Aussie Flight Group Team - PNG Experience: Port Morsby to Alotau

This scenic adventure sees us taking off from Port Morsby and flying across mountainous terrain to the east coast in the Alotau region. We will perform a number of Touch and Goes at several bush strips and perform a Full Stop along the way. This is very unforgiving terrain and the bush strips are very small dirt or grass areas. A challenging experience.

Details to follow. All welcome, hope you can join us.

Regards, Paul

ATTENTION Aussie Flight Group Participants …

Group Flight: 2020-11-20T09:00:00Z


Route: AYPY (Port Morsby) - DOO (Dorobisoro Airport, Kwikila) - NDI (Namudi Airport) - SFA (Safia Airport) - AYPQ (Pumani Airport) - AUP (Agaum Airport, Alotua) - RBP (Raba Raba Airport, Alotau).

  • Take off from Port Morsby (AYPY)
  • Track 085 deg to Dorobisoro (DOO) 41nm
  • Touch and Go at Dorobisoro (DOO)
  • Track 086 deg to Namudi (NDI) 25nm
  • Touch and Go at Namudi (NDI)
  • Track 106 deg to Safia (SFA) 20nm
  • Full Stop landing at Safia (SFA)
  • Take off from Safia (SFA)
  • Track 094 deg to Pumani (AYPQ) 50nm
  • Touch and Go at Pumani (AYPQ)
  • Track 198 deg to Agaun (AUP) 12nm
  • Touch and Go at Agaun (AUP)
  • Track 090 deg to Raba Raba (RBP) 26nm
  • Full Stop landing at Raba Raba (RBP)

Altitude: The route can be flown at 12,500’ but you can vary the altitude to suite the terrain. 5,500 up to DOO, climb to 10,500 to clear the Owen Stanley Range near Mt Obree, 12,500 to clear the Owen Stanley Range near Mt Suckling.

Airport details:

Port Morsby (AYPY)
Elev: 116’
RW 14R/32L Asphalt
RW 14L/32R Asphalt

Dorobisoro (DOO)
Elev: 1,750’
RW 08/26 Grass

Namudi (NDI)
Elev: 1,044’
RW 06/24 Grass

Safia (SFA)
Elev: 412’
RW 11/29 Dirt

Pumani (AYPQ)
Elev: 401’
RW 02/20 Grass

Aguan (AUP)
Elev: 3,237’
RW 06/24 Grass

Raba Raba (RBP)
Elev: 78’
RW 12/30 Grass

Aircraft: Select the Cessna Caravan for the event.
IMPORTANT: In the interest of keeping it REAL, please refrain from selecting inappropriate aircraft, like airliners. This only detracts from the immersion of the flight.

Seeing Aircraft Correctly: You need to do two things to ensure you can see the other pilots in the event and see them in the aircraft they selected.

Select the same server: To do this, proceed as follows:

  • From the Welcome Screen, click on your Username (top right)
  • From the list of servers, under Servers, select WEST USA

Turn off Generic Planes: To do this, proceed as follows:

  • From the Welcome Screen, click on OPTIONS
  • Click on GENERAL
  • With GRAPHICS selected, scroll down to the last option and set USE GENERIC PLANE MODELS to OFF

Voice Room: Discord for Official MSFS Community: Event #1 or Event #2 are the voice rooms available to us. I need to see which is available on the day and reserve it. I will be in the room and get it authorised for our use. Just look for my Userid: VHFIB to determine which room to enter. Until the room is open only one person can be in the room. In the past we have needed to use a PTT (push to talk) button. This is no longer required, so you can use voice activated comms. Some people prefer to use their phone or ipad etc for Discord comms.

Note: if you are new to the Discord Server for MS FS, you will need to “react” to get access to the voice rooms.

To “react”, once in the Discord for Official MS FS, click on the Important - Info option and at the very bottom, click on the button (last item at the bottom of the screen) to react and provide access. Note: clicking on the button accepts the conditions etc., which you can read via the available links.

Weather/Time: We will set the time 12hrs prior, i.e., 8am. This will allow us to fly in daylight and choose CLEAR Weather, so can enjoy the scenery:

Note: The terrain and weather that often ensues will make it very challenging to get into and out of airports.

  1. From the World Map view, click on Flight Conditions (upper right of screen)
  2. Click on All Players, Live Traffic, Custom
  3. Under Weather and Time, select Clear Weather and move the time slide bar to show 8:00am or say 7:45am if you arrive at 7:45pm (12hrs prior to current time).
  4. Click Close and Fly from the World Map view.

We can start departing from 8pm. There will be no need for official radio calls. Lets just have some fun taking in the scenery and the social aspects of the event.

Multiplayer Map: Currently, the VFR map won’t show Live players, so if you get lost, it’s difficult to find where the other flyers are. The free multiplayer map, will show the other players (that are using the map) and allow you to see their heading, speed, altitude and callsign. But it will only show those using the map. The below map tool is excellent but only as good as the volume of people using it.

Not mandatory but if you would like to use this map, see the below for details:

Link to moving map: 12 13 23 17 22 32

Once viewing the map, click on Join to download the client that connects MSFS for tracking your flights. Note the .NET Core Windows Runtime requirement that needs installing also.

Let me know if there’s anything else that I’ve missed that you need to know.

Regards, Paul

Flight plan for the event …


Here are some teaser shots from the flight …

looks great

I’ll try to come on for this one.
I’ll have to set a reminder though haha

Would love to be on tonight as loving flying in PNG but unfortunately won’t be able to make it.

Hope everyone has a great flight and see you all next week.

Is this flight over? Or is it 4:00 pm today EDT? I am confused.

Sorry, it’s over. What made you think it was the time you stated? I want to determine any issues with the stated time. By the way, the event runs each week ap 8pm Sydney time (daylight savings time) or 9:00z on Friday.

No. It’s my bad. It’s just that 4:00 am is a little early for me. I will have to go to bed earlier.

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Here’s a couple of pics of the “flying tree”, don’t know what causes it but it sure does make for some interesting sights

Some of the People AT SFA

A couple of shots from the event …