Today we are flying from Pevek (UHMP) to Tiksi (UEST)
Takeoff very early, because we have to fly over 800 nautical miles.
It is relatively dark, the runway lights are on, the autopilot is armed for 5000 ft, and there we go....
Here I am at 5000ft, direction west, in fact west-north-west, because the GPS is flying a great circle, the shortest way at a globe.
Again climbing, up to FL240, right below we see the runway of Pevek
Up to the Stars....
Now it is obvious, that the simulated moon has a little problem. It is standing at the correct side of the sun, it is a small sickle, because yesterday was newmoon. But it should stand below the horizon, because we have sunrise and in this phase, the moon is following the sun. So this moon ist to high.
We are moving northern of the 70. degree latitude, so the sun is creeping along the horizon.
After 600 miles, cumulus clouds are appearing. A warranty for turbulences, because I am flying at the tops of the clouds, so climbing up for 1000 ft is better for a calm flight.
Now, this a respectable frontal system.....
Oh,ah, here we have -68°C, quickly switching on anti-ice, to protect my engines. The ITT is at the lower range of the allowed temperature.
Slowly I begin to sink, first to come into warmer fields and second that I have not to fall down like a Kamikaze later on.
The clouds are piling up....
and then, 60 miles infront of the destination, a snow shower!
So, down below the clouds, I want to see something!
The shower is over, the lights are on....
Now I have to fly the base leg for the runway 21, than a soft landing and again snow...
Again the apron is a hayfield, I will park beside the tower.
to be continued