Cessna 172 Skyhawk http://projects.pixelazy.ca/ en A Double Alaskan Dip http://projects.pixelazy.ca/flight/2020/double-alaskan-dip <span data-quickedit-field-id="node/133/title/en/rss">A Double Alaskan Dip</span> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/133/field_date/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-date field--type-datetime field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Posted </div> <div class="field--item">1 year ago</div> </div> <span data-quickedit-field-id="node/133/uid/en/rss"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">bradmin</span></span> <span data-quickedit-field-id="node/133/created/en/rss">Tue, 09/08/2020 - 20:16</span> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/133/field_hero/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-hero field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/flight_view/public/2020-09/20200907205807_1kal.jpg?itok=ykUsuk43" width="1140" height="342" alt="Alaska" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/133/field_flight_depature/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-flight-depature field--type-string field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Departure</div> <div class="field--item">AK40 via PAKV (Kaltag)</div> </div> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/133/field_flight_arrival/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-flight-arrival field--type-string field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Arrival</div> <div class="field--item">PAOM (Nome, Alaska)</div> </div> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/133/field_flight_time/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-flight-time field--type-string field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Flight Time</div> <div class="field--item">3 hours 14 minutes</div> </div> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/133/body/en/rss" class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"> <p>I recorded my last North American leg (for a while at least) in two jumps across the expansive open lands of Alaska... but mostly in cloudy weather.</p> <figure class="wp-block-embed-youtube wp-block-embed is-type-video is-provider-youtube"><div class="wp-block-embed__wrapper">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2G18Ikb7b3k</div></figure> <p>Two mostly uneventful slogs across the broad landscapes, swooping over low mountains, and landing on small airports in cities as close to the edge of nowhere as can be imagined.</p> <p>I'm headed across the Berring Sea soon, into Russia, and I'm not sure what to expect as I do.</p> </div> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/133/field_flight_number/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-flight-number field--type-text field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Flight Number</div> <div class="field--item">L111/L112</div> </div> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/133/field_aircraft/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-aircraft field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Aircraft</div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/106" hreflang="en">Cessna 172 Skyhawk</a></div> </div> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/133/field_tags/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/term/flight-simulator" hreflang="en">flight simulator</a></div> </div> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/133/field_article_disqus/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-article-disqus field--type-disqus-comment field--label-hidden field--item"><drupal-render-placeholder callback="Drupal\disqus\Element\Disqus::displayDisqusComments" arguments="0=A%20Double%20Alaskan%20Dip&amp;1=http%3A//projects.pixelazy.ca/flight/2020/double-alaskan-dip&amp;2=node/133" token="KbM7hIiOK29P28KU4AO5lCsz-5Uwro0XK5EH5h4Efqo"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> Wed, 09 Sep 2020 02:16:56 +0000 bradmin 133 at http://projects.pixelazy.ca Alaska Traverse, Part 1 http://projects.pixelazy.ca/flight/2020/alaska-traverse-part-1 <span data-quickedit-field-id="node/132/title/en/rss">Alaska Traverse, Part 1</span> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/132/field_date/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-date field--type-datetime field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Posted </div> <div class="field--item">1 year ago</div> </div> <span data-quickedit-field-id="node/132/uid/en/rss"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">bradmin</span></span> <span data-quickedit-field-id="node/132/created/en/rss">Sun, 09/06/2020 - 20:52</span> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/132/field_hero/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-hero field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/flight_view/public/2020-09/20200906173624_1asla.jpg?itok=qAPhx1TG" width="1140" height="342" alt="Alaska Traverse" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/132/field_flight_depature/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-flight-depature field--type-string field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Departure</div> <div class="field--item">PANC (Anchorage, AK)</div> </div> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/132/field_flight_arrival/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-flight-arrival field--type-string field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Arrival</div> <div class="field--item">AK40 (Nixon Fork Mine, AK)</div> </div> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/132/field_flight_time/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-flight-time field--type-string field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Flight Time</div> <div class="field--item">1 hour 47 minutes</div> </div> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/132/body/en/rss" class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"> <p>I’ll probably write this here a hundred times, but whenever I expect a dull flight, it’s always anything but...</p> <p>Today was the day I began my Alaskan traversal... a multi-leg flight diagonally across the main landmass of the state from Anchorage towards Nome. It was impossible in one flight. It would have taken four and a half hours and a fuel cheat of some kind. And never having been to Alaska my expectation of that journey was one of an endless flight over a snowy wasteland. </p> <figure class="wp-block-image alignfull size-large"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2020-09/20200906172847_1.jpg?itok=OhjsGVi5" alt="" class="wp-image-216" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="42d0bedb-8f57-4318-87bd-ac75c2f66afe" data-image-style="original"/><figcaption>Finally through the thick clouds as I pass over the mountains.</figcaption></figure> <p>Perhaps it will be more snowy and more wasteland-ish in the winter.</p> <p>The flight out of Anchorage was a chilly take-off in a light rain and low cloud. I was barely off the ground before visibilty dropped to a page grey fog enshrouding the plane. On a side note, I do admit it seems a bit of a shame to fly these epic flights across beautiful landscapes in the worlds most advanced consumer-level world simulator but to do so in a fog so thick I’m just flying through a grey screen... but it’s a simulation! It’s the story of it all!</p> <p>Alas, as I reached a mid-point mountain range, the clouds had less energy than I did to leap over and on the far side a lovely, clear day awaited me. </p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2020-09/20200906173527_1.jpg?itok=CAfgCboR" alt="" class="wp-image-217" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="084d764b-4cef-4964-bed5-e304b8e1f894" data-image-style="original"/><figcaption>The Alaskan tundra? Or some mottled landscape...</figcaption></figure> <p>I was racing a kind of external clock. I cook a lot of the household dinners, but my wife was making this particular sunday meal and I was hiding in the basement with twenty minutes on the ETE clock... and about twenty minutes until dinner was ready. It’s not easy to speed in a flight simulator, the plane only goes so fast, but it is easy to rush.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2020-09/20200906181007_1.jpg?itok=qjz11cu8" alt="" class="wp-image-218" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="db2693ef-e60f-4fc3-8ff0-7baedab080cb" data-image-style="original"/><figcaption>This is not an official taxiway.</figcaption></figure> <p>Like when you see the runway out appear on the top of the screen and you tell yourself you need to make THAT landing, not a flyby and a second attempt. That one.</p> <p>So you take a quick and low dive approach and everything lines up... but it turns out you’re going a pinch too fast. That wouldn’t be a problem at a proper airport, of course, but you picked a tiny bush airport, barely more than a landing strip in the middle of nowhere, with room for error but not intended for checklist-free attacks.</p> <figure class="wp-block-embed-youtube wp-block-embed is-type-video is-provider-youtube"><div class="wp-block-embed__wrapper">https://youtu.be/mTUoWW33l6I</div></figure> <p>I didn’t crash. The screen goes black and it essentially gives you a fail if you hit something or wreck the plane.</p> <p>I did touch down, I did hit my brakes while on the actual runway. I did eventually stop. But I took a tour of the small parking lot a few meters off the end of the runway, and then a bit of a meandering drive down the gravel access road.</p> <p>See, it’s always the one’s you think are going to be dull...</p> </div> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/132/field_flight_number/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-flight-number field--type-text field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Flight Number</div> <div class="field--item">L110</div> </div> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/132/field_aircraft/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-aircraft field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Aircraft</div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/106" hreflang="en">Cessna 172 Skyhawk</a></div> </div> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/132/field_tags/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/term/flight-simulator" hreflang="en">flight simulator</a></div> </div> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/132/field_article_disqus/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-article-disqus field--type-disqus-comment field--label-hidden field--item"><drupal-render-placeholder callback="Drupal\disqus\Element\Disqus::displayDisqusComments" arguments="0=Alaska%20Traverse%2C%20Part%201&amp;1=http%3A//projects.pixelazy.ca/flight/2020/alaska-traverse-part-1&amp;2=node/132" token="KbKXPYZQachhWvuwMxEzSrmPz_oLgYbLpfSkdd8DvsI"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> Mon, 07 Sep 2020 02:52:00 +0000 bradmin 132 at http://projects.pixelazy.ca Long Slog Up the Alaskan Coast http://projects.pixelazy.ca/flight/2020/long-slog-alaskan-coast <span data-quickedit-field-id="node/131/title/en/rss">Long Slog Up the Alaskan Coast</span> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/131/field_date/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-date field--type-datetime field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Posted </div> <div class="field--item">1 year ago</div> </div> <span data-quickedit-field-id="node/131/uid/en/rss"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">bradmin</span></span> <span data-quickedit-field-id="node/131/created/en/rss">Sat, 09/05/2020 - 12:06</span> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/131/field_hero/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-hero field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/flight_view/public/2020-09/20200905101843_1anch.jpg?itok=07V9vm7m" width="1140" height="342" alt="Anchorage Flight" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/131/field_flight_depature/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-flight-depature field--type-string field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Departure</div> <div class="field--item">PAYA (Yakutat)</div> </div> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/131/field_flight_arrival/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-flight-arrival field--type-string field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Arrival</div> <div class="field--item">PANC (Anchorage Alaska)</div> </div> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/131/field_flight_time/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-flight-time field--type-string field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Flight Time</div> <div class="field--item">3 hours 24 minutes</div> </div> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/131/body/en/rss" class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"> <p>Saturday. I had considering making two trips instead of this giant leap towards Anchorage from the small coastal airport where I’d last landed, but there seemed to me something epic about burning an entire long-weekend morning with some zen-like cruising.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><a href="/sites/default/files/2020-09/20200905102856_1_0.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2020-09/20200905102856_1_0.jpg?itok=6DUjKvVv" alt="" class="wp-image-212" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="66cdf1f8-0855-4ce1-9c9e-80bbc48a5483" data-image-style="original"/></a><figcaption>Scattered clouds over the Alaska coast.</figcaption></figure> <p>It is possible, by the way, to do other things while I fly. After settling into a steady altitude I spent most of the 350 NM flight tweaking my course but also writing, watching some videos, reading some news, and straightening up my office. In fact, I’ve still got nearly 100 NM to go as I write these words, typing then glancing over every couple minutes to nudge the flight stick and bring myself back to “generally in the right direction.”</p> <p>Leg 10 of this trip around the world left from a landing strip in a small town called Yakutat in Alaska. When I landed there on Wednesday it was cloudy with some low fog and a hazy sky.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2020-09/20200905113955_1.jpg?itok=dnKj-oo-" alt="" class="wp-image-213" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="d7d621f6-8b14-480a-bcf6-2229624c10b2" data-image-style="original"/><figcaption>Sunshine and mountains on the North Pacific Coast of Alaska</figcaption></figure> <p>Today it was clear and bright, the epic mountains were worthy of a few dozen screenshots, and I found myself babbling through the video capture just to make sure the flyover of the scenery was not passed by too quickly.</p> <p>Not another soul made an appearance in the simulator until I came withing 100 NM of Anchorage, however. The skies on this flight were lonely and clear of clouds and other traffic. It was likely a factor of both the remoteness of where I found myself and the fact others might have better things to do on a Saturday morning. I mean, I can’t imagine what... </p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2020-09/20200905130832_1.jpg?itok=WzAGoieZ" alt="" class="wp-image-214" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="74d40019-e922-4da2-bae3-32594324a035" data-image-style="original"/><figcaption>On final approach into Anchorage, Alaska.</figcaption></figure> <p>With about 30 minutes left in my flight the “flight hours” gauge in the Cessna 172 rolled over to 25 hours, the first of (hopefully) many milestones. Given my strict rules about using that particular plane for only recorded flight legs on the Pilot Project, this means that including my handful of short jumps around the province in practice flights, my trip has added up to 25 hours so far. For some reason that feels light, but I’m not quite ready to go back and add it all up.</p> <figure class="wp-block-embed-youtube wp-block-embed is-type-video is-provider-youtube"><div class="wp-block-embed__wrapper">https://youtu.be/9C2owGI6BGs</div></figure> <p>I descended in Anchorage, cruised in low under some emergent clouds, and dropped gently onto a generous international airport runway — with neither clearance (never asked nor received) nor the the usual chiding from ATC that usually follows uncleared landings. I guess up North they do things a little different. </p> <p> </p> </div> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/131/field_flight_number/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-flight-number field--type-text field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Flight Number</div> <div class="field--item">L109</div> </div> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/131/field_aircraft/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-aircraft field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Aircraft</div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/106" hreflang="en">Cessna 172 Skyhawk</a></div> </div> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/131/field_tags/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/term/flight-simulator" hreflang="en">flight simulator</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/term/alaska" hreflang="en">alaska</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/term/mountains" hreflang="en">mountains</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/term/glaciers" hreflang="en">glaciers</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/term/ocean" hreflang="en">ocean</a></div> </div> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/131/field_article_disqus/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-article-disqus field--type-disqus-comment field--label-hidden field--item"><drupal-render-placeholder callback="Drupal\disqus\Element\Disqus::displayDisqusComments" arguments="0=Long%20Slog%20Up%20the%20Alaskan%20Coast&amp;1=http%3A//projects.pixelazy.ca/flight/2020/long-slog-alaskan-coast&amp;2=node/131" token="cYHWjkTmqsUUoVfc9pAb_psBXlAWIckFfxovId0LEyc"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> Sat, 05 Sep 2020 18:06:35 +0000 bradmin 131 at http://projects.pixelazy.ca Glaciers & Fog... Again http://projects.pixelazy.ca/flight/2020/glaciers-fog-again <span data-quickedit-field-id="node/130/title/en/rss">Glaciers &amp; Fog... Again</span> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/130/field_date/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-date field--type-datetime field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Posted </div> <div class="field--item">1 year ago</div> </div> <span data-quickedit-field-id="node/130/uid/en/rss"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">bradmin</span></span> <span data-quickedit-field-id="node/130/created/en/rss">Wed, 09/02/2020 - 19:39</span> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/130/field_hero/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-hero field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/flight_view/public/2020-09/20200902114313_sit_0.jpg?itok=_hb3qmwn" width="1140" height="342" alt="Fog Alaska" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/130/field_flight_depature/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-flight-depature field--type-string field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Departure</div> <div class="field--item">PASI (Sitka, AK)</div> </div> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/130/field_flight_arrival/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-flight-arrival field--type-string field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Arrival</div> <div class="field--item">PAYA (Yakutat, AK)</div> </div> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/130/field_flight_time/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-flight-time field--type-string field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Flight Time</div> <div class="field--item">2 hours 27 minutes</div> </div> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/130/body/en/rss" class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"> <p>I Google'd "Yakutat Alaska" before I locked it into my flight plan and discovered that it is yet another small Northern town. What was interesting, however, was that about half way between <a href="/flight/2020/over-clouds-and-alaska">Sitka, Alaska</a> where I was, and Yakutat, Alaska where I was considering going, was a US National Park called Glacier Bay.</p> <p>Google "Glacier Bay" and you'll be met with a collection of epic photos of chunks of glaciers cracking off into the ocean while cruise ships watch from a distance.</p> <p>Oh... now you've heard of it. </p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2020-09/20200902120756_1.jpg?itok=ELV_c5ck" alt="" class="wp-image-209" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="45b6213c-4a36-46ba-841e-489b4c99473b" data-image-style="original"/><figcaption>Glacier Bay with a low cloud mystery to be explored.</figcaption></figure> <p>Unfortunately the weather was a bit uncooperative.</p> <p>There was some rain and low cloud. Lots of fog. I hugged the ground, flying at a low altitude and swooping off course to track around the island mountains, dodging into the Bay to glide along the varied coast looking for some sign of simulated glacial activity. There were hints, but no cruise ships and no tumbling chunks of ice.</p> <figure class="wp-block-embed-youtube wp-block-embed is-type-video is-provider-youtube"><div class="wp-block-embed__wrapper">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjVlyEAnGB4</div></figure> <p>I admit, I cheated a bit and adjusted the weather to get some better views of the scenery. Flying through thick fog is challenging and all, but it seems like a waste of the advanced ground-breaking simulation software I had at my disposal as I pretended to fly over a natural wonder.</p> <p>Following an uneventful remainder of the flight I practised an unassisted landing for the first time on the trip, having turned off the guidance markers. On the plus side, I didn't crash. On the "oops!" side, if you watch the video right to the end you'll see what was almost my first blooper of a landing. </p> <p>Either way, I'm now firmly in Alaska, and very much on my way to see the world. </p> </div> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/130/field_flight_number/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-flight-number field--type-text field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Flight Number</div> <div class="field--item">L108</div> </div> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/130/field_aircraft/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-aircraft field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Aircraft</div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/106" hreflang="en">Cessna 172 Skyhawk</a></div> </div> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/130/field_tags/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/term/flight-simulator" hreflang="en">flight simulator</a></div> </div> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/130/field_article_disqus/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-article-disqus field--type-disqus-comment field--label-hidden field--item"><drupal-render-placeholder callback="Drupal\disqus\Element\Disqus::displayDisqusComments" arguments="0=Glaciers%20%26%20Fog...%20Again&amp;1=http%3A//projects.pixelazy.ca/flight/2020/glaciers-fog-again&amp;2=node/130" token="KEw-X7oDp-7UkWnFVGZMTfhx0PckhBWbZJ5dA5z1sVU"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> Thu, 03 Sep 2020 01:39:44 +0000 bradmin 130 at http://projects.pixelazy.ca Over the Clouds and Into Alaska http://projects.pixelazy.ca/flight/2020/over-clouds-and-alaska <span data-quickedit-field-id="node/126/title/en/rss">Over the Clouds and Into Alaska</span> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/126/field_date/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-date field--type-datetime field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Posted </div> <div class="field--item">1 year ago</div> </div> <span data-quickedit-field-id="node/126/uid/en/rss"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">bradmin</span></span> <span data-quickedit-field-id="node/126/created/en/rss">Mon, 08/31/2020 - 19:28</span> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/126/field_hero/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-hero field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/flight_view/public/2020-08/20200831160111_sitka.jpg?itok=VAweWl2W" width="1140" height="342" alt="Alaska" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/126/field_flight_depature/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-flight-depature field--type-string field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Departure</div> <div class="field--item">CZST (Stewart, BC)</div> </div> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/126/field_flight_arrival/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-flight-arrival field--type-string field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Arrival</div> <div class="field--item">PASI (Sitka, AK)</div> </div> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/126/field_flight_time/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-flight-time field--type-string field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Flight Time</div> <div class="field--item">2 hours 7 minutes</div> </div> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/126/body/en/rss" class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"> <p>It’s no small thing crossing an international border these days.</p> <p>I set out on a virtual trip around the world nearly two weeks ago, and the whole point (well, some of the point... a big part of the point) was to do something I couldn’t do in real life: go somewhere. With the pandemic lockdown, sure we can travel to the supermarket (in a mask) or for a weekend hiking (socially distancing from everything and everyone) but to get on a plane and go somewhere far away is a literal impossibility.</p> <p>Not a virtual one, however.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><a href="/sites/default/files/2020-08/20200831163327_1.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2020-08/20200831163327_1.jpg?itok=Jopt2P6y" alt="" class="wp-image-203" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="24ffdf5f-b3f0-408b-bfa9-79267ead27a8" data-image-style="original"/></a><figcaption>Swooping into the Alaskan Fog</figcaption></figure> <p>It was a little disappointing that I crossed from British Columbia in to Alaska at 12,000 ft and with a thick layer of clouds between me and the rolling mountain scenery below. When you’re playing in real time, live weather, in a simulation of the planet then you get what reality throws at you... or simulates at you ... I still haven’t figured out a good way to phrase that.</p> <figure class="wp-block-embed-youtube wp-block-embed is-type-video is-provider-youtube"><div class="wp-block-embed__wrapper">https://youtu.be/BKaZ5yq4fMQ</div></figure> <p>Two hours in the air and as I descended into those clouds I dodged mountains and swooped through a foggy fjord as I approached the seaside Alaskan town. </p> <p>Sitka, Alaska, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sitka,_Alaska">according to Wikipedia</a> has a population of nearly 9,000 and is (surprise!) largely dependent on the fishing and seafood industry. As I took a second flight touring over the town in the fog, there seemed to be a large number of houses and other buildings strung like beads along the coastline, making the community a kind of partial ring around the mountain that is the foundation of the island upon which it sits.</p> <p>My continuing trip into Alaska will take multiple more legs, mostly following the south coast as I leapfrog the chain of islands extending like an arm towards Russia and Asia. Of course, the virtual beauty that I've seen so far is just making me long to visit some of these places in real life.</p> </div> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/126/field_flight_number/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-flight-number field--type-text field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Flight Number</div> <div class="field--item">L107</div> </div> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/126/field_aircraft/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-aircraft field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Aircraft</div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/106" hreflang="en">Cessna 172 Skyhawk</a></div> </div> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/126/field_tags/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/term/flight-simulator" hreflang="en">flight simulator</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/term/united-states" hreflang="en">united states</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/term/crossing-borders" hreflang="en">crossing borders</a></div> </div> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/126/field_article_disqus/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-article-disqus field--type-disqus-comment field--label-hidden field--item"><drupal-render-placeholder callback="Drupal\disqus\Element\Disqus::displayDisqusComments" arguments="0=Over%20the%20Clouds%20and%20Into%20Alaska&amp;1=http%3A//projects.pixelazy.ca/flight/2020/over-clouds-and-alaska&amp;2=node/126" token="Kl9nT2WXykNbKX2IqSEyX_ARjjWOTxzJFnVu7V_CoE0"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> Tue, 01 Sep 2020 01:28:38 +0000 bradmin 126 at http://projects.pixelazy.ca Pre-dawn Mountain Hijinx http://projects.pixelazy.ca/flight/2020/pre-dawn-mountain-hijinx <span data-quickedit-field-id="node/125/title/en/rss">Pre-dawn Mountain Hijinx</span> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/125/field_date/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-date field--type-datetime field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Posted </div> <div class="field--item">1 year ago</div> </div> <span data-quickedit-field-id="node/125/uid/en/rss"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">bradmin</span></span> <span data-quickedit-field-id="node/125/created/en/rss">Sun, 08/30/2020 - 07:06</span> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/125/field_hero/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-hero field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/flight_view/public/2020-08/20200830074749_stewart.jpg?itok=SqMwPMF5" width="1140" height="342" alt="Stewart Predawn" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/125/field_flight_depature/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-flight-depature field--type-string field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Departure</div> <div class="field--item">CYPR (Prince Rupert)</div> </div> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/125/field_flight_arrival/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-flight-arrival field--type-string field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Arrival</div> <div class="field--item">CZST (Stewart, BC)</div> </div> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/125/field_flight_time/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-flight-time field--type-string field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Flight Time</div> <div class="field--item">1 hour 7 minutes</div> </div> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/125/body/en/rss" class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"> <p>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 <a href="/flight/2020/northern-bound-fog">where I landed yesterday</a> it was still before dawn.</p> <p>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.)</p> <p>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.</p> <p>And, oh... that sunrise. </p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2020-08/20200830073715_1.jpg?itok=x1Osy8tO" alt="" class="wp-image-202" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="b228fab9-4fbf-4256-984e-fbea95a86cb0" data-image-style="original"/><figcaption>Dawn at 7000 feet, somewhere over Northwest BC</figcaption></figure> <p>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.</p> <p>I ascended up to about 10,000 ft and followed my flight plan to the letter as I turned North towards Stewart, BC.</p> <figure class="wp-block-embed-youtube wp-block-embed is-type-video is-provider-youtube"><div class="wp-block-embed__wrapper">https://youtu.be/ydZHIiukbwk</div></figure> <p>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. </p> </div> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/125/field_flight_number/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-flight-number field--type-text field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Flight Number</div> <div class="field--item">L106</div> </div> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/125/field_aircraft/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-aircraft field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Aircraft</div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/106" hreflang="en">Cessna 172 Skyhawk</a></div> </div> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/125/field_tags/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/term/flight-simulator" hreflang="en">flight simulator</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/term/star-airport" hreflang="en">star airport</a></div> </div> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/125/field_article_disqus/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-article-disqus field--type-disqus-comment field--label-hidden field--item"><drupal-render-placeholder callback="Drupal\disqus\Element\Disqus::displayDisqusComments" arguments="0=Pre-dawn%20Mountain%20Hijinx&amp;1=http%3A//projects.pixelazy.ca/flight/2020/pre-dawn-mountain-hijinx&amp;2=node/125" token="dkaC8JYVVnAogrvkQb973EFRpMowvmStzd1jRhqiYtI"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> Sun, 30 Aug 2020 13:06:09 +0000 bradmin 125 at http://projects.pixelazy.ca Northern Bound Fog http://projects.pixelazy.ca/flight/2020/northern-bound-fog <span data-quickedit-field-id="node/124/title/en/rss">Northern Bound Fog</span> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/124/field_date/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-date field--type-datetime field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Posted </div> <div class="field--item">1 year ago</div> </div> <span data-quickedit-field-id="node/124/uid/en/rss"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">bradmin</span></span> <span data-quickedit-field-id="node/124/created/en/rss">Sat, 08/29/2020 - 11:53</span> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/124/field_hero/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-hero field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/flight_view/public/2020-08/20200829114615_princerup.jpg?itok=uJ974-9-" width="1140" height="342" alt="Northern BC" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/124/field_flight_depature/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-flight-depature field--type-string field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Departure</div> <div class="field--item">CYZT (Port Hardy, BC)</div> </div> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/124/field_flight_arrival/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-flight-arrival field--type-string field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Arrival</div> <div class="field--item">CYPR (Prince Rupert, BC)</div> </div> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/124/field_flight_time/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-flight-time field--type-string field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Flight Time</div> <div class="field--item">2 hours 36 minutes</div> </div> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/124/body/en/rss" class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"> <p>I was expecting some part of a long coastal flight en route to the North to be much less interesting. I suppose that is what is most interesting about using a simulator to simulate an experience outside of your comfort zone: you discover the remarkable.</p> <p>What was I expecting?</p> <p>A long jagged coastline, as I flew over a blue-green ocean, trees and rolling hills, and some kind of spectacular view emerging from something I thought would be familiar but new.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><a href="/sites/default/files/2020-08/20200829104541_1.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2020-08/20200829104541_1.jpg?itok=zM5fyt-L" alt="" class="wp-image-198" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="f5b6715c-bca7-4658-be93-e431201d21a2" data-image-style="original"/></a></figure> <p>What did I find?</p> <p>I departed from Port Hardy airport to clear skies and turned North, but in less than an hour I found myself approaching a thick bank of clouds hanging out around the 4000 ft altitude mark. My plan —again expecting the scenery to evolve into a repeating pattern of coastline — was to ascend above the cloud layer and pursue a calm, simple, high-altitude flight to my destination.</p> <p>Instead, I fought with the weather. The plan struggled to climb much above 8000 ft, rarely emerging from the pillowy clouds and certainly not high above them as I had planned. I was burning up my precious fuel, and stalling out int he process barely able to maintain a proper airspeed.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><a href="/sites/default/files/2020-08/20200829113636_1.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2020-08/20200829113636_1.jpg?itok=hHN7L3k-" alt="" class="wp-image-199" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="11ccf72f-ff30-434c-a499-05c01ecb3c97" data-image-style="original"/></a></figure> <p>Plan B found me opting to descend and tackle things more visually.</p> <p>I dropped to around 2000 ft and hugged the coast, now shrouded in a low cloud and in some cases fog. The result was an ethereal trip through a unique and magical-looking landscape, tracing a route a few kilometers off my planned flight plan but relying on the stunning visual landscape to guide me — and my increasingly fuel deficient plane — towards the small Northern BC town. </p> <figure class="wp-block-embed-youtube wp-block-embed is-type-video is-provider-youtube"><div class="wp-block-embed__wrapper">https://youtu.be/6YruxMWdObc</div></figure> <p>I landed, still a bit rough and still needing some practice, but landed.</p> </div> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/124/field_flight_number/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-flight-number field--type-text field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Flight Number</div> <div class="field--item">L105</div> </div> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/124/field_aircraft/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-aircraft field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Aircraft</div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/106" hreflang="en">Cessna 172 Skyhawk</a></div> </div> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/124/field_tags/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/term/flight-simulator" hreflang="en">flight simulator</a></div> </div> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/124/field_article_disqus/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-article-disqus field--type-disqus-comment field--label-hidden field--item"><drupal-render-placeholder callback="Drupal\disqus\Element\Disqus::displayDisqusComments" arguments="0=Northern%20Bound%20Fog&amp;1=http%3A//projects.pixelazy.ca/flight/2020/northern-bound-fog&amp;2=node/124" token="C6nDsMV_wOHMLQ7YtpFMFvyMXYMnw-LTz5KVsUeQCmg"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> Sat, 29 Aug 2020 17:53:40 +0000 bradmin 124 at http://projects.pixelazy.ca Islands in the Sea, West Coast Style http://projects.pixelazy.ca/flight/2020/islands-sea-west-coast-style <span data-quickedit-field-id="node/123/title/en/rss">Islands in the Sea, West Coast Style</span> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/123/field_date/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-date field--type-datetime field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Posted </div> <div class="field--item">1 year ago</div> </div> <span data-quickedit-field-id="node/123/uid/en/rss"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">bradmin</span></span> <span data-quickedit-field-id="node/123/created/en/rss">Fri, 08/28/2020 - 08:23</span> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/123/field_hero/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-hero field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/flight_view/public/2020-08/20200828075415_vanc.jpg?itok=W2Gk2TmT" width="1140" height="342" alt="West Coast Cruise" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/123/field_flight_depature/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-flight-depature field--type-string field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Departure</div> <div class="field--item">CYVR via CYAZ (Tofino)</div> </div> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/123/field_flight_arrival/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-flight-arrival field--type-string field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Arrival</div> <div class="field--item">CYZT (Port Hardy, BC)</div> </div> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/123/field_flight_time/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-flight-time field--type-string field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Flight Time</div> <div class="field--item">2 hours 21 minutes</div> </div> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/123/body/en/rss" class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"> <p>I was out for a run with friends last night and we started talking flight sim. Well... correction. The guys started talking flight sim, while the ladies made fun of us for talking about flight sim. Apparently it’s not everyone’s jam.</p> <p>Gender bias aside, one of the guys asked me a couple questions about my choices. Are you really flying ALL of it? And why in such a slow plane?</p> <figure class="wp-block-image alignfull size-large"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2020-08/20200828084103_1.jpg?itok=c0XmDet6" alt="" class="wp-image-193" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="ed2d9faa-b480-4005-820b-744bb4a771b9" data-image-style="original"/><figcaption>Approaching Tofino with some brilliant cloud art.</figcaption></figure> <p>Because, yes, I admit that I could jump around and skip over the long boring parts in the middle, but NO I’m flying all of it, every kilometer of my flight plans, take off to landing, no matter the scenery (and I think some less remarkable passages across the Northern ice floes of Alaska are coming up in the next weeks... so, yeah.) And if I skipped over bits, what would be the point? Anyone can do that? Not everyone is going to fly the whole world!</p> <p>And why not a faster plane? Well, a few reasons for that, too. First, I want to hit some small airports in obscure places. Those jets and faster planes might be tougher to land on dirt or snow runways. Second, this is a kind of recreation of a slow adventure. You sightsee from a low altitude and slow speed fly-over, not from a high altitude cruise. Finally, hitting the open skies in the Honda Civic of airplanes is probably closer to something I would do in real life. The Cessna 172 is not a sports car, not a bus, not a pickup truck... it’s the mid-level coupe of airplanes, which is more my style.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image alignfull size-large"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2020-08/20200828091116_1_1.jpg?itok=eo89EvUR" alt="" class="wp-image-196" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="54350319-576e-4e32-b16f-722fee0f62bc" data-image-style="original"/><figcaption>Countless small islands dotting the coast and inland coast skirting Vancouver Island.</figcaption></figure> <p>I took off away from the sunrise out of Vancouver this morning and crossed over the Strait, crossed over the island, and boogied up the West Coast looking for whales.... are there whales in this sim? Call me Ishmael.</p> <p>As I approached that coast for the first time I emerged into some mountain-hugging clouds, almost a low fog wrapped around the coastal mountain range as green-topped summits peaked from the puffy white weather. It speaks volumes to flying in “live” weather, weather generated from the real weather data available to the sim. I would never have chosen that. I would have picked blue skies and missed it. Reality can sometimes do better than our creativity, it seems.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image alignfull size-large"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2020-08/20200828094634_1.jpg?itok=cdDNV9LZ" alt="" class="wp-image-197" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="6b7d78bb-b6e8-47e2-a29f-fe430e5b20bc" data-image-style="original"/><figcaption>Rain and low clouds descending into our final destination.</figcaption></figure> <p>Turning inland, I leaped over the mountain range that is the island-proper, and as the clouds increased, the wind also picked up and offered a bit of rain that wasn’t much more bother than to obscure some of the amazing scenery.</p> <p>My landings are improving, and I was able to bring the plane down (with guidance still on) into the small ariport. I use the guidance, not because it flies the plane for me, but rather because it acts as a learning tool. I’m still flying the plane, of course, but the projections of the landing corridor are helpful in tackling one of the trickier parts of the flight sim experience: touching down without crashing in a chaotic mess.</p> <figure class="wp-block-embed-youtube wp-block-embed is-type-video is-provider-youtube"><div class="wp-block-embed__wrapper">https://youtu.be/9JiLIBdq5IY</div></figure> <p>I didn’t crash. Instead, I parked the plane and logged off for some time in the tiny port town.</p> </div> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/123/field_flight_number/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-flight-number field--type-text field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Flight Number</div> <div class="field--item">L104</div> </div> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/123/field_aircraft/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-aircraft field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Aircraft</div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/106" hreflang="en">Cessna 172 Skyhawk</a></div> </div> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/123/field_tags/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/term/flight-simulator" hreflang="en">flight simulator</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/term/clouds" hreflang="en">clouds</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/term/small-planes" hreflang="en">small planes</a></div> </div> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/123/field_article_disqus/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-article-disqus field--type-disqus-comment field--label-hidden field--item"><drupal-render-placeholder callback="Drupal\disqus\Element\Disqus::displayDisqusComments" arguments="0=Islands%20in%20the%20Sea%2C%20West%20Coast%20Style&amp;1=http%3A//projects.pixelazy.ca/flight/2020/islands-sea-west-coast-style&amp;2=node/123" token="b58zXf0fCc5EY1RoAHrDKWYzA-nu-7SF9Gmt6djyszw"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> Fri, 28 Aug 2020 14:23:41 +0000 bradmin 123 at http://projects.pixelazy.ca West Coast Tailwind http://projects.pixelazy.ca/flight/2020/west-coast-tailwind <span data-quickedit-field-id="node/122/title/en/rss">West Coast Tailwind</span> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/122/field_date/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-date field--type-datetime field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Posted </div> <div class="field--item">1 year ago</div> </div> <span data-quickedit-field-id="node/122/uid/en/rss"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">bradmin</span></span> <span data-quickedit-field-id="node/122/created/en/rss">Thu, 08/27/2020 - 15:28</span> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/122/field_hero/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-hero field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/flight_view/public/2020-08/20200827152820_yvr.jpg?itok=OkesIRfh" width="1140" height="342" alt="YVR" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/122/field_flight_depature/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-flight-depature field--type-string field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Departure</div> <div class="field--item">CYLW (Kelowna)</div> </div> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/122/field_flight_arrival/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-flight-arrival field--type-string field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Arrival</div> <div class="field--item">CYVR (Vancouver)</div> </div> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/122/field_flight_time/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-flight-time field--type-string field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Flight Time</div> <div class="field--item">2 hours 7 minutes</div> </div> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/122/body/en/rss" class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"> <p>Driving home from Jasper yesterday afternoon I got the notion stuck in my head that I wanted to get to Vancouver sooner than later.</p> <p>That said, I don’t think speed precludes enjoyment of the trip. I wanted to get beyond the familiar, and until I start heading out from Alaska, there is something very familiar about Alberta, British Columbia and everything between my house and the far tip of Vancouver island. Part of this trip is about flying... the other part is about flying around the world and into the unknown.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2020-08/20200827134529_1.jpg?itok=7GXcTho7" alt="" class="wp-image-190" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="e783a781-7ccd-4b11-b3db-b6c3ae06282a" data-image-style="original"/><figcaption>Cruising somewhere over the interior of British Columbia</figcaption></figure> <p>So, again, I wanted to get to Vancouver as quickly as possible because it represented a kind of gateway ... a threshold ... to the bigger, wider world. Beyond Vancouver, the real adventure begins. </p> <p>There’s no clearer illustration of that truth than even as I flew from Kelowna to Vancouver in the third leg of flight in less than twenty-four hours — nearly six hours of flying out of the the last eighteen if I’m being honest — I could still comfortably point out the landmarks, name off the rivers, remember where I’d been and what I’d seen in real life.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2020-08/20200827151525_1.jpg?itok=lAqgHmVd" alt="" class="wp-image-191" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="1b6af973-1f43-407c-bc61-628528cc137a" data-image-style="original"/><figcaption>Looking back on a low flight over Vancouver.</figcaption></figure> <p>But this project is beyond that. I haven’t even left Canada yet (and won’t for a few more days) but I did follow my flight plan, fought with Air Traffic Control over my altitude for nearly two hours, and eventually got clearance to land at YVR.</p> <p>There was a lot more air traffic, of course. Lots of people are checking out Vancouver. Fewer are putzing around Edmonton and central Alberta. I even had a near miss upon landing as another plane pulled out of the taxi just as I was clearing the numbers for my touchdown.</p> <figure class="wp-block-embed-youtube wp-block-embed is-type-video is-provider-youtube"><div class="wp-block-embed__wrapper">https://youtu.be/CWEWcPSpviw</div></figure> <p>So, three flights in less than a day is probably too much. And when I take off from Vancouver, sure I’ll buzz by some familiar sights on the Island, but when I turn North it will be to explore lands I’ve never actually seen with my real eyes. A long coastal trek. An icy ascent into the North of my country. A buzz through Alaska... then?</p> <p>The adventure really begins.</p> </div> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/122/field_flight_number/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-flight-number field--type-text field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Flight Number</div> <div class="field--item">L103</div> </div> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/122/field_aircraft/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-aircraft field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Aircraft</div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/106" hreflang="en">Cessna 172 Skyhawk</a></div> </div> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/122/field_tags/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/term/flight-simulator" hreflang="en">flight simulator</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/term/adventure" hreflang="en">adventure</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/term/west-coast" hreflang="en">west coast</a></div> </div> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/122/field_article_disqus/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-article-disqus field--type-disqus-comment field--label-hidden field--item"><drupal-render-placeholder callback="Drupal\disqus\Element\Disqus::displayDisqusComments" arguments="0=West%20Coast%20Tailwind&amp;1=http%3A//projects.pixelazy.ca/flight/2020/west-coast-tailwind&amp;2=node/122" token="jhx7u_zEpYNG0No9txo64oOfe1LAM0LNr1aXjhZA3sE"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> Thu, 27 Aug 2020 21:28:54 +0000 bradmin 122 at http://projects.pixelazy.ca Over the Mountains & Thru the Woods http://projects.pixelazy.ca/flight/2020/over-mountains-thru-woods <span data-quickedit-field-id="node/120/title/en/rss"> Over the Mountains &amp; Thru the Woods</span> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/120/field_date/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-date field--type-datetime field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Posted </div> <div class="field--item">1 year ago</div> </div> <span data-quickedit-field-id="node/120/uid/en/rss"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">bradmin</span></span> <span data-quickedit-field-id="node/120/created/en/rss">Thu, 08/27/2020 - 08:11</span> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/120/field_hero/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-hero field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/flight_view/public/2020-08/20200827075855_golden.jpg?itok=oYNINB9z" width="1140" height="342" alt="Golden Hour" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/120/field_flight_depature/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-flight-depature field--type-string field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Departure</div> <div class="field--item">CYGE (Golden) via Salmon Arm</div> </div> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/120/field_flight_arrival/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-flight-arrival field--type-string field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Arrival</div> <div class="field--item">CYLW (Kelowna, BC)</div> </div> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/120/field_flight_time/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-flight-time field--type-string field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Flight Time</div> <div class="field--item">1 hour 38 minutes</div> </div> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/120/body/en/rss" class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"> <p>I dreamed about flying. Literally. A couple restless hours of tossing and turning in bed in the middle of the night had me awake last night with dreams of flights, flights gone wrong, and other flying related anxieties.</p> <p>Naturally, I took off again shortly after breakfast.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2020-08/20200827074737_1.jpg?itok=g2EyjzVS" alt="" class="wp-image-181" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="440c412e-11f3-4b46-8892-d3188e9ffc36" data-image-style="original"/><figcaption>Leaving Westbound out of Golden BC over the Rocky Mountains.</figcaption></figure> <p>My trip continued with leg L102, the plan being to cut across the interior of British Columbia and make my way towards the collection of small cities that are in the central part of the province as layovers for my approach to the west coast.</p> <p>I took off from Golden, BC in the dawn sunlight and immediately set out to gain some serious altitude to climb up over the mountain ridge between me and my first waypoint. According to the craft stats, the plane is rated for up to 14,000 feet of altitude, a number I’m comfortable pushing but not comfortable exceeding, at least not on my official flights. My goal is to arrive safely at my destination each leg, not to stunt and crash and reset and generally bungle the adventure.</p> <figure class="wp-block-embed-youtube wp-block-embed is-type-video is-provider-youtube"><div class="wp-block-embed__wrapper">https://youtu.be/CcG6Uyd-p4U</div></figure> <p>Up and over the mountains I went, and then decended into what I’m pretty sure was the town of Revelstoke where I rejoined in earnest following the familiar highway through the mountains.</p> <p>I did a lower pass over the city of Salmon Arm, flying over the nearby lakes before making a hard left southbound into the Okanagan Valley and towards Kelowna. As I left the big mountains, the clouds broke up and decending towards my final destination I was greeted with almost perfectly clear skies and a small contingent of other air traffic touring what I assume is a popular region to check out from the skies.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2020-08/20200827085529_1.jpg?itok=chbc1KKR" alt="" class="wp-image-182" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="95c35c8b-082c-409d-8117-0ec211a390c2" data-image-style="original"/><figcaption>Descending into the Okanagan Valley on approach to Kelowna, BC</figcaption></figure> <p>I decended through the valley, flew over Vernon, and then made a proper (and approved) approach and landing (not too shabbily if I do say so myself!) at the Kelowna Airport.</p> </div> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/120/field_flight_number/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-flight-number field--type-text field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Flight Number</div> <div class="field--item">L102</div> </div> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/120/field_aircraft/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-aircraft field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Aircraft</div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/106" hreflang="en">Cessna 172 Skyhawk</a></div> </div> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/120/field_tags/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/term/flight-simulator" hreflang="en">flight simulator</a></div> </div> <div data-quickedit-field-id="node/120/field_article_disqus/en/rss" class="field field--name-field-article-disqus field--type-disqus-comment field--label-hidden field--item"><drupal-render-placeholder callback="Drupal\disqus\Element\Disqus::displayDisqusComments" arguments="0=%20Over%20the%20Mountains%20%26%20Thru%20the%20Woods&amp;1=http%3A//projects.pixelazy.ca/flight/2020/over-mountains-thru-woods&amp;2=node/120" token="E9sZuE3SvCB0JwpBw2Hlr7Arj82Vg8bI41_J7DBD-nU"></drupal-render-placeholder></div> Thu, 27 Aug 2020 14:11:34 +0000 bradmin 120 at http://projects.pixelazy.ca