Aussie Group Flights Team: Rotorua to Auckland via White Island

Join us as we fly from Rotorua to Auckland on the North Island of New Zealand. Choose an aircraft that can do at least 140 knots as we have 260nm to travel. We will perform a number of touch and goes at many small strips and even look in on White Island, where there was a recent eruption which closed the island to tourists.

Details to follow. Hope you can join us.


Regards, Paul

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ATTENTION Aussie Flight Group Participants …

Group Flight: 2023-03-23T19:00:00Z


Route: Rotorua(NZRO) Galatea(NZGA) Opotiki(NZOP) Whakatane(NZ WK) While Island(POI1) Motiti Island(NZOI) Tauranga(NZTG) Hobbiton Movie Set(POI2) Hamilton(NZHN) Huntly Power Stn(POI3) Mercer(NZME) Ardmore(NZAR) Auckland Intl(NZAA).

Take off from Rotorua(NZRO)
Track 110 deg to Galatea(NZGA) 27nm
Touch and Go at Galatea(NZGA)
Track 028 deg to Opotiki(NZOP) 35nm
Touch and Go at Opotiki(NZOP)
Track 267 deg to Whakatane(NZWK) 19.6nm
Touch and Go at Whakatane(NZWK)
Track 007 deg to White Is(POI1) 27nm
Circumnavigate White Is(POI1)
Track 238 deg to Motiti Is(NZOI) 37nm
Touch and Go at Motiti Is(NZOI)
Track 237 deg to Tauranga(NZTG) 10.6nm
Full Stop Landing at Tauranga(NZTG) +++ 10min Break +++
Take off from Tauranga(NZTG)
Track 225 deg to Hobbiton Movie Set(POI2) 27nm
Track 247 deg to Hamilton(NZHN) 16.4nm
Track 315 deg to Huntly Power Stn(POI3) 21nm
Track 335 deg to Mercer(NZME) 17nm
Touch and Go at Mercer(NZME)
Track 313 deg to Ardmore(NZAR) 15.6nm
Touch and Go at Ardmore(NZAR)
Track 258 deg to Auckland Intl(NZAA) 8.8nm
Full Stop Landing at Auckland Intl(NZAA).

Altitude: The route can be flown up to 4,500’ to be clear of terrain.

Airport details

Elev: 938’
RW 18/36 Asphalt
RW 18L/36R Grass

Elev: 550’
RW 01/19 Dirt

Elev: 25’
RW 09/27 Grass

Elev: 20’
RW 09/27 Bituminous
RW 09R/27L Grass

Motiti Is(NZOI)
Elev: 131’
RW 16/34 Grass

Elev: 13’
RW 07/25 Asphalt
RW 16/34 Grass
RW 04/22 Grass

Elev: 172’
RW 18L/36R Bituminous
RW 18R/36L Bituminous
RW 07/25 Grass

Elev: 30’
RW 09/27 Asphalt

Elev: 111’
RW 03/21 Grass
RW 03R/21L Bituminous
RW 07/25 Grass

Auckland Intl(NZAA)
Elev: 23’
RW 05R/23L

Aircraft: Aircraft capable of at least 140knots.

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: My personal Discord server is used for voice comms. If you haven’t already joined my server, click on the below link to request access. I will set you up as a Member so you can access the server. Ensure you do this prior to the flight, as latecomers will need to wait for the next event.

Link to join the Voice Room: Aussie Group Flights Team - On-line Flying

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 REAL weather so that the winds are correct.

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 Live 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 19:00z. 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

Flight Plans for the event …

Little NavMap: VFR Rotorua Airport (NZRO) to Auckland International Airport (NZAA).lnmpln (3.3 KB)

MSFS: VFR Rotorua Airport (NZRO) to Auckland International Airport (NZAA).pln (4.3 KB)

Print this flight card out for your easy reference during the flight (Note: only available up to the date of the flight): Dropbox - Flight Card.pdf - Simplify your life