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Flight Of Passage Bush Trip

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#Real-Life Exclusive Drag and Drop

FLIGHT OF PASSAGE

Welcome!

This bushtrip is based on the book "Flight Of Passage" written by Rinker Buck, describing his coast to coast flight with his older brother Kern back in the summer of 1966. The brothers, aged 15 and 17, had no radio, no transponder and no navigation equipement beside a compass and a roadmap. The took their self-restored Piper Cub reg. N4971H, nicknamed 71H, to the skies during Independence Day weekend and finished the tour in 6 days.

I have completed this tour myself in FSX, P3D and MSFS and tried to retrace the route as accuratly as possible. Still, not all legs of the route are described in great detail in the book and in such cases I decided to take some liberties to guess the most likely route. An external map application (like LittleNavMap, Google or Bing) is highly recommended to be able to navigate properly along the rivers, railroads and roads used by Kern and Rink.

This bushtrip does contain my own livery for N4971H (modeled after the newly restored version, check out supercub.org for more information).

My thanks go out to BuffyGC for the BushTripInjector and his help during designing this trip. Also, to theDudeWG and masszukidad for their help in creating N4971H.

Blue Skies, Pontiac51 - www.pontiac51.com

INSTALLATION

Copy the folders "pontiac51-bushtrip-flightofpassage" & "pontiac51-livery-N4971H" to your community folder.

DONATION

Please consider a donation if you like my work.

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Pretty empty over here.

  • Version 1.1.3 January 25, 2021

    Changed weather preset from LIVE to CLEAR. You can change it once in the plane for every leg. This is to make sure the starting time is correctly set.
    Starting time for each flight should now be 1500 zulu again (recompiled with SDK 0.9.0). Thx to G8tr for bringing this up.
    Inflight fuel and weather dialog added.

  • Version 1.1.2 January 06, 2021

    White boxes on the fuselage and wing underside fixed (caused by the MSFS update 1.12.13.0).

  • Version 1.1.1 December 18, 2020

    Download size reduction (pictures converted from PNG to JPG)
    N4971H cowling hinge repainted

  • Version 1.1.0 December 16, 2020

    Start time set to 11am to make sure it does not get dark (time zones)
    Tanks now fuel on start of bush trip
    Cold and Dark as Cub does not have parking brakes
    LIVE weather can be selected on the start of the trip
    3D images added for all airports




Pretty empty over here.


49 Comments
  • G8tr
    4 month(s) ago
    For some reason leg 3 starts dark at night. There is no "Weather Tab" to reset the time. I tried resetting time everywhere I can but it still is like 9:30 at night. I finally just flew the leg in the savage. Now I can't seem to select and continue with leg 4. Is that because leg 3 hasn't been "officially" done? I'm not able to get the leg 4 dialog box because it won't let me select leg 4. Thoughts? Thx.
    • Pontiac51
      4 month(s) ago
      It seems bush trip behavior was changed by MS again. In the past the departure time for each flight was the same time (zulu time that is). Now the arrival time is carried over to the next departure. This is more logical, but there is no way to skip the night. I have to check what I can do about that.

      There is a work around which should get you going again, till MS fixes this.

      https://forums.flightsimulator.com/t/bush-trip-starts-at-night/347615/14

      For STEAM users the path is C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft Flight Simulator\MISSIONS\ACTIVITIES\
  • G8tr
    4 month(s) ago
    Have done one other Bush Trip before, and am looking forward to reading the book and flying this one. I've downloaded both files to Community, but it tells me I need to download another file from Content Manager. Would it be an updated Cub file? I have the default files, Gravel and the Grravel a/c. Any other suggestions appreciated.
    • Pontiac51
      4 month(s) ago
      You do not need the GotGravel Carbon Cub for this. It runs with the default Savage Cub and the livery for N4971H is included in the bushtrip.
    • G8tr
      4 month(s) ago
      Thanks for the feedback. However my problem seems to be that I can't start it until I download "something" from the Content Mgr. I downloaded the master file and the 71H update with the livery. So I guess I should just delete the files and re download/install just the master file?
    • Pontiac51
      4 month(s) ago
      Yes, it seems somethings messed up. Please delete and redownload. You only need to download 1 file, the main version. This includes the trip and the livery.

      I am not sure why the content manager is an issue here, my download does not depend on that. Maybe a mismatched update of MSFS?
  • ScottS87
    4 month(s) ago
    I just downloaded and installed the update. There appears to be a couple of issues.
    1) The Intro page listing all of the legs is mostly zeros for ETE and distance. Despite this, inside the leg, the proper navigation waypoints and milage does appear.
    2) The nav log which used to contain certain map screenshots of landmarks, contains blanks.
    • Pontiac51
      4 month(s) ago
      I did not change anything on the trip itself, only the livery got an update. So quite possibly the MSFS update broke the trip (again!). Have to check, please stand by.
    • ScottS87
      4 month(s) ago
      Possibly something in the most recent MSFS update impacted the behavior? All I know is two days ago under the previous Flight of Passage version I read through, and planned my first leg. The next day I downloaded the FOP update, removed the old version, and put the new version in the community folder. That is when I noticed the differences. Either way, GREAT job capturing this epic journey! I am reading the book as I plan to fly along the way.
    • Pontiac51
      4 month(s) ago
      I have downloaded the file and it works correctly. Neither of the issues you describe are apparent on my machine. Maybe an incomplete download?
    • Pontiac51
      4 month(s) ago
      According to BuffyGC this is a problem with the save. If you delete the SAVE_MISSION you should be fine again. Alternatively you can edit the save.

      Check below link with instructions:

      https://forums.flightsimulator.com/t/bush-trips-bugs-un-workable-no-nav-logs/347388/9?u=pontiac513713
    • ScottS87
      4 month(s) ago
      Thanks for these tips! I have tried editing the most recent SAVE.FLT file as described, but still not working for some reason. I am up to leg 7, and getting by with just the text in the nav log. I think the only way to really remedy the issue is to delete this bush tirp ACTIVITIES _SAVE folder (and subfolders), but then I loose my progress. Will try doing that when I make it to California, and let you know if that works.

      Oh, just out of curiosity....I am reading along in the book, and unless I have missed something, there does not appear to be a Fulton "Phantom" airport landing, and subsequent short leg over to Edward-Stewart to refuel. This part of the flight co-incides with Rinker battling his motion sickness, and fix by elevating his seating position behind his brother. This is after they chase the train through Fulton, while battling severe turbulence. It could be that the edition of the Memoir I am reading (first paperback 1997) omits that part? Anyway, just curious as to the inclusion of this in the bush trip.

      Thanks again!!
    • Pontiac51
      4 month(s) ago
      I am sorry you have such troubles. But that is something beyond my control. With every new update of MSFS, there is a chance the saves are broken, sadly. If you should really lose your progress you can always resort to DEV mode and use Go to ICAO to get back to where you have left off.

      I have the same edition of the book. Please check page 136 with the logbook excerpt. There you will see the comment „Fulton (dead)“. Not everything is mentioned in writing by Rink, but I agree on the train racing and motion sickness. But I remember I had trouble finding the rail line they were following as many train lines have been removed since then.
    • ScottS87
      4 month(s) ago
      Oh yeah, their logbook! Great catch. That explains Fulton, as well as Everett-Stewart on that 2nd day. Thanks for letting me know about those, everything makes sense now. As far as MSFS is concerned, the breaks I am experiencing are only really minor annoyances. Thankfully all the waypoints are present, and the descriptions as well. All is good!
      Regards,
      Scott
  • SlowPoke
    4 month(s) ago
    So Stoked for this trip!!! I've read the book countless times! For anyone who hasn't seen it, Kern's 71H solo is on YouTube!!! https://youtu.be/kR3fjA49d4w
  • flyboymichal
    4 month(s) ago
    Just completed the whole trip in Savage Carbon. Took me about 34h. I must say: what an adventure!
    • Pontiac51
      4 month(s) ago
      Thx for the praise. 34 hours is right on the money, I calculated it for 35. 😉
  • Euphonist
    4 month(s) ago
    Hi Pontiac51,
    It was a great pleasure to fly, although there were boring pieces.
    Great job giving a lot of fun.
    Thanks!!
    • Pontiac51
      4 month(s) ago
      Thx for the praise. Yes, some pieces are more interesting than others. Rink found that the same. Which flight was boring? Maybe I can add some extra information?
    • Euphonist
      4 month(s) ago
      Mainly the desert legs, but that is quite normal, isn't it?
      And ..... I wish you and your family a happy and healthy newyear!
    • Pontiac51
      4 month(s) ago
      Yeah, the desert legs are a stretch to fly. Rink had the same remarks in the book about them. 😉

      Thx and to you as well.
  • dan
    5 month(s) ago
    Comment faire le plein de carburant?
    • Pontiac51
      5 month(s) ago
      English, please! During bush trips the keyboard command "Add Fuel" is your best option. You can find that in "Controls" section. By default it is not assigned.
  • BuffyGC
    5 month(s) ago
    It was an honor to fly the penultimate leg of this fabulous trip with you today. I look forward to joining you on the last flight of the brothers of this historic journey.
    • Pontiac51
      5 month(s) ago
      It was a pleasure to have you on board. For all who are interested, last leg will start on Tuesday, 8:30am Zulu time. Please contact me via Discord if you want to join in.
  • Slow73
    5 month(s) ago
    If I download the updated version will it reset all of my progress?
    • Pontiac51
      5 month(s) ago
      Most likely, yes. It is hard to say, a change in livery for example usually does not.

      But you can use DEV mode to "jump" the locations you have already done. That way you can continue where you have left off. The Teleport Window is located on the tab Windows.
  • ji1iiq
    5 month(s) ago
    Thank you for this nice bush trip.
    I just finished all Legs.
    There are some minor mistakes, but no problem to fly.
    But, big one is take-off time of all Legs after El Paso. It is early in the morning for these.
    In final Leg, the dawn is at John Wayne, it is almost night flight.
    Anyway, thank you, I remember many places visited in US.
    • Pontiac51
      5 month(s) ago
      You are welcome, glad you enjoyed it. I would really like to hear about your findings along the trip, please contact me via PM.

      I will check if takeoff time can be moved. I am not sure how MSFS calculates this.
    • Pontiac51
      5 month(s) ago
      A future version of the trip (ready for Christmas 😉 will include the option for LIVE weather. That way you can also change the departure time on the first flight.
    • Pontiac51
      5 month(s) ago
      After test flying the new version I can confirm that the flight starts the same time on each day. But, the local time (used to make the bushtrip) is converted to UTC and than reused. So, while you are flying across the USA it gets earlier and earlier just as you described.

      So, I suggest setting the time at the start at least to 10am (I will set it to 11am for the next version) to have a beautiful sunrise in California. 😉
  • LostPilot
    5 month(s) ago
    Really enjoying this but I noticed two things: 1) This may just be an MSFS problem, but I don't have enough fuel to fly pretty much any of the longer legs without running out. I'm just using the refuel and repair hotkey for now, but it'd be nice to not have to. Seems to be a problem for Asobo to solve though. 2) The ETEs for a lot of sections feel way off. Gave up on using the timer because if a section says for instance 4'11" ETE, it might take up to 15' while pushing into the yellow arc on the cub the whole way.

    It's been great otherwise and I love the inclusion of the story and reason for diversions in the legs. Great work.
    • Pontiac51
      5 month(s) ago
      Thank you for your feedback. Great to hear that you are enjoying the trip. I have to check if I can do something about the fuel and the times. I think that maybe they are calculated A BIT on the optimistic side. I will contact you via PM.
  • AdamskiNZ
    5 month(s) ago
    Can't wait to try this out. "Flight of Passage" is one of the best aviation-related books I've ever read. Superbly and sensitively written ... HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
    • Pontiac51
      5 month(s) ago
      Could not have said it better myself. This is a must read for any aviation enthusiast.


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