the Test Flight zip file and unzip the enclosed files to your Flight Simulator files
folder. The default location for FS9 is c:\Documents and Settings\user\My
Documents\Flight Simulator Files. The default location for FSX is c:\Documents and
Settings\user\My Documents\Flight Simulator X Files.
GAAR 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 Kununurra (YPKU) to
Argyle (YARG) on a heading of 192. The Test Flight file has you at Kununurra (YPKU)
on Rwy 30 in the default Cessna in perfect weather conditions. Change the aircraft
to your selected aircraft. Set the Nav 1 radio to the KU VOR frequency of 116.50 and
set the OBS to 192. Take-off and climb and establish yourself at
right to heading 045 and intersect the KU VOR 192 radial. Turn right to heading 192
and follow the radial to overfly YPKU. As you overfly the runway at YPKU, note the
time on the timer (this is the "start" time). Set the Nav 1 radio to the
ARG VOR frequency of 113.90 and set the OBS to 192. Continue to Argyle (YARG) and as
you overfly the runway at YARG 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 Hints
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 February period).
In particular, give yourself sufficient time to
establish your aircraft at the cruise altitude of 4,500' and a steady cruise speed before
intersecting and turning onto the KU VOR 192 radial and overflying YPKU to commence your
The Test Flight is flown in perfect weather
conditions. The actual Flight Legs of the GAAR will have a variety of weather
variables typical of the area and time of the year being flown. 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.