February 2004 Newsletter

 

 

 

Bush Pilots Division

 

 

Bill Odell offers this diversion for you to try:

Iím Lost!

 

A little game to play when you get bored.Make a flight plan from point A to point B.There should be no VORís at either point or NDBís.The flight should be a hundred twenty five miles or more in length.The aircraft should be a small plane like a Cessna or a Beaver.Calculate your fuel requirement with a reserve and only load that much fuel.You cannot use the GPS or map feature of FS.Note your time of takeoff and any other notes that you might need for a flight.After climb-out and on course, fly about 20 minutes, and then turn on the AP but only for maintaining altitude!Now go read a book for about 15 minutes.Take over the plane again and land at your destination.

 

This just in from Bill Odell:

 

Just flew a proving flight in a DC-3 from Fairbanks to Bettles to Barrow.  180 miles out of Barrow the Aurora Borealis appeared and stayed with me until about 77 miles form Barrow when wx precluded any sighting due to practically zero viz.

 

Flight particulars in case anyone wants to see them:

1. Nothing has been added to my computer, just a stock Compaq Presario.

2. Aircraft DC-3

3. Altitude: 7500'

4 Heading direct course from Bettles (PABT)to Barrow (PABR)

5. Departed PABT at 11:15 AM, 01-31-04

6. FS 2004 with the Real Weather from Jepps at 15 minute updates.

7. Sighting:  About 180 nm from PABR until about 77 nm, sighting stopped then due to WX and about zero viz, thanks for a good ILS or I would have had to Abort as the runway wasn't visable until 150' elev. just about ready to start abort procedures and try for Deadhorse (PASC).

 

I am at a loss as to why no-one else sees this besides me.  Note that was during daylight also.

 

Best,

Bill Odell

 

 

 

 

 

Australian Division

 

The Great Aussie Air Rally of 2004 is under way.Over 214 aircraft are registered.Even if you couldnít commit to the grueling 41 flight schedule, you can fly some sectors and check out the flight reports and forum.

 

For those who are registered:Donít file pireps for your division.†† Once a week I will make an entry for your Rally hours.

 

 

Feature of the Month

 

ďCome Fly with MeĒby Kevin Johnson bgas005

 

A DC-8 flight from Chicago to Acapulco in the 1960ís

 

 

 

From the C.E.O.

 

Donít forget to visit our forum and add your two cents.

 

Check out the GAAR Roster and Flight Reports.They are automated ďreal-timeĒ systems.By the time you read this, the scoring system may also be up and running.These systems were created by Todd Whitehead gaar-042.

 

This is the third year for the Great Aussie Air Race (Rally this year) and the co-operation and help we have received from the flight sim community is overwhelming.

 

We have 21 Bluegrass Pilots registered.

 

DC-3 Airways has 71 pilots registered this year.(There are several pilots that belong to both Airlines so some of each group also belong to the other).

 

There are 63 different aircraft types registered, the DC-3 is in the majority with 91 of them in the Rally.

 

Rob Finn, bgad-003, has been working on this years GAAR for months.He began immediately after last years event was finished.

 

I get all the credit for running the GAAR and all I did was create a mini-web site and co-ordinate the people who do all the work!

 

Speaking of DC-3 Airways.Check out their web-site.They now have a scenery division, and ofinterest to the air mail pilots, they have the Chicago-Oakland mail route with night time beacons.

In their flight section they have 1935 TWA flights and also Air Mail flights.

 

Their forum is a very active place.

 

Pireps have changed a little.The look up box for the division flown in has been removed.We no longer track the hours visiting pilots fly in a division.It was just adding too much work for the division directors.

 

When you file a pirep, a copy will go to your division director and a copy comes to me.

 

I am currently updating all the rosters on Thursday evening and Sunday afternoon.

 

I would like to get a ďreal-timeĒ system like the gaar that will instantly update the roster.

 

 

 

Statistics for January 2004

 

Air Mail Div. Pilots50.30 hours

Bush Pilot Div. ††††† 212.37hours

Aussie Div.†††† †††† 372.17 hours

Northern Div.††† ††††183.62 hours

Southern Div.††† ††407.75 hours

Total††††††††††† †††† 1,226.21 hours

 

While we are not tracking visitor hours, since Turbo Div. doesnít have

any pilots, here are the totals.Looks like almost half of the BGA flights

this month were burning kerosene!I think Bill Odell has something to

do with that since his Feature of the Month was a DHC-3TT Super Otter.

 

Turbo Visitors†††††† 582.55 hours

 

 

Web Site

 

11,233 Visits

 

Where did they come from?

 

Here are the top referrers:

Direct request is you and I clicking on a favorite.The others are links.

 

Top 30 of 833 Total Referrers

 

 

 

 

#

Hits

Referrer

 

 

 

 

1

136267

39.14%

- (Direct Request)

2

2856

0.82%

http://www.flightsim.com/cgi/kds

3

850

0.24%

http://www.dc3airways.com/

4

504

0.14%

http://www.google.com/search

5

497

0.14%

BGA Internal links

6

307

0.09%

BGA Internal links

7

306

0.09%

http://www.calclassic.com/

8

255

0.07%

http://windrfters.com/scenerypage.htm

9

239

0.07%

BGA Internal links

10

175

0.05%

BGA Internal links

11

160

0.05%

http://search.yahoo.com/search

12

129

0.04%

http://www.google.de/search

13

125

0.04%

http://www.billvons.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.cgi

14

109

0.03%

http://images.google.com/imgres

15

101

0.03%

http://www.dc3airways.com/wwwboard/messages/8561.html

16

77

0.02%

http://dc3airways.com/

17

75

0.02%

http://www.dc3airways.com

18

75

0.02%

http://www.google.fr/search

19

72

0.02%

http://www.google.ca/search

20

66

0.02%

BGA Internal links

21

59

0.02%

http://www.calclassic.com/index.html

22

57

0.02%

BGA Internal links

23

55

0.02%

http://www.solentairvirtual.co.uk/main.htm

24

54

0.02%

BGA Internal links

25

51

0.01%

http://www.solentairvirtual.co.uk/news.htm

26

51

0.01%

http://www.windrfters.com/scenerypage.htm

27

49

0.01%

http://www.curbe.com/QVA/qva/nloungeB4.htm

28

45

0.01%

http://www.google.es/search

29

43

0.01%

http://www.google.co.uk/search

30

36

0.01%

http://aztec.proxa.org/viewtopic.php

 

To condense it:

Flightsim.com††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 2,856

DC-3 Airways †††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 1,103

Google †††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††977

Tom Gibsons California Classics †††† †††365

Golden Eagles ††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††306

Yahoo †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††160

FS2004 Forum†† ††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††125

Solent Air†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †† 106

Qantas VirtualForum†††††††††††††††††† †††49 (this is from a gaar 2003 map in their forum)

Aztec Airways Forum††††††††††††††††† †††††36

 

Since our software only shows the top 30, I donít know who the other 803 referrers are.

 

Thatís all for this month, Iím off to Barrow chasing the Aurora Borealis.(didnít see it again)