelling, one of the wadden isles, a favorite destination for a short holiday

You can walk to the mainland at low tide, called Wadlopen (mudflat hiking)

Since it got dark I touched down in Drachten, Friesland.

Update: World update 4 is out so I took a couple screenshots of Amsterdam now it has PG data.

Amsterdam Central Station seen from Het IJ

Dam square

Rembrandtplein with The Stopera across De Amstel (river)

Muntplein at the end of the Kalverstraat

Leidsheplein with various great cinemas and theaters

Het Concertgebouw on Museumplein (Rijksmuseum in the other direction)

And one more view, De Koepelkerk on Singel

Lovely to see Amsterdam again in detail.


Leg 14 Drachten, The Netherlands to Göteborg, Sweden

DAY9_5.PLN (11.2 KB)

9-5 Drachten EHDR 6:57 AM
9-5 Glider field De Voorst EHVO 7:22 AM
9-5 Lelystad EHLE 7:35 AM
9-5 Glider Field Biddinghuizen EHBI 7:39 AM
9-5 Aero Club Salland EHDS 7:49 AM
9-5 Hoogeveen EHHO 7:57 AM
9-5 Eelde EHGG 8:12 AM
9-5 Borkum EDWR 8:30 AM
9-5 Juist EDWJ 8:36 AM
9-5 Norderney EDWY 8:40 AM
9-5 Baltrum EDWZ 8:43 AM
9-5 Langeoog EDWL 8:47 AM
9-5 Wangerooge EDWG 8:54 AM
9-5 Mariensiel EDWI 9:03 AM
9-5 Bremerhaven EDWB 9:12 AM
9-5 Duene EDXH 9:38 AM
9-5 St Peter-Ording EDXO 9:51 AM
9-5 Pellworm EDHP 9:58 AM
9-5 Wyk Auf Fohr EDXY 10:04 AM
9-5 Leck EDXK 10:12 AM
9-5 Sonderborg EKSB 10:25 AM
9-5 Aero EKAE 10:36 AM
9-5 Femo Airfield EKSK 10:52 AM
9-5 Koster Vig EKMN 11:03 AM
9-5 Maglarp ESMR 11:19 AM
9-5 Sturup ESMS 11:28 AM
9-5 Kastrup EKCH 11:45 AM
9-5 Hans Christian Andersen EKOD 12:27 PM
9-5 Gesten Glider Field EKVE 12:47 PM
9-5 Vandel AB EKVA 12:56 PM
9-5 Billund EKBI 1:03 PM
9-5 Stauning EKVJ 1:20 PM
9-5 Thisted EKTS 1:50 PM
9-5 Aalborg EKYT 2:08 PM
9-5 Saeby (Ottestrup) EKSA 2:23 PM
9-5 Save Goteborg ESGP 2:50 PM

Flight time: 7:53 35 stops

Continuing on from Drachten, heading South to Giethoorn, Venice of Holland.

Lelystad, a city build on land reclaimed from the Zuider zee, now called IJsselmeer.

The typical Dutch landscape, flat as a pancake

The famous motorsport circuit TT Assen, next to Assen.

Leaving the Netherlands in the North East at Delfzijl

Exploring the rest of the Wadden sea islands, Spiekeroog

Femø off the coast of Denmark, standing out from the air as a big target

Legoland next to the airport in Billund

The west coast of Denmark near Vedersø Klit Båke

Stenbjerg, enjoying the endless beach

Unfortunately the Vigsø Battery did not show up on FS 2020 apart from a few random AI generated shacks on the beach. It is a bit further along the coast

Arrival in Göteborg, Sweden in the dark. One thing that stood out in Denmark was how many windmills there are. The landscape is littered with them.


Leg 15 Göteborg, Sweden to Ose, Norway

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9-6 Save Goteborg ESGP 6:50 AM
9-6 Landvetter ESGG 6:59 AM
9-6 Viared ESGE 7:08 AM
9-6 Timmele Airfield ESUC 7:18 AM
9-6 Smalandsstenar ESMY 7:47 AM
9-6 Kronoberg ESMX 8:06 AM
9-6 Kosta AB ESFQ 8:17 AM
9-6 Kalmar ESMQ 8:33 AM
9-6 Borglanda ESMB 8:39 AM
9-6 Olanda ESMZ 8:53 AM
9-6 Visby ESSV 9:18 AM
9-6 Bunge Private Airport ESVB 9:34 AM
9-6 Skavsta ESKN 10:19 AM
9-6 Arlanda ESSA 10:50 AM
9-6 Vaesteraas AB ESOW 11:13 AM
9-6 Arboga ESQO 11:25 AM
9-6 Orebro ESOE 11:46 AM
9-6 Karlskoga ESKK 11:59 AM
9-6 Karlstad ESOK 12:21 PM
9-6 Gardermoen ENGM 12:58 PM
9-6 Kjeller AB ENKJ 1:06 PM
9-6 Jarlsberg ENJB 1:39 PM
9-6 Torp ENTO 1:44 PM
9-6 Geiteryggen ENSN 1:57 PM
9-6 Ose Airfield ENBY 2:26 PM

Flight time: 7:37 24 stops

It looks to be a beautiful day for flying, leaving Göteborg

A few showers in Ulricehamn

Which brought out some nice rainbows near Anderstorp

Anderstorp also hosts another motorsport circuit

Double rainbow at Jankoping

Flying East to Öland, the second largest island in Sweden, here passing Strandtorp

Coming in for a landing at Visby

At the North end of Öland, Gotland GP E circuit, lined by windmills

Gotska Sandön, a beautiful island, a national park with amazing sand dunes.

Stockholm, the capital

Enjoying flying low over the lakes at Vasteras

Forests and lakes at Orebro, most of the landscape is like this

Gallerasen arena, another motorsport circuit

The land is getting a bit more dry around Finholt

On to Norway, arriving in Oslo

Very nice city in FS 2020

Sunset at Torp

And arriving at Ose just before dark

Nice landing on a small airfield in a valley, beautiful place

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Leg 16 Ose to Andøya Norway

DAY9_7.PLN (8.4 KB)

Flying through Norway at low altitude was truly fantastic. Navigating through the fjords and between the mountains. Highly recommended!

9-7 Ose Airfield ENBY 6:15 AM
9-7 Valle Airfield ENVE 6:21 AM
9-7 Os Vaksinen Ulven ENUL 7:34 AM
9-7 Flesland ENBR 7:44 AM
9-7 Rompene ENEI 7:58 AM
9-7 Bringeland ENBL 8:14 AM
9-7 Anda ENSD 8:27 AM
9-7 Hovden ENOV 8:40 AM
9-7 Vigra ENAL 8:52 AM
9-7 Aro ENML 9:05 AM
9-7 Kvernberget ENKB 9:20 AM
9-7 Flatval ENFA 9:39 AM
9-7 Orland AB ENOL 9:51 AM
9-7 Vaernes AB ENVA 10:10 AM
9-7 Frosta Airfield ENFR 10:16 AM
9-7 Henning (Nedre Langli) ENSC 10:30 AM
9-7 Snasa Airfield Gronora ENGS 10:41 AM
9-7 Hattfjelldal ENHT 11:23 AM
9-7 Hemavan ESUT 11:38 AM
9-7 Rossvoll ENRA 11:55 AM
9-7 Rognan ENRG 12:18 PM
Crash to desktop
9-7 Rognan ENRG 12:33 PM
9-7 Porjus Flygfalt ESJK 1:17 PM
9-7 Gallivare ESNG 1:33 PM
9-7 Kiruna ESNQ 1:52 PM
9-7 Evenes ENEV 2:33 PM
9-7 Andøya ENAN 2:56 PM

Flight time 8:26 25 stops

Heading into the mountains at Rysstad


Blasjo, Norway is very pretty






Nordre Vartdal

Choppy water at Kvernberget


Trondheim, there’s people living here too, hidden between nature’s spectacles



Jokkmokk heading back into Sweden

To visit the open pit mine in Aitik which is unfortunately completely flooded

I arrived at Andøya in the dark to take on the epic flight to Svalbard and visit the Northern most airport in the next leg.


Leg 17 to the Northern most airport Svalbard ENSB and on to Russia

DAY9_8.PLN (1.6 KB)

9-7 Andøya ENAN 9:00 PM
9-7 Svalbard ENSB 78.2455044,15.4391032 1:05 AM 4:05 1

9-8 Svalbard ENSB 78.2455044,15.4391032 7:36 AM
9-8 Rogachyovo UISA 12:38 PM 4:56 1

Flight time: 9:01 2 stops

Two long dangerous flights to an unlisted airport off-map. I couldn’t figure out how to navigate to GPS coordinates so I had to go complete VFR since the in game map stops working above 75 degrees latitude. Fun challenge and very tight on fuel.

I set out before dawn and it didn’t take long to get into icing conditions

I could not out climb the clouds, barely maintaining 7,000 ft.

Luckily the clouds decided to give me a break or rather a gap to fly in between


Finally it cleared up some more when the sun started to come up

Melt that ice off my plane, thank you

Very peaceful now, starting to climb again, almost ice free.

Svalbard in sight, now the difficult task to locate the airport

The clouds make navigation more difficult, at least there are plenty gaps

Runway spotted down below!

Welcome to Svalbard 78.2 degrees North.

That was only half the challenge, now to get over to Nova Zembla, Russia. I started the game at the coordinates for the airport which spawns you in the air, thus I landed first, topped up the tanks to full and set off for real.

Leaving Svalbard behind

It looked to be a great flight so I decided to stay a bit further North to grab some more Nova Zembla land to fly over before getting to the airport.

Bad idea, trouble was brewing

I tried to climb higher yet the Bonanza doesn’t have the ability to go higher fast enough at 12K ft

I snagged a bit of cloud and instant trouble

That made me drop all the way down to 5K ft before she could hold level again, now sucking a lot more fuel.

The cloud spectacle made it worth it though

Unfortunately going slower meant it was already getting dark when reaching land

So much for sight seeing and now I’m in trouble fuel wise

Finally, a long glide saves the day and thanks to my slight detour I was on the right heading for a straight in landing. Look at that fuel display…

I barely had enough fuel left to taxi to a parking spot

One tank down to 3.00 gallons (empty as far as the game is concerned) the other 3.17 gallons left. Way way way too close!


Leg 18 Rogachyovo UISA, Nova Zembla to Bovanenkovo, Siberia, Russia

DAY9_9.PLN (2.3 KB)

9-8 Rogachyovo UISA 9:44 PM
9-8 Varanday ULDW 11:19 PM
9-9 Vorkuta UUYW 12:26 AM
9-9 Vorkuta USOE 12:32 AM
9-9 BovanenKovo USDB 2:02 AM

Flight time 4:42 4 stops.

Long legs over non existent terrain. Bing doesn’t have any data on this stretch, the low res sat image is replaced with generic no detail ground textures. The sun rise and cloud formations made up for it, however a Windows 10 update rebooted my laptop at night and all my unsaved pictures were gone in the morning. I use print screen and paste into paint shop to take screenshots. Now I save them straight away, also makes it easier to name them.

To compensate I reconstructed the leg on Google maps.

Leaving Rogachyovo in the morning

Varandey on the coast

Vorkuta, a coal mining town

It’s vey cool you can walk through this entire town in google street view

Bovanenkovo, a gas mining town

The Nenets of Siberia meet the gas miners

Not much to see along the way thanks to the bland terrain, but very cool to dive deeper into the culture.

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Leg 19 Bovanenkovo to Krasnoselkup, Siberia, Russia

DAY9_10.PLN (2.9 KB)

9-9 BovanenKovo USDB 8:02 AM
9-9 Alykel UOOO 10:38 AM
9-9 Valek UOOW 10:54 AM

9-9 Valek UOOW 9:21 PM
9-9 Snezhnogorsk UOIC 10:31 PM
9-9 Igarka UOII 10:59 PM
9-9 Svetlogorsk UOIG 11:24 PM
9-10 Krasnoselkup USDP 12:34 AM

Flight time: 6:05 6 stops

The detail level is still low but there is something to see now. Tadebyayakha

Not much to see of Reka Tename, pretty skies

Norilsk, dark again already

Continuing on from Norilsk at dawn, nice town

Putoranskiy Gosudarstvennyy Prirodnyy Zapovednik

Weird green tint on the sat images

This is what it really looks like

Landing at Snezhnogorsk, a path cleared in the forest.



Purplish mountain at Svetlogorsk

Stopping at Krasnoselkup, another isolated town along the Taz river


Another great journey and it’s been helpful to me. I’m headed west from Iceland in a diamond da62 and needed to find somewhere to stop off in Greenland

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Greenland was easy to figure out thanks to Wikepedia

They are all nicely displayed on the map.

I switched mice to one with a working scroll wheel, huge upgrade for FS2020 since now I can zoom in and actually use the world map! (You can’t map VFR / World map zoom to anything else)

I’m still trying to catch up with these posts to where I am currently, in Riga, Estonia. When the sun comes up again (about 10pm my time) I’ll be heading towards Minsk and Chernobyl.


A little side project I did while doing long distances over Siberia where detail is severely lacking, estimating fuel use for the Bonanza at different heights.

It’s all with full throttle varying the angle of the propeller blades while letting the game choose the best mixture (auto mixture), flying level for 15 minutes or so then checking how much fuel was consumed. Since the wind is always max 3 knots (until the patch) the ground speed shouldn’t be too far off. nmpg is Nautical Miles per Gallon, dunno if that’s an actual term :smiley:

The odd thing that stands out, at 2,500 ft, setting the propeller to the lowest RPM makes the plane go faster. (Ground speed was the same since the measurements were taken in opposite directions)

2.5K ft 100% prop 159 IAS 164 GS 43F 20.90 gallons per hour 7.85 nmpg
2.5K ft 90% prop 154 IAS 159 GS 43F 19.08 gallons per hour 8.33 nmpg
2.5K ft 80% prop 151 IAS 157 GS 43F 18.30 gallons per hour 8.58 nmpg
2.5k ft 70% prop 157 IAS 157 GS 44F 18.85 gallons per hour 8.33 nmpg

5k ft 100% prop 151 IAS 162 GS 33F 18.88 gallons per hour 8.58 nmpg
5k ft 90% prop 147 IAS 157 GS 32F 17.29 gallons per hour 9.08 nmpg
5K ft 80% prop 143 IAS 152 GS 39F 16.57 gallons per hour 9.17 nmpg

7.5K ft 100% prop 143 IAS 159 GS 22F 16.88 gallons per hour 9.42 nmpg
7.5K ft 90% prop 136 IAS 153 GS 30F 15.64 gallons per hour 9.78 nmpg
7.5K ft 80% prop 133 IAS 148 GS 28F 14.97 gallons per hour 9.89 nmpg

10k ft 100% prop 132 IAS 154 GS 23F 15.34 gallons per hour 10.04 nmpg
10K ft 90% prop 128 IAS 150 GS 23F 14.12 gallons per hour 10.62 nmpg
10K ft 80% prop 124 IAS 146 GS 23F 12.63 gallons per hour 11.56 nmpg

11k ft 100% prop 128 IAS 152 GS 16F 14.70 gallons per hour 10.34 nmpg
11K ft 90% prop 123 IAS 147 GS 16F 13.59 gallons per hour 10.82 nmpg
11K ft 80% prop 121 IAS 145 GS 19F 13.04 gallons per hour 11.12 nmpg

12K ft 100% prop 125 IAS 151 GS 16F 14.16 gallons per hour 10.66 nmpg
12K ft 90% prop 121 IAS 146 GS 16F 13.12 gallons per hour 11.13 nmpg
12K ft 80% prop 118 IAS 143 GS 16F 12.42 gallons per hour 11.51 nmpg

13K ft 100% prop 121 IAS 149 GS 12F 13.58 gallons per hour 10.98 nmpg
13K ft 90% prop 117 IAS 144 GS 12F 12.56 gallons per hour 11.46 nmpg
13K ft 80% prop 114 IAS 141 GS 12F 12.19 gallons per hour 11.57 nmpg

14K ft 100% prop 118 IAS 147 GS 9F 12.95 gallons per hour 11.35 nmpg
14K ft 90% prop 113 IAS 141 GS 9F 12.04 gallons per hour 11.71 nmpg
14K ft 80% prop 110 IAS 138 GS 9F 11.67 gallons per hour 11.82 nmpg

15K ft 100% prop 114 IAS 145 GS 5F 12.40 gallons per hour 11.69 nmpg
15k ft 90% prop 108 IAS 138 GS 5F 11.08 gallons per hour 12.45 nmpg
15K ft 80% prop 104 IAS 133 GS 5F 11.04 gallons per hour 12.05 nmpg

16K ft 100% prop 110 IAS 142 GS 1F 11.80 gallons per hour 12.03 nmpg
16K ft 90% prop 104 IAS 135 GS 1F 11.03 gallons per hour 12.24 nmpg
16K ft 80% prop 99 IAS 129 GS 1F 10.69 gallons per hour 12.07 nmpg

17K ft 100% prop 105 IAS 138 GS -1F 11.32 gallons per hour 12.19 nmpg
17K ft 90% prop 98 IAS 129 GS -1F 10.50 gallons per hour 12.29 nmpg
17K ft 80% prop STALL ---------------------------------

18K ft 100% prop 100 IAS 134 GS -5F 10.76 gallons per hour 12.45 nmpg
18K ft 90% prop STALL ---------------------------------
18K ft 80% prop STALL ---------------------------------

Anyway, higher is always better for fuel economy. However the Bonanza can’t reach its listed ceiling height of 18.5k ft and only got to 18K using slew mode.

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Leg 20 Krasnoselkup to Kamensk-Uralsky, Siberia, Russia

DAY9_11.PLN (6.2 KB)

9-10 Krasnoselkup USDP 8:08 AM
9-10 Urengoy USDU 8:49 AM
9-10 Novy Urengoy USMU 9:10 AM
Crash to desktop
9-10 Novy Urengoy USMU 9:17 AM
9-10 Pangody UPAN 9:37 AM

9-10 Pangody UPAN 11:13 AM
9-10 Nadym South USMM 11:38 AM

9-10 Nadym South USMM 8:27 PM
9-10 Salekhard USDD 9:43 PM <-- Awesome place Museum of polar aviation
9-10 Berezovo USHB 10:58 PM
9-10 Igrim USHI 11:26 PM
Power failure, switched to off-line mode, restart game
9-10 Igrim USHI 11:37 PM
9-10 Igrim UIGG 11:50 PM
9-11 Nyagan USHN 12:17 AM
9-11 Khanty-Mansiysk USHH 1:11 AM <-- Awesome place Artic museum
9-11 Uvat USTA 1:58 AM

9-11 Uvat USTA 7:35 AM
9-11 Vagay UVAG 8:04 AM
9-11 Yalutorovsk UYAA 8:51 AM
9-11 Plekhanovo USTL 9:10 AM
9-11 Roshchino USTR 9:18 AM
9-11 Shadrinsk Air Base USHD 9:58 AM
9-11 Kamensk-Uralsky UKAS 10:24 AM 2:49 17

Flight time: 9:54 17 stops

Siberia has quite a few hidden gems.
First leaving Krasnoselkup in the morning. There are some really big runways out here.

This looks like trouble

The weather cleared up again at Urengoy

Reka Sedz"Yakha river near Novy Urengoy

Novy Urengoy

And in real life

Ob river near Nadym

Salekhard on the Ob river which has an amazing museum of polar aviation

There are lots of cool things to find in this city including Stela 66th parallel.

Dramatic skies over the Ob river

Perhaps one day we’ll get a world wide boat sim, Ob river travel

Unfortunately still no (moving) boats spotted in fs 2020

Berezevo ‘airport’

Seeing double Igrim USHI and Igrim UIGG

Nyagan, first time I’ve seen gas lines like power lines strung above the roads.

Kanty-Mansiysk, another amazing city

See the corner on the left next to the tail of the plane that’s this:

Arkheopark, outdoor artic exhibit you can walk through in street view

The Ob river provides beautiful views

Now coming up on the Irtysh river

Finally, what I’ve not seen in forever in Siberia, farmland near Tyumen

Tyumen is expanding rapidly with more Western style housing

Big city, I left the unpopulated area behind

Pretty city as well, too bad FS 2020 has no churches nor mosque models for the AI buildings.

Gold domes in every city but not in the game.

Arriving in Kamensk-Uralsky where this odd rock face is

Going into Siberia with really no knowledge beyond the harsh climate, I’m excited to have found so many interesting places. Great trip.

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Leg 21 Kamensk-Uralsky, Siberia to Semyazino, Valdimir, Russia

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9-11 Kamensk-Uralsky UKAS 8:44 PM
9-11 Koltsovo USSS 8:57 PM
9-11 Bolshoye Savino USPP 10:13 PM
9-11 Chastyye UCHS 10:35 PM Internet connection trouble, ugly without streaming
9-11 Izhevsk USII 11:02 PM
9-11 Pirogovo UPIR 11:08 PM No internet, no airstrip, bland green :confused:
Reboot, restart everything
9-11 Pirogovo UPIR 11:22 PM
9-11 Mozhga UMOH 11:46 PM
9-12 Yelabuga UYEA 12:03 AM
9-12 Begishevo UWKE 12:15 AM
9-12 Kazan UWKD 12:55 AM
9-12 Borisoglebskoye UWKG 1:06 AM
9-12 Cheboksary UWKS 1:35 AM
9-12 Kstovo UKSF 2:20 AM

9-12 Kstovo UKSF 10:19 AM
9-12 Strigino UWGG 10:36 AM
9-12 Pravdinsk UGII 10:46 AM
9-12 Gorokhovets UGOK 11:01 AM
9-12 Novovyazniki UOOH 11:11 AM
9-12 Melekhovo UUIG 11:24 AM
9-12 Dobrinskoye Air Base UORG 11:34 AM
9-12 Semyazino UUBL 11:40 AM

Flight time 6:43 19 stops

Early morning Yekateringburg

Yekateringburg by day

Sunrise at Sylvenskoye Sel’skoye Poseleniye

The landscape between Izhevsk and Mozhga

Nizhnekamsk stood out from the air with a huge industrial zone next to a smaller city. From lower to the ground you get this view.

The Kama river

It must be quite a spectacle every year during spring melt to make all these patterns everywhere along the huge wide riverbed.

Kazan, stadium is a bit flat

I wish we had photogrammetry in this area, one day


The size of the river Volga is intimidating

Nice and level over Bezvodnoye

Time for a picnic in Kstovo

Nizhny Novgorod

The Chakalov stairs down below

Klyazma river with similar melt patterns while the sun is starting to set

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Leg 22 Semyazino, Russia to Pori, Finland

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9-12 Semyazino UUBL 11:07 PM
9-12 Lakinsk ULAI 11:16 PM
9-12 Yegoryevsk Airfield UKRT 11:35 PM
9-12 Meshcherino Airport UMES 11:46 PM
9-12 Domodedovo UUDD 11:56 PM
9-13 Ostafyevo UUMO 12:04 AM
9-13 Sheremetyevo UUEE 12:32 AM
9-13 Shemetovo Airport USHJ 12:56 AM
Streaming issues switched to off-line mode, recovered just before restarting
9-13 Rybinsk Yuzhny URYB 1:39 AM
9-13 Cherepovets ULWC 2:15 AM
9-13 Kirishi UKIH 3:35 AM

9-13 Kirishi UKIH 8:25 AM
Forgot to connect flight stick, game locked up, end process, restart
9-13 Kirishi UKIH 8:32 AM
9-13 Manushkino Airfield UOTR 8:54 AM
9-13 Yanino Vtoroye UYAN 8:59 AM St Petersburg Walk through Military-Historical museum
9-13 Gorskaya ULII 9:13 AM
9-13 Kronshtadt Airfield UKRO 9:18 AM
9-13 Gromovo Air Base USAP 9:38 AM
9-13 Punkaharju EFPN 10:05 AM
9-13 Kitee EFIT 10:20 AM
9-13 Joensuu EFJO 10:39 AM
9-13 Kuopio EFKU 11:02 AM Ski jump
9-13 Kajaani EFKI 11:44 AM
9-13 Oulu EFOU 12:20 PM
9-13 Kruunupyy EFKK 1:04 PM

9-13 Kruunupyy EFKK 4:52 PM
Streaming issues switched to off-line mode, restart
9-13 Kruunupyy EFKK 5:45 PM
9-13 Pori EFPO 6:49 PM

Flight time 10:04 23 stops

I rarely sleep more than 4 hours, hence these long flight times.

Kicking off flying low over the forest at Yegoryevsk

National park Meschora, zooming over the trees

On to Moscow with (too) high expectations. It starts off great with Moscow State University

The Kremlin however looks out of place and the red square is flat

The Cathedral of ■■■■■■ the Saviour does look wonderful

Yet what I was looking forward to most was St Basil’s Cathedral on the red square.

Still a very impressive city from the sky

Following the Volga river further to the North West

Flying over the locks (Rybinskiy Shlyuz) and Mother Volga at Rybinsk

Mother Volga where the Volga river flows into the Rybinsk Reservoir

Strange circle formation at Darvinskiy Gosudarstvennyy Prirodnyy Biosfernyy Zapovednik

Or Darwin nature reserve, Russians sure make long names for things!



Landing at Manushkino

St Petersburg, one of, if not, the most beautiful city in Europe.

It has a few issues

This city is awesome for virtual tourism. So many 360 degree street view points on all the roads, squares, water ways and even available inside many museums, for example the military historical museum, the winter palace and the central naval museum. I can lose hours ‘walking’ around St Petersburg.

Now following the Vuokai river


Landing in Punkaharju, arrived in Finland

Flying low over the lakes near Kitee

Kuopio, famous for its ski jumps. I did spot the hill from the air but didn’t get a good shot, bugged hill in the way. (Not much to see anyway) The area in summer

Sunset at Suvatti

Getting dark at Kruunupyy

An uneventful night flight to Pori concludes this leg.

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Leg 23 Pori, Finland via Estonia to Riga, Latvia

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9-13 Pori EFPO 11:21 PM
9-13 Turku EFTU 11:58 PM
9-14 Genbole EFGE 12:19 AM
9-14 Vantaa EFHK 12:52 AM
9-14 Tallinn EETN 1:34 AM
9-14 Amari EEEI 1:50 AM

9-14 Amari EEEI 7:58 AM
9-14 Lyckholm EELU 8:09 AM
9-14 Vormsi EEVO 8:19 AM
9-14 Kardla EEKA 8:26 AM
9-14 Kuressaare EEKE 8:51 AM
9-14 Parnu EEPU 9:18 AM
9-14 Viljandi EEVI 9:35 AM Old castle ruins
9-14 Ulenurme EETU 9:51 AM Tartu birthplace of song festival, VR Tartu 1913
9-14 Seredka ULOR 10:16 AM
9-14 Pskov ULOO 10:33 AM
9-14 Varstu EEVU 10:57 AM
9-14 Valmiera EVVL 11:15 AM
Internet, phone and cable tv down, service interruption, back to the stone age.

9-14 Valmiera EVVL 1:30 PM
9-14 Riga intl EVRA 1:57 PM

Flight time 6:13 17 stops

Early departure (local time) from Pori

Sun rise at Torku

Ulkoluoto. Hmm, this sun visor would be useful right now. It’s very much stuck.

Helsinki, another beautiful city

That’s an Unesco heritage site down below, 18th century fortress

Fortress of Suomenlinna up close

Hopping across the gulf of Finland to Tallin in Estonia

Another amazing historical city

The historical inner city is amazingly well kept and looks pretty good from above


Also home of an old medieval castle near the top right above


Piila, illustrating the typical farmland in Estonia


Home of Kuressaare castle and an interesting statue Suur Tõll ja Piret

Tartu, birthplace of the Estonian song festival which had its 150th anniversary last year.

You can also get a VR tour here, walking around like it’s 1913

And it has a beautiful dome church

Pskov back in Russia

That ‘wall’ along the river (appartment blocks in fs2020) is actually this

Pskov is a medieval fortress along the water, amazing place

And finally arrival in Riga after a short night flight from Valmiera.

All caught up with updates, the rest will be more real time.

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Leg 24 Riga, Latvia to Chornobyl, Ukraine

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9-15 Riga intl EVRA 6:57 AM
9-15 Dobeles lidlauks EVDO 7:17 AM
9-15 Telsiai EYTL 7:40 AM
9-15 Klaipeda EYKL 7:57 AM
9-15 Nida EYND 8:13 AM
9-15 Khrabrovo UMKK 8:27 AM
9-15 Kaliningrad Devau UMAA 8:37 AM
9-15 Yuzhnyy UYUZ 8:45 AM
9-15 Chernyakhovsk UCHE 9:08 AM
9-15 Griškabūdis EYSK 9:30 AM
9-15 S Dariaus EYKS 9:42 AM
9-15 Vilnius Intl EYVI 10:08 AM Museum of Occupations and Freedom fights in KGB prison
9-15 Kyviskes EYVK 10:18 AM
9-15 Kisyali Airfield UMRA 10:45 AM
9-15 Minsk-1 UMMM 10:56 AM
9-15 Minsk-2 UMMS 11:12 AM
9-15 Babruisk Air Base UMNB 11:42 AM
9-15 Mozyr UMMZ 12:11 PM Chornobyl to the South East
9-15 Dymer airstrip UKIK 12:47 PM Chornobyl to the North East

Flight time 4:51 18 stops

Continuing on from Riga by daylight

There are many interesting buildings in Riga including this house of the Blackheads


Very cool statue near the castle called Black ghost (Juodasis Vaiduoklis)

Crossing the land bridge to Kaliningrad, here the gray dunes near Morskoe

The landscape near Istrovska in an isolated part of Russia between Lithuania and Poland

Kaunas, Lithuania. There is a Gothic castle down on right of the left arm of the river (Neris river)

Vilnius, home of a bone chilling museum of occupation housed in an old KGB prison

Also in Vilnius, palace of the grand dukes of Lithuania

Minsk, victory park down below

Babruisk, haunted by remains from WWII

This is one of the fortresses in the lower left of the green area above

Carrying on to Chornobyl along the Pripyat river

Unfortunately it’s already too dark to explore. Who is putting the lights on here though?

Pripyat below, nuclear reactor lit up straight above.

I diverted to the nearest airstrip, very difficult landing in the near dark. (Especially since it’s full day where I am. It’s almost impossible to see detail on the ground). I made it down onto the short runway but rolled off a couple meters at the end. The plane should be fine, I’ve landed on grass many times before. The landing light on this plane is useless.

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Leg 25 Chernobyl to Sevastopol, Ukraine

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A long flight today. I couldn’t sleep so started early and I misjudged the scale of the Ukraine. What I though were 10 minute hops turned about to be closer to 25 minute hops going around the sea of Azov.

9-16 Dymer airstrip UKIK 5:00 AM
9-16 Lyneya UKSL 5:36 AM
9-16 Chernihiv Air Base UKCH 5:45 AM
9-16 Boryspil UKBB 6:24 AM
9-16 Cherkasy UKKE 6:57 AM
9-16 Svitlovods’k UKSD 7:18 AM
9-16 Pidhorodne UKPC 8:03 AM
9-16 Mokraya UKDE 8:29 AM Big hydroelectric dam, bugged, shows as a bridge.
9-16 Mariupol’ UKCM 9:17 AM
9-16 Yuzhny URRT 9:42 AM
9-16 Rostov-na-Donu USEY 9:56 AM
9-16 Rostov-na-Donu URRR 10:01 AM
9-16 Yeysk URKE 10:34 AM
9-16 Primorsko-Akhtarsk UPRI 10:50 AM
9-16 Pashkovskiy URKK 11:26 AM Amazing park Krasnodar, not on Bing yet
9-16 Vityazevo URKA 11:59 AM
9-16 Baherove UKBH Too dark
9-16 Belbek UKFB Too dark
9-16 Khersones Air Base UKSV 1:26 PM Landed using 3D terrain viewer

Flight time: 8:26 16 stops

First Chernobyl by daylight. Bright sunny day, makes it look a bit washed out.

The reactor

Buggy hill in the middle and a pretty old ground picture as the sarcophagus is still being built here. For some reason the AI populated the dome structure with random shacks.

Flying over the famous square in Pripyat

The amusement park with Ferris Wheel is behind the square, not in the game.

Real life version (taken from the right side)

The iconic ferris wheel, perhaps it will be added one day

The swimming pool

Perhaps in a couple generations we can look inside buildings

Carrying on, Kyiv, massive city

Verry pretty in real life

Following the Dnieper river, it’s huge

I found an open it mine! Poltavs’kyy Hirnycho-Zbahachuval’nyy Kombinat at Horishni Plavni

You can not fly into it, invisible barrier :confused:

A smaller sand pit near Zaporizhzia

Mines are about the biggest elevation changes in the landscape.

That’s the landscape on the way to the sea of Azov

Mariupol’ on the sea of Azov

Rostov-on-Don a massive modern city

Unfortunately the cool looking park I found on Google isn’t on Bing yet, missing.

The city is build on a hill

I was hoping to get this view, but have to settle with the above

The landscape changed into endless farmland

Zooming through Krasnodar at sunset

Good thing I took on full fuel at Krasnodar since no lights at Kerch

They do light up their windmills quite a bit

Still no lights at Belbek, on to Sevastopol

Plenty light in the city but all the airports are pitch black. I resorted to landing using the 3D terrain viewer, which is pretty similar to playing fs 4.0. It’s actually easier since there is no cockpit or plane in the way of the view! Easy landing.

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Leg 26 Sevastopol to Odesa, Ukraine

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Shorter flight today due to the update which made things ‘interesting’ for a bit

9-17 Khersones Air Base UKSV 7:40 AM
9-17 Balaklava UKBF 8:08 AM Game somehow changed to slow motion
9-17 Belbek UKFB 8:21 AM Simulation rate keeps changing
9-17 Kacha Air Base UKKA 8:25 AM Fixed, R sets sim rate and used for drone
9-17 Saki Air Base UKFI 8:34 AM
9-17 Yevpatoriya UKFV 8:42 AM
9-17 Rozdol’ne UKRL 9:22 AM 1:42

9-17 Rozdol’ne UKRL 10:22 AM
9-17 Krasnoperekops’k UKMF 10:34 AM
9-17 Armyans’k UKAF 10:50 AM
9-17 Skadovsk UKSK 11:14 AM
9-17 Kherson Intl UKOH 11:32 AM
9-17 Odesa UKOO 12:13 PM

Flight time 3:33 11 stops

As you can see from my notes, a very confusing start. Since the game now puts the HUD back instantly when switching from cockpit to external, I switched to using the drone for HUD free screenshots. However after using that my plane started behaving really weird. I kept losing control of the climb rate which I use the so called plus and minus for, mapped to my flight stick. After selecting it back to control VS mode, my plane did not seem to want to co-operate anymore.

Auto pilot didn’t really want to turn or climb anymore, just very slowly change direction. I thought it was a bug with max bank angle and maybe the fpm were somehow a factor 10 off after the update. However even without AP the plane felt very sluggish, as if the sensitivity of my flight stick had been dialed way down. I was about to exit and restart the game when I noticed it was also taking a lot longer to move forward, much slower than my airspeed was suggesting.

I finally checked sim rate settings, R sets plus and minus to control the sim rate. R also moves the drone view up. Ugh. I set the sim rate back to what looked like normal speed (there is no reset?) and continued. Then somehow I managed to set it to double speed and ended up landing at a near stall while it looked like I was coming in way too fast. I unmapped the sim rate button, then everything went fine again.

First shot of Sevastopol, HUD didn’t clear

Little inlet at the South side of Sevastopol

Crawling along the cliffs in slow motion :confused:

Forgot the hud comes back instantly again, Sevastopol

Drone view of Sevatopol

Real life view of the coast

Heading North along the coast, Chemors’ke

Mizhavodne FS2020 drone view

Mizhavodne real life drone view

The landcape near Krasnoperekops’k, lot of farmland

Shadovsk, not the best place for a short runway

And the sun is going down already on the way to Odesa

Odesa does have lighted runways, easy landing, parked there to check out the city by day time.

Leg 27 Odesa, Ukraine via Romania to Poprad, Slovakia

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A long beautiful flight today passing Dracula’s castle along the way

9-18 Odesa UKOO 6:04 AM
9-18 Cataloi LRTC 7:10 AM
9-18 Aerodromul Alexeni LRAL 7:45 AM
9-18 Henri Coanda LROP 7:57 AM
9-18 Baneasa LRBS 8:14 AM
9-18 Gheorghe Valentin Bibescu LRPW 8:28 AM
9-18 Aerodrom Piatra Craiului LRTO 9:03 AM Bran (Dracula) castle near Brasov
9-18 Lazarea Airstrip LRJO 9:35 AM
9-18 Bucovina Fly Club LRFR 10:13 AM
9-18 Floreni LRFL 10:46 AM
9-18 Porohy UKPA 11:29 AM
9-18 Stryi Air Base UKDL 11:47 AM
9-18 Kosice LZKZ 12:36 PM Beautiful town
9-18 Tatry LZTT 1:01 PM

Flight time: 6:57 13 stops

Odesa by mid day

The Potemkin stairs in Odesa, entrance to the city

Featured in the 1925 movie Battleship Potemkin

I also found this cool statue in the harbor, the sailor’s wife

Zakota along a long land bridge.

Colorful fields at the Tuzlovski Lagoons.

Entering Romania, the landscape changes

Starting to see some hills and mountains in the distance

Arrival in Bucharest, big and beautiful

Palace of the parliament of Romania

With photogrammetry and lovely detailed fountains

Dark clouds over the mountains on the way to Dracula castle


Close up of the castle, the general shape is there



It looks like I found a forest fire

Exploatarea de Sulf Gura Haitii

Kosice, Slovakia

Home of the amazing St Elisabeth’s cathedral

It’s situated in that thin green slice in the picture above, to the left of the old tower

And finally arriving in Tatry, Poprad at sunset.

If you look closely you can spot the last sliver of sun peeking out over the mountains.


Many thanks. I will definitely repeat your flight route. a very unusual and interesting adventure.

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Leg 28 Poprad, Slovakia through Poland to Dresden, Germany

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Up early again, why not take to the skies instead of tossing and turning

9-19 Tatry LZTT 4:44 AM
9-19 Zar EPZR 5:12 AM
9-19 Aleksandrowice EPBA 5:18 AM
9-19 Kaniow EPKW 5:26 AM Auswitch North East
9-19 Balice EPKK 5:46 AM
9-19 Pobiednik Wielki EPKP 6:08 AM
9-19 Pinczow EPPC 6:23 AM
9-19 Maslow EPKA 6:35 AM
9-19 Sadkow EPRA 6:53 AM
9-19 Nowe Miasto nad Pilica EPNM 7:07 AM
9-19 Okecie EPWA 7:24 AM
9-19 Babice EPBC 7:47 AM
9-19 Modlin Mil EPMO 8:04 AM
9-19 Torun EPTO 8:41 AM
9-19 Szwederowo EPBY 8:51 AM
9-19 Bednary EPPB 9:10 AM
9-19 Krzesiny EPKS 9:18 AM
9-19 Lawica EPPO 9:31 AM
9-19 Neuhardenberg EDON 10:10 AM Solar panel overload
9-19 Tegel EDDT (Berlin) 10:31 AM
9-19 Muehlenfeld EDBE 11:27 AM
Crash to desktop
9-19 Muehlenfeld EDBE 11:47 AM
9-19 Hannover EDDV 12:26 PM
9-19 Hildesheim EDVM 12:38 PM
9-19 Hasselfelde UL ED88 12:58 PM
9-19 Leipzig-Halle EDDP 1:23 PM
9-19 Dresden EDDC 2:00 PM

Flight time: 8:56 25 stops

Leaving Tatry heading high Tatras mountains. I had to make a big spiral first to gain enough altitude

High Tatras mountains, yep they are high

Zakopane, Poland on the other side of the mountains.

There is a ski jump arena at the bottom of the mountain. Don’t get close, it’s auto-gen buildings…

Jablonka, a few trees left behind along the river. Mainly farmland.

Auschwitch in Oświęcim

The camp is a lot bigger than I thought it was. It’s that whole section at the nose of my plane

May the world never forget

Krakow, another amazing city

Wawel royal castle in the bottom left of the picture above

Town square with St Mary’s Basilica, the Cloth Hall and Town hall tower.

View from St Mary’s Basilica

Warsaw (late addition, lost screenshots found)

The royal castle (right) and Kosciól Akademicki św. Anny (left) along the Vistula river

The palace of culture and science, magnificent building

One critical bug though

The time is wrong. It was about 2:30 pm (local time) when I passed there. Unforgivable for a palace of science!

On to Berlin, it’s been a while since I saw photogrammetry data

The iconic tv tower

Brandenburg gate with the Bundestag and Reichstag on the left

I’ve been here before since it has the closest Canadian embassy from Amsterdam. Quite a long drive to get a temporary passport.

Checkpoint charly. It’s that little bump in the middle of the street doh!

So much history. I was 15 when the wall came down, it left a big impression.

John F Kennedy 1963, sadly assassinated the same year.

Back to the skies, on to Potsdam

Lovely palace, a shame FS 2020 turns most fountains (and outdoor pools) into buildings.

Simply called new palace, completed in 1769. Not that new anymore!

Crossing the Elbe at Ferchland


Leipzig at dusk

I temporarily set the rendering scale to 200 to get better lighting for the screenshot.

Tomorrow, on to Prague.

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