Still can’t see me? I see more and more name tags now. Currently 5 minutes out from NZRO, then heading to NTZG
I was having a hard time finding the airport, but flying over it now. I do see you. Have to do a 180 to land.
On final now.
Landed. At end of 32. Don’t see you now. Ready to take a photo of you landing.
I did get a phot but it was from far.
I’m at NZGS. I did see you for a while but not now, but I guess you are headed for a different airport now.
It was great catching up to you. I will try again some other time. Getting past my bedtime. Catch you later.
Got a a few shots, but not too great.
Finally got a decent one. I should tale the names plates off to look better.
Fun stun flying for a bit. The engine upgrade back in December made the Bonanza very powerful.
Good to see, multiplayer works, I can see your plane. Time for me to quit, I was wheels up about 12 hours ago!
Yea, I did a bit of flying myself. Good Night. Catch you some other time! It was great catching up with you!!
That is a great photo you took, from inside your plane, of me!!
Leg 190, Murchison, South Island via the Chatham Islands to Tauranga, North Island, New Zealand
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A lot more sights of New Zealand, beautiful country
02-27 Murchison NZMR 12:58 PM
02-27 Lake Station / Nelson Lakes NZLE 1:07 PM
02-27 Nelson NZNS 1:20 PM
02-27 Woodbourne (Military) NZWB 1:36 PM
02-27 Omaka NZOM 1:39 PM
02-27 Cape Campbell Airstrip NZBL 1:50 PM 426nm next
02-27 Chatham Is/Tuuta NZCI 4:31 PM 368nm next Pitt Island 44°16’59.9"S 176°13’02.1"W
02-27 Flat Point Aerodrome NZFT 6:58 PM Short runway
02-27 Martinborough NZMT 7:10 PM
02-27 Wellington Intl NZWN 7:33 PM Capital
02-27 Paraparaumu NZPP 7:52 PM
02-27 Otaki NZOT 8:01 PM Tree at end of runway
02-27 Alfredton NZAN 8:19 PM Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu 40°20’19.7"S 176°35’13.3"E
02-27 Porangahau Aerodrome NZPO 8:45 PM Unclear runway
02-27 Waipukurau NZYP 8:54 PM Faded runway
02-27 Kowhai Aerodrome NZKY 9:02 PM
02-27 Hastings NZHS 9:13 PM
02-27 Napier NZNR 9:20 PM
02-27 Waiouru NZRU 9:42 PM Mt Ruapehu 39°17’02.4"S 175°33’56.9"E Mt Ngauruhoe Mt Doom 39°09’27.0"S 175°37’55.7"E
02-27 Stratford NZSD 10:24 PM Mt Taranaki 39°17’55.0"S 174°03’48.9"E
02-27 New Plymouth NZNP 10:42 PM
02-27 Taumarunui NZTM 11:05 PM
02-27 Taupo NZAP 11:22 PM
02-27 Gisborne NZGS 11:54 AM
02-28 Opotiki NZOP 12:15 AM
02-28 Whakatane NZWK 12:22 AM
02-28 Rotorua NZRO 12:33 AM
02-28 Tauranga NZTG 12:45 AM
Flight time 11:43 27 stops
Better known nowadays as Mount Doom, the atmospheric location of Mordor
Flying over Makahu
Makahu Tunnel on Brewer road. There are a couple of these narrow pioneer tunnels around here
Stratford in front of Mount Taranaki
Mount Taranaki is surrounded by a protected forest reserve
Mount Taranaki (8,261ft) last erupted in 1885
Climbing high to see the circle of forest around Taranaki
Taupo, near the center of New Zealand’s North Island on lake Taupo formed by Taupo Volcano
Along the lake near Taupo, Mine Bay Maori Rock Carvings
Whirinaki Forest Park
Bay of Plenty
Rotorua on lake Roturua,
Renowned for its geothermal activity and Maori culture
Mokoia island in the middle of the lake formed inside the Rotorua caldera
Final stop today in Tauranga, harbourside city in the Bay of Plenty region
After landing here I slew back to Gisborne to meet up with CAPTAINAS007 and try some stunt flying. My fps was down to less than 10fps unfortunately. Turning multiplayer on, the fog rolling in, I guess my laptop had had enough after 12 hours running. Memory was so fragmented I took about 10 minutes for FS2020 to unload afterwards.
Fun meeting up, multiplayer works, see the posts above. Although the planes I saw kept fading in and out. Name tags were persistent and more and more showed up. A button to toggle them on and off would be very helpful instead of going through the menus.
Tomorrow, exploring the rest of New Zealand and then heading to New Caledonia.
Leg 191, Tauranga, New Zealand via Norfolk Island and New Caladonia to Lenakel, Tanna, Vanuatu
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Soggy Sunday. I had a good run on the trails ahead of the rain when the ground was still (re)frozen, then it was time for a long afternoon and evening flying. Rest of New Zealand first, then a couple autopilot breaks to explore New Caledonia in the evening.
02-28 Tauranga NZTG 12:51 PM
02-28 Matakana Island NZMZ 12:55 PM Drone cam assisted landing
02-28 Matamata NZMA 1:07 PM Hobbiton 37°51’30.1"S 175°40’49.7"E
02-28 Hamilton NZHN 1:24 PM
02-28 Raglan NZRA 1:33 PM
02-28 Limestone Downs NZLD 1:44 PM
02-28 Auckland Intl NZAA 1:58 PM
02-28 Reeve NZKE 2:11 PM
02-28 Coromandel NZCX 2:23 PM
02-28 Matarangi NZAG 2:28 PM
02-28 Great Barrier NZGB 2:44 PM
02-28 Okiwi Station NZOX 2:49 PM
02-28 Motu Kaikoura Island Aerodrome NZKD 2:54 PM
02-28 Springhill NZSL 3:11 PM
02-28 Ruawai Aerodrome NZRW 3:26 PM
02-28 Dargaville NZDA 3:32 PM
02-28 Whangarei NZWR 3:42 PM Cape Brett Lighthouse 35°10’31"S, 174°19’57"E
02-28 Kerikeri NZKK 4:14 PM
02-28 Kaitaia NZKT 4:29 PM 452nm next
02-28 Norfolk Island Intl YSNF 7:10 PM 388nm next
02-28 Moue NWWE 9:28 PM
02-28 Plaine des Lacs NWWS 9:44 PM
02-28 Magenta NWWM Noumea Capital 9:59 PM
02-28 Dumbea NWDU 10:04 PM
02-28 Yate-Barrage NWYA 10:14 PM
02-28 Canala NWWX 10:33 PM
02-28 Poe NWWB 10:48 PM
02-28 Mueo NWWQ 10:59 PM
02-28 Touho NWWU 11:14 PM
02-28 Koumac NWWK 11:36 PM
02-28 Poum Malabou NWWP 11:47 PM 295nm next
03-01 Lenakel NVVK 1:38 AM
Flight time 12:47 31 stops
2.5 hours later, Norfolk Island (Australian) with the tiny Napean Island in front
Some funny guy added “The World`s End Cafe” on Napean Island on Google maps. The island is just a piece of rock with some grass on top. It has 15 reviews, popular spot.
My visit was slightly marred by the shark bite received whilst swimming to the island. The staff were extra helpful when I crawled in pale as a ghost from the blood loss. Thankfully, the cook is O- and thus a universal donor so a blood transfusion was soon organised using one of the booths as a makeshift ER. After an hour I perked up enough to order a cup of tea and a piece of the lemon slice. The tea was lovely, but the slice was a bit dry, otherwise I would have given them 5 stars. (Local Guide)
Here’s Mount Yasur in the opening of Survivor Vanuatu, 2007
The actual survivor camp was on Efate island, will visit tomorrow.
Leg 192, Lenakel, Tanna, Vanuatu to Rotuma, Fiji
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The problem with paradise is, no good aerial data. If I was running a survey plane I would park it on the beach as well and go for a swim instead! Still plenty interesting things to see along the way.
03-01 Lenakel NVVK 5:36 PM
03-01 Ipota NVVI 5:55 PM
03-01 Isangel NVIS 6:01 PM
03-01 Dillon’s Bay NVVD 6:07 PM Port Villa Capital 17°44’49.8"S 168°19’12.9"E
03-01 Port Villa Intl 17°41’57.6"S 168°19’10.6"E 6:38 PM Survivor 17°39’16.8"S 168°11’16.0"E
03-01 Valesdir NVSV 7:06 PM
03-01 Lamen Bay NVSM 7:21 PM Ambrym Volcano 16°15’14.2"S 168°07’23.1"E
03-01 Lamap NVSL 7:42 PM
03-01 Southwest Bay NVSX 7:54 PM
03-01 Norsup NVSP 8:05 PM Million Dollar Point 15°31’31.5"S 167°14’41.3"E
03-01 North West Santo NVSZ 8:41 PM
03-01 Torres Airstrip NVSD 9:16 PM
03-01 Sola NVSC 9:47 PM
03-01 Maewo-Naone NVSN 10:17 PM
03-01 Longana NVSG 556nm next 10:35 PM
03-02 Rotuma NFNR 01:59 AM
Flight time 8:35 15 stops
Efate island is also where Surivor Vanuatu was filmed
The camps were at either side of my wing tips
This is where the SS President Coolidge sank, now regarded as one of the best wreck diving sites
On to Fiji tomorrow, then crossing the date line, traveling back into the past.
Leg 193, Rotuma, Fiji via Wallis and Futunu to Vava’u, Tonga
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Long flight with plenty autopilot brakes. So many islands in the South Pacific, far more airports around than I thought there were. And many many more uninhabited islands. I now see how you can stay lost in a shipwreck despite all our technology, too many places to look.
03-02 Rotuma NFNR 304nm next 3:17 PM
03-02 Point Vele NLWF 5:11 PM Trees in the way
03-02 Alo NLAO 6:19 PM
03-02 Alo NLAL 6:31 PM
03-02 Kaibu Island NFKB 6:41 PM
03-02 Labasa NFNL 7:20 PM
Bad performance down to 5fps restart
03-02 Labasa NFNL 7:27 PM
03-02 Savusavu NFNS 7:36 PM
03-02 Koro Island NFNO 7:49 PM
03-02 Levuka Airfield NFNB 8:08 PM Trees at end of runway
03-02 Nausori Intl NFNA Suva Capital 8:20 PM
03-02 Taunovo Airstrip NFSU 8:37 PM
03-02 Vatukoula NFNV 8:57 PM
03-02 Yasawa Island NFSW 9:19 PM
03-02 Mana Island NFMA 9:42 PM half the runway missing
03-02 Malolo Lailai Island NFFO 9:52 PM
03-02 Nadi Intl NFFN 9:59 PM
03-02 Vatulele NFVL 242nm next 10:18 PM 35 knot tailwind GS 228
03-02 Ono-i-Lau NFOL 204nm next 11:37 PM
03-03 Fua’amotu Intl NFTF 12:43 AM
03-03 Ha’apai-Lifuka NFTL Mutiny on the Bounty 1:20 AM Virtual vision landing
03-03 Vava’u NFTV 1:49 AM Virtual vision landing, narrowly nasty cross wind
Flight time 10:25 20 stops
Tonga is still getting more islands
Here is where mutiny on the Bounty occurred in 1789 & Captain Bligh was set adrift
Leg 194, Vava’u, Tonga via Samoa and American Samoa to Avarua, Cook Islands
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Long flights between islands, plenty time to read up on locations and do some GT Sport in between. Clear sky over nothing but water doesn’t hold my attention very long. Props to those doing world tours without autopilot!
Tomorrow to the real Avarua, or at least it’s a district and harbor on Rarotonga. No Avarua Airport in existence according to Google maps.
Are you ACARS certified?
No, I had to look up what ACARS stands for. I’ve only been a passenger on jets, that’s as far as my flying experience goes. I’m just winging it
I was joking
Leg 195, Avarua, Cook Islands to Huahine, French Polynesia
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More long flights over open water, auto pilot while racing at Sarthe in the Mazda 787B (GT Sport) This Bonanza has excellent wifi over the pacific!
03-04 Avarua NCAI 5:01 PM
03-04 Rarotonga Intl NCRG 5:52 PM
03-04 Enua NCAT 6:35 PM
03-04 Mitiaro NCMR 6:49 PM 387nm next
03-04 Rurutu NTAR 8:55 PM Humpback whales
03-04 Tubuai NTAT 9:38 PM 349nm next
03-04 Faaa NTAA 11:38 PM
03-04 Temae NTTM 11:46 PM
03-05 Fare NTTH 12:25 AM
Flight time 7:24 8 stops
At Rurutu you can swim with the humpback whales who over winter here from mid July to October
Tahiti is famous for its black pearls
Last stop today Huahine, I’ll have to wait until tomorrow to see what it looks like
Little glitch, the glide scope lights are based on the camera position. From my plane’s point of view it’s 2 white 2 red lights. Up ‘here’ all white.
Bora-Bora tomorrow and the rest of French Polynesia
Leg 196, Huahine to Atuona, Hiva Oa island, French Polynesia
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Long day of flying, a lot on auto pilot over water. French Polynesia is huge. I never knew there were so many atolls in the South Pacific. This whole leg and part of the previous one is all French Polynesia.
03-05 Fare NTTH 12:37 PM
03-05 Uturoa NTTR 12:51 PM
03-05 Motu Mute NTTB 1:14 PM
03-05 Tupai NTTU 1:29 PM 219nm next
03-05 Tikehau NTGC 2:47 PM
03-05 Rangiroa NTTG 3:06 PM
03-05 Ahe NTHE 3:37 PM
03-05 Manihi NTGI 3:44 PM
03-05 Apataki NTGD 4:15 PM
03-05 Kaukura NTGK 4:27 PM
03-05 Niau NTKN 4:45 PM
03-05 Fakarava NTGF 5:03 PM
03-05 Aratika NTGR 5:17 PM
03-05 Makemo NTGM 6:05 PM 417nm next
03-05 Mururoa NTTX 8:26 PM
Game bahaving weird, overly sensitive, was very sluggish before descent, restart
03-05 Mururoa NTTX 8:33 PM 230nm next
03-05 Totegegie NTGJ 9:58 PM 833nm next min 11.26 nmpg 20% mixture
20% mixture FL75 55F IAS 144 GS 163 slight headwind
21% mixture FL75 55F 2441 rpm IAS 146 GS 164 slight headwind 711.0 lt 28.75
21% mixture FL75 55F 2441 rpm IAS 146 GS 166 no wind data 598.0 lt 19.76 12.6 nmpg
21% mixture FL75 55F 2700 rpm IAS 151 GS 171 slight tailwind 494.0 rt 40.00
21% mixture FL75 55F 2700 rpm IAS 151 GS 175 more tailwind 233.0 rt 18.84 12.3 nmpg
03-06 Atuona NTMN 2:59 AM 67.75 gallons used 12.3 nmpg
Flight time 14:29 16 stops
Here’s the experience on one of the remote atolls
Also here, Cathedral of St Michael Rikitea and Couvent de Rouru
Rouru Convent, which once housed 60 nuns, is quickly becoming engulfed by weeds. It’s said that Laval hid the entire female population of the island in the convent whenever whaling ships paid a visit.
Jaques Brel (1929-1978) famous Belgian singer, songwriter, actor and director
More long flights tomorrow, maybe I can reach Hawaii. I departed at 10AM this Saturday morning, currently flying an 1200nm stretch with another 910nm stretch this evening to reach Hawaii.
Leg 197, Atuona, French Polynesia via Republic of Kiribati to Pahala, Hawaii
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The longest leg yet, 2,523 NM, with the longest single stretch, nearly 1200 NM, pushing the limits of the Bonanza.
03-06 Atuona NTMN 10:00 AM
03-06 Ua Pou NTMP 10:28 AM
03-06 Ua-Huka NTMU 10:47 AM
03-06 Nuku-Hiva NTMD 11:09 AM 1196nm next min 16.16 nmpg
17% mixture FL75 55F 2426 rpm IAS 126 TAS 142 GS 154 1162.0 rt 40.00 14 knot tailwind
17% mixture FL75 55F 2426 rpm IAS 127 TAS 144 GS 157 827.0 rt 23.98 15 knot tailwind 20.9 nmpg
17% mixture FL75 55F 2426 rpm IAS 127 TAS 144 GS 157 823.0 lt 36.60 15 knot tailwind
17% mixture FL75 55F 2426 rpm IAS 128 TAS 145 GS 155 299.0 lt 11.65 11 knot tailwind 21.0 nmpg
18% mixture FL75 55F 2426 rpm IAS 137 TAS 155 GS 164 292.0 rt 23.77 11 knot tailwind
18% mixture FL75 55F 2426 rpm IAS 137 TAS 155 GS 166 120.0 rt 14.10 14 knot tailwind 17.8 nmpg
03-06 Banana Village PLBA 6:48 PM 62.02 gallons used, 19.3 nmpg, 156.3 knots
03-06 Cassidy Intl PLCH 6:57 PM
03-06 Tabuaeran Island PLFA 7:55 PM
03-06 Washington Island Airstrip PLWN 8:38 PM 2 attempts 910nm next min 12.3 nmpg
19% mixture FL120 40F 2436 rpm IAS 132 TAS 160 GS 151 862.0 rt 40.00 16 knot headwind
19% mixture FL120 40F 2436 rpm IAS 132 TAS 160 GS 153 735.0 rt 30.00 12 knot headwind 12.7 nmpg
19% mixture FL120 40F 2436 rpm IAS 132 TAS 161 GS 157 660.0 rt 24.25 10 knot crosswind 13.0 nmpg
19% mixture FL120 40F 2436 rpm IAS 132 TAS 161 GS 157 660.0 lt 33.75 10 knot crosswind
19% mixture FL120 39F 2436 rpm IAS 132 TAS 160 GS 161 579.0 lt 27.70 7 knot crosswind 13.4 nmpg
19% mixture FL120 41F 2436 rpm IAS 133 TAS 161 GS 171 419.0 lt 16.21 10 knot tailwind 13.9 nmpg
Divert to Pahala Aistrip HI28 (no data for Kaalaika HI25)
19% mixture FL120 41F 2436 rpm IAS 133 TAS 161 GS 184 379.0 rt 20.79 27 knot tailwind
19% mixture FL120 41F 2436 rpm IAS 133 TAS 162 GS 183 217.0 rt 10.98 30 knot half tailwind 16.5 nmpg
19% mixture FL120 41F 2436 rpm IAS 133 TAS 162 GS 183 217.0 lt 15.90 30 knot half tailwind
19% mixture FL120 41F 2436 rpm IAS 134 TAS 163 GS 171 120.0 lt 9.37 19 knot crosswind 14.9 nmpg
03-07 Pahala Airstrip HI28 2:33 AM 67.5 gallons used, 917nm, 13.6 nmpg, 155.0 knots
Flight time 16:33 8 stops
The Republic of Kiribati is a drowning paradise
It is theoretically possible to reach LA in the Bonanza from here, in game that is. By (ab)using the ground effect and quirks of running with ultra lean fuel
That only works with calm water, no waves for a 21 hour flight to cover the distance at avg 100 knots.
1200nm already wasn’t realistic for the Bonanza (rated 920nm range) but thanks to the quirks of running leaner fuel mixture without the danger of overheating the virtual engine it works. However I’ll be heading back west after exploring Hawaii and cross over to North America via Alaska later.
Leg 198, Pahala, Hawaii via French Frigate Shoals to Midway Atoll
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Long day of exploring, Hawaii in 7 hours then a couple long autopilot flights back west. Hawaii is very pretty in game bar some compromised patches due to clouds. The active volcano is missing yet the dramatic coast of Kauai turned out pretty well.
03-07 Pahala Aistrip HI28 11:30 AM
03-07 Hawaiian Paradise Park PHHA 11:55 AM Short runway, dodge the trees
03-07 Mountain View Airstrip HI23 12:01 PM Short runway, buildings at both ends
03-07 Hilo Intl PHTO 12:09 PM
03-07 Pepeekeo Airstrip HI32 12:20 PM Short runway, trees at end of ‘runway’
03-07 Upper Paauilo Airstrip HI27 12:29 PM Short runway Observatory x2 19°48’6"N, 155°27’20"W
03-07 Bradshaw Army Airfield PHSF 12:57 PM
03-07 Ellison Onizuka Kona Intl At K PHKO 1:09 PM
03-07 Puu Waa Waa Ranch HI13 1:18 PM
03-07 Waumea-Kohala PHMU 1:27 PM
03-07 Opolu PHUP 1:41 PM
03-07 Hana PHHN 1:58 PM
03-07 Kahului PHOG 2:22 PM
03-07 Kapalua PHJH 2:33 PM
03-07 Lanai PHNY 2:43 PM
03-07 Brandt Field 18HI 3:12 PM
Break time, no long flights!
03-07 Brandt Field 18HI 5:26 PM
03-07 Kalaupap Apt. PHLU 5:34 PM Trees at end of runway
03-07 Molokai PHMK 5:40 PM
03-07 Panda HI49 5:48 PM
03-07 Kaneohe Bay MCAS (Marion E Carl Field) PHNG 6:04 PM
03-07 Bellows Air Field 21°21’17"N 157°43’9"W 6:12 PM Cemetery 21°18’49"N, 157°50’40"W
03-07 Honolulu Intl PHNL 6:46 PM Pearl Harbor Memorial 21°21’53"N, 157°56’60"W
03-07 Ford Island NALF NPS 7:02 PM
03-07 Kalaeloa (John Rodgers Field) PHJR 7:09 PM
03-07 Wheeler Aaf PHHI 7:18 PM
03-07 Dillingham Airfield PHDH 7:25 PM
03-07 Princeville HI01 7:56 PM
03-07 Hanamaulu Airstrip HI03 8:07 PM Hard to find
03-07 Lihue PHLI 8:11 PM
03-07 HI 23 Airstrip HI46 8:15 PM
03-07 Port Allen PHPA 8:19 PM
03-07 Barking Sands Pmrf PHBK 8:26 PM 376nm next 20 to 23 knot tailwind
03-07 Tern I. PHFS 10:31 PM 652nm next 21 knot tailwind
03-08 Henderson Field PMDY 1:52 AM
Flight time 5:08 33 stops
A bit back down the mountain slope is a currently active volcano, Kilauea, footage from Januari
Not much to see in game, just a grey depression in the terrain
Koko crater on the outskirts of Honolulu, the capital of the former Kingdom of Hawaii
The Hawaiian kingdom lasted from 1795 until Hawaii was annexed by the US in 1898. The Native Hawaiian people never directly relinquished their inherent sovereignty, overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii occurred with the active participation of agents and citizens of the United States.
The desire for independence is still there
Most of my ‘exposure’ to Hawaii came from Dog the bounty hunter based in Honolulu
Queen Liliuokalani Fwy, I remember this crossing well from TDU for the Explorer achievement
I tried flying under all those bridges (of course), however the one on the far right is too low with the water bulging up from height errors. Almost possible.
It’s a wildlife sanctuary nowadays with a couple WW2 memorials
Midway hosts the largest Albatross colony on the planet, with some two million birds packed onto three small islands, and about 100 to 200 people.
Further west tomorrow, 2 monster flights ahead to get to the Mariana islands.
Leg 199, Midway Atoll via Wake Island to Pagan Island, Northern Mariana Islands
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Basically just 2 long flights today visiting one of the most isolated islands in the world. I timed the second flight to go over night while sleeping which almost went horribly wrong. I saved the plane from splashing down with 5 minutes to spare. I very rarely sleep this long, got up to a stall warning, empty right tank and the plane on a glide path to the water down below. Close call.
03-08 Henderson Field PMDY 12:55 PM
03-08 Sand Island HI99 1:16 PM 1026nm next min 13.9 nmpg 18% mixture
18% mixture FL75 45F 2423 rpm IAS 135 TAS 151 GS 149 935.0 rt 40.00 2 knot headwind
18% mixture FL75 49F 2423 rpm IAS 135 TAS 152 GS 157 687.0 rt 25.55 6 knot tailwind 17.2 nmpg
19% mixture FL75 49F 2423 rpm IAS 141 TAS 158 GS 163 672.0 lt 34.56 6 knot tailwind
19% mixture FL75 52F 2423 rpm IAS 142 TAS 159 GS 157 366.0 lt 14.80 6 knot headwind 15.5 nmpg
20% mixture FL75 52F 2423 rpm IAS 146 TAS 164 GS 162 359.0 rt 24.98 7 knot headwind
20% mixture FL75 53F 2423 rpm IAS 147 TAS 165 GS 156 88.0 rt 4.57 14 knot headwind 13.3 nmpg
03-08 Wake Island Airfield PWAK 7:45 PM
67.32 gallons used, 1026nm, 15.2 nmpg, 6:29, 158.3 knots
03-08 Wake Island Airfield PWAK 10:11 PM
1187nm next min 16.0 nmpg ~8 hour flight time, slowing down to arrive in the morning
16% mixture FL75 53F 2149 rpm IAS 99 TAS 112 GS 111 1156.0 lt 36.69
16% mixture FL75 53F 2149 rpm IAS 100 TAS 113 GS 115 1018.0 lt 30.66 2 knot tailwind 22.9 nmpg
16% mixture FL75 53F 2149 rpm IAS 100 TAS 113 GS 115 1018.0 rt 40.00 ETE 530 (2:39 PM)
Bizarre incident, rt tank empty in the morning (3.0), mixture lever at 57% others 100% ? 7:27 AM (9:27 PM)
Stall warning, plane sunk just below 5,000 ft, switched tank, restarted engine, climbed back to FL75
16% mixture FL75 53F 2423 rpm IAS 110 TAS 125 GS 138 70.0 lt 29.31 14 knot tailwind 24.7 nmpg
03-09 Pagan Airstrip TT01 8:03 AM Trees at end of runway
50.28 gallons used, 1187nm, 23.6 nmpg, 9:52, 120.3 knots
Flight time 16:42 3 stops
Kure Atoll in sight, part of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands
Kure is an important nesting area for a number of seabird species and wintering area for a variety of migratory bird species from North America and Asia. Kure Atoll is also an important pupping and resting area for Hawaiian Monk seals.
Kure Atoll Conservancy works hard to keep the island clean from ocean debris
Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument at Kure Atoll
VFA-27 Royal Maces flying over and “The 98 rock” on the right
A desperate final message left by a POW on the run carved into a coral rock
Switching over to the still full left tank (40 gallons) before heading off to bed
Up to 115 knots ground speed with a slight tailwind, ETE 8h50, about 8:36 AM arrival my time
According to lnm I can stay in the air for over 14 hours at 70 gallons left, should be 8 hours on 40 gallons.
I usually never sleep this long, got up at 7:25 AM, walked over to the laptop to the stall warning sound. Tank dry (3.0 gallons remaining) while the plane was drifting down at 1000 fpm, just over 5,000 ft left. I quickly switched over to the left tank, restarted the engine and gave it full power to climb back to 7,500 ft.
Scary landing, trees at the end of the runway (tree line after the field above, before the actual strip)
I dodged the trees (might have snagged a few branches with the landing gear) and got it down in time to stop at a little building.
50.28 gallons used over 1187nm, 23.6 nmpg, 9h52 flight time, average 120.3 knots
I tested how close I came from splashing down by timing how long the plane can glide on auto pilot from 7,500ft without fuel. 7 minutes… That’s all. AP keeps trimming up to 100% trim while the plane slows down to 70 knots IAS dropping up to 1100 fpm. Then something ‘resets’ and AP drops the nose, speeds up to then tries to climb again. It did this cycle 3 times before running out of room and hitting the water at 80 knots IAS. AP keeps the plane level all the way at least.
Tomorrow (or this evening) exploring the Northern Mariana Islands.
Leg 200, Pagan Island, Northern Mariana Islands via Guam to Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia
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Anoher milestone reached, day 200 on my 80 day tour of the world… More interesting islands today with a lot of WW2 remnants and one mysterious ancient civilization.
03-09 Pagan Airstrip TT01 5:24 PM
03-09 Francisco C Ada/Saipan Intl 6:33 PM
03-09 Tinian Intl PGWT 6:39 PM
03-09 Anderson Afb PGUA 7:12 PM
03-09 Guam Intl PGUM 7:22 PM 487nm next 15 knot headwind
03-09 Chuuk Intl PTKK 10:56 PM 380nm next 12 knot headwind
03-10 Pohnpei Intl PTPN 1:34 AM
Flight time 8:10 6 stops
Departing from Pagan airstrip, getting a good look at how close I came last night to the edge of the water, stopped next to the little building. That pesky tree line popping up in the landing lights last minute threw me off. Why leave a line of trees at the end of runways!
From front to back, Banzai Cliff, USA veterans cemetery and Suicide cliff
Banzai cliff and Suicide cliff is where thousands of Japanese civilians and soldiers lept to their death to avoid capture by the US in 1944 at the end of the Battle of Saipan
Not much is known about the civilization that build Nan Madol
More of Micronesia tomorrow.
I used to fly into Hopedale, and all the other Labrador coastal airstrips back in the early 90’s in Cherokee Six.
The picture is on the ramp in YYR Goose Bay. Spent the odd overnight in Hopedale.
Leg 201, Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia to Rongelap Atoll, Marshall Islands
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To the Marshall islands, which are slowly drowning with the threat of nuclear waste, from years of nuclear weapons testing, seeping into the ocean added on top…
03-10 Pohnpei Intl PTPN 4:36 PM 300nm next 18 knot headwind
03-10 Kosrae PTSA 6:32 PM 309nm next 7 knot headwind
03-10 Namorik 3N0 8:26 PM
03-10 Jaluit N55 9:04 PM 15 knot tailwind
03-10 Ailinglaplap Airok AIP 9:39 PM
03-10 Jeh PKJB 9:54 PM
03-10 Woja PKAR 10:04 PM
03-10 Bucholz Aaf (Kwajalein Kmr) PKWA 10:36 PM
03-10 Dyess AAF PKRO 10:53 PM
03-10 Elenak EAL 11:09 PM
03-10 Ebadon PKLA 11:13 PM
03-10 Wotho Island PKWO 11:42 PM
03-11 Enewetak Aux AF PKMA 268nm next 12:55 AM The Runit Dome 11°33’07.4"N 162°20’49.6"E
Bikini Atoll 11°35’36.3"N 165°22’41.6"E
03-11 Rongelap Island PKRG 2:54 AM Virtual vision landing
Flight time 10:18 13 stops
Namdrik Atoll in close up
All of this could all be gone in the future, a third of the people have already left
An up close look at this ticking time bomb
Parts of the Marshall islands are already just as radioactive as Chernobyl and Fukushima
Still a popular wreck diving site for the high concentration of ship wrecks
Heading south tomorrow to visit the rest of the Marshall islands