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AAL955 arrives in Buenos Aries SAEZ thismorning after flying overnight (local time)

 

http://www.vataware.com/flight.cfm?id=4668031

 

Some nice ATC from New York Tower and Departures (Kennedy)

 

Interesting arrival into SAEZ due to aircraft on the runway on our first approach neccitating a go around.

Unicom of limited use when everyone's speaking Spanish but no big disasters.

 

Also came in fairly close behind an arrival inbound.

 

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Trent Hopkinson YMML. www.youtube.com/musicalaviator WorldFlight 2002,2008,2009, 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2015

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I'm planning on doing the actual South Pole leg this week sometime. Still have tonnes of planning to do :S

 

and to be honest I still havn't even figured out which aircraft I should do it in. Technically I should e C130, but I'v never flown one nor have any good addons for it (and I'm very iffy about buying from CaptainSim).

 

I also need a very good FMC or a working INS system to fly anything over Antarctica, cos Comp[Mod - Happy Thoughts] nav and VOR's just won't work.

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SAWB 70S057W 75S057W 80S054W 85S050W 89S010E 85S101E 80S108E 75S109E 70S110E S6650.0E11055.0 YWKS

 

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0700z Monday 14th December

 

At this stage I'm tossing up A320 (pretending to be Skytraders A319 - Airsimmer basic) or, more likley, a 747-400.

Would like to do it on a military type (C17) but without a good FMC or INS that is reliable at 89S010E... that's not gonna happen ... VasFMC and C130... may work... but... :S

 

Range is on the order of 3000nm.

Time on the order of 6.5 hours. give or take 0.5 hours :p (if flying a Jet at between 450kt and 480kt)

 

See Wilkins Approach chart here:

http://www.airservices.gov.au/publications/current/dap/WKSGN01-115.pdf

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Hi All,

 

Due to Trent's late night flying, i'm going to join him tomorrow on his YWKS - YMHB.

 

That means i'll be joining him at YWKS so if anyone is looking for a shorter hop, i'll be doing a YMHB - YWKS Monday morning starting around 0600Z - 0630Z. Then we join him back to YMHB on the Tuesday.

 

If anyone wants to join me to join trent, feel free to come on in.

 

Enjoy

Arjun

 

p.s. Search for a VH-NOS

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I'v decided to go the slightly unrealistic, but more convenient route of flying the PMDG 747-400F Not quite a C17 transport...

 

Also be sure to download scenery for Wilkins. It's not there in default scenery. Arjun made one which I'm using. There may be others in flightsim.com or avsim.com including one I noted for FS9 (Arjun's is for FSX)

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Part 4 and 5

Entry to, and Crossing Antarctica.

 

First thing was to get out of the Americas and down to the continent of Antarctica. For this I chose to fly an oldie 737-200 (Brazillian Air Force). as callsign:

BRS96

 

Short and uneventful flight departing before sunrise, and landing 4 hours later in local morning at Base Maribiro.

 

 

At which point we did the crazy, and took off with a 747-400 Freighter.

Polar Air Cargo doesn't actually fly to the South Pole, but the name is cool

Callsign was PAC90S, or "Polar 90 Sierra" - or in another way: Polar 90 South, as in Latitude

 

Requiring full power no derates packs off departure, The runway looked awfully short at V1 and the pilot pulled up a tad before VR, screaming like a girl.

 

Blasted off into a 20 degree or-so pitchup climb and we're not entirely sure the wheels were fully airborne before the end of the runway, but there were no big bangs or explosions so we continued on.

 

P[Mod - Happy Thoughts]ing very close to the South Pole, we turned northbound, with large clouds at, and above our level at FL350!

 

Down to the Wilkins Blue Ice Runway on the RNAV GNSS approach and their Portible PAPI came visual p[Mod - Happy Thoughts]ing about 2500ft radar altitude (4500ft). Dropped the gear and came into land, and managed to not slide off the runway through use of Autobrake 1 and a lot of liberal use of Thrust reversers.

 

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Soon the ground crew went about unloading their cargo from the largest aircraft to ever visit Wilkins :p

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And because I know Arjun would be interested in this proof. Here is the last 2 knots of decelleration of the landing roll at Wilkins, and that there is the end of the runway, which I managed to stay on ... and yes... the runway is misaligned in Navigraph AIRAC by, perhaps unsurprizingly, exactly the Magnetic Variation of 101.4 degrees :p

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Trent, what happens at the north pole? Just wondering because it would seem you would be going in a straight line, but transition from a 360 heading to a 180 heading.

 

Took this video on my South Pole crossing today (note: Green circle SPOLE is the (Geographic, not magnetic) South Pole)

ND is in Rose/Nav mode showing True heading not Magnetic.

 

 

End of video shows switching between True and Magnetic heading and back.

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With Melbourne's "Chaos Operations" flyin today, I thought this would be the best time to complete the last leg

http://vatpac.org/panic/chaos/index.php

 

Hobart to Melbourne, approximatley 0600z

 

YMHB - YMML

HB W295 LT H215 WAREN W687 ML

 

a nice short 1 hour hop.

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