The structure here is after a paradigm known as the "Five Ps."  These are the five items that cause most problems in the air: the plane, the pilot, the plan, the programming, and the passengers.  Passengers aren't a worry here, but the other four line up pretty nicely with what I want on this page.  There may be better names for these sections, but I found the lining-up of it to be nice enough I thought I'd run with it.

The Program

The simulation is being done on Microsoft Flight Simulator X.  This simulator was developed by Microsoft in 2006.  It's old, but unfortunately it's still one of the best in the business; though FSX is no longer competitive, the Lockheed Martin Prepar3D family is generally considered to be about the best simulator software out there, and is an evolution of FSX

The Plan

For the route, see the main page.  For this flight, I'm flying with generally maximum realism.  The one exception is that the crash sensitivity slider is not at maximum to allow me to drag the wheels through the water without crashing; real Super Cub pilots (and others) do this all the time.  I'm departing from 6P3 in Waunakee, WI, where I hope to hangar an airplane of my own one day.  I'm sticking to grass as much as I can, as the tires on this airplane would be degraded rather quickly on pavement.  In my experience, grass strips are also more fun than paved strips.

For navigation, I plan to use VOR/NDB and visual navigation as much as possible.  As the airplane is modeled with a handheld GPS, I will not forbid myself from using it.  This will most likely be useful when flying over water. 

I am borrowing an idea I found from a Redditor who is attempting a similar journey: I will fuel the airplane only by shutting down in the vicinity of a fuel pump, or if the airport is modeled without fuel but does in fact have fueling facilities, I will use the FSX Fuel and Payload menu to add fuel.  I will also allow myself to do this if I land somewhere from which I cannot reach an airport with fuel; I imagine this would be possible in a real journey as well, though it would be undesirable due to the time and money which would likely be required to transport a useful amount of gasoline.

The Plane

The airplane I am using is Carenado's Cessna 185F Bush package.  This package comes with four models: tundra (big tires), skis, floats, and amphibian.  I am flying the tundra variant, though I may switch to skis at some point, as with an airplane this size it would be feasible to carry the skis in the airplane.  Installing them would be tricky, but I imagine I could find a way if I was desperate enough, so it may happen.  I modified this airplane by installing the high-capacity long-range fuel tanks, by editing the fuel system section of its aircraft.cfg.  There is at least one leg for which I will need the extra fuel, and it is perfectly common on real 185s.  To be honest, I'm not really sure why Carenado modeled the airplane with standard tanks.  The long-range tanks don't add significant weight and behave just like standard tanks if you only put 62 gallons in them.  I made a custom repaint for this flight as well, which is available on my repaints page.  The registration is N185FC, as I'm not very creative (though this is the tail number of a real airplane, though I have no connection to the owner) and the striping scheme is based on a Cessna 180, N2743X.  I met the owner of N2743X at AirVenture 2015 in Oshkosh, WI, and he was a nice guy and let me take pictures of his airplane, so I am doing this to pay him a bit of homage for that.  I also think the paint scheme of N2743X is just cool.

The Pilot

Lastly, a little about myself.  I've been flying on FSX since about when it came out.  This along with several trips to Oshkosh as a child inspired a great aviation interest in me which has never died.  In 2013 I started flying real airplanes, and on July 3, 2014 (nearly a year later), I got my private pilot certificate.  In addition to aviation, I like programming, sports cars and racing, bicycling, and playing music.  I play in the UW French horn studio and I write music for their annual Twisted Metal concert, which I encourage anyone in the Madison area mid-spring to attend.  This year's concert is Tuesday, April 18, in Mills Hall (UW Humanities building).  For more detailed information, check the about page of this website.