Peru: Journey to Machu Picchu - Community Fly-in Event

I’ve arranged a community Fly-in open event, free to those who would like to fly along and available for all skill levels. The goal is to have a great time, explore Peru, and make new friends.

When: Sunday, [20:00 BST] [12:00 PST] [21:00 CEST] for roughly 3 hours.

There will also be a Discord event channel open for those who want to voice and/or text chat.

Please see below for details for the upcoming Fly-In event.

FLIGHT DETAILS

Get that oxygen mask ready because we are going to the breathtakingly (no pun intended) stunning Peruvian Andes for some panoramic flying!

We will start at the large western coast town of Lima at Las Palmas Airport (SPLP) and fly north east quickly ascending along the spectacular Chaclacayo valley.

At the small village of La Oroya we will make a right turn and make our way to our first stop: Jauja Airport (SPJJ).

After regrouping there, we will continue the flight south east towards Santa Rosa District where we will perform a touch and go at the (currently comically elevated) Luisiana Airport (SPLA) before landing a few short miles beyond at San Francisco Airport (SPPE).

Continuing, the route will weave its way through the steep valleys to the challenging Kiteni Airport (SPKI), this will be our second stop.

For the final leg we will be approaching the ancient and majestic site of Machu Picchu! But it’s tricky to get to. Stay high and miss it? Or keep low and weave through the dangerous valleys?

Once passed Machu Picchu, we will follow the flight plan south east through to the large town of Cusco until we reach our destination airport: Tnte Fap Alejandro Velazco Ast (SPZO).

PLANNING

For this flight we will be using the Cessna 208 B Grand Caravan EX, but you can use any aircraft you like, just be sure that it can climb well and cruise at 17500 feet. The flight plan follows the valley paths quite closely, so your aircraft will need to be relatively easily manoeuvrable.

Please load your aircraft 15 minutes prior to take off and taxi over to the taxiway or parking.

Around 5 minutes prior to take off begin taxiing to the active runway. We will do a parallel start and after that start departing north east to the Chaclacayo valley.

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 re-join the pack.

WEATHER

We will use the clear skies preset.

MULTIPLAYER SETTINGS

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

Server: West Europe

Multiplayer: All Players

Weather & Time: Clear skies – change the time of day to around midday.

COMMUNICATION

To communicate with others, a voice and text channel is available on the Machu Picchu Fly-in Discord server https://discord.gg/5ZrpvE where everyone is welcome to join in.

I have a disability which prevents me from speaking fluently on the microphone, so if anyone with a microphone would like to lead the event on voice chat please make yourself known!

Also, if anyone would like to stream the event on YouTube or Twitch please feel free, be sure to share the link so we can all join in!

FLIGHT PLAN

A .PLN file is provided by the following link:

To use the flight plan, follow these steps:

Download the flight plan to an easy-to-remember location

Open MSFS

Go to the globe

Click “Load/Save” on the bottom of your screen

Click “Load”

Navigate to the downloaded flight plan

Click load.

LET’S FLY

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

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Great initiative man!.
I Download the flight plan, in not fly tomorrow…i fly other day for sure!

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I’m looking forward to it, but I probably won’t be able to stay until the end!

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Sounds good. Will be there.

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Great idea, on the camino del inka… It’s my second home country, I lived some years in Cusco and lima, this journey seems interesting personally for me, hope I can join it!

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I flew this same route, or close to it, but in reverse. I’ll try and make it, as it was a good trip.

I took the Shock Ultra last time. Not fast but it could handle the altitude. I want to try somth8ng else, though.

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Just to confirm: 20:00 GMT , so it’s 22:00 Zürich, and not 21:00 as in the title, correct?

(I live in “Zurich time”, that’s why I am asking for)

Or just announce UTC -time ?

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19:00 GMT as in the title would be preferable for me and probably many in Europe. If it starts at 20 GMT it will end at about 1 AM GMT+2. Still a bit late but more manageable.

It would also be worth ensuring that the options for using Generic Plane Models are turned on, for both AI, and Multiplayer. You don’t want avionics failures while up in the mountains.

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Zurich time is currently 1 hour ahead of summertime GMT, so it will be 21:00z start.

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The flight plan itself is about 2h 20mins, I rounded up the estimated time to the nearest hour as these things often overrun.

Hmm, but that makes for three different start times!
21:00Z = 21:00 GMT, while the thread start specifies both 21:00 GMT+2 (19:00Z) and in the text 20:00 GMT = 20:00Z.

Edit: Oh. You mean Z as in Zurich time, not Zulu?

To help with any confusion, here is a countdown timer to the start of the event. :wink:

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In future, you might want to consider either shorter trips, or earlier start times.

Thanks for the feedback, I’ll take that on board for the next one.

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That said, I’ll see you at 8! :slight_smile:

I did fly the first few legs earlier, we should see interesting things…

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My timer runs for 2 hours and a little longer. It is shortly before 7 p.m. in Germany, so it will be 9 p.m., do you have other times in Zurich?

@ [FlavourFlav365]
You can always set a timer, this makes the wild converting easier :wink:

I did try to embed a countdown timer widget into the post to make it easy for people to see it quickly but I don’t yet know how to do that.

So the link to the countdown timer will have to do for now. :slightly_smiling_face:

@FlavourFlav365

The link is sufficient

Discord invitation is invalid I am told :-/