Flightsim.com Multiplayer Adventures Extreme Airports Spring Fling 2012 Event
Last year, The History Channel aired a program called “Extreme Airports” and featured ten airports that had dangerous approaches or departures. Now, flight sim pilots can experience what it may be like flying into and out of these ten dangerous airports.
Over the next two months, different sets of flights will be posted on the forum. These flights are designed to be used with Microsoft Flight Simulator FS9 or FSX and are divided into 4 sets containing four or five flights each. The flights require that you have at least some knowledge of navigation by VOR and NDB and using approach and departure charts. With each flight description there is a suggested default aircraft to use, minimum fuel amount, approximate length of the flight and approximate mileage of the flight. There will be complete flight instructions as well as overview maps and (if available) departure (SID or DP), arrival (STAR), and runway approach charts for the various airports and runways.
Some flights have suggested optional scenery or fixes. You might want to at least install any fixes and possibly terrain mesh for the areas you will be flying from, over and to, as it enhances the flight simulation experience and makes the landscape elevation look more realistic. All scenery suggestions are freeware files and again are suggested but optional. If you have payware scenery for these specific areas, then by all means use it. Not every suggested scenery has been tested and you may know of or find better scenery add-ons than my suggestions in the flight descriptions.
For those pilots not as familiar with flying by instruments or charts, flight plans in FS9 and FSX format are included to assist with routing. For additional information on flying by instruments or charts, Charles Wood has an excellent site to learn instrument navigation skills at http://www.navfltsm.addr.com/ that covers everything from basic navigation, to low frequency navigation using the NDB (Non Directional Beacon), to VOR navigation, and the full range of instrument approaches. Another possible site of reference would be http://www.flightsimaviation.com/aviation_theory.html for additional information.
Each set of flights will be distributed in 2 week intervals. You’ll have approximately two weeks to practice and complete each set of flights. Following are the valid dates for each flight set:
Set 1 – March 2 – March 16
Set 2 – March 17 – March 30
Set 3 – March 31 – April 13
Set 4 – April 14 – April 27
The flights are limited to commercial jets and general aviation aircraft only. No warbirds or military jets. Each flight has a suggested default aircraft. However, you may fly any plane you want to (freeware or payware) as long as the plane you fly is somewhat similar to the suggested default aircraft for the flight. For example, if the suggested aircraft is a jet, don’t fly a prop and vice versa.
This is not a competition to see how fast you can fly the route. You will need to use the latest version (rev. 131) of the FS-Duenna Flight Validator (http://johannesmueller.com/fs/web/duenna/) and track a successful flight online flying as realistically as possible. Use real weather for all the flights. You may practice the flights as much as you want offline, but you will only have one chance to track the flight successfully online. In other words, if you are tracking online and crash, your flight doesn’t count and you lose any further opportunity for that specific flight to be tracked online. Again practice the flights offline before flying the one tracked flight online if necessary.
FS-Duenna must be used and set to track online. Ensure the FS-Duenna settings are as follows:
Enable online flight tracking – CHECKED
Server URL - http://fs-duenna.com/flights/
Username – your user name
Team – Your Team (pick one)
Event Name – Extreme Airports Spring Fling 2012
Keep flight-tracking private (not on lists) – UN-CHECKED
Create real-time position feed – CHECKED
Save your settings. When running Duenna, CHECK Arm baton auto-pickup. UN-CHECK baton carrier or wingman box. (Please DO NOT check this box for this event). Don’t worry about syncing time or date as the time will be manually set for each flight as recommended in the flight descriptions. Note also, when flying jets, the duenna will initially flag the aircraft parameter as yellow, not green. This is expected and acceptable and will not invalidate the flight. It is important these FS-Duenna settings are followed so the flights may be reviewed in the google flight viewer if necessary.
The strategy behind this event is not to be the fastest or the slowest, but to fly the route as realistically as possible and make a successful flight into and out of the dangerous airports following the instructions in the flight descriptions. Judging will consist of averaging pilots valid flight times for each flight and the pilot that comes closest to the average will be the ace pilot for that specific flight.
• Download the sets of flights as they are posted.
• Fly any plane you want to as long as it is similar to the suggested default aircraft for the flight.
• Must use Duenna set up as instructed for online tracking.
• Do not track online with Duenna for practice flights or use another event such as “Testing”.
• Only one online tracking entry per flight (successful or not) allowed for each pilot in the Extreme Airports Spring Fling event on the tracking site.
• Fly the flight online within the specified time period.
The first set of flights may be downloaded from (LINK EXPIRED).
Have fun and enjoy the flights.