Discovering Alaska Volume 4: ASA 55 – FAI to SSC
Well, I want to start by saying that today was probably not the most exciting leg. There were no stunning landscapes, no interesting points or remarkable places we passed. We basically flew over some kind of icy desert with small frozen lakes inbetween. Also the airports of Fairbanks and Deadhorse are not very beautiful. It doesn’t help either that there is only a very basic Freeware scenery for FAI and none at all for SCC. Shortly after take-off, Active Camera stopped working and I couldn’t move around the cockpit anymore…bummer. And finally, to give you one last argument against todays flight: The Wilco 737 Classic is also relatively outdated if you judge her by the looks.
But now enough with the arguments against today’s leg. Let’s have a look at what was cool. And with cool I literally mean cool. You better bring your coat. Or two. Or better three…
If you think the 5F in Fairbanks are cold, well, let me tell you what to expect in Deadhorse: -25.6F! It actually was cold enough for us to land with a contrail. This only happens in the world’s coldest places like the North and South Pole. If you want to see this happening in reality, here’s a video for you to start with. It’s a USAF LC-130 taking off at the South Pole. It won’t let me link via a timelink, so just skip forward to 5:00 minutes to see the actual take-off:
But back to our flight. Not only did we encounter the coldest temperatures I have ever encountered in my FS career. We also went to the northernmost point I have ever flown to. 70°11′41″N 148°27′55″W are the exact coordinates of Deadhorse airport. I never made it into the 70 N’s before.
Take-Off in FAI will be on runway 02L. Our only waypoint is CQR in the middle of nowhere. We will be landing on 22 in Deadhorse. Apart from the freezing cold temperatures, the sky will be crystal clear with great visibility.
360 above. If you’re wondering what’s going on with our A/T. I have no idea! It reengaged on short final even though I switched it off earlier, and also reset the speed to 340. Seems like our B737 became alive. Luckily I noticed that immediately and could avoid a Go Around…
And this is it for today. I hope you enjoyed our little flight, even though there was not a lot to see. The next leg will take us back to Anchorage, and from there on we will fly via the Alaskan capital Juneau back to Seattle in the lower 48, so stay tuned.