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The second part of our tour through Mexico and Central America. We start at Mexico City (MMMX) where we finished two weeks ago. We'll fly southeast towards the two volcanos Iztaccihuatl (first waypoint) and Popocatepetl (second). Your altitude is up to you but the summit of Popocatepetl is 17,802ft. Past the volcano, make a fast descent to Puebla (MMPB), our first landing. Next stop will be Tehuacan (MMHC), from where we will head across the mountains to Cordoba where we will fly over the local airport (MM20) then head south and back across the mountains to Oaxaca (MMOX). After Oaxaca we go for a glimpse of the Pacific at Ixtepec (MMIT). Now we fly back inland towards Tuxtla, overflying the old airport (MMTG in FSX/P3D) and the military airbase before landing at the new airport (MMTG in RL but MMT2 in the sim). Our last leg takes us to the finish at San Cristobal de Las Casas (MMSC, now closed in RL). Flightplans The flightplans are a bit of a mare this week due to airports towards the end of the route opening and closing and changing ICAO codes, but I think I've got something that makes sense. The PLN is quite straightforward, with the exception that MMTG refers to the old Tuxtla airport (overflight), the new one being MMT2 (landing). For F1 GTN users I have had to use user waypoints for many of the airports, and as the GTN won't allow a flight plan to finish at a user waypoint I had to add a final leg (which you can just ignore) back to an airport that was in both databases correctly. Download the flightplans here. Aircraft Same as two weeks ago, we're looking for something quite fast to cover the distances. 300kts cruise ideal, 250kts minimum is my suggestion. Private jets, fast turboprops, subsonic military jets, warbirds, all good choices. Fly whatever you like but I recommend it's not a Piper Cub. I expect I'll be sticking with my Lear 35. Scenery Orbx FTX Global textures + FTX NA landclass are a good combination, especially with an addon mesh for the mountains. I switched Vector on for test flights and didn't get pauses, but YMMV. The volcanoes are depicted in photoreal in one of the Orbx pacakges, NA landclass I believe (please someone correct me if I'm wrong) We should be grateful to Fernando Angel Gonzalez who has made freeware addon packages for many of the stops on our route. The links might even work this time: Puebla MMPB Tehuacan MMHC Oaxaca MMOX Tuxtla (new) MMTG/MMT2 (note: not in FSX/P3D, you might want to get this one at least) San Cristobal MMSC Particulars Date and time: Saturday, 23rd March, 2019. 1900 UTC. Where: AVSIM RTWR Teamspeak - Casual Flights Channel Teamspeak Server Address: ts.teamavsim.com Cross-Platform Multiplayer: JoinFS. (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!
Now that we have the A2A Spitfire back in our P3d v4 hangars, this sortie marks its return to our Saturday flights. Where else to do this but the south-east of England and northern France. Start at Duxford (EGSU), head south towards London and Biggin Hill (EGKB). From here the flight will mostly follow the coastlines rather than flying the magenta line. Fly north-east to the River Thames, then follow the coast east to the next stop at Manston (EGMH, or the waypoint in the GTN flight plan as the airport was recently demolished), then round past Dover and the white chalk cliffs (screenshot artists get your cameras ready) to Lydd (EGMD). Now we head over the Channel to Le Touquet and Paris-Plage airport (LFAT). Those who have the AI ships package installed might want to turn it up and see what you can see on the way, as this is one of the busiest waterways in the world. After Le Touquet, we follow the French coast to the south-west stopping at St Aubin (LFAB) near Dieppe, then Le Gatien (LFRG) near Deauville. Continue west along the coast past the Normandy beaches to the waypoint at Sainte-Mère-Église, before cutting across the Cherbourg peninsula to our destination at Granville (LFRF). The plan point-to-point is 342nm, but as we'll follow the coast it will be closer to 400nm. Although designed with the Spitfire in mind, it would be ideal for any fast warbird or a higher performance GA such as the Lancair Legacy, King Air, PC-12, C421..... Setting your simulator time to 1700 UTC at the start should bring us into Granville at dusk (and it's lit). Has anyone else noticed that the time has finally been fixed in v4.3?! Flight plans PLN format GFP format Scenery Orbx England, Orbx Global textures, Vector and Europe landclass will enhance the route and upgrade many of our stops. Note that two of the French airports are included in the Orbx freeware airport pack for Europe. We also have a couple of freeware enhancements: ACG Duxford (main download and update) Biggin Hill: Mark Piccolo / Soarfly Concepts (on AVSIM) - used a few weeks ago for the military jets flight. Where & When Date and time: Saturday 30th June, 2018, 1800 UTC. Where: AVSIM RTWR Teamspeak - Casual Flights Channel Teamspeak Server Address: ts.teamavsim.com Cross-Platform Multiplayer: JoinFS. (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!
This year, Britain's Royal Air Force is celebrating its centenary and there are real world commemoration events planned throughout the summer. So I thought we could join in with a couple of RAF-themed Saturday flights. After this weekend's PNW trip, the following two weekends (12th and 19th May) will be a tour of RAF bases past and present. The well-known Mach Loop low level training area in Wales might also figure. As not everyone is a regular fast jet pilot, I am posting this advance notice so you can get some practice in! The plan will be designed with subsonic jets in mind; these could include the Hawk/Goshawk, L-39, Sabre, F-100 (if you don't go mad with it), Canberra, Hunter... just a few suggestions. If you don't have something suitable already, I have checked out some of the better FSX freeware options and they seem fine in P3D v4 (links below). And of course there are also the P3D default military jets. If you really don't fancy a jet, a warbird or fast GA would work, I would suggest something that can do 250kts or more. Aermacchi MB326 - Dino Cattaneo Dino's website: http://indiafoxtecho.blogspot.co.uk/ MB326 download on AVSIM Boeing T-45 Goshawk - Dino Cattaneo Goshawk download on AVSIM Hawker Hunter - Dave Garwood Hunter download on CBFS If you want to get in some practice going round the Mach Loop (which is advisable!), here is a flight plan in PLN format: Mach Loop Practice A good resource is machloop.co.uk, where there is also a very helpful map. You can also search "mach loop" in YouTube, but I'll warn you in advance that you could be down that rabbit hole for some time.....