Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
Corsaire31

PNW/PFJ + Tongass Tour 2017

19 posts in this topic

Hi all !

 

After I had to drop out of the second part of my Australia tour last winter due to lack of time, I'm back in the air...

 

With the return of beautiful days, I decided I would this summer explore in depth the coast of PNW and the Tongass Fjords where I installed most of Return to Misty Moorings stuff over the years.

 

To take my time looking at things and to land on small lakes and rivers, I chose to do it in an Ultra Light with floats from where I can really enjoy the scenery ( I've also sometimes done parts of it on the water with my Malibu fast boat...)

 

So here we go for a tour of log cabins by the lakes, river camps, remote places, bear observatories, and of course stops at every "Brad's Bait and BBQ" on the way...

 

I will be starting from Bella Coola Marina and try to see as much as possible up north to as far as I can go until October, weather permitting - as usual always flying real time and real weather - ( Sitka, Haines ... maybe Yakutat and the Copper River ? )  We will see ...

 

2017-05-1815_42_10-Greenshot.jpg

 

Scenery : FSX Gold - Orbx PNW / PFJ / SAK - UTX Canada Alaska - FS Addon Tongass Fjords - Return to Misty Moorings freeware - Flight Environment X 2.0

Airplane : Ant's Drifter Floats

Plane and Boat Traffic : Ultimate Traffic 2 - Orbx PNW GA traffic - Henrik Nielsen's AI Boat Traffic - RTMM shipping

Weather : Pilot's FS Global  Real Weather

 

 

Edited by Corsaire31
2 people like this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Good choice Loic.:D I find myself enjoying Tongass Fjords more than PFW sometimes, they did such a fantastic job on it and adding any of the Misty scenery makes it that much better.:thum:

 

I wish RTMM would have been able to talk more of their authors into creating larger compilations of their sceneries packages for easier downloading but there is also something to be said for researching each one thoroughly before flying it. :)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Day 1 : Bella Coola to Owikeno Lake  -  Part 1

 

Weather report  13:54 local time :  Wind 6 knots from 290° - Temperature 14° C - Pressure 1020 hPa / 30.12 in - Clouds few 3000 ft  broken 5000 ft - Visibility 24 km

 

Outside Bella Coola marina, facing the west wind and ready to take off :

 

2017-05-1821_58_05-Greenshot.jpg

 

While the Rotax is warming up in my back at 2500 rpm, a quick look at the office ( water temp, speed, compass, altimeter, exhaust temp, radio, tachometer, GPS )

 

2017-05-1821_59_19-Greenshot.jpg

 

After a westward take off , I turn around towards the Bella Coola valley, meeting a first cruise ship :

 

2017-05-1822_05_28-Greenshot.jpg

 

A last goodbye to friends at the Bella Coola airfield :

 

2017-05-1822_12_41-Greenshot.jpg

 

And here we go into the wild...

 

2017-05-1822_23_32-Greenshot.jpg

 

Arriving at the northern entry of the channel leading to the lake ( we can see a small dirt strip ) :

 

2017-05-1822_41_59-Greenshot.jpg

 

The waterfalls going up the channel ( good idea to have a small plane ! ) :

 

2017-05-1822_44_29-Greenshot.jpg

 

The channel opens on the northern part of the lake :

 

2017-05-1822_53_40-Greenshot.jpg

 

And I fly by the northern Owikeno lake dirt strip :

 

2017-05-1822_55_28-Greenshot.jpg

 

Part 2 later...

 

 

 

Edited by Corsaire31

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Gorgeous scenery and great choice of ride.:thum: (so far....:D)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Very pretty so far. Nom nom nom, crunch crunch crunch....sluuuuuuuuurp.

 

Oh, sorry, how rude of me...want some popcorn anyone?

2 people like this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Day 1 : Bella Coola to Okiweno Lake  -  Part 2

 

As we get to the eastern part of Owikeno Lake, I fly over the Machmell village, at the mouth of the river with the same name. You can see the eastern ferry terminal and the small dirt strip.

 

2017-05-1823_08_10-Greenshot.jpg

 

Heading west, in front of us the Owikeno Lake in all its majesty.

 

2017-05-1823_10_45-Greenshot.jpg

 

On the northern side of the lake, near the Ashlulm Creek mouth, the smoke of the first Brad's B+B of the trip :

 

2017-05-1823_15_16-Greenshot.jpg

 

I had made a stop there two years ago when I had a boat tour of the lake :

 

2015-05-3019_38_29-Greenshot.jpg

 

On the way we come across the path of the ferry making the link between the two ends of the lake :

 

2017-05-1823_20_27-Greenshot.jpg

 

Nearing the western end, we fly by the Casino and catch a glimpse of the western dirt strip :

 

2017-05-1823_24_30-Greenshot.jpg

 

Then it's the western ferry terminal, the fishermen's village and the second Brad's B+B :

 

2017-05-1823_26_32-Greenshot.jpg

 

Now I just have to let it glide down to the seaplane dock at Rivers Inlet CAU8, at the western entrance of Lake Owikeno :

 

2017-05-1823_29_40-Greenshot.jpg

 

We made it safe to our destination, will spend the weekend looking around :

 

2017-05-1823_37_34-Greenshot.jpg

 

Catch you later, have a nice weekend everyone !

Edited by Corsaire31

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

As a bonus, a short video of the real thing :

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Just superb Loic, what a great place to sightsee!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

And a perfect slowgofloater to see it all from.

Edited by Captain Coffee

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Did some gambling at the Casino over the week end in the evening and took some time during the day for a boat trip to some nice locations around the lake...

 

2017-05-2118_48_01-Greenshot.jpg

2 people like this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Bella Coola : Changing my ride

 

On the way back to Bella Coola with the Drifter ( same way as flying in ) I had time to think a while... The Drifter is really nice and I love it, but it's really slow ( 60/65 knts cruise speed ) and moreover at this time of the year the open cokpit makes it a bit chilly to fly in this region !

 

So I decided to change my ride for now ...  On the Bella Coola airfield, a brand new Tecnam P92 Eaglet is waiting for me.

 

2017-05-2122_22_47-Greenshot.jpg

 

Bonus : + 40 knts in cruise speed, still reasonably cheap to fly with its 100 HP Rotax engine ( 4 to 4.5 Gal/h following engine revs ), flying in a warm closed cockpit and on top all the modern comfort ( multifunction GPS, autopilot, electronic navigation - VOR ans ILS - )

 

2017-05-2200_20_18-Greenshot.jpg

 

Besides that it is easy to make it a seaplane ( " Seasky " kit ) making it adaptable in these places. Without loosing a minute, off we go for a short test flight around Bella Coola.

 

2017-05-2122_57_08-Greenshot.jpg

 

The plane is easy to fly and use ( automatic mixture, fixed prop pitch ), only the prop torque requires some right foot ( if activated in the setup ) and I will test the 9 steps wing flaps for a take off with 15° flaps and a landing around 50 knts with 35° flaps. Much satisfied with this test flight, I decide to keep it for now.

 

* For info : Ant's Airplanes Eaglet V2 FSX/P3D - Just been upgraded to v2.0 and price lowered ( 13.80 Euros for me at Simmarket ). You get for each model ( US registration, italian, aussie, new zealand and blank ) a standard version, an EFIS cockpit version, a seaplane version and specific versions to integrate either the GTN 650 or the GTN 750.

 

I also appreciated a "shift-3" full on-screen documentation with various chapters - setup, interactive normal and emergency procedures, performance tables or detailed operation of all onboard systems without having to use any "out of sim" documents.

 

Edited by Corsaire31
1 person likes this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Bit late to this, damn internet.....some great shots in your earlier post...now I don't care much for VR but that flight in that really slow low craft would be ideal for VR.... great read and fantastic scenery.....

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thks Wain !  I don't care about VR either, no place left on my desk for the paper bags... :wacko2: 

1 person likes this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Nice shots and really nice looking aircraft,:thum: seems awful cheap for all that gauge work and modeling.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Stage 2 - Bella Coola to Bella Bella - Part 1

 

After our trip to Owikeno Lake in the south, we will now fly north towards the Dean River and the logging camp on the Kimsquit River.  In the second part we will fly down to the Kwatna River ( Orbx logging camp and RTMM coal mine ) then we will end at Denny Island and the Bella Bella ( CYJQ ) airfield.

 

2017-05-2123_41_39-Greenshot.jpg

 

We take off around 12:30 after lunch from Bella Coola, with a nice weather :

No wind - Temp 20°C - Clouds scattered 15.000 ft broken 26.000 ft - Pressure 1025 hPa / 30.27 inch

 

As I will have to use small dirt strips, I had the wheel fairings removed.  With this beautiful weather, the cruise ships are on their way :
 

2017-05-2123_11_53-Greenshot.jpg

 

Another turn left and we get there ...

 

2017-05-2123_22_33-Greenshot.jpg

 

Soon we fly over the Dean River where you find a medical center, a Brad's B+B by the waterfront, a dirt strip (PF32) and a helipad.

For the boating fans, the river is fully equipped with red and green buoys and you can make a 40 nm river run up to Sigutlat Lake village with some rapids to cross.

 

2017-05-2123_30_35-Greenshot.jpg

 

As we fly further north towards the Kimsquit River, we can already spot the dirtstrip ahead as we fly over a first log train and its pusher.

 

2017-05-2123_33_29-Greenshot.jpg

 

On final approach to the logging camp.

 

2017-05-2123_36_41-Greenshot.jpg

 

After a short tour and sharing a mug of coffee with local people, it's time to get ready to fly away ! ( You don't see it well on the pics, but the strip is not flat with a big hump in the middle...)

 

2017-05-2123_39_54-Greenshot.jpg

 

More coming ...

Edited by Corsaire31

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

nice, great looking area, can't beat getting to know some people with a nice steamy mug of coffee.....

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, wain said:

nice, great looking area, can't beat getting to know some people with a nice steamy mug of coffee.....

 

Must remember to go to a sauna sometime and take a smiley selfie...a nice steamy mug of Coffee.

1 person likes this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
14 minutes ago, Captain Coffee said:

 

Must remember to go to a sauna sometime and take a smiley selfie...a nice steamy mug of Coffee.

hah, great humour Matt love it......

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0