By default, you may find yourself drawn to Microsoft Flight Simulator’s world map. You can fly literally anywhere you want, after all. Decision paralysis is a real thing though, so thankfully, for folks like me, Asobo has included a mode called Bush Trips. These multi-leg trips are excellent and highly recommended for players who are new to the game and need lots of short flights to get their experience levels up.
What Are Bush Trips?
In the real world, bush runs involve flying planes in relatively remote locations where there aren’t proper runways to land on. In theory, you’d frequently land in empty fields or on water. In Microsoft Flight Simulator, they’re simply sightseeing expeditions. You’ll travel a relatively long distance taking some detours along the way to catch some good views. Each bush trip takes up to ten hours in total, but is split up into multiple legs. Rather than flying all nine hours at once, you’ll be making shorter expeditions anywhere between ten minutes and a bit over an hour.
What Bush Trips Are Available?
There are currently three bush runs in Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020. Each one has an estimated flight time of about eight hours, however, so that’s a full 24 hours of gameplay.
- Rijeka, Croatia to Santorini, Greece
- 950 NM, 7:50 flight time, 16 legs
- Tolhuin, Argentina to Cochrane, Chile
- 875 NM, 7:11 flight time, 14 legs
- Brekenridge Airport, California, USA to Mariposa-Yosimite, California, USA
- 856 NM, 9:36 flight time, 25 legs
What’s So Special About Bush Trips?
The biggest departure from normal trips is that you’re flying purely on visual instructions. You’re given descriptions for each different heading you need at the start of the flight including direction, how long you should be flying in that direction, and landmarks to look out for. Frequently they’ll have you look for towns, cities, roads, rivers, and more.
You also don’t get to choose your plane for these trips. We recommend the Croatia to Greece bush trip simply because it’s in a Cessna 172 which comes equipped with a G1000 navigation system. That means you’ll have a full dashboard complete with a VFR map. This particular plane also comes with a fleshed out autopilot system which can keep you locked on certain headings and has the directions programmed into the system. Because of this, a purple arrow will constantly show you which direction you should be going in and it will even display how far off course you are. (For those unaware, that’s when the purple arrow becomes separated)
The California trip comes with no advanced GPS system so you’ll be flying purely on visuals and timing. We recommend saving that one for last.
Tip: While the VFR map in the cockpit won’t display your location, the map you can bring up with the “V” key will!
Will There Be More?
We can only hope so! Honestly they’re a blessing for those of us who can never decide where they want to fly. It also scratches the itch to have a long journey without having to set aside hours upon hours just to do it in one sitting.
Potential locations include New Zealand, the Sea of Japan, anywhere in Indonesia, up in the Nordic countries, or even far inland anywhere you can think of.