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#1 User is offline   Snr Cap Isaac Tan 

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Posted 04 January 2018 - 06:48 PM

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Singapore Virtual Airlines Group has come a long way to get to where we are today! As part of our 10th Anniversary celebrations, we will be holding a massive groupflight Event spanning 31 weeks. During this world tour, we will visit historic Singapore Airlines destinations as well as exotic airports such as Kai Tak, Princess Juliana, Innsbruck and Paro. At the end of the event in September, we will be giving out prizes to pilots who accumulate the most points (including HRM). These prizes will include Aerosoft/SimMarket vouchers and more currently under discussion with sponsors and developers. Get your visas in order and join us in each week's groupflight to commemorate this milestone, hopping to exquisite airports around the world. Thank you for being a part of SVAG and we hope to see you in the friendly skies soon. Check back often as useful information about the destinations, sceneries and flight planning data will be posted here regularly. If you have any questions or suggestions feel free - as always - to contact us via any channel (Discord, Facebook, Skype, Lounge, Email).


Route Map & Flight Schedules
Flight Schedules - Click here
Interactive Map - Click here
Leaderboard - Click here

Note : Departure timings mean pushback time. Please complete your preflight, connect to the network and file your flightplan at least 10 minutes prior.

Facebook Event Page - RSVP here

Scenery
The Scenery List for payware and freeware can be found in the reply below.


Points System & Prizes
Points accumulation as follows:

a. Pilots who fly the world tour route anytime from 1 Jan-30 Sept will receive 1x points which vary by sector. e.g. WSSS-VHHH departing before Sep 30 will receive 2(points)x1(multiplier)= 2 points
b. Pilots who join the Event groupflights will receive 2x points. e.g. WSSS-VHHH departing 27 Jan 0700z on VATSIM will receive 2(points)x2(multiplier)= 4 points
c. Additionally, airports with challenging arrivals and departures will rewarded difficulty bonus points; these are detailed in the schedule. e.g. WSSS-VHHX departing 27 Jan 0700z on VATSIM will receive 2(points)x2(multiplier)+3(diff.bonus)= 7 points
Difficulty bonus points are excluded from multipliers.

NOTE
There is no need to complete the full tour route to redo a sector you like! Simply use the jump-seat function in VAFS (if you have enough vCash) or just ask our friendly staff.


NOTAMS
- Flight SIA9901A to Kai Tak uses the famous IGS13 approach. Pilots who wish to take an easier approach can fly SIA9901B to Chek Lap Kok Intl where an ILS is available.
- Flight SIA9908 to Old Mariscal Sucre International Airport, Quito, Ecuador is at a very high altitude. Pilots are advised to practice as power and handling characteristics can differ from what you're used to.
- Flight SIA9935A to Paro is arguably the world's hardest approach. Pilots who are not so confident can fly SIA9936B to Kathmandu where an RNAV approach is available.
- Pilots are advised not to carry any fragile cargo if they are flying into an airport with a tough approach.
- Practice your Go-Around procedures! These will come in handy for tricky or unfamiliar airports, of which there are many.
- As this is a very long event which will bring your account location to airports around the world most of which are not currently served by the airline, we will be allowing pilots on the world tour to request jumpseats to any airport at no cost to their accounts. The request can be made via any channel but for expeditious processing we recommend WhatsApp, Facebook message and Discord (in that order). By default we will bring you back to your last world tour airport one day before the next scheduled leg unless advised otherwise.
- Similarly, pilots who wish to join the world tour groupflights after Gimhae will need to catch up offline or request for a jumpseat to the latest location.


Aircraft Usage
As we want everyone to enjoy the celebrations, you can fly ANY commercial aircraft you wish as long as you are able to get from point A to B safely. This includes legacy models that SIA used to operate such as the 707 and Concorde. However, if you're flying with us on actual Event days, using the supersonic Concorde will cause you to be separated from the rest of the group and is therefore not advised. Similarly, using an aircraft that is too slow (anything not considered modern big-iron, really) will cause you to be left behind. Please select an aircraft appropriate for your skill and airport difficulty. Spacecraft and military aircraft are not permitted.


The Fine Print
- Prize draw will not be open to SVAG Management, trainee pilots, suspended pilots or former pilots.
- Points will not be counted for flights that incur any infractions.
- Points are counted for the first time each sector is flown only. Points will not be recounted for re-flying sectors that previously incurred infractions.
- Only pilots who join the Event groupflights flown on VATSIM will qualify for the 2x bonus. All other sectors will award 1x and do not need to be flown on VATSIM.
- HRM will be suspended for the duration of the event and will resume from October 2018.
- The prize winners will be announced between 1 Oct to 7 Oct.
- The tour routes will be open to fly from 1 Jan 2018 to 31 Dec 2018.
- The points calculation for the final draw will close on 30 Sept, 0000UTC.
- The management may amend dates and destinations if necessary as the tour progresses. Such changes will be announced at least 7 days in advance.
- The management reserves the right to amend prizes due to release availability and/or financial considerations.
Isaac Tan
Director of Flight Operations
Singapore Virtual Airlines Group


Discord: discord.gg/aZ4TaSj

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#2 User is offline   Nathan Wong 

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Posted 19 January 2018 - 10:51 PM

Scenery List

Kai Tak
-Freeware
-Payware

Hong Kong
-FSX Freeware
-P3D Freeware
-Payware

Busan Gimhae
-Freeware

Sendai
-Payware

Hobart
-Freeware

McMurdo
-Freeware NZIR
-Freeware Not P3D compatible
-Payware

Sao Paulo
-Freeware
-Payware

Quito
-Freeware
-Payware

Las Vegas
-Freeware
-Payware

Seattle
-Freeware
-Payware
-Payware for P3Dv4 only

Vancouver
-Freeware
-Payware

Chicago
-Freeware
-Payware

Toronto
-Freeware
-Payware

Montreal
-Freeware
-Payware

Newark
-Freeware

Washington
-Freeware
-Payware

St. Marteen
-Freeware
-Payware

Madeira
-Freeware
-Payware

Madrid
-Freeware
-Payware

Brussles
-Freeware
-Payware

Longyearbyen
-Freeware
-Payware

Berlin
-Freeware
-Payware

Vienna
-Freeware
-Payware

Innsbruck
-Freeware
-Payware
-ORBX Payware (Requires FTX Global)

Malta
-Freeware
-Payware

Cairo
-Freeware
-Payware

Durban
-Freeware

Mauritius
-Freeware
-Payware

Riyadh
-Freeware
-Payware

Kuwait
-Freeware
-Payware

Tehran
-Freeware
-Payware

Kabul
-Freeware

Lahore
-Freeware
-Payware

Karachi
-Freeware
-FSX Payware
-P3D Payware

Paro
-Freeware
-Payware

Kathmandu
-Freeware
-Payware

Port Blair
-Freeware
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Posted 23 January 2018 - 09:19 AM

Flight plan for SIA9901B is now available at http://www.singapore...SIA9901B_FP.zip

For pilots going to Kai Tak on 9901A, please visit http://www.vapap.com/kai-tak-airport

Alternatively, if you do not wish to install additional nav files, you can manually intercept the IGS by using VHHH 07R approach maintaining 3000ft.
This plate is all you need: https://i.ytimg.com/...xresdefault.jpg
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Posted 25 February 2018 - 06:09 PM

Antarctica Orientation and Tips

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Attached is a map of McMurdo. We will be landing at Williams Field (NZWD) on Ross Island. Landing can be tricky even in clear conditions as everything on the ground is white. The main runway 26/08 is 3000m long and has black markings on the Aerosoft scenery. 08 also has lead-in and PAPI lights. No ILS is installed. For those without Aerosoft scenery, there is also a decent freeware rendition of the Ice Runway (NZIR) that has previously hosted aircraft such as the C5M Galaxy, linked in the scenery post. You can still use the NZWD route as the two airstrips are close enough for VAFS to detect as a single location.

The South Pole is an extremely remote region; owing to transportation costs, fuel and supplies are also similarly extremely expensive and scarce. If you'd like to make your trip to the South Pole more realistic, consider loading enough fuel at Hobart to sustain your journey all the way to Sao Paolo, some 6800 kilometers away. A guide for the 747-400 is supplied below. If you need advice regarding fuel planning please approach any of the staff.

The most economical route in and out of McMurdo will be supplied by the staff at least 48 hours before the event but fuel planning has to be done separately if you're not flying the 744. As before, approach us if you need help.

Because of how FS (and therefore P3D) is fundamentally coded, navigation and weather works a bit differently at the bottom (and top) of the world. See the second attached picture for a better understanding; the world tiles are basically squished at the ends. Clouds will also become squished, so it's best to set them to "clear" and turn down the visibility for best visual results.

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40 mile visibility, clouds clear. Add precipitation and high winds for an extra touch of realism.
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The following are extracts from the Aerosoft manual on navigation and weather.

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Things become even weirder when talking about navigation. That’s
right, in times of GPS Flight Simulator X only recognizes the two
magnetic poles for directions! No matter if it’s a magnetic compass or
a GPS. When flying “south” FSX always directs you to the magnetic
South Pole, NOT the actual South Pole at S90°! This leads to some
strange behaviour when flying in the southern- (or northern) most
latitudes. VORs don’t work properly anymore, the instructions of the
ATC are not reliable anymore (don’t let ATC direct you to your
destination; you will never arrive there before fuel runs out!). Even the
FSX default GPS won’t tell you where true north/south is but it can still
guide you to your destination if you use your autopilot’s Nav mode to
follow the magenta coloured line.
In fact there are some tools and add-ons whose developers are aware
of the problem and have solved it: FSCommander as well as the panels
of PMDG- and Level-D aircraft switch from magnetic to true headings
when passing S72.5°. There may be more add-ons that solve the
problem in a similar way – therefore it’s always a wise decision to study
the manual of your navigation tool or add-on aircraft before going out
to the cold.


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Weather
Unlike the rest of the world- weather reports can be tricky to obtain
and at times unreliable. Satellite imagery is used and relayed verbally
by radio to pilots either from met forecasters on station or else on
location at the depots. Many sites do not have a manned presence, if
even they have ever been visited before, so inputs are reserved until
weather is perfect- clear blue skies, bright sunshine, and no overhead
cloud cover. This is to enable the best chance of spotting crevassing as
mentioned earlier.

Some useful weather links:

http://www.aipchile....ubicacion/show/
designador/SCCI

This is where you can get the actual weather for Chile as well as live
links to the webcams. If you are lucky you may be able to see the BAS
Twin-Otters here on their ferry flights during October and March. You
can also access the live weather reports for Patriot Hills and the Union
Glacier from here

http://www.aipchile.gob.cl/
Select Antarctica from the menu and then Patriot Hills or Union Glacier
from the drop down menu.

http://amrc.ssec.wisc.edu/data/
This one is the best for all sorts of weather information live
from Antarctica

https://www.bas.ac.u...rothera-webcam/
Live webcam for Rothera Research Station

http://www.antarctic...t/realtime.html
Weather forecasts and current weather reports from the same base
– in some cases even including cloud type information in addition to
the cloud layers. A perfect source to create realistic Antarctic weather
themes in FSX!

http://www.bom.gov.a.../handbook.shtml
“The International Antarctic Weather Forecasting Handbook” is a
perfect lecture for those interested in some more in depth knowledge
about weather in Antarctica.



Boeing, on operating their 747s and 777s near the poles: http://www.boeing.co...v_by_model.html

Test flights to NZWD have turned up the following observations and precautions.
1. Do not load fragile or hazmat cargo.
2. On aircraft that have it, use TRU north mode when crossing 82S.
3. On PMDG 747v3/777, disable HIGH IDLE in the FMC A/C options so that thrust reversers are immediately available on touchdown.
4. Wheel brakes are ineffective on ice; taxi slowly and start braking far in advance.
5. It is very difficult to visually locate and line up with the runways (everything is white). Routes with specific LAT/LON waypoints will be provided for both NZWD and NZIR.

Fuel Planning:
To keep things realistic, tankering is advised due to Jet A unavailability at Antarctica. You will land overweight but Finance has concluded that the cost of transporting fuel there far outweighs the increased inspection and maintenance costs. The following is a rough guide for the 747.

SIA9905 YMHB-NZWD
               FUEL    CORR    ENDUR
TRIP          55202  ........  04:33 
CONT 5%        2760  ........  00:16
NO ALTN        2745  ........  00:15
FINAL RESV     5165  ........  00:30
MIN T/O       65872  ........  05:34
TANKER        97555  ........
EXTRA             0  ........  00:00
TAXI            450  ........  00:10       
RELEASE      163877  ........  05:44

FUEL TANK CAP 173425 KG / MAX EXTRA FUEL -38775 KG LIM BY LDW
TRIP CORR FOR 4000 KG TOW INCR: +555 KG / 4000 KG TOW DECR: -508 KG
2000 FT LOWER:  +722 KG / EET 04:33  CLB: 250/340/84  DES: 86/340/250

SIA9906 NZWD-SBGR
               FUEL    CORR    ENDUR
TRIP          93104  ........  09:41 
CONT 5%        4655  ........  00:37
NO ALTN        2002  ........  00:15
FINAL RESV     3726  ........  00:30
MIN T/O      103487  ........  11:03
EXTRA          1288  ........  00:10
TAXI            225  ........  00:05       
RELEASE      105000  ........  11:18

FUEL TANK CAP 173425 KG / MAX EXTRA FUEL 50620 KG LIM BY LDW
TRIP CORR FOR 4000 KG TOW INCR: +1242 KG / 4000 KG TOW DECR: -1045 KG
2000 FT LOWER:  +1533 KG / EET 09:46  CLB: 250/340/84  DES: 86/340/250


Regular maps stretch the poles significantly due to limitations of mapping a globe out flat. The great circle map below is useful in understanding where the next two legs will take you.

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Posted 16 September 2018 - 09:32 AM

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The management has secured prizes for the event with generous sponsorship from Imaginesim which have offered WSSS2018 upon release very soon.
Event will close on 30 September 2018 2359z, with whatever flights already in the air at that time considered valid. Flights that Block Off after 2359 are not eligible for prize calculation although your hours and earnings will still be added as per normal.

1st prize: Imaginesim WSSS2018 for Prepar3D
2nd prize: EUR10 Simmarket vouchers
3rd prize: EUR5 Simmarket vouchers


Prizes are subject to change due to financial or release considerations. If the 1st prize pilot does not own Prepar3D, a Simmarket voucher of equivalent dollar value will be awarded or - at the pilot's choice - a copy of WSSS2010 + voucher up to the equivalent value of the 2018 release. WSSS2018 is scheduled for release in the very near future, and Management makes no commitment to a release timeline. Should there be a pushback, the prize will be awarded as and when it is released. Prizes cannot be resold or exchanged for cash.
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