Following the original suggestion from severniae in this very forum (http://a2asimulations.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=79&t=24290
) we are setting up a friendly race and navigation contest on Saturday July 23rd 19:00 UTC.Overview
In teams of 3 or 4 A2A B-17s, the players will fly from a given airport to a previously unknown location using dead reckoning navigation only (see below). The first team who manages to get all its members safely on their designated parking places at the destination wins
Well actually the team who has the more fun truly wins Location
Somewhere in Siberia... with two custom departure and arrival airports Navigation
To maximize the fun the flight plans (a specific one for each team) will be disclosed on the run as each waypoint will provide the location for the next one with a heading and distance + a code digit so that we can track easily what the sequence of waypoints was for each team (thanks Ron for the idea). See picture below with a 001°/149nm indication and a "9" as the code.
We will have light winds for the first trial but some little "traps" will be placed along the way like fake waypoints slightly off-track or at wrong distances and leading the unwary navigators towards side tracks.Fuel, cruise altitude
Each team will have total freedom to choose its strategy for maximum speed: initial fuel, cruise altitude and power settings. The distance to be flown will be provided with greater accuracy in time but you can expect around 700 nm. We all know that cheating spoils the fun but just in case the teams will have to provide a screenshot indicating their on-board fuel at each waypoint. Also all pilots should save their hangar file and current progress before joining so that they can start with fresh engines. Then we could give a time bonus for each engine NOT overhauled during the contest
(accu-sim must be ON of course)Organization
- FSX files (bgls for all waypoints, departure and arrival airports): will be provided 24 hours before the race
- FSX multiplayer: direct connection through Hamachi (virtual local network)
- Radio comms: teamspeak3
- "What if my FSX/PC crashes on me on the run?": The session host (flying on a fast bird) will intercept your group and you'll be able to respawn "in the air near the host" again.
- "I want in I want in!": firstname.lastname@example.org
P.S. a practice package is now available, send an e-mail to email@example.com