World­flight 2018 starts on 4 Nov and will con­sist of 48 sec­tors

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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.

Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion:

• 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

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