|Download the Test
Flight zip file and unzip the enclosed files to your Flight Simulator files folder.
For Windows XP and Vista users, the default location for FS9 is c:\Documents and
Settings\username\My Documents\Flight Simulator Files. The default location for FSX is
c:\Documents and Settings\username\My Documents\Flight Simulator X Files. For
Windows 7 users, the default location for FS9 is c:\Users\username\My Documents\Flight
Simulator Files and the default location for FSX is c:\Users\username\My Documents\Flight
Simulator X Files.
GARSA 2011 - Test Flight
In preparation for the flight, ensure you have added
a flight timer to the panel of you chosen aircraft (it is recommended that you download
and use Tom Goodricks FTime flight timer, available
from the following link).
Test Flight Instructions
The Test Flight is flown from Ipiales (SKIP) to
Puerto Asis (SKAS) on a heading of 105. The Test Flight file has you at SKIP on Rwy
24 in the default Cessna in perfect weather conditions. Change the aircraft to your
selected aircraft. Set the Nav 1 radio to the IPI VOR frequency of 113.60 and set
the OBS to 105. Take-off and climb and establish yourself at 13,500'. Turn
right to heading 345 and intersect the IPI VOR 105 radial. Turn right to heading 105
and follow the radial to overfly SKIP. As you overfly the runway at SKIP, note the
time on the timer (this is the "start" time). If your aircraft is equipped
with an ADF, set the ADF to the SIS NDB frequency of 330. Continue to SKAS and
as you overfly the runway at SKAS note the time on the timer again (this is the
"finish" time). Subtract the "start" time from the
"finish" time to calculate your Test Flight time which then must be submitted
with your Pilot Registration..
Remember, all times must be in minutes and
converted to decimals (see the Rules for clarification).
Test Flight Tips
Trial the Test Flight a number of times before
submitting your Test Flight time in order to achieve a consistent result. You will
find this helpful during the flying of the actual Flight Legs. There is no rush to
get Pilot Registration submitted and sufficient time has been allowed for the flying of
the event (even in advance for those who have other commitments that may conflict with the
official event period).
In particular, give yourself sufficient time to
establish your aircraft at the specified cruise altitude and a steady cruise speed before
intersecting and turning onto the VOR radial and commencing your timed run.
The Test Flight is flown in perfect weather
conditions. The actual Flight Legs of the event will have a variety of weather
variables. Therefore, it is strongly recommended the Test Flight is flown at an
economical cruise speed. This should ensure you will have enough of a performance
margin capability in your chosen aircraft to compensate for the weather variables.