VATPAC Launches Discord Trial 04/18/2018The VATPAC Board is excited to announce a community trial of Discord as an alternative voice communication client to Teamspeak. The purpose of this trial is to establish whether a new permanent voice client will be used. The trial will last for a period of twelve (12) months during which the Teamspeak and Discord will work side by side to ensure no disruption to any activities. During this time, we encourage the use of both clients so that we can gather as much feedback as possible from a large variety of members. To assist you in installing and setting up Discord, we have created a tutorial available on the VATPAC website. If you already have Discord, you can connect to our server by clicking here. The 12-month trial may be reduced or extended by a unanimous Board vote and after consultation with the community through the forums. If the decision to reduce is made, and we officially deem discord to be the preferred chat medium, Teamspeak will nevertheless remain available, with reduced capacity for the whole of the initial 12 month period. The VATPAC Teamspeak & Discord policy has been updated to reflect these changes and in accordance with the review schedule. Please make yourself familiar with this policy should you choose to connect to one of our community voice services. If you wish to provide feedback on the trial, you can do so through the feedback form on the VATPAC website using the category 'Community Voice Client Trial'. Otherwise, if you have any questions, please feel free to approach a staff member or get in touch via email.
This evening's flight is a special event to coincide with Easter Sunday. Appropriately the flight will be conducted over the isolated location of Easter Island (Rapa Nui) deep in the South Pacific.
To fully enjoy this event FSX/P3D pilots should first download and install the Easter Island scenery created by Carlysle Sharpe.
Pilots are tasked with locating as many stone figurine statues, or more correctly, Moai, as possible. The image above includes examples located around the terminal buildings at the Mataveri Airport. Pilots should locate and familiarise themselves with the look and feel of these examples to assist them in identifying the many others scattered across the island. The accompanying map depicts the known locations of the many Maoi. Some, however, are not at all easy to locate since there are a few that lay half buried due to land subsidence. Choose a slow fixed or rotor winged aircraft and explore the mysteries of Easter Island.
Simulation Date/Time : Current date set to daylight.
Weather : Real World / Fair weather if real world is unsuitable for VFR operations.
Distance :<40 nm
Est Flight Time : variable depending on the persistence of the pilot. Allow around 65 mins
Aircraft : Ideally suited to a small rotor wing such as the R-22 Robison. However, those not comfortable with flying helicopters can fly a slow fixed wing aircraft with excellent visibility such as Piper Cub, A22 Foxbat or even a classic vitage open cockpit bi-plane such as a Tiger Moth.
Communications :All pilots should be fine using unicom frequency 122.80.
Altitude : Pilot's discretion
Navigation : Pilots are required to navigate visually. There is no flightplan available for this event.
Mataveri Airport [SCIP] Takeoff
elev : 233'
rwy : 10/28 asphalt
CTAF : 122.80
VOR/DME : IPA 117.10
Circum-navigate the island and locate all Moai as indicated in the accompanying map. (NOTE : There are others not depicted in the map)
Mataveri Airport [SCIP] Land