Our October event is a doubleheader with lots of multiplayer action on two successive weekends with a little homework in between.
The October event begins in the wilds of Africa on October 9 at 2000 GMT. At the request of the U.S. Secretary of State, we have been asked to locate and acquire the legendary Artwick Diamond. The diamond is tightly held by the members of the Artwick tribe, who still cling to their primitive ways, despite the advances of civilization which has sprung up all around them, right up to the edges of their village. The still live in huts, and in one of those huts is their most prized treasure.
Our group will be meeting at Jomo Kenyatta (HKJK) in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya. From there, we will be jetting off to Kisumu (HKKI,) on the shores of Lake Victoria, the second largest freshwater lake in Africa. But the trip doesn't end there. We will still have to find the tribe and the diamond.
To that end, everyone will board their Robinson R22 helicopters (to make it a level playing field), and will fly to Mfangano Island, about 50 miles away. The village is located on the island, and the pilots will have to determine which hut holds the diamond by landing their choppers outside each one, to peer in the openings. Once the diamond is found, the first event is concluded. To prevent people from getting a sneak chance at looking at the scenery, it will be provided to each registered pilot on the day of the event.
Whoever finds the Artwick Diamond, has a crucial responsibility. The diamond must be delivered back to Nairobi within two days. Once there, it will be cut according to an ancient scroll which was recently delivered in the utmost secrecy to the President of the United States. The diamond is to be separated into five equal pieces according to instructions on the scroll. The pieces are then to be flown from Nairobi to Flores, a Portuguese island in the Azores. This flight must be made by Saturday, October 15. The pilot who finds the diamond is also responsible for getting the five pieces to LPFL in Flores.
On October 16 at 2000 GMT, we will meet in Flores to fly the diamonds on to an undisclosed location. According to our preliminary instructions, each diamond must be separated from the others and placed in different aircraft for the trip. Five pilots will carry the diamonds under escort by the others. Again, the required scenery will be provided to each registered pilot on the day of the event.
These tandem events promise to be the most unusual ones ever staged on the Multiplayer Adventures Forum. The initial and enroute instructions for the October 16 flight will come directly from the President of the United States to each registered pilot. The fate of an entire civilization will depend on the outcome. We guarantee that these two events will give you phenomenal bragging rights, but unfortunately, you will never be able to disclose or discuss the missions with anyone except your fellow pilots who flew them with you.
You can attend either or both events. You need to register only once.
You must give some careful thought to your aircraft selections. In the first event component, you must be able to fly the default Robinson helicopter to fully participate. If you cannot fly the helicopter, you are still welcome to join, but you just will not be able to locate the diamond.
In the second event component, you must select an aircraft capable of cruising at 230 knots at FL300 and landing no faster than 80 – 90 knots. The final runway is 4,000 feet long and you will be operating at low altitude and executing tight base and final leg turns to get in safely. The Harrier and Eclipse jets will do well in this event as will many other aircraft. The low approach speed is very important.
This event calls for two midweek flights. At the conclusion of the Africa component we will plan together who will make these two flights and when they will occur. Hopefully, several pilots will be able to join in the transfer process. Please make a post on the forum under this topic that the flights have been made successfully.
Lite ATC will be in use for departure and arrival and real weather can be used as an option if you like. (Lite ATC simply means that one of our pilots will serve as Controller directing the line up and departure at Flores. No complex vectoring or SID/STAR procedures will be in use.)
Be sure crash detection is turned off before joining the session. (Select Aircraft/Realism Settings and then tic “Ignore Crashes and Damage”.)
The flight server IP for this event will be 22.214.171.124. The Teamspeak server will be 126.96.36.199. (Please note the change in server IPs from prior events.) Backup servers will be in place should they be needed.
The servers will be online the day before the event from 2100 – 2300 GMT to provide an opportunity to test your connections prior to joining the event. Forum moderators will be online at that time to provide assistance, if needed.
The FSHost flight server and the Teamspeak server will be in operation several hours before the event begins. If you have a problem joining either server, come to the other one and announce the problem. Visit the Flightsim.com Multiplayer Adventures forum for information on alternate server operations.
An advance registration is required to participate in this event and participation is limited to twenty pilots. To register for this event, simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your registration will be confirmed by return mail and later reconfirmed the day before the event. The session password will be sent to you as part of the final confirmation. Be sure to check your email and the Multiplayer Adventures forum for any last minute information or changes prior to the event. The cutoff for registration is 1200 GMT on the day before the event and no exceptions are made.
If you have questions, simply post a message on the Multiplayer Adventures forum and one of the moderators will respond promptly. You may also send a private forum message to Geoff or Ed or email them at either Capn_sonic@flightsim.com or LJ922@flightsim.com.
We look forward to seeing you at Jomo Kenyatta (HKJK) in Nairobi on October 9 and in Flores (LPFL) on October 16. Come prepared for some real excitement, great surprises, and lots of fun.
Many thanks to Andy Johnston for creating the Africa component of this adventure.
An addon scenery will be provided on the day of each event component. Simply install the scenery in the usual way using the FS Scenery Library and activate it. You won’t know exactly where the scenery is. For your maximum enjoyment, please do not try to use the scenery in advance of the event, decompile the BGL files, or run your FSNav data base before the event begins. Most of the fun of this is learning about the mission and destination during the event and enjoying the unfolding story. Don’t ruin your own good time.
If you like this approach, we’ll do more of these types of adventures in the future. We hope you enjoy this one.