Exploring the world in the Beechcraft Bonanza

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

DAY04_07.PLN (6.1 KB)

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

DAY04_08.PLN (10.5 KB)

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.

Leg 230, Chigago, Illinois to Stanley, North Dakota, USA

DAY04_09.PLN (10.8 KB)

04-08 Gary/Chicago Intl KGYY 4:48 PM
04-08 Michigan City Muni-Phillips Fi KMGC 4:59 PM PG Area
04-08 La Porte Muni KPPO 5:04 PM
04-08 Starke Co KOXI 5:12 PM
04-08 Alley Oop 68IN 5:22 PM Landed on a farm strip first, oops, so many strips
04-08 Greater Kankakee KIKK PG Area 5:40 PM
04-08 Hugh Van Voorst 5LL8 5:48 PM
04-08 Dwight KDTG 5:54 PM Narrow runway
04-08 Marshall Co C75 6:11 PM
04-08 Kewanee Mun KEZI 6:22 PM
04-08 Quad City Intl KMLI 6:34 PM Rock Island PG Area
04-08 Muscatine Mun KMUT 6:57 PM
04-08 Washington Mun KAWG 7:09 PM
04-08 Oskaloosa Mun KOOA 7:24 PM
04-08 Pella Mun KPEA 7:34 PM
04-08 Des Moines Intl KDSM 7:59 PM PG Area
04-08 Ankeny Regl KIKV 8:06 PM
04-08 Ames Mun KAMW 8:14 PM
04-08 Iowa Falls Mun KIFA 8:26 PM
04-08 Mason City Muni KMCW 8:41 PM
04-08 Albert Lea Mun KAEL 8:53 PM
04-08 Faribault Mun KFBL 9:06 PM
04-08 Minneapolis-St Paul Intl KMSP 9:25 PM

04-09 Minneapolis-St Paul Intl KMSP 8:01 AM PG Area Lowry Avenue Bridge 45°0’47"N, 93°16’28"W
04-09 Crystal KMIC 8:38 AM
04-09 Buffalo Mun KCFE 8:46 AM
04-09 Maple Lake Mun KMGG 8:52 AM
04-09 Sauk Centre Mun D39 9:14 AM
04-09 Chandler Field KAXN 9:23 AM
04-09 Fergus Falls Min-Mickelson KFFM 9:40 AM
04-09 Ellig Field ND99 9:59 AM 3 approaches, no visibility

Flight time 6:35 29 stops

Continuing on from Chicago to Michigan City

Located at the south end of Lake Michigan, just south of Michigan in Indiana

Michigan City Municipal Airport - Phillips Field

La Porte

Kankakee on the Kankakee River

Crossing the Illinois River

Rock Island, the actual island now called Arsenal, flying over the Atomic Cannon

Rock Island Arsenal US Army base

Casino boat in the Mississippi river off Davenport, to get around gambling laws I assume

It’s right on the border (the river) between Iowa and Illinois. Davenport on one side, Rock Island the other.

Black Hawk Forest at Rock Island

Nature preserve that has been associated with the Sauk people for hundred of years

Hauberg Indian Museum, depicting the Native American history of the Quad Cities area

Lake Red Rock at the Mile Long Bridge

Approaching Des Moines over the Union Pacific East Yard

Des Moines houses the Iowa State Capital Building from the 1800s

Downtown Des Moines, Raccoon river joining the Des Moines river on the far right

Iowa Women of Achievement Bridge in front of the Wells Fargo Arena

Flying under it works (without damage) The landing gear extents though indicating contact with something

Iowa Falls Municipal Airport. The landscape is so flat

Ofcourse Iowans don’t agree

Sunset over Iowa, still flat

pproaching Mason City Municipal Airport

The sun makes a final appearance at Brookfield

Approaching Albert Lea along I-35

Albert Lea, Freeborn County, Minnesota

Faribault, Rice County on the Cannon River

Burnsville, just south of Minneapolis, flying over The Rivers

Crossing the Minnesota river near the Old Cedar Avenue Bridge

Minneapolis-St Paul Intl

Dark, raining, continue in the morning

The sun is back, rain has stopped, time to move on

Lake Nokomis near the airport

Heading for downtown Minneapolis

Central Lutheran Church next to the Minneapolis Convention Center

Shiny tall buildings to fly in between

Target Field, home baseball stadium for the Minnesota Twins

US Bank Stadium, under construction

Construction started in 2013, the stadium opened in 2016, the PG data must be from 2014

Basillica of Saint Mary

Which is close to the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

Lawry Avenue Bridge on the north side of Minneapolis across the Mississippi river

You can’t fly under the middle part or along the road deck, but the sides work

Maple Lake Municipal Airport

St Martin Township, that front doesn’t look good

Fergus Falls Min-Mickelson, pouring rain

Ellig Field just south of Fargo

That was hard to find in the rain, hopefully it clears up in the afternoon to explore Fargo

Leg 231, Stanley, North Dakota, USA to Fond-du-Lac, Saskatchewan, Canada

DAY04_10.PLN (10.8 KB)

Heading back to Canada, still plenty to explore there before continuing to check out the rest of the states.

04-09 Ellig Field ND99 5:01 PM Fargo PG Area
04-09 Hector Intl KFAR 5:17 PM
04-09 Dakota NA60 5:26 PM
04-09 Hillsboro Mun 3H4 5:31 PM
04-09 Central Valley Aviation Inc NA81 5:38 PM
Restart, it says it’s overcast on the weather network, live weather not working
04-09 Central Valley Aviation Inc NA81 5:45 PM Still clear skies, it worked this morning, odd
04-09 Grand Forks Intl KGFK 5:53 PM
04-09 Hallock Mun KHCO 6:13 PM
04-09 Steinbach (South) CKK7 6:31 PM
04-09 Lyncrest CJL5 6:41 PM
04-09 Winnipeg Intl CYWG 7:04 PM PG Area
04-09 Southport CYPG 7:21 PM
04-09 Gladstone CJR5 7:34 PM
04-09 Neepawa CJV5 7:43 PM
04-09 Erickson Mun CKQ6 7:52 PM
04-09 Russel CJW5 8:16 PM 25 knot headwind
04-09 Grenfell CKU6 8:43 PM
04-09 White City (Radomsky) CWC1 9:06 PM
04-09 Regina Intl CYQR 9:15 PM
04-09 Lumsden (Colhoun) CKH8 9:21 PM
04-09 Regina Beach CKL9 9:28 PM Unclear runway
04-09 Watrous CKU7 9:48 PM Unclear runway
04-09 Corman Air Park CJN5 10:03 PM
04-09 Saskatoon/Diefenbaker Intl CYXE 10:09 PM
04-09 Saskatoon/Richter Field CRF5 10:13 PM
04-09 Leask CJH8 10:30 PM
04-09 Debden CKH3 10:46 PM

04-10 Debden CKH3 8:20 AM
04-10 Big River CKX8 8:29 AM
04-10 Pinehouse Lake CZPO 9:11 AM 25 knot headwind
04-10 Cree Lake (Crystal Lodge) CKS8 9:58 AM
04-10 Fond-Du-Lac CZFD 10:41 AM

Flight time 7:58 29 stops

First up, Fargo, well known for the movie with the same name and excellent series based on the movie

Downtown at the Northern Pacific Railway Depot

Flying over Main Ave crossing the Red River

Hector International Airport serving Fargo

North Dakota is pretty much flat as well with lots of colorful farm fields

Dakota NA60, a random narrow airstrip with a giant barn

Central Valley Aviation Inc, still a bit wide

Over Donnelly Township, Minnesota. Must be slightly hilly considering the drainage patterns

Lorette originally named Petite Pointe du Chêne, Manitoba

Winnipeg, the capital of Manitoba where the Assiniboine River joins the Red River

The Forks with the striking Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Beautiful location with many things to see and do

The Golden Boy, historical landmark statue situated at the top of Manitoba Legislative Assembly

Bell MTS Place, the big dome between the buildings, home of the National Hockey League’s Winnipeg Jets and their American Hockey League affiliate, the Manitoba Moose

Holy Trinity Angelican Church on the other side of Bell MTS Place

Zooming down Main St, checking out the mural at McDermot

Winnipeg is one beautiful city!

Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport

Looks like I visited just in time, rain incoming

Riding Mountain National Park

Clear Lake at Riding Mountain National Park

Flying over Division No 17, Manitoba

Russel Airport, err that’s not a very Canadian thing to do

Excuse me, just gonna sneak right past ya

Spy Hill No 152 Saskatchewan, ahead one of the Potash Mines in the area

Kahkewistahaw First Nation, economic development area

Regina, the capital of Saskatchewan, flying over the legaslative building on Wascana Lake

Landing at Regina Airport, flying by Sheldon-Williams Collegiate (oval track)

Can’t see a thing but pretty way to land

Regina Victory Park and the Saskatchewan Legislative Building I flew over

RCMP Heritage center (Royal Canadian Mounted Police)

Also here The Royal Saskatchewan Museum

Sunset by Pelican Pointe

Last glimpse at Little Manitou Lake

Saskatoon on the South Saskatchewan River

Leask, administrative centre of the Mistawasis First Nation band government

Debden along Highway 55

The ‘airport’ would be impossible to see if it weren’t for the highway

Landed, lit up by the street lights while enjoying the stars

Debden Airport, I guess I’ll be spending the night in my plane

After a restful sleep, back to the skies

Big River airport, marked by the snow on the runway

Delaronde Lake

Smoothstone Lake

Division No 18, Unorganized, Saskatchewan

Regimbal Island

Pinehouse Lake, pretty place for taking off

On the way to Cree Lake

Cree Lake

At Crystal Lodge

Good place to catch some fish

Further on to Fond-du-Lac

Lake Athabasca

Fond-du-Lac, main settlement of Fond du Lac Dene Nation

A Dene First Nation located in the boreal forest area of northern Saskatchewan

A bit windy at the airport, nothing too serious

Fond-du-Lac and McKenzie Lake

Next leg onwards to North West Territories and British Columbia.

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Leg 232, Fond-du-Lac, Saskatchewan, Canada via Alaska, USA to Stewart, BC, Canada

DAY04_11.PLN (8.7 KB)

Long flight, or rather two flights. More Gold Rush, Jade Fever, Alaskan Glaciers, lot of great sights.

04-10 Fond-Du-Lac CZFD 5:55 PM
04-10 Uranium City CYBE 6:08 PM
04-10 Charlot River CJP9 6:18 PM
04-10 Camsell Portage CJP6 6:21 PM
04-10 Taltson River CFW5 6:48 PM
04-10 Yellowknife CYZF 7:42 PM
04-10 Edzo CRE2 8:01 PM
04-10 Wha Ti CEM3 8:14 PM
04-10 Wrigley CYWY 9:09 PM Icing slight headwind
04-10 Watson Lake CYQH 10:41 PM Jade City 59°15’28.6"N 129°37’29.5"W
04-10 Dease Lake CYDL 11:32 PM
04-11 Atlin CYSQ 12:21 AM
04-11 Skagway PAGY 12:47 AM

04-11 Skagway PAGY 10:05 AM
Porkypine Creek Mine 59°25’09.9"N, 136°13’53.4"W
Big Nugget Mine 59°24’53.0"N, 136°14’06.0"W
McKinley Creek Mine Site 59°23’24.2"N, 136°14’46.1"W
04-11 Tanis Mesa A69 11:04 AM
04-11 Alsek River A57 11:07 AM
04-11 East Alsek River AK76 11:11 AM Up to 39 knot winds
04-11 Gustavus PAGS 12:01 PM
04-11 Hoonah PAOH 12:12 PM
04-11 Sitka Rocky Gutierrez PASI 12:37 PM
04-11 Kake PAFE 12:58 PM
04-11 Petersburg James A Johnson PAPG 1:13 PM
04-11 Wrangell PAWG 1:26 PM
04-11 Ketchikan PAKE 1:39 PM
04-11 Stewart CZST 2:03 PM

Flight time 10:50 23 stops

Departure from Fond-du-Lac along the eastern arm of Lake Athabasca

Clark Island

Fond Du Lac Indian Reserve 229

Uranium City, A uranium-mining base until 1983, now mostly tourism

Charlotte River Airport

The Charlotte river flows into lake Athabasca (north side)

Fort Smith, Unorganized, Northwest Territories

The Simpson Islands in Great Slave Lake

Yellowknife, the capital of Northwest Territories on the north shore of Great Slave Lake

Flying over the old town, sticking out into the lake

Yellowknife Airport along Long Lake

Yellowknife, colorful city but can get very cold, -27c/-17F in Januari

The reward for braving the cold is the Northern lights, unfortunately not in the game yet

Bush Pilots Monument in the middle and on the right a park in Old Town Yellowknife

Plenty to do in the cold winter months, Long John Jamboree and Snowking’s winter festival on the lake

Flying on over Lake Martin

Along Fish Lake (left side of my plane, height bugged)

Approaching Wrigley, a “Designated Authority” in the Dehcho Region of the Northwest Territories

The Slavey Dene community is located on the east bank of the Mackenzie River

Wrigley Airport also on the east bank of the Mackenzie River

Climbing back up to Watson Lake

Via Nahanni National Park Reserve of Canada

An Expansive, rugged national park

Known for its white-water river & wildlife, hiking & camping

Not very detailed in game, the clouds steal the show

Long way to Watson Lake, getting close now

Watson Lake Airport

On to Jade City

Jade City along Stewart-Cassiar Hwy / Dease Lake Hwy / British Colombia Highway 37

Jade City is not an actual city, it’s a “spot on the road”

The region around Jade City is rich with serpentinite, greenstone, and Nephrite jade

Dease Lake

Flying out of Dease Lake Airport

To enjoy the sunset over Stikine Region

Atlin on the eastern shore of Atlin Lake

Big turn to the airport

And off again, as long as there is some light

No more light when arriving at Skagway

Skagway Airport, safely landed

Home to gold-rush-era buildings, preserved as part of the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park

The White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad runs vintage locomotives past the famously steep Chilkoot trail

After an overnight stay, departure at 7:05 AM local time

Gaining altitude along Taiya Inlet

Haines, Alaska

High enough to spot the sun coming up

Flying over the Chilkat River to Porcupine Creek

Porcupine Creek

Home of Big Nugget Mine right below me, where Parker’s journey began

Further up Porcupine Creek where McKinley Creek (left) and Cahoon Creek (middle) join

McKinley Creek where the Dakota Boys mine for gold in the rapids

Gold Rush: White Water in McKinley Creek

Flying on to Tanis Mesa, spectacular scenery along the way

A glacier flowing into Alsek River

Tanis Mesa Airport

And nearby, Alsek River Airport, Gulf of Alaska in the background

East Alsek River Airport

Next, flying over Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

Trying to climb up Mount Fairweather (15,325ft in the distance) but icing prevents me from going higher

Left of the middle, Mount Tlingit (12,606ft) and Mount Quincy Adams (13,615ft) in front of Fairweather

Mount Salibury (12,169ft left) and Mount Sabine (10,405ft right)

Further along Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

Glacier Bay Park & Wilderness - Water

Gustavas in Hoonah-Angoon, facing Pleasant Island

Sitka Rocky Gutierrez Airport

Sitka located near Juneau (the capital of Alaska)

Chatham Strait

Kake, the name comes from the Tlingit word Ḵéix̱ʼ or Ḵéex̱ʼ, literally meaning ‘mouth of dawn’

Hamilton Bay

Petersburg James A Johnson Airport

Petersburg Borough along Frederick Sound

Wrangell Airport

Back in the snow on the US-Canada border, flying into Stewart, BC

Stewart, population 494

Stewart Airport is one of the handcrafted airports

Very detailed

Time for a break, later heading towards Edmonton

Leg 233, Stewart BC, via Alberta to Kamloops, BC, Canada

DAY04_12.PLN (11.1 KB)

Crossing the Canadian Rocky Mountains not once, but twice. Very imposing mountain range, especially while climbing over it multiple times with icing. Not as high as the Himalayas however that region has/had a temperature bug, no problem with icing there. It’s much more challenging to cross the rockies up north.

04-11 Stewart CZST 5:14 PM
04-11 Witwer Airfield CYSS 5:44 PM
04-11 Private Airstrip CYSI 5:49 PM
04-11 Takla Narrows CBD5 6:16 PM Clump of trees marks the start of the runway…
04-11 Leo Creek CAH5 6:20 PM Same, trees
04-11 Perison CYJM 6:42 PM
04-11 North Cariboo Air Park CBW8 7:03 PM
04-11 Prince George CYXS 7:09 PM
04-11 McBride CAV4 7:44 PM
04-11 Hilton/Jasper-Hinton CEC4 8:20 PM
04-11 Entrance CEE4 8:23 PM
04-11 Edson CYET 8:39 PM
04-11 Wildwood/Loche Mist Farms Airstrip CJJ3 8:57 PM 26 knot crosswind, close call
04-11 Edmonton/Morinville (Currie Field) CCF6 9:22 PM Hard to spot, faded
04-11 Edmonton/Morinville (Mike’s Field) CMN6 9:29 PM Edmonton PG Area
04-11 Edmonton Intl CYEG 9:58 PM
04-11 Millet/Creekview CRK2 10:05 PM
04-11 Wetaskiwin CEX3 10:10 PM
04-11 Panoka Industrial-Labrie Field CEH3 10:17 PM
04-11 Lacombe CEG3 10:24 PM
04-11 Red Deer Regional CYQF 10:31 PM
04-11 Innisfail CEM4 10:35 PM
04-11 Netook CFK6 10:40 PM
04-11 Bishell’s CGB2 10:45 PM
04-11 Airdrie CEF4 10:52 PM
04-11 Calgary Intl CYYC 11:31 PM PG Area

04-12 Calgary Intl CYYC 9:02 AM
04-12 Flying R Ranch CBD8 9:20 AM
04-12 Invermere CAA8 9:52 AM
04-12 Nakusp CAQ5 10:31 AM
04-12 Kelowna CYLW 10:53 AM
04-12 Kamloops CYKA 11:22 AM

Flight time 8:45 30 stops

Departure from Stewart Airport

Heading southeast over Kitimat-Stikine A

A patch of green around Greasetrail Lake

Landing between the trees always gives a rush, Witwer Airfield

Takla Narrows at Takla Lake, mind the clump of trees at the start of the runway

Leo Creek Airport, planting trees at the end of runways seems to be a popular sport…

Fort Saint James (Perison) Airport next to the Stuart River

North Cariboo Air Park

Prince George on the Fraser and Nechako rivers

Home to the Central BC Railway and Forestry Museum, it’s Snowpiercer!

Whiteshield Mountain (8,383ft) on the border between BC and Alberta

Smokey River

Twintree Lake

Flying along Snake Indian Mountain (9,610ft)

Mount Simla (8,799ft), The Rajah (9,898ft) and Mount Stornoway (9,318ft)

Rock Lake - Solomon Creek Wildland

Entrance, unincorporated community in central Alberta in Yellowhead County

Named for the fact the site is a gateway to Jasper National Park

Hinton on the Athabasca River

They have an extensive boardwalk through a beaver invested area (nasty rodents)

Our decades old Pear tree fell victim to a beaver last year, no more pears. He killed it in a single night, ate the trunk bare all around after coming for the pears for weeks. Lots of tree damage from them all around.

Out of the mountains, over Yellowhead County, Alberta, by Titan Land & Cattle Ltd

Lac Ste Anne County, no more clear skies ahead

About to get swallowed up at Sandy Lake

Alexander 134 (Indian reserve) batten the hatches

Edmonton-Morinville (Mike’s Field)

Edmonton, the capital of Alberta along the North Saskatchewan River

Heading down Jasper Ave

Downtown Edmonton

Art Gallery of Alberta in front, flying by City Hall

Rogers Place, construction started March 2014

Multi-use indoor arena opened September 2016

Edmonton, known as Canada’s festival city

West Edminton Mall, largest mall in NA with an indoor pirate ship

And The Royal Alberta Museum

Muttart Conservatory, botanical gardens with tropical & arid biomes

Muttart Conservatory with the Edmonton skyline

Wetaskiwin, name comes from the Cree word wītaskiwinihk, meaning “the hills where peace was made”

Sunset at Ponoka

Red Deer, about halfway between Calgary and Edmonton

Calgary, owing its rapid growth to its status as the centre of Canada’s oil industry

Prince’s Island Park on the Bow River

Approaching Calgary Tower from the east

Calgary Tower (627ft)

Zooming past the Wonderland Sculpture, 12-meter, bent-wire girl’s head in front of The Bow (820ft)

4th Avenue SW

Shaw Millennium Park and Mewata Armoury

Calgary Stampede, festival space that hosts a variety of shows, including a well-known annual rodeo

Time for sleep, then check out how it looks in the morning.

Departure from Calgary International 7:02 AM local time

Calgary along the Bow River

Calgary Tower revisited

And another look at the Calgary Stampede, Repsol Sport Centre further behind (left)

Moving on, landing at Flying S Ranch

Kananaskis, here comes the icing, back into the Rockies

Mount King George (11,198ft) in the back right

Invermere, eastern British Columbia near the border of Alberta

Mount McCoubrey (9,669ft)

Sultana Peak (10,564ft) and Mount Nelson (10,869ft)

Cooper Creek

Nakusp beside the mouth of Kuskanax Creek, on the Upper Arrow Lake

Kelowna on Okanagan Lake, seen from Knox Hill

William R. Bennet Bridge crossing Okanagan Lake

Kelowna City Park with Hot Sands Beach

A friend and former colleague lives in that survey near Sutherland Bay Park

Kelowna is a lovely place to visit, I recognize it from when we were there 16 years ago (time flies)

Forest fires are a problem though, lots of smoke to deal with in summer

Shumway Lake

Kamloops, where the North and South Thompson rivers meet

McArthur Island Park on the lower left along the combined Thompson rivers

Final stop for this leg, Kamloops Airport

View from McArthur Island park on the right

Kamloops heritage railway provides a unique Christmas experience

Next leg, on to Vancouver before heading down into the states.

Leg 234, Kamloops, BC, Canada to Friday Harbor, Washington, USA

DAY04_13.PLN (9.8 KB)

The last of Canada until the the end of my tour, more of British Columbia and the much bigger than I thought Vancouver Island. I flew on into the night to end this leg at the iconic Friday Harbor Airport, FSX’s default flight location.

04-12 Kamloops CYKA 5:34 PM
04-12 Knustfor Airstrip CYKS 5:37 PM
04-12 Cache Creek CAZ5 5:54 PM
04-12 Lillooet CYLI 6:08 PM
04-12 Pemberton CYPS 6:25 PM Whistler Blackcomb 50°06’55.0"N 122°56’53.0"W
04-12 Squamish CYSE 6:48 PM
04-12 Pitt Meadows CYPK 7:03 PM
04-12 Vancouver Intl CYVR 7:15 PM PG Area
04-12 Sechelt-Gibsons CAP3 7:52 PM
04-12 Gillies Bay CYGB 8:06 PM
04-12 Powell River CYPW 8:11 PM
04-12 Hansen Airfield CCI9 8:23 PM
04-12 Stuart Island Airstrip CYCM 8:38 PM
04-12 Alert Bay CYAL 9:06 PM
04-12 Port McNeill CAT5 9:08 PM
04-12 Port Hardy CYZT 9:14 PM Alone 50°32’20.6"N 127°58’54.3"W (Around the island)
04-12 Woss CAK4 9:50 PM
04-12 Tofino CYAZ 10:18 PM
04-12 Sekiu 11S 10:45 PM
04-12 Williams R Fairchild Intl KCLM 10:58 PM Victoria PG Area 48°25’7"N, 123°22’15"W
04-12 Victoria Intl CYYJ 11:27 PM
04-12 Stuart Island West 2WA3 11:33 PM Drone cam landing
04-12 Waldronaire 90WA 11:40 PM Drone cam landing
04-12 Orcas I KORS 11:46 PM
04-12 Clam Harbor WA35 11:56 PM Short runway, luckily some street lights
04-13 Wilding Farm 6WA5 12:13 AM 5 attempts, need better lights on this plane
04-12 Friday Harbor KFHR * 12:19 AM

Flight time 6:45 26 stops

Departure from Kamloops, beautiful day out

New Afton Mine along the Trans Canada Highway

Flying over Penny Lake in Walhachin, Thompson River down in the valley

Cache Creek on the Trans Canada Highway

Cache Creek Airport

Flying to Lillooet, should be over the next mountain range

Lillooet, formerly Cayoosh Flat, a community on the Fraser River

BC Hydro Seton Lake on Audrey Creek

Pemberton, one half still covered in snow

Mount Currie (8,501ft) in my way to Whistler

Whistler Blackcomb, The Spearhead (8,061ft) and Blackcomb peak (7,992ft) on the left

Whistler Mountain (7,156ft) on the right. 23 lifts, 200 km of slopes and 50 km of ski routes

By many measures the largest ski resort in NA with the greatest uphill lift capacity

There is even a peak to peak Gondola

Scenes from the 2010 winter Olympics

And when the snow goes, you can enjoy downhill mountain biking

There is more to see in Whistler, for example Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre

Flying on to Squamish, watch the well camouflaged power lines

Leaving the snow behind over Indian Arm and Croker Island

Port Mann Bridge crossing the Fraser River near Vancouver

Following the Fraser River to Vancouver International Airport, watching all the log booms on the river

Mitchell Island, so many wood logs

After a quick stop at the airport, entering downtown Vancouver over Granville Bridge

All the traffic is on a lower AI generated bridge…

Zooming down Granville Street

Waterfront station and Vancouver Lookout

Which is where Canada Place is, convention center built to look like a ship

It looks like King Kong stepped on the train set

Fairmont Hotel on Hornby street. Robson square looks like it’s overtaken by nature

Science world at the end of False Creek

BC Place, 50,000 seat stadium with retractable roof

Some random shots from Vancouver, one of Canada’s densest, most ethnically diverse cities

A peek into Vancouver’s Museum of Anthropology

Heading North along the Strait of Georgia, Sechelt on the lower Sunshine Coast

Powell River

Savary Island

Stuart Island, Estero Peak (5,472ft) on the horizon

Where is the airport hidden

There you are, sneaky bugger

Beautiful place to land and take off

Big turn over Bute Inlet, heading to Vancouver Island

Johstone Strait, looking at Vancouver Island

West Cracroft Island

Alert Bay, this one in BC (other in Nunavut)

Almost to the top of Vancouver Island

Winter Harbour near the north end of Vancouver Island

Grant Bay at Winter Harbour

Quatsino Provincial Park

Alone was filmed around this area, best survival show

Very well made, I hope it comes back, so relaxing to watch

Merry Widow Mountain (4,610ft)

Megin Peak (4,918ft) There are a lot of mountains on Vancouver Island

Tofino-Long Beach Airport

Flying over the Salish Sea

Sekiu, Clallam County, Washington, USA

Population 27, just south of Vancouver Island

Sunset at Sekiu Airport

Victoria, the capital of British Colombia on the southwest end of Vancouver Island

Esquimalt rd going over the Johson Street Bridge

Salish Sea Industrial Services Ltd with a ship turn table

The Inner Harbour with the Legaslative Assembly on the right, Victoria Conference center left

Craigdarroch Castle, Victorian castle built by the coal baron Robert Dunsmuir between 1887 & 1890

Victoria International Airport

Not done yet, flying on into the night

Waldron Island, USA just across the border

Orcas Island

Winding farm, near impossible to land at night, 5 attempts later

Still not sure if I’m on a ‘runway’, pure folly attempting this!

Reached my goal for the day, Friday Harbor, the starting location for FSX

View from the tower

I’ll see what the airport looks like tomorrow, then on to Seattle.


Leg 235, Friday Harbor, Washington via Oregon to Orofino, Idaho, USA

DAY04_14.PLN (12.8 KB)

World Update 4 day, slow connection, lot of stuttering, which slowly cleared up later in the evening. Server load does seem to make a difference on local performance. Some odd changes to the wheel grip, the plane jerks a lot more while touching down, not gradually gaining grip anymore, rather instantly. No problem, the new super grip made it easier to land on a narrow bridge with crosswind :slight_smile:

04-13 Friday Harbor KFHR * 5:22 PM
04-13 Burden Field (Rabbit Run) 61WA 5:24 PM
04-13 Lopez Island S31 5:26 PM
04-13 Center Island 78WA 5:29 PM
04-13 Decatur Shores WN07 5:31 PM
04-13 Decatur / Jones WA18 5:32 PM
04-13 Anacortes 74S 5:36 PM
04-13 Skagit Regl KBVS 5:40 PM
04-13 Arlington Mun KAWO 5:49 PM Everett PG Area Bad performance, server very slow
Internet down, fps < 5, end task, restart 6:04
04-13 47°56’45.42", N122°15’19.58"W 6:03 PM Slow loading
04-13 Snohomish County (Plaine Fld) KPAE 6:05 PM Seattle PG Area
04-13 Boeing/King Co Intl KBFI 6:38 PM PG Runway tears
04-13 Seattle-Tacoma Intl KSEA 6:42 PM Tacoma PG Area Terrible stuttering long pauses
04-13 Mcchord Field (Joint Base Lewi) KTCM 7:04 PM
Terrible stuttering, can’t operate plane anymore, 2 fps, restart 7:08 PM
04-13 47°3’46.74" N122°20’3.52"W 7:15 PM
04-13 Kapowsin Field 86WA 7:17 PM Mount Raineir 46°51’07.5"N 121°45’26.5"W
04-13 Tieton State 4S6 7:45 PM
04-13 Southwest Washington Rgnl KKLS 8:21 PM Lewis And Clarke Bridge 46°6’17"N, 122°57’42"W
04-13 Michair WT44 8:32 PM Unclear runway
04-13 Karpens OR23 8:40 PM
04-13 Astoria Megler Bridge 46°12’50"N, 123°51’41"W 8:52 PM
04-13 Astoria Rgnl KAST 8:57 PM
04-13 Seaside Mun 56S 9:03 PM Haystack Rock 45°53’4"N, 123°58’6"W
04-13 Nehalem Bay State 3S7 9:22 PM
04-13 Tillamook KTMK 9:28 PM Lot of Turbulance 29 knot head/crosswind
04-13 Abba’s 91OR 9:39 PM
04-13 McNary Fld KSLE 9:52 PM Salem PG Area
04-13 Harchenko Industrial OR38 9:58 PM
04-13 Meyer Riverside Airpark OG34 10:03 PM Beaverton Portland PG Area
04-13 Portland Intl KPDX 10:25 PM Bad performance, terrible stuttering
04-13 Portland-Troutdale KTTD 10:32 PM 29 knot headwind
04-13 Chenoweth Airpark 6OR2 10:53 PM
04-13 Columbia Gorge Rgnl/The Dalles KDLS 10:57 PM Memory escalating, stuttering, switch to terrain detail 10
04-13 Wasco State 35S 11:06 PM
04-13 Eastern Oregon Rgnl At Pendlet KPDT 11:36 PM
04-13 Walla Walla Rgnl KALW 11:50 PM 22 to 32 knot headwind lot of turbulance
04-14 Lewiston-Nez Perce County KLWS 12:14 AM
04-14 Orofino Mun 12:37 AM Dworshak Dam 46°30’55"N, 116°17’47"W

Flight time 6:54 35 stops

Inappropriate take off from Friday Harbor

Center Island in Lopez Sound, Washington

Anacortes, named after Anne Curtis Bowman, wife of early Fidalgo Island settler Amos Bowman

Everett, the largest city in Snohomish County. Here looking at Delta Yard

Naval Station Everett

I landed on the aircraft carrier, but sunk into the deck and had to use slew mode to get off…

Seattle Salmon Bay Bridge

Spotted the Holland America Line

Komo TV Transmit in Queen Anne

The Space Needle (605ft) and Museum of Pop Culture lower left

At Union St - 4th Ave, a view that’s not possible anymore, a building popped up after the data was taken

Century Link Field, home of the Seahawks & Sounders

T-Mobile Park, Seattle Mariners’ ballpark, formerly known as Safeco Field (until 2018)

Union Pacific Railroad - Argo Yard

Boeing-King Co International Airport

Husky Terminal & Stevedoring in Tacoma

New Tacoma to be exact

Tacoma East 21st Bridge with the Museum of Glass on the right

Next heading for Mount Rainier

First a stop at Kapowsin Field

Mount Rainier (14,411ft)

The Cascade Range’s highest mountain

Long way back down

Rimrock Lake in Tieton State

Flying by Stonewall Ridge

Spirit Lake in front of Mount St Helens

Mount St Helens (8,366ft)

Until 1980 Mount Helens used to be about 1,300ft higher

Lewis and Clarke Bridge over the Colombia River

Astoria Megler Bridge near the Pacific Ocean

Too easy flying under the high part

This is more like it, cozy under here

Fully functional bridge, no problem landing on it as well

My plane does not fit under the girder part, up and over

Uniontown, Astoria ahead

Seaside Municipal Airport

Flying by Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach

Salem, not the one from the witch trials, that’s in Massachusetts, east coast

Willamette River, PG girder bridges have a tendency to grow trees

Nice mural spotted near First United Methodist Church

Salem is home to the Oregon State Capitol, capital city of Oregon

Next up Portland, flying over Chapman Square

On the left Veterans Memorial Coliseum and Moda Center, on the right the Oregon Convention Center

Awesome Steel Bridge to the right (a photogrammetry mess unfortunately)

1912 bi-level lift bridge, one of a kind

The Oregon Zoo up in the hills

Willamette river flowing through Portland

Colombia river on the other side of Portland, here at Portland-Troutdale

Franz Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Sunset over Oregon

Mount Hood (11,250ft)

The Dalles, the largest city of Wasco County, along the Colombia River

Sherman County, entering windmill territory

Morrow County

Walla Walla, Washington in the distance

Take off from Walla Walla Regional Airport

Take off from Lewiston-Nez Perce County Regional Airport

Flying by the Dworshak Dam, nicely lit up at night

Final stop this leg at Orofino, Clearwater County, Idaho

No lights here, but the runway was in the G1000, no problem

Heading to Salt Lake City tomorrow after a peek at the dam by daylight.

Leg 236, Orofino, Idaho via Utah to Bear Lake County, Idaho, USA

DAY04_15.PLN (8.8 KB)

Lovely nature flight over Idaho, beautiful mountains and valleys to fly through.

04-14 Orofino Mun 5:36 PM Dworshak Dam 46°30’55"N, 116°17’47"W
04-14 Kooskia Mun S82 5:49 PM
04-14 Dixie USFS A05 6:10 PM
04-14 Big Creek U60 6:22 PM
04-14 Lower Loon Creek C53 * 6:45 PM
04-14 Mahoney Creek 0U3 6:54 PM
04-14 Thomas Creek 2U8 6:58 PM
04-14 Indian Creek USFS S81 7:02 PM
04-14 Morgan Ranch 02ID 7:10 PM
04-14 Sulphur Creek Ranch ID74 7:13 PM
04-14 Bruce Meadows U63 7:19 PM
04-14 Boise Air Terminal/Gowen Fld KBOI 7:43 PM
04-14 Mountain Home Afb KMUO 7:59 PM
04-14 Buhl Mun U03 8:20 PM
04-14 Joslin Field - Magic Valley Rg KTWF 8:25 PM
04-14 Lucin 02UT 8:51 PM
04-14 Wendover KENV Salt flats 9:08 PM Bonneville Salt flats racetrack 40°45’44.4"N 113°53’46.0"W
04-14 Delle Utah KGRT 9:31 PM Bingham Copper Mine 40°31’23.0"N 112°08’57.9"W
04-14 Salt Lake City Intl KSLC PG Area 9:51 PM
04-14 Skypark Bountiful KBTF 10:10 PM
04-14 Hill Afb KHIF 10:16 PM
04-14 Ogden-Hinckley KOGD 10:19 PM
04-14 Logan-Cache KLGU 10:35 PM 37 knot cross wind
04-14 Bear Lake County 1U7 10:55 PM

Flight time 5:19 23 stops

Departure from Orofino, looks nice by daylight

Checking out the Dworshak Reservoir and Dam

Clearwater River

Rainbow Lake

Salmon River through Payette National Forest

Chicken Peak (8,440ft) in the Big Hole Mountains above Fleming Canyon

Mosquito Ridge South

Big Creek at Hogback Ridge

Flying over Valley County

Approaching Lower Loon Creek from the north

Over the Middle Fork Slamon River

Lower Loon Creek Airstrip USFS

I came in a bit fast, long way down, stopped in time before the rocks

Mahoney Creek

Indian Creek

Back over the Middle Fork Salmon River

Sulphur Creek Ranch, on the straight and narrow

Over Lost Lakes

Hole in the Wall Creek

Wilson Peak (5,353ft)

The Snake River winding through Owyhee County

Twin Falls County, huge farms to the horizon

Rain incoming over Cassia County

Fivemile Springs, Nevada

Burnt Mountain near Death Creek Reservoir in Utah, on Google maps that is

Burnt Mountain is actually far further South, no name for this rock

Box Elder County, still cold enough to end up with an iced up plane

Tooele County

Wendover on the western edge of the salt flats

Salt works in Tooele County

Bonneville Salt Flats

In Bonneville State Park

The Bonneville salt flats are known for setting all kinds of land speed records

Futher on to Delle, strange landscape

Grassy Mountains HP (6,596ft)

Cedar Mountains ridge just before Delle

Stansbury Bay, at the southwest end of Great Salt Lake

Stansbury Island

Great Salt Lake, western Hemisphere’s largest salt-water lake

Bingham Canyon Mine aka Kennecott Copper Mine, just southwest of Salt Lake City International Airport

The largest man-made excavation, and deepest open-pit mine in the world (3,900ft)

Salt Lake City, capital of Utah, Salt Palace Convention Center on the left

Salt Lake Temple, the centerpiece of Temple Square & the Mormon Church

The Church of ■■■■■ ■■■■■■ of Latter-Day Saints Conference Center with gardens on the roof

Utah State Capitol Building behind towards the hills

Light fading fast, heading North along Capitol Hill after checking out the south part of the city

Skypark Airport

Take off from Ogden-Hinckley Airport

Leaving Ogden behind to climb over the mountain range in the dark

To finish this leg at Bear Lake County Airport

The co-pilot had a spot on the window to see the runway, 28F outside

On to Yellowstone National Park next leg.

Leg 237, Bear Lake County, Idaho via Wyoming, Montana and South Dakota to Omaha, Nebraska, USA

DAY04_16.PLN (11.4 KB)

Not the best weather, Yellowstone looked great regardless. It’s probably better with a cloudy background to bring out the color. I hope one day the water vapor and old faithful’s geyser will be added. It’s not quite the same without the fog from the hot springs.

04-15 Bear Lake County 1U7 2:37 PM
04-15 Afton Mun KAFO 2:51 PM
04-15 Star Valley Ranch WY39 3:00 PM
04-15 Alpine 46U 3:07 PM Snowing and raining
04-15 Jackson Hole KJAC 3:22 PM Grand Teton 43°44’24.1"N 110°48’08.5"W
04-15 Driggs-Reed Meml KDIJ 3:36 PM Old Faithful 44°27’37.6"N 110°49’41.6"W
Grand Prismatic Spring 44°31’30.3"N 110°50’17.5"W
04-15 Yellowstone KWYS 4:33 PM
04-15 Gardiner 29S 4:48 PM Plane animations broken, switches inoperable
04-15 Briar Creek 2MT5 5:06 PM
04-15 Haggerty 24MT 5:09 PM Mystery runway, field landing
04-15 Waterfall 23MT 5:12 PM No runway, landed in field nearby
04-15 Edsall Field MT71 5:16 PM Marker not working but found the runway
04-15 Monger 9MT8 5:18 PM
04-15 Bozeman Yellowstone Intl KBZN 5:21 PM
04-15 Kreikemeier 4MT1 5:24 PM
04-15 Big Timber 6S0 5:45 PM
04-15 Billings Logan Intl KBIL 6:11 PM
04-15 Big Horn Co 00U 6:25 PM
04-15 St Labre Mission 3U4 6:50 PM
04-15 Stallions 07WY 7:05 PM
04-15 Thrush Ranch 04WY 7:17 PM
04-15 Ipy Ranch WY14 7:31 PM Devils Tower 44°35’26"N, 104°42’54"W
04-15 Taylor Field WY55 7:44 PM Bad Stuttering after leaving the landmark, high memory use
04-15 Mondell KECS 7:58 PM Bad performance, memory use increasing faster and faster
End task, restart, 30+ GB RAM in use for no reason 8:07 PM
04-15 43°51’13.85"N 103°49’1.97"W 8:14 PM Smooth again, memory use halved
Crazy Horse Memorial 43°50’12"N, 103°37’25"W
Mount Rushmore 43°52’44"N, 103°27’33"W
04-15 Rapid City Rgnl KRAP 8:37 PM
04-15 Oasis Ranch 0SD6 8:56 PM
04-15 Hayes Emergency Airstrip SD21 9:09 PM What strip? Dodge the buildings
04-15 Pierre Rgnl KPIR PG Area 9:25 PM
03-15 Mitchell Mun KMHE 10:03 PM
03-15 Chan Gurney Muni KYKN 10:25 PM
03-15 Wayne Mun KLCG 10:42 PM
03-15 Eppley KOMA 11:14 PM Omaha PG Area

Flight time 8:30 31 stops

Departing from Bear Lake County, Idaho

Red Mountain (9,284ft) in the Salmon River Mountains, in Custer County

Afton, Lincoln County, Wyoming

Star Valley Ranch

Lincoln County

Deadhorse Canyon, Wyoming, horses die in a lot of canyons

Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton (13,775ft)

Located in Teton County, south of Yellowstone

Yellowstone National Park, featuring the world’s largest collection of geysers

Mount Sheridan (10,313ft) overlooking Heart Lake, behind the mountain. Lewis Lake up ahead

Yellowstone Lake

The Promontory

West Thumb Geyser Basin

Yellowstone Lake, Thumb Geyser and Fishing Cone

Old Faithful

Grand Prismatic Spring

Grand Prismatic and the Opal Pool

Terrace Spring

Following the Madison river along Harlequin Lake

Through Yellowstone Canyon along US Highway 191

Yellowstone Airport

The Crags

Gardiner, Montana

Dome Mountain (7,560ft)

Briar Creek

Bozeman Yellowstone Intl

Kreikemeier Airport

A break in the clouds over Sweet Grass County

Crossing the Yellowstone River

Yellowstone County

Billings in southern Montana

Custer Battlefield Museum along I90

Custer Battlefield Museum and Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument

The Battle of the Little Bighorn, known to the Lakota and other Plains Indians as the “Battle of the Greasy Grass” was the most significant action of the Great Sioux War of 1876.

Crow Reservation where the battle took place

Hwy 212 cutting though Lame Deer County

St Labre Mission

Devils Tower (1,267ft), Wyoming

867ft from summit to base, most likely formed by cooling magma that later got exposed by erosion

The name originated in 1875 during an expedition led by Colonel Richard Irving Dodge, when his interpreter reportedly misinterpreted the native name, Mato Tipila (Bear Lodge/Rock/Tipi), to mean “Bad God’s Tower”. It’s listed as Bear Lodge on old maps.

Mondell Airport

Crazy Horse Memorial, an Oglala Sioux Indian chief who fought against removal to a reservation in the Black Hills. In 1876, he joined with Cheyenne forces in a surprise attack against Gen. George Crook; then united with Chief Sitting Bull for the Battle of the Little Bighorn.

Started in 1948, seams and cracks in the underlying rock as well as funding are slowing down progress

Mount Rushmore with George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Teddy Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln

Close shave for George Washington

I had not planned getting quite that close, plane is sluggish with iced up wings, close call

Sunnyside Township

Missouri River

At the Oahe Downstream State Recreation Area

Pierre, the capital city of South Dakota

South Dakota State Capitol, Hollister Football Field and Hyde Baseball Stadium

Sunset over Pierre at Builders FirstSource

Oahe Softball Complex along the Missouri River

Pierre Regional Airport

Following the Missouri river to Mitchell

Lower Brule

Mitchell, South Dakota

At the location of a prehistoric Indian village and home to The World’s Only Corn Palace

Chan Gurney Municipal Airport

Wayne, Nebraska

Approaching Omaha close to the Iowa border

Preparing for my final landing of the day

At Eppley Airfield

The moon is up, still very little light from the moon

I’ll be checking out Omaha by daylight tomorrow then on to Kansas city.

Leg 238, Omaha, Nebraska via Kansas to Granby, Colorado, USA

DAY04_17.PLN (12.8 KB)

A double leg visiting a bunch of cities, getting spoiled by the rich amount of detail in the US data.

04-16 Eppley KOMA 3:59 PM Omaha PG Area
04-16 Millard KMLE 4:14 PM
04-16 Lincoln KLNK 4:26 PM PG Area
04-16 Nebraska City Mun KAFK 4:54 PM
04-16 Rosecrans Memorial KSTJ 5:18 PM
04-16 Kansas City Intl KMCI 5:30 PM PG Area
04-16 Charles B Wheel Downtown KMKC 5:38 PM PG Area
Terrible stuttering, memory increasing, end task, restart 5:58 PM
04-16 38°55’43.92"N 94°46’22.48"W 6:05 PM Small update appeared, downloaded, smooth again
04-16 New Century Aircenter KIXD 6:08 PM
04-16 Topeka Rgnl KFOE 6:22 PM PG Area
04-16 Manhattan Rgnl KMHK 6:53 PM
04-16 Salina Rgnl KSLN 7:11 PM Coronado Heights Cactle 38°36’48"N, 97°42’12"W
04-16 McPherson KMPR 7:23 PM
04-16 Moundridge Muni 47K 7:30 PM
04-16 Newton City Co KEWK 7:35 PM
04-16 Colonel James Jabara KAAO 7:42 PM Witchita PG Area
04-16 Witchita Mid-Continent KICT 7:52 PM
04-16 Kingman Airport-Clyde Cessna 9K8 8:02 PM
04-16 Dodge City Rgnl KDDC 8:32 PM
04-16 Garden City Rgnl KGCK 8:50 PM
04-16 Scott City Mun KTQK 9:05 PM Monument Rocks National Natural 38°47’36"N, 100°45’46"W
04-16 Oakley Mun KOEL 9:26 PM

04-17 Oakley Mun KOEL 8:17 AM
04-17 Shalz KCBK 8:26 AM
04-17 Cheyenne Co Mun KSYF 8:42 AM
04-17 Wray Mun 2V5 8:55 AM
04-17 Haxtun Muni 17V 9:10 AM 16 knot headwind icing
04-17 Sidney Muni/Lloyd W Carr Field KSNY 9:23 AM Chimney Rock 41°42’14"N, 103°20’52"W
04-17 Western Nebraska Rgnl/William KBFF 9:48 AM
04-17 Cheyenne Rgnl/Jerry Olson Fiel KCYS 10:16 AM PG Area
04-17 Greely-Weld Co KGXY 10:48 AM
04-17 Land CO82 10:55 AM
04-17 Denver Intl KDEN * 11:02 AM Denver PG Area
04-17 39°44’38.62"N 104°59’48.27"W 11:39 AM The Colorado Convention Center
04-17 Centennial KAPA 11:48 AM
Bad performance, memory increasing, end task, restart
04-17 Centennial KAPA 11:55 AM
04-17 Rocky Mountain Metro KBJC 12:05 AM Boulder PG Area
04-17 Boulder Municipal Airport KBDU 12:11 AM Can’t get over the mountain, icing
04-17 Granby Grand KGNB 1:07 PM Tough mountain crossing

Flight time 10:03 35 stops

First up, Omaha where I landed in the dark last leg. TD Ameritrade Park Omaha

Annual host of the College World Series & home ballpark of Creighton University men’s baseball team.

Omaha Downtown

Bob Kerry Pedestrian Bridge at the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Headquarters

Another pass through downtown, at S10th st - Dodge st, odd no avenues

Saint Cecilia Cathedral, opened 1905, completed 1959

Millard Aiport, the rain started

On to Lincoln Nebraska, BSNF Terminal

Nebraska State Capitol

Memorial Stadium, Home field of Nebraska Cornhuskers

Following the Missouri river into Missouri

Little glitch in Clay Township, grows taller as you get closer

Bigelow Township

Green Township, well named

Approaching Kansas City, Missouri

Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport

Kansas city center or is it Sprint center, actually it’s T-Mobile Center

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

National WWI Museum and Memorial

■■■■■ Leagues Baseball Museum at the left side of my plane

And Black Archives Of Mid-America, the building with the bright red roof

Exhibits on segregated league’s 1920 founding to Jackie Robinson’s 1947 Brooklyn Dodgers debut

Flying over Clinton Lake

To Topeka, here at the Kansas State Capitol

Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site (The school with the red roof)

School at the center of a 1954 court case that ended racial segregation in education facilities. You can walk through the school in street view, turned into a museum.

Topeka Constitution Hall (beneath my plane)

One of the most famous surviving buildings of early Kansas, a two-story building of native limestone with a flat roof, constructed by brothers Loring and John Farnsworth between April and October 1855.

Manhattan along the Kansas River

Milford Lake

Coronado Heights Castle

Alleged to be near the place where Francisco Vásquez de Coronado gave up his search for the seven cities of gold and turned around to return to Mexico

Witchita, Kansas

Witchita The Keeper of the Plains and Mid-America All-Indian Museum

Botanica, The Wichita Gardens

New Wichita Ballpark and Century II Performing Arts & Convention Center

Dodge City Regional Airport

Dodge City known for Boot Hill Museum celebrating the city’s frontier past

Logan, entering crop circle territory

Scott City Municipal Airport

Monument Rocks National Natural Landmark, weird name, weird landmark

Bing has some info: Monument Rocks (also Chalk Pyramids) are a series of large chalk formations in Gove County, Kansas, rich in fossils. The formations were the first landmark chosen by the US Department of the Interior as a National Natural Landmark.

Oakley Municipal Airport Approach

Landing in the rain at night, fun

Good time to stop, continue in the morning

Oakley at sunrise

I70 in North Randall

St Francis in Cheyenne County, Kansas

Wray in Yuma County, Colorado

Yuma County, more circle farms

Climbing a bit to see the circles from higher up, of course rewarded with icing

Was worth it, great view up here

Gurley Nebraska

Chimney Rock, 325ft tall, part of the Oregon trail

“Completely underwhelming. Don’t waste your time.” according to a review on Google

Cheyenne, the capital of Wyoming. Here at Frontier Days Old West Museum

BSNF Cheyenne yard on the way to the city center

Cheyenne Depot Museum dedicated to the Union Pacific Railroad

Behind it is the Historic Atlas Theatre, dating back to 1887, still in use

Wyoming State Capitol

Cheyenne Big Boy Steam Engine 4004

One of eight surviving examples of the world’s largest steam locomotives

Weld County, more circle farms on the way to Denver

Denver International Airport

Got a bridge, will fly under

Fitzsimons, Aurora, part of the University of Colorado

Denver Zoo below, Ferril lake and the smaller Duck lake

With pictures of Canada Geese, those aren’t ducks…

Colorado State Capitol under my wing, Civic center Park behind

Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception on the right

Trinity United Methodist Church hiding between the skyscrapers

Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies

Empower Field at Mile High, home of NFL’s Denver Broncos

Elitch Gardens amusement park visible behind the stadium

Sculpture Park at Denver Performing Arts Complex

That parking garage looked like the perfect landing strip

Colorado Convention Center

Difficult take off, just cleared the railing, should have backed up further, not much room to turn

Dipped down to keep control and climb again before hitting the street

On to Boulder, via Hillcrest reservoir

Boulder Municipal Airport

Colorada University Boulder East Campus

Folsom Field, historic home of the Buffaloes football & other CU-Boulder teams

Heading into the rocky mountains over Boulder County

Silver Lake, icing…

This crossing turned into a major headache, icing preventing me to get over the mountains

Finally decided to follow the I70

Then up a valley along Red Mountain

Finally over, managed to climb to FL125 over Range Creek thanks to a break in the clouds

Grand County, the grass is greener on the other side

Granby, Grand County

Last stop this leg, let my plane melt before the next one

Further South next leg to New Mexico and Texas.

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I have lots of family in Nebraska and lots of fond memories driving through Kansas City, Wichita, Salina, and McPherson on the way to/from visiting them, so thank you for this. And Boulder, Colorado always reminds me of the TV show Mork & Mindy. And finally I never get tired of seeing the rain and wet runway effects.

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Leg 239, Granby, Colorado via New Mexico to El Paso, Texas, USA

DAY04_17B.PLN (6.2 KB)

I finally decided to fix the date ‘problem’ on my pln files since crossing the date line, hence April 17 has 2 legs. I had a bit of luck with live weather not working at the start of the leg. Lot of mountain crossings in clear skies, no icing, although the actual forecast had it overcast. Sunny pictures this leg.

04-17 Granby Grand KGNB 4:01 PM
04-17 Aspen-Pitkin Co/Sardy Field KASE * 4:38 PM Live weather bugged, cloudy according to the forecast
04-17 Lake Co KLXV 4:55 PM
04-17 Carrera Airpark 93CO 5:13 PM Bumpy, landed at the neighbors airstrip, close together
04-17 City of Colorado Springs Municipal Airport KCOS 5:52 PM PG Area
04-17 Pueblo Meml KPUB 6:07 PM
04-17 Spanish Peaks Airfield 4V1 6:23 PM
04-17 Taos Regl KSKX 7:06 PM
04-17 Santa Fe Muni KSAF 7:30 PM PG Area
04-17 Albuquerque Intl Sunport KABQ 8:24 PM PG Area
04-17 Alexander Mun E80 8:37 PM
04-17 Socorro Mun KONM 8:49 PM
04-17 Spaceport America 9NM9 9:14 PM
04-17 Shoestring Ranch NM79 9:29 PM Las Cruces PG Area
04-17 Las Cruces Intl KLRU 9:40 PM
04-17 El Paso Intl KELP 9:56 PM PG Area

Flight time 5:55 15 stops

First up, flying by Williams Fork Reservoir west of Granby

The Spider Mountain (12,692ft)

Mount Powell (13,586ft)

Bald Mountain (13,684ft)

Vail Ski Resort featuring over 5,000 acres of skiing trails

Beaver Creek Ski Resort at Beaver Creek

Gold Dust Peak (13,382ft) and Big Lake in Eagle County

Ruedi Reservoir

Approaching Aspen

Aspen lies to the left along the Roaring Fork River

Aspen-Pitkin Co - Sardy Field

Nice log terminal

And off again, into the mountains after a look at Aspen

Aspen, well known very popular ski resort

Mount Oklahoma (13,845ft) in Colorado

Mount Massive (14,428ft) in the Massive Wildreness Area

Flying along Sheep Ridge

Tomahawk State Wildlife Area

Antero Reservoir in the distance

Sulphur Mountain

Pikes Peak (14,114ft)

Known for the Pikes Peak Hill Climb

Colorado Springs, elevation 6,035ft at the eastern foot of the Rocky Mountains

America the Beautiful Park Fantasy Playground

Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum

Garden of the Gods, Juniper Way Loop

1,300 acres of sandstone formations

Back along the Kissing Camels

Pueblo, Colorado

Spanish Peaks Airfield

East (12,684ft) and West (13,625ft) Spanish Peaks

Culebra Peak (14,059ft) and Red Mountain (12,890ft)

Purgatoire Peak (13,676ft)

Taos County

Latir Peak (12,708ft)

Enchancted Circle Byway at Moly

Taos Regl Airport

Following the Rio Grande

On its way to the Gulf of Mexico

Back to flying with icing over New Mexico

Cañada de Abeyta (river) down in the gorge

Rio Arriba County

Nambe Pueblo

Santa Fe, the capital of New Mexico in the Sangre de Cristo foothills

New Mexico State Capitol

Santa Fe Plaza (wildly overgrown) and The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi further back

Another shot from the County Clerk’s Office

Continueing over Santa Fe County

Sandoval County

Sandia Crest (10,678ft)

Imagine living up there! (mostly radio antennas up there)

Albuquerque, New Mexico’s largest city, located in the high desert

Albuquerque Tguex Park with the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science (right side)

University Stadium and Isotopes Park (baseball stadium behind)

Albuquerque Intl Sunport, X means land here?

Bernalillo County, following the Rio Grande again

La Joya

Just took off from Socorro Municipal Airport

Jornada Del Muerto Wilderness Study Area

Ladybug Peak (7,457ft) and Middle Peak (5,786ft)

Mt Baldy and Skillet Knob (7,562ft)

Unnamed and unlisted airport along WSMR P Route 6

Spaceport America

Long runway

Virgin Galactic gateway to space

Block Mountain

Oñate Mountain (7,090ft)

Doña Ana County

NASA - White Sands Test Facility

Shoestring Ranch, admiring the cacti

Baylor peak (7,667ft) at Organ

Las Cruces on the edge of the Chihuahuan Desert

Flying over the Las Cruces Cruces Railroad Museum

Las Cruces Intl

One more hop to El Paso

El Paso, Texas in the far western part of the state

El Paso Internation Airport

Next leg, Tuscon where the airplane boneyard is and on to explore Arizona.

Leg 240, El Paso, Texas via Arizona to Telluride, Colorado, USA

DAY04_18.PLN (12.2 KB)

Another marathon Sunday leg, pretty much ending back up where I started the weekend. There is so much detail in the US data it will be weird to fly over the more average terrain again. But it will also be nice not to have to look out for all the transitions between PG area and regular data. Color matching remains problematic.

First, a lot to see in this leg featuring Arizona, which always makes me think of Lucky Luke. Beautiful landscapes and a lot of detailed cities to explore.

04-18 El Paso Intl KELP 8:42 AM PG Area
04-18 Dona Ana Co At Santa T KDNA 9:10 AM
04-18 First Aero Squadron Airpark NM09 9:29 AM
04-18 Bisbee Douglas Intl KDUG 10:10 AM
04-18 Sierra Vista Muni Libby Aaf KFHU 10:28 AM
04-18 Tucson Intl KTUS 10:49 AM PG Areas
04-18 Davis Monthan Afb KDMA * 10:54 AM Airplane Boneyard 32°10’19.8"N 110°50’55.5"W
04-18 La Cholla Airpark 57AZ 11:43 AM PG Areas
04-18 El Tiro AZ67 11:54 AM
04-18 Eds Field 20AZ 12:05 PM

04-18 Eds Field 20AZ 2:59 PM
04-18 Coolidge Mun P08 3:06 PM San Tan Valley PG Area
04-18 Williams Gateway KIWA 3:16 PM Mesa PG Area
04-18 Falcon Fld KFFZ 3:26 PM Tempe PG Area Bad Stuttering, long pauses
04-18 Phoenix Sky Hardbor Intl KPHX 3:49 PM PG Area
04-18 Glendale Muni KGEU 4:28 PM Peoria PG Area
04-18 Phoenix Deer Valley KDVT 4:40 PM Carefree PG Area
04-18 Sky Ranch At Carefree 18AZ 4:51 PM Anthem PG Area
04-18 Rio Vista Hills AZ64 5:13 PM
04-18 Wickenburg Mun E25 5:17 PM
04-18 Flying Dare’s Ranch 26AZ 5:25 PM
04-18 Gene Wash Reservoir 5CL7 5:47 PM Lake Hasevu City PG Area
04-18 Lake Havasu City KHII 6:01 PM
04-18 Ford Motor Co Arizona Proving Ground 58AZ 6:12 PM 25 knot headwind
04-18 Bagdad E51 6:42 PM
04-18 Ernest A Love Field KPRC 7:01 PM Prescott PG Area (south)
04-18 Cottonwood P52 7:24 PM
04-18 Sedona KSEZ * 7:36 PM
Bad stuttering, memory increasing, not recovering, end task, restart
04-18 Sedona KSEZ * 7:43 PM
04-18 Flagstaff Pulliam KFLG 7:51 PM PG Area
04-18 Lechee Airport KLEF 8:16 PM Meteor Crater 35°01’37.7"N 111°01’25.4"W
04-18 Winslow-Lindbergh Rgnl KINW 8:22 PM
04-18 Ganado KGAN 8:44 PM
04-18 Sanostee NM27 9:19 PM Unclear runway Shiprock 36°41’16"N, 108°50’11"W
04-18 Shiprock Airstrip 5V5 9:32 PM Cliff Palace - Mesa 37°10’1"N, 108°28’23"W
04-18 Telluride Rgnl KTEX * 10:16 PM

Flight time 10:33 33 stops

Departing from El Paso International Airport early morning

Checking out El Paso, downtown area

Southwest University Park

El Paso Convention and Performing Art Center

Sun Bowl Stadium, home to the El Paso Miners at The University of Texas

El Paso Hills at North Mesa

Flying out over Doña Ana County

Potrillo Volcanic Field

First Aero Squardron Airpark

Sierra Rica, Chihuahua, Mexico just over the border in a corner

Lone Cedar Gap in Hidalgo County. Good movie (Hidalgo) unrelated afaik

Hidalgo county offering some target practive for any aliens out there

Nice day in New Mexico

Bisbee Douglas International Airport

Some kind of mining operation at Paul Spur, next to Forest, Cochise County, Arizona

The Lavender pit aka Sacramento pit behind Warren in Copper King Canyon

Queen mine (copper mine) in Bisbee

Queen mine on the left, ghost town Bisbee and the Lavender Pit on the right

Ocotillo Preserve

Tucson, Pima County, Arizona

Landing at Davis Monthan Air Force Base, not the proper way to do it, runway is plenty long

Behind the air force base is the Airplane Boneyard

Amazing place

Which keeps on going

And works without a hitch, well done Asobo, looks and flies great

On the other side of the airport, Tucson Pima Air & Space Museum

One does not belong in there, hanging out with the big boys

Time to check out downtown Tucson

The colorful wall is from BLX skateboard shop

Tucson is home to the University of Arizona. Arizona Stadium, home to the Arizona Wildcats

On to the next city, flying by San Pedro Vista

La Cholla Airpark

Ed’s Field, time for a break

Continuing in the afternoon, Coolidge Municipal Airport

Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport

Superstition Springs, Mesa, Arizona

Falcon Field Airport, Sim city style square block zoning

Hohokam Stadium, longtime baseball spring training facility for the Oakland A’s

Tempe, just east of Phoenix

Home to Arizona State University and the Sun Devil Football Stadium

Arizona State University Desert Arboretum Park

Papago Amphitheater along E McDowell Rd on the way to Phoenix

Chase Field, home to Arizona Diamondbacks in Phoenix

Phoenix Suns Arena, now Talking Stick Resort Arena, still US Airways Center in game

Heard Museum (on the right) along N Central Ave with exhibits devoted to Native American civilizations

Featuring a beautiful collection of Southwestern art as well

Arizona State Capitol

State Farm Stadium, Gila River Arena and AMC Westgate 20 movie theater

Big entertainment complex nearby Glendale Municipal Airport

Bellair Golf Club, north side of Phoenix

Phoenix Deer Valley Airport

On to Boulders Carefree in Scottsdale

Sky Ranch at Carefree

Leaving the massive urban area behind, flying over Hieroglyphic Mountains

Yavapai County

Mericopa County, Wild Horse Tank below

Smith Peak (5,242ft)

Harcuvar Mountains Wilderness

Planet, Arizona on the north bank of the Bill Williams River in La Paz County

Havasu Springs Resort at Parker Dam in the Colorado River

Gene Wash Reservoir and Airport

Lake Havasu City, known as a base for trails in the nearby desert and water sports on Lake Havasu

Bridgewater Links Golf Course and London Bridge

Famous bridge rebuilt after being transported from London in the 1970s

Ford Motor Co Arizona Proving Ground

Flying over Mohave County

Sycamore Creek

Quite the canyon for a creek

Bagdad Copper Mine

Bagdad Airport

Granite Mountain Wilderness Arizona

Granite Gardens Park along Hwy 89 to Prescott

Prescott, located in central Arizona

Wildly overgrown Courthouse Plaze with the historic Whiskey Row alongside, Jefferson Park behind

Sedona, desert town near Flagstaff

Sedona Airport, rightfully one of the star airport locations

Amazing views at this airport

Beautiful area, Slide Rock State Park

Flagstaff, gateway to the San Francisco Peaks, home to Arizona’s tallest mountain (Humphreys Peak)

Also home to the Northern Arizona University and Walkup Skydome sports complex (big white dome)

Flying over Meteor Crater Natural Landmark

Lechee Airport nearby Meteor Crater

Into Navajo County

The terrain is getting more rugged

Apache County, some traces of snow left here

Canyon de Chelly

Created by the innocent looking Wheatfields Creek

Trouble brewing at Old Sawmill Spring

Looking for Sanostee Airport

It’s in one of these valleys

Not much to see there, on to Ship Rock in the Navajo Volcanic Field

Iconic & religiously significant Navajo Nation monadnock that rises over 1,500 ft into the air

The term monadnock is used by American geologists to describe any isolated mountain formed from the exposure of a harder rock as a result of the erosion of a softer one once surrounding it (a landform termed “inselberg” “island-peak” elsewhere in the world)

San Juan County, New Mexico

Ute Mountain Reservation

Cliff Palace in Fewkes Canyon, Montezuma County

Cliff dwelling built by Ancestral Puebloans from 1190 to 1260

On the other side of the canyon is the Sun temple. Archaeological site of a ceremonial structure thought to be an ancient Pueblo astronomy observatory

Great view of Cliff Palace from the Sun Temple

Sunset over Montezuma County

Mancos, Colorado

Mount Wilson (14,252ft)

I decided to go around, running out of light

Telluride, a former Victorian mining town in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains

Final stop at Telluride Regional Airport

Slightly downhill runway

Actually makes for a very smooth landing

I decided to park for a change, nicely detailed airport

Awesome leg, detail overload

Next up, heading to the Grand Canyon

Thank you for pointing me to the Richat Structure.

Never heard from this before. But thats ok :wink:, Since MSFS 2020 is released, I have already learned more about the beauty and the versatility of our planets surface than in the last 50 years.

I am endless grateful for this experiences, thank you MS/Asobo!

When I am finished with my south americas tour I will went to africa next.

fly safe!

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Leg 241, Telluride, Colorado via Utah to Grand Canyon North Entrance, Arizona, USA

DAY04_19.PLN (7.8 KB)

I’ve been to this area a couple times although last time is already 20 years ago. Great to see it all from above, what’s further beyond the scenic lookouts. Terrain quality is a bit of a challenge, height data isn’t all that detailed while shadows are baked in on cliffs. It seems a morning flight would match better in this area. However it still looks amazing, awesome landscape to fly through.

04-19 Telluride Rgnl KTEX * 5:12 PM
04-19 Montrose Rgnl KMTJ 5:28 PM
04-19 Grand Junction Regional KGJT 5:46 PM
04-19 Hendricks Field at West Creek Ranch 63CO 6:05 PM
04-19 Hubbard 9CO3 6:09 PM
04-19 Las Sal Junction 01UT 6:21 PM
04-19 Mineral Strip UT75 6:42 PM
04-19 Happy Canyon UT97 7:01 PM
04-19 Hite UT03 7:12 PM
04-19 Fry Canyon Field UT74 7:30 PM
04-19 A Z Minerals Corporation 03UT 7:51 PM Monument Valley 37°1’13"N, 110°5’33"W
04-19 Eagle Mesa 37°3’3.18" N110°7’4.57"W 8:06 PM
04-19 Monument Valley UT25 8:10 PM
04-19 Oljato 05UT 8:18 PM
04-19 Navajo Mountain 04UT 8:29 PM Lake Powell 37°04’00.2"N 111°14’36.4"W
04-19 Page Muni KPGA 8:41 PM PG Area Glen Canyon Dam 36°56’15"N, 111°29’3"W
04-19 Marble Canyon L41 8:55 PM Navajo Bridge 36°49’3"N, 111°37’53"W
04-19 Bryce Canyon KBCE 9:20 PM Bryce Canyon 37°35’09.9"N 112°11’29.7"W
04-19 Cedar City Rgnl KCDC 9:40 PM Angel’s Landing 37°16’17.6"N 112°56’33.8"W
04-19 Colorado City Mun KAZC 10:01 PM
04-19 Grand Canyon Airport KGRM 10:24 PM

Flight time 5:12 20 stops

Departure from Telluride Airport

First we got to gain some height to get over the mountains

Back and forth gaining altitude

To get by Mears Peak (13,496ft) and Dallas Peak (13,809ft)

Montrose on the other side of the mountains

Following Dry Creek

Delta County

Mesa County, all highlands, flying at 8,000ft

Grand Junction in Colorado’s Western Slope region, known as the hub of Colorado’s wine country

Also home to Colorado Mesa University

Glade Park

Further over Mesa County, Moores Mining ahead

Landing at Hendricks Field at West Creek Ranch

Hubbard in Trumbull County, Ohio

Near Needles Overlook

Coming up on the Colorado River

Winding through Canyonlands National Park

Upheaval Dome, eroded crater, 5 km across, from a prehistoric meteorite impact

Mineral Canyon Strip at Mineral Bottom along the Green River

Taking off again along Tidwell Bottom (right) and Horsethief Bottom (ahead)

The Green River as it flows towards the Colorado River

Above Buttes of the Cross South in the northern reach of Glen Canyon

Hans Flat Ranger station at the junction in the road ahead

Flying over Wayne County, Mt Pennell (11,413ft) on the horizon

Happy Canyon Airport

Approaching Lake Powell along the Dirty Devil River (Colorado River coming from the left)

Utah State Route 95 crossing the Dirty Devil River

I remember driving that route, amazing

Hite Crossing Bridge, where Route 95 crosses the Colorado River

Hite Crossing Bridge from Hite Overlook, picture I took in the summer of 2000

My attempt at a 270 degree panorama at Hite Overlook from ye old analog pictures

Lake Powell near Hite (behind), Mt Holmes (7,998ft) and Mt Ellesworth (8,245ft) to the right of me

San Juan County, Utah

Jacobs Chair (6,808ft) in the Elk Ridge

Fry Canyon Field, further along Utah State Route 95

Tables of the Sun South (7,116ft)

Further over San Juan County

To Pollys Canyon

Which joins the San Juan River

Monument Valley near the border with Arizona

Fun gap to fly through in Stagecoach

Landed on Eagle Mesa, a bit bumpy

I would take a closer screenshot but it’s very low res if you get closer

Taking off from Eagle Mesa, completely dwarfs my plane

Taking off to the west, Rock Door Mesa in the distance

Looking back at Monument Valley from Oljato

Oljato Airport, looking towards Arizona

Navajo Mountain (10,387ft) and Navajo Mountain Airport

Back to Lake Powell, the soutwest side

Page in Coconino County, Arizona

Glen Canyon Dam, the end of Lake Powell

Marble Canyon

Under and over at Navajo Bridge near Marble Canyon Airport

Flying from Marble Canyon to Bryce Canyon

Lower Hackberry Canyon

Tropic, in Garfield County, Utah, along Utah Scenic Byway 12

Bryce Canyon, featuring towering spires (hoodoos) & a natural amphitheater

Even more stunning in real life

I’ve got video footage of it from 1998 filmed with a JVC GR-DV1. (first Mini DV camera) Unfortunately it still recorded on (mini) tapes and the mpeg quality has degraded a lot. The resolution was pretty low as well (although better than VHS) hence I went back to analog pictures in 2000. It is a very neat compact camera for the time. Now any cheap cell phone takes better movies!

Landing at Cedar City Airport

The sun is getting low, time to hustle

Cedar City, the largest city in Iron County, Utah

Zion National Park, another amazing place

Zion Observation point (on the right), hiked up there in 2000 via Echo Canyon Passage

Angle’s Landing (lower left), hiked up there in 1998, not as high but plenty narrow high ledges to get there

Our view at Angel’s landing from Zion Observation point in 2000

Zion National Park Visitor Center

Virgin River below

Rockville, in Washington County, Utah along the Virgin River

Coconino County

Last stop today at an airstrip near North Entrance Station of Grand Canyon National Park

I made it to the Grand Canyon, but will have to wait until tomorrow

Next leg, following the Grand Canyon to Las Vegas