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Hi everyone,Team AVSIM needs one or two qualified Concorde pilots to win the Round the World Race now underway.We shall want to take advantage of an opportunity to cross the South Pacific from Tahiti-Christmas Island-Puerto Montt (NTAA-SCIP-SCTE) in two consecutive Concorde flights.Most of the race is for props, so you may not have been paying attention. But if you are experienced with the Concorde (and have one to fly), then you can play a supremely important role in Team AVSIM's quest to retain the Trophy.We need your help quickly--the first Concorde flight is about 15 hours away.So if you are at all interested, please post a message here. Or get in contact with the team as it is flying on mulitplayer and TeamSpeak.The Multiplayer address is: 24.30.147.25The TeamSpeak addresses are: 58.234.180.151 (primary) and bn.turbulentsky.com (secondary)You need not fly online or use TeamSpeak to play this critical role.If you have the skills, and the interest, please do volunteer.Thanks from the team,Mike (and all)

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I have the PSS Concorde and have a great deal of time in this bird. If I understand the timing of this post correctly (0350 Zulu?), then the flight falls right in my ballpark. Can standby for either flight.Alex

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Thanks. With Chris who has experience and me who'll be practicing like mad from tonight we should have pilots.

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Alex & Jeroen,Let's go with experienced guys here. Don't want to strain our resouces. And this is not a good time to be learning--unless we have no other options.Jeroen, let us know how your learning curve is progressing. We surely need one dependable "backup" even if we have more experience volunteers.Alex, I now think that we may be longer than that in arriving at Tahiti. Not sure, though.Still, we could use more "Concorde" hands to be sure that we can cover the appropriate time slot when the team arrives at Tahtit. (We'll know more about the ETA as the day goes on.)Best,Mike

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Jeroen, Mike is right!Do not tempt fate....The concorde is not an easy plane to fly, nor to land. If you have calculated your ldg speed to 170, then 170 it must be - not 171 or 169. Been there - done that!Unfortunately, 15 hours from now is quite impossible, otherwise I would be glad to help out.BRGDSSven Sorensen, EKCH

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Hi Mike, Thank you for the invitation to participate in the Avsim Round the World Race. Unfortunately I

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Thanks so much, Andrew.(Of course, this is short notice--and a difficult time of day to volunteer.)Look forward to hearing from your colleagues.MikeWe do still need volunteers...

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Note the recently posted NOTAMS on the Concorde.----------------------------------------------------Concorde ClarificationLast updated: February 21, 2005Officials from BAe/Aerospatiale have contacted the Race Organizers. Their engineers say that the recently de-mothballed Concordes made available for the Race must not exceed their book figures

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No problem. I was planning to be standing by this evening from 05-11Z this evening. I'll check the boards from tiem to time and keep myself updated.Regards,Alex

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I know. I see myself as an emergency backup for this in case noone else is available at all.Better to try and fail than not to try at all, and who knows I may pull it off :)

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Thanks very much for the invite - it was a very pleasant surprise to see it drop into my mailbox. Unfortunately 1300z Tuesday conflicts with a significantly less appealing event better known as Work! (I know, I know... I can go to work anytime, but I don't think they will see it that way :()Cheers,Paulhttp://www.strontiumdog.plus.com/conc_capt_ba.jpgConcorde Training Captainwww.BAVirtual.co.ukAltitude/Koch Beta Team

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One more thing to consider for prospective volunteers - make sure your landings under IMC up up to par. Granted, the Concorde has an autoland system, but it's always better to be able to keep ahead of the needles rather than chasing them in the event that you need to hand-fly her in. Especially given her high approach speedsBest Regards,Alex

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Paul,Thanks.Might you check the AVSIM Race Forum to see if we can find another Concorde pilot. (We may need you AFTER work if disaster strikes!)Best wishes,Mike

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Hi AllI will check the forum tomorrow morning (0700 UTC). If you're really desperate, I MIGHT develop some stomach-thingie....BRGDSSven Sorensen, EKCH

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Hi,I make that 0900z if the forum time is UTC. I can't make thre first flight, but will be available as primary or standby for the second leg. I am experienced with Concorde, and can hand fly it if required to get it there!! Will check back here later this evening (Monday) for updates.Best regards,Vulcan.

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Hi Vulcan,Great news. We are running a little late...just had a CFIT.Please do check in to see how things are going. Later is much better than not at all. (Maybe we'll all sit around waiting for the cavalry to come in at the last minute to save the day.)Best,Mike

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Morning all,Hope we got enough Concorde Pilots - since desperation is not evident, I will get to work (a little late ;)I have been looking at SCIP and SCTE. SCIP seems long anough for takeoff and landing, but you want to be real sharp at SCTE to prevent an overrun - hit those reversers FAST!!!Hope it works outBRGDSSven Sorensen, EKCH

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If you can take the afternoon off, that would set you up for one of the legs I think.

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Hi all,Whoa, I'll see what I can do about that!Meanwhile, I found some figures for a lighter fuel load, made by Ray Prudfoot. And I do believe that we need to lighten the aircraft to prevent overrun at SCTE.QTEI've experimented with fuel loading for shorter flights. It's really not easy at all to ensure the CoG remains balanced. For a 51% loading here's what you should load into the tanks. All values are percentages.Left Aux 48.7Left 44.0Centre 47.8Right 44.0Right Aux 63.1Centre 2 68.6Centre 3 45.0That gves a fuel load of 48,850Kg. The CoG will be centred and your life will be a lot easier if you leave the VFE to manage the fuel.Hope that helps.Ray ProudfootCheshire, EnglandUNQTEBut that's only 51%, not enough for SCIP-SCTE I guess. Still, the numbers may be useful.BRGDSSven Sorensen, EKCH

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Hi allam at home now, will start prepping the conc, IF you want me to try it...Sven Sorensen, EKCH

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