…with my A320neo world tour in MSFS.
This is what I have been “working” on for the last three months, mainly by accident. It started with a nice quick tour from KJFK to KLAX when I figured “why the hell not?” along the way. I didn’t really went in with a plan. My main concern was to find a runway long enough for the Airbus out there in the sticks while having reasonable leg distances of around 1 - 2 hours at the same time.
So I basically felt my way forward from airport to airport and this is the result. It may appear that I didn’t like countries in the heartland of the big continents but it’s actually that I really enjoy going for airports close to the water so I tried to avoid “going inside” too much.
After all I can say that I really had lots of very exctiting moments in a combination of difficult approaches, pilot errors and also bugs and issues. Or even a combination of the three.
It really felt like I achieved something when I managed to get the bird down more or less safely (I surely got some calls from maintenance along the way).
I think my favorite moment was when I was descending into Darwin, Australia and came back from the bathroom and suddenly most of the cockpit was dark. Turned out that I really messed up the fuel calculation, which is obviously easy to correct in the sim.
However, the bigger problem was to get the engines back working again whithout ever having trained the procedure before. With the apparently more realistig spin-up times of the A32nx mod I had around 5 minutes of a mixture of absolute horror and sheer excitement. Even though I knew I could pause or realod at any point.
The tour also helped me with training take-offs and landings. At the start I was always looking for airports that had ILS since I was afraid of manual landings due to lack of experience. That didn’t really work out anymore once I was in the hinterlands of South America so I started doing more and more VOR and RNAV approaches and now I’m feeling like I could get the bird down anywhere. Not sure if I want to prove it, though.
I also started manually flying up to around 10,000 feet at some point so I believe this tour helped me grow a little after all.
However, here’s some statistics (not quite sure about the validity of the numbers since the logbook seems to have (had) some issues):
68 countries visited (not counting oversea territory, islands etc.)
128 airports visited
74,965 nautical miles linear distance (138,836 kilometers) - around 3,5 times the equator
585.66 nautical miles average linear leg distance
230 nms taxi distance (412 km)
269 hours of logged flight time
116 hours of logged flight time at night
5 fatal crashes due to being the noob aviator that I am
Additional scenery required: 2, St. Helena (FHSH) and Ascension Island (FHAW) as these are not included in the base sim.
Things I learned about aviation in general and airbus systems specifically: quite some
The fun I had after all: priceless (actual game costs were ~22 cents per flight hour on the standard edition)
This is for all the folks that argued that bugs and issues would render the sim “unplayable”. And also for all the folks who could still enjoy it nevertheless.
So now I’m not really sure what to do next. Maybe some continental tours / bush trips to the places I didn’t visit before. Also, I reeeaallly want to go to a “real” simulator now to see if my basic sim knowledge is worth anything. Just in case I will ever be on a flight where both pilots are incapacitated and there’s no other pilot around. Just kidding. Let’s hope this never happens.
Have a nice day everyone.