Exploring the world in the Beechcraft Bonanza

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

Yongdamdaem

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

Myongchon

Kilchu Highway Airport

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

Flying along the beach over Namchang-ri

Ryo-Do

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

Nishinomaki

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

Oharamachi

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

Oiwakehoei

Shimukappu, in and out of the snow around here

Kamitomamu

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

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

Glacierview

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

Miltletukeruk

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

Oliktok

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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Hi! I flew over Peawanuck yesterday evening, it will be in the next leg (228). It was already getting dark (flew over at 8:30 PM) Flying in my own timezone poses new challenges. I can waste plenty time outside my own daylight hours, but it gets more tricky when flying in the same timezone. So I ‘stole’ a couple more hours this morning to fly a bit more in daylight, ended leg 228 in Wawa, Lake Superior.

It was interesting to see how much longer it was light up North then where I am (near Brantford on the Grand River, south of Lake Ontario) Next up is Sault Ste Marie then going for a big loop along Chigago, Minneapolis, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Yellowknife to Jade city, then down through BC.

I love seeing the landscape change by latitude hence the north south meandering :smiley:

Btw, FS2020 has plenty past and future (planned) airports. Some have been closed long ago, but still in the database, some you still see on the old map data, some are still under construction. At Barter Island the game directs you to the old airport and I suspect its the same in other places where the marker is far off.

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Wawa - the big Goose - someone needs to add that into MSFS! All the big things across Canada - the Dryden Moose, the Houston fly fishing line, the Vegreville Ukrainian Easter Egg, the St Paul UFO Landing Pad…

Did you see that I released a Brantford enhancement? CYFD - Brantford Ontario Canada airport/scenery enhancement » Microsoft Flight Simulator
Someone requested it after I did the Kingston one. Always looking for constructive comments on them, especially from someone who has actually been to CYFD!

Looking forward to seeing more of MSFS’ new airports in future updates.

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Awesome, I’ll check it out soon. I’ve only been to the airport twice though, to watch the air show. I usually cycle by it along Greens and Robinson Rd.

I’m currently enjoying the sunset over Lake Michigan, landing coming up.

Leg 228, Rankin Inlet, Nunavut to Wawa, Ontario, Canada

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Heading South, getting close to where I started my route. However it’s far from over, there is still the entire Americas to explore. First, south along Hudson Bay.

04-06 Rankin Inlet CYRT 5:03 PM 251nm next
04-06 Churchill CYYQ 6:24 PM 162nm next
04-06 Kaskattama Airstrip CYRN 7:16 PM 101nm next
04-06 Ft Severn CYER 7:51 PM 98nm next
04-06 Peawanuck CYPO 8:29 PM 229nm next
04-06 Sanikiluaq CYSK 9:45 PM 164nm next Bad stuttering, memory increasing, too many stars…
04-06 Chisasibi CSU2 10:58 PM 2-5 fps, heavy stuttering, 28GB RAM in use (up from 16)

04-07 Chisasibi CSU2 7:02 AM
04-07 Matagami Airport CYMB 7:05 AM
04-07 Wemindji CYNC 7:22 AM
04-07 Waskaganish CYKQ 7:55 AM Landed on the beach road first, oops
04-07 Moosonee CYMO 8:21 AM
04-07 Fort Albany CYFA 8:48 AM
04-07 Kashechewan CZKE 8:52 AM
04-07 Carey Lake CNX3 9:51 AM
04-07 Hornepayne Mun CYHN 10:06 AM
04-07 Wawa CYXZ 10:34 AM

Flight time 9:27 15 stops

Departing from Rankin Inlet over the icy waters of Keewatin Region

Heading south over Hudon Bay, passing an unnamed island

Prince of Wales fort in Fort Churchill, Manitoba

Prince of Wales Fort and Cape Merry

Churchill Airport

Miss Piggy Plane Wreck right at the bottom middle of the previous screenshot

Kaskattama Approach

Looking for the Kaskattama Airstrip

Found it, quick S turn to line up

Kaskattama Airstrip

Serving Kaskattama Safari Adventures Lodge

Nearing Fort Severn

Fort Severn Airport along Beaver River

Fort Severn First Nation, the most northern community in Ontario, population 401

Back in my home province, yet still 1,500 km from home, nearly 5 times the length of The Netherlands

Flying over Kenora, Ontario

One day they’ll fix the windshield defrost, still in/op

Winisk River

Peawanuck Airport

Peawanuck, an isolated Cree community along the Winisk River, population 237

Flying over Polar Bear Provincial Park

54.7 degrees North, about the same latitude as Belfast, Northern Ireland

Flying further south over Hudson Bay to Sanikiluaq

Sanikiluaq Airport, landing against a 30 knot crosswind

The landing light needs to be on a swivel for this!

Luckily it was as much headwind as crosswind, not as bad as it looks

Sanikiluaq, an Inuit community located on the north coast of Flaherty Island, population 882

They have Google street view, or rather snowmobile view

Last stop for the night, Chisasibi

Chissasibi is a village on the eastern shore of James Bay, Northern Quebec

After a good night’s sleep, continuing on the morning, departure from Chissasibi

Matagami population 1526

Wemindji, a small Cree community on the east coast of James Bay at the mouth of the Maquatua River

So nice they pile the snow up on the runway to make it stand out!

Pontax river at Baie-James

Waskaganish on the Rupert River

I was flying low, thought that strip in front was the airport, oops

It’s starting to look like home

Moosonee on the Moose River, northern Ontario

It’s Ontario’s only saltwater port, 19km from James Bay

Kashechewan First Nation on the northern shore of the Albany River

Along the Albany river

Towards Carey Lake

Unorganized North Cochrane District

Carey Lake along the Trans Canada Highway

The Trans Canada Highway travels through all 10 provinces, 7,821 km long, from the Pacific Ocean, Victoria (Vancouver Island, British Columbia) to the Atlantic Ocean, St. John’s (Newfoundland, Newfoundland and Labrador)

Hornepayne Muncicipal Airport

Hornepayne was established in 1915 as Fitzback when the Canadian Northern Railway’s transcontinental line was built through the area.

Algoma, Unorganized, North Part

Ontario’s more than 250,000 lakes contain about one-fifth of the world’s fresh water

Final stop this leg, Wawa, formerly known as the township of Michipicoten, on Wawa Lake

Home to The Wawa Goose, no lack of those around here.

There are about 7 million Canada Geese in North America after nearly going extinct in the 60s.

Further south tomorrow along Lake Superior and Lake Michigan.

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Leg 229, Wawa, Ontario, Canada to Chigago, Illinois, USA

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Heading south along Lake Superior and Lake Michigan, down to Chigago.

04-07 Wawa CYXZ 5:30 PM
04-07 Sault St Marie CYAM 6:03 PM International Bridge 46°30’47"N, 84°21’31"W
04-07 Sault St Marie Mun/Sanderson KANJ 6:31 PM
04-07 Bar River CPF2 6:40 PM
04-07 Franklin’s 45MI 6:48 PM Big hangar at end of airstrip
04-07 Lindberg 5Y1 6:56 PM
04-07 Mackinac I KMCD 7:02 PM Mackinac Bridge 45°48’55"N, 84°43’41"W
04-07 Beaver I KSJX 7:32 PM
04-07 North Fox Island 6Y3 7:39 PM
04-07 South Fox Island 3MI2 7:44 PM
04-07 Washington Island 2P2 8:00 PM
04-07 Ephraim-Gibraltar 3D2 8:10 PM
04-07 Door Co Cherryland KSUE 8:19 PM
04-07 Green Bay-Austin Straubel Intl KGRB 8:42 PM PG Area
04-07 Appleton Intl KATW 8:51 PM

04-09 Appleton Intl KATW 7:12 AM PG Area
04-09 Wittman Rgnl KOSH 7:29 AM PG Area
04-09 Font Du Lac County KFLD 7:35 AM PG Area
04-08 Sheboygan County Memorial KSBM 7:49 AM PG Area
04-08 Van der Vaart WN03 8:03 AM Swallowed up by PG data, hardly any room to land
04-08 Flying S Ranch 1WI2 8:16 AM
04-08 Lawrance J Timmerman KMWC 8:27 AM Milwauke PG Area
04-08 General Mitchell Intl Heliport KMKE 8:43 AM
04-08 Batten KRAC 8:49 AM
04-08 Kenosha Rgnl KENW 8:55 AM
04-08 Weukegan Regl KUGN 9:01 AM
04-08 Chicago Executive KPWK 9:11 AM Bus on the runway
04-08 Chicago-O’Hare Intl KORD * 9:18 AM PG Area
Bad Stuttering, memory going up again, memory leak, < 5fps, end process, restart 9:29 AM
04-08 41°54’07.5"N, 87°42’46.2"W 9:38 AM Long loading time but smooth again
04-08 Chicago Midway Intl KMDW 9:59 AM
04-08 Gary/Chicago Intl KGYY 10:10 AM

Flight time 6:10 28 stops

Departing from Wawa to follow Lake Superior to Sault St Marie

Some local showers on the lake

Middle pancake lake, lot of pancake lakes around

Batchawana Bay

Sault St Marie, International Bridge to the USA

Soo Locks on the US side of St Marys River (a bit ahead of me, not in the picture)

Sault Ste. Marie Canal on the Canadian side

Sault St Marie Mun Sanderson Airport

The International Bridge and Fork Creek Conservation Area

Also in Sault Ste. Marie, The Canadian Bushplane Heritage Museum

Bar River Airport, the workers don’t mind standing around in the rain

Marquette Towship

Mackinac Island

Mackinac Bridge, in between lake Michigan and lake Huron

Very busy bridge, lot of bad drivers

Can’t fly under the pillars this way, crash. The height is also bugged, the whole bridge shifts up and down depending on distance and there are tears in the water.

You can’t fly under it here, smack down imminent

But you can fly under it on the sides

Further along lake Michigan

Beaver Island

Very pretty place to land

North Fox Island

South Fox Island

Awesome weather over lake Michigan

Washington Island

Ephraim-Gibraltar Airport, don’t mind me using the old runway

Egg Harbor

Door Co Cherryland

Last glimpse of the sun over Gardner Swamp State Wildlife Area

Green Bay on the Fox River

Procter & Gamble Paper Products

National Railroad Museum

These are fun to tinker with as well in train sim

Lambeau Field, home field of the Green Bay Packers

Appleton north of Lake Winnebago

Appleton International Airport

Continuing on in the morning, more of Appleton along the Fox River

Paper Mill Discovery Center

Sunrise over Lawrence University

Lake Winnebago

Oshkosh, Winnebago County, Wisconsin

Wittman Regional Airport

Font du Lac at the south end of Lake Winnebago

Sheboygan Point

Wreck of the Lottie Cooper, a Great Lake schooner that capsized off Sheboygan in 1894

Sheboygan Power Plant

Flying S Ranch

Laurance J Timmerman Airport

Heading to Milwaukee

Milwaukee and Wisconsin put on the map by that 70s show

Milwaukee looks great in the morning weather

East Town

City Hall (The tall narrow building with the clock)

Flying on over Pleasant Prairie into not so pleasant weather

Chigago Executive Airport

Landing at Chigago-O’Hare Intl Landing

This airport is huge

Keeps on going

Into Chigago, the windy city, down Lower Michigan Avenue

Past the Historic Watch Tower, 19th century gothic limestone landmark

Checking out the ships on lake Michigan

The Navy Pier

With a 200ft tall Ferris Wheel

Roosevelt University

Half loop next to the Willis Tower before moving on

Gary/Chicago International Airport, final stop for this leg

Chicago turned out really well with photogrammetry, awesome to flyi through the urban canyons. I’m heading towards Minneapolis in the next leg before heading back up to Canada.