Day 31 - THAT'S SAND... and MORE SAND
It had to be done. Leaving the Canary Islands we had a straight shot to the shoreline of about 160NM. At least we saw the sunrise! After that we were greeted with hundreds of miles of sand and desert. The Western Sahara is an unforgiving landscape. We need to be on our toes and look out for one another. Another few days of punching a hole right through the middle of this place and we'll be on to the jungles. Good job on getting through this.
Day 30 - I AM NOT IN A CULT
We had a nice early morning start on the edge of the Sahara. Making our way south and then crossed to the first of three islands in the Canary's. We had some unexpected awesome terrain to fly and landed in the caldera of a volcano. We ended the day by landing on the top of the highest mountain at 12500ft. Ended the day as planned in GCTS. See you soon for day 31.
Day 29 - WET-N-WILD
Although there was a chance of thunderstorms before departure we were not quire prepared for the amount of bad weather enroute today. Amazing ILS approach in some of the worst weather we've seen in sim. Then at our arrival in GMAT we had incredible weather and a good time flying low level and fast. Good work guys. See you on day 30!
Day 28 - Morocco?...yes please.
Our first flight back since the holiday break. What another epic ride! We got to see central Morocco and the absolutely amazing mountain ranges and other worldly scenery.
Day 27 - BIG ROCKS AND FORMATION FLYING
Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! We left Portugal and made a little tour around Gibraltar. I would highly recommend visiting. From there we headed south to the north of Africa into Morocco. Was the las stream of 2020 and we're going to miss you guys. The new year isn't too far away though. See you in the skies.
Day 26 - ERIC DOES THE DEED
Thank you to SbEric407 on twitch for stepping in to stream for us today! We had a great time as we always do. With great weather and light winds we made our way to the Atlantic coast of Portugal. It was a nice easy scenic flight. The last day in Portugal as we continue past Gibraltar and head to Morocco in North Africa. The adventure is only just beginning.
Day 25 - Pizza Party
Why is it every time we're in the middle of nowhere we have to talk about pizza? Now it's midnight and I'm hungry. Enjoy your pizza Hutch. We pushed our way through 376NM on Spain and made it to Portugal. We'll spend the night camping here and make our way west and explore some oceanside sights. Until then keep the blue side up! Or don't...
Day 24 - SPANISH FLY
No one expects a Spanish Inquisition. But you can always expect a deadstick landing. We started with some challenging weather in the Mountains over Andorra. Then kept pushing south to Spain. We ended in our planned spot Castell de Castells. It's a stunning view. We can't wait to continue exploring.
Day 23 - Prison riot!
Don't panic. We were just testing our ability to land on a prison roof. No big deal! We had dead stick landings all over the place and made for the normal chaos we've come to expect. We've made it to the border of Spain and will be will on our way into exploring all the secrets it has to offer up.
Day 22 - NIce, Nice.
The French Alps is pretty incredible. There is such a wide variety of terrain and airfields. Spectacular! We made it to Nice and will rest here for the weekend. Enjoy your stay. See you again as we continue 'The Journey'
Day 21 - Paris amazing. Deadsticks, Not so Much
Another great turnout and loads of fun flying past Paris. Seeing some of the famous sites. The Eiffel tower was fun. We had quite a few dead stick landings courtesy of our Twitch viewers. Near the end we ended up several bent airplanes. Courchevel was awesome. Overcast with light snow and lights winds. Let's see what Thursday has in store for us!
Day 20 - History in these hills
Good luck with the weather today. We lifted off from London City airport as the sun rose over the horizon. Heading south along the shore we past the cliffs of Dover. From there crossing to Dunkirk we had time to think about and remember the sacrifice and loss made on those north shores of France. From there we made it to the river Seine and had a good time running for miles until breaking off and heading to the last couple of stops. Paris and on to Courchevel next!
Day 19 - rocks and river racing
We finally got a break in the weather today. Past Cardiff on our way to Lundy Island we made some stops on the amazing beaches that spot the shoreline. Then the group slowly found the way across the countryside; explored the southern coast and its beaches and had a few unscheduled landings along the way. Stonehenge was epic and we got some impressive group shots. Eventually worked our way north of London and then followed the River Thames to London City Airport. From there the race began. We had some fierce competition trying to be the victor of the Thames River run. In the end Bruno managed to reach the finish line unscathed. Pigpen awarded him a Bush League Legends T-Shirt. What an awesome gift for the community! So for now we take a break and prepare for Paris. See you all soon.
Day 18 - how many engine failures?
We started off having not so great weather. But overall the conditions were quite good. We had awesome views of Manchester and Liverpool and were able to experience some fun country strips. Can anyone figure out the actual real world probability of having 5 engine failures in one afternoon? Everyone is going to be a master of dead sticking by the time we are done this. Fantastic fun guys. See you soon for our flight to London!
Day 17 - Ireland we love you!
A little rain and wind was expected. After a short while Ireland finally showed us some blue sky. Ireland is stunning. Definitely a place to spend some time exploring. It was a fairly expensive day with 6 or 7 pilots who bit the dust. We ended at Slieve Croob tonight and look forward to checking out Wales and England next. Stay tuned for more adventures with the Bush League Legends.
Day 16 - WINDY WINDY WINDY
This group is borderline insane! Who flies in this kind of Irish weather? High winds and low visibility. We made some awesome landings along the way and discovered that those who dare don't always win. All we can hope for is better weather for Day 17!
DAY 15 - CRASH, BANG, BOOM
Come on CARBON! Pay attention. Simply put I did an unintended landing while looking at the live stream. Not a good way to start a day. Then SUPER stepped away from his keyboard. We all know how that one plays out. Rising terrain and autopilot don't mix. Some good adventures landing on beaches and just making a general nuisance of ourselves. We made it to Crumlin in Northern Ireland and said goodbye for now. See you in a few days for more adventure!
Day 14 - Fog, Poutine and forced landings
Leaving Inverness was typical Scottish foggy weather. Not surprising for the first while. But by the time we made it Glasgow things started to improve and for whatever reason poutine was on the menu. How do these conversations start? Thanks to the new community vote we now have forced landings and engine failures. The punishment livery was out in full force with damage and destruction everywhere. Yes that's correct. Anyone can use their Twitch points to shut down the whole operation! Thanks to our viewers for the constant Damocles sword hanging over our heads. We made it to Benbecula where we were greeted with reasonable weather and a nice bed to sleep in. See you on day 15!
Day 13 - no lack of luck
Vagar was partly cloudy with enough of a wind to make the start of our day a death defying exercise in crosswind takeoffs. We had a good time cruising and chatting. Then we finally made it. Wick parted the fog and let us in with open arms. Easy winds and no icing. Then in short order we all got airborne again and headed to Inverness. Enjoying the land beneath for our over confident landing abilities. We all made it! Scotland here we come!
Day 12 - PUFFINS and SHEEP
Thanks Jer for the always interesting facts about the places we visit. Who knew sheep would need reflectors. No Puffins still don't actually exist! Was a fun start to the flight as CarbonProp decided to be a dumb dumb and stalled a wing while landing uphill and had an unfortunate accident. We all followed up with a landing on a mountain peak and then dove off the side in a ride only the Bush League Legends could appreciate. We then made our way across the last piece of the Atlantic to Vagar in the Faroe Islands. Next stop Scotland!
Day 11 - EPIC EVERY TIME
Some absolutely stunning areas in Iceland. I think it ended up on may people's bucket list of places to see in the world. What a good playground to have in your backyard. Day 12 will be a quick sightseeing tour on the east coast and then crossing the water to the Faroe Islands. Outstanding flying everyone!
DAy 10 - Outstanding views
We tackled so many new areas in one day! Iceland has incredible terrain that would make any bush pilot jealous. With light winds and great weather we headed north out of Reykjavik, around the northwest then finished up at Akureyri. We all discovered some new areas I'm sure many of us will return to. So day 10 is done after some intense hand flying. However we still get one more day of exploring Iceland.
DAy 9 - Those Who Dare
It was borderline crazy to depart in those conditions! We had a moment where it looked like it was over before it started. But being the crazy bunch we are decided to try going for it. Those who dare win. We made it! All the way across the North Atlantic to Iceland. Reykjavik welcomed us with good weather and light winds. The next two days are going to be fun. Lots of exploring the shores and interior of Iceland. Well done!
Day 8 - It could have been worse
We certainly expected day 8 to get scrubbed. The remnants of hurricane Teddy were on our doorstep! But after monitoring the situation all day we we able to launch north bound for Kulusuk. It ended badly for some who followed a mountain pass that took them into icing. But a good learning experience for everyone involved. After that is was smooth sailing along the eastern coast of Greenland. Day 9 is just around the corner and we will be on our way to Iceland.
DAY 7 - THe Long HAUL
We departed early morning from Goose Bay with a good tail wind. Fortunately the weather held off for the entire flight. Other than a long lonely view of the ocean and the periodic flyby of A320s and 747s it was uneventful. Congratulations to all of you for completing the crossing to Greenland. It's not something many people have done. We had such a successful turnout for a day we thought would be a bit boring. So much fun! Can't wait for day 8!
Day 6- #ICRASHED
The look on Super's face as he walks back onto the stream witnessing his beloved XCub impact the trees. What a good laugh and a good time with friends. We had another awesome turnout for the flight to Goose Bay. The winds were wicked and fun was had low level on the river. Thanks to all of you for making this a success. We can not wait for Day 7 when the crossing starts! See you there.
Photo by Blitzkrieg-lg
Day 5 - Blackouts and big hills
Well that was interesting! Lots of odd challenges on day 5. Many folks couldn't see other multiplayer users, Carbon had a power outage and Hutch nearly performed his first CFIT (Controlled Flight Into Terrain). Even after all of the headaches the Bush League Legends had to endure most were able to make it to Stephenville. Thanks to all of you who participated and made the crossing with us. Next up is Goose Bay! See you there legends.
Photo by Holocene
DAY 4 - FOG IS NOT YOUR FRIEND
After departing KPVC the absolutely massive group of Bush League pilots headed over Boston to see the sights as best they could. Visibility and ceilings were not our friend. We slowly made it up the east coast and sent ourselves offshore to Matinicus Island. Where the weather tried to keep us out. But we all prevailed. Landing on both the North and South Islands for some great photo ops. We then continued enroute and arrived at CCB6 in poor conditions. Visibility was down and the sun had set. We all opted to stay overnight in CYZX and will make our way back to CCB6 for day 5 of 'The Journey'.
WEEK 2 HIGHLIGHTS
Put together by Bush League member Jer this video gives a little glimpse into the massive fun we get to have twice a week while travelling the world.
DAy 3 - New york state of mind
My apologies for not getting these summaries up sooner. The group set flight out of Gap View headed towards New York. We had a fun time seeing the sights and then breaking all of the rules by landing in Central Park. Heart pounding fun! We continued during sunset into the early night to Provincetown where we stayed for the customary drone photo. Everyone is pumped for Day 4! Happening on September 10, 2020. Hope to see you there!
Day 2 - Hidden treasures
Scott's Island Airport was overcast and not looking like the nicest weather again today. We made it over to Yeager and refueled for the journey north. We made it to the Ohio river and flew low level to Pittsburgh. Did a quick city tour and continued on our way. Making brief stops at various airstrips enroute. Shortly before sunset we made it to Gap View. What an awesome flight with with a great group. See you on day 3!
Day 1 - First Flight
August 31, 2020 - What an outstanding turnout for our first leg around the world! We are so thankful for your support and can't wait to see you again. There was challenging weather part way through the flight. Once we made it to the Kanawha River we really started having some fun. Well done to all of you who made it to Scott's Island. More exciting events are on the way! Catch us Thursday September 3, 2020 for the next leg from WV08 to 49PA. Both sceneries are available in the addons section. Thanks again to our community members and our sponsors Best Tugs and CubCrafters. See you soon!
Ready to ROLL
We've officially made it to First Flight Airport. With a quick fuel stop in Elizabeth City this evening. We'll be hanging out in the area until Monday. Then launch back towards Scotts Island (WV08). Continuing towards the east coast again. We'll be pushing to cross the Atlantic before freezing levels get too low and winds get too high. The excitement is high to start this massive undertaking. See you soon!
August 26, 2020
Jer was kind enough to collect footage and edit the trailer for 'The Journey'. Just a glimpses of the epic flights we are planning.
UPDATE - AUGUST 23, 2020
We've made the first step to starting "The Journey" on August 31, 2020. After Carbon flew from the east coast of Canada to Brantford, Ontario on livestream. Jer, Super and Carbon flew to Chicago Midway to meet up with Hutch. Hutch had previously flown in to Midway from Salt Lake City, Utah. After the flying was completed they officially had their xCub's repainted for the world flight. We're proudly displaying our community sponsors Cub Crafters and Best Tugs.
Our next step is to fly to KFFA together to officially begin "The Journey". Be sure to follow along on this epic adventure.
Update - August 12, 2020
Updated August 15, 2020 - New departure date! We're getting going earlier than expected. Now August 31, 2020 from KFFA.
Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen! Welcome on board your flight to see the world. Please sit tight, enjoy the ride. We welcome you on this epic adventure.
In just a few short weeks the team will be headed off on a massive flight around the globe in our CubCrafters XCub. We are beginning 'The Journey' on August 31, 2020. Departing from KFFA (First Flight Airport) where the memorial for the achievements of the Wright brothers stands proudly. During our journey we are trying to seek out some of the most unusual and iconic airports around the world. This is no small task. We have a team of people working diligently to ensure all avenues of our adventure are covered. From fuel to weight, cost and weather, every detail needs to be planned. For myself I have years of real world flight experience in very different environments. Years of bush flying on ice covered lakes, grass, dirt and gravel strips to the asphalt of some of North Americas busiest airports. Hopefully I have what it takes to lead the group safely to our return home.
We would love to see more of you join us on our social media channels and stay in touch as we plan to have community events along the way for all of you to join in the fun! If you love general aviation, bush flying and adventure you're in the right place and with the right company.
The team feels extremely fortunate to have both Best Tugs and CubCrafters on board to provide our community members with some awesome prizes. In the initial stages of design we weren't necessarily optimistic about having sponsors to help out. But these two awesome companies who produce products we truly admire stepped up and put their trust in our abilities to represent their brand. They are helping to ensure this is a great event for everyone. So we can never thank them enough for their support.
We will see you soon,
David (AKA Carbon)
Each stage of a real world flight needs to be accounted for. From survival gear to tents and food. These items will be a part of the final takeoff weight of each aircraft. Below is a list of equipment each pilot will carry on board. We will attempt to achieve the highest level of realism we can. To cross the North Atlantic there are equipment requirements in Canada and Greenland regulations. Here is a list of some of the items onboard.
Coastal Compact Raft with emergency flares, food and water - 22lbs
Dry Suit - 4lbs
High-mountain protection tent - 10lbs
65L Backpack - 22lbs
Food and Water - 32lbs
Satellite Phone and HF Radio - 3lb
Repair Kit - 7lbs
25 Gallon Fuel Bladder - 11lbs (empty)