It is time for another adventure into the great unknown. Yesterday, I started a tour along the Aleutian Islands, the extended chain of volcanic island which stretches about 1200 miles from the Alaskan Peninsula across the Pacific, nearly to the Kamchatka Peninsula.
My intinerary is derived from one of the historical flights in FS2004, the Reeves Aleutian Airlines flight, but instead of the DC-3 I decided to fly the Cessna 208 Grand Caravan. It is similar in performance to the DC-3 but has all the modern amenities like A/P and GPS, and can operate on a reasonably short field.
I had just finished the Alaska Floatplane Charter flights, all in the C208 Amphibian, so I decided to have a go with the land-based version. It's great, a very nice stable cruiser, but with enough horsepower and structural strength to fly loops and rolls, if one should so desire. I mean, what's the fun of carrying passengers if you can't entertain them with a few loops and rolls?
Last night I started out from Merrill Field in Anchorage, heading south towards Port Heiden, about a 3 1/2 hour flight. I don't know if I'll stick to the original itinerary; I think I should pop over to Kamchatka when I get down that way-- I owe a bottle of vodka to the ATC guys at Velizovo from the last time I flew in this part of the world.