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  1. Lesotho (Scheduled for May 16, 2020) We fly over Lesotho and along the Drakensberg Escarpment featuring challenging approaches and landings at numerous high altitude short airstrips. We begin at the Moshoeshoe I International Aiport [FXMM] serving Maseru, the capital city of Lesotho. The airport is named in honor of Moshoeshoe I, king of Lesotho in the 1850s The airport has an elevation of 5,348 feet above mean sea level. It has two asphalt runways: 04/22 measuring 10,499 ft × 148 ft and 11/29 measuring 3,314 ft × 75 ft. Our first stop is the Semonkong Airport [FXSM] at an elevation of 7200 ft and a 2625 ft long runway. The next stop is Qacha’s Nek [FXQN] at an elevation of 6100 ft and 2461 ft runway. It’s another short 23 mile leg to Sehonghong [FXSH] at 6500 ft elevation and a longish 3415 runway. The route takes a detour over the Drakensberg Escarpment and into South Africa with views of the Sani pass before landing Ladysmith [FALY] in South Africa. Leaving Ladysmith we detour slightly to take in the Royal Natal National Park and Tugela Falls then past the Afriski resort before turning to land at Letseng [FXLT] at an elevation of 10,400 ft, runway length 3782 ft. The next landing is a short 19 mile leg and landing at Mokhotlong [FXMK] 7200 ft elevation, runway length 2625 ft. The route continues to Katse [FXKA] at an elevation of 7000 ft, runway length 3281 ft. Departing to the north for a longish (67nm.) leg to Bethleham [FABM] in the eastern Free State province of South Africa. The route is 381 miles. Documentation The flightplan and Pilots Guide can be found here. Aircraft Keen eyed readers will have noted that Lesotho’s airstrips are high and short. I have planned this route with the DC-6 in mind. Utilizing reverse pitch will be helpful in achieving safe landings. From the PMDG DC-6 POH handbook, page 175: “Reverse pitch, when properly used, can increase the safety and utility of the airplane on the ground by making available an additional positive braking system and simplifying landings on ice-covered runways. However, engine cooling must be considered in another light during reverse-pitch operation.” It is worth reading the entire Propeller Reversing section of the POH handbook and maybe a practice landing. Video of reverse pitch landing: DC-6 Landing North of Pretoria on a Private Strip. Dec 4 2010 I will be flying the DC-6 V5-NCG. If the DC-6 is not in your hanger, you may want to choose an aircraft that can cruise at 200 knts and handle short fields. PC-12 or King Air should work. As always you are free to fly what you like. Scenery The flight looks best with the payware Orbx African Landclass & Mesh scenery package. All of the airstrips are in the scenery but there are two optional freeware airports FXMM & FABM that are an improvement over the sparse defaults. They are here. Particulars Date and time: May 16, 2020. 1800 UTC Where: AVSIM RTWR Teamspeak - Casual Flights Channel Teamspeak Server Address: ts.teamavsim.com Cross-Platform Multiplayer: JoinFS. Latest version is here. (FSX, FSX-SE, and P3D) If you want to help others enjoy the multiplayer experience, don't forget to enter your aircraft details on the multiplayer spreadsheet (linked here). Your courtesy will save others a lot of time and effort. Thanks!
  2. Crossing the Red – Finale The route resumes at Busselton (YBLN) and proceeds north with stops at Myalup(YZMY), Wheeler Field(YZWH), Murray Field (YMUL) before arriving and regrouping at Jandakot (YPJT). Departing Jandakot we will tour greater Perth, heading first towards the Swan River at Heirisson Island, turning at the Cricket Grounds towards Perth’s central business district, and then turning to the southwest at Barracks Arch, past the War Memorial and the following the Swan to the port area of Freemantle Fremantle. Heading out over the Indian Ocean for another 12 miles, we will finish at Rottnest Island (YRTI), thus concluding the 2020 Crossing the Red. Bravo Zulu to all participants who joined in on this adventure. Documentation The plan and pilots guide can be found here. Scenery Notes: Orbx Freeware: YBLN Busselton Airport Orbx Payware: YPJT Perth Jandakot Airport Aircraft: We will finish the way we started in Tiger Moths or best equivalent for low / slow / formation fun. Start Time of 15:30 local should give us nice afternoon light for the finish at Rottnest Island. Particulars • Date and time: Apr 4, 2020 1800 UTC (2pm EDT, 1pm CDT, 12pm MDT, and 11am PDT.) • Where: AVSIM RTWR Teamspeak - Casual Flights Channel • Teamspeak Server Address: ts.teamavsim.com • Cross-Platform Multiplayer: JoinFS. Latest version is here. (FSX, FSX-SE, and P3D) If you want to help others enjoy the multiplayer experience, don't forget to enter your aircraft details on the multiplayer spreadsheet (linked here). Your courtesy will save others a lot of time and effort. Thanks!
  3. Since Tingri is at 14,177 it should be all downhill from there. 😁
  4. Crossing the Red - #7 The route resumes at Norseman (YNSM) and proceeds 90 miles south to Esperance (YESP). We have crossed the Red. From here we will journey across the Great Southern Region of Western Australia. Our route stops include Ravensthorpe, Gairdner River, Albany, Denmark, Manjimup, and Margaret River. We will finish at Busselton (YBLN). This will set us up for the Crossing the Red Finale (Date TBD) Documentation The Crossing the Red 2020 - Pilots Guide Pt3 file contains updated flight plan with start at Norseman (YNSM) and part 3 of the Pilots Guide Pt 3. In Part 1 of the Guide we had the Marree Man, in Part 2 the Nullabor Nymph. I could not top those, but for part 3 I did find a Cyclops for you. The guide and plan can be found here. Scenery Note: Orbx Freeware: YBLN Busselton Airport Aircraft: The distances between the airstrips varies between 20 and 90 miles and the total length is 497 miles. I will fly the King Air. As always, you are free to fly what you like. Note: The finale of Crossing the Red will conclude the way we started with a group flight in Tiger Moths. I will be making some adjustments to include some additional sight seeing Particulars • Date and time: Mar 14, 2020 1900 UTC (3pm EDT, 2pm CDT, 1pm MDT, and 12noon PDT.) • Where: AVSIM RTWR Teamspeak - Casual Flights Channel • Teamspeak Server Address: ts.teamavsim.com • Cross-Platform Multiplayer: JoinFS. Latest version is here. (FSX, FSX-SE, and P3D) If you want to help others enjoy the multiplayer experience, don't forget to enter your aircraft details on the multiplayer spreadsheet (linked here). Your courtesy will save others a lot of time and effort. Thanks!
  5. Crossing the Red - #6 The route resumes at Marla (Nullabor Motel) with a quick detour to see the Bunda Cliffs, then proceeding west across the Nullabor plain with a stop at Eucla before heading north into the Nullabor to Forrest, then south again towards the coast to a stop at Madura. The route continues westward to Caiguna, where we follow a section of the 100 mile strait Eyre Highway to the Balladonia airstrip. The final stop for this section of the route is at Norseman (YNSM). Documentation The Crossing the Red Pt 2b flightplan (updated with start at Nullabor Motel) and Pilots Guide Pt 2 found here. Aircraft: The distances between the airstrips varies between 60 and 90 miles and the total length is 536 miles. This might be a good week for warbirds but the King Air would also work. As always, you are free to fly what you like. Particulars • Date and time: Feb 29, 2020 1900 UTC • Where: AVSIM RTWR Teamspeak - Casual Flights Channel • Teamspeak Server Address: ts.teamavsim.com • Cross-Platform Multiplayer: JoinFS. Latest version is here. (FSX, FSX-SE, and P3D) If you want to help others enjoy the multiplayer experience, don't forget to enter your aircraft details on the multiplayer spreadsheet (linked here). Your courtesy will save others a lot of time and effort. Thanks!
  6. Crossing the Red - #5 The route resumes at Marla (YALA) heading south to Coober Pedy and Tarcoolla before reaching the southern coast of Australia at Ceduna. From Ceduna the route turns west and we begin the long crossing of the Nullabor landing at Penong, Yalata Mission, and stoping at Nullabor Motel Documentation The Crossing the Red Pt 2a flightplan (updated with start at Marla) and Pilots Guide Pt 2 found here. Aircraft: As the distances between the first three airstrips is around 100 miles I will start with the Citation Mustang and then switch in Ceduna to the Cessna 421 as the next three airstrips are around 50 miles apart. As always, you are free to fly what you like. Particulars • Date and time: Feb 15, 2020 1900 UTC • Where: AVSIM RTWR Teamspeak - Casual Flights Channel • Teamspeak Server Address: ts.teamavsim.com • Cross-Platform Multiplayer: JoinFS. Latest version is here. (FSX, FSX-SE, and P3D) If you want to help others enjoy the multiplayer experience, don't forget to enter your aircraft details on the multiplayer spreadsheet (linked here). Your courtesy will save others a lot of time and effort. Thanks!
  7. Crossing the Red - #4 The route resumes at Alice Springs (YBAS) and then proceeds to three rural dirt airstrips, Kings Canyon NT, and then Lake Amedeus before arriving at Ayers Rock (YARE). From Uluru the route turns southeast to the Presbyterian mission at Ernabella, then continuing on Marla and Coober Pedy. Documentation The Crossing the Red Pt 2 flightplan and Pilots Guide Pt 2 found here. Aircraft: This section of the route features a number of dirt airstrips and the King Air or Pilatus PC-12 would be appropriate aircraft choices. I will be flying the Flight 1 King Air in VH-FON livery painted Ron Attwood. As always, you are free to fly what you like. Particulars • Date and time: Feb 1, 2020 1900 UTC • Where: AVSIM RTWR Teamspeak - Casual Flights Channel • Teamspeak Server Address: ts.teamavsim.com • Cross-Platform Multiplayer: JoinFS. Latest version is here. (FSX, FSX-SE, and P3D) If you want to help others enjoy the multiplayer experience, don't forget to enter your aircraft details on the multiplayer spreadsheet (linked here). Your courtesy will save others a lot of time and effort. Thanks!
  8. Crossing the Red - #3 The route resumes at Marree (YMRE) and has been modified to include a side trip to view the Marree Man before heading north to find the hard to see airstrip at Cowarie. I have also added another airstrip and point of interest after Finke Apatula. We will land at Henbury then head northwest and overfly Pine Gap before landing at Alice Springs. Documentation The modified flightplan found here. Part 1 of the Pilots' Guide can be found here Aircraft: More long legs and several dirt strips would make this a good week for warbirds. I will be flying the A2A North American P51-D Mustang in the “Providence Permittin” livery by Jan Kees. Scenery NOTAM: There is a elevation conflict between Ozx bushstrips and Orbx version 2. The fix will remove the paved runway and leave a dirt strip without the elevation problem. It can be corrected by renaming the following file found in: P3Dv4\ORBX\FTX_AU\FTXAUv2_05_SCENERY\scenery Rename "ADE_FTX_AUS_YFNE.bgl" to " ADE_FTX_AUS_YFNE.bgl.OFF" Particulars Date and time: January 18, 2020 1900 UTC Where: AVSIM RTWR Teamspeak - Casual Flights Channel Teamspeak Server Address: ts.teamavsim.com Cross-Platform Multiplayer: JoinFS. Latest version is here. (FSX, FSX-SE, and P3D) If you want to help others enjoy the multiplayer experience, don't forget to enter your aircraft details on the multiplayer spreadsheet (linked here). Your courtesy will save others a lot of time and effort. Thanks!
  9. Crossing the Red - #2 The route resumes at Swan Hill (YSWH). Documentation The flightplan with a Pilots' Guide can be found here. Aircraft: Recommend 250+ knts cruise capable aircraft for this week because of the increasing distances between airstrips. I will be flying the Citation Mustang in RAAF livery. Particulars Date and time: January 11, 2020 1900 UTC Where: AVSIM RTWR Teamspeak - Casual Flights Channel Teamspeak Server Address: ts.teamavsim.com Cross-Platform Multiplayer: JoinFS. Latest version is here. (FSX, FSX-SE, and P3D) If you want to help others enjoy the multiplayer experience, don't forget to enter your aircraft details on the multiplayer spreadsheet (linked here). Your courtesy will save others a lot of time and effort. Thanks!
  10. Crossing the Red Kickoff – Moths over Melbourne As a prologue to crossing Australia, the kickoff flight will feature a low and slow tour of the Melbourne region of Victoria. Starting from Avalon (YMAV) we will fly along the edge of Port Philip Bay to the docks at Williamstown, then turn and fly very low along the Yarra River into the heart of downtown Melbourne following the turns of the river past many notable landmarks. We exit downtown and fly over the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) then continue to east over suburban Melbourne before landing at Lilydale Airport. The route continues south towards Port Philip Bay and over Sandown Racetrack before and our next stop at Moorabin Airport. Departing from Moorabin we fly back towards downtown Melbourne by way of Luna Park at St Kilda Pier. We cross our prior route of flight at a 90 degree angle and fly low over King Street (single file, please) and then on to Essendon Airport for a touch and go. The final stop for the Tiger Moths will be Melbourne International which will conclude the prologue event. If time permits we will switch to faster aircraft for the 50 mile leg to Mangalore. Documentation The flightplan with a Pilots' Guide can be found here. Aircraft The prologue is 74nm. We shall fly at a leisurely pace. The prologue is designed for Tiger Moths and Avro Tutors, any aircraft capable of about 100kts cruise will do nicely. Of course, you should fly whatever you like. I shall take Ants Tiger Moth Pro in the red G-ACDA livery. Once we reach Melbourne International (YMMN) we will switch into faster (200+kts) aircraft such as the King Air or equivalent. Particulars Date and time: January 4, 2020 1900 UTC Where: AVSIM RTWR Teamspeak - Casual Flights Channel Teamspeak Server Address: ts.teamavsim.com Cross-Platform Multiplayer: JoinFS. Latest version is here. (FSX, FSX-SE, and P3D) If you want to help others enjoy the multiplayer experience, don't forget to enter your aircraft details on the multiplayer spreadsheet (linked here). Your courtesy will save others a lot of time and effort. Thanks!
  11. Crossing the Red – Southern Route Starting from Avalon Airport in Victoria and ending at Jandakot Airport in Perth, the route proceeds to Melbourne, then north through Victoria and New South Wales, South Australia, reaching the northern most point at Alice Springs. Heading west and south from Alice Springs we visit Uluru (Ayers Rock) then back tracking south and west to Coober Pedy and on to the southern coast at Ceduna. Turning west the route proceeds across the flat, almost treeless Nullarbor Plain with stops at small dirt strips and the occasional paved airport. Leaving the Nullarbor we arrive at the Great Southern Region of Western Australia at Gairdner River. After a number of stops we reach our furthest west point at Margaret River and then turn north for the final legs into Jandakot. The entire route will probably require a minimum of six sessions to complete. It is anticipated that we will break up the sessions with other flights as desired. The total length of the route is 3,194nm which will require at least 5 and possibly 6 sessions. Aircraft Recommendations. For most of the route you will want “work” plane that is moderately quick (200+ knts), but some airfields will require aircraft capable of short field operations. Suitable aircraft include the King Air, Pilatus PC-12, Cessna 421, Cessna Citation Mustang, P-51 Mustang or preferred warbird. Scenery Orbx Australia V2 (Payware) OZx v3.5 Complete & Ozx Libraries (Freeware) 426 Australian Airports and heliports plus many other sites of interest to experience. See instructions on how to install and configure this scenery in P3Dv4 HERE. Other Freeware Scenery · YLIL Lilydale Airport (Orbx Freeware Airport) · YBLN Busselton Airport (Orbx Freeware Airport) Optional Payware Scenery · YMAV Avalon Airport (Payware) · YMMB Moorabbin Airport (Payware) · YMEN Essendon Airport (Payware) · YMML Melbourne International Airport V3 (Payware) · YBAS Alice Springs Airport (Payware) “The Alice” by Jerry Smith in the center of the Red. · YPJT Perth Jandakot Airport (Payware) Jarrad Marshall’s first Orbx Airport .Session Announcement Posts A separate post announcing each session will be made in the week prior to the flight with the starting airfield along with any route particulars. It is anticipated that we will break up the sessions with other flights as desired.
  12. Yes, Look down several posts in Ron's announcement thred.
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