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This Group Flight Is Scheduled For Saturday 8th August at 19:00z
And Takes Place In South America
See HERE For a Spectacular Glimpse of This Flight
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We have something very different for this Group Flight. We are ‘spicing things up’ for you this month. The flight begins in the stunning delta region of the River El Beni in Western Bolivia, sweeps up the edge of the Bolivian mountains, crosses Lake Titicata in Peru, has you doing battle with the mighty Ubinas Volcano, before finally sweeping down into the valleys to the coast of Peru.
Parts of this flight may well test your skills to the max, especially where you take part in a time trial. This in itself is not difficult, but the aircraft you will be flying has extremely well modelled engines, with real world limitations that will punishish you severely if you abuse them!
SPECIAL ‘Time Trial’ Section on this Group Flight.
Winner To Receive a $25 Gift Voucher For The X-Plane.Org Store!
In order to qualify you will need to…
– Fly the required aircraft (see below).
– Not deliberately cut corners of the flight leg.
We strongly suggest you practice at least the time trial leg of the flight (but preferably all of it).
More information and detailed pilot briefing to follow for registered pilots… 🙂
The ‘Jonge Pionier’ version of the King Air C90 is NOT like the default King Air C90! Put into context, you might say the JP C90 is to the default C90, what the ‘Zibo 737’ is to the default 737! If you abuse those PT6 turbo props even slightly, they WILL suffer terminal and catastrophic failure! It’s that simple. You will need to learn and respect the limits of those engines if you want to either stand a chance of winning the ‘speed trial’, or even finishing the flight😊 Don’t say you weren’t warned.
This will be a challenging flight that will test not only your GA flying skills, but also your knowledge of this aircraft. We therefore STRONGLY suggest you download this excellent freeware modification for the C90 (like now), read its accompanying documentation and familiarise yourself with its limitations, especially those of the incredibly well modelled PT6 engines.
The aircraft for this flight is the ‘Jonge Pionier‘ version of the King Air C90 (great freeware mod).
ALL files and information required for this Group Flight available HERE
This information is also available on our Discord Server once you are registered. However, a day or two before the flight we will email you with any last minuite information along with your allocated callsign, which will be SWSxx
IMPORTANT Additional Information (PLEASE READ):
Stay tuned here for changes: Route amendments and last minute changes are posted here and in the Groupflight section of our Discord server.
After departing SLRQ (Rurrenabaque) DO NOT head off on the planned route, but instead fly north for 3-4mins at 2500ft to the ‘oxbow’ river bend and HOLD in loose LEFT hand patterns over the river. Maintain 160kts. Once all aircraft are airborne we will head South to WP1 descending to 1300-1500ft and 180kts.
The Chrono/Timer in the C90 is on the far right of co-pilot panel, making it EXTREMELY difficult to access at critical times of flight. We therefore STRONGLY suggest you use your own Chrono or timer for the Time Trial leg.
If flown as originally intended, then parts of this flight are extremely challenging, even for experienced pilots; both sim and real world!
PLEASE do not be put off the flight for this reason as use of the Jonge Pionier C90 is NOT mandatory, unless you are taking part in the ‘Time Trial’ for the $25 X-Plane.org voucher.
For less experienced pilots or just for an easier and fun flight, then use of the default X-Plane version of the C90 is absolutely fine, so long as you are NOT taking part in the Time Trial.
Whichever version of the C90 you choose to fly, if you are not taking part in the ‘Time Trial’, then please keep a slightly higher altitude so as not to impede pilots on the challenge.
Please note: Although pilots from other simulators such as FSX and P3D are ALWAYS more than welcome to join, the flight plan and routing was planned using X-Plane. Therefore the links and downloads supplied will not be of use for those simulators. We strongly suggest you check that your simulator has the correct sceneries and airports installed. Even then, we cannot guarantee the accuracy of the route in your simulator.
Regarding the the winning time and recipient of the $25 x-plane.org voucher… There will be some measures in place to hopefully discourage anyone from errr…. cheating😊 However, for the most part you guys will be expected to behave like the ladies and gentlemen we know you are😊 No cheating ok😊 This means sticking to any altitude restraints and no deliberate cutting of corners please. There will be a number of pilots NOT participating in the time trial, but placed strategically among the group to monitor us all, looking out for blatant or deliberate corner cutting. Be good and good luck!
3rd Simwings Group Flight…
This Simwings Group Flight will be around the beautiful Greek Islands in the Mediterranean Sea.
Saturday 27th June 2020 at 19:00z
Anyone registering for the flight PLEASE read everything thoroughly:-)
Aircraft of choice for this flight is the (default) Laminar King Air C90 Turbo Prop, for which the Simwings ‘Bare Metal’ livery will be available. For a default X-Plane aircraft, this is surprisingly good. We are aware that some entrants may have the payware Carenado King Air and would like to fly it on the route. Unfortunately at the moment it appears there is no CSL file available and for the sake of uniformity, and from what we experienced in the previous Group Flight with aircraft recognition, we would prefer all entrants use the Laminar default.
- LINK HERE Short C90 video tutorial. Unless you want to run out of fuel, PLEASE pay special attention to fuel pump switches.
- LINK HERE Full User Manual for the Laminar X-Plane C90
- LINK HERE Links to ALL resources including Simwings livery, CSL files & SPECIAL Ortho files in our Discord.
As usual with our Group Flights, there is a very small registration fee: This starts as little as $1 and can be as much as you like. All funds go directly to The Simwings Project, helping get another would be flight simmer into our virtual skies.
However, Simwings is all about SUPPORTING our community. If you cannot pay for registatration for whatever reason, just drop a note in the comments box below and hit the Submit button without donating.
This was a huge success and GREAT FUN! Thanks guys:-)
2nd Simwings Group Flight…
This time the fun & shenanigans are around the Fjords of the beautiful South Island of New Zealand
Scheduled for 19:00z on Saturday 30th May 2020
***Registration from as little as $1 (plus see special notes below)***
The last Simwings VFR Group Flight ‘Around The Alps’ was a great success and we had a lot of fun! (see ‘Past Events’ for details on that one)
Well this one builds on that and is even better. We have a real treat for you guys.
Most people are aware that Norway is well known for its fjords, but did you know New Zealand is also well known for a number of outstanding fjiords along the west coast of the South Island? The most famous of these being Milford Sound where there is a well used tourist airport. There are also a number of smaller airfields around the same area suitable for this group flight. Once again we shall be using GA aircraft with the Beechcraft Baron B58 (XP11 default) being the aircraft of choice, as a twin engine is better equipped for the proposed route.
Major News Update…
Hold on to your hats folks. Below is the route we’ll be flying on Saturday 30th May!
Does it scare you? No? Well it damn well should😊
Once ‘registered’ for the flight, you will receive a detailed briefing document containing links for all the necessary downloads. These include a number of Ortho tiles if you want the best possible experience, plus the airport sceneries needed, ALL of which are freeware😊 You will also receive the official Simwings liveries for the default B58 Baron.
Also included, and VITAL if you plan on staying airborne for the duration of your flight, is the .fms file for your GPS 😊
Stay tuned for further updates…
Joining us on this flight is ReubenHorsley, a real world Airvan GA8 Pilot who fly’s around these fjords on a daily basis. He also played a major part in the planning of this flight, giving enormous insight as to how it should be approached.
Like the previous Group Flight, there is a small registration fee. Instead of a fixed amount, this time it’s donation based and can be whatever you can afford, being ANY AMOUNT from just $1 to as much you wish. Please bear in mind however, this is to help the cause at the Simwings Community Support Project.
To register for this group flight, all we need is your Username (as known in the FS community) and email address. Nearer the time you will also receive your Vatsim callsign, fms flightplan and any other details required for the flight.
BEFORE hitting ‘Submit’, please use the Paypal button to donate whatever you feel you can for registration. Minimum amount is just $1 (USD), but this can be any amount you wish (see special note below). Add ‘Group Flight‘ to your Paypal message. Every single dollar will help get another would be flight simmer that little bit closer to reaching our virtual skies.
Ensure you are joined in the Simwings Discord where you will be given access to the ‘Group-Flight’ section where any extra files required for the flight can be downloaded.
Special Note: If you are unable to pay for registration for any reason, perhaps financial hardship or you simply don’t have access to a Paypal account, then drop a brief note in the Comments box and Simwings will get you airborne anyway. We are here for ‘our community’.
Event No.2 Archive… Saturday 18th April 2020 saw our first live streamed Group Flight – 1900z
Information & Registration – PLEASE read this page BEFORE submitting your details
This will be a VFR group flight located in the French & Swiss Alps, incorporating a stop at the ‘infamous’ Courchevel Airport. ‘He Who Dare’s Wins’ right? – Do YOU Dare?
It will be held during the Easter Holiday period (1900z Saturday 18th April 2020) Route map HERE
Links to all the required files can be found in the document below, enabling you to setup, practice and fly this amazing route. You will also be allocated and sent your callsign for Vatsim.
Welcome to the first of what we hope will be many such events: The “Round the Alps” Challenge.
We will be flying around the French and Swiss alps, taking in some of the most scenic and breathtaking views of this magnificent part of Europe.
Enroute we will do some “touch and go’s”, taking part in a precision landing competition and flying into one of the world’s most challenging Airports, LFLJ – Courchevel, before circling back through some epic deep twisting valleys, returning to our starting point at Geneva.
We will be all be flying in the classic single-engine Aerobask Robin DR401 which is a free download from the X-plane.org site (link to follow with detailed event details).
We will be all connected to VATSIM and flying VFR. So, you may need to brush up on your VFR communication skills. We are hoping that any online ATC will let us fly without too much headache as most of the route will be flown at a very low 2500ft rising to 6500ft to land at Courchevel, followed by a climb up to approximately 8500ft to escape the mountains and head back down into the valleys. However, we must still abide by VATSIM’s CoC and answer ATC if applicable. Don’t say you wern’t warned 🙂
This event is to help raise funds and awareness for the Project – Hence the small registration fee. All funds raised on this flight will go directly to The Simwings Community Project.
The event will also be streamed live on Youtube by one or more known streamers (details to follow)
- Link for flightplan details and the downloads required: CLICK HERE
- Link for the Simwings Livery for the Robin DR401: CLICK HERE
- Link for the Simwings (alternative) livery for the DR401: CLICK HERE
- There is a G1000 in the DR401. For the FULL flightplan CLICK HERE
- Link for your sponsorship form should you wish: CLICK HERE
We strongly suggest that after downloading and installing your Aerobask Robin DR401, that you also run the ‘SkunkCrafts’ updater to make sure you have an ‘up-to-date’ version installed.
Registration Fee for the Group Flight is £5.00 GBP – The donation link will allow you to donate more if you so wish 🙂
If you wish to take part in this epic Group Flight, but are seriously unable to afford the registration fee, please contact Simwings Support for assistance at: email@example.com It is after all, what Simwings is all about; ‘supporting the community’.
Event No.1 Archive… Sunday 8th March 2020
Marking the launch of The Simwings Project was our 1st live event, streamed on Sunday 8th March 2020 on YouTube.
This was our 1st promo and fund raising event and was hosted & flown by V1-Simulations. V1 is a commercial ‘type rated’ Airbus pilot and member of The Simwings Project team.
The flight was in a SimWings livery (FF) A320 from MMUN (Cancún Intl Airport in Mexico) to the infamous MHTG (Toncontín Intl Airport in Honduras), using the extremely challenging RW02 RNAV approach.
Local pilots refer to this approach as ‘the toilet bowl’, and it’s easy to see why. Not seen this approach before? Check this out: MHTG RW02 RNAV
The event was to help raise both awareness and funds for what we believe is a worthy cause, with all onstream donations going to help launch The Simwings Community Support Project, and was hugely successful along with being a fun event.
If you didn’t make it to the live event, please go check it out here:
Huge thanks to all those who attended & donated.
Another Live Promo Stream Is Coming to a PC Near you Soon – Stay Tuned