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    POLAR OPS QFA 2907

    For a change of pace, I attempted to fly a real world Polar Ops flight,QFA2907, using a B744ER, which departs Melbourne International Airport, YMML. I parked the aircraft at Gate D11, with scheduled real world departure time of 0850am, Summer Time of course. I believe the flight took place on New Years in 2018. The scheduled Arrival time is 19:50pm that same day. The flight duration between 12 and 13 hours, with 2 to 3 hours flying over Antartica itself parts of flight going as low as 1500ft weather permitted. The flight plan is very simple, given the nature of FSX. I flew YMML ML Benzo DPO 116.3 LT 112.7 NOBEY BYRRD. The last two Waypoints NOBEY and BYRRD are in the PMDB B744ER NAV Database. You will have to switch to Heading Mode over McMurdo Station then switch to NAV Mode for your return journey via BYRRD LT 112.7 DPO 116.3 ML 114.10 YMML, using a relevant STAR for landing back at YMML. NOBEY and BYRRD are 2 Waypoints near McMurdo Ice Station runway. Don't forget when passing South of the 82 degree line of Latitude to switch from Heading Mode Normal to True North. The switch is located below the Altitude Dial of the MCP. I uploaded a photo to show you where as well. It's great also that PMDG has modelled this feature. Although in real world ops I understand that only one IRS is operational when operating near the Poles, but in the sim you will still have 3 IRS capability using GPS. Of course don't forget to switch back to Heading Mode NORM when flying North of 82 degree line of Latitude. I hope you enjoy this unique flight!
    Frank Gollner

    Here is Part 2 of my flight to Antartica, using real world QANTAS, QFA2907 YMMLYMML. The next series of photos begin with the Navigation Display depicting the amount of magnetic variation when switching from Magnetic North (or South) to True North (South) as we pass the 82 degree line of Latitiude. Of course I am flying a great circle path at this point with no Waypoints along my flight path until I reach waypoint NOBEY, located near McMurdo Station Ice Runway nearby. FYI I flew 100 percent passenger and fuel load but had minimal cargo. Good Luck.
    Frank Gollner


      Beautiful photos. It must have been a very nice flight!
      Roberto Stopnicki
      Toronto, Canada


        Fabulous and my favourite Quantas liverie.
        Danny Z. Cebis


          Awsome pictures man
          Tony miller


            Thanks Roberto, Danny and Tony!
            Last edited by CaptainKramerII; 13Jul2019, 05:05.
            Frank Gollner