OK to Refuel or Non-Stop Only?

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OK to Refuel or Non-Stop Only?

Postby Torbinator » Tue Aug 09, 2016 9:49 pm

Hi everyone,

If I am on a flight from say KFUL to KGCN, but I stop half way for fuel or rest (X-Plane stays running and logged in entire time), will PE aware still recognize my completing the flight from KFUL to KGCN, or does it have to be a non-stop to get credit for that alphabet challenge leg?

Thanks!
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Re: OK to Refuel or Non-Stop Only?

Postby flyingdrill » Fri Aug 19, 2016 7:43 am

That's one of the longer flights, but pretty much any half decent plane will carry more than enough fuel to complete the flight with adequate reserves. If you need a rest break, chose a sensible time and just tell the controller you'll be away from the computer for a couple of minutes or so. He/she will say "OK" and ask ask for you to report back as you return!
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Re: OK to Refuel or Non-Stop Only?

Postby silberztein » Tue Apr 02, 2019 11:19 am

Hello,

I am flying a C172 (105 knots) and I would love to do the Alphabet Challenge. However, I am now in KFUL, and I realize that to continue, I will have to fly to GCN, which if my estimate is correct, over 4 hours away... Impossible to do that in one leg (I have a family life and my "cockpit" is not that comfortable).

Is there any way I could file a flight plan KFUL > KIFP > KGCN, and stop at KIFP (Bullhead) for a day ?

If not, is it possible to bypass the flight KFUL > KGCN and continue with the alphabet and still submit them?

Thanks
--Max
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Re: OK to Refuel or Non-Stop Only?

Postby Keith Smith » Tue Apr 02, 2019 12:04 pm

Your flight planning is incorrect. KFUL to KGCN via HEC to avoid restricted airspace is 316nm, which is 2hrs 15mins in a 172 at 120ktas. That's well within the capability of a non-stop flight for the aircraft.
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Re: OK to Refuel or Non-Stop Only?

Postby silberztein » Sat Apr 13, 2019 11:27 pm

thanks Keith for your encouragement,

I did it, although the flight via HEC took 3 hours in Xplane's C172, 105knots (plus preping the plane).

Will continue the alphabet challenge!
--Max
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