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Old 07-01-2017, 05:19 PM
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Man, this is a good one!

All the best wishes on this trip.

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Old 07-02-2017, 07:16 AM
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Out of Fairbanks westbound.





My friend Julian monitored enroute weather via FAA Wx cams and was my "backup FSS". He had a live feed from Inreach tracker and was able to text-warn me about thunderstorm activity before I reach the hostile area. I have a primitive Day VFR instrument panel. All steam gages.

The views are breathtaking. Hour goes after hour and you never get bored looking outside.




Tanana River meets mighty Yukon.




There is a number of airfields along Yukon River. Pitka PAGA is a nice one.





After hopping over a range there are plenty of beaches which gives you a piece of mind.





All roads lead to Nome. I've been here last year nothing changed.







The North American portion of the route is finished. Here I am in Nome, Alaska 33 flying hours later. Airplane performs great weather forecast looks perfect for a week ahead.





I secure my RV to the cable, call Growley for a fuel truck then take a $10 cab to town.





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Old 07-02-2017, 09:48 AM
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Plenty of cold beer down on front street. If you meet a nice Eskimo carver, you can negotiate an ivory souvenir. I had fun living in Nome a while back. Not far to Russia now !!
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Old 07-03-2017, 02:45 PM
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Welcome to Nome the end of Iditaron race home!








I settled comfortably in Nugget Inn and went downstairs to Bering restaurant for Galbi a Korean BBQ and a beer. There was a performance by local FD not far from the Inn quite an entertainment.





Back to my room I double checked if I have everything. VFR chart. Check. I also have an app a Russian developer (SkySmart) wrote for my iPad as a beta version but it had a lot of glitches and I wasn't able to update it. However downloaded charts were still useable and GPS position reflected the proper airplane location.

The current Russian VFR sectional is printed in St.Petersburg by РЦАИ but while buying online I was not able to process payment via their website. So I contacted an RV builder in Novosibirsk he bought and shipped it for me. Thanks Gennadiy! It took a month to deliver. The chart went from St.Petersburg to Novosibirsk. After Gennadiy shipped the package to me it went via St.Petersburg Customs again. Job security for shipping companies.



I double checked if all bills are taken care off according to payment schedule. You can see the rates below AOPA Russia is very transparent on that. They all speak perfect English and patiently explained me everything I wanted to know. If anybody wants a direct contact please email or PM me.





Here is the FAVT (Russian FAA) permit and my approved route for flying in/to Russian Federation. Check. For issuing this they would need .pdf copies of US pilot certificate, medical, registration, AW and a proof of insurance. Check check check on all originals. Passport, visa, check check...





I finished my homework for today and went to bed early. Tomorrow if something doesn't work on my route to Russia or in doubt I would turn back and head toward the Aleutians the good weather week is opening there too. I am about to hit 55 in couple days so I want to celebrate it somewhere very few experimentalists can reach...
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Old 07-03-2017, 02:48 PM
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On a nice morning of June the 15th I came to Nome airport as soon as FSS was open for business. I have an account with https://www.eurofpl.eu and they make international filing easy but I still wanted to double check with real people if I file right. After enjoying the US and Canada airspace flexibility I thought I could file VFR and fly over the land of Siberia rather then go my approved route over Bering Sea. Larry, a Nome FSS specialist, did some thinking and was able to file my flight plan via BATNI, an intersection near Little Diomede with very minimum flying over the Bering Strait. A day ago Marshal Severson of Anchorage flew the route to Providenia. His Cessna was still parked across the runway at Bering Air.

Weather forecast was looking good all the way to Anadyr. I quickly slapped required large N-numbers on the fuselage, jumped in the plane and took off.



Smooth air, beautiful views. My old trusty Lycoming was singing happy to work next 3.5 hours. Somewhere abeam Tin City LRRS I dialed FSS RCO and closed my DVFR flight plan.





Approaching Little Diomede I key the mike on Lavrentia Tower frequency no answer. One more time still nothing. A quick radio check on 121.5 comes as 5 by 5. The airplane is moving and I am already almost at the end of US ADIZ and still don't have a code and permission to enter Russian airspace.





I dialed a frequency of higher command and Magadan Control responded. "N666BK, I hear you loud and clear, you are NOT permitted to enter Russian airspace..."

#%$@^?!!
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Old 07-03-2017, 05:54 PM
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All is well, once he puts up placeholders, we get the good stuff!
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Old 07-04-2017, 06:14 AM
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Вторая серия
Was thinking the same!
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Old 07-04-2017, 06:20 AM
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Vlad obviously topped the http://AirPRS.com stats dashboard for last week - and this doesn't even include his time in Alaska and Russia! (no APRS coverage up there)

For the week ending July 1 - Vlad has two of the top five longest flights; most number of flights; and most number of Flight hours.
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Old 07-04-2017, 06:39 PM
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Not to distract (too much) from the thread, but that looks like Fairway Rock in the foreground, again. Cool!
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