[Official] Community Fly-In Friday: Nordics

Note the time change: with Europe and North America now on Standard time, we have switched the start time of Fly-In Friday to 1900Z. The start time in your local time zone may or may not be different now.

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 , @simtom2, and @WombiiActual
When: Friday, November 17 @ 1900Z 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:


Last week, we released World Update XV: Nordics & Greenland! There’s just so much to see in this new update that we’re flying not one but two different flight plans this week! Participants will have their choice of either a flight in Iceland :iceland: OR a flight in Sweden :sweden: and Norway :norway:. Both options feature stunningly beautiful natural scenery, bespoke airports, and new hand-crafted points of interest. There’s no wrong decision here; both flight plans are great! You can even fly one route during the livestream and then fly the other one at another time of your convenience.

Regardless of which flight plan you choose, be sure to download the free World Update XV from the in-sim Marketplace!

Option 1: Iceland

Option 2: Sweden and Norway

Pilots on PC can download the .pln file here:
Option 1: Iceland
2023-11-17 Iceland.PLN (3.9 KB)

Option 2: Sweden and Norway
2023-11-17 Sweden & Norway.PLN (3.1 KB)

We will be starting at BIHU (Option 1) or ESNQ (Option 2). Please load your aircraft 10 minutes prior to take off and taxi over to the runway in preparation for departure.


Recommended aircraft: pilots choosing Option 1 (Iceland) will want a plane that can maintain a cruise speed of 130 knots or greater. Good choices are the Diamond DA40, Cirrus SR22, or JMB Aviation VL-3. For those who choose Option 2 (Sweden and Norway), you can fly at a more leisurely 100 knots or so in a plane such as the Cessna 172. Of course, to get into the Nordic spirit, pilots on either route can also fly the new Local Legend 13: Saab B 17A!


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

Variable Setting
Server SE Asia
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.


Thought I would start my solo venture with Iceland, did a bit longer route and bit faster plane to enjoy the view from the skies… I gotta admit my landing was a bit rough, but we all survived… Going to do Sweden to Norway as well

I enjoyed the second flight (Sweden to Norway) more than Iceland. The insider secret is I had to do the Iceland flight twice cause I crashed into one of the mountains trying to get some good views.

But I got some really good views on this flight, especially near the end when I got to fly into the sunset.

Not to mention being able to now say I’ve logged just over 400 hours

I flew this week’s community fly-in flight plan from Sweden to Norway. Around the third waypoint and after, this is how the terrain looks like.

In general, the terrain was not detailed throughout the flight. Matrices and grids all over the terrain.

Please enlarge the photos for better detail (or lack of it!)

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Did you fly this route today? There was a Bing Data outage so that might have affected what you saw.


Yes, earlier today. About 8 hours ago.

Where did they post any news about that?

There’s a banner near the top of the forum.


Right here :slight_smile: Bing Maps Outage 2023-11-15

Suggest marking that category (News & Announcements) as “watching” so you will get notified in the future :smile:

EDIT: Also what Tom said :face_with_hand_over_mouth:

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My two cents, why split the group? Doesn’t that defeat the point of a group flight.

Different ideas are a good thing but at least perhaps make it start/end at the same place. Making it kind of a bullseye event.

I will say though having the option for slower aircraft is a nice change. Too many of the flights are for 120KTS and above which prevents some of the bush planes (Wilga, Zenith, etc) and helicopters being suitable if you want to stay with the group.

So great idea just maybe needed a bit more fleshing out. Or ran over separate weeks.

I think that the main cause for the two flight plans are for a few reasons :slight_smile:

1.) The new World Update, WU15, covers a lot of land that I guess may not be able to all be covered in one flight.

2.) There is a Multiplayer Beta Test flight as well on of these flight plans, so that may be the cause of the split as well.

More reason to do Norway/Sweden one week and then Iceland another. Just can’t help feel we aren’t given those countries enough time in the limelight.

True, and I agree with you, but given that next week is a holiday for some, the team may want to do something in relation to it (Thanksgiving) :blush:

But hey, you can always fly the second flight plan and watch the VOD after :slight_smile:

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Ah so we put it down to the world update being delayed…just cram it in then :wink:

Valid suggestion but I don’t tend to watch the VOD, the fun is in the group flight not the yabbering.

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Route 2 is very simillar to our last community flight we did last sunday:

So I flew again… just now…

And was so disheartened that I did a water landing by cutting the power then and there… and where I landed, please take a look at the DEM in the background.


Will route 2 be broadcast on Twitch for the Final Beta Test 5?
It would be nice to be able to communicate with other Beta testers via Twitch chat.

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It will be streamed on Twitch for what I know :slight_smile: since I think one of the hosts is on the beta.

I may be wrong though! :blush:


Hello @CooganBear,

Members of our panel will be flying both routes, and we’ll be jumping between each panelist’s POV on the Twitch broadcast.



Sounds good.
Thanks for the response. :cowboy_hat_face: