Was approaching GOTT and had tons of fuel left, extended flight to GAKD
Geno just seen this reply from you but I have still not received any confirmation of the site login details so am still unable to access the area at all.
I would really like to join in the RTW practice sessions and it would appear that the two or three currently doing so are working to a plan but what that is is anyone's guess so unless I am lucky enough to see them on the server I never know who is flying where and when so find it difficult to take any serious part in the practice without which there isn't much point to joining the actual race.
Sorry to be so negative but that application and first email was now several weeks ago and still nothing and am worried that come February it will all be down to the "same old faces" having to participate in the race as the rest of us somehow may feel excluded at this point.
At the very least would it be possible to publish some sort of intinery, after all Andy sent me a flight plan of where you had been but not where you are going. And having read the rules over and over I still cannot find anywhere that says legs should be over 2 hours flight time which means a practice run across the atlantic or the pacific is nigh impossible or will the rules be changed for this year, 2006 that is?
Anything that could help the rest of us understand what is going on, what will be expected of us and just what we will be expected to fly and where and when even during this practice time would help to get more pilots involved and save 2 people doing all the practice especially as I understand these 2 have already been participants in the past, they have experience and knowledge the rest of us could do with to enable more to take part and help retain the "trophy" as top team.
Sorry if all this sounds a little moany but the written word is so easily missunderstood by so many and yet is usually the only form of contact in this matter.
I'm just following what the others are doing, whoever crossed the atlantic said "onward to DAAT (or something like that") so my next leg took me from where we were to a little closer to that airport.
The plan I sent you exists only because I went to the trouble of looking over the posts in this thread and mapping them out.
So if you want to grab the next leg, by all means. we haven't got anything official worked out, just bumbling along :)
I have access to the site, though it took a few days to get it set up. But maybe Geno can drop a note to John about it for you.
It would be easier if there was some structure to the practice otherwise nobody will learn anything and as I said that precludes those of us who would like to join in but don't know how, when or where. I appreciated at the time the flight plan you allowed me to get from you which shows a considerable number of flights, but also highlighted that just 2 or 3 pilots are/were doing all the work.
As a suggestion, how many pilots would like a chance to participate but have wondered how to join in or even dared to do so? Maybe there will lie the answer as to any future progress. I did try a flight during a time I found you and Reggie on-line and made a right mess of it because I suddenly found myself flying when what I really wanted was help and advice in understanding what is expected of me and help in setting up the most important part of the whole excercise and that is the little program that validates all aspects of the flight. Reggie very kindly sent me a pile of hints and tips which I read through but they still fell short of the more important information needed and as I keep saying, not to annoy or ruin anything, we need some formal structure to this practice regime otherwise the 2006 competition is going to be pretty poor for it not being enjoyed by more pilots. Reggie himself expressed a desire to see enough pilots taking part to allow him to watch the proceedings and this isn't gonna happen until that structure is in place. I am in the UK so cannot sit at the PC all hours hoping somebody may turn up and still not know what is happening or where anyone is going.
You're quite right with most of that :-) -- I don't know what you have already received from Reggie, but I think it would be a good idea to put together an introductory text to let everyone know more about the race, what's required if you want to join in (mostly the desire to win :-)) and how it all "functions". I'll start writing one up and make a post here in the forum as soon as I have it ready! Glad to see another pilot interested!
There's no magic behind it all, but I guess if you haven't followed in the last year (and sadly, the official write-up is not ready yet) then it doesn't all make sense that quickly. I'll post our part on our forum ( http://johannesmueller.com/fsforum/ -- register there and send me a quick note that you would like access to the private sections).
Last years official rules are here: http://mw0.ath.cx/~matt/RTW/home.htm - they look a bit complicated at first, but don't let that bother you from giving it a try.
Thanks for posting the clarification. I was about to make a short post myself.
My greatest frustration with the race was right about this time last year, Ron. Things were going soooo slowly and were so disorganized. I was having trouble getting information about the prior year's race, the rules, and everything else. There were so few people involved, that I wondered if we would ever get things "off the ground". After the first of the year, things began to come together and more and more folks began to join in. By race time, we had a great crowd that held together all the way to the finish line. I can tell you, it was THE most exciting time I have EVER had in flight sim.
Because we have an organized multiplayer forum here at FlightSim.com most of the core members of last year's team are still close by and you'll see them reporting in soon. John has a mailing list and so do we and many of the pilot's names overlap both lists. John's website is still intact and so is his private forum, and, although there is some rust on some of the hinges after a year of standing idle, it won't take long to finish cleaning things up and get everything fully powered up again.
In my own case, I have just reset my RTW desktop icons for John's website and private forum, gotten my logins for them straightened out again, and am dusting off the duenna. I'll start participating in some of the practice runs sometime in January.
Glad you are planning to be with us this year, Ron. Try to take at least a couple of days off from work, so you can give it your full attention. You'll be a great addition to the team and you'll have a great time.
What Reggie sent me was very informative and if you want I can send you a copy of that email, if Reg doesn't mind, and it might be a very good basis for a full post to worked on.
I am lucky, pained expression, in that I am retired early due to disabilities so do have a lot of time and hopefully enthusiasm for these types of projects with me no longer active, for various reasons, with the major networks (hence my downer on these organisations) and always try to give a 100% in what I do and have done in the past making Flight Captain and C1 controller along the way so have a lot to share with the community at large.
I am fully intending to take part in the RTW and have more or less prepared myself for this but just need a little help along the way in the way things are done within a winning team, and when I cannot fly I hope to be a shining light home on the legs with my ATC tower in position with FULL ATIS for all the pilots.
Let me know about the info and cannot wait until the new year by the looks of it.
Baton is free at SBFN. Below is the flight validation.
Flight Log -- from RTW-Duenna v.0.610 R44
System Time UTC: 02/01/2006 22:35:21
FS Time: 02/01/2006 20:31:46
Aircraft gross weight: 14889.1 lbs
Location: S9° 30.522' / W35° 48.170'
Airport: SBMO 1.3nm
Aircraft: [T2] Beech Starship N3306TX
Aircraft-Reference: Vne=385kts, Vcruise=335kts
Max./Avg. Groundspeed: 391.3 kts / 324.2 kts
Max. IAS: 347.6 kts
Average IAS: 245.1 kts
Average Head/Tailwind: +5.7 kts
Max. altitude: 23922 ft
Flight aborted: no
Time in overspeed: 0.0 secs.
Error count: 0
System Time UTC: 02/01/2006 23:48:23
FS Time: 02/01/2006 14:01:14
Aircraft gross weight: 13892.2 lbs
Location: S3° 51.417' / W32° 25.126'
Airport: SBFN 1.3nm
Direct distance: 394.5 nm
Flight time: 01:13:02
Baton time: 01:13:27
Average GS: 324.2 kts
Flight Simulator: FS2004
Validation-ID: 403 066 148 (Rev. 1)
This is just a practice post, want to get myself back into it!
Flight Log -- from RTW-Duenna v.0.612 R54
System Time UTC: 03/01/2006 04:53:36
FS Time: 03/01/2006 04:48:50
Aircraft gross weight: 12062.9 lbs
Location: N46° 13.009' / E7° 18.900'
Airport: LSGS 0.5nm
Aircraft: [T2] FSD Cheyenne Champagne
Aircraft-Reference: Vne=270kts, Vcruise=310kts
Max./Avg. Groundspeed: 347.9 kts / 263.9 kts
Max. IAS: 258.9 kts
Average IAS: 196.8 kts
Average Head/Tailwind: -7.1 kts
Max. altitude: 34038 ft
Flight aborted: no
Time in overspeed: 0.0 secs.
Error count: 0
System Time UTC: 03/01/2006 06:49:39
FS Time: 03/01/2006 06:31:43
Aircraft gross weight: 10737.7 lbs
Location: N41° 08.378' / E16° 45.866'
Airport: LIBD 0.5nm
Direct distance: 510.2 nm
Flight time: 01:56:03
Baton time: 01:56:04
Average GS: 263.9 kts
Flight Simulator: FS2004
Validation-ID: 6BF 073 B37 (Rev. 1)
Didn't you fly that leg last year? Reruns like my EGLC practice.