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Old 12-09-2021, 10:23 PM
mbauer mbauer is offline
 
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Default PAEN to KFFA and Back Again

PAEN to KFFA Kenai, AK to Kitty Hawk, NC

Tried to fly this back in 2019. Engine hammering caused me to cut the trip short. Returned back to Alaska.

March 2020 condition time. Cancelled like everything else when we switched our clocks from Standard Time to the Twilight Time zone.

July 2020 cylinder repair needed, Tulipp’d valve.

May 2021 and I’m ready to go. The weather says no way. so from May 28 until June 11th weather stops the flight.

On June 11th its sunny in Kenai and cloudy in Petersburg, however the sunny skies are heading directly towards Petersburg.

PAEN – PAPG: 731.7 S. Miles in 5.0 hours:
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Take off around 3pm. Climbing towards the Kenai Mountains, it looks like the clouds are heavier than scattered. As I climb to my cruise altitude of 13,500ft, the clouds are soon scattered below me.

Climbing through 5,000ft, time to switch to the 20 gal usable, Aux Fuel Tank sitting in the passenger seat.

Plan is to test and make sure it is feeding properly at climb power settings. After 30-minutes I’ll switch to the mains to finish the route.

8,000ft time to apply oxygen to the pilot.

Seward, Alaska to the south:
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As the view increases can see the end of the clouds and Prince William Sound is clear blue skies!
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Portage Alaska:
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Black Stone Bay:
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Wells Passage from Whittier to Prince William Sound:
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Looking towards Valdez, Alaska:
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Cockpit view. Notice the temp as I climb to 13,500ft. Next destination is Cordova, Alaska PACV.:
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Cockpit view - GPS shows intentional deviation from route. That water is cold. Islands offer a chance of getting found:
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Old 12-09-2021, 11:55 PM
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Default PAEN -PACV-PAYA-PAPG

I’ve been planning to post this trip since June 2021. Things keep me off track. I’ll be posting these as I have time to write them up and the photos to use. Over 4,000 were taken.

Still not quite to Cordova PACV.

A few more views out the canopy.

Looking north:
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Glaciers/PACV:
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City of Cordova:
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PACV:
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Zoom on a Lake:
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Big Picture of the Lake:
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Not sure how these panoramic will look after downsizing enough to fit here.
Panoramic of Glaciers1:
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Glaciers:
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Panoramic of Glaciers above:
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Old 12-10-2021, 01:25 AM
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Default PAEN-PACV-PAYA

Almost to Yakutat PAYA at the end of this post.

Near the half way point PAEN-PACV-PAYA-PAPG = 731 s. miles

Cockpit view-temp again is nice and cool. I like it it. Although I have 5lbs of blue ice wrapped in 4-layers of insulated bag, inside all this are 25-lbs of Colossal Alaskan King Crab Legs. Deep frozen is another 18 lbs of smoked salmon. The bags are velcro’d to the seat belt-aux fuel tank. One inside the other-50 can size bags. They sit on the floor and clear the passenger rudder pedals by 12 inches. They do not move the whole flight to Idaho. My sisters and brother have no idea what I'm bringing-Hehehehe:
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Gulf of Alaska Ahead:
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Combo of 118-121 Snow Covered Peaks = Glacier Feeders:
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Combo of 122-124
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Cockpit:
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Combo 132-137 Skyline:
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Green lower reaches:
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Combo 145-149Malispina Glacier:
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Cockpit Malispina Glacier ahead:
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Malispina Glacier:
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I needed a photo edit program. Did a quick search and used a photo edit program from NCH. Liked it enough to pay the $39 to purchase. With it came a "Full Photo Size" panorama feature. When it says full size, after it is done stitching the photos, they add the total of each photo to the total size of the combined. Lots of editing to get them to post here.

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Old 12-11-2021, 06:50 AM
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Great stuff. We in the lower 48 don't get to see this: Flights like this are not for the faint of hart!
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Old 12-11-2021, 07:02 AM
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Mike glad to see the write up. Glad to see you back in the traveling mode. I am getting a new motor sometime next year and already planning heading your way



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Old 12-11-2021, 07:38 AM
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Awesome stuff!

I am very much wanting to come fly around Alaska this summer, maybe I'll get a chance to meet up with you and Vlad!
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Old 12-11-2021, 02:00 PM
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Thank you for the comments. This is just the first 731-miles, many more photos and stories heading this way.

Vlad, as always looking forward to your visit! As mentioned by email, still planning a trip next summer to visit everyone I missed this summer. The heat in June was very unpleasant for someone from Alaska. Looking at three weeks around Memorial weekend. Not renting the house out anymore 3-bedrooms open.

airguy-Pm me and we can talk about when you're heading up.

If you like to fish, the Kenai is one of the biggest tourist destinations for road provided access to many different types of salmon, trout, and salt water fishing for halibut. World record King Salmon was caught on the Kenai River.

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Old 12-11-2021, 02:14 PM
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Default Last Part for the Kenai to Petersburg Leg

Ran into some of the soon to be leaving clouds once I left the mainland and started flying over open water and the islands that make up the Alaska Panhandle.

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Cockpit View-Directly over Yakutat:
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Outside view of cockpit GPS location:
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Gulf of Alaska Shoreline:
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Mt Crillion nice and bright:
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Start of the Islands:
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Almost to Petersburg:
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Glimpse of PAPG through a gap in the mountains:
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Mainland Skyline; fore-ground mountains are an island, backdrop is the mainland:
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Old 12-11-2021, 02:45 PM
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Default PAPG Petersburg, Alaska

Boy did Covid change Petersburg.

In the past I like to walk the mile to the hotel. Nice bike path from the airport and you walk through center of residential neighborhoods. Been through here 4-times now.

The people are super friendly. Walking around: everything is within 3-miutes that you could need.

This trip was different!

In the past I would walk to the hotel, get a room and hang out till ready to leave, a couple of times spent an extra day waiting for the weather to change.

This time I barely got to the hotel in time to get a room. 837pm and the clerk was getting ready to shutdown and go home. Got my room but nothing was open to get any food or even a beer.

Vending machine was almost empty...

After checking with the local eateries and grocery store hours, realized I would be taking off well before they would open. The grocery store was closed every other day due to no workers.

My timing as normal; Impeccable: it was closed tomorrow.

Or wait two hours and get something to eat. Those two hours would put me in afternoon weather conditions near the border with Canada and the USA.

Okay time to break out some of the survival food in my packs. I've cooked up several pounds of hardtack and ANZAC biscuits.

Modern version of hardtack uses oats and some other items you can choose and pick from. Light weight food that will last for years. Making some pemmican soon to add to the supply here at home and for flying.

Breakfast was hardtack, and ANZAC Biscuits (WWII biscuit that the Australian/New Zealand families in WWII would make and send to their military-would not spoil during the long travel time between family members). Coffee was a main part of this nourishing meal.

Just wanted to mention the fun in Petersburg. Might have helped to call ahead, but I've been here so many times it wasn't required due to prior experience.


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Old 12-11-2021, 04:32 PM
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Default PAPG to KPSC 12JUN2021

PAPG to KPCS June 12, 2021

Not many photos to share on this section. Was busy flying.

Take off was before the sun crested the eastern skyline. Morning dew was everywhere and rather heavy. Cool crisp morning requiring a jacket.

From flying the night before and the temp was 22 F, decided to wear warmer clothing for the flight down the British Columbia Coastal Mountains. Flight was going to be at 11,500ft cruising altitude.

T-shirt, long sleeve button down, and a light weight jacket should keep me warm, don’t want to run the cabin heater because of the King Crab Legs.

Soon after take off and about 75-miles southeast of Petersburg, noticed some scatter clouds ahead. Okay, no issue they were forecast but supposed to be later in the day. I’m well above their tops and should be able to stay that way.

Clouds:
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Almost 700-miles on continuous mountains, no roads and very few airstrips. Today’s flight was going to be different. Planned to land at Sandpoint, Idaho [KSZT]. This means crossing the Coastal Mountains and eventually flying over interior British Columbia. Quesnel, Williams Lake, Kamloops> areas.

Approaching the border of Canada and Alaska, I called Anchorage and asked for flight following. This is a big help when crossing the border, even if doing an over flight trip, not landing in Canada.

Crossed the border and continued on. Few clouds soon turned into scattered. The tops well below my path.

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Approaching the half way point of the route, the clouds soon became worse than forecast. Soon a decision had to be made: Descend or try to out climb the fast rising clouds. Outside temp was well above forecast at this level. In Canada if you go above 13,500ft you need to be on an IFR Flight Plan. My RV-6 is VFR. In the several cockpit photos during this trip, you’ll notice what instruments I do have.

My location was very near the valley and lower lands of the interior Canada.
Valley Interior:
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My decision was easy, descend and check the lower levels. Nice big open area to descend through and the RV and I were below the bases.

The bumps began.

Been out of radio contact for a while, re-established contact with Vancover. Then I called for a weather check with Kamloops.

Talk about accurate forecasters, the Kamloops crew on every flight have been 100%.

One time I delayed in Petersburg because the lady forecaster said that day would be bad for Convection. We don’t get much Convection in Alaska.

The call was made. Bad news: Sand Point was overcast and raining. Not what was forecast. Time to change flight plan. Omak, Washington [KOMK] was open.

Revised flight plan.

New route: back towards the mountains. Rather be above them, BUT, clouds in the way.

Look some valleys heading in my direction.

I have a printed USA VFR Wall Chart and also the Alaska VFR Wall Chart made into small booklets that open as map books. They saved my bacon on this trip.

The Alaska version has the whole coastal British Columbia section to Orcas Island as an inset. Could wish for a better scale, but I was able to decide my route. Yes, the GPS and iPad had navigation stuff, but I’m old school and when I get into issue revert to the old ways. I know maps and can read easier than a screen.

Plus you can mark and follow your progress without a bunch of typing. Lot easier to draw a line and follow when under increased workload.

Bumpy would be an understatement. Lots of deviations due to base and tops of mountains.

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Finally time to call Seattle and cross the border. The next call was Seattle radio for weather. Pendleton, OR was open as was all of Washington state except for the coast.

Changed plan to KPDT, Pendleton, OR. Fuel prices cheaper than WA. Range from PAPG to KPDT was right at 1011 s. miles well within my range.

At 9500ft it was bumpy. Hot and bumpy. An air show at Mosses Lake just ended, okay to fly past without any deviations.

A huge dust devil to the right. At the very top, at my level was a glider thermalling.

Soon the bumps and the heat began to take a toll around the 6.5 hour mark. Kept water in my makeshift cooler, but I drank those hours ago. Upset stomach from coffee and non-conventional breakfast added issues with the heat.

Had been sweating for some time. Then it quit. Began to get light headed. I've had some really good Wilderness First Responders classes and I knew this was bad! Thought process was continue to KPDT but decided to divert and get on the ground at Pasco, WA [KPSC].

Called and made the change, quick turn the west and I was soon in the pattern. When calling entering downwind the tower said I was #2 after a regional jet on a 9-mile final.

Oh boy, hot bumpy wasn’t going to end. Then the tower asked if I wanted to land in front of the jet. Was just approaching the point in a RV-6 where you do your before landing checks.

Yes, I would take that option. Landed, asked for transit parking. Super close already pointed at it while taxing off the main.

Parked jumped out and began shedding clothing, it was over 100 F. Big shock to my system.

Dug through some survival bags, got more water out and drank and poured over my head.

After cooling off, got a hotel for the day and air conditioned myself back to normal. Was planning continuing to Idaho. Not going to happen after the shock of the heat I was going to be dealing with.

Oh, the King Crab? No, way to leave out in that heat. Took to the hotel room, placed in bath tub and raided the ice machine to pile ice around it. Only one more day till it would be in a freezer-if it hasn’t thawed.

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