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    Possible future flight

    Post  VAL640 on March 5th 2010, 12:18 pm

    Hey guys,
    I got an email from Juergen the other day about another bush flight we can do some time. This one is up in the beautiful state of Alaska.

    He suggested two flights amongst mountains. But I was thinking of expanding that selection a little more with up to 8 flights. But I have to test them out first because one runway is only 900 feet. So I am not sure if all of these airports are wise or even in Flight Sim.

    It is a long flight and maybe it can be broken down into multiple flight nights. It could take 3-4 hours.

    Here is the map with the route on it.
    The GREEN markers are the airports involved.
    And the ORANGE lines are the routes.




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    And here is some info on the airports:

    Valdez - PAVD
    Paved - 6500ft - IFR

    -=(16 nm)=-

    Thompson Pass - K55
    Dirt - 2500ft - VFR

    -=(44 nm)=-

    Chitina - CXC
    Gravel - 2800ft - VFR

    -=(33 nm)=-

    Copper Center - Z93
    Gravel - 2200ft - VFR

    -=(14 nm)=-

    Gulkana - PAGK
    Paved - 5000ft - IFR

    -=(29 nm)=-

    Tazlina - Z14
    Gravel - 900ft - VFR

    -=(33 nm)=-

    Sheep Mountain - PASP
    Gravel - 2200ft - VFR

    -=(47 nm)=-

    Palmer - PAAQ
    Gravel - 1800ft - VFR

    -=(36 nm)=-

    Anchorage Intl - PANC
    Paved - 11500ft - IFR

    What do you think Question


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    Re: Possible future flight

    Post  VAL636 on March 5th 2010, 12:38 pm

    That sounds like fun. I woudn't mind trying out the Caravan...never actually flown it before. Of course the Beaver or Twin Otter would be cool.

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    Re: Possible future flight

    Post  VAL640 on March 5th 2010, 1:53 pm

    I just added more info and links to the airports for a better reference.

    I never realized that the complete route would take that long. I estimate that it could take between 3-4 hours (8 stops).

    Maybe one night we could do the route from Valdez to Gulkana (4 stops).
    And the next week do the route from Gulkana to Anchorage (4 stops).

    That would make it about 1.5 hours a session.

    This could be a fun flight with many challenges. Especially if the weather is bad. Shocked


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    Re: Possible future flight

    Post  VAL640 on March 5th 2010, 9:19 pm

    I just checked out the airports in FSX. They all exist. Many of them are pretty plain, but they are there none the less.

    The two toughest runways are at Thompson’s Pass and Tazlina. Thompson’s Pass has a mountain at one end of the runway and at the other end there’s a huge hill that is almost blocking the way. To land at the end with the hill. You must just miss the hill and cut the throttle to not overshoot. Oh, and it’s a 2500ft dirt runway not gravel.

    Then there’s Tazlina. This is just a tiny 900ft runway. There is a small lake at one end to make it interesting. The area is quite flat so obstacles are not a problem. The problem is that it is SO SHORT... Only attempt landing at this airport with a small plane only. I managed to land there with a 15 knot crosswind with a bunch of single engine planes. And I did manage to land the Grumman Goose safely there too. It is possible but you must not coast above the runway. You MUST land right at the edge of the runway, even if you have to hit a little hard if you don’t want to overshoot.

    That’s about it. I will try and find us some freeware Alaska scenery for these airports to make them a little more presentable.

    Happy Trails, Suspect


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