First off, I want to say how pleased I am to see new faces showing interest in this little competition. We're always looking for new pilots to help us handle the massive workload that goes into the RTW, and we appreciate your interest.
But of course, with the rookies come a lot of questions about the finer points of the race rules. The race veterans understand that the rules can be overwhelming at times. (We even joke about hiring lawyers to help decipher them!)
I believe now would be a very good time to introduce the RTW rookies to our private RTW forum, which is located at the following address:
Go ahead and register for the forum. At first, you'll only be able to look at the public areas of the forum. Send a private message to "John Mueller" (Who's the site Admin) or to Reggie Fields (RFields5421 is his username on the site) and let them know that you intend to race for Team Flightsim in 2009. Eventually they should give you access to Team Flightsim's Private Section. This is a place where we can freely discuss strategy without worrying about prying eyes from Avsim or SimOuthouse. There's a ton of great information contained in these forums about past races, recommended aircraft, flying tips, and various lessons learned from previous runnings of the race.
Come to think of it, now wouldn't be a bad time to start a RTW 2009 roll call for us. So rookies and veterans alike, head to the site and be present and accounted for!