[OFFICIAL] Community Fly-in Friday: Snowy Himalayas

Above: the Potala Palace from forum moderator @CasualClick

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, and @Pieter1982NL

When: Friday, December 3 @ 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:


This week’s flight plan will see us traversing beautiful valleys in the world’s tallest mountain range, the Himalayas! We will also fly over a very interesting POI, the Potala Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1994. PC pilots who wish to join us can download the .pln file here:
Community Fly-In 2021-Dec-03 Snowy Himalayas.pln (18.1 KB)

For Xbox pilots, I will spend the first few minutes of the stream quickly explaining how you can create your own flight plan using the World Map. Alternatively, you can simply fly along with the group without using a pre-defined flight plan.


Recommended aircraft: a turboprop or jet like the TBM 930, L-39 Albatross, or similar (suggested cruise speed of around 275-300 knots)

We will be starting at ZULS. Please load your aircraft 10 minutes prior to take off and taxi over to the taxiway or parking.


We will be using a custom weather preset for this flight, “Nice Snow”. For PC players, please download the file below and place it in the following location (replace YOURNAME with your Windows username):


NiceSnow.WPR (2.5 KB)


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 Nice Snow
Time of Day Morning

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.


Where do you install the ‘nice snow’ weather package if you have the steam version of MSFS?


Nice, havent explored that area yet with the new Himilaya mesh from Orbx :slight_smile: Lets see how many airplanes smash into the runway at Paro :slight_smile:

C:\Users\YOURNAME\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft Flight Simulator\Weather\Presets


Store version:

Steam version:
%APPDATA%\Microsoft Flight Simulator\Weather\Presets


That’s it. Thank you!

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Can someone recommend a suitable easy-to-fly aircraft from the suggested list that is suitable for beginners for this event please?

The TBM 930 is a solid choice for this flight. If you have the Reno Air Races expansion, the L-39 Albatross is also good.

Thanks, I’ll load up the TBM 930 and have a few minutes practise.

hola uno nuevo por aki

Really enjoyed this flight! Thanks to all who made it happen and it looked like there were plenty of people flying.


Hola a todos!! Hi everyone!!!

Otro nuevo por aqui!!

I didn’t expect the L-39 to be that powerful, at some points I could barely keep up with the MB339A, I still enjoyed it a lot, I love formation flying, and I really did enjoy the amount of formations there were in this flight.

Can’t wait for next week’s flight

I struggled to get speed above 210Kts in the TBM 930. Not sure what I was doing wrong.

I realize that being candid is frowned upon by some, but I’m having slightly less fun since community fly-ins started to turn into what I frequently perceive as races against time.

If your available time is limited, why not pick flight plans that are slightly shorter so you don’t have to rush to the destination and to the end of the stream?

If you suggest a set of aircraft for participants, why does the person leading the tour pretty consistently seem to pick the fastest one available? Perhaps the “pacemaker” could be in an aircraft that all the suggested planes can keep up with?

Also, Twitch mods, if you don’t understand something, please consider thinking twice before punishing someone. When SeedyL and Pieter discussed people in jet fighters with unknown liveries showing up as Bonanzas (instead of a matching jet with some default livery), I wrote in chat “bad model matching – serving customers for 20 years and still going strong”, commenting on the fact that no flight sim since the advent of multiplayer flying and aircraft add-ons has managed to have decent model matching out of the box. I don’t feel that warrants any intervention, certainly not a long timeout like I received.