Around the World in a tbd # of days

Hello - I/we will be embarking on a new Forums challenge: circumnavigating Planet Earth in Microsoft Flight Simulator Full Realism style

Those of you who have seen my occasional MSFS post will already be aware that I am the owner-operator of a fake airline based out of Menominee Regional (KMNM) in picturesque Menominee, Michigan

In keeping with my weird need to maintain the fiction of operating a fake airline, we will be starting our trip around the world from Menominee, and will be flying the one plane the company owns: The Kodiak 100.
We’re going with this particular plane because I know how to fly it (kind of), it can land/take off from pretty much anywhere, and it’s got solid range for a turbo-prop. We also have insurance for it and the airline’s other planes are leased. It’s in good condition and we have a decent amount of flight hours left before it needs to be serviced.

In keeping with my weird need to maintain the fiction of operating a fake airline, we will be starting our trip around the world from Menominee, and will be flying the one plane the company owns: The Kodiak 100.
We’re going with this particular plane because I know how to fly it (kind of), it can land/take off from pretty much anywhere, and it’s got solid range for a turbo-prop. We also have insurance for it and the airline’s other planes are leased. It’s in good condition and we have a decent amount of flight hours left before it needs to be serviced.

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As stated, we'll be operating under FULL REALISM rules, meaning if I crash or critically damage the plane and die, then that's the end of our attempt. If I crash or critically damage the plane and live, I'll have to fake fly back to Michigan and try to fake buy a new plane. FULL REALISM also means I'll be doing all the button pressing stuff myself, and equipment failure is possible (though unlikely)

I’ll be streaming the flights or at least attempting to, then posting recaps here as well. Please feel free to visit the stream as I go. It'll be pretty chill, just flying around and seeing the sights etc

How you can help

I don't have any particular itinerary in mind other than generally going from Michigan east to Newfoundland, because that will put the westernmost of the Azores within reach of the Kodiak, and from there we can go wherever

So, open to suggestions about sightseeing generally, and, if one is so inclined, you can help with more specific flight planning using [SimBrief](https://www.simbrief.com/home/). Feel free to give me waypoints and approaches and all that shit. Might ignore some of the specific procedures in the interest of time, but otherwise we'll be as realistic as possible

A couple of caveats:

  • - Flights will be like 2-3 hours max because I have things to do
  • - I do have a fake business to fake operate, so we'll be picking up cargo and air-courier requests along the way. I'm looking at like a 5 figure fake fuel bill for the whole trip so I'd like to break even if possible!
  • Very excited to witness this journey. Where will you be streaming it?

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    @“Mnemogenic”#p141115 Where will you be streaming it?

    what's better twitch or discord?

    this rules

    OK we will begin boarding Monday 11/20 @ 1930 Central. Departing from Menominee, Michigan and I guess landing somewhere in southern Ontario or western NY. I’m thinking we’ll buzz niagra falls on the way. Lmk if there’s anything else people want to visit on the way…

    Have a nice long trip!

    Will you observe current geopolitical considerations i.e. avoid flying over Russia, Ukraine, Israel etc.?

    (I guess a smaller plane kinda forces you to go through Eurasia via the Silk Road anyway.)

    we can island hop the south pacific to Chile, or up to hawaii (the Amelia Earhart route). Don’t think it would be possible to avoid far eastern russia if we cross the Bering Sea, which is perhaps not the wisest idea in what will be December by the time we’re out that way

    How are you going to share it?

    @“DaveedNoo”#p141246 discord for streaming and I'll also post screenshot recaps itt

    It would be cool to hit the Faroe islands if that's possible, I have a mild fascination with that place

    What‘s the discord (if it’s open)? Trying to check in for the flight

    is this it?

    https://discord.gg/AwEpGcmE

    I have no experience doing this so please bear with me....

    this is for chat invites I believe

    https://discord.gg/BGkezGPj

    the first flight was a chill and fun time

    Menominee, Michigan → Brampton, Ontario, Canada

    well well well we survived the flight to Brompton, Ontario, Canada.

    Went with this destination largely because we were able to pick up a cargo job delivering 1,927 lbs of frozen prawns, which netted the airline about 15K

    Winds calm at takeoff, western skies partly cloudy ahead of a storm front, but clear to the east, temp 40 degrees F. Flight was delayed because I had a hard time with discord and I made a typo on the nav coordinates which would have taken us to california

    on the tarmac at KMNM

    just before departing

    and we're on our way out of Menominee and over the lakes

    Door Peninsula farmland

    passing North Manitou Island

    late fall colors over Traverse City.

    The Straits of Mackinac and the Mackinac Bridge (and freighter beyond)

    We’re using the Global Shipping mod, which shows irl shipping vessels in real time. No purpose to it other than boat nerds are into it. For example, we passed this guy here

    and sure enough, we found him on the real time boat nerd tracking map

    SPRUCEGLEN, Bulk Carrier - Details and current position - IMO 8119261 - VesselFinder

    MSFS uses satellite images as the base ground textures, so what you see is more or less real stuff

    yes that;'s right you guessed it, that is the Carmeuse Calcite mine!

    crossing Lake Huron and into Canada (yes that blue box is technically a no fly zone)

    over Ontario

    final approach into Brampton against the setting sun

    Total Flight Time - 2:21
    Total Distance - 415 NM
    Landing Force - 1.01 G
    Landing Speed - 57 KTS
    Fuel Burn - 434 KG

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    Ah! I wanted to tune in but missed it. For some reason, even though I knew today was Tuesday for all other purposes, in my head it was Monday for the purposes of this specific event. Can‘t really figure that one out, but I’ll try to catch the next one.

    Will do a short flight this early evening, up to Montreal. I'm eager to get out of the northern hemisphere before the weather takes a turn, and we have to hit up the Faroe Islands because the generalissimo of this website has requested it

    ### Next Flight Departing Brompton, destination probably Montreal, Quebec

    ### Boarding time 1730 Central 11/21/2023

    will stream on discord as before but on the IC channel per NTJ's kind suggestion

    @"wickedcestus"#p141592 no worries, it's going to take a while to fly around the whole dang globe so there will be plenty of opportunities to hang out

    Streamin @ the IC discord channel fyi in 15

    https://discord.gg/fjfKqdJW