I have arranged an open community Fly-in event, free to those who would like to fly along and available for all skill levels. The goal is to have a great time, explore the Alps, and make new friends.
When: Sunday 25th October, [20:00 GMT] [15:00 CDT] [21:00 CET] for roughly 2 hours.
World-famous, beautiful, charming and exciting, the Alps offers unforgettable vistas for every visitor, so let’s take a trip!
We will start the flight at the northern shore of Switzerland’s scenic Lake Maggiore at Locarno Airport (LSZL) and fly south west heading over the lake into Italy.
At only 862 feet in length, our first hillside stop of Aviosuperficie di Meggiana (LIQD) is a bit of a baptism of fire. So, don’t worry if you crash when trying to land here, my first three attempts to land failed catastrophically.
After regrouping there, we will continue the flight north west quickly climbing over the peak of Parrotspitze and onto the site of the world-famous skier’s mecca of the Matterhorn. (Although not essential, you could improve the look of the Matterhorn by installing this great free add-on into your community folder). Once passed the Matterhorn we will continue north to our next stop and land at the large airport in the Swiss town of Sion (LSGS).
Departing, we will head south west along the Sion valley towards the site of the Alps’ highest mountain, Mont Blanc, where we will quickly climb along the path of its glacier into France and onto our next stop, the picturesque Megeve Airport (LFHM).
Continuing, we will head south following the valley past the town of Albertville onto the famously short and steep Courchevel Airport (LFLJ), this will be our fourth stop.
Once we have departed from Courchevel we will again head south following the valley paths to our next stop, the no go-around, short, narrow and remote Valloire Bonnenuit Airport (LFVO).
After regrouping there, we will continue the flight west towards the famous ski resort of L’Alpe D’Huez (LFHU). Regularly the location of the final stage of the Tour de France, its notoriously arduous road of 21 bends is clearly visible winding up the steep mountainside from the valley floor. This will be our sixth stop.
Once we have departed from L’Alpe D’Huez, we will continue west past the beautiful French city of Vif towards MSFS’ best kept secret, Mont Aguille (LF79). The real-world Mont Aguille does not have a landing strip on top of it, but it seems someone in MS saw fit to include one in the sim, and a lot of fun it is too!
For the final leg we will leave Mont Aguille and head south east over the large scenic town of Gap towards our destination airport: Tallard (LFNA).
For this flight we will be using the Daher TBM 930, but you can use any aircraft you like, just be sure that it can climb well up to 15000 feet. The flight plan follows the valley paths quite closely and most runways are quite short, so your aircraft will need to be relatively easily manoeuvrable.
Please load your aircraft 15 minutes prior to take off and taxi over to the taxiway or parking.
Around 5 minutes prior to take off begin taxiing to the active runway. We will do a parallel start and after that start departing west into the Alps.
It is advised in this flight to turn off both aircraft collisions and terrain collisions. If you do crash, you can use slew mode to re-join the pack.
Please adhere to the following settings so you can see/be seen by everyone.
Server: West Europe
Multiplayer: All Players
Weather & Time: Few Clouds – change the time of day to around midday.
To communicate with others, a voice and text channel is available on our own Journey Through The Alps Fly-in Discord server https://discord.gg/Ctc2QMn where everyone is welcome to join in.
I have a disability which prevents me from speaking fluently on the microphone, so if anyone with a microphone would like to lead the event on voice chat please make yourself known!
Also, if anyone would like to stream the event on YouTube or Twitch please feel free, be sure to share the link so we can all join in!
A .PLN file is provided by the following link:
To use the flight plan, follow these steps:
Download the flight plan to an easy-to-remember location
Go to the globe
Click “Load/Save” on the bottom of your screen
Navigate to the downloaded flight plan
This is meant to be a fun and informal flight. Everybody is welcome, no matter the amount of experience.