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Flight Sim - Round the world (and Africa and back) in the PMDG 737

Posted: Fri Apr 09, 2021 8:48 am
by Accordingt0dan
Having some....spare time on my hands at the moment I thought I would do a little bit flying on Flight Simulator (FSX)

The little bit flying turned out to be 43,094 miles and 107 hours of flying!!

I started off by looking at real-world schedules (sometimes having to go a few months out due to airline schedules being all over the place at the moment) before settling on a plan which I will share with you below.

Once I had the route plan in mind, the next step was to make sure I had the correct aircraft. The fantastic library over Avism was a godsend and I found every carrier except one, instead, I picked an all-white aircraft (as If the carrier had leased one)

Aircraft Used
PMDG 737-800WL
PMDG 737-700WL

Model REG Livery Route From Route To Flt No Milage Travel Time (min)
B738 YR-BMB Blue Air Dublin Bucharest 0B156 1,376 189
B738 TC-AAL FlyPGS Bucharest Istanbul PC364 287 54
B738 A6-FDG Fly Dubai Istanbul Dubai FZ752 1,664 226
B738 VT-AXE AI Express Dubai Mumbai IX 1246 1,146 169
B738 VT-SPM SpiceJet Mumbai Dhaka SG 63 1,048 169
B738 S2-AHV Biman Bangladesh Dhaka Kuala Lumpur BG 086 1,477 204
B739 9M-LNF Malindo Kuala Lumpur Ho Chi Minh OD 561 630 99
B738 D-AHFV T'Way (OP TUIfly all white) Ho Chi Minh Seoul TW 1122 2,045 272
B738 HL7798 Jin Air Seoul Guam LG641 1,900 264
B738 N76517 United Guam Chuuk Intl UA155 560 89
B738 N76517 United Chuuk Intl Pohnpei Intl UA155 380 64
B738 N76517 United Pohnpei Intl Kosrae UA155 318 59
B738 N76517 United Kosrae Kwajalein UA155 366 61
B738 N76517 United Kwajalein Majro UA155 254 50
B738 N76517 United Majro Honolulu UA155 1,998 259
B739 N307AS Alaska Honolulu Seattle AS896 2,370 333
B738 N8301J Southwest Seattle Las Vegas WN3100 813 119
B738 N389DA Delta Las Vegas Los Angeles DL1733 303 62
B738 XA-MIA Aeromexico Los Angeles Mexico AM 645 1,428 199
B737 HP-1378CMP Wingo Mexico Bogata P5 7019 1,792 269
B738 N908NN American Bogata Miami AA1140 1,561 222
B738 N908NN American Miami Orlando AA2495 221 50
B738 C-GDMP Swoop Orlando Toronto WO731 980 158
B738 C-FFLA Flair Toronto Halifax F8 101 743 127
B738 C-GKWJ Westjet Halifax Dublin WS 50 2,293 321

This took a total of 4,088 minutes (or 68 hours, 8 minutes) to fly covering 27,958 miles.

Once I had completed this, a friend made the comment I had ignored Africa, so I then planned out a route covering as much of it as I could in the 737 and I think I did a pretty good job!

Model REG Livery Route From Route To Flt No Milage Travel Time (min)
B738 EI-EFY Ryanair Dublin Manchester FR552 191 39
B738 G-DRTT Jet 2 Manchester Larnaca LS943 1,915 291
B738 SU-GEB Egypt Air Larnaca Cairo MS744 318 67
B738 ET-APK Ethipioan Cairo Addis Ababa ET453 1517 225
B738 5Y-KYF Kenya Airways Addis Ababa Nairobi KQ401 714 111
B738 5Y-KYF Kenya Airways Nairobi Livingstone KQ782 1522 209
B738 ZS-ZWG British Airways (Op Comair) Livingstone Johannesburg BA6292 629 100
B738 ZS-SGD Mango Johannesburg Port Elizebeth JE 541 538 103
B738 ZS-SJS FlySafair Port Elizebeth Cape Town FA1135 364 72
B738 9XR-WG Rwandair Cape Town Harare WB 111 1259 168
B737 D2-TBH TAAG Harare Luanda DT589 1205 190
B737 D2-TBG TAAG Luanda Abijan DT 5** 1420 201
B738 CN-ROB Royal Air Maroc Abijan Casablanca AT 532 1812 257
B738 PH-HZM Transavia Casablanca Amsterdam HV5750 1265 193
B738 PH-BXZ KLM Amsterdam Dublin KL 945 472 93

This took a total of 2,319 (or 38 Hours 39 minutes) to fly 15,141 miles

I used real weather (Active Sky) and all flights were planned using LittleNavMap.

Flights were flown using the Logitech Saitek Pro Flight Yoke and Throttle Quadrant, Flight Rudder Pedals, Flight Switch Panel and Flight Multi Panel

Re: Flight Sim - Round the world (and Africa and back) in the PMDG 737

Posted: Fri Apr 09, 2021 6:27 pm
by paullam
This was a good read, thank you! Sometimes I’m also doing around the world trips but usually in smaller planes like the Carenado Saab 340 or PMDG Jetstream 41. That’s quite fun as well.

Did you use any scenery? If so, especially in Africa I’m interested to know which ones you used.

Re: Flight Sim - Round the world (and Africa and back) in the PMDG 737

Posted: Fri Apr 09, 2021 9:51 pm
by Accordingt0dan
paullam wrote:
This was a good read, thank you! Sometimes I’m also doing around the world trips but usually in smaller planes like the Carenado Saab 340 or PMDG Jetstream 41. That’s quite fun as well.

Did you use any scenery? If so, especially in Africa I’m interested to know which ones you used.

Hey Park, thanks for the comment.

No, no special scenery this time. I have flown around the world in a 318 before, but never tried it in a small prop, that would certainly be a good challenge to do!!

Re: Flight Sim - Round the world (and Africa and back) in the PMDG 737

Posted: Sat Apr 10, 2021 10:03 am
by flyingturtle
I've begun a similar thing with a Cessna Slowtation. Switzerland - Greece has taken me a few days. I like doing shorter hops, because the biggest fun in flying is trying to land at every suitable airfield along the way - under the real weather conditions.

I never check the weather at the destination, I just try to land. Hand-fly CAT III? Using only an NDB, without knowing the runway heading? I'm always testing my limits.

Re: Flight Sim - Round the world (and Africa and back) in the PMDG 737

Posted: Sat Apr 10, 2021 2:49 pm
by Accordingt0dan
flyingturtle wrote:
I've begun a similar thing with a Cessna Slowtation. Switzerland - Greece has taken me a few days. I like doing shorter hops, because the biggest fun in flying is trying to land at every suitable airfield along the way - under the real weather conditions.

I never check the weather at the destination, I just try to land. Hand-fly CAT III? Using only an NDB, without knowing the runway heading? I'm always testing my limits.


I know what you mean Turtle!!! I don't really use the ILS system and hand fly all the approaches in the 737! Some of the United Island hoper routes did get a little dicey at times, TINY runways that just about take a 737, limits on fuel to be able to hop to the next one!!!

A friend sent me the below the other day. The route takes you to every country, and every state in the world!

https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1qVmb-okTzT5bcvePTxfpR4STt4uFp0fQ&hl=en&fbclid=IwAR26kO-lJx9Bg1Y9h16-sps77bSJqjmzMLrrNQw3yvs-u5L-GVJ_VcflqU4&ll=-3.81666561775622e-14%2C145.81937774999994&z=1

Re: Flight Sim - Round the world (and Africa and back) in the PMDG 737

Posted: Sun May 16, 2021 8:50 pm
by ACDC8
Ah, I remember doing trips like that back in the FS9 days :cloudnine:

Came up with some pretty obscure and interesting routings, sometimes I'd have the whole trip planned and other times just decide where to fly to next on a whim. I remember when we used to have FS screenshot competitions here. Good times.