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Complete the Nevada Bush Trip, without using any navigation assistance.

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I would strongly recommend completing all tutorials before attempting this so you understand the basics of takeoff, landing, trim, and navigation.

Go to Activities > Bush Trips > Breckenridge to Mariposa Yosemite. In this bush trip you'll be flying the Savage Cub, a small plane that can be a bit finicky and is easy to fly too fast resulting in an overstress crash. I found I had to pretty consistently trim up (aim the nose down) about halfway from center to the edge of the green (in exterior camera) to keep the plane from wanting to climb constantly. Try to keep your speeds around 90 knots, get your trim situated so it flies level, and don't make sudden movements and you should be good. Also when landing, "pump" the brakes, meaning don't just hold down or you could end up flipping the plane forward on its nose. As long as you feather it, couple seconds on, 1 second off, etc., you can avoid this embarrassing mistake that will cause you to have to redo the whole leg.

This bush trip consists of 25 legs and will take you a little over 9 and a half hours in total to complete. I haven't found any way to refuel the plane other than going to Options > Controls > Keyboard, setting Filter to All, and searching by name for "refuel" and binding the "Repair and Refuel" option to a key (I used the backslash key). Every few legs you will need to use this button to refuel your plane when it gets low.

The only thing you can't do that will void the achievement is use the "Back on Track" feature which shows you where you are on the VFR Map to help you if you get lost. (Commenters have noted that sim rate changes and dev teleports also may void the achievement). Other than that, if you just follow the descriptions in the Navigation pane, it's pretty easy to follow the landmarks it gives you and get where you need to go. However, I did find it useful to have Google Maps open on another monitor or device to give a little extra help in identifying where I was. It can help you make sure you're on the right road or following the right river, etc. If you do get lost to the point where you just can't find your way, you can always pause and restart the leg. Just make sure you do not use the Back on Track feature. You can use the smart cam feature to help you find the airport or airstrip you are supposed to land on when you get close to it ( by default if you're using a controller, s by default on the keyboard).

Enjoy the beautiful scenery on your way to getting what is likely to be a pretty nice ratio achievement for a while to come.
Almighty ZingGoogle Maps was a lifesaver at times. The instructions are clear most of the time, but you can't tell what the name of the road you're flying over is from the air so getting acquainted with the area and the upcoming stretches helped a lot.

General tip for the plane that I learned the hard way - braking too hard will nose-dive the plane on the runway and cause you to have to redo the whole leg. It seems obvious, but it can happen if you aren't paying attention. I found that pulling back on the yoke solved this issue by counteracting the forces (as long as you're not going fast enough to generate lift, which you shouldn't be on a landing anyway).

I also had trouble getting the game to register that I landed at Black Rock City. There are 2 dirt paths running parallel, but neither one would trigger the completion of the leg. I ended up landing in between the two and it finally counted.

One last thing that I cannot stress enough - this does not have to be done in one sitting. I did this one in 2 sessions - 3 hours and 7.5 hours and I wish I had broken that 2nd session up. At the very least, get up and stretch your legs every couple of... legs.
Posted by Almighty Zing on 26 Aug 20 at 05:57
erod550Good call on being careful with the brakes after landing. I learned this lesson quickly after having to repeat the first leg because of doing exactly this. I have updated the solution.
Posted by erod550 on 26 Aug 20 at 06:12
TheJudge24If you accidentally click on "Back on track", do you just have to restart the leg that you clicked the button or do you have to restart the entire journey from leg 1? I was trying to adjust the map and clicked it by mistake.
Posted by TheJudge24 on 28 Aug 20 at 21:19
erod550There's no way to track your progress on it so I couldn't say. Hopefully just restarting the leg you were on will do it. If I did that I would force close the game without using the menu and hope it didn't save anything. But it's still a crapshoot that you probably won't find out until the end.
Posted by erod550 on 28 Aug 20 at 23:15
emilymaeUnlike the other two bush trips I found this one more tedious than fun. Some of the airstrips are nearly impossible to find, if you google 'Nevada Bush Trip [destination] someone named Zharf uploaded the whole trip to Youtube which helped me on several legs (looking at you, Bodad). For Black Rock you need to taxi over to where the buildings are, there are some other planes too. It won't unlock on the runway.

For some of the legs I think it's easier to just take a slightly longer route and stick to a definitive point of reference like a road as opposed to cutting through mountains like the game wants you to, it's easy to get lost trying to follow creeks and rivers.
Posted by emilymae on 31 Aug 20 at 06:58
Ben L0nd0nI'm using Little Navmap with these bush trips, it even has some of those tiny dirt strips although you can't search for them and still have to find them manually. Once I found them, I put a manual waypoint and then it makes the whole thing a lot easier. I also landed on the nose during breaking a couple times, but it still completed the leg, fortunately...!
Posted by Ben L0nd0n on 04 Sep 20 at 07:44
jrod39I haven't tackled these bush trips yet but was thinking about doing one this weekend. Do we have to do these in one sitting, or can you save and resume progress?
Posted by jrod39 on 04 Sep 20 at 14:49
erod550Not required to do them in once sitting. You can stop after completing any leg and it will save your progress and next time you'll resume at the next leg.
Posted by erod550 on 04 Sep 20 at 20:18
Ben L0nd0nI've just completed it and got the achievement using Little Navmap on a separate laptop. You can easily identify the route on the map and plan it out dropping waypoints. Also increasing the sim speed made this so much more enjoyable as the plane is sooo slow.
Posted by Ben L0nd0n on 06 Sep 20 at 13:25
Spoof ExJust FYI, I too once accidentally clicked on "Back on Track". I immediately restarted the leg and after completing the whole trip it didn't unlock. I tried to restart from that point and it didn't unlock either, so if you do click on it, I would suggest Alt+F4 immediately to stop it from caching/saving, otherwise it looks like it's the whole trip has to be done again.

At least I need to do 1000 hours though...
Posted by Spoof Ex on 12 Sep 20 at 22:06
erod550Yea it seems like you must replay the whole thing if you click Back on Track. The 1000 hours can be unlocked in 30 minutes by playing around with your clock btw.
Posted by erod550 on 12 Sep 20 at 22:40
Spoof ExBush Trip landings have been broken in Patch 2. These are now all unobtainable as of right now.
Posted by Spoof Ex on 16 Sep 20 at 21:17
meochan913Hey guys, looks like there are more ppl managed to finish this achievement recently. Care to explain how did you guys get it?
Posted by meochan913 on 28 Sep 20 at 18:02
Kokuryuha34If you're referring to gaining additional progress, the trips were fixed, however, you need to delete your bush trip save and start over in order for it to progress again. There is a way to devmode to teleport yourself ahead if you don't want to refly old legs, but as of right now it's the only way to get progress going on these again.
Posted by Kokuryuha34 on 29 Sep 20 at 21:31
meochan913Hey guys just a quick tip: Sim rate cannot be touched for this trip anymore
Posted by meochan913 on 01 Oct 20 at 01:39
Ben L0nd0nI just did the Patagonia bush trip with the developer teleport method again. The achievement did NOT unlock (the one for completing all activities DID!). Don't waste your time. This is with latest version
Posted by Ben L0nd0n on 11 Nov 20 at 10:39
VorenusKI've done two attempts today to get the achievement for the first leg - to no avail.
I didn't even touch the map, all setting turned to "true to life". I didn't get any achievement after first landing, so I decided to fly the same leg again. Unfortunately, no achievement either, this time the flight wasn't even logged into pilot logbook. It seems that achievements and pilot logbook are all messed up with the current version. It's very dissapointing and frustrating because these achievements give a sense of purpose in a game without any other goals.
Posted by VorenusK on 01 Jan at 15:53
erod550VorenusK, you have to complete all legs of the bush trip to get the achievement, not just the first leg.
Posted by erod550 on 02 Jan at 02:06
VorenusKerod550, thanks, but shouldn't the completion indicator change by 4% after completing the first leg ? Will it change from 0% to 100 % after last leg ? I would like to know it before I commit to fly all 25.
Posted by VorenusK on 02 Jan at 23:32
erod550No I don't believe the tracker will move for this one as it's not a counting achievement. People have unlocked the achievement as recently as yesterday so there's no reason to think it won't unlock for you when you finish all legs. I would also avoid messing with the time speed up feature as I believe some have mentioned it voids the achievement on the other bush trips.
Posted by erod550 on 04 Jan at 17:57
RebarMan75I had completed 18 legs of the gold rush bush trip when I became aware that if you use the back on track all of your achievements are wiped out. I went back and started over @ the 1st leg but I am not sure I am receiving the achievements for each of these legs. At the end of each new leg it shows I have successfully completed it. I looked in my profile and the bush trip registers 0/24. Is there a glitch in the program or do I have to wait until the end of the entire trip to see my achievements?
Posted by RebarMan75 on 15 Mar at 15:12
erod550There isn't really a way to know if it's counting for you until you finish the whole bush trip. I don't think that counter updates for every individual leg because each leg isn't a bush trip. All the legs together for each location are one bush trip. Also that counter has been notoriously inaccurate in the past.
Posted by erod550 on 15 Mar at 16:14
RebarMan75Thanks for the input, I’ll see how it goes.
Posted by RebarMan75 on 15 Mar at 17:57
Yurgi WinduSilly question maybe but do all 25 legs need to be completed in one go? Does this require sitting at a PC for 9 hours straight?
Posted by Yurgi Windu on 11 May at 18:12
erod550No. It should autosave after completing each leg and you can come back and finish later.
Posted by erod550 on 13 May at 15:30
Yurgi WinduFor those asking if the achievement tracker should move, simple answer is it will remain at 0% until you complete all legs. Don't touch the VFR back on track button, sim rate or teleport or even think about pressing them and you will be fine. I have completed the other two Bush Trips and achievement progress remained at 0%. Landed at the last airport and achievements popped as soon as I stopped the plane on the runway.
Posted by Yurgi Windu on 22 Jun at 16:54
SincereSeeker6What does it mean by "Without any navigation assistance"?
Does that mean (under assist options) You can have everything else on easy, but 'Navigation Aids' on hard? I'm not sure what needs to be disabled.
Posted by SincereSeeker6 on 22 Jul at 20:13
erod550It means without using the "Back on Track" feature which will give you a nav point. You have to just use the maps to navigate. Everything else I left on default settings.
Posted by erod550 on 23 Jul at 08:18

Made this as I was flying, working on the other ones but this one is the hardest as you cannot use AP with HDG mode to auto it all the way to the destination. You can tell when I started as the first few do not have airport codes lol.

Personally I closed the VFR map every leg and only had the airport picture up when I was not sure what I was looking for or needed to check the time for a rough estimate at where I am on the map. Cheve popped after going back to home page after last leg, this was done across three long sessions, so no need to do it in a sitting.

For rapid descending you will want to max your flaps and cut your engine, then just monitor your speed and keep it in the yellow for best results. Kinda the same for landing, max flaps and when a short distance away or over the runway then cut your engine and land gently, then pitch your nose up while applying brakes, if this is not enough to keep you on the back wheel then let off the brakes (but still hold the nose up, this will force it to recover and regain traction).
Posted by Vittror on 04 Aug at 06:10
LOST NrI stepped away from the Xbox for a moment while flying one of the legs and upon return the plane had apparently crashed so I chose to restart from that menu and instead of putting me on the departure airport of that leg it put me at the departure airport of the previous leg, so I had to fly an additional 20 minutes just to get to the part where you would normaly begin that leg.

This game is so buggy, still nice but sometimes very unfortunate things can happen.
Posted by LOST Nr on 07 Aug at 15:15
MrWhite2UThis achievements is ridiculous, why would you spend nearly 10 hours staring at a TV screen just for one achievement. Done with this game.
Posted by MrWhite2U on 07 Aug at 21:25
SincereSeeker6How do you know where you're supposed to go? The other two had a pink compass at least that you could follow, or a map in your plane so you could see where you were on the map. This seems to have nothing.

The only way I can think of is following a youtube video religiously for over 10 hours which is kind of exhausting...
Posted by SincereSeeker6 on 08 Aug at 20:46
Fuzzmeister JYou have to follow the navlog or the google earth link a few comments up. It's a huge bummer compared to the first two. I spent an hour on the first leg and found an airport that looked like the right one, but was 1 hour south of where I needed to be. If you see a butt ton of windmills, go north.

Update. I just found out that you can set a button to hold altitude even if the plane does not have that option. This changes everything in Nevada!
Posted by Fuzzmeister J on 09 Aug at 01:38
Vittror@SincereSeeker6 I will be making videos as well as the Google Earth guide for the other ones, the trip itself will be massively sped up but so long as you follow the verbal instructions (climb to x altitude then enable auto pilot with heading mode set to x heading) all you need to do is look at my in game clock and come back to your game when you reach that time and you should be able to confirm the destination off of the video as the start and end will be normal speed
Posted by Vittror on 11 Aug at 02:17
Mort@Fuzzmeister J which altitude option is it? in the options menu?
Posted by Mort on 11 Aug at 14:17
Fuzzmeister JToggle Freeze Altitude. I put it on RB + R3. (LB+R3 is refuel and repair). It locks the plane and it will not change altitude. If you can control speed and go too fast if you try to nose dive, but stay the same altitude. It's good if you want to look away for a few minutes and know you are going the right way. Some flights do require more attention.

Edit: Done with this. That was a long flight at the end! I just knew I was gonna crash and spawn in some trees, but I made it through!
Posted by Fuzzmeister J on 12 Aug at 00:22
MortOh thanks, it worked! 16 more legs to go 🥲
Posted by Mort on 12 Aug at 13:26
erod550I would also recommend learning how to adjust elevator trim, because that's how you would actually maintain altitude in a real plane (without autopilot). There's a little line on your attitude meter that shows your current trim level. Default is Y+Dpad up to lower it and Y+Dpad down to raise it. By playing with that you can get the plane to fly level without cheats. Not condemning cheats at all because I used them plenty, but just saying that's how you would get the plane to stay flying level if you're interested in learning the legit way.
Posted by erod550 on 12 Aug at 18:21
BraveStonerI'm currently trying this one. On my compass it says VOR1 with a green arrow pointing in a direction, north for now. Do you follow that green arrow as you fly or is this one completely you're on your own?
Posted by BraveStoner on 13 Aug at 12:50
BraveStonerWell still on leg 1, after spending hours trying to get out of a forest. The compass lead me to a airport but when I land the leg wont end so I'm guessing the green arrow does not lead the way :(
Posted by BraveStoner on 13 Aug at 16:35
BraveStonerCan anyone help? Haven't a clue where I am, cant restart the trip. If I use back on track am I doomed from ever getting the achievement?
Posted by BraveStoner on 13 Aug at 16:52
MortYeah don’t use the back on track button. Use this flight plan made on Google earth. It has helped me way better than the nav log descriptions. Helps more if you have a laptop or computer to look at it while flying.
Posted by Mort on 13 Aug at 16:55
BraveStonerI pressed back on track as I was starting to loose my mind. It did nothing but show me on the map. That's it! It didn't show where to go. My nav log is empty too. This game has me mentally exhausted.
Posted by BraveStoner on 13 Aug at 17:05
erod550It sounds like you need to go through the tutorials to learn the basics of how to read the map and how to navigate. If you already pressed Back on Track, you have voided this achievement for yourself anyway on this run and will have to start the Bush trip over from scratch.
Posted by erod550 on 14 Aug at 07:40
TweeKING KEV@erod550 so if I used back on track but ended up redoing it again without it, it still wont count?
Posted by TweeKING KEV on 14 Aug at 22:49
TweeKING KEV@erod550 so if I used back on track but ended up redoing it again without it, it still wont count?
Posted by TweeKING KEV on 14 Aug at 23:03
BraveStoner@erod550 yep took me a couple of hours to sort things out, since it was leg 1, where I messed up once I finished leg 1 I just restarted it and went on. On leg 16 now.
Posted by BraveStoner on 15 Aug at 00:54
erod550TweeKING KEV, depends on what you're talking about with "redoing it again." If you mean redoing the entire Bush Trip from leg 1 (without using Back on Track), then it will count. If you just redo the leg where you used Back on Track and continue on, that won't unlock the achievement.
Posted by erod550 on 15 Aug at 06:36
BraveStoner@idk mort this needs to be updated the leg ksve to ca11 is wrong, that map has you land in a field, while the right airstrip is back south before the lake. Just a heads up in case anyone is following this map
Posted by BraveStoner on 15 Aug at 13:43
MortAhh you are right, I forgot to mention that. So sorry!!
Posted by Mort on 15 Aug at 14:34
BraveStonerI messed up on Leg 1 and used back on track to find my way to the end. Once I finished Leg 1 and Leg 2 started I quit and restarted Leg 1, Finished the Bush Trip and no achievement popped :( So I guess if you use it at all you're screwed. This bush trip took me days to complete. What a waste of time.
Posted by BraveStoner on 15 Aug at 22:30
BraveStonerAlthough in my pilot profile it says 100% complete for this achievement, maybe it is either delayed or bugged? Who knows with this game at this stage.
Posted by BraveStoner on 15 Aug at 23:33
MortAs far as I’m aware, to “reset” the progress on a bush trip to reset the achievement is to uninstall and reinstall the game on Xbox. For PC, you can simply navigate to the game files and delete the save file for it.
Posted by Mort on 15 Aug at 23:36
BraveStonerSo it popped while doing leg 3, must've been super delayed. Phew
Posted by BraveStoner on 16 Aug at 10:04
MortGlad you got it!!
Posted by Mort on 16 Aug at 15:20
dxtrAfter completing the other two bush trips previously this one is a pain, because this plane does not have autopilot nor a navigation map screen. Feels like an oldtimer and we have to fly completely manually.
Posted by dxtr on 21 Aug at 17:29
II LoadsmanHas anybody else landed at Mariposa on the last leg without the game registering it and ending the flight? I have now completed that leg twice without it registering, weirdly the game says that the bush trip is 100% complete in the activities menu but not the in-game achievement list. Definitely did not use Back On Track.
Posted by II Loadsman on 22 Aug at 13:25
philebExactly the same problem at Mariposas with it not registering end of flight. Tried stopping at multiple points on the runway as well as parking on both sides. Xbox series x, no back on track used, menu says 100% and no achievement.
Posted by phileb on 06 Sep at 21:08
xX FULLPOWER Xxsame bug than Pc , i can't restart this bush trips cry ! when i lunch a new bush trip , i'm in yosemite airport , not brekenrigde !! Now i'm stuck in the others achievement (96%) because of this !! angry
Posted by xX FULLPOWER Xx on 15 Sep at 16:01