Medieval Transalpine Trade Route

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#Real-Life #Sightseeing #Photogrammetry Switzerland Exclusive Drag and Drop

This Bushtrip intends to recreate - or at least overfly - the most important trade route that existed between Southern Germany and Northern Italy, via the St. Gotthard Pass.  This route is still in place today, made easier by the 9-mile rail tunnel completed in 1882, the road tunnel completed in 1980, and the 35-mile Base Tunnel completed in 2016, which eliminates any climb to altitude which was needed with the earlier tunnels.

Leaving from Pattonville airfield near Stuttgart, we will first have a look at Stuttgart's most famous exports - the Porsche and Mercedes Benz factories.  Flying south to Switzerland will involve a few exercises with VORDME navigation, just for fun.  We will also see a couple of distinctive castles on the way.  Detailed instructions will be provided in the Navlog.

Once in Switzerland you will visit Lake Lucerne, where goods had to be transfered to boats, as navigating the lake was far easier than the difficult roads around the lake.  From the southern end of the lake, we climb the St Gotthard pass, and back down into the Italian part of Switzerland, then onwards to Lugano, and then Bresso airfield outside of Milan.

Transporting goods (or people) by this road could take weeks - now we will do it in a few hours. 


Created using: BushTripInjector
Current Version by BuffyGC

Many thanks to BuffyGC for an excellent tool which he is continuously working to improve.

1) The aircraft used is the Diamond DA40NG. Apart from exceptional visability for sightseeing, this plane features a fuel-injected and turbocharged engine that does not need Fuel Mixture adjustments as you climb.  However the fuel system is something to know about.  The engine only pulls from the left side tank.  When the Low Fuel warning pops up, switch on the Fuel Transfer Pump on the dashboard to transfer fuel from the right tank to the left tank. Once that no longer works, try the Emergency fuel switch between the seats (I've never had to do it, but it's there).  

Regardless of the engine being "fuel-injected and turbocharged', this is not a racing plane.  It is slow to accelerate.  Be very careful about your intital climb-out, make sure you have plenty of room to gain a bit of airspeed (pref > 90 knots) before attempting any climbs faster than 100-200 fpm.  

2) The Navlog instructions are detailed with pictures.  I strongly suggest you use the Active Pause feature (key it to the Pause button on your keyboard), and periodically stop and check the entries on the next few waypoints.  This is also a good time to check out the scenery.

3) The GPS course is loaded into the Diamond's navigation system, so you can look at the course indicator on the PFD if you are confused by the Navlog instructions.  If you don't want to see these 'hints' you can change the CDI source to NAV1 or 2 and you won't see them.  The autopilot NAV mode works as well, but I would not recommend that because some of the waypoints show a straight line when actually you have to dodge a few mountains in the way. 

4) For Legs 1,2,3 and 7, VORDME navigation is used.  There are never more than 2 VORs used in a single leg, so it's a good idea to set up your NAV1 and NAV2 radios before you take off (see the Navlog).  Normally, your radio settings will be saved - your radios, fuel and other settings should be the same as when you ended the previous leg.  Use the BRG1 and BRG2 indicators under the PFD options to display distance to the VOR stations (if the station has DME equipment - not all do).  I've noticed that often you can't recieve VOR signals while on the ground - don't worry about it, the signal will appear once you take off.


1) Pattonville (EDTQ) to Ubersberg (EDZA) - Overfly the Porsche and Mercedes factories
2) Übersberg Airfield (EDZA) to Klippeneck Airfield (EDJU) - See Lichtenstein and Hohenzollern castles 
3) Klippeneck Airfield (EDJU) to Dubendorf Mil (LSMD) - Over the Rheinfall
4) Dubendorf Mil (LSMD) to Buochs (LSZC) - Positioning for a last stop before climbing the St Gotthard Pass
5) Buochs (LSZC) to Ambri (LSPM) - Over the Pass
6) Ambri (LSPM) to Lugano (LSZA) - From the Pass exit to the Italian Border
7) Lugano (LSZA) to Bresso (LIMB) - On to Milan

All of these are optional, strictly speaking, but do enhance the experience.

1) Stuttgart Landmarks
Current Version 0.1 by br34ker

2) Lugano-Agno (LSZA) Airport - Switzerland - (tchax95)
Current Version 0.3 by tchax95

3) Mythen (WIP)
Current Version 0.2 by ChruutvoLuzi

4) Rigi Kulm (WIP)
Current Version 0.1 by ChruutvoLuz

5) Como (LILY) - Alzate Brianza (LILB) - Milano Bresso (LIMB)
Current Version 0.4 by quelcertoleo

6) Duomo di Milano - Cathédrale de Milan
Current Version 1.0 by legofun1974
This one is optional, if you want to take a detour on the last leg and overfly the middle of Milan.

7) Mediaset Tower V1.1 Milan Landmark
Current Version 1.1 by Blinn

8) Varedo chimneys (Milan Landmark) v1.0
Current Version 1.0 by Sergio Del Rosso

9) Telecom Italia Tower v1.1 Milan Landmark
Current Version 1.0 by Sergio Del Rosso

10) ItalyDEM
In spite of the name, this mod updates the digital elevation data for all of Switzerland, making the terrain more realistic - not perfect but a definite upgrade over a lot of the lo-res data currently in the sim. 
Current Version 1.0 by sprightlyoldman

11) Swabian Castles
Turns stock apartment blocks into castles!
Current Version 5.0 by Vihgdohr

I am hoping that some mods come up which will improve the appearance of 
- Rheinfall
- Various points along the St. Gotthard Pass, which are missing character.

Pretty empty over here.

Pretty empty over here.

  • Version 1.1 January 01, 2021

    Changes from 1.0 to 1.1
    - Starting point at Pattonville moved from the grass runway to the paved runway
    - A few detail changes in the Navlog messages.

  • Launched December 25, 2020

    Initial release of this file just launched. Welcome aboard!

Pretty empty over here.

  • klaviergerry
    2 month(s) ago
    Simply fantastic ! I made a film for TV about the ViaSpluga, which represents the shortest alpine transverse. From Thusis to Chiavenna (65 km) there is only one (1) ascent and one (1) descent. In any case, I am looking forward to further expansion of the Alpine landscape.
    Einfach fantastisch ! Ich habe für TV und Kino einen Film über die ViaSpluga gedreht, der die kürzeste Alpentransversale darstellt. Von Thusis nach Chiavenna gibt es nämlich nur einen (1) Aufstieg und einen (1) Abstieg. Ich freue mich jedenfalls auf weitere Erweiterungen der Alpenlandschaft.
    Greetings from Walenstadt / Switzerland
  • Chopper
    3 month(s) ago
    I really enjoyed this, thanks for putting it together.
    I learned how to navigate by VOR just to do it; however, when combined with the glass cockpit I struggled, so I did it in a C152 instead. It was good to have the VOR stuff to look out for on top of great landscapes and info. Just the right balance, for me personally. Thanks again.
  • IvorBigunn
    3 month(s) ago
    Thanks for a great Trip!

    I have the good fortune to live in Zug at the moment, and tyhis was a great trip around Lake Lucerne, Brunnen, and St Gotthard, etc.

  • neolec2001
    4 month(s) ago
    Awesom work. Completed first leg. Much work in this project. Thanks!
    • Dready1906
      4 month(s) ago
      Glad you're enjoying it. I would appreciate your feedback at the end of the trip.
    • neolec2001
      4 month(s) ago
      Just completed the new years leg (last one) and what should I say except thank you for your effort!
      I very enjoyed the trip and your other BushTrip is on the list.

      Just one little remark:
      On the last leg, the NAV1 configurtaion was not told in the first description, not a problem, because I read all before, but in the prior legs, all needed NAV config was told in the first chart.

      Thanks and have a nice year 2021!
    • Dready1906
      4 month(s) ago
      Thanks for the feedback. I said I'd do that, so I'd better do it. I will put in an update.

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