I thought I would try a nice trans-polar flight over the Arctic to follow the route by the famous pilots in 1928 (in the interest of trivia I won't give their names; you may answer below if desired). They used a Vega; I used the Cessna 182RG, equipped with extra fuel. (Incidentally the flight was reflown in 1998 by two guys--again no names--in a Cessna 210.) The route I entered in the flight planner was GPS from Barrow, Alaska to Longyearben, Spitsbergen (those very northern islands belonging to Norway). The route looked fine on the flight planner map and on the on-board GPS moving map. A few hours into the flight I noticed that the green route line on the moving map made a funny loop-around sort of zig-zag and crossed back on it self. And the plane's route was deviating from the green line and was heading not north of Greenland as the (original) plan called for but instead was going the other way north of Siberia. I cancelled the autopilot navigation and returned to Alaska and decided I'd have to forget about using the flight planner to chart my route. And another thing: One would think you'd see some snow covering Alaska in January, but there was green below (visible in the very short semi-daylight at this latitude); neither is there any polar ice cap, but just black--presumably water--below. This game is really retarded (i.e., the designers are lacking upstairs) in some ways.