Perhaps another day's planning or so.
So far every flight has be wrought with some unforeseen near disaster ... not so alarmed at that, because they aren't surprises, but rather neglected or overlooked known issues.
Sure signs of a hasty plan ... more in vogue with a "Getaway" or some sprintlike short trip ... not a very educated way to plan a long one.
Need to sit down and do a bit more planning before this next jaunt ... a true test of airmanship ... nearly 900 NM's of it ... that's a day's work in the Vega.
During the Apollo mission(s) to the moon I remember being pretty impressed with this fact that was brought to light in reporting the event.
If at launch the rocket had been off in it's aim by the width of a dime ... and not corrected over the distance to the Moon ... then the Astronauts would have flown right past the Moon and never even seen it.
That last shot in the dark flight was lucky in that the only negative consequence happened at the end after I had found my way ... but this next leg is almost 4 times as long.
It will be impossible to make a lucky shot that far ... and that much more time to get off course ... I could fly right past target and never even be close enough to see it ... even after doing a fair job of Reckoning.
Off to the map room for some deeper study and extensive notes covering as many what/if's as I can ... then find 8 hours in a row to be in attendance ... almost feel like Hand Flying just to stay connected to whats going on.
An unscheduled stop for directions may well be in order ... and I may have spoke too soon to Willy about not planning to go to Timbuktu ... just may wind up there ... planned or not!
This stuff right here is what makes a good event great ... forcing you to get off your virtual butt and to use everything you ever knew to make a trip that you are not really you can accomplish.
But somehow you will and be better for it in the furtherment of education about this wonderful hobby of ours and geeze! ... what a memory and cool story to share, huh?
Seems I always spend over half of my sim time planning flights rather than flying them ... no time for shortcuts now ... catch ya later!