Aussie Group Flights Team - NZ Fiordland to Mt Cook

Join us as we fly around the NZ Fiordland area, taking in the sights of some of the popular sounds and then make our way to Mt Cook via Queenstown.

Details to follow. Hope you can join us.

Regards, Paul


ATTENTION Aussie Flight Group Participants …

Group Flight: 2021-08-06T10:00:00Z


Route: NZMO(Manapouri) - Lake Manapouri - Doubtful Sound - Te Awa-o-Tu/Thompson Sound - Coastal - Milford Sound - NZMF(Milford Sound) - NZGY(Glenorchy) - Lake Wakatipu - NZQN(Queenstown) - NZWF(Wanaka) - NZWC(Dingleburn Station) - NZUK(Pukaki) - NZMC(Mt Cook).

Take off from NZMO(Manapouri)
Track 258 deg to UP1 10.5nm - overfly Lake Manapouri
Track 219 deg to UP2 11.3nm
Track 292 deg to UP3 6.4nm
Track 012deg to UP4 4.7nm - descend into Dusky Sound
Track 308 deg to UP5 5.9nm
Track 282 deg to UP6 3.7nm
Track 009 deg to UP7 2nm - enter Thompson Sound
Track 312 deg to UP8 6nm
Track 342 deg to UP9 3.9nm - enter coastal route
Track 014 deg to UP10 19.7nm
Track 026 deg to UP11 29nm - enter Milford Sound
Track 113 deg to NZMF(Milford Sound) 9.3nm
Full Stop Landing at NZMF(Milford Sound)
Take off from NZMF(Milford Sound)
Track 097 deg to NZGY(Glenorchy) 23nm
Touch and Go at NZGY(Glenorchy) 23nm
Track 146 deg to UP12 13.8nm - overfly Lake Wakatipu
Track 045 deg to NZQN(Queenstown) 13.2nm
Touch and Go at NZQN(Queenstown)
Track 026 deg to NZWF(Wanaka) 28nm
Touch and Go at NZWF(Wanaka)
Track 356 deg to NZWC(Dingleburn Station) 18.1nm
Touch and Go at NZWC(Dingleburn Station)
Track 045 deg to NZUK(Pukaki) 34nm
Touch and Go at NZUK(Pukaki)
Track 338 deg to NZMC(Mount Cook) 28nm
Full Stop Landing at NZMC(Mount Cook)

Altitude: The route can be flown up to 8,500’ to be clear of terrain.

Airport details:

Elev: 687’
RW 08/26 Bituminour
RW 14/32 Grass

Milford Sound(NZMF)
Elev: 10’
RW 11/29 Bituminous

Elev: 1,255’
RW 14/32 Grass

Elev: 1,171’
RW 05/23 Asphalt
RW 14/32 Asphalt

Elev: 1,142’
RW 11L/29R Grass
RW 11R/29L Bituminous

Dingleburn Station(NZWC)
Elev: 1,264’
RW 05/23 Grass

Elev: 1,575’
RW 15/33 Asphalt
RW 06/24 Grass

Mt Cook(NZMC)
Elev: 2,153’
RW 13/31 Asphalt

Aircraft: Any GA aircraft to cover 271nm in a suitable time.

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 TRAFFIC selected, scroll down to the last option and set USE GENERIC PLANE MODELS to OFF

Turning off Crash/Damage:

Select Options/Assistance
Expand Failure & Damage
Disable Crash Damage
Disable Aircraft Stress Damage
Disable Engine Stress Damage
Accept the changes

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 MSFS, you will need to “react” to get access to the voice rooms.

To “react”, once in the Discord for Official MSFS, 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.

Link to join the Voice Room:
Note: this link is only valid for 7 days from posting.

Weather/Time: We will set the time to 8am. This will allow us to fly in daylight and choose CLEAR Weather, so can enjoy the scenery, if the REAL weather is poor:

From the World Map view, click on Flight Conditions (upper right of screen)
Click on All Players, Live Traffic, Custom
Under Weather and Time, select Clear Weather and move the time slide bar to show 8:00am. 
Click Close and Fly from the World Map view.

We can start departing from 10:00z. 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.

Turning on Points of Interest

Select Options/Assistance
Expand POI
Set Landmark Markers to ON
Set City Markers to ON
Set Airport Markers to ON
Accept the changes

Turning on Name Tags (This will assist you in following the group if you get disoriented):

Select Options/GeneralTraffic
Set Show Traffic Nameplates to On
Accept the settings

Still confused, check out the multiplayer video tutorial from SimHangar Flight Simulation: MSFS | MULTIPLAYER | How To Guide | Everything You Need To Know | Fly in events coming soon. - YouTube

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

Regards, Paul

WARNING: If you are using an aircraft with the G1000NXI, you won’t be able to follow the route correctly, as User Waypoints aren’t supported. Suggest using VFR Map or Little NavMap to follow the route.

Flight plans …

IFR Manapouri (NZMO) to Mount Cook (NZMC).lnmpln (4.2 KB)

IFR Manapouri (NZMO) to Mount Cook (NZMC).pln (5.5 KB)


Print this flight card out for your easy reference during the flight (Note: only available up to the date of the flight):

Looks quite good this flight plan. Might join in on this one.

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Sorry I can’t join you tomorrow due to family matters. But my ongoing thanks for your efforts making these trips so enjoyable. I’m gonna miss out on the DC-6 Australian tour on Saturday as well (Bummer!).

Enjoy both trips for me and thanks again.

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Definitely going to try my best to make it

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Event reminder…

Could you repost the discord plz, the link above have expired. Thanks

New link for Discord: (only for new joiners).

Part of the fleet at spectacular Milford Sound allowing some of the slower aircraft to catch up.

Steep climb out of Milford

Coffee Stop at Queenstown


Nice shots, I was one of those slower players, has flap issues and rudders kept getting stuck on so couldn’t land :(.

Thanks for the flight. Very nice scenery.


Very Nice Flight. Much enjoyed it. Someone mentioned a trim mod for the Bravo TQ. Does anyone know where I can download it?

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ALERT! Second patch just dropped for MSFS. Enjoy …

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