In anticipation of the upcoming Around the World Race, we will continue organized practices this weekend. The February sanctioned event will be the race itself on February 19.
On Sunday, January 15, 2006 at 1400 UTC (0900 EST) we will begin a practice session which pilots are encouraged to join throughout the day. Our goal this weekend is to keep the baton moving for 12 hours - please plan your time accordingly.
We will pick up the baton from the thread 2006 RTW Race Practice - 2 - Continual Baton Thread - though a third thread is expect to be used at that time.
The origination airport for the Sunday session will be posted about two hours before the event - 1200 UTC (0700 EST). You can monitor the thread during the day and choose to join in if you wish.
Reggie Fields, N927ME, will coordinate this session - but will need help from experienced team members.
On Saturday, January 14, 2006 at 0800 UTC (0300 EST) there will be a practice session primarily for the folks in Europe. This practice will start at ENAK and the first stop will be a very short flight to ENOV - everyone's favorite airport. Depending upon the desires of pilots on line at that time - we might move to a different airport.
This practice is expected to run for about four or five hours. Tracking and information for this session will be posted in the Individual Practice thread.
ABOUT THE RTW RACE
This is a relay - one pilot flies each leg carrying a virtual "baton". For the majority of the race, pilots will be limited to a maximum leg length of 800nm, and in 2005 there was a penalty for taking more than two hours to complete the flight. The race is for (1) helicopters, (2) piston engined aircraft, and (3) twin engined turboprops. These aircraft must be production aircraft - test planes like the Hughes Racer and the Lear Fan are not eligible.
The race is run in real-time, with the default MSFS Real World Weather. High realism settings and crash detection are required.
PREPARING FOR THE EVENT
This event requires that you have Flight Simulator 2004 or Flight Simulator 2002 installed and that you are experienced in the use of the program. Additionally, you should have the Teamspeak client and the RTW Duenna program installed as well. See the separate post for links.
For this weekend's practice flights pilots should choose their own preferred aircraft. The legs will be 550-650 NM in length and we will be trying to get the legs in under the two hour baton time limit.
The real race requires that ONLY default FS2004 and FS2002 airports be used. Addon/new airports - even if they exist in the real world - cannot be used. If you have the great additional airports in China or Iceland or the Marshall Islands by Curt Jardey, Adrian Wright or DustEagle - they cannot be used during the race.
This practice will focus on the aspects of speed and distance in a race type environment. New pilots and others will be encouraged to fly with Duenna, record and post their flights on the Post Practice thread.
This session will use the real world time of the local airport. This may or may not be local daylight or night.
The 2006 RTW Race Practice - 2 - Continual Baton Thread will be updated during the event with notice of pilots booked for the next legs, anticipated arrivals, etc. as we would in the race. These posts will be the responsibility of the coordination pilot.
PROBLEMS AND QUESTIONS
If you have problems installing any of the components or you have questions, simply post a message on the Multiplayer Adventures Forum and one of the team organizers will respond promptly.
The flight server IP for this event will be 126.96.36.199. The Teamspeak server will be 188.8.131.52:9701. (Some people have needed the port number - some have not. Backup servers will be in place should they be needed.
If you have a problem joining either server, come to the other one and announce the problem. Check in on the Flightsim.com Multiplayer Adventures forum for information on alternate server operations.
An advance registration is NOT required to participate in this event. Simply join the servers and participate in the activity. There is no password required. Be sure to check the Multiplayer Adventures Forum for any last minute information or changes prior to the event.
There will not be an organized practice on the weekend of Jan 20-21.
On the weekend of Jan 28-29 we will hold another practice session again focusing on real race conditions. Check the Team FlightSim RTW Forum for advance planning and details. http://johannesmueller.com/fsforum/index.php