A Flight Simulator Odyssey

by Charles Gulick

The Crossbridge Caper

Chart: Detroit
Title: X BRIDGE CAPER En Route Coordinates:
   Aircraft: N17438, EI8096
   Tower: Same as previous
   Aircraft: 839
   Tower: Same as previous
Heading: 032
Time: Daylight
Note: Altitude setting may be unreliable. Your altitude should be such that you will clear the center span of the bridge. If it isn't, SLEW to a higher altitude.

In this scenario you'll land the other way on Tiger Field. You can make the approach in one of three ways:

  1. Over The Top. Fly across the span on your present heading, then turn right and set her down.
  2. Around the End. Turn abruptly left and make an end run around the foot of the bridge for your landing (or through the opening between the leftmost towers and suspension cables).
  3. Underneath. Reduce power to glide under the span, then turn right for your landing.

Under and over

In all cases, your final approach should be on a heading of approximately 70 degrees. When you're on the ground, your altimeter will read about 250 feet.

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