Welcome to the 130th flight event across the GUNNER DOWNUNDER series. This flight will be conducted in Taiwan , and is again guaranteed to give you more of the unique and challenging flight experience that you have come to expect from Gunpilot’s flight events.
OK everyone, lets spread our wings over Taiwan before the tension between China and Taiwan gets to hot. Sooner rather than later unfortunately this region of the world will become a conflict zone, making it impossible to safetly take a flight over this bastion of freedom that continues to defy the Chinese assertion that they will be forced one day to be assimiliated (read coerced) back to being a part of greater China.
We will depart in the North West, making our way to the capital (Taipei), The splash event picture above depicts a sacred temple that we will be landing in while in Taipei. From here we will then head down south along the backbone mountain range, with challenges and river runs thrown in along the way,ending up in the large metropolis of Taichung City.
The weather will be a bit inclement, with lots of rain squalls, but the wind will be manageable and the vis along most legs of the flight should be OK.
The stand out feature of this event will be the 33NM Idle Glide we will attempt in the caravan, surpassing Tolstoy’s long held record of around 30NMs that has been the longest idle glide to date. In this flight we will wrest that record out of Tolstoy’s hands, well at least some of you seasoned Caravan pilots will, as long as you are adept at continually picking a glide route that will provide max lift by closely monitoring where the wind is quartering from as you make your way to the designated glide leg destination.
This flight will be the first of two flights in Taiwan, the second continueing from Taichung City further south to the bottom region of Taiwan. The second flight in Taiwan will be scheduled later on in the year.
*Again, a packaged up WEATHER file has been developed and included along with the flight plan, negating any need for anyone to dial in weather settings, as well as ensuring that all pilots are experiencing exactly the same weather conditions. The Weather Preset file is located in #gunpilots-events (click GUNPILOT’s Server to be taken there). Extract file into your Community Folder prior to launching your sim for the flight.
REMEMBER: In these flights the Grand Caravan is the aircraft to fly in…
When: Fri 5th May @ 2300UTC
Flight Duration: Approx 3hrs (depending on numbers attending)
Aircraft: Cessna Grand Caravan (and also a glider mid event) - if you have a different favorite aircraft then leave it in the hangar for this event (as always, as flight planned around Caravan performance)
Server: SOUTH EAST ASIA (what else in this location )
Discord Server: GUNPILOT’s Server Click on this link and you will be sent a very welcoming INVITE that will enable you to fully participate in the radio chatter with all the other pilots in the flight
Voice Chat accessed by clicking on Comms Radio. If you are going to fly with us, ensure to join into the chatter on Comms Radio. If you don’t then you will miss out on a number of challenges that are given over the radio and you will have no idea what is going down.
Cessna Caravan as all landing and other challenges built into flight are
tailored for this aircraft specifically. If you arrive in another aircraft type you will be ignored…
Turn Damage mode off as you will most likely suffer at least hard
landings if not full on crashes
Bring plenty of Duc Tape for running repairs
Crash Helmets are optional, Prayers are advisable
Embrace “SLEW” as it will be your friend by the end of the flight
Practicing to make Caravan landing approaches at IAS of between 40-50knts max will see you nailing difficult landings with ease and precision.
If you are new to these Gunner Downunder Challenging Flights, ensure you download the Caravan mod which can be found in the add-ons-and-downloads channel (mod is pinned to the top RHS of this channels screen) in Gunpilot’s Server. Download and extract into your Community folder and you will have the real life SUPPER 900 kit that is installed by Texas Turbine Coversions in the USA. Improved performance both in the air and on the ground.
Load this version of the plan into your sim:
Taiwan.pln (9.4 KB)
Load this version of the plan into LNM for extra leg remarks:
Taiwan.lnmpln (8.4 KB)
***Remember to download the weather file from Gunpilot’s discord server (GUNPILOT’s Server ) and extract into your community folder before booting up the sim for the event.