Got kind a complicated question directed primarily towards Alaska Airlines personnel (pilots, dispatchers, etc), or anybody else who may know.
In flying my Flight Sim 2002 (currently the 737 I'm flying is at Wrangell, AK), and in trying to set up flights further north (next destination is Petersburg), I'm finding that setting up IFR routing is fairly complicated in that flying between these two airports that appear to be only 28 miles apart is requiring flying routes that are two to three times as long. I've got a copy of the NOAA approach plates, etc for Alaska, and in reading the departure profile for Wrangell, and the LDA approach to Petersburg, it seems like I'm flying over half of southeastern Alaska.
Is this pretty normal for flight ops in this part of the state (also Sitka, Juneau, etc)? Is a VFR routing flown much?
Does Alaska fly the GPS approaches more often than the LDA's?
Thanks for any and all thoughts.
Tom at MSY