The 80th Flight!

Flight number 80 would be the final flight of the original “Around the world in 80 flights” tour so this should be somewhat of a great achievement. However, due to the number of diversions and additional flights I have added to my own tour, despite reaching the 80th flight, I have not even reached my half way point.

Since leaving Edinburgh in the UK 3 years ago I have racked up over 54,000 Kilometres which works out at over 33,500 Miles! I have passed through 37 different countries whilst I have covered Europe and the length of Africa, all the way too Cape Town before continuing to The UAE and Middle East. I then covered the entire length of India or order to reach the Maldives Islands before returning North to the Himalayas and Mt. Everest. From the Himalayas I continued to Asia and across to Japan where I have now begun to double back on myself a little. This is simply so that I can loop further South as I make my way through the Pacific Islands and eventually reach Australia.

From my home in the UK, Australia will make my geographical half way point around the world. I feel that this should be celebrated more than the acknowledgement of my 80th flight. After all, I still have many more miles to go with many more countries to visit. Having significantly amended the original route I shall be completing a total of 203 flights before my wheels finally touch down in Edinburgh UK once more.

Whilst not mathematically nor geographically “half way,” I shall be considering my virtual arrival to the island of Hawaii to be the half way point of my Around The World Tour.
Hawaii to San Francisco is by far the longest flight I will have to negotiate during the tour and will need to heavily modify my tiny Beechcraft Baron 58 in order to make the huge distance but this is still some way off for flight number 120.

I have thoroughly enjoyed the entire time I have been completing this tour although I would love to hear from people who live in any of the places I have already, or am yet to visit. See below for the offical route map and for the full list of destinations I shall be visiting (virtually.)

OFFICIAL ROUTE MAP

Blue Pins = Offical 80 Flights Route
Red Pins = Addional Destinations Added By Me
Yellow Pins = Points Of Interest I Shall Not Land At.

Please continue to follow my virtual adventures around the world and leave comments to help me to make it that little bit more realistic.

New Aircraft!

I have spent a long time flying around the virtual world whilst undertaking this tour. So far I have logged over 18,000 miles. (That’s over 15,500 nautical miles.)

My small Beech Baron 58 aircraft has been very faithful and of course has required no maintenance. If only I could have said the same thing about my computer.

Now that I have reached one of the major destinations of my journey I have been playing with the idea of upgrading my aircraft to something a little bigger and more powerful. Maybe a small jet powered bird.

Looking online for available add-on aircraft which suited my criteria I was extremely impressed with the Embraer Phenom 100. A small business jet with some very sleek looks.

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I decided to bask in the wealthy atmosphere of Dubai and treat myself to this new aircraft before I had actually landed in Dubai and was looking forward to seeing it sitting on the tarmac at one of the worlds largest and busiest international airports in the world.. Whilst the real life machine would cost a neat sum circa £2.2 Million, my own version from Carenado, was nicely with in my budget.

The Phenom 100 has been recreated with amazing levels of detail and I was especially impressed with the interior lighting. I know that I will enjoy flying this machine at night.

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Further Tech Specs – http://www.embraerexecutivejets.com/en-US/jets/phenom-100E/Pages/technology.aspx  

Whilst taking a look at the Phenom 100 in FSX My machine did take a hit in performance resulting in reduced frame rates. This may be a factor in deciding if I will continue my World Tour using this aircraft. Equally the drop in frame rate performance is no doubt also being affected by the fact that I am currently flying from the FlyTampa Dubai add on software. I am still to decide if I shall remain with the Beech Baron 58 which I have come to know and love or work with the new Phenom 100 until I reach some better frame rates. Of course there is always the option of upgrading my PC to help in this performance drop. I have decided to spend some time in Dubai whilst testing various aircraft and learning much much more about this amazing city.

Jet Aviva Presents Aircraft Review – Phenom 100 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sgdd261wZn4

FSX Carenado Embraer Phenom 100 Pt 1 of 3 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7coNj4lF_to

FSX Carenado Embraer Phenom 100 Pt 2 of 3 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJWLSaxoBhA

FSX Carenado Embraer Phenom 100 Pt 3 of 3 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDmdj-Q-Tgo

Carenado Embraer Phenom 100 FSX – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzvKMgSmZEw

Inside the Embraer Phenom 100 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYsh8BfqmM0

JetSuite Phenom 100 Flight from LAX – VNY – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHA7ApDWL6c

$500 Private Jet to Las Vegas – JetSuite Phenom 100 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SqYTkv0Qp9g

UK Phenom 100 Review – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nNlM6MOBRY