Worldflight 2018 starts on 4 Nov and will consist of 48 sectors
round-the-clock, virtual world circumnavigation by around a dozen privately-owned full-sized airliner simulators. These sims are based in Australia, England, Scotland, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Canada, New Zealand, the USA and India, and Worldflight destinations are deliberately chosen to be either challenging, exciting or both, with interesting scenery a priority. The whole thing is in aid of various charities and has earned impressive amounts of money over the years. I participated in Worldflight Australia which raises money for the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS), and has contributed in excess of $200,000 to date.
In 2017, there were 49 sectors, of which I operated nine with Lesley Daniels, who flew two more with other pilots. What initially flabbergasted me was that several hundred other members of the VATSIM network joined in and flew along with this group using their desktop computers and Microsoft Flightsim programs. ATC enthusiasts, often from the countries being traversed by our simulators, provided monitoring and clearances. All my flights were in local daytime; that was quite enough for me. Other team members flew sector after sector, day and night, which would have been gruelling. All legs but the last were carried out as professionally as possible.
Worldflight 2018 starts on Sunday 4 November and will consist of 48 sectors covering some 40,000 nautical miles. Sector lengths vary between 1:20 and a maximum of around four hours, partly because longer simulator sectors become boring, and also because short-haul Boeing 737s and Airbus A320s are involved. Scheduled turnarounds are mostly a realistic 45 minutes, although some are longer to allow delayed members of the fleet to catch up. Everything is operated as authentically as possible.
The 2018 sectors are; Sydney-cairns-broomeJakarta-singapore-banda AcehColombo-malé (Maldives)-diego Garcia-mauritius-mayotteDurban-johannesburg-cape Town-lubango-libreville-lagosDakar-agadir-madeira-barcelonaZurich-dussledorf-leeds/ Bradford-t ro nd heim-tromsøSvalbard- thu le-goose Bay- ottawaMinneapolis-jacks on-van couverSitk a-fair banks-provi deny a Bay-soko l-k ho mu tovoFuk us him a- kansai( Osaka )Shanghai- hong- kong-b run eiMak ass ar- darwin-port Moresby-cairns-brisbane-sydney.
In 2017 the weather was mostly benign, but challenges included thick fog, rain, snow, an icy runway, unnecessary ATC delays and typically awkward, xenophobic and chauvinistic
ATCOS. We also had to squeeze our giant airliner into the confines of Juneau’s and Innsbruck’s short runways, plus a special manoeuvring, timing and handling challenge in foggy Delhi, which I completely stuffed up by misreading our height, dragging a wing through the trees, losing an engine and crashing! One way of washing away these stressors was finding plenty of appropriate local national beers to celebrate arrival in each of our destinations.
The last leg was special: a mass flight with one-minute separations from Albion Park NSW, fifty miles up the eastern coast to Sydney. With varying cruise speeds, we were able to fly some formation with our 737 colleagues before transiting through The Heads and along the harbour to fly under the iconic bridge and aileron-roll off to the northwest before landing at Kingsford Smith.
I am delighted to say that we exceeded our 2017 target of $7,000 by more than $1,000, so this year our target is $10,000. Gary’s Simfest group has been even more successful, raising over £95,000 for a variety of charities. This year’s choice is Contact the Elderly. To contribute, go to justgiving and search for Simfest 2018.
• Vatsim.net • Worldflight.com.au • Simfest.co.uk • www.facebook.com/ Worldflightperth/ videos/864790317021211/ • www.youtube.com/ watch?v=rkmsqsqo_ Ec&feature=youtu.be • www.youtube.com/watch ?v=i1yyafexlpu&feature= youtu.be • www.youtube.com/watch ?v=khywt8i6ogi&feature =youtu.be • www.worldflight.com. au/ops/route-map/ • youtu.be/kzeefcfxd3m
If you enjoy viewing any of these, please donate a fiver to the RFDS via:
https://rfdswa-fundraisers. everydayhero.com/au/ perth-worldflight-team
ABOVE: post-worldflight barbecue at Greg's