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

Pre-dawn Mountain Hijinx

Posted
1 year ago
Stewart Predawn
Departure
CYPR (Prince Rupert)
Arrival
CZST (Stewart, BC)
Flight Time
1 hour 7 minutes

It was pitch black when I took off. This was unavoidable, because I wanted to squeeze in one quick flight Northbound before I met for my regualr Sunday run club. That left me with barely two hours to fly a 90 minute trip, and out on the West Coast where I landed yesterday it was still before dawn.

The obvious disadvantages of this are, yes, when you are flying a flight simulator currently best known for it’s graphical fidelity it really does seem a shame to travel without daylight available to let you see those graphics. And yes, flying over mountains in the middle of the night with naught but the instrumentation to guide you makes for a bit of a white knuckle ride (until you gain some serious elevation and cover your safety margins.)

On the flip side, night time flights are going to be a reality of real-time flight simming... I’d better get used to it.

And, oh... that sunrise.

Dawn at 7000 feet, somewhere over Northwest BC

Prince Rupert had little to show my depature but some air-strip lighting and a distant view of the town below me, lit as you’d expect, some speckled glowing speckling the shoreline of this coastal town.

I ascended up to about 10,000 ft and followed my flight plan to the letter as I turned North towards Stewart, BC.

https://youtu.be/ydZHIiukbwk

I know almost nothing about Stewart, but in the simulator it is home to something interesting an important. For some reason it’s airport is what is known as a “star” airport. I have yet to encounter a star airport in Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 and I do not know what that means specifically... save for one thing: if you visit 25 of them in the course of playing, your unlock on of the (currently) 43 achievements. So I was not only curious, but incentivized.

Flight Number
L106