Discovering Alaska Volume 6: ASA 62 – ANC to JNU
It’s time to say Good Bye to Alaska. Today we will reach the end of our little “Discovering Alaska”-series. And I gotta say: There would not have been a better way to do so. The leg was from Anchorage to Juneau. I am really glad that I found the beautiful Freeware scenery “Glacier Bay Alaska” (available on avsim) before this flight. In my opinion one of the best Freeware sceneries out there!
Also I sorted out most of the issues I had with my fresh-installed FS on the last flight. So there was nothing standing in the way of flying this last leg into the Alaskan capital. Our ride will be N607AS, an Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-700 in a special paint scheme for the MLS club Portland Timbers. Now, I won’t get into a discussion about US soccer vs. European soccer. The last DC United match I went to was probably the worst soccer game I have ever seen. But then there also is the NFL, NHL, NBA and MLB – so who honestly needs soccer anyway, right?! Back to our flight: That bird looks awesome!
We will take off on runway 07R, like on all the last flights out of Anchorage. The flight will take us along the Alaskan coast, over Yakutat and into runway 08 in Juneau. This is the only runway available for landings, as the airport is located in very mountainous terrain. We will follow the LDA X8 approach. This means we’re flying diagonal to the theoretical LOC to avoid some high terrain on short final and turn onto runway heading just seconds before touching down. I already gave Juneau the nickname “Kai Tak of Alaska”. Or maybe the Toncontin…you name it. Whatever your choice is: This approach was truly stunning and a little challenging with visibility just above 6nm and snow.
After we’re done with the cockpit preparation, Mr. Pushback-driver arrives with his tractor. Maybe Kenny Chesney can rewrite his song “She thinks my tractor’s sexy” for pushback-tug drivers… The sun has come up by now and the skies turned from red into blue.
Thanks for reading today’s report. I hope you enjoyed this thrilling approach into Juneau as much as I did. This flight marks the end of our little Alaska adventure. Next trip will be back into the Lower 48. Seattle is the destination then, so stay tuned!