Taking a virtual round the world trip with X-Plane: Segment 4: FRA-ORD

Segment 1: Chicago to Honolulu
Segment 2: Honolulu to Hong Kong
Segment 3: Hong Kong to Frankfurt
Segment 4: Frankfurt to Chicago

This is it – the final leg in my three-stop ’round the world journey on a United Airlines 747-400. It’s been a fun journey so far, but I’ve got to admit that I’ve got a really short attention span and I was getting tired of this as early as the second segment (HNL-HKG). The strange thing about that is that it’s not like I sit at my computer for the entire duration of these flights – once I’m in the air, I set the autopilot and go on with my day (checking in and making adjustments as necessary) so there really isn’t much that I do while in-flight. The time consuming part comes during the last hour of each segment, where I really need to pay attention to get my approach and line-up correct. 100% focused attention is critical – I’ve botched too many landings in the past by not fully paying attention during this stage of the flight!

Anyway, this final segment from Frankfurt to Chicago was the most uneventful of the set. The weather was dull, there weren’t any mechanical issues, and I even greased the landing in Chicago. Not bad for an amateur pilot, but I’m glad that this trip is finished!

Segment 3

from Frankfurt (FRA) to Chicago (ORD)

Map showing my route from Frankfurt (FRA) to Chicago (ORD)

United Airlines
Frankfurt, Germany (FRA) – Chicago O’Hare (ORD)
Aircraft: Boeing 747-400

As noted above, the scenery wasn’t all that great for this last segment. But no matter, here are some screenshots:

runway 25C departure at FRA

Lining up for a runway 25C departure at FRA (EDDF)

Rocketing out of Frankfurt

Rocketing out of Frankfurt

coastline of the Netherlands

Clear skies as we pass over the coastline of the Netherlands

coming up on some weather just east of England

View from the cockpit as we are coming up on some weather just east of England

western coastline of the UK

The weather cleared as we flew over the western coastline of the UK

Here we are over eastern Canada.

This is what it looked like pretty much all the way across the Atlantic. Here we are over eastern Canada.

Descending through 15,000ft over Lake Michigan

Descending through 15,000ft over Lake Michigan as we prepare our approach

Near zero visibility

Near zero visibility as we work our way through the thick cloud deck

The eastern edge of the Illinois coastline

Land ho! The eastern edge of the Illinois coastline is in sight.

Great visibility in the Chicago area

Great visibility in the Chicago area today, but the winds were pushing us around as we tried to get lined up

lined up for runway 27L at ORD

Slow and low as we get lined up for runway 27L at ORD

On the ground at Chicago O’Hare!

On the ground at Chicago O’Hare!

And with that, this ’round the world journey is complete! For the most part, it was completely uneventful – but the beautiful scenery made it quite exciting at times. Thanks for following along, and stay tuned for my next journey!