I attempted this achievement a few times with no joy.
Please note, this achievement seems to be glitched (along with a few others for this game). This is a reconstruction of exactly how I unlocked it. I hope this guide helps you all and I'm happy to update it if anyone has any suggestions.Steps 1 Assistance Setup:
From startup, go to Options -> Assistance and set the overall assistance level to 'TRUE TO LIFE'. This will set all the difficulties to 'HARD'Step 2 Airport Selection and Flight Planning:
I initially tried a few route that where just over 300 miles, but on this occasion I decided to over estimate the distance, so this route is over 400 miles.
You can choose any 2 airports you like, this is just what I used (EHAM to EGAC). The important part is that you select the parking spot to start at and end at. This helps you control where you start and end, as the taxi assistance is off and it can be easy to get lost with the taxi markings being tiny or missing.
At Schiphol (EHAM) I chose ramp 44 as it is next to the runway I selected (27):
At Belfast (EGAC) I chose ramp 33 (which also happens to be the refuelling shed) as it was the first ramp if you exit the runway at the end:
Then I selected the 'High-altitude airways' flight plan:
I used the TBM 930 with 98% fuel (100% seemed to be overweight) so I didn't need to worry about fuel:
Finally, I set the weather and traffic to 'LIVE'Step 3 The Flight:
Starting cold and dark can be a bit daunting (I'm new to flight sims) so follow the checklists as they don't count as assistance. This has actually helped me learn the procedures.
I also follow the radio procedures and go through the process of requesting IFR clearance and following all the communication requests.
So first time I was to taxi from where I started (start arrow in the image) to runway 27 (A arrow in the image), nice and short taxi.
While making this guide I was told to taxi and take off at 18R (B arrow in the image) which is miles and miles away. I took my time and used the drone to make my way there, but hopefully you won't have this issue, a single runway airport might have been a better choice.
This is where the game starts. I set my autopilot altitude to what the tower said to climb to (6000ft for me).
I took off, climbed to about 2000ft and switched on the autopilot and activated the vertical speed with a climb of 2000ft per minute.
Once it had settled I activated the nav mode and the autopilot took over the piloting.
For the next hour and a half, or so, I just followed the radio prompts and increase and decreased my cruise altitude with the vertical speed set to 2000 or -2000 per minute. Be sure to throttle back when descending as you could end up over-speeding and getting the black screen of death.
When getting close to the destination airport I followed the approach instructions by switching the autopilot to heading mode and requesting way-point headings and following the markers (you can use the nav map on the hotbar to see the nav markers and this won't fail the achievement).
Now, make sure you are careful and make a nice safe landing, so the last couple of hours weren't wasted.Step 4 Taxi and Tidy Up:
For the parking spot I selected, I just taxied to the end of the runway and parked in front of the shed in the picture (next to the arrow). However, this is where it gets a bit strange (read on after the picture.)
Originally, I parked at the shed, shut down all the systems (following the checklist), but the end screen did not pop up.
I then started the engine back up and taxied to each of the parking spots, 1 at a time and shut down and moved on, still no end screen.
Also, the guy with the batons that guides you in to your parking spot wasn't at any of the ramps.
Finally I went back to the shed and while taxiing on the light grey section next to the shed (where the arrow is actually pointing), the achievement popped. So I hit the parking brake and shut the systems down and the end screen came up.
Very Strange.Step 5 The Conclusion:
This guide is a reconstruction of how I got it, but by no means perfect as you can see in the final section. I would probably recommend using smaller airports and selecting actual parking spots so you get the guy with the batons taxiing you in to a spot.
Again, if you have any feedback or tips for this guide, send me a message and I will update as needed.
Happy Achievement Hunting