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From Unalakleet I hopped to Anchorage on a spectacular flight. Beautiful colors of the sky, scary clouds close to the mountains and the view of the Moon on final. The flight was 0:51 at FL300, route:

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Departure from Anchorage was just as foggy as the arrival, and the clouds reached quite high too. At least there was something to watch on the quick flight to Yakutat. It was only 50 minutes at FL300 with the following route:

 

PANC ANC PEPPI JOH KATAT MALAS YAK PAYA

 

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After refueling I immediately returned to the sky because the next leg to Vancouver, Canada was a longer one with over 2 hours of flight time (I went abroad irl and wanted to finish this leg before it). The weather got a bit clearer (and the colours warmer) and I arrived just before sunset with a really short final. The flight was at FL400 with the route:

 

PAYA YAK HOLIE BKA UDENE ANN HANRY DUGGS PRYCE YZT ROYST ARRUE CASDY CVR

 

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At CYVR, I found some hangar named Steam shop with some discount stickers on it so I checked it out and found a real nice Piper Aztec for a bargain. Although the cloud base was really low (and got even lower while getting closer to my destination), I really wanted to take it for a spin so I put Everett KPAE in the GPS, ran through the checklists and took off. It flies really nice and stable, the instruments are clear and sharp and there was no problem with the speed needle way in the yellow interval (oops). The GPS and the autopilot gives the possibilty to fly longer legs safer but this flight was a pure joy with continuous altitude changing and turns just to familiarize myself with the aircraft. I'm a bit sad because I will only use it for the next leg in this event because all the followings are way over 200 nm and I will still use the ERJ for those flights. I may take it for a Eurotrip after this though!

 

PAYA DCT CYVR

0:30

 

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For the second flight with the Piper Aztec, the weather was better so I could enjoy the view. I also tried the autopilot now. I have to practice the landing and approach a bit steeper because it's really difficult to see out of the cockpit on short final. Also, the camera views are a bit complicated and it would be nice to hide the yoke to reach the buttons under it. These are the only cons I don't like so far, but I recommend it and if you use the manual, you won't have any problems like many in the steam reviews did. 

 

KPAE SEA BTG KTTD

6000 ft, 1:14

 

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From Portland I switched back to the ERJ and filed an IFR plan as I was expecting a lot of traffic in San Francisco. This was a good idea but unfortunately for the given winds FSX chose the runway to land with mountains on the approach and the controller wanted me to fly into it. I did not comply of course but being unfamiliar with the area, I realised this too late and was still too fast on final. I should have gone around but decided to land anyway which got a bit hard so I am not happy about it - nothing happened to the airplane and us at least. I will do some flights later from and to KSFO though without traffic because it is an interesting area and a huge airport. The flight took 1:25 at FL340. Route:

 

KTTD DCT EUG J143 RBG STAR KSFO 

 

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This concludes part 6, for me with the most legs during the trip. Summary:

 

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Taxiing and departing was just as busy as arriving to KSFO. Once in the air, reaching Las Vegas was easy but approach got very crowded again. My TCAS was constantly screaming because it was a parallel approach with a CRJ left to me, but autoland worked nicely. The flight took 1:11 at FL340. Route was:

 

KSFO DCT OAK J58 OAL J92 BTY STAR KLAS

 

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Taxiing to the RWY at KSFO

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Departure from KSFO

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The Golden Gate bridge

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Cloudy view

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The strip

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TCAS doing its job

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Busy on the ground aswell

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Can't wait to make some money in the casinos

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I had to spend a few days in Vegas because I had to win back all the money I lose, and I also needed to study for some midterms at school. I am back where I was with the money and I passed all midterms (all as in I have only three exams and I finish BSc!) so although late, I can continue the trip today (I am one part behind on 12.12.). 

 

The Las Vegas Strip is as extraordinary in daylight as in neon lights, but now I got a great view on all the major hotels and casinos during departure. The destination was Denver, the largest airport in the USA. I recommend reading the conspiracy theories about it, really fun and interesting ideas. I had headwinds so the flight took 1:33 at FL400. Route:

 

KLAS SID BCE J60 DBL STAR KDEN

 

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I managed to fly the next two legs and finish the USA part yesterday. Unfortunately the FSX real weather didn't work so I flew these with the "fair weather" theme. I arrived to Chicago in the sunset, and after refueling and eating I departed to New York in the night. The first flight was uneventful, but I forgot to add flaps 5 when arriving at LaGuardia and landed with flaps 2  instead (that's normally for takeoff). The autoland didn't arm because of this (I use autoland to low fps airports) and it touched down like an F-18 without flaring and rollout. Never happened before, will be more careful next time. 

 

KDEN SID MCK J130 PWE J64 LMN V181 IRK STAR KORD

FL400, 1:52

 

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KORD DCT GIJ J146 ETG STAR KLGA

FL400, 1:33

 

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Part 7 summary:

 

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It was time to leave the USA for the second time - to enter Canada for the second time. There will be some small airports in the next part but the first destination, Quebec was little challenge thanks to the long runway and ILS. The flight was cloudy and foggy but all went well. It took 1:02 at FL400, route:

 

KLGA DCT DUEYS J37 ALB J563 LAMED J6 PLB J560 YQB DCT CYQB

 

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From Quebec, I headed to Kuujjuaq. Getting this north again reminds me the crossing of the Bering Strait: cold, white and unpopulated areas everywhere. Flying through the US, I always saw at least 10 airports in a 50 nm range on the ND, but not here. It was one of the longer legs taking 1:41 at FL400, with the route:

 

CYQB DCT YRI J563 YBC J561 YKL DCT CYVP

 

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The next destination was Iqaluit Airport. It has civilian traffic and military presence too, and Airbus does cold weather testing to their aircraft here in the freezing cold. The flight took only 0:53 at FL380, with the route:

 

CYVP DCT UHA DCT CYFB

 

Next I'm going to attempt landing at Nuuk, Greenland, on a 950 m "long" runway... I will make a video :)

 

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Well this was a close one, but the runway is paid for the full length as they say :) A video I recorded during the flight from Iqaluit to Nook, with the approach from 3:00:

 

 

I set the fuel to the usual amount: what the FMC computes for the given flight + 30 minutes of reserve. Everything went normal during the flight and just to be sure, I entered a hold close to Nuuk to burn some more fuel before landing. I exited the hold with 1-1 tons of fuel in each wings, with the cargo and passengers this resulted in around 30500 kgs of landing weight. The landing was a bit harsh without flaring (just like on carrier) and with the reverse thrusts and autobrakes set to high, I managed to stop just on the other threshold. Whew! Hope the take-off will go as easy as the landing went :) 

 

The flight took 1:20 at FL400. Route:  CYFB DCT N6570 NCAE EPMAN DCT BGGH

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Take-off got really tight too, but a flaps 4 config gave me a Vr of 107 so in the end (literally) the aircraft leapt to the sky from the runway. The destination was Keflavik, Iceland, to where I already have my tickets for my holiday next may. Not much to see though with the default FSX scenery. The flight took 1:51 at FL400. Route:

 

BGGH DCT KU 5E85 SF 5E72 GIMLI STAR BIKF

 

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My last destination before returning home to London was the Isle of Man, located between Ireland and England. I had a nice stable tailwind so I was faster on a longer route than the leg before. It took 1:39 at FL400 with the route:

 

BIKF VM ERAKA ETSOM TIR MAC EGNS

 

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After 22105 nm and 55 hours, 40 minutes in the air I'm finally back home in London. It was a fun and exciting journey through which I had the chance to really get to know the Embraer E-175 and try out some other aircraft aswell. I was lucky with the weather because I never experienced extreme winds or storms, only a bit of raining and fog sometimes. I changed a few destinations compared to the initial plan to play with the distances or to visit more interesting places. My favourite landings were in Innsbruck, Hong Kong, Nakashibetsu, Nuuk and London. I will visit them in the future again. I flew 42 legs through 21 countries, all their flags can be seen next to the front door on the E-jet. The full summary can be found on this google sheet. I look forward for the next challenge, for that I really should start flying on Vatsim or IVAO. Congratulations to those who already finished and blue sky and nice landings for those who are still on the "road". 

 

My longest flight in distance was Calcutta - Hanoi with 1043 nm. This was also the longest in time with 2:25.

My shortest flight was Gyor - Papa with 35 nm and 0:23, but that was using a GA aircraft. With the ERJ it was Nakashibetsu - Yuzhno with 270 nm and 0:45. 

The average leg distance became 526 nm, the average leg time 1:19, the average cruise altitude 34000 feet. 

 

As for the last leg, I thought it can't get any worse than Nuuk's short runway but the steep approach to London City was even scarier, but also fun and it went great (as the last landing should). This flight took 0:44 at FL300. The route was:

 

EGNS DCT KELLY UL10 WAL STAR EGLC

 

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The last take-off

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Isle of Man

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View of London

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London city short final

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Back at the gate with the memory of all visited countries

 

Summary of part 8:

 

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Peter

 

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Attaboy!

 

Bublies at the usual location. Just make sure to take the back stairs, some fuzzybuddies in the lobby are stopping the pilots. 

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