[Official] Community Fly-In Friday: Women's Air Derby

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, @AlyKatz, @FactualGull1036, and @Heidiological
When: Friday, March 8 @ 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:


March 8 is both International Women’s Day and part of Women of Aviation Week! To mark this occasion, our Community Fly-In this week will be a historic re-creation of the first two stages of one of the most important events from the pioneering days of women’s aviation history, the 1929 Women’s Air Derby!

Joining us on this flight will be four fantastic women from the Microsoft Flight Simulator community: our own CM @Jummivana plus Twitch streamers @AlyKatz, @FactualGull1036, and @Heidiological, all of whom are either IRL licensed pilots or student pilots!

Pilots on PC can download the .pln file here:
2024-03-08 Women’s Air Derby.PLN (4.2 KB)

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


Recommended aircraft: Beechcraft Bonanza, Beechcraft Staggerwing, Beechcraft Baron, Diamond DA62, Cessna Caravan, or any other plane of your choice that can maintain a cruise speed of ~170 knots.


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.

Learned a lot today during this community flight dedicated to International Women’s Day! As usual a fun flight. Looking forward to the upcoming leg of the community world tour!


I learned a lot today & thoroughly enjoyed it. I didn’t manage to get set up in time to fly, but was watching immensely.

I’m trying to locate the book that Jayne was talking about, hoping to find it on amazon for my kindle. It does sound like a good read.


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Had a lovely time flying with you all, very interesting hearing all the cool facts and information about that historic flight. Swapped to the Avro Vulcan a little later and had a fun time trying to stay in formation, with surprising success :stuck_out_tongue:

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Hello @shysuzie79,

The book is called “Fly Girls” by author Keith O’Brien. The amazon.com link is below. If you’re located in a non-US country, you can probably find it on your localized Amazon site.




Just checked it out from the library today - right after the flight.

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Thanks Seedy, very much appreciated.

Unfortunately, I am from a non US location, over the sea in the UK. Currently the only copies that can be purchased in our local amazon site are used. Still trying to find the best deal, possibly heading to book store but I’ll definitely be purchasing at some stage.

I’m Scottish, for anyone else reading this post afterwards.

Update - Bought last copy from a store for £6.20.

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