In the real world, I live in Edmonton, Canada (CYEG) and as I set out into the yonder in light aircraft I’m tracking, posting, writing, and otherwise documenting my virtual around-the-world trip in Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020. This is another log entry from the Pilot Project

Alberta, West to East for Mountains and Sunsets

Posted
11 months 1 week ago
Drumheller Approach at Sunset
Departure
FTY via CYLE
Arrival
CEG4 (Drumheller)
Flight Time
2 hours 9 minutes

Spanning two additional legs, I've been touring my own home (all still in a bit of practice before I set out on a virtual circumnavigating adventure.)

The first leg of my journey took me over a favourite family camping spot from my youth as I landed on a narrow dirt strip nestled into the edge of the mountains.

Cruising over David Thompson Country, near Nordegg Alberta & Fish Lake

The second leg was a cross-provincial west-to-east flight with the setting sun at my tail as I flew from that obscure mountain strip to dinosaur country to land at the Drumheller Municipal Airport.

Now that I'm in Drumheller, tho, I think I may wait until daylight and do some noodling around the badlands.

As I've been diving into this new flight simulator during my free moments today, kicking off a kind of substitute adventure, I've also casually trolled through some discussion boards and learned that I'm not alone. Apparently... this is a thing. Or, at least, it seems like something that many people are planning on trying. The depth of world-simming that has blossomed from this game has tipped the idea from one that would be infuriatingly dull in the past incarnations of this software undertaken by only a the few who could stand hours upon hours of identically pixelated landscapes ... to a kind of virtual adventure.

Approaching Drumheller (eastbound) with the sunset on my tail.

I'm still in practice mode, of course. A couple more days of futzing around close to home and I'll set out to see what awaits a little ways beyond that sunset.

Flight Number
L004 / L005