Around the world in Cessna 182

June 22, 2004
Vladivostok, Russia (UHWW) to Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Russia (UHSS)

Well, originally this flight was supposed to be from Vladivostok, Russia to Sapporo, Japan, but after taking another look at the map, I've decided it did not make much sense to do that. Instead I flew directly to Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk (my next destination) as that was a relatively short flight.

I have created a VFR flight plan and asked for taxi clearance, but was told that the airport was IFR. OK, I went back, filed an IFR plan, requested clearance again, and was on my way shortly after. It's been a while since I flew IFR. I was avoiding that mainly so that I can veer of my course if I spot something interesting I wanted to take a closer look at, without ATC guys yelling at me.

One nice thing about the IFR flying is that you do not have to think about lining up for landing. It might take a bit longer, but all you have to do is to follow what the ATC tells you (turn left, turn right, descend to this or climb to that...). It is nice, at least sometimes.

After brief maneuvering I was on the ground and ready for a well deserved rest.

Pre flight check at Vladivostok airport


Leaving Vladivostok

Over the Russian countryside

Final approach to Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk

Done for the day
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Last updated June 22, 2004