It had been a while since I vlew over the pole, and I had never tried it in P3Dv4.5, so it seemed a good idea to give it a go.
In this blog I'll keep the verbiage down to a minimum: if you're interested in a brief discussion of the technical aspects of trans-polar vlights, then you can find a short document on the subject in the Downloads section, HERE.
I started at Thule AB (the USAF's most northerly outpost which is 650nm north of the Arctic Circle and only 820nm from the North Pole). The airﬁeld is located on a plain in northern Greenland, on the south shore of North Star Bay. As you might expect, Thule experiences long, cold winters with temperatures that seldom rise above freezing between September and May (and rarely exceed 10°C even in July). The Midnight Sun lasts from April to August (so it will be light for my take-off, at whatever time of day — or night — it may be). However, the days shorten rapidly after August, and there is permanent darkness between November and January.
My destination was UACK Kokshetau, an airport in northern Kazakhstan, a vlight which took me very close indeed to the pole. You can see the actual route that I took on this map (BGTL is top right and UACK near bottom left, in this orientation):
The ATC route I used was as follows:
M064F190 DCT THT W20 QQ/N0507F370 DCT 78N075W 80N084W 85N090W/N0494F350 DCT DEKMO DCT DEVID/N0484F360 P864 DIRIP/N0483F350 P864 KUTET T660 DOGOT/N0491F370 T660 DOSON G498 RIMAG A947 GIMIR N990 ML/N0470F360 N990 DAKIN G487 ADEBA ADEBZG
But that's enough intro — if you'd like more details from a pilot's perspective then you can download the pdf from the link I gave above. Here, then, are the pictures:
Lift-off from Thule
The Pole (boringly white)
Pax view of the Pole (still boringly white)
Approaching northern Russia (from the north)
Evening in the Arctic
ND view: 60 nm to ToD
EICAS display: Icing Wing message (note also the SAT of 0ºC and the fuel temperature of -20ºC)
Runway in sight
That touchdown moment...
Brakes, spoilers, and reverse thrust
Arrived - position as shown on Instructor's Station map
Shutting down at the gate