Simulation Record Completed
CANADA DAY - 1 July 2001
On 1 July 2001 at 0701 Zulu, the "Fat Fox" landed in Point Cook Australia and completed the FIRST hand flown, pole-to-pole flight of a single pilot, single engine helicopter in simulation. It may also be the first ever circumnavigation of the globe from pole-to-pole by a helicopter in real life or in simulation. This mission is dedicated to Vanda, my most patient and understanding wife, without who's support this mission would have never have happened much less been completed.
To our knowledge prior to 2001 no one has ever attempted or completed a pole-to-pole solo flight in a single engine, single pilot, helicopter, either in real life or simulated. The only known records in real life flying are two pilots flying Bell 206 and Bell430 twin engine helicopters. This record is simulated flying and focuses on planning and single pilot flying skills. Microsoft FS2000 scenery was a pretty crude capability compared to today, but watching it all go by gives you a real sense of the size of the earth.
Top Speed at Max Continuous power
79PSI Torque 1000 feet 133Kts
Maximum range at 1000 feet
avg 29.5 gph, over 740 nm
Maximum range at 10,000 feet
avg 18.3 gph over 1150 nm >8.0 hrs airborne
Vne 155 kts, max cruise 133 kts
Service Ceiling 18,700 ft ASL
Hover: (At max Gross weight 3300 lbs)
In Ground Effect ISA +20DegC 14,800 ft ASL
Out of Ground Effect 12,400 ft ASL
Every flight was logged by email with actual weather, in-flight radio comm using early VOIP and photos from each leg. FS2000 was pretty good for the day but nothing like can be done today with current computer and display technology. We've come a long way in realism.