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#Sightseeing #Real-Life United States Drag and Drop
This bush trip is a 4-State, 27-leg, 1262-mile journey through the U.S. Southwest. The emphasis is on navigation and sightseeing, with a bit of pop culture and history thrown in. There are some mild challenges to do with elevation changes, or following a specific route, and these are folded organically into the trip. Though it's a bush trip, there's not much in the way of super-challenging landings, though 90% of the runways are grass strips.

It hits a lot of the big sights in the Southwest - Zion, Bryce, Shiprock, Mesa Verde, the Painted Desert, the Grand Canyon etc - and takes you through some striking landscape changes, from desert to canyonlands to high mesa to forested mountains to volcanic fields and back. And if you want to find out who does the best cheeseburger in the Rockies, this trip has you covered.

The default version of the trip can be done in the XCub, if you like a plane with GPS. I've also included a version which can be done in the Savage Carbon, if you want to get away from the tyranny of the magenta line. Note that you will need to install the Savage Carbon separately to do this trip; it is not included in these files.

Installation
Either unzip both files to your Community folder, or:
Unzip swusa-bush-trip to your Community folder if you only want the XCub experience
Unzip swusa-sc-bush-trip to your Community folder if you only want the Savage Carbon experience. NB you will need to download and install the plane separately, see link below.


Mods to enhance the experience:

Essential
Mappamundi's Scenery Glitch Fix - https://flightsim.to/file/5167/scenery-glitch-fixes-for-update-1-12-13-0  - this removes many ugly giant spikes from the landscape. I guess Asobo will eventually fix these but in the meantime this is a wonderful fix.
Savage Carbon - STOL Realism Mod - https://flightsim.to/file/3723/savage-carbon-stol-realism-mod  -    if you want to do the Savage Carbon trip.

Non-essential:
Scenery
Zion - https://flightsim.to/file/2028/zion-canyon-national-park-utah  by Jeppeson2001
Bryce - https://flightsim.to/file/1781/bryce-canyon-national-park-utah  by Jeppeson2001
Monument Valley - https://flightsim.to/file/1836/monument-valley-arizona-utah-border-work-in-progress  by Jeppeson2001
Very Large Array - https://flightsim.to/file/4659/vla-very-large-array-radiotelescope by longastrino

Airports
Navajo Mountain Airport - https://flightsim.to/file/2161/04ut-navajo-mountain-airport by bagolu
Flagstaff Pulliam - https://flightsim.to/file/746/flagstaff-pulliam-airport-kflg by JustOkayPilot


Of the above, I'd consider Bryce and the Very Large Array very close to essential. Because the scenery files can cause long loading times, you should only activate them for the leg they are needed in. These legs are:

Leg 2 - Zion
Leg 4 - Bryce
Leg 7 - Monument Valley
Leg 20 - Very Large Array


Credits

A huge amount of credit goes to f99mlu for his Bush Mission Generator at https://flightsim.to/file/3681/bushmissiongen. I've created bush trips manually before, so I really appreciate what an incredible tool this is, and the massive time-saving impact it has had.

I'd also like to credit Alexander Barthel for his LittleNavMap - http://albar965.github.io/littlenavmap.html, which was invaluable for flight planning the trip.

Thanks to GotGravel for permission to create a bush trip around the Savage Carbon. The trip hopefully holds up equally well whether you're using GPS or relying on navigational instructions.

Finally, a lot of the airports in MSFS are obsolete or have been closed down in real life. I'm indebted to Paul Freeman and his website, Abandoned and Little-Known Airfields - http://www.airfields-freeman.com/index.htm, which covers all 50 states and provided a wealth of interesting background reading;  and for giving permission to use a photo of his. I wish I could have used far more photos. Check out the website if you're interested in that kind of thing at all.

Most images used are creative commons-licensed. There's a full list of image and source material credits in the Credits text file included, done by Leg, if you're curious about anything in the trip.

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22 Comments
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    westhest6
    February 09, 2021

    This is awesome! I'm using the carbon and, not gonna lie, I definitely ran into some navigational challenges. But that's part of the fun!

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    Chopper replied Author
    February 09, 2021
    Thanks westhest! I spent a lot of time on the navigation instructions, hoping that they could stand on their own. Given the size of the trip, I'm sure there are some uneven parts, so let me know if there are any legs which are poor in that regard. I might be able to learn a few lessons for next time.
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    westhest6 replied
    February 16, 2021
    The only one that really comes to mind is trying to find the airstrip at the end of the Bryce Canyon leg. There are several valleys the look very similar to the one with the airstrip a bit to the northeast. I think I kept turning east too early because I found a small body of water that could be also described as a "boot" but was actually a different body of water than what you were referencing.
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    Chopper replied Author
    February 18, 2021
    Hmm, thanks for the feedback; I hadn't considered that one. People will still have a range of experiences, even if you try and lock it down tight. Something to think about, thanks!
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    fixento
    February 07, 2021

    Great job, thanks. You may want to change the landing strip for the last trip. the msfs map shows half of the landing strip has been plowed under for crops. Difficult to determine if I was to land or plant a crop.

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    Chopper replied Author
    February 07, 2021
    Thanks, fixento!

    You mean the very last airstrip for the final leg? It was like a bowling green for me, dunno what is up with that :)
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    StefanM
    February 07, 2021

    Shortly before reaching the Monument Valley airfield, the engine dies. I flew this section twice and each time the same thing happens at the same place. Can anyone help me further?

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    Chopper replied Author
    February 07, 2021
    Hey StefanM; I think you're out of fuel in that tank.

    See the red knob at your left knee? Switch that over to the other tank and you are good to go.

    You should also go into the controls menu, display all the settings (not just the assigned ones) and find Repair and Refuel. Bind this to a key (I use CTRL + R) and you can refill your fuel any time, even in flight.

    Hope this helps.
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    BostonJeremy77
    February 06, 2021

    This is an excellent trip. I flew 3 legs so far and the writing is superb. I really appreciate that. I am flying it with Rex activated so that it injects live weather into the sim instead of the default one (it's pretty much what I do with all Bush Trips that don't have Live Weather option enabled, though it sometimes creates hairy scanarios with not much to be seen due to cloud cover. Sometimes icing conditions get in the way too - such was my experience with Hungarian trip - there wasn't much to see cause the weather sucked when I was doing it, but it added a challenge of not falling out of the sky due to icing and no de-icing capabilities in small planes.

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    Chopper replied Author
    February 07, 2021
    Thanks Jeremy, glad you're having a good time with it. I think you can get up to around 12,000ft later on for a short while, so it'll be interesting to see how that goes with the weather. I think not restricting the weather settings is the way to go in the future, for sure.
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    BostonJeremy77 replied
    February 08, 2021
    Absolutely! I am flying the rest of the Portugal tour right now and then will dive into this 100%. Can't wait to see the rest. I can't thank you enough for this great work. The difference between just a well thought out route and a GREAT trip is the writing, and you injected lots of interesting stuff into the tour, which is greatly appreciated. Some of the trips I see here sound enticing but if I open a NavLog and all I see is "turn 170, turn 250, land at the next airport", I don't even bother flying it, because I am not learning. I feel like I need my brain stimulated enough while flying these, otherwise I get bored. =)
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    Chopper replied Author
    February 09, 2021
    Great stuff; I think/hope that the writing starts hitting its stride around leg five or so, so hopefully you have something to look forward to. :P

    I'm the same regarding just getting directions vs something more in the descriptions. Let me know if there are any stand outs that you have played in this regard, as I'm slowly working my way through the bush trips on here. I have played a couple of Dready1906's, and they are very good.
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    BostonJeremy77 replied
    February 09, 2021
    Just got to Blanca. The writing is amazing. That settler's story, all the info about irrigation is really cool to learn. This is one of my favorite trips, right up there with Michael Bonocore's work in terms of writing. The scenery is great too! (The biggest formation in the Monument Valley is floating above ground though... How did they miss THAT?)
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    Chopper replied Author
    February 10, 2021
    Yeah, that floating butte is a killer. I guess it is possible that a patch changed the ground level (like when they introduced all those horrible landscape spikes) but it looks very bad.
    I need to check out Michael's work - I have it bookmarked since day one when it was just written text, but there is just so much to do in this sim...
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    BostonJeremy77 replied
    February 16, 2021
    You really should. His stuff is well worth the price. I just completed the trip 2 days ago. It was a great ride. Thank you for that... And I KNEW I knew your writing from somewhere, you are the same guy that did the Ireland Bush Trip a bunch of months ago! I really enjoyed it too and it found a permanent place on my drive. I was hoping you'd do another, and here you are! Again, thank you for another great trip!
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    Chopper replied Author
    February 18, 2021
    It's great that you enjoyed it, thanks for the kind words!
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    horstunger
    January 28, 2021

    Great bush trip. Fantastic scenery and wonderful routes following valleys, rivers etc. This is what VFR bush trips are all about.
    I took the liberty to mod your files a bit to take the trip in the new third part WYMF-5 (payware). It's not really a bush plane, but I was getting a bit bored with the x-cub.
    Also a changed the weather in the FLT file to

    [Weather]
    UseLiveWeather=True
    WeatherCanBeLive=True

    In that way you can freely set time and weather. For the first trip I chose a 6.15 am departure just before sunrise and flew the route in a wonderful light towards the rising sun. Sunrises and sunsets really are beautiful in this sim.
    It would really enhance the bush trips if it was possible to set the different legs at different times of day and in changing weather.
    Anyway, thank you for your great work and effort.

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    Chopper replied Author
    January 29, 2021
    Hi horstunger,

    Good to hear you enjoyed it and I appreciate the feedback. Glad to hear you were able to change it to suit your preferences. I've done this myself with other mods.
    I thought about the time of day and weather while I was making it. Most of the time, you're travelling east or west (ish), so I wanted the default experience to not be flying into the sun, and I set the time to 2pm so the sun would be 'out of the way' in the south. This does mean that sometimes the landscape looks pretty harsh in the daytime sun, not ideal.
    For the weather/cloud cover, it was something similar. Because you are up on the Colorado Plateau, you're anywhere between 3,000 and 10,000 feet above sea level, before you add the 1,000 feet or so you are flying at. So getting a consistent experience meant Clear Skies, basically. Which isn't too bad as it matches the conditions in that area, mostly. It also kinda increases the chances that people will see what you want them to see.
    That's all for the default experience of course, and I totally get why setting your own weather etc is a good thing. If I was doing another trip I would absolutely adopt those suggestions, thanks!
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    westhest6 replied
    February 16, 2021
    I changed the .FLT file just like you did but I still cannot access the weather option. I did this after doing about 20 legs though. Do I have to do something else?
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    Chopper replied Author
    February 18, 2021
    It's possibly locked into your save file at this point. You could try changing it there but I dunno if you'll have success. If it's not in there, I don't know.
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    FlightBoy
    January 27, 2021

    I'm enjoying the bush trip. It's clear you put a lot of effort into it and I appreciate the historical information and trivia you have included along the way. I'm stuck, however, at Mission 10 (the one with the cliff houses). I can not find the airport at the end. Either I don't understand the last instruction or I'm just not doing it right. The only airport I can seem to find in that vicinity is 00C (Animas). Since I can't complete the trip, I can not move forward. (Savage Carbon, so no GPS)

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    Chopper replied Author
    January 28, 2021
    Glad to hear you’re enjoying it. Yes, that’s the leg I was most worried about, there’s not much in the way of landmarks.

    You are quite close. If you follow the road north from animas air park, past Durango, the airstrip is in a valley just a few miles north of Durango. It’s hard to spot also but the river in the pic of the airport should help.

    Good luck!

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