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So today i picked up my new 'stang from Biggin Hill, and I'm off for my hols... Winter in the Bahamas. Yum!

(Must visit John on my way through Floridia...)

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Leaving Biggin

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An assortment of in-flight pics

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My first stop for the night: Stornoway. The Western Isles might not be an obvious staging post for the North Atlantic, but it cuts around 100 miles off the first crossing, which could save a late swim if the winds are badly against us.

[Memo to self: Make sure you reactivate the main FS window before taking pictures! All my shots of the approach were of just the autopilot popup. Ho hum! :whis: ]

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A slight whoops on leg 2, when I discovered I left the camera in my bag, which got stowed in the forward baggage area, which is only accessible from outside the plane...

(i.e. I forgot to load the screenshot app :whis: )

So here we are about to depart Keflavik for Greenland...

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Someone's graffiti'd the plane, but I'm sure it'll wash off...

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Nicely positioned in the cruise

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Follow the pink line!

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Coasting in over Greenland

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Late descent, field in sight

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I'm going to overfly the approach, for the NDB procedure onto runway 07

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No pics of the approach, since I was too busy, but here I am on short final.

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Over the fence

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Welcome to Narsarsarsarsarsuaq!

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Good work Tim,

That Greenland scenery looks excellent I really must get it.

Someone's graffiti'd the plane, but I'm sure it'll wash off...
Sorry it's a fair cop, I switched aircraft at Keflavik and didn't think you would notice. :fool:
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Lets see now...

Biggin to Stornoway was 475nm

Stornoway to Keflavik was 580nm

Keflavik to Narsarsuaq was 650nm

And the next leg to Gander will be 800nm, and I'm expecting it to take around 3 hours. I have something else to do tonight, so I'll probably fly it tomorrow. In practical terms, 800nm is about the limit of the Mustang, with IFR reserves and a headwind. Normally on this leg I'd go to Goose Bay or Iqaluit, both of which are shorter. But I fancied going somewhere I hadn't been before!

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On to leg 4, and Gander.

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By pure chance, this chap was also crossing the Atlantic, and left a few minutes before me. he was going further, faster and higher--to Halifax, in fact. And after following him across the Atlantic I was on the ground first by 5 minutes! Okay, not the same place, but, well I find these little coincidences on Vatsim amusing...

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And we're off!

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Leaving Greenland and the rather nice Narsarsuaq addon

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Mid ocean crew change, and time for a coffee. (yeah, right!)

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Land fall, and Newfoundland.

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Final. And despite having a 25kt head wind all the way, it took slightly less than three hours, and we had plenty of fuel remaining over reserves.

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A bit late with this write up! We've now arrived in Americaland, and sunny (comparatively) Portsmouth New Hampshire. At least, there's no snow on the ground...

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Leaving Gander

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Right turn onto track

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Crossing the Gulf of St Lawrence. Prince Edward Island is in the foreground, with Nova Scotia beyond.

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A FedEx 757 passes me, heading for Halifax.

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Buzzed by some flash wossname

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Turning onto the ILS at Portsmouth Intl

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This was the point at which Boston Center came online. Ho Hum! Anyway, off for some of that famous New England seafood.

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  • 2 weeks later...

Bit late this update, but we're continuing South from Portsmouth New Hampshire, past Boston and New York, to Charlotte North Carolina.

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Taking off from Portsmouth.

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Approaching the northern tip of Long Island.

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Southern Long island and Manhatten.

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Traffic below! It's hard to get used to seeing jet traffic "down there"...

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Passing over Manhatten.

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JFK

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La Guardia

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And final into Charlotte.

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Last leg, down into Florida.

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Leaving Charlotte. I guess it's a US Airways hub!

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heading out, back towards the coast

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Heading down the Florida East Coast. Miami Center was online, and pretty soon we were under positive ATC control.

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On a wide downwind into Palm Beach

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And final. Just 15.5 flight hours from Biggin Hill - definitely a personal best!

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Just got the paperwork through to say the plane can go onto the Manx registry. It does mean it'll have to live in the Isle of Man, but you should see the reggo....

<Nah. Secret!>

Hopefully it'll be out of the paint shop by the time I get back from the Bahamas. :woot:

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