Fly Around The World With Me
268 Individual Flights


My Flight Around The World


  Hi, my name is Michelle (aka Mike)

I would like you to...

    Fly Around the World With Me

After I retired in 2002, I took a year off from the world and I created, flew and saved 268 individual flights that now comprise my trip around the world. All 268 flights have been created with IFR flight plans, so we'll be relying upon ATC throughout. The adventure begins in Oceano, California on Tuesday, November 19, 2002, about 06:40 AM local time, and concludes in November 2003 (a year later) back in Oceano.

I spent literally hundreds of hours planning, plotting and documenting these 268 "virtual" flights. The entire adventure is broken down into 8 parts. Here are a couple of maps:

INSTALLATION
Click HERE


PREREQUISITES
Click HERE


PAUSE ON DESCENT
Click HERE


IFR APPROACHES
Click HERE


The adventure is constructed as a novel and throughout this trip I am the co-pilot flying along with you. Since I've actually flown these routes before, I will share with you what to expect en route. In this lengthy novel we'll be staying in real hotels and visiting real world locations. Here's a sample:

FLIGHT 01: November 19, 2002 - 06:40
Oceano, California (L52)
Half Moon Bay, California (KHAF)
We get an early start on our trip to Half Moon Bay, CA by departing at 6:40AM. About 1:40 minutes into the flight, we've been told that we'll hit some bumpy spots and bounce around a bit. But, you're the pilot and I have no worries! We'll arrive in Half Moon Bay around 8:35AM. We'll spend a few hours checking out the scenery. While in the Bay area, we need to drive over to the Western Union office in San Francisco to send a telex to Russia - more about this later in the flight. Then we'll depart for Reno, Nevada at about 12:45PM.

Do You Enjoy a Challenge?
If you're the kind of person who enjoys the challenge of “really flying”, then I think you will find this one-year trip (that'll likely take you many years to complete) both educational and great fun.

Take Lots of Pictures and Videos
Take lots of pictures and shoot some videos along the way, then kindly share your media with other IYPers by uploading the material to our Support Forum, in the section entitled:

In addition, since we have IYP users in over 150 countries, if you live somewhere along the flight path, then please send us "real" information and pictures of the area... that would be wonderful.

Fly The Route With Other IYPers!
Just as we do in the Come Fly With Me sessions, you can arrange to fly these routes with other IYPers... it's great fun! Just visit the Come Fly With Me website for details on how to set up your system to share in this experience:

Have fun and enjoy yourself.

A Word Of Caution:
Do not attempt to take this trip unless you are intimately familiar with flying IFR flight plans in a General Aviation aircraft.


THE ADVENTURE       (click links below for details)

Our Trip Around The World - PART ONE
PART ONE of our trip around the world leaves from Oceano, California, travels north through Canada and Alaska, across to Russia, Japan, Taiwan, the Philippines, Brunei, Indonesia and ends up in Port Hedland, Australia.

Our Trip Around The World - PART TWO
PART TWO of our trip around the world leaves from Port Hedland Australia, takes us across northern Australia, travels through seventeen countries in the South Pacific, as well as visiting New Zealand and Tasmania and returns to Port Hedland via the southern part of Australia.

Our Trip Around The World - PART THREE
PART THREE of our trip around the world leaves from Port Hedland Australia, heads north to Bali, Indonesia, through Thailand, Myanmar, Bangladesh and into India. The trip continues down through India to Sri Lanka, the Maldives, back north via India, Pakistan, through the ’stans’ to Moscow, Russia.

Our Trip Around The World - PART FOUR
PART FOUR of our trip around the world leaves from Moscow, Russia to St. Petersburg, then north to Finland, wanders throughout the Balkins and the Middle East, ending up in Asmara, Eritrea on June 7, 2003.

My Trip Around The World - PART FIVE
PART FIVE travels around Africa, leaving from Asmara, Eritrea on June 9, 2003 ending up in Malta on July 24, 2003.

Our Trip Around The World - PART SIX
PART SIX travels all around Europe. leaving from Malta on July 25, 2003, wanders all over Europe and ends up in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on August 29, 2003.

Our Trip Around The World - PART SEVEN
PART SEVEN leaves from Montreal on Septeber 1, 2003 and takes us down the east coast of the USA, hopping through the Caribbean to South America, ending up in Rio De Janeiro.

Our Trip Around The World - PART EIGHT
PART EIGHT leaves Rio De Janeiro on Monday October 6, 2003 and takes us south to Argentina, then through Chile, Peru, other South American countries and up through Central America, Mexico and back to Oceano, California.

 
PREREQUISITES:

  There are 6 major requirements in order to participate and enjoy this Trip Around the World Challenge... namely:

  1. You must be an IYP Registered User

  2. Do NOT change the Flight Information

  3. You must fly a General Aviation (GA) aircraft that can climb to at least 16,000 feet, with a Range capability of no less than 800 miles, and is fully supported by the IYP system.

  4. You need to file a PIREP (pilots report) per leg

  5. You need to execute ALL of the CHECKLISTS and perform the flight in the ONLINE MODE!

  6. Only FSX and Prepar3D (with the Mooney Bravo) are supported.   FS2004 (FS9) is no longer supported.

  7. Only FSX and Prepar3D (with the Beechcraft Baron 58 installed) are supported.   FS2004 (FS9) is no longer supported.


1. YOU MUST BE A REGISTERED USER:

Since the FREE version of IYP only supports the Cessna Skyhawk (C172), only users who have purchased an IYP REGISTRATION KEY will be able to participate in this extraordinary challenge.



2. DO NOT CHANGE THE FLIGHT INFORMATION

The principle idea behind our Trip Around The World, is that this entire event took place over the period between November 2002 through November 2003. Therefore, it is vital that you do not change the date or time of the flights. In addition, the weather conditions that are described throughout the "story", were the actual conditions on those days. So, do not change the weather settings either. Doing so, will defeat the entire purpose of the adventure.

In other words, DO NOT USE THE FLIGHT PLANNER... simply load the flight from Free Flights, that are numbered and ordered as 001-, 002-, 003-, etc.

After hearing... "It's Your Plane, we're ready to go!", ensure that you're displayed with a BLUE BACKGROUD on the IYP Flight Tracker (click Who's Flying on the IYP site)

If you alter any of the settings mentioned above, the IYP servers will automatically DELETE your flight from the system, so it will not count as a completed flight in any case.



3. USE A SUITABLE IYP SUPPORTED AIRCRAFT:

The default aircraft are the Microsoft Baron 58 and the Microsoft Mooney Bravo. The Baron 58 aircraft is loaded by default in the flights in PARTS 1 and 2 of the adventure. When we reach Bangkok in PART 3, we trade-in our Baron for a Mooney Bravo!

The reason we STRONGLY RECOMMEND using these default aircraft, is to keep the story line, flight and arrival times, climb and descent rates consistent with the flight descriptions and notes. Please keep in mind...

    THIS IS NOT A RACE AGAINST TIME!

It is intended to be a real-world trip! However, if authenticity is of little or no importance to you, you can chose to use another aircraft.

Other suitable planes are...

  • Carenado Beechcraft Baron 58 (BE58)
  • Carenado Cessna C340 (C340)
  • Carenado Cessna Skylane 182Q (C182)
  • Carenado Mooney Bravo (M20J)
  • Carenado Piper Cherokee (PA28)
  • Carenado Piper Dakota (PA28)
  • Carenado Piper Seneca (PA34)
  • Carenado Stationair Passenger (C206)
  • Quest Kodiak (KODI)
  • Realair Beechcraft Duke (BE60)
  • Realair Beechcraft Duke Turbine (BE6T)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Using an aircraft NOT listed above, will result in your flight results being EXCLUDED from the Fly Around The World PIREP / ACARS section.

EXTREMELY IMPORTANT NOTE: DO NOT SAVE AND RELOAD YOUR FLIGHT AFTER CHANGING AIRCRAFT.



4. FILE PIREP (Pilot Reports):

When you complete a flight and file a PIREP, the system then permits you to download the next in the series of 268 flights that comprise the Trip Around The World.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Failure to file a PIREP will prohibit you from downloading the next flight. The flights MUST be flown in sequence; 1-268.

Starting ACARS:
Before starting our aircraft, you can say the phrase...

    "Start ACARS Logging"
By doing so, you effectively open a communication link between our aircraft and the It's Your Plane servers. You can then view the ACARS data throughout the flight by using the phrases...

    "Bring up the ACARS panel"
    "Get rid of the ACARS panel"
After we arrive at the destination airport, and we run through the Shut Down checklist, you'll be asked if you want to upload your ACARS data to the IYP servers. By answering in the affirmative, all of the "Black-Box" in-flight data of our flight is transmitted to the IYP servers. This data can then be viewed by going to the IYP Pilot's Lounge located HERE, and clicking on the link entitled...

    Fly Around The World - PIREP!

You can learn everything there is to know about the IYP ACARS system by going HERE.



5. Do All Checklists in the ONLINE MODE

We highly recommend performing ALL of the Checklists to ensure that the aircraft is suitably prepared for the flight. In particular, the execution of the Shut Down Checklist is VERY IMPORTANT so that you can (as part of that process) elect to UPLOAD your ACARS data. It is also MANDATORY that you perform the filght in the ONLINE MODE, else your ACARS data will NOT BE PROCESSED.



6. Mooney Bravo (M20K)

There are many very long flights in this adventure. If you are flying the default Mooney Bravo, Michelle will likely tell you that you have insufficent fuel to make the flight. In order to address this issue, you'll need to add larger capacity fuel tanks. The Mooney Bravo can be re-configured with fuel tanks that can be increased in size to hold 106 gallons.

Mooney Bravo Details:

Using NOTEPAD, open the Mooney Bravo AIRCRAFT.CFG file, typically located here:

C:\Program Files\Microsoft Games\Microsoft Flight Simulator X\SimObjects\Airplanes\Mooney_Bravo

Search the file for the following...

    [fuel]

You will see these two lines...

    LeftMain = -4.1, -7.9, -0.8, 47.5, 3.0
    RightMain = -4.1, -7.9, -0.8, 47.5, 3.0

Change the values of 71 to 97...

    LeftMain = -4.1, -7.9, -0.8, 53.0, 3.0
    RightMain = -4.1, -7.9, -0.8, 53.0, 3.0

Save the file and restart your simulator.

If you fill both tanks to the maximum (100%), you'll likely be slightly over-weight. So, since we have a bunch of "stuff" on board (including our toothpaste), don't add more than 80% fuel per tank unless absolutely necessary!



7. Beechcraft Baron 58 (BE58)

There are many very long flights in this adventure. If you are flying the default Baron58, Michelle will likely tell you that you have insufficent fuel to make the flight. In order to address this issue, you'll need to add larger capacity fuel tanks. The Baron 58 can be re-configured with fuel tanks that hold a total of 194 gallons.

Baron 58 Details:

Using NOTEPAD, open the Baron58 AIRCRAFT.CFG file, typically located here:

C:\Program Files\Microsoft Games\Microsoft Flight Simulator X\SimObjects\Airplanes\beech_baron_58

Search the file for the following...

    [fuel]

You will see these two lines...

    LeftMain = -8.46, -6.45, 0.0, 71.0, 0.0
    RightMain = -8.46, 6.45, 0.0, 71.0, 0.0

Change the values of 71 to 97...

    LeftMain = -8.46, -6.45, 0.0, 97.0, 0.0
    RightMain = -8.46, 6.45, 0.0, 97.0, 0.0

Save the file and restart your simulator.

If you fill both tanks to the maximum (100%), you'll likely be slightly over-weight. So, since we have a bunch of "stuff" on board (including our toothpaste), don't add more than 80% fuel per tank unless absolutely necessary!




 
INSTALLATION:

  Well, the installation is as easy as falling off of a log! Simply click on the:

    Secure User Login

link on the right hand side of the IYP Web site and enter your

    E-mail Address and your Password
Once in the IYP Dashboard, click on the link at the top entitled:

    Trip Around The World

On that page, you will be able to download the NEXT flight file in the adventure. UNZIP the contents of the downloaded file to the folder where you typically store your flights. For example,

XP: FSX:
C:\Documents and Settings\[USERNAME]\My Documents\Flight Simulator Files X\

Vista/Windows 7 and 8: FSX:
C:\Users\[USERNAME]\Documents\Flight Simulator Files X\

NOTE:
There is no need to save the ZIP file that you download - it is a TEMPORARY file on our servers and automatically gets DELETED after a few minutes.

EXTREMELY IMPORTANT NOTE:
Ensure that your session appears with a BLUE background color in the Flight Tracker located HERE



 
PAUSE ON DESCENT:

  If you decide that you want take advantage of the iYP feature that will have Michelle pause the aircraft 25-miles before the logical start of descent, then you need to be careful how you handle ATC communications in order to avoid having your FLIGHT CANCELLED!

Once you have the aircraft stabilised at your cruising altitude, WAIT FOR ATC to contact you in order to hand you off to the next controller. e.g., you will hear...

    "Beech November 710 Delta Sierra"
    "Contact Tokyo Centre on 123.5"
If you are using SimpleATC, respond with...

    "Acknowledge", or
    "Acknowledge handoff", or
    "Select one"

If you are using SuperATC, respond with...

    "Going to 123.5"

Then...

DO NOT CONTACT THE NEXT CONTROLLER

Simply say to Michelle,

    "Pause on start of descent"

and go to dinner!

When you return to your simulator, you may very well see that Michelle has paused the aircraft 25 miles before the logical start of descent point. Simply say...

    "Run the simulator"

and the flight will continue.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  1. If there were a the number of waypoints in the flight plan, and you are much further down-stream, then ATC may start rattling off a bunch of commands like, "Turn left", "Turn right", etc., then finally end the dialog with either... "Resume own navigation", or give you directions to an assigned landing runway. At that point you continue communicating with ATC as per normal.

  2. On the FSX menu bar, go to...

      Options > Settings > General

    and ensure that the box entitled

      Pause on task switch

    is UNCHECKED!




 
IFR APPROACHES:

  There are basically 3 different types of IFR/ATC approaches that you will be dealing with throughout this adventure:
  1. ILS Approaches
  2. Visual Approaches
  3. GPS Approaches
ILS Approaches
When ATC directs you to land on a specific runway at the destination airport and indicates that you'll be making an ILS approach, for example ILS Runway 26, then right after you receive and acknowledge the assignment, you can say to Michelle...
    "Load the ILS Approach Frequency for Runway 26."
Michelle will set NAV-1 to the ILS approach frequency and automatically set (and report) the Runway Course. When ATC directs you onto BASE (i.e. 90 degrees off of the destination runway), execute the approach and landing checklist by saying to Michelle...
    "Approach Checklist."

You can then let Michelle assist you with the landing or not... the choice is yours!

Visual and GPS Approaches
When ATC directs you to land on a specific runway at the destination airport and indicates that you'll be making a GPS or Visual approach, for example Visual Runway 26, then right after ATC directs you onto BASE (i.e. 90 degrees off of the destination runway), execute the approach and landing checklist by saying to Michelle...

    "Approach Checklist."

You can then let Michelle assist you with the landing or not... the choice is yours!

Then, when ATC gives you your final vector to the assigned runway and instructs you to contact the Tower or Local Traffic, you can say to Michelle...

    "Prepare to make a Visual Approach on Runway 26."
She will set the Course, then indicate that she's turning the aircraft towards the "Entry Point". After reaching the "Entry Point", Michelle will say...

    "I'm making a gentle turn towards the runway!"

The rest is up to you!



Good luck... and remember...

    "Keep the blue stuff UP!"

Regards.
Robert Cezar - IYP Developer.