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#9 Avsim vs FlightSim RTW Race Thread #9 The final run

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Gonna go ahead and try KMYR. The TAF for 1300 and after looks better:KMYR 221130Z 221212 18008KT 1/2SM FG OVC002 TEMPO 1213 1/4SM FG VV001 FM1300 19010KT 5SM BR BKN008 FM1400 21012KT P6SM SCT008 BKN020 OVC030 FM1500 21012KT P6SM SCT010 BKN020 OVC030 TEMPO 1519 21016G30KT 2SM TSRA OVC010CB FM1900 21015G25KT P6SM SCT010 BKN020 OVC030 TEMPO 1923 VRB25G35KT 1SM TSRA OVC008CB FM2300 21020G30KT P6SM FEW010 BKN020 PROB30 2305 2SM TSRA BKN010CB FM0500 22018KT P6SM SCT030GeraldKMLB

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You're cleared to go.I'm about half an hour out from Myrtle Beach over solid overcast. Will dive below to check out conditions.If you're on VATSIM, contact TCA2887.In clouds and quite heavy turbulence from 9000ft.2000ft and still in clouds. Turbulence is gone.

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Good morning, guys. And welcome back Gerald.Just for fun, a weather report from KRDU: Deep fog. Source: eyewitness--sleepily looking out his bedroom window!Keep up the good work. Happily following your progress.Mike(Not a glorious day for basking in our accomplishment...)

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Well, that glorious day is here :-rotorMETAR EHAM 221225Z 13009KT 100V160 CAVOK 07/M00 Q1025 NOSIG=If it holds up tomorrow, I'm off to EHAM for some photography.

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Off at 1240, ETA KMYR 1415z.Where the final journey began, pad 39A; Godspeed Columbia and our prayers are with you and your famlies.GeraldKMLB

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Gerald,Thanks for paying tribute.If we AVSIMmers have no brain*, at least we have a heart.Mike--*Who would race around the world flying east to west against almost every prevailing headwind?

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And still have tailwind wherever it counts :-lolHope you have better weather arriving at Myrtle than I did for the recon. Visibility zero down to the ground.

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About halfway, revised ETA 1405.Thanks, guys. Living on the Spacecoast this really hits close. I have lots of friends and neighbors who work at KSC. This has really shaken the entire community.Let you know when I'm doen.Best,GeraldKMLB

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Good luck at Myrtle, Gerald.Some looking around suggests that the entire eastern seabord is socked in with fog this morning.If necessary, you can divert to Atlanta Peachtree KPDK--going inland and to higher country.KPDK 221253Z 19009G15KT 10SM -RA SCT070 BKN100 17/17 A2945 RMK AO2 SLP971 P0012 T01720167 Jeroen, even KLGA has limited visibility.KLGA 221313Z 05004KT 1SM -RA BR OVC001 01/01 A2989 RMK AO2 P0004 Mike

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I noticed. We're arriving in thick soup. Good thing there's ILS and flat land all around :-)

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Ok guys, we're going to go with Option 1.Here is what is going to happen:You guys head up from KMYR to KLGA and wait for us to catch up. It could be quite a while, but we're going as fast as we can. Once you get to KLGA, I'll declare you the winners. Once we catch up, I will set up a time to do the leg. It looks like it will be some time tonight or tomorrow morning. I will make it convenient for the greatest number of people. We're going to do this last leg on VATSIM. If you don't know what VATSIM is, or how to use it, head on over to www.vatsim.net. You should have more than enough time to set yourself up on it before the race.The actual flight:We will let you guys take off and then we'll follow you to Boston. We'll let you land first, then we'll come in.I will be back later with the official time to come online.Congratualtions on making it back to the USA!

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Jeroen,If it's ok with you, I'll fly my trusty old Cheyenne in parallel with your Starship. (Well, more or less. I am not VATSIM capable, but can follow you using ServInfo. The Piper is slightly slower than the Beechcraft, but we should be fairly close.)Roughly, what is your flightplan? Direct GPS? What altitude? ...I'd love to put a cap on this project--if only as a shadow pilot.Unless and until Paul (METRO752) shows up, you should be the final race leg pilot. (We can always get Paul to lead the "celebration leg" to KBOS.)Anyone else care to join us?Best,Mike--BTW I take back my original suggestion of going to DCA-IAD-BWI for a group flight. The weather is just too rotten.

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Had a VOR plan in mind:KMYR-CRE-ILM-ISO-CVI-CCV-SWL-SIE-CYN-COL- LG (NDB, IAP for the ILS04 at 110.50/43 degrees).Was planning on FL350, and a relatively steep descent to spend the least time in IMC.

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Matt,Just a personal note of thanks for organizing this. The race turned out to be spectacular fun for everyone involved. (And, it seems, fun for the entire flightsim community. The AVSIM thread alone generated over 3,000 views this week.)And let me congratulate Team Flighsim for the great effort. Once you guys saw the South America "gap", you created an inventive solution. Tip of my cap to you all.Best,Mike MacKuen

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Jeroen, got it. Will set up immediately.Gerald, the good news is that the fog is lifting at Myrtle Beach.Mike

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Join in the fun, we're flying KMYR-KLGA together as a previctory celebration.I'm on VATSIM, sitting on the ramp awaiting the baton.

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Dave,Jeroen is going to take the final "racing" leg: KMYR-KLGA.I'm going to fly along in "shadow". (I'm not VATSIM capable, so I'll do this invisibly. Though can follow with ServInfo.)I'd love to have you join us. (See Jeroen's flightplan in the thread above.)The only change in plan would be if METRO752 comes in. We'd like to have him fly the final leg, as he flew the first on. Right now, he'll led the final ceremonial flight.Please join in if you can.Mike

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Mike -- thanks, I'll fly shadow as well, as I'm not on vatsim either (though all this talk of it has me intrigued, I may look into it getting set up to do so)- dcc

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Probably the best time will be evening GMT, ca. 1900Z. That works for pretty much all the European folks and the American folks.--M

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Down at KMYR 1422z. Sorry about the delay, had to go downwind for 17. Images to follow...GeraldKMLB

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