Exploring the world in the Beechcraft Bonanza

Leg 209, Baganga, Davao Oriental to San Vicente, Palawan, Philippines

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The Philippines is an amazing country, and as with many paradise locations, terrain quality in FS2020 leaves a lot to be desired. Too many clouds always hiding some of the terrain. It’s still a lot of fun to fly over all the inlets, straits, mountain ranges and land at the small airports scattered around. All while browsing all the beautiful pictures online from the places I’m flying over.

03-18 Baganga RPBN 5:34 PM
03-18 Andili RPAN 5:49 PM Bad stuttering
03-18 Tibagon RPTN 6:00 PM
03-18 Bangoy Intl RPMD 6:09 PM
03-18 Tamayong RPTM 6:18 PM
03-18 Guihing Proper RPGU 6:32 PM
03-18 Buayan RPMB 6:47 PM
03-18 General Santos RPMR 6:52 PM Bad performance
03-18 Kalamansig RPKL 7:19 PM
03-18 Lebak Rural LWA 7:25 PM
03-18 Seahawk LZ RP16 8:08 PM Trees at end of runway
03-18 Zamboanga Intl RPMZ 8:17 PM
03-18 Siocon National RPNO 8:42 PM 404 runway not found
03-18 Ipil RPMV 8:57 PM Bad performance
03-18 Liloy RPMX 9:08 PM
03-18 Ozamis RPMO 9:36 PM
03-18 Findlay Millar Lumber Company Airstrip RPKO 9:40 PM Tree at end of runwau, lumber company…
03-18 Iligan RPMI 9:51 PM
03-18 Cagayan De Oro RPML 10:03 PM
03-18 Butuan RPME 10:27 PM
03-18 Santa Ana RPSG 10:36 PM Narrow runway
03-18 Siargao Natl RPNS 10:56 PM
03-18 Nonoc RP13 11:06 PM
03-18 Surigao RPMS 11:12 PM
03-18 Maasin RPSM 11:29 PM
03-18 Hilongos RPVH 11:34 PM
03-18 San Francisco RPSS 11:45 PM mostly missing bad textures
03-18 Lapu Lapu/Mactan Cebu Intl PRVM 11:55 PM
03-19 Refugio Airstrip RPHA 12:09 AM
03-19 San Carlos City [under construction] RPHC 12:12 AM Indeed under construction
03-19 Bacolod RPVB 12:25 AM
03-19 Sebaste RPSE 12:33 AM
03-19 Iloilo International RPVI 12:46 AM Bad performance, slow down, stuttering
03-19 Antique RPVS 12:59 AM
03-19 Cuyo RPLO 1:18 AM
03-19 San Vicente RPSV 1:57 AM

Flight time 8:32 35 stops

Departure from Baganga Airport

In the air just in time to see the sun come up

Heading to Andili first

Langgawisan, pink fluffy clouds

Flying over the Marangig Falls

Andili Aiport, it’s a bit darker inside the fluffly clouds


With the airport along the Davao gulf

Bangoy International Airport in Davao City

Mount Apo (9,692ft) highest mountain peak and volcano (dormant) in the Philippines

Over Sibulan

Approaching Digos City

Parker Volcano aka Mount Parker, locally known as Mélébingóy (5,985ft)

A potentially active stratovolcano on Mindanao island


Basilan Island between the Sulu Sea and Moro Gulf

Santo Nino (Culabog) on Zamboanga del Norte

Siocon Nation Airport. I couldn’t see any runway so landed in a field next to the coordinates

Pitawe on the Sulu Sea

Bucana, pretty representative of what the islands mostly look like in FS2020

Iligan Airport, runway pretty far from the gps location, but this one is at least easy to spot

It must be said, Philippines has beautiful waterfalls everywhere

Butuan City on the Agusan river flowing into the Butuan bay

Here you can find Magellan’s anchorage

It is believed Magellan made first contact here in 1521 and of course claimed the Philippines for Spain, hence they were named after King Phillip II of Spain.

Hinatuan Island

Nonoc Airport on Doot Island

Pretty place to land

Swooping in to Maasin Airport

Next to amazing waterfalls, the Philippines also has beautiful caves, pretty much on each island

Above, Timubo Cave, Paraiso Cave and Bukilat Cave on San Francisco Island

Refugio Airstrip

Bacolod on the northwest coast of Negros Island


Nice island

Flying over Sibalom Natural Park

To my final stop today at San Vicente Airport

Performance was down under 5 fps again, good time to call it a day in a beautiful location

More of the Philippines tomorrow, to Manilla

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Leg 210, San Vicente, Palawan to Fuga Airstrip, Fuga Island, Philippines

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Kinda looks like the UK got flooded! Northern half of the Philippines today including the capital, Manilla. Better texture quality in this direction, and a lot, a whole lot of airports.

03-19 San Vicente RPSV 5:12 PM Still dark
03-19 Limanancong RPLM 5:27 PM Drone cam landing
03-19 El Nido RPEL 5:36 PM Virtual vision landing
03-19 Culion CUJ 5:53 PM Drone cam landing
03-19 Busuanga XCN 6:03 PM
03-19 San Jose RPUH 6:24 PM
03-19 Wasig RPLG 6:36 PM Faded runway
03-19 Romblon RPVU 6:53 PM
03-19 Azagra Airstrip RPSF 7:08 PM Traffic on runway, stay on the water side
03-19 Masbate RPVJ 7:32 PM
03-19 Calbayog RPVC 7:55 PM
03-19 Catarman RPVF 8:09 PM
03-19 Bacon Natl RPLZ 8:29 PM
03-19 Legazpi RPLP 8:40 PM
03-19 Naga RPUN 9:05 PM
03-19 Apuao Grande Island Airstrip RPNC 9:21 PM No runway, field
03-19 Daet RPUD 9:26 PM
03-19 Paracale Airstrip RPPR 9:33 PM Short runway
03-19 Jomalig RPLJ 9:49 PM
03-19 Balesin Island RPBL 10:01 PM
03-19 Alabat RPLY 10:08 PM
03-19 Pagbilao Grande Island RP12 10:21 PM Hydropole close to runway
03-19 Fernando AB RPUL 10:40 PM
03-19 Barradas Airstrip RPST 10:47 PM Clear narrow strip of grass between forest and houses
03-19 Ninoy Aquino Intl RPLL 11:03 PM Manilla Capital
03-19 Sangley AB RPLS 11:11 PM
03-19 Corregidor RPLX 11:22 PM
03-19 Subic Bay Intl RPLB 11:35 PM
03-19 Basa AB RPUF 11:44 PM
03-19 Clark Intl RPLC 11:50 PM
03-19 Santa Rosa Airstrip RPSO 11:56 PM
03-19 Alto Airfield RPNB 11:58 PM
03-20 Paniqui Airstrip RPPN 12:06 AM
03-20 Nampicuan Airstrip RPNP 12:08 AM
03-20 Binalonan RPBI 12:16 AM
03-20 Baguio RPUB 12:25 AM Mostly virtual vision landing, bad performance after take off
03-20 Bagabag RPUZ 12:43 AM
03-20 Mrmp RP14 12:52 AM
03-20 Cauayan RPUY 12:59 AM
03-20 Tuguegarao RPUT 1:15 AM
03-20 Dibagat Airstrip RPKA 1:39 AM 3 attempts, very short runway
03-20 Laoag Intl RPLI 1:56 AM
03-20 Jose Parades Airbase Airstrip RPPS 2:02 AM
03-20 Fuga Airstrip RPNA 2:19 AM

Flight time 9:07 43 stops

Departing from San Vincente ahead of dawn

Limancong Airport, still pretty much black without the exposure boost from the drone cam

Culton Approach, dawn approaching as well

Sunrise at Decalachao

Flying out over the Sulu Sea at Buenavista

San Jose on Dinagat Island

Following an unnamed river in Budburan

Pretty forests in Budburan

Romblon Airport on Tablas Island

Nice place to touch down

I like these small airports much more than the big ones

Dual use runway at Azagra Airstrip, stick to the water edge, 2-way traffic on the other side!

Masbate City on Masbate Island

Nice place to take off

Landing at Caterman Airport. And I wonder why passengers never tip me :smiley:

Biri Island on the San Bernardino Strait in the Philippine Sea

Part of an island group of the north-west coast of Samar Island

Magasang and Biri rock formations on Biri Island

Taking off from Bacon National Airport, Bulusan Volcano on the horizon

Legazpi at the foot of Mayon Volcano, and next to Albay Gulf

Mayon Volcano also known as Mount Mayon (8,081ft)

Active stratovolcano, renowned for its “perfect cone”

Definitely one of the best looking in game

Wide angle top view

Will need to visit again once smoke and particle effects are implemented

For now, here’s a timelapse of its last eruption in 2018

Naga Airport, fire truck is waiting for me

Apuo Grande Island, airstrip is the field I guess


Balesin Island in Lamon Bay, which Google thinks is Balaong river

Alabat Airport, at least no trees at the end of the runway

Kanluran Malicboy

Mount Banahaw (7,119ft) active volcano on Luzon

Fernando Airbase

Manila, the capital of the Philippines on Manila Bay

Pasig river winding through the city, connecting Laguna Lake with Manila Bay

Ninoy Aquino International Airport

From left to right, Minor Basilica and National Shrine of Saint Lorenzo Ruiz, San Agustin Church and Minor Basilica and Metropolitan Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

Fort Santiago on the left, another remnant from Spanish colonial times

Dr José Rizal (1861-1896) National Monument on the right, an executed Filipino nationalist, national hero

A peak in the National Museum of the Philippines

Along Rizal park with many other museums and monuments

Manila also made for a great episode of Don’t drive here


Basa Airbase, heading into some bad weather

Something I haven’t seen in a long time, a highway! Tarlac - Pangasinan - La Union Expressway

Camangaan, leaving the farm fields behind, heading back into the mountains

Mount Pigingan (4,357ft)

Popular hiking destination

Binga Lake

Agno River near Mount Pulag

Over Poblacion, just getting glimpses of the terrain here


The well named MRMP airport, stands for Magat River Multipurpose Project

Mount Sicapoo (7,746ft) or rather cloud Sicapoo today

Looking for Diogabat Airstrip

Difficult one, low between the hills with a very short strip to land on, I stopped right at the far edge

Taking off from Agaga - Jose Parades Airbase Airstrip

Flying over Dumalneg

Last stop today at Fugal Island, half hidden in the clouds

Looks like a decent place to spend the night, not sure what those ruins are from though

Fuga Church ruins is all I can find on them, I’ll pick the beach location for the night

Tomorrow to Taiwan

Leg 211, Fuga Island, Philippines via Taiwan to Miyako-jima, Japan

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A lovely tour of Taiwan with a very inappropriate landing at the National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, then on to Japan. A bit shorter leg than on a usual Saturday as my next destination (Iwo Jima) would have been in the dark by the time I could get there. I guess I didn’t need to start in the dark (was trying to make it in time for the long flight to Iwo Jima, but had too much fun in Taiwan)

03-20 Fuga Airstrip RPNA 4:12 PM Virtual vision take off, nothing but black
03-20 Lanyu RCLY 5:19 PM Runway lights! Tricky 16 knot crosswind
03-20 Lyudao RCGI 5:35 PM Virtual vision landing
03-20 Chihhong RCQS 5:43 PM Runway lights, still dark
03-20 Fengnin RCFN 5:48 PM
03-20 Taimali RCTA 5:55 PM
03-20 Hengchun RCKW 6:10 PM
03-20 Kaohsiung Intl RCKH 6:26 PM
03-20 Tsoying Z28T 6:31 PM
03-20 Kangshan RCAY 6:36 PM
03-20 Tainan Aero RCNN 6:42 PM
03-20 Qimei RCCM 7:01 PM
03-20 Wang-An RCWA 7:06 PM
03-20 P’Eng Hu Z28W 7:11 PM
03-20 Magong AB RCQC 7:13 PM
03-20 Chiayi Aero RCKU 7:30 PM
03-20 Hualian RCHA 8:01 PM 3 attemps, very short ‘runway’
03-20 Hualian RCHU 8:05 PM
03-20 Hualien RCYU 8:11 PM
03-20 Hsinchu Aero RCPO 8:43 PM
03-20 Lungtang RCDI 8:50 PM
03-20 Taoyuan RCGM 8:56 PM
03-20 Chiang Kai Shek Intl RCTP 8:58 PM Mind the speed bump
03-20 Sungshan RCSS 9:07 PM Chiang Kai-Sheck Memorial Grand Hotel National Palace Museum
03-20 Yonaguni ROYN 10:17 PM 24 knot head/cross wind
03-20 Hateruma RORH 10:39 PM
03-20 New Ishigaki ROIG 10:55 PM
03-20 Tarama RORT 11:10 PM
03-20 Shimojishima RORS * 11:21 PM
03-20 Miyako ROMY 11:29 PM 872nm next

Flight time 7:17 29 stops

Take off in complete darkness, heading to Lanyu

Lyudao Airport on Green Island, looks more purple to me

Taitung city, south east coast of Taiwan

Dawn over Nevin Village (內文村)

Mutan reservoir

Sun spotted over Checheng

Checheng Fu’an Palace and Sichongxi Hot Springs Park

Flying along the south-west coast of Taiwan

Tainan city

Anping Old Street in the middle and Chihkan Tower on the right

Chikhan Tower is a former military fort built in the 17th century by Dutch colonists. This reveals another gap in my education. Dutch history classes never mentioned that the Dutch East India company got all the way to Taiwan. Of course not mentioning the slavery part is far worse.

I noticed this peculiar shape down below, first thought it was a glitch

It’s the Southern Branch of the National Palace Museum, awesome building

Of course I could not resist a peek inside

Searching for Hualian RCHA along Hualien Creek (花蓮溪)

Found it but it’s very short and bumpy

3rd time is the charm, good thing no obstructions to power back out and try again

Hualian RCHA tons of room to land here

Hualian Airport RCYU odd configuration, long taxi way

Near Fu Shicun, pretty bad textures in the mountains, trying to find a decent spot

Mount Slyvia (12,749ft)

Taoyuan Yuehua Hotel & Golf Club at Lungtang Military Airport

Chiang Kai Shek Intl, mind the speed bump in the runway

I landed before the bump and carefully drove up there, little height bug

New Taipe along the Tamsui River

Luzhou District

Sungshan Aiport in Taipe, the capital of Taiwan

Heading back out to explore the city, Grand hotel Taipe near the airport

Taipe 101 scyscraper (1,666ft) and Lungshan Temple (1700s Buddhist and Taoist temple)

National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall

Opened 1980 in memory of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek (1887-1985)

My gears are grinding, that looks a lot like a runway!

Only that pesky gate is in the way

Dropping down over the gate, plus ground effect, probably can’t stop in time

So I snuck in from the side over the trees, success with room to spare

Pretty place

Leaving the same way I got in, no trace left behind

I wonder where that portal goes… (It’s an empty room, rendering glitch)

On to the National Palace Museum

Featuring one of the largest collections of Chinese art & artifacts in the world

So large they build a second one to the South

Heading to Japan next, first land sighted, Nakanougan island

Hateruma island

Landing at Hateruma Airport

Hateruma is Japan’s Southernmost point

Flying past Kohama island next

Taketomi island with Ishigaki behind

Okinawa Prefectural Yaeyama Hospital build on the old Ishigaki airport

New Ishigaki Airport

Ishigaki island looks very good in the sim

Hirakuboza Lighthouse at the tip of the island (right side)

Miyako Shimojishima Airport on Irabu island

One of the fully modeled airports in game

I’m sure they appreciated that

I flew on to the island right next to Irabu, Miyako which has it’s own Miyako Airport

Looks like a duplicate from Miyako Shimojishima Airport

More of japan tomorrow, first a long flight to Iwo Jima. I already send the plane out this morning to time the arrival at sunrise. It worked after tweaking the mixture and rpm just right. There is no airport there in the sim, I’ll improvise.

Leg 212, Miyako-jima to Kanoya, Kagoshima, Japan

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A long detour to Iwo Jima, thanks to good fuel economy, leaving early, auto pilot did all the work while I was enjoying the good weather outside. The plane broke down on the way back, the islands were mysteriously absent in detail as well (fully featured on Bing). Luckily after getting back to ‘regular’ Japan everything went very smooth. Fun trip.

03-20 Miyako ROMY 10:34 AM 872nm next 8 knot tailwind FL75
18.66% mixture 2432 rpm 50F IAS 136 TAS 153 GS 161 ETA 4:05 PM 8 knot tailwind
17.50% mixture 2432 rpm 50F IAS 129 TAS 145 GS 155 ETA 4:14 PM 10 knot tailwind
16.33% mixture 2432 rpm 50F IAS 118 TAS 133 GS 144 ETA 4:36 PM 10 knot tailwind
16.33% mixture 2156 rpm 50F IAS 112 TAS 127 GS 141 ETA 4:42 PM 14 knot tailwind
16.00% mixture 2157 rpm 51F IAS 108 TAS 122 GS 137 ETA 4:47 PM 15 knot tailwind
16.00% mixture 2157 rpm 48F IAS 110 TAS 124 GS 140 ETA 4:51 PM 16 knot tailwind 26.6 nmpg
Descent to 2,000 ft throttle 82% FLC 110 -350 fpm
Touchdown 5:00 PM, 37.86 gallons used, 23.0 nmpg, 6h26 travel time, 135.5 knots average
03-21 Iwo Jima Airport 24°47’03.6"N 141°19’23.6"E 5:00 PM Sunrise 4:27 PM 546nm next
16 knot headwind now of course, 4,000 ft 6 knot headwind, GS 177
Cockpit animations broken, trying to switch fuel tank, selected fuel cut off, argh
Got it in time, the lever still points to the wrong tank but fuel is being taking from the correct tank
Lever still broken, tank near empty, won’t switch. Not responding to input, game broken
Luckily I was at 6,000 ft to avoid clouds, but still had to use the fuel menu to move fuel over, too many bugs.
The Lever is stuck somewhere in between after moving a little but (All levers and switches are stuck, cockpit is broken)
03-21 Kitadaito Airport 25°56’39.8"N 131°19’35.8"E 8:11 PM
72.49 gallons used, 7.5 nmpg (flat out mostly at 4,000 ft), 3h11 flight time, 171.5 knots avg
Restart to fix the plane, pilots gone, all animations gone, hover board plane
03-21 Kitadaito Airport 25°56’39.8"N 131°19’35.8"E 8:21 PM
03-21 Minamidaito Airport 25°50’47.2"N 131°15’48.6"E 8:25 PM Nothing here either, some cars on basic roads
03-21 Naha ROAH 9:10 PM
03-21 Kerama ROKR * 9:54 PM
03-21 Kumejima ROKJ 10:10 PM
03-21 Ie Shima Aux AB RODE 10:30 PM
03-21 Iejima RORE 10:33 PM
03-21 Kadena AB RODN 10:48 PM 14 knot crosswind
03-21 Yoron RORY 11:09 PM
03-21 Okierabu RJKB 11:19 PM
03-21 Tokunoshima RJKN 11:28 PM
03-21 Amami RJKA 11:51 PM
03-21 Kikai Aero RJKI 11:58 PM 17 knot crosswind
03-22 Suwanosejima Airport RJX8 * 12:26 AM
03-22 Yakushima RJFC 1:04 AM
03-22 Tanegashima RJFG 1:19 AM
03-22 Satsuma Lojima ZZZZ 1:44 AM
03-22 Kanoya RJFY 2:01 AM

Flight time 15:25 19 stops

10:34 AM my time, 11:34 PM in Miyako, time to go

First flight is to Iwo Jima, 872nm, sunrise 4:27 PM (5:27 AM locally)

Bit of moon light not too dark on departure

Climbing to 7,500 ft cruising altitude

Now the trick is to get the ETA at about 4:45 PM (my time) to have light on arrival

Every time I checked the wind had gathered strength, increasing my ground speed. Eventually I settle on 16% mixture, 2157 rpm, IAS 108 with ground speed 137 due to 15 knot tailwind. I switched to the full tank and left it on its own, ETA 4:47 PM

Checking in at about 4:30 pm, the sun should be up any moment now

There it is as well as Iwo Jima

ETA went up slightly despite my speed having increased, I guess there was some turbulence along the way. Only a few minutes ETA now 4:51 PM, time to start the descent

Throttle back to 82%, FLC 110, gave a nice 350 fpm glide

First a fly over of the island, Mount Suribachi at the end here

Checking out the airport, or lack there of. (It’s not listed in game and very low res on Bing)

Touchdown at 5pm, safely on the ‘runway’ or where it is supposed to be

37.86 gallons used, avg 23.0 nmpg, 6h26 travel time, 135.5 knots average ground speed

The actual airport

Iwo Jima, known in Japan as Iō Tō, was the site of a 5 week long major battle between the US and Japan in Februari and March 1945

The US occupied the island until 1968 when it was returned to Japan. To this day the island has not been resettled, only military personnel live there.

Islanders’ Memorial Peace Cemetery Park and Tranquility Hill on the far right

After topping the fuel back up (in the fuel menu, no airport here) on to Kitadaito. This time at full power, see how fast she can get there. Now I have to dodge the 16 knot headwind at 7,500ft, flying at 4,000ft, sometimes a bit higher to stay above the clouds out of any turbulence.

A couple close calls along the way trying to switch fuel tanks. The game has forgotten how to animate the plane, levels, switches were all stuck. Trying to change tanks it somehow ended up on fuel shut off (level still showing the same tank) and down it went. A lot of clicking later and finally it took fuel from the other tank.

An almost fatal incident when having to switch tanks again, same thing, lever not working, went into shut off again or sucking the remaining bit out of near empty tank. It would not use the tank with 19 gallons left. I was gliding down from 6,000ft, at 2,000ft I used the fuel menu to manually edit the fuel into the other tank. Sim breaks down, use sim tools to fix it I guess.

Then I arrived to this, Kitadaito

It’s in full sharp detail on Bing maps, edited in in the top right.

No clue why it looks so bare in the game. Maybe Bing was updated after FS2020 took a copy and Asobo didn’t bother updating this part in World Update 1.

Oh well, another landing in the grass, except my flaps and gear aren’t animating either. Thus simply hoping the gear has extended (confirmation lights also not working) and touch down, sort of

The pilots are gone as well, hrmpf

I restarted the game, which fixed the plane (island still nothing) and landed on an empty field of grass on Minamidaito. Enough of this nonsense, back to Japan proper.

Kudaka Island

Nanjo, Okinawa

Kerama Airport Approach

This is your captain speaking, we’re experiencing some slight turbulence on short final

Nicely modeled rocks around here

The actual approach to Kerama Airport

Cute little airport

I have been trying to get rid of Japanese knotweed from our garden for years, hopefully we don’t get this Japanese grass growing inside our house next!

Time to move on, very nice airport

Kumejima Airport

The rest of Kume Island


Haneji Dam near Onaka


Yoroshima Island


Suwanoseji Airport Approach

This airport gives me strong Far Cry 3 vibes

Departure just as spectacular as landing

Suwanoseji Island

That volcano probably has a name, not on Google maps

It shows up as Mt Mitake on Bing, except that’s actually near Tokyo, maps…

Yakushima Island, tall mountain hiding in those clouds

Tanegashima Space Center

At the southeastern tip of the island

Old Tanegashima Airport

Too small I guess, not repurposed

The new one is indeed bigger

Taking a peek above (half) the clouds on the way to Lojima

Satsuma Lojima Airport

Final stop today at Kanoya Airport

It’s just starting to rain, good time to call it a day

More of Japan tomorrow, then a big intermission to North and South Korea.

Leg 213, Kanoya, Kagoshima, Japan to Sancheon, South Korea

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This leg should be called “fun with bridges”. I didn’t cover all that much distance with my average speed down to 92 knots, too much fun zooming around the spectacular landmark bridges.

03-22 Kanoya RJFY 5:30 PM
03-22 Kagoshima RJFK 5:41 PM
03-22 Miyazaki RJFM 5:55 PM
03-22 Nyutabaru Aero RJFN 6:03 PM
03-22 Kumamoto RJFT 6:31 PM Kokonoe Yume Otsurihashi 33°10’28"N, 131°13’38"E
03-22 Oita RJFO 7:06 PM
03-22 Tsuiki Aero RJFZ 7:20 PM
03-22 Kitakyushu RJFR 7:26 PM
03-22 Ozuki Aero RJOZ 7:31 PM
03-22 Kanmon Bridge 33°57’43"N, 130°57’31"E 7:50 PM Fun to land on
03-22 Ashiya Aero RJFA 7:59 PM
03-22 Fukuoka RJFF 8:11 PM
03-22 Metabaru RJDM 8:20 PM
Bad performance, main thread dying, reloading plane did not fix it, restart
03-22 Metabaru RJDM 8:32 PM Chikugo River Lift Bridge 33°12’53"N, 130°21’44"E
03-22 Saga RJFS 9:05 PM
03-22 Omura RJDU 9:17 PM RJFU Bridge 32°54’54"N, 129°55’43"E
03-22 Nagasaki RJFU* 9:35 PM
03-22 Amakusa RJDA 9:50 PM Hashima Island 32°37’38"N, 129°44’18"E
Bad performance over open water, main thread spiking, turning draw on terrain off and back on fixed it or coincidence
03-22 Fukue RJFE 10:20 PM
03-22 Kamigoto RJDK 10:33 PM
03-22 Ojika RJDO 10:42 PM Ikitsuki Bridge 33°21’10"N, 129°26’20"E
Bad performance while approaching the bridge, main thread spiking to 160 ms per frame, manipulators spiking as well
Dev mode, terrain etc no difference, pausing under the bridge fixed it… (btw cars are driving on the water)
Problem area is just west of the bridge, clear line where bad stuttering starts
03-22 Iki RJDB 11:29 PM
03-22 Tsushima RJDT 11:48 PM Busan Tower 35°6’4"N, 129°1’56"E
03-23 Gimhae Intl RKPK 12:24 AM 2 fps on landing, cleared up further down the runway
03-23 Sacheon RKPS 12:45 AM bad performance again, messy terrain, 30GB RAM in use

Flight time 7:15 23 stops

Departure from Kanoya just after sunrise

Sakurajima (3,665ft) formerly an island, connected to the Osumi peninsula in the 1914 eruption

Kagoshima Airport near Kirishima

Kirishima Kinkowan National Park

Over Hokita

Watari river

Dokawa Dam in the Hitari river

Stepping through street view on these islands looks very familiar to Ghibli movies

All those lovely narrow streets hugging the mountains and skinny cars to match

Kumamoto Airport


Kokonoe Yume Otsurihasi, 568-foot-high pedestrian suspension bridge

You can fit any plane under there, a fly by

Kitakyushu Airport, build on a man made island which seems more common in Japan

Kanmon Bridge connecting Kyushu island with Honshu island (Japan’s main island)

Flying over the Hayatomonoseto Strait to check out the underside of the bridge

Upping the challenge

Wide enough to land as well. They know me around here, traffic kept to the other side, clear runway

Wee, awesome bridge. Take off on the Kitakyushu side, Shimonoseki to the North behind me

Fukuoka, huge city

Kyushu Electric Power Minamihata Power Station

Chikugo River lift bridge

Difficult shot. The Bonanza can fly at an 80 degree bank, maintaining 110 knots IAS, full rudder to maintain altitude. The hard part is to get the circle to align with the gap in the bridge.

Got to check out the bridge from underneath

Omaru Airport with Nagasaki Airport behind on another artificial island

Very nicely modeled airport

And bridge!

Easier in first person view since the trailing camera can’t make sense of flying upside down

My passengers wanted out, so I dropped them off at arrivals

Fun landing, it would have been easier from the other direction, not having to fly under the walkways. But easier to take off in this direction. Good thing here is no cross wind! I did land again on the actual runway to make it ‘count’ (not that the logbook works all that well)

Amakusa Airport

Hashima Island, an abandoned offshore mining facility, also known as Gunkanjima or Battleship Island

Kamigoto Airport

Ikitsuki Bridge connecting Ikitsuki island with Hirado island

Beautiful bridge over the Tatsunoseto Strait

It took a lot of tries to get this right

This bridge makes me want to play Half-Life 2’s bridge level again, Highway 17

One more shot from the cockpit

They must be warning traffic to stay away when I get near

Shimayama Island

On to South Korea (rest of Japan later) Busan Tower in Jung-gu district, Busan

I wondered how close I could get, close enough to admire the reflection

Namhang Bridge in the distance

Not quite close enough for take out, or drop it on the wing, bank left to collect

Gimhae International Airport serving the Busan area since 1976

Final stop today at Sacheon Airport

Ooh nice bridge in Sacheon, when is Korea getting landmarks :star_struck:

Tomorrow exploring South Korea and heading to North Korea.

Leg 214, Sancheon, South Korea to Sunchŏn, North Korea

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I hoped to see a bit more of North Korea but terrain data is quite messy. It’s already not very good in South Korea, North Korea is mostly low res sat images with often mismatched seasons right next to each other. Plenty places to land although more than a few of these airstrips or nothing but empty fields.

03-23 Sacheon RKPS 5:51 PM
03-23 Yeosu RKJY 6:02 PM
03-23 Beolgyo RKBE 6:13 PM
03-23 Jeongseok RKPD 6:42 PM
03-23 Alddreu Airfield RKGI 6:54 PM Bad terrain, no runway visible
03-23 Jeju Intl RKPC 7:09 PM
03-23 Yeongam RKHE 7:36 PM
03-23 Mokpo RKJM 7:42 PM
03-23 Muan Intl RKJB 7:48 PM
03-23 Gwangju Aero RKJJ 7:57 PM
03-23 G 710 RK6D 8:08 PM
03-23 R 522 RK0J 8:29 PM Short narrow strip, bad stuttering, < 5 fps then back to normal
03-23 Seongmu RKTE 8:47 PM
03-23 Taean RKTA 9:10 PM
03-23 Seosan RKTP 9:16 PM
03-23 A-511 AAF RKSG 9:28 PM Bad stuttering in between, cleared up just before landing
03-23 Osan AB RKSO 9:33 PM
03-23 Suwon RKSW 9:37 PM
03-23 Incheon Intl RKSI 9:51 PM
03-23 Gimpo Intl Seoul RKSS 10:02 PM Terrible performance
Restart, too slow to operate instruments ~ 2 fps stuttering
03-23 Gimpo Intl Seoul RKSS 10:12 PM Smooth after restart
03-23 R 218 RK0M 10:35 PM Short runway, stuttering is back
03-23 R 219 RK0N 10:37 PM
03-23 R 228 RK0W 10:42 PM
03-23 G 233 RK18 10:46 PM
03-23 R 237 RK0D 10:50 PM
03-23 R 240 RK0Y 10:54 PM
03-23 Hyon-ni ZKHO 11:05 PM Messy bad textures, no detail
03-23 Ichon ZKKN 11:21 PM Border crossing 37°54’10.8"N 126°42’33.6"E
03-23 R 107 RK0K 11:42 PM
03-24 Ihyon Ni Highway Strip Airfield ZKHJ 12:02 AM
03-24 Haeju Airfield ZKHA 12:08 AM
03-24 Ongjin ZKON 12:15 AM
03-24 T’aet’an-pihaengjang ZKCH 12:23 AM Very bad performance area
03-24 Kwail Air Base ZKCA 12:33 AM
03-24 Ch’o do ZKCG 12:40 AM Terrible stuttering, bad area around the island, runway not visible
03-24 Unchon Up ZKAK 12:49 AM
03-24 Onchon ZKYN 12:55 AM Rungrade 1st of May Stadium 39°2’58"N, 125°46’31"E Pyongyang
03-24 Kangdong ZKKA 1:12 AM Bad stuttering after Pyongyang
03-24 Sunan ZKPY 1:21 AM
03-24 Sunchon Air Base ZKSC 1:28 AM

Flight time 7:27 39 stops

Departure from Sacheon

Heading to Yeosu first

Yeosu Airport. Part of the bay is damned off, likely to claim more land

Farming in South Korea next to Beolgyo Airport

Jeju-do (island) off the south coast of South Korea

Home to amazing cliffs and Halassan shield volcano (6,388ft) highest point in South Korea

Jeongseok Airport with Halassan National Park in the distance

Alddreu Airfield, on the southwest side of Jeju-do

Jeju International Airport in Jeju-si (city)

Yongduam Rock, Samseonghyeol and Manjanggul Cave, a long lava tube cave

Samseonghyeol is a tranquil shrine dating to 1526, according to myth, the place where the 3 gods (Go Eul-na, Yang Eul-na, and Bu Eul-na) emerged with different family names some 4,300 years ago.

Also here Jeju Love Land

A theme park aimed at breaking taboos surrounding sex, opened 2004

Yeongam back on the mainland


Google maps is quite messy around here as well, no name for the reservoir or river

Daecheong dam, also no river or reservoir name available

Incheon on the west coast bordering Seoul

Icheon International Airport on the left (mess in game)

Gimpo International on the west side of Seoul

Seoul, the capital of South Korea, on the Dangjeong-Dong (river)

Seoul Tower location on the hill on the right, tower missing

Lotte world ahead behind the sports complex, huge theme park

Cheonggyecheon and Namdaemun Market

Gyeongbokgung Palace, 14th century royal palace

Checking out the National Museum of Korea

Host (2006) put Seoul on the map for me

Coincidentally I just started watching Sisyphus the myth on Netflix, pretty good so far

Flying on to the border, Doha-ri

Landing at R 240 airstrip in Cheongyang-ri

The border with North Korea or rather the edge of the DMZ

Farms build right up to the border on the South Korean side

Hyon Ni Airfield in North Korea

No pictures nor any info to be found here

Terrain quickly devolves into mismatched sat level mess, here at Changch’on-ni

Back to the border, checking out Dora Observatory

On a hill looking out over North Korea

Keasong Checkpoint and Panmun Station in the DMZ, Kaesong Industrial Area behind

“Back to back they faced each other”

T’aet’an-pihaengjang Airport near Ugom (on the coast)

South Hwanghae

Ch’o-do (island) in the Yellow Sea

Rungrade 1st of May Stadium in Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea

Not much to see in game apart from the one landmark, google maps has a bit more

Juche Tower, Geumsusan Taeyang Gungjeon (mausoleum) and Workers Party Foundation Monument

The well known Mansudae Hill Grand Monument

Statues is one of North Korea’s major exports nowadays, I saw a few in Africa along the way

Many documentaries have been made about life in North Korea, mostly about the government sanctioned good places to live. There’s very little documented about the actual life and poverty in the rest of the country or the public executions that regularly take place.

A take on North Korea from a South Korean

My exposure to the Korean war was growing up with MASH on tv. Probably a very accurate documentary!

Last stop for the day Sunchon Air Base

Tomorrow a trip to China and a bit of Russia before heading back to Japan.

Leg 215, Sunchŏn, North Korea, via Russia to Yanji, Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture, China

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Terrain quality is very poor around here, so not many pictures today. The good thing, not a single case of slow down.Tons of airports to land at as well, including a lot of air bases.

03-24 Sunchon Air Base ZKSC 5:10 PM
03-24 Pukchang Air Base ZKPN 5:13 PM
03-24 Kaechon ZKYO 5:19 PM
03-24 Taechon ZKPA 5:28 PM
03-24 Panghyon ZKPD 5:33 PM
03-24 Uiju ZKUI 5:47 PM
03-24 Sinuiju ZKSI 5:52 PM
03-24 Dandong ZLAN 5:57 PM
03-24 Changhai ZYCH 6:26 PM
03-24 Sanshilipu Air Base ZJIH 6:42 PM
03-24 Zhoushuizi ZYTL 6:51 PM
03-24 Tuchengzi Air Base ZLUS 6:57 PM
03-24 Shanhaiguan ZSHD 7:29 PM
03-24 Suizhong Air Base ZSUI 7:42 PM
03-24 Xingcheng ZYXC 7:49 PM
03-24 Xingcheng Air Base ZXIG 7:52 PM
03-24 Jinxi Air Base ZYUH 7:57 PM
03-24 Jinzhou ZYJZ 8:07 PM
03-24 Jinzhou North Airfield ZJIZ 8:11 PM
03-24 Taoxian ZYTX 8:47 PM
03-24 Shenyang Dongta ZYYY 8:53 PM
03-24 Shenyang Beiling Air Base ZSHN 8:58 PM
03-24 Xiguantun Muguzu Manzuxiang ZXIM 9:09 PM
03-24 Siping Air Base ZQUU 9:31 PM
03-24 Gongzhuling Air Base ZGON 9:42 PM
03-24 Changchun ZCHC 9:51 PM
03-24 Jilin ZYJL 10:09 PM
03-24 Shuangcheng Air Base ZSHU 10:38 PM
03-24 Taiping ZYHB 10:47 PM
03-24 Wang Kang Airfield ZHAA 10:52 PM
03-24 Jixi Xingkaihu ZYJX 11:59 PM
03-25 Khvalynka Air Base USPA 12:29 AM
03-25 Varfolomeyevka Air Base UNOS 12:41 AM
03-25 Chuguyevka Air Base UCHG 12:49 AM
03-25 Zolotaya Dolina Air Base UHU1 1:15 AM
03-25 Novonezhino Airfield UROA 1:28 AM
03-25 Maikhe Airfield UMNN 1:35 AM
03-25 Knevichi UHWW 1:40 AM
03-25 Uglovaya Air Base UUGG 1:43 AM
03-25 Emar Airport UEMR 1:47 AM Vladivostok on the way
03-25 Yanji ZYYJ 2:29 AM

Flight time 9:19 40 stops

Tearyong river

Sunrise over North Pyongan

Dandong on the Yalu river, the border between North Korea and China

Here you can find a piece of the Hushan Great Wall

A Broken bridge (bombed in the Korean war) and the Sino-Korean Friendship Bridge to North Korea

Hou’ershicun, you can always create more land to farm

Jinxi Air Base

Hou’ala river and farms, so many farm fields

Terrain is pretty much all flat here, all farm land wherever you look

Shenyang, capital and largest city of China’s northeast Liaoning Province

Home to Mukden Palace build in 1625

And remains of Xinle Culture were found here

Neolithic culture in northeast China dating back to 5500 - 4800 BC

Harbin, the capital of Heilongjiang, China’s northernmost province

Bingxeu Big World, a city made of ice constructed each winter season

A patch of snow over Hailin

Lake Khanka

The largest freshwater lake in the Russian Far East

Chuguyevka Air Base

Zelotaya Dolina Air Base

Knevichi Airport or rather Vladivostok International Airport

Still a ways from Vladivostok, Bukhta Steklyannaya along the way, aka Glass Beach

Vladivostok, a major Pacific port city in Russia overlooking Golden Horn Bay

Located near the borders with China and North Korea with access to the Sea of Japan

Russkiy Most (bridge) over Proliv Bosfor Vostochnyy

The real bridge, FS2020 got 2 out of 4 pillars sort of right

Zolotoy Most and Triumphal Arch for Tsar Nicholas II

Last but not least, Vladivostok is also the end of the Trans-Siberian railroad (Transsibirskaya Zheleznodorozhnaya Magistral) A train ride to Moscow will take about 6 days, 9,198 km.

I flew on to Yanji Airport to land, not much to see there (in the game nor on Google). Tomorrow back to Japan along the east coast of North and South Korea.

Leg 216, Yanji, China via North and South Korea to Tokushima, Japan

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I upgraded my system to 32GB ram, everything runs much smoother now, except FS2020. It’s not using the pagefile anymore so it does survive a bit longer, however the SU3 bugs still wreak havoc. South Korea and Japan had bad slowdown again requiring restarts. Hopefully the hotfix that’s supposed to come today will help.

03-25 Yanji ZYYJ 6:16 PM 32GB RAM installed, back to 200 terrain detail
03-25 Changbaishan NBS 6:46 PM Peaktu Mountain Heaven Lake
03-25 Sungam ni ZKSG 7:20 PM
02-25 Kyongsong-Chuul ZKKY 7:24 PM
03-25 Orang ZKHE 7:28 PM
03-25 Kuktong ZKHR 7:33 PM River height bugged (aquaduct river)
03-25 Kilchu Highway ZKKI 7:43 PM
03-25 Tanchon South Airstrip ZKIO 7:47 PM Might have landed on a road or it’s a dual use ‘runway’
03-25 Riwon Airbase ZKIW 8:01 PM Stuttering along the way, bad area, terrain back to 100, no improvement
03-25 Toksan Air Base ZKHM 8:23 PM Terrible stuttering, keys not registering, AP trying to kill me
03-25 Yonpo Air Base ZKHU 9:29 PM
Restart, ram usage keeps going up for no reason, 33GB allocated, 19GB working set, 2fps, still takes forever to quit but no hard faults
03-25 Yonpo Air Base ZKHU 9:39 PM
03-25 Sondok ZKSD 9:42 PM Smooth again, 16GB allocated, 10GB working set
03-25 Yo-Do Airstrip ZKWB 8:53 PM 28 knot headwind
03-25 Kalma ZKWS 8:59 PM
03-25 Kang Da Ri ZKWN 9:03 PM
03-25 Hoeyang Southeast Airfield ZKHN 9:13 PM
03-25 R 413 RK21 8:28 PM
03-25 Yangyang Intl RKNY 9:37 PM
03-25 Gangneung RKNN 9:46 PM
03-25 Jukbyeon Emergency Airstrip RKTB 10:01 PM Pretty big for an emergency strip, bad performance bad terrain inland
03-25 Yeongju Emergency Runway Airfield RKES 10:17 PM Road traffic on runway center line
03-25 Daegu International RKTN 10:37 PM Terrain getting better, terrain detail at 200 still slowly kills it
03-25 Pohang Aero RKTH 10:52 PM bad performance
03-25 Ulsan RKPU 11:01 PM terrible stuttering on landing ~5fps
03-25 Iwami RJOW 11:42 PM
Restart, ram usage going up again (over open ocean) down to 5fps
03-25 Iwami RJOW 11:51 PM
03-26 Iwakuni MCAS RJOI 12:06 AM Itsukushima Shrine 34°17’49"N, 132°19’9"E
03-26 Hiroshima RJOA 12:48 AM Tatara Bridge 34°15’35"N, 133°3’48"E
03-26 Kochi RJOK 1:26 AM
03-26 Tokushima RJOS 2:03 AM PG Area, bad performance (started well before the PG area)

Flight time 7:16 28 stops

Climbing up Peaktu mountain (9,003ft), active volcano on the border between China and North Korea

The mountain itself is a mess in FS2020, but it provides a decent view towards North Korea

Heaven Lake sits at the top, a very popular destination

North Hamgyong, North Korea


Kilchu Highway Airport

South Hamgyong with the Sea of Japan (East Sea) in the background

Flying along the beach over Namchang-ri


Ch’angdo-up as seen from Kumgangsan, near the border with South Korea

Lake created by Imnam Dam, unfortunately a lot of height errors there

Yangyang International Airport, South Korea

Not much to see at the border on the East coast, broken textures

Daegu in North Gyeongsang Province

Back to Japan, Uradome Coast and Shiwagarano Falls at Iwami, Tottori Prefecture

Actually, that’s not where I got back into Japan at all. Tricked again, I entered at Hagi-Iwami Airport which is at Masuda, Shimane Prefecture, 250km to the southwest of Iwami. Oh well, Iwami is very pretty. It is called Iwami airport in game, hence the confusion. Can’t trust any names!

Hiroshima Bay as seen from Iwakuni

Flying by Itsukushima Shrine, 16th-century Shinto shrine

The gate appears to float at high tide, which it always is in FS2020

Hiroshima, the place where the first nuclear bomb was used in 1945

Here looking at Peace Memorial Park

Hiroshima castle, recreation of 16th century castle destroyed by the 1945 attack

Atomic Bomb Dome on the left, the iconic building near ground zero that ‘survived’ the blast

The recreated Hiroshima castle on the right

A peek into Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, one of the many sites in Peace Memorial park

There is also information here on the second bomb that fell on Nagasaki. Whether a second nuclear attack was ‘necessary’ is still being debated today. Sidestepping the question whether it was ‘necessary’ at all. The worst thing is, nukes are far from the worst horrors humans can inflict upon each other.

Hopefully we’ll never see the likes of this again

A haunting historical manga, not easy to watch.

Nowadays we have White Phosphorus and depleted uranium ammunition, creating lots of birth defects in Iraq. Instead of big bombs, now we’re poising the land one shell at a time.

Time to lighten up the mood, Tatara bridge will do

Looks harder then it is, enough negative trim will keep the plane stable and level

There is no collision detection with the upper part of the bridge

(Bottom is bugged, height problems, cars driving on water)

Can try as many times as you like without fearing to hit the pillars or wires

Dozan River

Mount Miune (4,050ft)

Mount Tsurugi (6,414ft)

Sakashukito river

Takushima, the capital city of Tokushima Prefecture on Shikoku island

Located around the Imagire river (seen here), Yoshino river and Kyuyoshino river

Last stop today was at Takushima airport. On to Honshu Island tomorrow, Tokyo and many other things to explore.

Leg 217, Tokushima, Shikoku Island to Fukui, Honshu island, Japan

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Oof, this is a big one, 10 hour flight time of which I spend an hour and a half just exploring Tokyo. More fun bridges and cool landmarks along the way as well, lots to see around here.

The patch helped get rid of the bad areas, but didn’t solve the general slow down and memory problems when running at terrain detail over 100. At 100 it’s smoother now than it was before at 200, not really surprising. Yet when trying 200 or 150, memory usage sooner or later starts to creep up and everything slowly grinds to a halt.

Thus I’ll continue with a lower draw distance than before SU3, not that it really matters when flying low. Maybe Asobo increased the base draw distance since I don’t really notice it being closer at 100 as opposed to 200.

Lots to see, barrage of screenshots incoming

03-26 Tokushima RJOS 4:50 PM
03-26 Takamatsu RJOT 5:00 PM Takamatsu 34°21"0N, 134°3’0E Bridges 34°21’55"N, 133°49’30"E
03-26 Kasaoka RJKS 5:44 PM Bad performance, high ram usage, reducing terrain to 100
03-26 Okayama RJOB 5:57 PM Himeji Castle 34°50’20"N, 134°41’34"E Akashi Kaikyo Bridge 34°36’52"N, 135°1’8"E
Terrible stuttering, restart 6:05 PM End process, RAM usage keeps going up (29GB allocated, 15GB active)
03-26 34°49’3.73"N, 134°9’10.58"E 6:12 PM The patch fixed the bugged areas, not the slowdown nor runaway memory allocation
03-26 Kobe RJBE 6:45 PM Akashi Kobe Tower 34°40’57"N, 135°11’12"E
03-26 Kansai Intl RJBB 6:52 PM
03-26 Yao RJOY 7:01 PM Horyu-ji 34°36’52"N, 135°44’3"E
03-26 Akeno Aero RJOE 7:30 PM Suzuka circuit 34°50’44.1"N 136°32’20.3"E
03-26 Chubu Centrair International RJGG 7:51 PM
03-26 Hamamatsu Aero RJNH 8:08 PM
03-26 Shizuoka RJNS 8:20 PM
03-26 Shizuhama Aero RJNY 8:22 PM
03-26 Nijima RJAN 8:41 PM
03-26 Kozushima RJAZ 8:49 PM
03-26 Hachijojima RJTH * 9:16 PM
03-26 Miyake RJTQ 9:41 PM
03-26 Oshima RJTO 10:03 PM
03-26 Gotemba RJGO 10:21 PM Fuji Speedway 35°22’17.5"N 138°55’40.6"E
03-26 Atsugi Aero RJTA 10:47 PM Yokohoma Bay Bridge 35°27’18"N, 139°40’27"E Yokohoma Tower
03-26 Kisarazu Aero RJTK 11:15 PM Wind Tower 35°29’29"N, 139°50’5"E
03-26 Tokyo (Haneda) Intl 11:26 PM Tokyo Gate Bridge 35°36’38"N, 139°49’35"E and many others
Lot of landmarks Tokyo Skytree 35°42’36"N, 139°48’39"E
Polyphony Digital 35°40’31.1"N 139°48’51.4"E
Ghibli Museum 35°41’45.6"N 139°34’14.0"E
Studio Ghibli スタジオジブリ 35°42’11.2"N 139°31’45.4"E
03-27 Chofu RJTF 12:53 AM
03-27 Shimofusa Aero RJTL 1:06 AM
03-27 Narita Intl RJAA 1:15 AM
03-27 Kasumigaura RJAK 1:24 AM Tsukaba circuit 36°09’02.9"N 139°55’15.2"E
03-27 Utsunomiya Aero RJTU 1:44 AM PG area
03-27 Tamamura RJTM 2:10 AM
03-27 Matsumoto RJAF 2:39 AM
03-27 Fukui RJNF 3:16 AM

Flight time 10:19 28 stops

Tokushima Airport at dawn, ready to go

Departure right before sunrise

Sunrise over Takamatsu

Takamatsu, port city on Shikoku Island

Takamatsu Symbol Tower, 30 story skyscraper completed in 2003

Shishi-no-Reigan, hill with scenic spots overlooking the city

The E30 connecting Okayama with Shikoku island, via Yoshima island (in the middle)

Three awesome bridges in a row, first KitabisanSetoŌhashi Bridge

I’m taking this one commuter style, start to end

Iwakurojima Bridge in the middle

ShimotsuiSetoOhashi Bridge the third one on the northern side

Back to Iwakurojima Bridge, train tracks are on the sublevel

Okayama Airport

Himeji Castle, circa-1613 castle known for its white facade

Akashi on Japan’s Seto Inland Sea

Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge

The world’s longest suspension bridge

Connecting Awaji Island (behind me) to Kobe

Kobe Port Tower. Kobe is well known for its signature marbled beef

I didn’t spot any cows though…

Horyu-ji, Yamatokoriyama. Completed in 607, once one of the powerful Seven Great Temples

Buddhist temple with the world’s oldest wooden buildings on its grounds.

Also in Yamatokiriyama, Koriyama Castle Ruins (16th century castle) on the left

In Nara (next to Yamatokoriyama) Yakushi-ji Temple, opened 680, also one of the Seven Great Temples

Sorenji River running through the Kochi-dani Valley

Mount Kuroso (3,402ft) and Amagadake (3,140ft) on the right

The world famous Suzuka Circuit on Ise Bay, as seen from Spoon curve

I wanted to land on track but it’s all a bit messed up when getting close

Old picture I took in GT Sport on the right

Hamamatsu Aero

Kozushima, volcanic island created by Mount Tenjo

Fun landing and take off

Diving in the bay looks fun

Mikurajima with Mount Oyama

Miyake island, inhabited volcanic island in the Izu archipelago in the Philippine Sea

That’s one of the best detailed craters I have seen

Mount Mihara on Oshima island

Mount Mihara, active volcano

Mount Mihara’s major eruption in 1986 saw lava fountains up to 1.6 kilometres high

Nagisacho, getting back to the main (is)land, Mount Fuji in the distance

Nishiatami Golf Course

Gotemba Airport at the base of Mount Fuji

Mount Fuji, Japan’s iconic (active) volcano, and one of Japan’s 3 sacred mountains

Highest mountain in Japan (12,389ft) and 7th highest island peak in the world

A pilgrimage site for centuries and the subject of numerous works of art throughout history

Fuji International Speedway on the eastern side of Mount Fuji

Yokohama, just south of Tokyo

Yokohama Landmark Tower

It was tallest building in Japan until surpassed by Abeno Harukas in 2012

Yokohama Bay Bridge across Tokyo Bay

Kawasaki Artificial Island, air vent for Tokyo Wan Aqua Tunnel underneath the bay

Perfect angle to fly in between

Tokyo International Airport Hanada

The very recognizable arch, mind the cables

Flying out over Terminal 3

Tokyo Gate Bridge

Truss bridge opened 2012, connecting to Chuobohatei and Sea Forest Park

Kōtō City, special ward located in Tokyo Metropolis

Tokyo Skytree, world’s tallest freestanding broadcasting tower

Senso-ji, Tokyo’s oldest temple, completed in 645, built to honor Kannon, the goddess of mercy

Shinjuku Station with Tokyo Mode Gakuen behind

Comparing this shot with Google, it seems Shinjuku-L Tower went missing, odd

Yoyogi National Gymnesium built for the 1964 Olympics at Yoyogi Park

The world famous Hachiko Square, aka Hachiko Plaza at Shibuya station

Named after Hachikō (1923-1935), a golden brown Akita remembered for his remarkable loyalty to his owner. Hachi’s famous bronze statue is located right in front of Shibuya Station’s Hachiko Exit, which was named after him as well. He was supposedly sitting here every day to wait for professor Ueno.

Tokyo Rainbow bridge, colorfully illuminated at night using solar power

I’m taking the bicycle lane on this one

Playing Wipeout in Tokyo!

Tricky getting out on the other end

(Actually it doesn’t work, some invisible barrier slams you to the ground)

Last shot of Tokyo, Daikanrasha, 100-m. neon-lit ferris wheel

Tokyo at night, can be a bit overwhelming

Meiji Jingu, Shinto shrine dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shōken

A peak in the National Museum

Though I was much more interested in the Ghibli museum

No inside pictures unfortunately and the museum is outside the PG area as well.

My favorite concert from Joe Hisaishi, the composer of all the music for the Ghibli movies

I also visited the animation studio, no PG data but it was nice to walk around in street view.

Initially retired (again) in 2013, Hayao Miyazaki came out of retirement in 2017 to make one more movie, How Do You Live? Of course he’s come out of retirement before to make one final movie :smiley: Who knows.

Time to move on, Chōfu Airport west of Tokyo

Tsukaba Circuit located in Shimotsuma, a neighboring city of Tsukuba

Utsunomiya, north of Tokyo

Following the Kabura River into the mountains


Matsumoto Airport

Azusa Lake, made by Nagawado Dam

Nagawado Dam, 1969, 509ft high

Shiramizu Lake in Hakusan National Park

Vast park with traditional mountain villages, hiking trails, old-growth forest & hot springs

Last stop today in Fukui on the north side of Honshu island. Tomorrow, exploring the north coast and further up Japan towards the Sea of Othotsk.

Leg 218, Fukui, Honshu island, Japan to Korsakov, Sakhalin Island, Russia

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I still got some performance problems at terrain detail 100 requiring a restart. Same thing as always memory usage starts going up grinding everything to a halt. After a restart, smooth again and half the memory in use for what looks exactly the same. Oh well, since I don’t use the rolling cache anyway, end task is safe and back in the air within 7 minutes with ‘fresh’ memory. (It takes 3+ minutes to close it down properly when it gets in this bad state)

The rest of Japan today and then into the cold. I already had some areas with snow in northern Japan then ran into icing on the way to Russia. Big changes in scenery along the way.

03-27 Fukui RJNF 5:24 PM
03-27 Komatsu RJNK 5:30 PM
03-27 Toyama RJNT 5:45 PM
03-27 Noto RJNW 5:58 PM
03-27 Sado RJSD 6:27 PM
03-27 Niigata RJSN 6:40 PM
03-27 Fukushima RJSF 7:09 PM 45 knot cross wind Nuclear Power plant 37°25’21"N 141°01’59"E
Bad stuttering, ram usage going up again, terrain still at 100 since start today, cleared up after Fukushima
03-27 Sendai RJSS 7:35 PM
03-27 Kasuminome RJSU 7:41 PM PG Area
03-27 Yamagata RJSC 7:59 PM
03-27 Hanamaki RJSI 8:24 PM
03-27 Odate-Noshiro RJSR 8:49 PM
03-27 Aomori RJSA 9:01 PM Bad performance, sim allocating more and more memory again
03-27 Ominato Aero RJSO 9:15 PM
End process, restart, 30GB allocated, 16GB active, stuttering 5 fps
03-27 Ominato Aero RJSO 9:22 PM 16GB allocated, 10GB active, smooth again
03-27 Hakodate RJCH 9:35 PM
03-27 Shikabe RJ04 9:42 PM
03-27 Yakumo JASDF Airbase RJCY 10:54 PM
03-27 Sapporo RJCO 11:26 PM
03-27 New Chitose RJCC 11:34 PM
03-27 Otofuke RJOU 11:56 PM
03-28 Tokachi RJCT 12:03 AM
03-28 Kushiro RJCK * 12:22 AM
03-28 Kitami RJKT 12:39 AM
03-28 Memanbetsu RJCM 12:48 AM
03-28 Nakashibetsu RJCN 1:03 AM
03-28 Mendeleyevo UHSM 1:17 AM 14 knot tailwind
03-28 Burevestnik UHSB 1:54 AM
03-28 Iturup UHSI 2:08 AM Headwind, icing along the way, instrument panel broken, no de-ice
03-28 Korsakov ULOQ 3:31 AM

Flight time 10:00 28 stops

The day started with some light rain, early morning at Fukui Airport

Sun spotted over Soumachi


Suzu, Ishikawa

Blue cave on the northeast shore and Mitsekujima island

Sado island

Flying along the Aga river

Tabanematsu, the E49 runs underground here through a series of long tunnels

Wakamiya, lot of farms

Higashiyama dam

Ubakami Nogami

Fukushima, infamous for the nuclear power plant disaster in 2011

The incident is considered as bad if not worse than Chernobyl, both “level 7” nuclear accidents

Chernobyl had a higher death toll, yet Fukushima is now the most radioactive place on the planet

It’s going to take roughly 30 more years and $76 billion to remove intact nuclear fuel, recover resolidified melted fuel debris, dismantle the reactors, and dispose of contaminated water.

Removing the fuel debris is a tougher task, with no target completion date yet.

Sendai, Miyagi

Miyagino Ward, flying over the railroad

Sendai station

Checking out JR East Sendai Vehicle Station before moving on

Lake Tazawa

Gozanoishi Shrine on lake Tazawa

Hosen Lake a bit higher up the mountains

Asadokoro on Mutsu bay, north end of Honshu Island

Hokkaido Koma-ga-take (3,711ft) one of Japan’s most active volcanoes

I guess those path ways are to direct and slow any lava flowing down?

(The game incorrectly puts buildings alongside)

Hokkaido Koma-ga-take caused a major Tsunami in 1640, most recent eruption was in 2000

Mount Usu (2,405ft) active volcano with Lake Toya and Mount Yotei behind

Mount Yōtei (6,227ft) local landmark for its resemblance to Mt. Fuji

Sapporo, capital of the mountainous northern Japanese island of Hokkaido

View from Mount Moiwa, reachable by cable car


Shimukappu, in and out of the snow around here


Shoro River

Kushiro Airport

It will be a while before I see a hand crafted airport again, taking a good look

Looks very close to the pictures online

Some parts are modeled inside as well

Including the tower

Moving on, departing from Menanbetsu airport

Kunashir Island, part of the Kuril islands, administered by Russia since WW2 but disputed by Japan

Mendeleyevo Airport

Lvinaya Past Bay

Iturup Island, more volcanoes here

Iturup Airport

Peaceful here, so quiet

Crossing over the sea of Othotsk to Sakhalin Island

Korsakovskii, ran into some icing along the way

Korsakov at the southern end of Sakhalin Island

The day ends as it began with some light rain

Big port town, huge container ships stop by here

Into Russia tomorrow, towards Udachny diamond mine.

Leg 219, Korsakov, Sakhalin Island to Olekminsk, Sakha Republic, Russia

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I love Russia, it feels close to home landscape wise. Beautiful country with still so much rugged scenery. I’ll be exploring the North of Canada next, also very rugged with very low population density. North-east Russia first, lots to see.

03-28 Korsakov ULOQ 4:13 PM
03-28 Khomutovo UHSS 4:18 PM
03-28 Sokol USOJ 4:26 PM Unclear runway
03-28 Dolinsk-Sokol Air Base USOK 4:29 PM up to 36 knot tailwind
03-28 Smirnykh USMI 5:20 PM
03-28 Zonalnoye UHSO 5:41 PM
03-28 Nogliki UHSN 6:08 PM
03-28 Nikolayevsk-Na-Amure UHNN 6:52 PM 31 knot tailwind
03-28 Mago UHNH 7:16 PM
Bad performance, memory going up, fps down, stuttering, live time falling behind, end process, restart 7:36 PM
03-28 52°45’38.81"N 137°50’40.74"E 7:42 PM Smooth again, ice free for 2 seconds haha
03-28 Imeni Poliny Osipenko UIMM 7:59 PM
03-28 Ekimchan UHBP 9:00 PM
03-28 Zhurban UZEY 10:03 PM
03-28 Khvoynyy UZEA 10:16 PM Bad performance, memory going up again, reduced terrain to 10
03-28 Tynda UHBW 10:57 PM terrain detail 10 slowly purged the problem, back to 100
03-29 Chara Airport UIAR 12:24 AM Chara Sands 56°50’40.7"N, 118°08’53.8"E
03-29 Kropotkin ULRL 1:20 AM Not sure what the ‘runway’ is
03-29 Olekminsk UEMO 2:18 AM

Flight time 9:59 16 stops

Departure early morning, Anivskii close to Kosakov

Sun rise at Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk near Kmumutovo UHSS

Big city on the south side of Sakhalin Island with wonderful museums to explore

Muzeyno-Memorial’nyy Kompleks “Pobeda” showing the brutality of war

Uchebnyy Muzey Arkheologii Sakhgu detailing archeological finds in the area going back 9,000 years

And Yuzhno-Sakhalinskiy Oblastnoy Khudozhestvennyy Muzey, wonderful art museum

Gorny vozdukh is a major ski resort in far east Russia right next to the city

Traveling on along the island further North, Dolinsk-Sokol Air Base

I brief glimpse above the clouds

Smirnyhk Airport

Crossing the Reka Onor (river) frozen solid

Zonalnoye Airport

I passed by Gora Lopatatina (5,279ft) along the way but it was only visible on the virtual display

Nogliki Airport on the east coast of Sakhalin Island

Risking another trip above the clouds on the way to Nikolayevsk-Na-Amure

Worth it but can’t avoid them all or climb high fast enough

Descending back down, icing was inevitable, at least prop de-ice works today

Nikolayevsk-Na-Amure on the Amur river as the name says, and mainland, leaving Sakhalin behind

Flying my popsicle plane over Imeni Poliny Osipenko District

The weather cleared up a bit to view Reka Amgun

Huge river making many loops through the landscape

Making a pass over The Oldjikan State Nature Reserve

This makes me want to get my bike out and cycle there for hours and hours

Probably because it doesn’t look all that different from my favorite places to cycle where I live

Flying over the frozen Reka Golubaya

The border between Amur Oblast and Khabarovsk Krai

Landing at Ekimchan Airport along Reka Selemdzha

Almost ice free on the way to Zhurban

Over Zeysky District

Zhurban Airport in front of the Zeya Reservoir

Khvoynyy Airport on the west side of Zeya Reservoir

Not frozen in game but it does freeze over

Tynda Airport

Brrr, looks like Yellowknife coldest temperatures

And similar in summer as well, up to +30c in another picture

Chara Airport, bright and sunny

Chara, Kalarsky District of Zabaykalsky Krai

Chara Sands in the distance

Chara sand dunes, snowed over

Beautiful winter desert

Further along Kalarsky District

Bodaybinsky District

Kropotkin Airport approach, or rather search along Reka Nigri

I turned on the marker to confirm it’s the big field, no markings on the ground

Not far from Kropotkin is the Patomskiy crater (about directly below my plane)

Aka Patom crater and “Fire Eagle Nest”, still a mystery today

Discovered in 1949, dated 300 to 350 years ago, still unknown how it formed

Nessie’s winter hideout in the Lena River, there be dragons here

Lena river, the easternmost of the three great Siberian rivers that flow into the Arctic Ocean (4,294km)

Olekminsk aka Olyokminsk (Олекминск) in Sakha Republic on the Lena River

Final stop today on this huge airstrip dwarfing my plane

Further west tomorrow to Udachny diamond mine.

Leg 220, Olekminsk to Tiksi, Sakha Republic, Russia

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Started in the Sakha Republic, 1500 nautical miles later, still in the Sakha Republic. It’s huge!

03-29 Olekminsk UEMO 5:22 PM
03-29 Berdigestyakh UCED 6:31 PM
03-29 Magan UEMM 6:59 PM
03-29 Yakutsk UEEE 7:05 PM
03-29 Sangar UEMS 7:49 PM
03-29 Kyzyl-Syr UENK 8:31 PM
03-29 Vilyuisk UENW 8:47 PM
03-29 Verkhnevilyuisk UENI 9:10 PM
03-29 Aykhal UERA 10:56 PM
AP broken, keeps rolling right, rebooting the plane (total shutdown while gliding) doesn’t help, restart
03-29 Aykhal UERA 11:06 PM
03-29 Poliarny UERP 11:15 PM Udachny diamond mine 66°26’07.6"N 112°18’53.9"E
03-30 Olenyok UERO 12:28 AM
03-30 Saskylakh UERS 1:43 AM 20 knot tailwind
03-30 Tiksi UEST 3:21 AM

Flight time 9:49 12 stops

Departure from Olekminsk with a near full moon in the sky

Following the Lena river further while the sun comes up

I’m going to need that sun visor soon, still won’t budge

Ice free so far, no early morning fog luckily, 18F outside

Zooming over the vast boreal forest in Olekminskiy Ulus

Lining up to land at Berdigestyakh Airport

So peaceful out here

Yakutsk, port city on the Lena River

Mezhdunarodnyy Airport Yakutsk

Home to the Mammoth Museum with millennia old fossils of woolly mammoths

Also showcasing history of the region

Yakutskiy Gosudarstvennyy Ob Yedinennyy Muzey Istorii I Kul’tury Narodov Severa Im Yem Yaroslavskogo

Yakut State Museum of History and Culture of the Peoples of the North named after Yem Yaroslavsky. I have no clue what that skeleton is from, it sort of reminds me of Xenon 2, something I would expect to see as a boss in a bullet hell shooter.

Institut Merzlotovedeniya Im Akademika P.I. Mel’nikova So Ran (Permafrost Institute named after Academician P.I. Melnikov So Ran) showcasing fossils, including a mammoth calf, in below-freezing temperatures. And The Kingdom of Perfmafrost on the right, ice sculptures underground

So much to see in Yakutsk but it’s time to move on, following the Lena river some more

It must be quite a sight when it melts, all those overflow patterns say enough

Sangar, Kobyaysky District

Sangar Airport next to the Lena river

Kyzyl-Syr Airport on the Vilyuy River

The Vilyuy river is frozen solid as well

The river behind my house used to freeze over too in winter. I has been getting less and less each year and no freeze up at all this year (just a bit along the edges and slower water) The spring high water has been the lowest I’ve seen it yet since living here (about 18 years) There was very little snow as well this year.

Krayevedcheskiy Muzey Im P Kh Starovatova (Museum of Local Lore named after PKh Starovatov) in Vilyuisk. I didn’t expect to find a space suit out here

Verkhneviliuisk, population 3,015 male and 3,442 female in 2010

Basking in the frigid low sun

That moment just before touchdown, priceless

(probably why Asobo draws it out with the exaggerated ground effect!)

Vilyuy river, A-331 crossing the river (what do they do when it melts?)

And indoor running at Stadion Üs Khohuun, too cold for outside training

Further over Olenyoksky District

Aykhal AIrport

Poliarny Airport

Which is near Udachny Diamond Mine, 2,100ft deep open pit mine

Following the Udachnaya pipe diamond deposit in the Daldyn-Alakit kimberlite field in Sakha Republic

Since 2014 the mine went underground to follow the diamonds, no longer expanding the pit

Fun playground but I don’t dare land in it, no room to get back up to speed

The town is named after the deposit, population 12,613 as of 2010

Heading on to Olenyok, icing imminent

Back to the popsicle express

Olenyok River

Olenyok Airport, they just looked at me funny when I asked for de-icing

To Saskylakh, getting a bit claustrophobic in here entombed in ice all the time

Flying out over the Anabar River from Saskylakh Airport

72 degrees North in the arctic circle, very remote

To Tiksi, final stop for tonight, long way

Anabarsky District

I admit I was watching Netflix for the rest of the 90 minute flight. Terrain quality is very poor this far North, not much more than a small bubble around airports, rest low res sat data.

Landing at Tiski Airport

I always wonder what life is like in these very remote places

Heading east tomorrow, towards Alaska. Saying farewell to these longitudes.

Leg 221, Tiksi, Sakha Republic to Mys Shmidta, Chukotka Autonomous Okrug, Russia

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A bit of a mix up this leg. I had planned to go directly to UESS but accidentally picked UEBS in the nearest airport list without checking the name (UESS was out of range). Not the first time it happened, and probably will happen again. I double back so often I don’t think twice about reversing direction anymore.

So I planned in some more stops that were now along the way and had a nice break from the snow around Moma. Worth the detour to see the transitions. A long flight again, easier to do with lots of auto pilot time in between for other things. Truth is, most of northern Siberia is all low res sat data, with snow on top it sometimes looks more like a cell shaded artistic impression than actual mountains. The towns are pretty interesting along the way.

03-30 Tiksi UEST 5:21 PM
03-30 Deputatskiy DPT 6:54 PM
03-30 Sakkyryr UEBS 8:15 PM mistake, was planning to go to UESS
03-30 Moma UEMA 9:58 PM
03-30 Ust-Nera UUSR 10:04 PM
03-30 Zyryanka UESU 11:13 PM 20 knot tailwind
03-31 Chersky UESS 12:58 AM
03-31 Pevek UHMP 1:56 AM 15 knot tailwind
03-31 Mys Shmidta UHMI 3:14 AM 26 knot tailwind

Flight time 9:53 8 stops

Departure from Tiski, it took about 2 seconds for the plane to ice up!

Still made it above or rather in between the clouds on the way to Deputatskiy

Over Ust-Yansky District

Deputatskiy located in the Selennyakh Range

Population 2,938

Verkhoyansky District

Sakkyryr Airport

Next to Batagay-Alyta (also known as Sakkyryr) on the Kolyma River

Flying over Verkhoyansky District towards Moma

Climbing to 7,500 ft to get over the mountains

Approaching Moma, seems to be clear of snow

Momskiy Natsional’nyy Ulus

Indigirka River

Ust-Nera Airport

Still some frosty grass around

Pretty place, however rated as one of the coldest permanently inhabited regions on Earth

Temperatures range from 23c high (73F) in July to -47c low (-53F) in Januari
Daylight hours range from 21 hours in June to only 4.5 hours in December

Back into the snow towards Zyryanka

Zyranka on the Kolyma River

Somewhere over Bilibinsky District

Chersky further North along the Kolyma River

Apologies for the cat picture, I was surprised to find a blue bin (recycling box) from Quebec out here

We have one from the city of Hamilton, 40km away, this one is 6,500km from home! They get around.

I offered to bring it back to Quebec but got stuck with the cat instead

Almost ice free again over Ozero Ledyanoye (озеро Ледяное) Lake below

Appeoaching Pevek, the sun getting lower but in no hurry to set

Pevek Airport on Chaunskaya Bay

So hard to judge where the ground is exactly, still a couple ft above it here

Pevek, arctic port town in Chukotka Autonomous Okrug, 69.7° North

Not as cold as Ust-Nera in winter (-30c / -23F), sea climate, but only gets up to 55F / 12.8c in summer

I spotted a gap in the clouds on departure, maybe I can get above them without icing up

Tight twists and turns to stay in the clear, chasing the gap

Success, on the way to Mys Shmidta

Ice free

Enjoying the very long sunset this far North

The G1000 is having issues again crossing the 180° line, no effect on AP anyway

Sunset that can last for hours, love it

It does get dark, lining up to land at Mys Shmidta airport

Barely enough light left to spot the runway

And down, where’s my winter coat, gloves, etc

Mys Shmidta on the shore of the Chukchi Sea

I’ll actually be going West a bit again tomorrow to visit the volcanoes on the Kamchatka Peninsula, then cross the Bering Sea via the Rat Islands.

Leg 222, Mys Shmidta, Chukotka Autonomous Okrug to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, Kamchatka, Russia

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Very grey / monochrome leg today. For a long time I was wondering whether I would get to see anything at all. Long stretches in the clouds, nothing but grey. It cleared up in the end with strong winds up to 65 knots tossing me around while trying to climb the highest volcano on Kamchatka Peninsula.

03-31 Mys Shmidta UHMI 5:25 PM
03-31 Anadyr UANY 6:21 PM
03-31 Mys Nizmenny UAND 6:58 PM
03-31 Ugolny UHMA 7:04 PM
03-31 Markovo UHMO 8:12 PM
03-31 Tilichiki UTIC 9:19 PM Over 30 knot headwinds higher up, flying low to avoid most of it
03-31 Tigil UHPG 11:36 PM 50 knot cross wind at 6,000 ft no visibility
04-01 Klyuchi Air Base UKLH 12:17 AM
Klyuchevskaya Sopka 56°03’26.0"N 160°38’29.5"E 65 knot winds up high
04-01 Milkovo UHPM 1:23 AM
04-01 Sharomy Air Base UYEL 1:35 AM
04-01 Yelizovo UHPP 2:02 AM
04-01 Khalaktyrka UHPH 2:09 AM

Flight time 8:44 11 stops

Departure from Mys Shmidta Airport

Lovely grey morning

Can’t avoid icing for long, on the way to Anadyr

Airport in Anadyrsky District, Anadyr Airport in game, not named on Google nor Bing

Mys Nizmenny on Zaliv Onemen bay

The airport, more of a dirt strip intersected by dirt roads

The real Anadyr Airport

Anadyr, sea port town located at the mouth of the Anadyr River

Pamyatnik Pervomu Revkomu Chukotki in the middle

It’s definitely another world out here, on the way to Markovo

Markovo Airport

Markovo in Anadyrsky District on the Anadyr river

Tilichiki on the Korfa Bay of the Kamchatka Peninsula

Zaliv Korfa (Korfa bay)

Reka Levaya Lesnaya

Tigilsky district, visibility is near zero most of the time, the weather radar red

Tigil, population 1691 (2010) declining

The airport or rather the swath of cleared forest dwarfs my plane

Not easy to get there by road

The weather finally cleared, Klyuchevskaya Sopka spotted on the horizon

Klyuchi Air Base at the base of Klyuchevskaya Sopka

Klyuchevskaya Sopka (15,584ft) highest mountain on the Kamchatka Peninsula and the highest active volcano of Eurasia

I tried reaching the top but the turbulence from 65 knot winds was too much together with ice still left on the wings proved to be too much. I reached 15,000 ft but then got dropped down to 13,000 ft while getting violently tossed around near the mountain.

Eruption less than a month ago

Mount Kamen (15,023ft) in front of Klyuchevskaya Sopka

Vulkan Tolbachikskiy part of Ostry Tolbachik (12,080ft)

Ostry Tolbachik and Gora Bolshaya Udina (9,590ft) on the right

Reka Kamchatka, getting more green

Milkovo, first mentioned in 1743

(might want to shovel the roads before the fields…)

Milkovo Airport

Huge patches of forest cleared for farming along Ulitsa Tomskaya (road)

Sharomy Air Base

Climbing to 6,000 ft to cross the mountains to Yelizovo

Mind the peaks

Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky Airport

Pamyatnik “Zdes’ Nachinayetsya Rossiya” and Bukhta Mokhovaya (bay)


Khalaktyrka Airport (not named on Google nor Bing)

Final stop for today

Khalaktyrsky Beach on Avachinskiy Zaliv (bay)

Heading east for real tomorrow, crossing the Bearing Sea.

Leg 223, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, Kamchatka Krai, Russia to Port Heiden, Alaska, USA

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Third and last time crossing the international date line, switching from east to west longitudes for the remainder of this tour. Asia was great to explore, next the Americas starting with the Bering Sea and Alaska, the source of my favorite Discovery shows. Deadliest catch, Gold Rush (multiple), Alaska the last Frontier, Alaskan Bush People, this remote area gets a lot of attention.

First crossing the Bearing Sea in high winds, providing many challenging landings. It certainly can blow out here.

04-01 Khalaktyrka UHPH 1:58 PM 47 knot winds FL75 Mixture 28% IAS 142 TAS 157 GS 192
04-01 Casco Cove Cgs PAAT 4:43 PM 43 knot winds GS 206
04-01 Adak PADK 6:40 PM 37 knot tailwind
04-01 Atka PAAK 7:18 PM 26 knot crosswind on the ground, up to 50 knot winds FL75
04-01 Nikolski As PAKO 8:21 PM
04-01 Cape Field at Fort Glenn PAUA 8:42 PM 28 knot wind on the ground
04-01 Driftwood Bay Air Force Station PAAM 9:06 PM
04-01 Unalaska PADU 9:15 PM Dutch Harbor Deadliest catch English Bay - Seagulls 53°54’31"N, 166°18’8"W
04-01 Akutan PAUT 9:35 PM
04-01 Cape Sarichef PACS 9:52 PM
04-01 False Pass PAKF 10:20 PM Norma Bay - Grizzly Bears 54°58’9"N, 163°33’12"W
04-01 Cold Bay PACD 10:46 PM
04-01 King Cove PAVC 10:53 PM Izembek - Grizzly Bears 55°31’6"N, 162°14’9"W
04-01 Sand Point PASD 11:27 PM
04-01 Nelson Lagoon PAOU 11:47 PM
04-01 Port Moller Air Force Station PAAL 11:57 PM
04-02 Johnsons Landing Z52 12:08 AM No runway, huge warehouse
04-02 Perryville PAPE 12:23 AM
04-02 Chignik Lake A79 12:35 AM
04-02 Chignik Fisheries KCG 12:38 AM Short runway
04-02 Chignik Lagoon KCL 12:41 AM
04-02 Chignik PAJC 12:45 AM
04-02 Port Heiden PAPH 1:06 AM

Flight time 11:06 22 stops

Lunch break departure from Khalaktyra, setting up the first 3 hour leg

Leaving Kamchatka behind

Course set to Attu Island, part of the Near Islands, Alaska

FL75 IAS 142 TAS 157 GS 192, 47 knot winds pushing me homewards

I missed the sunrise, checking back in close to Attu island

Time to start the descent to Casco Cove Cgs

I was pretty worried at this point, 46 knot crosswind, can’t land in that

However on closer inspection, a second runway to land into the wind, no problem

Casco Cove CGS Airport in Navy Town

IAS 71 GS 32 over the runway, landing at less than 60 kmh, 37 mph

Looks pretty bare around here

Attu Battlefield and U.S. Army and Navy Airfields National Historic Landmark

In 1943 the USA and Canada took over Attu Island from Japan, the last actions of the Aleutian Islands Campaign.

Flying on to Asak, another long stretch. Are we there yet

Ground speed up to 206 knots thanks to the wind

Kanaga Volcano (4,288ft) at the northern tip of Kanaga Island

Adak Island

Coming in to Adak Airport, had to go around for the wind

Odd purple shore, purple on the sat data I guess, snow covers it up

Adak, formerly Adak Station, in the Aleutians West Census Area

Andreanof Islands

Atka Island

Atka Airport, only one runway…

And it’s not in the ‘right’ direction, 26 knot crosswind (max is 17kt for the Bonanza)

Yep, that was impossible to keep on the runway, way too much force on the tail

Taking off was very difficult as well, after first getting the plane turned around in that wind. Rudder alone is not sufficient. With max rudder and ailerons to help out, pretty much taking off at a slight roll angle, it went up, quickly turning itself into the wind. Luckily no obstructions around.

Amlia Island right next to Atka island

Cleveland Volcano (5,676ft) on the western end of Chuginadak Island

Chuginadak Island

Nikolski Airstrip

Maybe not the best place for that tower in these high wind regions

I did better than this plane at Nikolski

Cape Field at Fort Glenn on Umnak Island

Not much to see at Fort Glenn, WW2 military air field, later renamed Cape Air Force Base

Driftwood Bay Air Force Station

Dutch Harbor, Unalaska, well known from Deadliest Catch

Unalaska Airport on Amaknak Island

The wind has died down a bit, a lot easier now, apart from the heavy icing

Dutch Harbor when thawed out

Deadliest catch, running since 2004, often frequents Dutch

Many thanks to the coast guard, saving lives when the inevitable accidents happen

On to Akutan

Cape Sarichef, trees start making their appearance

Over Unimak Island, Pogromni Volcano

Part of Mount Westdahl (5,427ft)

Shiskof Pond

Shishaldin Volcano (9,414ft) moderately active volcano and highest peak of the Aleutian Islands

Isanotski peaks (8,107ft)

Preparing for landing at Ikatan Bay

False Pass Airport on Ikatan Bay

Located at the eastern end of Unimak Island

Spotted some grizzly bears at Bechevin Bay (labeled Noma Bay in game)

They don’t seem to mind my low passes

I’ll leave them to their daily commute

King Cove, looking out on Dear Island

Flying on over Aleutians East

Amazing glacial landscape

More grizzly bears at Izembek

Much easier to spot in the snow

Pavlof Bay, thawing out

Unga Island

Lefthand Bay, still mostly frozen

Flying by Sapsuk Lake

Port Moller Air Force Station

A bit of mix up at Johnsons landing, looks fine on Bing maps, odd

I landed on Bear lake instead

I didn’t want to trip on all those essential air conditioners trying to land on the roof

Approach to Perryville, sun is getting low

Perryville, spring has arrived here, population 113

Approach to Chignik lake

Chignik Lake, population 73 (2010 census)

Beautiful place to land

Chignik Lagoon, population 78

Flying over Chignik Bay

On the way to Port Heiden

Port Heiden, population 102

Population 104 tonight, last stop for my pilots this long day

Can’t wait to see more of Alaska, very beautiful so far!

Leg 224, Port Heiden, Lake and Peninsula Borough to Chickaloon, Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska

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Does everyone have an airstrip in their backyard in Alaska? The density of airports is rather insane here. I raised my previous record of 54 stops in a day to 64. Long stretches I didn’t even get over 500ft, 2 minute flights, not even worth it to retract the landing gear. Fun, some strips seem to have no actual landing strip though, or hidden under the snow. One they went a bit far with snow shoveling and is stuck in a deep trench! (Lincoln Village Airpark 89AK)

04-02 Port Heiden PAPH 4:48 PM Aniakchak National Monument 56°53’01.8"N 158°09’02.5"W
04-02 Ugashik Bay UGB 5:11 PM 25 knot winds
04-02 Bartletts AK96 5:18 PM
04-02 Ugashik 9A8 5:21 PM
04-02 Pilot Point PAPN 5:27 PM
04-02 Fort Jensen AK60 5:37 PM
04-02 Egegik PAII 5:45 PM 14 knot crosswind, tough
04-02 South Naknek Nr2 PFWS 6:01 PM
04-02 Naknek 5NK 6:03 PM Ramp at end of runway
04-02 Tibbetts 4AK9 6:10 PM No runway, road landing
04-02 King Salmon PAKN 6:19 PM
04-02 Karluk PAKY 6:57 PM Big gust of wind right after landing
04-02 Larsen Bay PALB 7:06 PM
04-02 Akhiok PAKH 7:22 PM
04-02 Old Harbor 6R7 7:38 PM
04-02 Kodiak PADQ 7:54 PM Landed on taxi way, not used to big airports!
04-02 Kodiak Mun PAKD 7:59 PM
04-02 Port Lions ORI 8:08 PM
04-02 Dog Fish Bay AK07 8:41 PM
04-02 Nanwalek KEB * 8:49 PM
04-02 Port Graham PGM 8:56 PM
04-02 Seldovia PASO 9:01 PM
04-02 Jakolof Bay 4Z9 9:07 PM no runway or maybe under the ice
04-02 Oyster Cove 2AK4 9:14 PM 3 attempts, short sloped runway on hill in front of another hill (wrong way slope)
04-02 Bear Cove Farm 46AK 9:26 PM no runway landed on lake again
04-02 Bradley Lake Hydroelectric Project Airstrip 0AK7 9:31 PM Airstrip tilted 10-15 degrees
04-02 Glacierview strip AK17 9:36 PM no runway visible, landed on grass
04-02 Lowell Field 00AK 9:48 PM a runway!
04-02 Camp Point AK18 10:05 PM no runway visible, landed on lake shore
04-02 Pedro Bay 4K0 10:18 PM Chinitna Bay - Grizzly Bears 59°48’3"N, 154°33’29"W
04-02 Iliamna PAIL 10:30 PM
04-02 Nondalton PANO 10:37 PM
04-02 Port Alsworth TPO 10:45 PM
04-02 Trading Bay Production 5AK0 11:14 PM
04-02 McGahan Industrial Airpark AK73 11:21 PM
04-02 Carty’s Airstrip 8AK2 11:23 PM
04-02 Arness Lake 6Z1 11:25 PM
04-02 Kenai Muni PAEN 11:29 PM
04-02 Basquo 52AK 11:31 PM
04-02 Gaede 7AK3 11:34 PM
04-02 Soldotna PASX 11:36 PM
04-02 Dan France 7AK6 11:39 PM Might have landed on access road instead of the ‘runway’
04-02 Moose Run Airstrip AK55 11:41 PM Does everyone have an airstrip in their backyard here??
04-02 Alaska Airpark AK01 11:43 PM
04-02 Breeden AK05 11:49 PM 3 attempts, short narrow sloped runway
04-02 South Gasline AK39 11:56 PM
04-03 Hope 5HO 12:04 AM
04-03 Rabbit Creek AK92 12:10 AM
04-03 Flying Crown AK12 12:12 AM
04-03 Sky Harbor 9AK5 12:14 AM Watch the traffic
04-03 Campbell CSR 12:16 AM
04-03 Ted Stevens Anchorage Intl PANC 12:20 AM
04-03 Fire Island 6AK5 12:24 AM
04-03 Little Susitna 8AK6 12:29 AM
04-03 Point Mac AK36 12:33 AM
04-03 Owen Field 20AK 12:37 AM
04-03 Big Lake PAGQ 12:39 AM
04-03 Lincoln Village Airpark 89AK 12:44 AM In a trench
04-03 Wasilla PAWS 12:47 AM
04-03 Anderson Lake 0AK1 12:54 AM
04-03 Hart Lake AK79 12:56 AM
04-03 Grouse Ridge AK93 12:58 AM Short runway
04-03 Wasilla Creek Airpark 05AK 1:02 AM House at end of runway
04-03 Graham 48AK 1:11 AM
04-03 King Ranch AK59 1:17 AM Drone cam assist, on a hill

Flight time 8:29 64 stops
8:29/1893:27 64/4599 960nm/237,901nm 113.2/125.6

Windy start with a bit of wet snow coming down

Not good to see Aniakchak National Monument, here over Surprise Lake

Aniakchak National Monument

Ugashik Bay Airport, 25 knot winds, luckily not all from the side

Ugashik Bay

Flying over Pilot Point

Pilot Point Airport, it could be worse

Fort Jensen

Egegik build on a cliff

Population 109

South Naknek Nr 2, another great place for a tower

Tibbetts Airport, landed on the road as I could not distinguish any airstrip

Naknek, population 544

Naknek River near King Salmon

Karluk, population 37, flying to the other side to land upwind

Karluk River

Taking off from Larsen Bay Airport

Larsen Bay, population 87

Kodiak Island, half covered in snow

Deadman Bay

Kaiugnak Bay

Ugak Bay

Kodiak Airport, erm I landed on the little taxi way top left, not used to big airports anymore!

Kodiak Municipal Airport, more my size

Port Lions, population 194

Dog Fish Bay

Beautiful place to land

Nanwalek, curvy airstrip, trying approach from the wrong side

It worked, 90 degree bank onto the airstrip

Makes flying out easier, no need to back up or turn around

Jakalof Bay, no strip, just a frozen lake

Oyster Cove, very hard, big drop to the runway from this side

However it’s sloped, from the other side you land down hill

Bear Cove, I landed on the lake again

It kinda looks like an airstrip where the bushes are low but the ground is not even


Cook inlet

Chinitna Bay

Camp Point, another lake landing as I don’t see a landing strip

Pedro Bay, population 42

Grizzly Bears spotted at Chinitna Bay

You can pause the plane, can’t pause the bears, back into the woods

Iliamna, population 109

Flying out of Nondalton, population 164

Following Lake Clark, Currant Creek flowing into the lake down here

Snowy mountains between Ports Alsworth and Trading Bay

Mount Redoubt in the distance (10,197ft)

Trading Bay Production Airport

Crossing Gompertz Channel

Kenai with Mount Redoubt on the horizon

Breeden Airport, short narrow sloped runway, took a couple go arounds to get right

Turnagain Arm close to Anchorage

Anchorage, largest city in Alaska (Juneau in the southeast is the capital)

Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport

Portage Glacier feeding Turnagain Arm

Fire Island across from Anchorage

Point Mac

Big Lake Airport

Lincoln Village Airpark

Wasilla ahead, Matanuska-Susitna Borough

Anderson Lake Airport

Hart Lake Airport

Graham Airport

And finally King Ranch Airport aka Kingdom Air Corps Inc

I used the boosted exposure from the drone to get lined up right. The strip is on a hill, don’t approach too low. Time to quit, more little airstrips ahead without lights nor runway info in the G1000. Too dark to continue. 64 landings it is, fun record attempt.

More Alaska tomorrow and the Yukon, heading to Scribner Creek from Gold Rush.

Leg 225, Chickaloon, Matanuska-Susitna to Utqiagvik, North Slope, Alaska

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Another marathon leg through an epic storm. I didn’t check the weather forecast beforehand (never do, let it be a surprise) and found myself in a snow storm with high winds. Checking the weather later indeed had a winter storm alert up. It provided plenty landing challenges and finally getting out the storm on the other side was amazing.

04-03 King Ranch AK59 1:24 PM
04-03 Sheep Mountain PASP 1:34 PM
04-03 Tahneta PASS HNE 1:39 PM
04-03 Snowshoe Lake Airport and Seaplane Base 5AK4 1:48 PM Trees in the way and traffic jam on the ‘runway’
04-03 Tazlina Z14 1:53 PM
04-03 Gulkana PAGK 2:05 PM
04-03 Jacobus 8AK1 2:10 PM
04-03 Chistochina CZO 2:24 PM
04-03 Deltana Airport PADB 2:28 PM
04-03 Duffys Tavern DDT 2:37 PM
04-03 Devils Mountain Lodge IBN 2:52 PM
04-03 Beaver Creek CYXQ 3:16 PM
04-03 Tony Beets Airstrip 63°37’14.6"N 138°48’10.9"W 3:56 PM Scribner Creek 63°37’07.0"N, 138°42’29.0"W
04-03 Dawson CYDA 4:16 PM
04-03 Dawson City Airport CYDT 4:38 PM Not near Dawson City
04-03 Coal Creek L20 5:08 PM 34 knot headwind snowstorm
04-03 Chena Hot Springs AK13 5:41 PM
04-03 Ladd Aaf PAFB 6:01 PM
04-03 Fairbanks Intl PAFA 6:07 PM 30 knot headwind
04-03 Manley Hot Springs PAML 6:38 PM
04-03 Healy PAHE 6:45 PM Trees at end of runway
04-03 American Creek 80A 6:57 PM Papua New Guinea style landing
04-03 Calhoun Meml PATA 7:13 PM
04-03 Edward G Pitka Sr PAGA 8:03 PM
04-03 Nulato PANU 8:14 PM 20 knot headwind
04-03 Haycock HAY 8:45 PM
04-03 Elim PFEL 9:04 PM 5 knot headwind, storm finally dying down, still no viz
04-03 Golovin PAGL 9:13 PM
04-03 Golovin GLV 9:16 PM
04-03 White Mountain PAWM 9:25 PM
04-03 Solomon State Field AK26 9:36 PM
04-03 Nome City 94Z 9:47 PM
04-03 Nome PAOM 9:54 PM
04-03 Feather River 3Z1 10:09 PM
04-03 Teller PATE 10:21 PM
04-03 Port Clarence CGS PAPC 10:28 PM
04-03 Wales PAIW 10:42 PM
04-03 Shishmaref PASH 11:06 PM
04-03 Deering PADE 11:35 PM 20 knot tailwind at 6,000ft but still no visibility
04-03 Buckland PABL 11:54 PM
04-04 Selawik PASK 12:12 AM
04-04 Roland Norton Memorial Airstrip 8AK3 12:18 AM
04-04 Bob Baker Mamorial PAIK 12:29 AM
04-04 Icy Cape AFS 2AK8 1:40 AM
04-04 Wainwright PAWI 1:58 AM
04-04 Wainwright AS PAWT 2:01 AM
04-04 Atqasuk Edward Burnell Sr Memorial PATQ 2:19 AM
04-04 Wiley Post-Will Rogers Memoria PABR 2:40 AM

Flight time 13:16 47 stops

Departure from King Ranch early morning

Following the Matanuska river for a bit

Sheep mountain airport, no sheep

Along Glenn Highway near Woods Creek

Smokey Lake

Gulkana Airport, a little break from the snow

Following the Copper River

To Christochina, population 93

Deltana Airport along Glenn Highway Tok Cutoff across Sinona Creek

Caribou Creek, the storm is coming

Along Skookum Volcano Trail

Devils Mountain Lodge

Nice place but better batten down the hatches

Flying parallel to Stuver Creek

Beaver Creek Airport

White River

Arriving at Tony Beets’ place, Eureka Creek Mine, Gold Rush legend

Unfortunately no Bing map data here

Landed on Tony Beets’ airstrip anyway, at least where it is supposed to be

Parker actually dug it up last season to mine more gold, but still there on Google maps

Scribner Creek, Parker Schnabel’s mine site

Bing has some data in this spot but hard to see with the snow cover

Here is John Schnabel (1920-2016) arriving at the airstrip, Parker’s grandpa, great guy

The Klondike river with all the tailings left behing by gold mining river dredges

Dawspon city where the Klondike river flows into the Yukon river, the epicenter of the Klondike gold rush

SS Keno National Historic Site on the right

The Klondike gold rush drew an estimated 100,000 prospectors to the Klondike region between 1896-1899. Many did not make it. Dawson city grew to a population of about 30,000 by 1898, from just 500 prior. Nowadays there are 1,375 people left in Dawson city

Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve

The Yukon river spans 3,195km from northwest BC, Canada to Norton Sound, AK into the Bering Sea

Ladd Army Airfield at Fort Jonathan Wainwright, no more escaping the storm

Fairbanks, the largest city in the Interior region of Alaska

Fairbanks International Airport

Golden Heart Plaza on the right

Also here the Pioneer Air Museum

In the thick of it on the way to Manley Hot Springs, sounds good

Manley Hot Springs, population 89

American Creek Airport, perfect landing conditions

Not so bad sheltered between the trees

Of course the pilots couldn’t see a thing, totally iced in…

Turn around and off we go again, flying blind

An hour later, some visibility returns. Edward G Pitka Sr Airport on the Yukon River

Elim, population 330

Golovin, population 156

Nome City Airport

Nome Alaska, modern gold rush town

You can also find the White Alice Towers here

The White Alice Communications System used tropospheric scatter antennas for long distance communications before satellites took over.

Nome Harbor

Nome Airport with on the lower left, gold dredges on the beach

The Reaper is visible on the left (at the location in the shot above)

And the Christine Rose on the right

From Bering Sea Gold, gold dredging in summer under the ice in winter

Teller, population 229

Crossing the King River

Wales, population 145


Deering Airport, double socked, population 122

Buckland, population 416, on the Buckland river

Selawik in Northwest Arctic Borough, population 829, a metropolis out here!

Roland Norton Memorial Airstrip

Bob Baker Memorial Airport in Kiana on the Kobuk River

Population 361

Kobuk Valley National Park, break in the clouds spotted!

Couple more clouds to punch through

And there it is, the sky

Feels great to be out in the sun again after a day stuck in a storm, on to Icy Cape

Icy Cape, 70 degrees North

Sunset on the way to Wainwright

Wainwright, population 556

Last glimpse of the sun

Atqasuk, population 228

Wiley Post-Will Rogers Memorial Airport last stop for the day

At Utqiaġvik, formerly known as Barrow, the largest city of the North Slope Borough (pop 4,383)

Further North tomorrow, as far as I can go!
(The North Pole is out, unfortunately the world ends at 85 degrees North and South in FS2020)

Leg 226, Utqiagvik, North Slope, Alaska to Alert, Nunavut, Canada

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On to visit the northernmost permanently inhabited place on Earth, Alert, Canada at 82.5 degrees North. After a beautiful initial flight there it turned into a long battle, fighting every bug the sim can throw at me. I got tricked into believing I still had 50 minutes of flight time left on the first attempt while the tank was pretty much empty and had to siphon over some of the unusable fuel. Hence trying again without interfering with fuel.

04-04 Wiley Post-Will Rogers Memoria PABR 4:29 PM
04-04 Point Barrow LRRS Airstrip PABO 4:33 PM
04-04 Cape Simpson 0AK2 4:48 PM
04-04 Lonely AS AK71 5:00 PM
04-04 Kogru River 3AK9 5:11 PM
04-04 Cd-3 Airstrip AK20 5:23 PM
04-04 Alpine Airstrip PALP 5:28 PM
04-04 Nuiqsut PAQT 5:34 PM
04-04 Ugnu-Kuparuk PAKU 5:45 PM
04-04 Oliktok LRRS POLI 5:51 PM
04-04 Point McIntyre AK11 6:01 PM
04-04 Deadhorse PASC 6:07 PM
04-04 Badami PABP 6:17 PM
04-04 Bullen Point Air Force Station PABU 6:20 PM
04-04 Point Thomson Airstrip PAAD 6:25 PM
04-04 Barter Island PABA 6:48 PM 1207nm next Marker far away from the airport
7:15 PM FL75 19% mixture 2425 rpm -7F IAS 139 TAS 151 GS 154 ETA 2:45 AM
8:17 PM FL75 19% mixture 2425 rpm -12F IAS 144 TAS 156 GS 155 ETA 2:36 AM
9:25 PM FL75 19% mixture 2425 rpm -13F IAS 145 TAS 157 GS 162 ETA 2:24 AM
10:48 PM FL120 19% mixture 2425 rpm -31F IAS 140 TAS 164 GS 178 ETA 2:02 AM
11:58 PM FL90 19% mixture 2425 rpm -23F IAS 148 TAS 164 GS 184 ETA 1:56 AM
1:09 AM FL90 19% mixture 2425 rpm -26F IAS 148 TAS 164 GS 181 ETA 1:56 AM
Mixture 17% FLC 145 descent to 2,500
04-05 Alert CYLT 2:05 AM Bumpy undulating runway
Fuel used 74.81 gallons 16.13 nmpg 7h17 165.7 avg GS

Flight time 9:36 16 stops

I’ll keep the first attempt, the prettiest, as the actual flight for tallies despite using .81 gallons more than possible in the sim. Too many bugs to make this ‘real’

Before heading into the buggy Polar region, first a couple hops before the long flight to the North Pole
Departing from Wiley Post-Will Rogers Memorial Airport in light fog

Point Barrows LRRS Airstrip

Aérodrome de Lonely As

Alpine Airstrip

Which is at Nuiqsut, in the oilfields


Which is the northernmost drivable point in North America

Prudhoe Bay area

Arriving at Barter Island Airport

The gps marker points to the old abandoned airstrip (gone) over 2 miles away

Kaktovik on Barter Island

Time for the big flight, departing from Barter Island to Alert near the North Pole

Climbing to 7,500ft cruising altitude for the 1,207 nm trip

I couldn’t avoid some icing on the way up, will have to deal with it

The sun burned it off, no problem

76 degrees North, still a long way to go. Alert is at 82.5 degrees North

Trouble ahead, another cloud layer

Do I go over or navigate in between

Quick decision, over it is, to 12,000 ft

Safe above the clouds and faster going up here as well thanks to a good tailwind

80 degrees North, making progress

More trouble ahead, I don’t think I can climb over those

Ducking under instead, descent to 9,000ft

The sun had the same idea, following me along

Another cloud layer avoided

Enjoying the forever sunset near the North Pole

Land spotted, Oh Canada!

The sun continues to set or not

Passed the 82nd parallel, terrain quality is ‘interesting’

It seems like it won’t be getting dark here

And then I realized I wasn’t going to make it. I had been using little navmap’s endurance indication to keep a safe margin instead of the usual notepad plus calculator routine to check fuel. I was aiming for well over an extra half hour of flight time to check out the airport and surroundings. According to little navmap I still had 50 minutes left, but it doesn’t take the 6 gallons of unusable fuel into account…

I send my co-pilot into the left wing to siphon the rest out and put it in the right wing (I adjusted the values in the fuel menu to see how much short I was)

Next problem, since the last ‘fix’ draw distance is based on latitude, at 82.5 degrees North that means hardly any visibility. The map doesn’t work above 75 degrees North, so all I had was AP pointing me to an invisible destination and a counter counting down (to a place where the airport might be) Terrain quality is so poor that matching it up with the map wasn’t working either.

Last second the airport sprang into existence, thus had to circle around to land

Alert Airport in a small bubble with some terrain data (and trees that don’t belong)

Careful the ‘runway’ is all hilly terrain, landing on moguls

Terrain detail at 200, draw distance here is as close as terrain detail 10 at the equator

In the end I went 0.81 gallons over budget. Fuel used 74.81 gallons, average 16.13 nmpg in 7h17 averaging 165.7 knots ground speed. Lesson learned, don’t rely on external tools. (or configure them correctly) Always double check with good old pen and paper math.

The real Alert and a good look at the C-17

My OCD couldn’t let it go at that, thus I set up a second flight from Barter Island to Alert to do it without fuel cheating. I also increased to LOD to 8.0 to compensate for the latitude draw distance reduction.

04-05 Barter Island PABA 2:37 AM LOD 8.0 22GB allocated, overnight flight
16% mixture FL120 2428 rpm -13F IAS 121 TAS 143 GS 153 ETA 10:50 AM

That would have worked if it weren’t for the old memory leak bug to pop up again:
7:31 AM 80°23’22.51"N 115°14’4.22"W CTD 56GB allocated memory leak problem

Heavy fog might be related to the memory leak, no such problems last night, memory was stable throughout. I found the plane in fog in the morning and half an hour later the sim crashed.

Third attempt, halving the LOD to avoid memory leak (but may also be weather related)

04-05 Barter Island PABA 7:48 AM LOD 4.0 18GB allocated
17% mixture FL120 2424 rpm -25F IAS 129 TAS 151 GS 144 ETA 4:14 PM
17% mixture FL120 2424 rpm -22F IAS 125 TAS 140 GS 144 ETA 4:12 PM

At this rate I should have 1.84 gallons reserve when I get there, which will increase as fuel efficiency (speed) goes up while the plane gets lighter. However the clouds had different ideas

Besides looking a bit off this far north

They all closed in on me, turbulence first then icing. I was already at 12K ft not much room to go up.
Weather emergency, clouds top to bottom, icing going up slowly, descent to 2,500ft
I soon reached 100% icing and a 26 knot headwind on top, bring it on, ugh

Shortly after everything went grey, no more open spaces between the clouds

If that wasn’t enough, the memory leak bug started to interfere again, maybe related to the fog or the full cloud cover. Memory use went from 18GB to 36GB since getting in the clouds. Over 44GB allocated, I abandoned LOD 4.0 and set terrain detail to 10 to hopefully let it recover.

With the clouds now everywhere, all iced up and facing a strong headwind, my fuel plan was in ruins. Since I was still far from any land, ground effect fuel saving to the rescue

18% Mixture 8 ft 2440 rpm 7F IAS 128 TAS 120 GS 116 283nm 23.85 gallons left 39GB Allocated
18% mixture 15ft 2440 rpm 6F IAS 133 TAS 125 GS 123 237nm 21.85 gallons left 23.0 nmpg

While fuel is recovering, memory is not. I ended up setting everything to low/off hoping the sim would start cleaning up its memory mess. However after going down a bit, still 33GB allocated and rising again.

At 42GB Allocated I paused the sim to see if it recovers 3:10 PM (6:54PM UTC)
FS2020 already fell 16 minutes behind due to stuttering and low fps from the memory leak. The game is exchanging data with 5 different servers while paused, slowly cleaning up memory.

Memory use finally got down to 17.5GB and seems to be done 3:35 PM flight resumed. However I got back in fog, memory use started climbing again and at 34GB allocated I paused the game again. After it got back down to 18.6GB I turned off map data (keeping live weather) to see if that helps. The game still went on talking to 5 different servers… Not a lot of data, but why.

Meanwhile, enough fuel saved up, land in sight, time to start climbing

Climbing at 100fpm, still 75% icing but declining, 15.8 nmpg above target

It’s a long way up (at 100fpm) to get over the mountains 5,700 ft to clear the last of them. I slowed down the sim rate a couple times to let memory keep up, no clue why it’s in such a bad state. No such problems at all last night. Final pause at 20nm to go to reconfigure graphics settings and online data for landing. It took a while for everything to settle and it’s not running smooth at all.

6nm to go, still nothing to see

2nm out, trees appear (after pausing again, sub 5fps, bad stuttering)

This time I knew where to go beforehand, the draw distance here at terrain 200

My bouncing shadow (undulating terrain, not a flat runway at all) is hard to catch at 2 to 5 fps

Victory, feels good to overcome every obstacle the game can throw at me (no CTD!)

In my time frame the flight took 10h20, in sim time, adjusted pausing, the flight took 8h54. 1h26 ‘lost’ on pausing, stutters and slowing time down to manage this memory gremlin.

Fuel used 71.65 gallons 16.85 nmpg at an average speed of 135.6 knots, 8h54 flight time
Compared to the first flight
Fuel used 74.81 gallons, 16.13 nmpg at an average speed of 165.7 knots, 7h17 flight time

Weather made that huge difference, from a tailwind to headwinds in full icing conditions. Had I paid better attention the first flight it would have been easy as pie. This was a fun challenge though. Ground effect for the save.

Next to Hudson Bay, more long flights ahead but well within range. Get me out of the buggy polar region!

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Leg 227, Alert to Rankin Inlet, Nunavut, Canada

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Long flight, so much unspoiled terrain out here. The Great White North. Just like Siberia, probably many places that are still unexplored. Only 3 stops today, there is hardly anyone out here.

04-05 Alert CYLT 6:27 PM 590nm next
04-05 Resolute Bay CYRB 10:02 PM 385nm next FL130
04-06 Cambridge Bay CYCB 12:21 AM 492nm next Drone cam landing, 3 attempts, blinding beacon!
04-06 Rankin Inlet CYRT 3:17 AM

Flight time 8:50 3 stops

Departure from Alert Bay, not long after I arrived on my redemption flight

Alert already disappeared by the latitude draw distance ‘feature’

Following Lake Hazen south, over pixel country

Mountains along Lake Hazen and Alecandra Fiord

Baffin Unorganized Nunavut XOA

Ellesmere Island

Axel Heiberg Island across the water

Not much grows this far north, still close to the 80th parallel

Nansen Sound

Stor Island

Still 280nm to go to Resolute Bay

The sun takes a long time to set despite me flying South

Graham Island

Crossing the 77th parallel

Buckingham Island through the frosty windows

North Kent Island

Resolute Bay in sight

Easy landing, or maybe not

27 knot crosswind (25 knot from the side)

Luckily a very wide runway. I kept two wheels inside the white lines, racing rules

Above 17 knot crosswinds the Bonanza won’t go straight, land slow, brake

Resolute Bay

Take off in that wind was tricky as well, bank (slightly) during take off, don’t let the wing hit the ground

On to Cambridge Bay

Aiming for the gap, I don’t want more icing

Safe above the clouds, watching the stars

Cambridge Bay

That beacon made landing difficult, blinding with boosted exposure in drone cam

Cambridge Bay

Remains of an old church on the right, restored with a new roof

On to Rankin Inlet

I ended up in the fog, search lights on

The clouds eased up close to the ground, Rankin Inlet Airport

Last stop for today, long flights

Rankin Inlet, an Inuit hamlet on Kudlulik Peninsula

It is the largest hamlet and second-largest settlement in Nunavut, population 2,842. I visited the capital of Nunavut, Iqalit, back on leg 4, almost 1,200 km from here.

Tomorrow, further south along Hudson Bay.

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Enjoy reading your log! CFS Alert was impossible to find in the dark of November when I flew there from Svalbard. There were no lights and yes, once found, was it ever bumpy. My plans are to redo the airstrip when I get a chance - I am working on other Arctic Circle sites along the DEW Line first.

There are MANY airstrips missing in Canada’s north. You would have had more options had they been included.

Now that you are headed for Hudson Bay, what is your next stop? I am working on the abandoned CFS Winisk site north of Peawanuck, Ontario. In the imagery, it is there, but only as an image. I will be adding all the infrastructure as it looked in the late 1990’s, and not today since the hangar was torn down along with the tower.

That brings up the debate about showing airstrips at different times in history - even if the background imagery - AI is modern.

Enjoy your flights and keep up the posts!

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