Fellow Misfits: Our mission for this Sunday is to fly our fast GA aircraft along the route that I will ride my BMW S1000XR this coming June to the Chief Joseph Rally in John Day, Washington. The Chief Joseph Rally is put on every year by the Oregon State BMW Club. The roads are some of the finest I have ever ridden on. We'll take off from Harvey Field (S43), which is about 15 miles from my secret HQ in the Snoqualmie Valley and fly at low level up the Snoqualmie Valley to Interstate 90. We'll follow I-90 to Ellensburg, whereupon we'll turn south and fly the Yakima Canyon. Then we'll follow I-82 to the turnoff for Toppenish, then turn south again to fly down US97 to Goldendale. We'll cross the Columbia River at Biggs Junction and follow US97 a bit further, until we get to Wasco. We'll fly the hills of Oregon down to Condon, Fossil, and down to Spray, then down to Hwy 26. East on Hwy 26 past Mt. Vernon to the town of John Day. We'll land at Grant County Regional/Ogilvie Field Airport (KGCD). I'll buy the first round when we all gather at the Outpost (https://www.outpostpizzapubgrill.com/) after our flight.
One tricky element with our destination, KGCD. Check it out in your flight sim planner, such as Little Nav Map. IF you notice that Grant County Regional has two identifiers, KGCD and 5J0, you will have serious problems trying to land. That is because your flight sim (FSX or P3D) has the airport as KGCD and ORBX has the airport as 5J0, and the two airports sort of fight with each other. You see a runway, but that's not the real runway. The way to fix this is to find where all the ORBX free airports are stored on your computer. Mine are here: D:\Orbx Library\. Go to that folder, then do a search for "5J0." You'll find several files:
Put a ".old" on the end of each file you find, restart your sim, and it will revert to the default version of that field in your sim, and you'll have just one field, which will be KGCD. I think that is how it works. But I do know that it works. I managed to take off and land at KGCD in my P-40. KEEP IT ON THE RUNWAY when you land, and there are no shoulders on the runways.
Here's the SkyVector flight plan: https://skyvector.com/?ll=46.1815419285 ... 38W%20KGCD.
I recommend that you fly a relatively fast GA, such as a Comanche or Bonanza. Anything that can get you into and out of small fields will be just fine.
The flight will be 313 miles and should take about 2 hours 1 minute of flight time in a Comanche.
Meet on: Digital Theme Park on JoinFS.
Comms through A2A Discord channel.
Start at: Harvey Field in Snohomish (S43).
Meet at: 1830z for a 1900z departure.
Local takeoff time: 1200
Weather: Active Sky real.
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I think that 5J0 is the old identifier for Grant County Regional/ John Day (KGCD). I “thought” ORBX had a payware version that looked really nice, but I can’t seem to find it online anywhere! In P3Dv4.5, if you have the free Global Airport Pack installed, it should be fairly represented, but as you point out, with the old identifier 5J0.
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