[OFFICIAL] Community Fly-In Friday: Rainbow Canyon

A YouTube video showing various military jets flying through Rainbow Canyon

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, @simtom2, and @FSTBChunky

When: Friday, May 27 @ 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:


Do you feel the need for speed? The Top Gun: Maverick expansion is available now as a free download from the in-sim Marketplace! To celebrate the release of this DLC and the new Top Gun film in cinemas, this week’s Community Fly-In Friday will see us flying F/A-18 Super Hornets departing from Miramar, performing a touch & go landing at Edwards AFB, flying through the Rainbow Canyon (aka Star Wars Canyon), then continuing on to a full stop landing at Las Vegas.

Pilots on PC can download the .pln file here:
Community Fly-In Friday 2022-05-27 Rainbow Canyon.PLN (11.4 KB)

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


Recommended aircraft: F/A-18 Super Hornet or another fast jet of your choice.


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.


I have cracked open the flight plan and have laid out the waypoints for any Xbox pilots who want to recreate this plan for themselves. 43 waypoints! Remember that you will need to input the Departure and Arrival airports first, then you can add the other waypoints to the plan. You can input the decimal LAT and LONG into the search bar on the left to get the custom waypoint you can add to the plan. You can search for the named POIs using the same search box. You can adjust the cruising alt by hitting the NAV LOG button on the top right under the flight conditions box.

Departure KNKX runway 6L
Arrival KLAS
Altitude 5500

  1. KNKX Miramar MCAS
  2. KEDW Edwards AFB
  3. 35.364758, -118.005211
  4. 35.828987, -117.862762
  5. 35.913189, -117.907784
  6. 35.995140, -117.955574
  7. 36.099392, -117.968056
  8. 36.286522, -117.970490
  9. 36.382717, -117.864799
  10. 36.345081, -117.811874
  11. 36.331486, -117.727089
  12. 36.317085, -117.680206
  13. 36.323425, -117.659676
  14. 36.339581, -117.648270
  15. 36.384144, -117.627121
  16. 36.377865, -117.581841
  17. 36.367760, -117.572044
  18. 36.357937, -117.566277
  19. 36.355728, -117.553207
  20. 36.361652, -117.536621
  21. 36.365635, -117.529762
  22. 36.365849, -117.525421
  23. 36.363869, -117.521004
  24. 36.366642, -117.498634
  25. 36.379181, -117.478470
  26. 36.318050, -117.383827
  27. 36.019470, -117.237213
  28. 35.875248, -117.175850
  29. 35.770832, -117.131630
  30. 35.727501, -117.102142
  31. 35.578110, -117.064720
  32. 35.560711, -116.938568
  33. 35.587242, -116.732437
  34. 35.637299, -116.615776
  35. 35.698452, -116.525780
  36. 35.638721, -116.264404
  37. 35.640446, -115.880600
  38. 35.616131, -115.765991
  39. 35.544567, -115.723503
  40. 35.344193, -115.599686
  41. 35.324203, -115.401596
  42. 35.598515, -115.405342
  43. KLAS Mc Carran Intl

There has to be a simpler way to do this. Not fair to XBOX flyers.


Agreed, this takes a lifetime to input the flight plan!

I was excited to do this fly-in but man the default FA 18 needs some work.

Only 14 waypoints actually load into the aircraft when you use the flight plan downloaded from here.

I wish I would have known I needed to input all the rest manually. Also, being on the Asian server with a higher ping, aircraft would blink on and blink off for a good portion of the flight. So only 14 waypoints coupled with people flashing on and off periodically at random resulted in not being able to follow any of it properly.

I hope that can be addressed.

That happened to one of the hosts. I don’t think it is intentional that only 14 waypoints load in as some loaded the full flight plan while others didn’t.

@WheeledWeevil13 was good to see you during the event yesterday, nice flying!

@akfouronesix You as well! It was cool to see a familiar name at the event. It was fun!

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