[jhb_airlines] Re: Different Flyin

  • From: "Bones" <bones@xxxxxxx>
  • To: <jhb_airlines@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 29 Sep 2005 19:34:50 +0100

An excellent idea. In fact it would be hard to cheat because the strips
won't be in FSNav and definitely not on the FPI screen!

In FPI we could provide a Flight Information Service but there isn't a
recognised callsign for London Info.. Have to think about this one.


-----Original Message-----
From: jhb_airlines-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:jhb_airlines-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Gerry Winskill
Sent: 29 September 2005 19:12
Subject: [jhb_airlines] Different Flyin

I'm about to take a break from cultivating Farm Strips, in the hope of
getting round to using them. Thinking about this raised the possibillity
of the occasional MP session, on FPI, with a Farm Strip theme.

What I have in mind is a combined Farm Strip, VFR, map reading exercise.
The tendency in some VFR MP sessions is for them to evolve into a follow
my leader sortie. Pleasant though that is, it places no weight on the
need to navigate. What I'd like to try is a session(s) where each
participant must start from a field where he is the sole flier. The aim
would be for all flyers to try to arrive at a designated farm strip at a
target arrival time. No intention of awarding points for accuracy of ATA
at the target; life's complicated enough. To make the arrival time just
a bit more difficult to calculate, one other farm strip landing, choice
left to the pilot, would have to be fitted in, en route. There would be
the possibillity of more than one using the same interim strip but
that's not a major problem.

 The aim is to make it an exercise in VFR flight planning and map
reading. Pilots would be trusted not just to set it up on FSNav, or GPS,
and then just point and squirt. Ideally use of the Autopilot would be
restricted to Alt Hold. On top of this is the emphasis that would emerge
on the need to fly a reccy circuit, then a well controlled landing
phase, since the strips are usually short and often have approach
obstacles. The JHB list is a source of people who would be more
interested in realistic flying, than just stooging around, who fly in a
disciplined way and are probably masochistic enough to give it a whirl.
I'm not sure whether we all use FS9 but that is essential for the use of
the Farm Strip fields.

 If a series was to be held then it might be an idea for each
participant to decide on his preferred Home Field, not neccessarilly a
farm strip, which would be his starting point for each session. One
advantage of this is that the spread of designated start points would
play a part in identifying the session's target destination.

In flying VFR, it would be neccessary either to avoid controlled
airspace or, if there's a controller, seek clearance to cross; which
would open up the possibillity of FPI controllers taking part.

At the moment I'm just testing the waters and would welcome other
suggestions, based on this theme.

 I have one other definite "possible" flyer, so if there's no additional
interest it could be just a two ship operation!

Gerry Winskill


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