[OFFICIAL] Community Fly-In Friday: Japan

Himeji Castle in Microsoft Flight Simulator

We will be hosting an Official Fly-in alongside a group of community members (you!) on Twitch. This is an open event, free to all who would like to fly along with us and available to pilots of all skill levels. The goal is to have a great time, explore new locations of the world, and make new friends. This event is open to pilots on both the PC and Xbox platforms.

Hosted by @SeedyL3205, @Jummivana, @Pieter1982NL, and @simtom2

When: Friday, February 11 @ 2000Z for two hours.
Where: The Official Twitch Channel of MSFS

There will also be a Discord event channel open for those who want to voice chat with other members of the community.

Please see below for details on the upcoming Fly-In Event:


February 11 is National Foundation Day, the annual Japanese holiday that celebrates the founding of the country over 2,500 years ago. In recognition of this day, we will be flying over Japan’s Kansai region, visiting many cities and POIs including Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, and Kobe.

Pilots on PC can download the .pln file here:
Community Fly-In Friday 2022-02-11 Japan.PLN (9.3 KB)

We will be starting at RJNA. Please load your aircraft 10 minutes prior to take off and taxi over to the runway in preparation for departure.


Recommended aircraft: Cirrus SR22, Extra 330LT, Pitts Special, or any other plane of your choice with a cruising speed of about 140-150 knots.


Please adhere to the following settings so you can see everyone / be seen by everyone.

Variable Setting
Server North Europe
Multiplayer All Players
Live traffic As preferred
Weather Few Clouds
Time of Day Daytime

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 join the pack. If the pack will be too scattered before the first stop, we will use slew on a defined point to regroup.


To communicate with others, a voice channel on the "Official Microsoft Flight Simulator Discord” at https://discord.gg/msfs will be available to join.


This is meant to be a fun and informal flight. Everybody is welcome, no matter the amount of experience.


I’m a newbie on Community Fly-In’s, so I have a few questions please.

  1. At RJNA, which runway should we taxi to, in preparation for departure i.e. Rwy 16 or 34? Or should I use local weather/wind/(ATIS if available)/ATC-Ground to determine which runway at the time of that flight?

  2. How will we get the clearance / signal / instruction / etc. for when to take off?

  3. The first Community Fly-In that I participated in was last week’s in Australia. During the flight, the labels for some of the other Players participating appeared on-screen in the sim and sometimes during the flight I was close enough to clearly see their airplanes. However I noticed at the end of the flight, at the arrival airport, I did not see any of the other airplanes landing or on the ground at the airport after I had landed {maybe I spotted one but just briefly} even though many others would have been landing either just a bit ahead or behind me in the flight, and even though I waited in the sim looking until the chat stream indicated the event had ended. I had used the Multiplayer setting “All Players” in the Weather etc. settings when setting up the flight, as per the instruction above. What other settings do I need to make, to ensure that I see the other aircraft in the sim from beginning to end of the flight?

Thanks for organizing this event!

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It really doesn’t matter at all. Choose any runway you like. All our Community Fly-In events are casual, relaxed group flights.

Watch the Twitch livestream on a second screen (or at least listen to it in the background). The hosts provide all this information in real-time. https://twitch.tv/MSFSOfficial


Last week’s fly-in was also my first. I realized that it’s more than a casual event as participants were even flying airliners whereas it was clearly given in the brief which aircraft to use and at what speed. Last week’s fly-in ended at a grass airstrip. I witnessed many planes crashing or crashed there since it was not meant for their size. You probably didn’t land on that airstrip. It is advised to use EASY navigation towards the very end of the flight even if you choose to fly with MEDIUM or HARD navigation options initially. That way you will know exactly where to land.

Hope it helps.

See you in the air today.

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Good thinking and Many Thanks, ZILLNIAZI17

There’s always something valuable to learn in aviation - in the sim or IRL - so thank you for helping me figure this out. So I’ll give the EASY Navigation Option a try once I get going in the Community Fly-In flight, and hopefully that way I’ll end up at the right airport and will be able to see the other participants’ planes land safely too this time!

Looking forward to seeing you there.


See you there after three hours then.

I’ll be flying a JMB VL-3.

The VL-3 might be a tad on the slow side for this flight. We’re suggesting planes that can cruise in the 140-150 knot range. If you find you’re falling behind the group, you can always use slew mode to catch up.

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Thank you for that advice. I’ll be using the JMB VL-3 with a Rotax 915 engine.

I won’t fall behind.


While some people do fly airliners (though the number is usually small), some of those you saw would have been proxy models for aircraft you don’t own.

i will be a little late joining like 25ish min will i be to late to join?

yeah no problem - either slew, or join us at a runway further down the route

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Was fun! :slight_smile: