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...