Downloads will be available from 16 October with about 2 flights per day. Please submit a PIREP only after the date of the flight.
Each flight is based upon the following:
- Start your time with “wheels rolling” on the take-off run.
- Climb to cruising altitude at ‘Best rate of climb’ speed, 105 kts Indicated Airspeed. Adjust your rate of climb to maintain this speed.
- Cruise at 2050 RPM and about 30″ MP to give you a ground speed of 150 kts. Adjust your throttle (MP) to maintain this speed.
- Calculate your own Top of Descend and maintain cruising speed during the descend, except for the approach phase where should be at appropriate speed.
- Plan your approach to land at the runway indicated in the flight description, doing a normal aerodrome traffic circuit. Joining on final or base leg will not be allowed.
- On landing, come to a full stop as soon as possible and then stop the timer. This is the time you will send off to us, using the PIREP form on the PIREP page.
- For an intermediate landing, stop the timer when coming to a stop on the runway. Continue the timer again on the take-off roll.
- Always follow the Semicircular Cruising Level System (ICAO) or semi-circular rule.
The first World Rally flight begins at Bassel Al-Assad Intl, Syria and concludes at Bar Yehuda, Israel. The distance is 255nm and will take approximately one and three quarter hours to complete.
The flight is a fairly simple flight departing in a southerly direction keeping fairly close to the coast. When close to Beirut, a turn left will then take us to Sea of Galilee, a freshwater lake in Israel. At levels between 705 – 686 ft below sea level, it is the lowest freshwater lake in the world.
From here we continue on a southerly heading, keeping the Jordan River just to our left, towards the Dead Sea – a saltwater lake landlocked between Israel and Jordan. The Dead Sea has the lowest elevation and is the lowest body of water on the surface of the Earth.
Our flight will end at the Bar Yehuda Airfield in the Masada National Park, featuring ancient ruins. At 1266 ft below mean sea level, Bar Yehuda Airfield is the lowest airport in the world.
The second World Rally flight begins at Tromsø, Norway and concludes at Mo I Rana, Norway. The distance is approximately 325nm and will take approximately two hours and fifteen minutes to complete.
Tromsø, a city in northern Norway, is a major cultural hub above the Arctic Circle. It’s famed as a viewing point for colorful Northern Lights that sometime light up the nighttime sky.
Flight two is a scenic dusk departure and is a flight along the western coast of Norway. Enjoy this magnificent scenery on the flight, it is excellent in X-Plane.
You will be faced with a difficult offset ILS approach to a night landing. When you get the Middle Marker, you should start your left turn towards the runway, which will be visible by now.
The third World Rally flight begins at Kairuku, Papua New Guinea and concludes at Bulolo, Papua New Guinea. The distance is approximately 221nm and will take approximately two hours and twenty minutes to complete.
Kairuku Airport is located on Yule Island, off the southern coast of New Guinea, roughly 70 miles northwest of Port Moresby. Former French WW1 ace Leon Bourjade, who was credited with 28 aerial victories (27 balloons and 1 aircraft), served as a missionary on Yule.
We will head off to the mainland in a northeasterly direction, with a climb to 12 500ft, to Garaina (GAR) Airstrip (gravel) which is located in a deep valley. After touch & go, commence a brisk climb to 10 500ft and set on a westerly course to Kerema (AYKM) Airport on the western coast.
After touch & go, on a northeasterly heading, this time climb to a more manageable 9 500ft. Our final airport will be Bulolo (BUL), again in a valley. Bulolo is a town which was once an important gold dredging centre situated on the Bulolo River, a tributary of the Markham River, about 32 km (20 mi) north-west of Wau. Currently, the town’s major industries includes forestry and there is also an Insect Farming and Trading Agency, which promotes insect farming and conservation.
The fourth World Rally flight begins at Vancouver Intl, Canada and concludes at Port Hardy, Canada. The distance is approximately 217nm and will take approximately one hours and fifty minutes to complete.
Vancouver is consistently named as one of the top five worldwide cities for livability and quality of life. From here we will follow the Discovery Passage in a North North Easterly direction, turn West into the Johnstone Strait leading us to the Broughton Strait. Once we reach the Queen Charlotte Strait, our destination, Port Hardy, will be on our left.
Port Hardy has access to spectacular wilderness adventures, such as kayaking, caving, world-class scuba diving, nature viewing, surfing, unique saltwater rapids, fishing and camping.
This flight will be flown low-level, 500ft and lower. An extremely scenic flight winding through the valleys and waterways between the mountains.
The fifth World Rally flight begins at Bella Bella (Campbell Island), Canada and concludes at Terrace, Canada. The distance is approximately 188nm and will take approximately one hour and thirty-three minutes to complete.
Bella Bella, also known as Waglisla, is the home of the Heiltsuk and is an unincorporated community and Indian Reserve community located within Bella Bella Indian Reserve No. 1 on the east coast of Campbell Island in the Central Coast region of British Columbia, Canada.
The route will follow the waterways at low altitude (500ft AMSL) winding to the to the north, giving a breathtaking view of the mountains and the valleys.
Terrace is a city located near the Skeena River in British Columbia, Canada. The community is the regional retail and service hub for the northwestern portion of British Columbia.
The sixth World Rally flight begins at Cooch Behar, India and concludes at Biratnagar, Nepal. The distance is approximately 223nm and will take approximately one hour and fourtyty minutes to complete.
Cooch Behar or Koch Bihar is a city and a municipality in the Indian state of West Bengal. It is in the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas. One of the main tourist destinations in West Bengal, it is the location of the Cooch Behar Palace and Madan Mohan Temple.
From Cooch Behar we will head North to the Eastern Himalaya mountains, climbing to 13 500ft, for a fullstop landing at Paro Airport (VQPR) in Bhutan. Here we will turn around and take-off in the opposite direction, starting a steep climb to 14 500ft to head Southwest to overfly Bagdogra Airport on our way to the destination Biratnagar.
Biratnagar is the second largest city of Nepal which serves as the capital of Province No. 1 of the nation. The 1973 Nepal plane hijack (also known as the Biratnagar Plane Hijack) was the first plane hijacking in the history of Nepal. It was masterminded by Girija Prasad Koirala, who would later be elected the Prime Minister of Nepal.
Target Time: 139 minutes
Please remember that the SkyVector map is the authoritative document. Use that together with the Flight Description (PDF) to plan your flight.
Salzburg (literally “Salt Fortress”) is the capital city of the State of Salzburg and the fourth-largest city in Austria. Salzburg was the birthplace of the 18th-century composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
From Salzburg we will follow the valley to the South for about 30 nm and the turn West for a touch & go landing at Zell Am See. From there we will climb to about 8 500ft heading West to RTT NDB. From here we will do the LOC/DME Procedure East Approach to Innsbruck.
From Innsbruck we will follow a valley in a Southerly direction for a full-stop landing at Balzano.
Bolzano is the capital city of the province of South Tyrol in northern Italy. A few days ago, in October 2019 a World War II bomb was found in the center of Bolzano and they had to evacuate 4 000 inhabitants.
Target Time: 117 minutes
Minatitlán is a city in southeastern Mexican state of Veracruz. Much of the city sits on reclaimed wetlands, and many new homes built on this reclaimed land have a tendency to sink up to several meters before settling. Much of the surrounding undeveloped land is marshy, especially towards the northeast direction of Coatzacoalcos. Minatitlán is home to the Refinería Gral, Lázaro Cárdenas del Río, the capacity of the plant up to 240,000 barrels per day.
After take-off, we will head in a southwesterly direction towards the high ground with a step climb up to about 12 500ft.
Puerto Escondido (English: “Hidden Port”) is a small port and tourist center in the Mexican state of Oaxaca and is one of the most important tourist attractions on the Oaxacan coast. The name “Puerto Escondido” had roots in the legend of a woman who escaped her captors and hid here.
Approximate Time: 124 minutes
Please take note:
- This flight will use IFR rules and normal DC-3 power settings, ie. your cruise will be on 2050 RPM, 30” MP. Ignore the 150 kts GS instruction.
- The time is an estimate, NOT a target time.
The ninth World Rally flight begins at Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland and concludes at Grimsey, Iceland.
Vestmannaeyjar (BIVM) is located on the island Heimaey. Vestmannaeyjar came to international attention in 1973 with the eruption of Eldfell volcano, which destroyed many buildings and forced a months-long evacuation of the entire population to mainland Iceland. Approximately one fifth of the town was destroyed before the lava flow was halted by application of 6.8 billion litres of cold sea water.
From Vestmannaeyjar we will fly direct to Akureyri (BIAR), for a touch&go landing Runway 01 after an offset LOC DME Rwy 01 approach. The last leg is a short hop to Grimsey (BIGR), full-stop landing runway of your choice.
Grímsey is a small Icelandic island, 25 mi off the north coast of the main island of Iceland, straddling the Arctic Circle. In January 2018 Grímsey had 61 inhabitants.
The tenth World Rally flight begins at Maseru Majametalana Airport, Lesotho and concludes at Bethlehem Airport, South Africa.
Majametalana (FXMU) is a military airport in Maseru, the capital city of Lesotho. It served as Maseru’s main airport until the opening of Moshoeshoe I International Airport, about 10 nm southeast of downtown Maseru.
Lesotho is an enclaved country within the border of South Africa. It is one of only three independent states completely surrounded by the territory of another country, and the only one outside of the Italian peninsula. It is also the only independent state in the world that lies entirely above 3,281 ft in elevation, over 80 percent of the country lies above 6,000 ft.
From Majametalana we will fly in a south easterly direction to overfly Qacha’s Nek (FXQN), then turn north east to overfly Mokhotlong (FXMK). The final leg will be to Bethlehem(FABM) in South Africa.
Bethlehem is a large town in the eastern Free State province of South Africa. It is a wheat growing area and named after the biblical Bethlehem.
The proper planning and execution of this flight is entire up to you.