Organising and Taking Part in Group Flights
A few reminders to help everybody plan, and take part in group flights.
Following feedback from recent group flights, I thought it might be worth reaching out to everybody with answers to common questions, and a few reminders to help each flight run smoothly.
Organising Group Flights
If you are organising a group flight (see the Group Flights page in the codex for lots of help, tips and guidance), remember to:
Create a topic in the #events-info channel in Discord along with the Event - with everything people will need to know about the flight. Remember to include:
The route description (include flight plan files if you want)
The departure date and time in UTC
The multiplayer server everybody should use
Remember that many users will be flying slower aircraft - so plan routes accordingly - with the slowest pilot able to complete the route inside a couple of hours (in the past we have generally aimed for 150 nm routes).
Try to include a comfort break half-way through the flight.
Remember that group flights don’t need to be on Sunday nights! We have members all over the world - feel free to organise your own group flights at times that suit YOU.
Taking part in group flights
If you are taking part in a group flight, please try to take notice of the following:
Check the “Events” section at the top of the Discord server on a regular basis, and click the “Interested” icon on upcoming events you are interested in taking part in.
The details of each group flight will be both in the event, and in the #events-info channel in Discord. Please don’t just turn up and ask where everybody is and which server they are using.
Stay together during the flight! Many recent flights have turned into a race of sorts - with some pilots charging off the front and leaving the rest of the group tens of miles behind. If everybody ends up flying on their own in a long strung-out line, it’s not really a group flight any more.
If you *do* find yourself ahead of the pack (due to your aircraft choice), perhaps fly orbits at the next waypoint, waiting for everybody else to arrive. It works both ways - if you arrive early, you get to watch other aircraft on approach, and if you arrive later you get an audience.
Finally, remember to keep conversation family friendly, and to stay away from contentious subjects. We are all aviation nerds - we’re all going to enjoy any conversation about simulators, aircraft, flying, and everything in-between :)