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Team AVSIM Practice Thread #2

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Today we shall start a practice run for Team AVSIM to prepare for the Round the World Race. The actual race begins on February 20th. So this is a good time for old veterans to renew their skills and for new teammates to get the procedures down before the actual race begins.One of the keys to our winning the last two years has been our organization. We want to keep the baton in the air. That means that we try to have someone at the destination airport waiting, with engines warmed up and flight plan filed, ready for the arriving teammate. When the landing pilot announces on the forum "The baton is free at ICAO" (ICAO being the ICAO of the landing airport), the waiting teammate immediately announces "I have the baton" and takes off. (Best if each Race Leg begins in a new "subthread")The sequence looks like: ----The "I have the baton" poster grabs the baton and takes off. He then, or in a forum edit a couple of minutes later, gives the destination airport (ICAO) and ETA in Zulu time. For fun, the pilot might also give his aircraft. Under that thread, the pilot posts updates to the flightplan. Changes in ETA or destination. The pilot lands and prepares and posts his screenshot. The pilot, while posting the confirmation shot, declared "The baton is free at ICAO" -------The ETA should be in Zulu time (say 1425z). (Zulu is UTC or what we used to call GMT. For current Zulu time, go to http://www.time.gov/timezone.cgi?UTC/s/0/java ) Posting the destination airport and the ETA allows the next pilot to begin his preparations

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Just posting for Jeroen--he's now approaching MGGT

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The Baton is Free.Who is next? MNMG looks pretty this time of year...

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I would have done it if I had time right now, but it's pretty late now here in Sweden, and I have some homework to do for tomorrow...How long will you fly this practice, will you go all the way around the world? If so, then maybe I can fly a leg tomotrrow, when I have more time...

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Hope you can join us. We'll fly the practice until people get tired of it. And then step it up a notch to start working on speed.M.

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MGGT-MNMGETA 2300zOn Bush Net at the moment...

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Hi MMCould you kindly contact me by email wardb3@tpg.com.au after you land.I have a big problem trying to connect to Bushnet - sometimes I can but mostly I can't. Right now, you are connected and I can't connect -- but I could connect before you connected :(Would like to talk to you about your settings.Thanks Barry

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Good to hear, Jeff.Don't stop by Catacamas...M.

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Flight Update:MPTO ETA: 02:25 Zulu Aircraft: Piaggio AvantiFL310TAS 417GSPD 449 Online on Bushnet

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#$@$@#$^@#@# autopilot. Failed Leg. Someone else will need to pickup the baton at MNMG.

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Flying along with Jeff to Panama City again.MNMG-MPTO

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Jeff has baton.PS. This is the current Practice Thread.M.

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Alex, Jeff is about 1/2 out (plus landing).The Baton is yours at MPTO then, if you want. (I think.) Want to head down the west coast of South America and see the Andes? (Its dark right now...)Mike

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Hmmm... nice thought. I was planning due east towards Z09A. I'll take a looksie!Alex

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Alex, going down the west side would be good experience for us all.Try Cali SKCL or Bogota SKBO or maybe Quito Ecuador...?In the end, it is your choice.We're in descent over the Panama Canal.M.

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All ready to go. Heading to Carano, approx 1 hour away. Looks like its at the base of the Andes.Safe landing.Alex

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Alex,Great news. Just watch out for SKUI. It has VOR. But no runway lights. (It is in the middle of the busy city, so the autogen buildings may show you the way.)Good luck.Mike

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#@@$##@$#@#%$!!!! - Crash on landing. Sorry guys.Future reference - SKUI is not a good place to go at night.Alex

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