Around the World Reloaded Part 4 – FRA to YYZ
I’m on a roll here. The next episode on the MD-11 Worldtour was a Transatlantic flight from Frankfurt to Toronto. As already stated in last flight’s report, this was also my 400th FS-flight since I started to log them in 2009. If you’re interested in that, I included some statistics at the end of this report.
Now let’s get started! It was our lucky day and LH Cargo Flight Ops put D-ALCC on our leg, DLH8206. D-ALCC currently wears special colors, celebrating 100 years of air cargo. ETD is 2:45 pm local time, which means that the whole flight will take place in daylight. Our load on this flight to Toronto will be 80 tons, including a BMW armored luxury limousine, some spare parts from Audi and medical supplies. The tanks on the MD-11 will hold 77.4 tons of fuel for this flight, which we will make good use of since we are about to encounter some strong headwinds on our flight across the Atlantic.
Time to talk about our routing. Luckily we didn’t notice any disruptions from the Apron Controller strike currently going on at FRA and we left on time. Frankfurt Tower will clear us for a departure on runway 25C and SID BIBTI3F. The latter will lead us directly over the airport in Cologne, currently one of the biggest Hubs for FedEx and UPS in Europe. At night this turns into MD-11F heaven there as well, sometimes I can hear or see them approaching late in the night – even though I live some 60nm away from Cologne. From Cologne we will head towards the English Channel. Crossing the Netherlands and Belgium, we will leave Continental Europe over Ostend and continue over the United Kingdom. After Cologne, we will then also overfly London Heathrow airport and continue towards Wales. Leaving the Celtic Sea behind us, our route will take us through Ireland. A little South of the historically very important refueling point in Shannon we head out over the Atlantic Ocean on North Atlantic Track A. From there on it will be a lot of water and after a few hours we will reach land again over Newfoundland. At Williams Harbor to be precise. Later we will cross the Gulf of St Lawrence and overfly Quebec. For some time our route will take us into US airspace and we will fly through the skies of the beautiful Empire State New York. Over Syracuse we change our heading towards Buffalo and the Niagara Falls. Sadly ATC will clear us for approach course before we get this beautiful place in sight. It seems I always get denied to see the Niagara Falls. When I lived in DC, I almost went there and to Toronto but the ~10 hrs drive scared me a little and I didn’t go – still on my To Do-list. Before we begin our ILS approach into runway 23 in Toronto, we will fly over Lake Erie.
Flight Level will be 32,000 feet until we reach the UK, then we will do a Step Climb to 34,000 and after crossing the Atlantic we will initiate another Step Climb to 36,000 feet.
Now the time has come to say Good Bye to Germany again. After flying on D-ALCO for the last two legs, today we will be operating on D-ALCC. Notice the pictures of historically remarkable moments of 100 years air freight on the fuselage. The pictures also are shaped like an AKE cargo container, of which we will have a whole lot loaded into our belly today.
I still have to get used to the fact that with the opening of the new runway 25R on the other side of the motorway A3, there are planes landing now “behind” the terminal. Like this Lufthansa A319 in the background.
The area around the former Rhein-Main AFB. The base got closed a few years back. Now all the C-17’s are going to either Ramstein or Spangdahlem AB. Sad to see them go, but they are building a giant new Terminal on the estate. Also located on this side of the airport are maintenance hangars and another cargo ramp.
This was today’s report. I hope you enjoyed it. Next flight will already be the final leg back to Anchorage.
Now, as promised, here’s some statistics about my FS flying during the last 3 years. This flight marked my 400th flight since I started to log them in a big Excel sheet with data from a flight logging software back in August 2009.
I have flown a total of 667 hours. The total distance I travelled since then is 263,380 nm. That equals a distance 12 times around the world or 1.27 times to the moon. I always departed from the airport again, where I landed at before.
Most of my flights concentrate on America (157) and Europe (134). 60 flights took place in Asia and 22 each in Africa, and Oceania. The Top airports are LHR with 8 departures and MIA, JFK and SYD with 7 departures each. Top country is the USA with 98 departures, followed with some distance by Germany (28) and the UK (24).
My favorite planes are the wonderful PMDG 747 and MD-11, the great Level-D 767 and the great Ifly 737NG. I also enjoy flying the ATR72 from Flight 1 and occasionally some VFR flights in Single Props. I’m still waiting for a good rendition of any Airbus aircraft and especially the B777. So let’s hope somebody will come up with this during my next 400 flights. Even though I doubt this, since I am still flying FS9. So we will see, if it’s still gonna be FS9 in 400 flights time…