Cover story in the March 2022 issue of a printed-and-mailed magazine for Cirrus pilots: “Flying Across Russia”.
Here’s the route that John R. Bone, a Florida-based pilot retired from Delta Airlines, took in July 2021:
(the trip from Florida to Iqaluit and Iceland was a mere prelude) The SR22 has enough range that there was no need to install ferry tanks for the over-water legs.
Captain Bone describes a Russian general aviation community that is well-integrated with the rest of the world and where everyone is friendly to Americans.
At press time, the author/editor added “given the current situation in the Ukraine, you should consult with the U.S. State Department for any trip in the region.”
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Ulan-Ude on this map is where Irkutsk actually is.
Magazine article is interesting timing and will make an interesting read.
“At press time, the author/editor added “given the current situation in the Ukraine, you should consult with the U.S. State Department for any trip in the region.”
State department likely banned using Russian air molecules that the propeller and wings need to generate lift. Now we will need a modern day anti-hero to navigate the vast landscape of hostile barbarians to generate interesting stories and novels. The aviation version of Flashman.
The pilot was not brave to fly above the bulk of Russian interior, above Siberia.. Just traced perimeter.
There are some of the most remote and inaccessible places on the planet out there. One should have NAFOD to go there in a single.
perplexed: without a supplementary fuel tank, a Cirrus pilot will need to find a route where aviation gasoline is available (as opposed to jet fuel). The airports with services tend to to be built along major highways, major railroads, etc.
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