The Battle of the Airlines 2001
For the third time in history The Battle of the Airlines (BOTA) is going to hit the skies! From 17 September to 12 November 2001 pilots from Virtual Airlines all over the world will compete in the largest and most prestigous air race found on internet. This year's battle named The Scent of South East Asia will be fought over the grounds of the exotic far east, starting in Tokyo, Japan and finishing in Islamabad, Pakistan. In a series of 8 adventure type of flights (*not* multiplayer) they will visit the countries Japan, Korea, China, Vietnam, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Nepal, India and Pakistan. And again the race is under the strict rule of the notorious RaceRunner Ray....Virtual Airlines can join NOW in this year's biggest event.
The VA's that compete in the race have until September to form maximum 4 squadrons of 5 pilots each. During the two months that the race lasts the pilots get one week to complete each stage. They only need Microsoft FS98 or FS2000; all necessary aircraft, scenery, flightplans etc. are provided for.
The previous two editions of The Battle of the Airlines were a huge success. After the first battle in 1998 with "Las Americas", over 200 pilots were at the start in 2000 during "The Search for Atlantis". The turnout may be even bigger this year because over the weekend 350 virtual airlines have been mailed, and through all available channels VA's are called upon to join. In previous editions all continents were well represented by many VA's except for Asia; hopefully a contest in their own region will get them to join as well.
The BOTA organization has undergone some changes. Most notably software writer Larry Fortna had to resign due to time constraints, but luckily he is still available as an advisor. The software is now being developed by last year's co-writer Raymond van Laake who is also in charge of the general organization. Another valueable addition to the team is Ace Lomcovak who helps out with scenery and aircraft; Lomcovak's organization Aeroworks and BOTA have also agreed to long term co-operation for at least another race. The other BOTA members Skip Ricker (Testpilot), Phil Ray (Reporter Bear) and Chuck Downs (cartoonist) are still on the team.
The timetable for this year's race The Scent of South East Asia is pretty straightforward. VA's can join starting from now until 17 September when the race starts. The list of pilots that will do the flying must be handed in starting from September 1, so the VA's have enough time to form their squadrons. The adventure software will be released in the beginning of August.
All information can be found on the Battle of the Airlines Trophy site: http://www.planetaviation.com/virtualairlines/battle/
Raymond van Laake