Aussie Flight Group Team - Rocky Mountain of Colorado USA Tour: Eagle County to Telluride

ATTENTION Aussie Flight Group Participants …

Group Flight: Group Flight: 2020-10-30T09:00:00Z

Departure: Eagle County Regional (KEGE)

Arrival: Telluride Airport (KTEX)

Duration: 167 NM, approximately 1.5 hours in DA62 @ 160 kts

Challenging Take-offs and Landings, Mountain Flying

This will be Part Two of a three-part series (with an optional Part 4) introducing challenging and educational flights in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado USA to be conducted over the next 6 months. Completion of all three parts (honour system) will earn you a mountain flying endorsement including special endorsements for Leadville Airport (Part Three) which is the highest GA airport in North American and Telluride Airport which is the highest Commercial airport in North America.

Colorado has 53 of the 67 fourteeners ((14,000 + feet MSL) in the lower 48 states. Second in North America is Alaska with 29.



Charts will be provided to assist locating VFR waypoints and recognizing surrounding features.

  • Take off from Eagle County Regional (KEGE) Runway 25
  • Track 263 deg to East Glenwood Canyon (6.5 nm)
  • Track 228 deg to West Glenwood Canyon (10.2 nm)
  • Track 253 deg to Glenwood Springs (3.8 nm)
  • Track 154 deg to Glenwood Springs Municipal Airport (KGWS) (2.9 nm)
    • Optional Touch and Go
  • Track 134 deg to Carbondale (6.5 nm)
  • Track 98 deg to VFR/ILS Approach to KASE Runway 15 (14.6 nm, 9,400’ MSL min)
  • Track 150 deg to Aspen-Pitkin County Airport (7.9 nm)
    • Rated the most challenging airport in North America
    • Full Stop Landing Runway 15
  • Take off from Aspen-Pitkin County Airport Runway 15
    • Need to Climb Out to 14,500’ MSL if Aircraft is capable in a hurry or spiral up until you are at 14,500’ MSL (14’ers to the East and South of the airport, >4,268 m)
  • Track 218 deg to Montrose Reginal Airport (KMTJ) (64.0 nm)
    • Full Stop Landing Runway 17 VFR/ILS
  • Take off from Montrose Reginal Airport (KMTJ) Runway 17
  • Track 200 deg to ETL (33 nm)
  • Track 95 deg to Telluride Airport (KTEX) (17.3 nm)
    • Rated the 10th most challenging airport and the highest commercial airport in North America
    • Full Stop Landing Runway 09 VFR/ILS Right Traffic Pattern

Altitude: The route can be flown at 14,500’ but you can vary the altitude to suite the terrain.

Airport details:

Eagle County Regional (KEGE)

Elevation: 6547’ MSL
RWYS: 07/25

Glenwood Springs Municipal Airport (KGWS)

Elevation: 5916’ MSL
RWYS: 14/32 (3305 x 50 feet/1007 x 15 meters)

Aspen-Pitkin County Airport

Elevation: 7837’ MSL
RWYS: 15/33 (8006 x 100 feet/2440 x 30 meters)

Montrose Reginal Airport (KMTJ)

Elevation: 5758 MSL
RWYS: 17/35 (10000 x 150 feet/3048 x 46 meters)
RWYS: 13/31 (7510 x 100 feet/2289 x 30 meters)

Telluride Airport (KTEX)

Elevation: 9069’ MSL
RWYS: 09/27 (7111 x 100 feet/2167 x 30 meters)

Aircraft: As the route is around 14,500’ in altitude at most places the following is a guide for maximum flight altitude (See Graphic of Flight Plan):

Any aircraft capable of obtaining an altitude of 14,500’ for extended periods of time and a VS of 500 fps, preferably 1000 fps if you want to explore the area as the route does not allow you to turn around at low altitudes.

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 authorized for our use. Just look for my USERID: VHFIB to determine which room to enter. Note: until they open up the room, a maximum of one person is allowed in the voice room.

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., 8 am. This will allow us to fly in daylight and choose Clear Weather, so you will not get icing during the flight:

  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 (except if you want to see snowcapped mountains set the ground snow depth to 10-15 cm after loading flight) 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. Let’s just have some fun taking in the scenery and the social aspects of the event.

Multiplayer Map: Currently, the VFR map will not 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 7

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 is anything else that I have missed that you need to know.

Regards, Paul


Flight Plan to support the event …

VFR Eagle Co Regl (KEGE) to Telluride Regl (KTEX).pln (3.7 KB)

Charts to support the event …

Here are some teaser shots …






Special thanks to Randy (HockeyGuy51) for planning and providing the supporting information for this flight.

Some more shots from a quick flight I did today - FABULOUS scenery …

Attn: Aussie Flight Group Team: Randy has been undergoing a computer maintenance which was expected to be ready for this Friday’s flight but now it seem he needs to push back to the following Friday - 30th October. I’ve rescheduled this event and will put together another event in our Japan tour for this coming Friday.

Regards, Paul

As a heads up, Randy has got his computer back and is ready to go for his event tomorrow. Should be a good one. See you all there.

Looks awesome

Can I check the start time as the clocks went back last weekend and London is now on GMT. The Same as UTC.

It’s 9:00z, which is UTC time.

Just a thought everyone, if you have a slow connection and want to avoid update issued if they push it out before the flight, you could load the sim up to the menu and leave it for the flight.

They said in the Q&A that the update would go out this week. Today or tomorrow are possible options (from Australia’s perspective).

Just food for thought.

Thanks for the calcification on the time.

A word of warning the update is causing more than a few problems as reported on Discord. When I started up after the update all my graphics settings were reset to off or low and I lost all control of the plane and had no VFR map and gauges. Hitting escape did nothing and had to shut down with task manager. Restarted and putting the graphics setting back to 4k high got it going again. Remember to clear out the community folder prior to update. I suggest you start up in plenty of time for the event and do the update if not already done so.

I’m guessing you are talking about Update 4 not 5. Or has it already issued?

OK, Update 5 is out. I’ve just kicked it off. Hope no one has any issues resulting from it. See you all at 9:00z.

Just did the Patch 5 update and then a test flight. All looking good.

See you tonight.

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Goodday Paul
Could hear everyone but non-plussed on how to invoke Push to Talk.
Could not find anything in the keyboard or joystick.

Now sorted

Just touched down in Telluride. D-EGKS
Discord not working.

Regards everyone!

The DA62 is a beautiful bird

Some more Colorado scenery