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Aviation and aircraft are very important to modern civilization but many people do not realize it.
Aviation, including small aircraft, perform many very critical jobs and functions.
Today, aviation is facing a barrage of difficulties and misperceptions.

One objective of our aviation section and blog is to alert people to the excitement of flying.
Anyone can learn to fly if they really want to.    Remember, throughout the world
very young people learn how to fly very fast and complicated airplanes in the military.
You can learn to fly a simple one and enjoy a wonder that few people know, controlled flight that YOU do.

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Flight Across America

This is a log of a simulated flight across United States.   Follow along or fly some of the flight legs.
Each flight leg is done in a different aircraft and has a separate page and a story / comments.

I am flying from Maine to S. California, then up to Seattle and down to Miami.
From Miami I will then return to the Northeast.
I will be taking in some important sights, visiting towns that are part of aviation's legacy.

Current location of the aircraft:    Sand Diego, California  KNZY
Lear 45  corporate jet

23 legs have been flown so far, from Caribou, Maine, to San Diego, California.
We have traveled from the far Northeast to far Soutwest, in a diagonal.

I expect around 100 legs will be flown by journey's end.

Stage 1.    Maine to S. California ( complete )

First Leg:  Caribou Maine, to Greensville, Maine    ACAM1
Greensville to Berlin, ME
See list of legs below and click on links to flight pages

Other flights:     09sept18B.htm      09sept21A.htm

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System being used

 iMac 24 inch 3.06 Ghz with the Nvidia 8800 series card.   2 GB Ram
Windows Vista Ultimate 32 bit running FSX Deluxe
Additional 19 inch flat monitor for guages, radios, GPS, or views
Many added planes and some scenery
CH Products Pedal and yoke.   Saitek  X45 joystick and throttle.
external stereo sound, 2 speakers


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Journey conditions and rules:

highest realism settings on FSX Flight simulator, including weather, p-effect, gyro, etc.
real weather;  whatever weather is happening at the current departure airport is what I fly in.
different aircraft for each leg, chosen by terrain, weather, scenery, load, "story"
real navigation beacons and / or GPS   using VOR to VOR, NDB's, dead reckoning, or GPS
I often use real sectional or high altitude charts while "flying".
Use of ATC ( air traffic control ) for clearances, flight following, IFR, controlled airspaces
ILS landings when appropriate or desired.
Load, fuel, weight and balance checked before flights.
Flight plans filed when necessary or desired.   Use of flight following for navigation assistance.
Use of map is permitted and encouraged.   ( if you have one, damn well better use it ! )
That being said, I try to "fly" with the instruments on the panel, beacons, radio, etc. on older planes.

I try to fly the whole flight leg at one sitting, but sometimes on long legs
I use the 2x or 4x sim speed to save time.

Log Notes:
Times given in local 24 hour time.   Some flights began in VFR and ended in IFR.

Flt. # From To


Time Leg begin
Aircraft Overview / Challenges
FAA24 KNZY KPMD V 11.01 Bellanca scout
FAA25 KPMD L05 V   Palmdale, CA Pilatus 12 snow over mountains
FAA26 L05 KFAT V 13.10 Kern Valley Dash 8 Nice cruise, 12,000 ft
FAA27 KFAT KJSC V     Honda Jet nice, up to 20,000


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Cessna 414 leaving Aspen, CO

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