The simulator is ready, the crew are ready.
We are now all heading to the simulator ready for this evenings fun.
Only thing left is to mount the new camera more securely as it fell down over night!
Welcome to Thule...
Today Mark has been busy 3D printing a house for the new motor, sans Le flames.
Jimmy has started to wire the real world MCP
Gary has worn shorts
The first weekend of sim updates in a while... Also an exceptionally warm day in the UK. 3D printing in the garden
There comes a moment in life when you can always remember where you were, who was there, the smell, the sounds, etc. This moment happened for me today, when two great minds met..
As pilots it is important to always assess your performance post flight, what went well/wrong, where could we improve, etc.
Yesterday we took Crag outside the cockpit to view his last landing to answer some of these questions...
Morning Simfest followers!
Simon and Dan have just pushed back in Corsica on their way to Gibraltar, followed by another 5 legs ending up back in Heathrow.
Come say hello on the stream and don't forget to donate!
After a rather long break the simfest guys are spending the weekend in Ralphs 737 simulator flying around europe.
Something very strange happened... Benny turned up in a shirt!
So the crew raided James Mays wardrobe to fit in...
And Gary has got organised!
With only 4 hours to go until the start of Worldflight the crew have been busy today getting supplies and doing some last minute technical changes and fixes.
Don't forget to tune in on twitch at around 1030 as we start the first leg of Worldflight with only around another 170 hours of non-stop streaming to go...
... WorldFlight and every single creature was stirring getting everything ready for tomorrow.
One member Peter (Britjet) has been extremely busy finishing off the Route Guidance Manual which we're now delighted to release to you all. The manual gives you information and tips for each of the 45 legs in a humorous yet in-depth manor. The guide is 62 pages long, over 66,000 words and has taken Peter well in excess of 500 hours to create so you can have the benefit of the experience and knowledge of a real world Training Captain we rely on so heavily as a crew.
As an added bonus for Aerowinx PSX users, the highly accurate Boeing 747 software we use in the simulator, he has also enclosed SITU files for each leg. All you need to do is load up the SITU of the leg you want to join in on and you'll be all set ready to go.. although you may need to move stands if everyone has loaded up on it!
These sort of guides cost the real airlines millions of pounds and we would like to think that everyone who uses the guide will donate what they can to our cause this year, The Cure Parkinson's Trust.
Also don't forget anyone donating £25 or more throughout the WorldFlight event will get entered into the draw to win a copy of Aerowinx PSX !
The RGM and SITU files are available here
Thank you for your support, we'll see you live in just over 24 hours!
So what's been happening recently at Simfest HQ?
- We have a new GoPro for the back of the simulator which means we're no longer reliant on borrowing one. Some of you who may of seen our stream yesterday may of seen it turning itself off repeatedly.. we think we've fixed that.
- Mark has been very busy soldering another circuit board for the left hand Audio Control Panel, which will mean the captain will be able to control his own radios and volumes directly through the ACP, rather than the spare pilot having to do it.
- Mark has also created a truly authentic audio mix solution meaning that each crew member has autonomy of which radios they're listening to, the volume they're at and who they're speaking to. No longer do you need to suffer flying along with someone who likes the volume at full blast or struggling to hear as the other bloke wants it at minimum. It also means for the first time that one pilot can be liaising with dispatch on the SATCOM while the other monitors the radios, rather than it all been cacophony of sound.
- We now have an authentic parking brake with authentic slam as it disconnects itself, it's very satisfying to hear. There is only one problem at the moment is that the solenoid that works it gets very, we mean very, hot and therefore we have to limit its use otherwise there is a good chance it'll set fire to the whole of the centre pedestal! Bonus points for those watching on Twitch who can identify our non technical solution!
- The autothrottle motor is now in the simulation and just requires calibrating and setting up - it should be working for WorldFlight. There is something very satisfying seeing the throttles move forward as you hit TOGA on departure, or in Ron's case during the approach several times.
- Our in house software development team have been busy updating our bespoke software:
- e can now individually open, close, arm and un-arm any of the doors
- We can connect external power and air without having to use PSX
- We have quick buttons to configure the aircraft how we like
- We can now uplink en-route and descent winds from the PFPX wind profile
- En-route wind injection has been tweaked
As you can see we've been really busy and had very little chance to fly the simulator, however we're hoping to do a little either Friday evening or through the day on Saturday so make sure you're following us on Twitch to see when we go live.
Also don't forget the competition for winning a copy of scenery for an airport of your choice is still going along with the chance to get your hands on a copy of Aerowinx PSX
Thanks for your support!
We've probably been a little quieter than usual in the run up to world flight, but this is because everyone in the team has been busy getting things ready. Such as:-
-Replacing the audio intercom system to make each ACP independent and function like the real aircraft. This has the bonus of only transmitting the mic of the person hitting transmit. This should avoid the comedy moment when someone says something very inappropriate over the radio !
-Fitting two clocks, essential for world flight! (and it stops Peter Moaning!)
-Getting the real parking brake mechanism working
-Tidying up the rudder pedals (full real rudders to be fitted in the new year)
-Autothrottle Motor! - Finally fitted, just need Mark our resident genius to finish off the electronics when the parts arrive Thursday
-Visuals overhaul, with perfect blending and updated to P3D V3
-Installing scenery (still finishing this off!)
-Rearranging the instructor station monitors so we don't have to crouch down to read the text!
-Clearing out the galley in preparation for the food and drink for world flight
-Ordering 152 world beers for the passengers to sample at various destinations around the world!
-Updating the ACARS,, Doors, SATCOM and other support software
-Decorating the waiting area
-Fitting the sun visors
and lots more I have forgotten! Only 6 days to go!
Good evening followers of Simfest!
As we close in on a week to go to the start of Worldflight we would like to announce our first competition!
The winner will be awarded the scenery for an airport of their choice on this years route.
Donations of £25 or more will automatically enter you into the draw to win a copy of Aerowinx 747 the 747 software we use in our simulator which retails at £280! The competition for this will run throughout the World Flight week,
Entries for the scenery close at 2359z on 30th October when a donation at random will be chosen.
Britjet, our Training Captain, has been very busy over the last couple of months flying each leg of WF on his simulator at home to produce the Simfest Route Guidance Manual and is now ready to release the first 25 legs.
This manual is very similar to that used by real world crews containing information about the airport, terrain, procedures, etc. He's also included points of interest for you to look out for along each leg which will hopefully keep you entertained when you tire of our ugly mugs on the Twitch stream!
For those who will be using Aerowinx PSX 747 Simulator he has also included the SITU files for you to use that will get you to the right place, set up correctly to start the engines and go.
Britjet has spent hundreds of hours flying and re-flying each leg to make the guide as comprehensive as possible and therefore we ask you to consider donating to our charity of the year in way of recognition of your enjoyment reading and using his guide. Be sure to mention it's for his RGM in the message box as I am sure this will drive him to complete the last 20 legs ASAP.
Thanks once again for your support!
Simfest RGM V1 - First 25 Legs is available here
Short notice but team member Ralph has been invited to take part in a discussion regarding Worldflight on Skyblue radio this evening in 20 mins or at 1900z.
Im led to believe you'll also be able to listen retrospectively if you can't get to the stream tonight.
With just over 3 weeks to go to Worldflight we've started updating the webpage which is available here.
We're still in the process of writing the Route Guidance Material, Flight Plans, etc so keep checking back for new stuff!
In other Simfest news we've updated the sim to P3D V3 and upgraded the projectors for a better outside view. We ma do some streaming this weekend to test a few things but that's very much dependant on what we're doing working! Make sure you follow us on Twitch to receive notifications when we go live.
Thanks as always for all your support!
Hello Simfest followers!
We've been a little quiet as the various crew members take a break at the end of the summer. Never fear though behind the scenes we've been busy sorting our next event which we shall be announcing shortly.
In other news the crew have ordered their T-Shirts for this years WorldFlight and Britjet has been busy starting the route guidance manual. Can you guess which route this picture is from?
Good evening fellow Simfesters, news from the weekend...
Christine and Emily baked our cake and then proceeded to decorate our cake on Saturday night. I am sure you will agree it looks absolutely superb, the team are delighted.
In other good news a long time follower and supporter in the stream, Chadders and his wife welcomed their second child over the weekend. Please join us in congratulating them all.
Today and tomorrow some of the Simfest team are attending VATSIM-UK Live. This event sees around 50 members of VATSIM get together in a conference centre near Birmingham flying and controlling together.
Although we won't be streaming as we've only got bits of the sim it would be great to see some of you in the skies with us. There will be loads of ATC coverage throughout the UK so you're guaranteed to get to talk to someone!
In other exciting news, tonight Cooking For Noobs will be baking our 747 cake tonight at around 2100z. Please tune into their stream and support them, they are a really amusing pair of ladies who have done so much for our stream already.
After watching the cookery channel last night, Matt has turned into a domestic goddess and baked this
We've also been very fortunate and had one of Gary's ex neighbours bring us this pie
I think we're going to eat well tonight!!