I’m genuinely amazed by how gorgeous Alaska is. Yes, even in Microsoft Flight Sim. I genuinely want to go back here for some bush flying even in a digital manner. I’m aware I can venture back there anytime, I’m however doing a challenge of where I last left off is where I fly from, hence these parts and blog posting.
Previous trips as follows:
Ottawa(CYND & CYRP) > North Bay(CYYB) > Elliot Lake Municipal Airport’ (CYEL) >Sault Ste Marie (CYAM) > Thunder Bay (CYQT) > Kenora (CYQK) > Winnipeg Int’ (CYWG) > Regina Int’ (CYQR) > Saskatoon (CYXE) > Edmonton Int’ (CYEG) > >Edmonton Int’ (CYEG) > Kelowna (CYLW) > Vancouver (Boundary Bay CZBB) > Kelowna (CYLW) > Vancouver Airport (CYVR) >Port Hardy (CYZT) > Bella Bella (CBBC) > Prince Rupert (CYPR) > Prince Rupert (CYPR) > Yukutat (PAYA) > Anchorage (PANC)
Now to head further west as we follow Alaska’s southern route towards my desired destination.
Leaving Anchorage, I desired to take a more scenic route in a loose flight plan. Just enjoying the scenery, flying through mountains, and just taking the scenery in. Friend “may” have been a bit impatient, I don’t blame him. Just simply desired to take a more “loose” flight path south.
Considered doing a landing at a nearby airport to instead land at a slightly further one. This one felt weird seeing how weirdly design this airport is. Landed at ‘Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (PAIL)’.
Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (PAIL) > King Salmon (PAKN):
At the moment of flying Ted Stevens Anchorage INTL came off as “weird”. Felt like one of those beginner-made airport add-ons with how wide everything is. What’s supposed to be grass is pavement. Yeah. In hindsight it actually appears interesting; Great for meet-ups, hangouts, etc.
King Salmon (PAKN) -> Cold Bay (PACD):
Few days later I decided to fly some more, this time heading to ‘Cold Bay’. Doing small managable hops as to not completely bore myself. Fuel was also a big factor, even if I could turn it off.
And landed safely.
Cold Bay (PACD) -> Dutch Harbor (PADU):
From Cold Bay, I finally headed towards Unalaska, an area I know from a TV series. I knew this area thanks to Discovery Channel’s ‘Dangerous Fishing’ TV series. It was quite surreal taking off in snow to then find none. Upon arrival, everything gradually came to me as I’ve seen it on TV. Even if I’m not there personally, visiting something you’ve seen on TV is quite an interesting feeling. Even if it’s digital the feelings are still memorable, precious, and slightly nostalgic.
Even if I may have screwed up my attempt on final I decided to do a go-around. I may have actually been able to land, I however wanted a better grasp at the landing.
Few days later I jumped on again to venture further west; Closer to my destination. I’m sure people know where I’m heading, even so, still leaving it as a mystery. Was going to aim straight for Russian territory to simply go the halfway point instead. I was going to head straight towards Russia, instead, had to choose a mid-point being Adak Airport. Wasn’t sure if it was still military or not, I still aimed for that airport.
With that, this wraps up part 4. We’re getting closer. Bit-by-by closer.