Pixel Plane is a project to fly coast-to-coast in X Plane in a Piper PA28 Warrior II. The intent is to learn about flying and navigation, explore the United States, and, above all, to have some fun. Read The Grand Adventure for details on the project kickoff.
DISCLAIMER: I am not a pilot, and I have no idea what I'm doing. But that's the point! I'm trying to learn as I go, and satisfy an intense curiosity for aviation and exploration.
My first flight with ATC on PilotEdge was intended to be simple, but when I accidentally request flight following from Palm Springs International I get a little more than I planned.
A fly another VFR route on PIlotEdge from Chiriaco Summit to Bermuda Dunes, and make a few mistakes along the way.
I virtually fly from Sun Valley to Havasu City on the PilotEdge network. During my flight, someone gets a lecture from ATC.
I complete my first flight and PilotEdge and earn a CAT-1 rating.
I take my Cessna to virtual skies with Shadow Tech’s cloud gaming platform.
A few tips from my X-Plane setup.
My Italy adventure comes to an end as I cross the country to Nice.
A mountain crossing, a winding river, and a sinking city.
A sunset trip to Pisa.
I arrive in Florence, and get a ride in a half-million-dollar plane.
I return to Rome, and remember my last trip fifteen years ago.
I skirt past Mount Vesuvius on my way to Pompei and Naples. and think about the time I visited the ancient doomed city.
I visit Lamezia and the Amalfi Coast, taking a literal road trip for part of it.
Volcanos loom over me as I leave Sicily and cross the Strait of Messina to continental Italy.
Pixel Plane starts a new journey. Day 1 - Malta
How to have your own virtual cross-country adventure.
It’s been nearly 3000 miles and 37 airports, but I’m finally here.
Today I fly a triple-header with Salinas, San Jose, and Half Moon Bay.
I channel my Ryan Gosling and explore Hollywood.
I’ve made it to the west coast, but my journey isn’t finished yet.
Viva Las Vegas! Also, I nearly get intercepted by F15s.
Starmen, craters, and canyons.
I retrace Walter White’s steps in Albuquerque before flying over an alien landscape.
A day of sightseeing in Colorado Springs followed by airport-hopping to Albuquerque.
There’s a reason it’s called the Continental Divide
Today I learn that it’s important to respond to air traffic control.
Continuing across the endless green Nebraskan fields.
A sunny flight to Wahoo, Nebraska, and a poorly-planned Class C airspace transition.
I take in a few of the sights in Illinois and Iowa.
Swiiiing batter batter batter batter.