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Crossing New Guinea

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To be more precise: from Frans Kaisiepo (WABB) in Indonesia to Port Moresby (AYPY), which is a distance of 827 nm, if one flies directly. This we will of course not do, as we regard this flight a scenic journey. We use the venerable Fokker F-27, which allows us to cover the distance and then some without refueling. Her two RR Dart engines give us a range of around 1,400 nm. That should be sufficient for this amazing flight. Amazing, because there’s country out there that I had never expected. All we need for this trip is ORBX Global, Vector and the free Holger mesh, available here: http://aussiex.org/forum/index.php?/files/file/517-ozx-papua-new-guinea-replacement-mesh/

 

And of course a plane that will go as high as 17,000 ft

 

This map shows the direct route (in blue) and our planned route (red dotted line).

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It’s early in the morning in Frans Kaisiepo and we get our plane ready

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Two hours later we have started our journey across New Guinea

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30 minutes into our flight we have left the open sea behind us and are ready to enter the steaming Guinean jungle

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We come across two small airstrips

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And now the interesting part of the trip unfolds. We fly at an altitude of 16,500 ft, which means we are slightly above the mountains that surround us

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Isn’t that formation incredible

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And it continues like that for quite some time.

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Biggest problems are the clouds, which randomly appear out of nowhere and make flying here pretty dangerous

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Breathtaking, isn’t it

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Now already in Papua New Guinea, the higher mountains are further east, but their formation is less dramatic

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Tapini, we are in familiar territory

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And we can finally see the ocean again

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Approaching Port Moresby, our journey comes to an end

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I think I’ll have to do this trip again, this time even slower and with more stops in between

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Very interesting location and flying the very high ridgeline in the center....very nicely done!

 

HLJAMES

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