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      2018 Important Items: AKA Manuals, Bluebox, FSUIPC, Landing Rates, General Tour Information   09/01/2017

      Important Items: Bluebox/FSUIPC, Manuals-(Operations/Bluebox), Landing Rates, General Tours Information BLUEBOX Ops Manual and Bluebox Manual(s) are important reads to get you up and running as fast as possible. The Operations Manual outlines the basics and the flight operations and conditions flying here at Alaska Adventures.  The "Bluebox" manual is imperative to review to understand all the workings of Bluebox. (Bluebox is our ACARS and is available as a separate download on the Blue Box Software (ACARS) Page). EFFECTIVE JAN 1, 2018 - the ACARS version for the all pirep submissions is: Blue box Version (version 19) which contains an auto-save feature as well as a load flight feature which enables you to resume a pirep.     To resume a pirep, load your sim, open bluebox v19, Connect to FS, then navigate to Recovery > Load flight and choose the flight that you wish to resume. Once this file is loaded, you will note that all the pirep to this point will be loaded in bluebox, then it will move your aircraft location in your sim to that which was saved. Once your sim starts up at the new location and resumes, in bluebox select Start Flight and your pirep is resumed and you are continuing. (Bluebox will auto-save your flight @ 15mins and each save will over-write the previous so you always have the more recent save).  --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- MANUALS Operations Manual Direct Link: http://www.flyaka.com/aka_pilots/Manuals/Current/2017-01-10 Ops Manual.pdf (Navigate to AKA Home Page, Login, Operations Tab - OPS MANUAL) Bluebox Manuals Blue Box Manual: http://www.flyaka.com/index.php/downloads/364 Blue Box Quick Start Guide: http://www.flyaka.com/index.php/downloads/365 (Navigate to AKA Home Page, Login, Downloads Tab - BlueBox Tab - Blue Box Software (ACARS) Page) Important BLUEBOX NOTE: After taking off, you MUST obtain at least 1000AGL before Bluebox will register your next landing, so between landing locations, your aircraft must hit 1000AGL at least once. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- FSUIPC NOTE: Your sim requires at least the free version of FSUIPC to allow for bluebox connection to your sim. Bluebox works for most sims: FS9, FSX, FSX-SE, P3Dv1x, 2x, 3x, P3Dv4x There is only one place to get FSUIPC which is at the creator's site (Peter Dowson). Link: http://www.schiratti.com/dowson.html Now there are three versions, 1. FSUIPC5 - For P3Dv4 ONLY, (Current version is 5.12/64 bit) 2. FSUIPC4 - For FSX, FSXSE, P3Dv1x, P3Dv2x and P3Dv3x (Current Version is 4.971/32bit) 3. FSUIPC3 - For FS2004 (Current Version is 3.999z9) Now you only require the freeware or non-registered version for our bluebox to work but depending what you want as far as figuring custom controllers etc outside the actual simulation configurations or additional options, you might want to get the registered version of FSUIPC.  NOTE: (X-Plane users XPUIPC – Link http://www.tosi-online.de/XPUIPC/XPUIPC.html).   -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- FLIGHTS/TOURS General Information/Important Information ** Commencing Jan 2018, our maximum permissible landing rate for any flight is -500fpm unless otherwise indicated. As of June 2017, we commenced for all future tours a new flight leg numbering system: we had added a suffix. This suffix is a three digit coding: IE -6A0. This will help all to know the parameters/restrictions or conditions of each flight leg at a glance. The definition of the suffix and its meaning is illustrated below using a few examples of suffixes: "6A0",  "4G3", "5N2", IE: - “6A0”: 6=Max landing rate is -600fpm. (2017)  >>>>>> (NOTE: Effective Jan 2018 the -600frm rate is reduced to -500fpm) A-Autopilot and GPS use permitted. 0-denotes # of Stop-overs in the flight leg (If there are no stop-overs in a flight legs this value will be 0 which means this flight is a direct flight). ---------------------------------------------- IE: “5N2”:  5=Max landing rate is -500fpm. N-Autopilot and GPS use is not permitted. 2-denotes that are (2) two Stop-overs in this flight leg so it is not a direct flight. The two stop-over locations will be identified/specified via the tour download and in blue box in the route box when you load up the flight leg. ---------------------------------------------- IE: "4G3": 4=Max landing rate is -400fpm. G=GPS use is permitted but no autopilot can be engaged). 3-denotes that are (3) three Stop-overs in this flight leg so it is not a direct flight. The three stop-over locations will be identified/specified via the tour download and via the route box when you load up the flight leg in blue box. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Please ensure that you obtain the tour downloads for all of the tours, (from the site under Downloads > Tour Downloads*) as well as Blue Box at least V and now V with save ability.  (Jan 1, 2018 – all must use Bluebox V These tour downloads* are a MUST download and each tour download (one download for each tour), contains the all the tour information, flight plans, sky vector map links etc. for that tour. In later tours commencing with Tour 66: those tour downloads contain the specific conditions and  parameters and specific restrictions in which to fly the legs as well as any mid-point or stop-over(s) landing locations that must be made within a specific flight leg. Ensure you have all the information you require by obtaining and referring to the tour downloads for each tour. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ For a full listing of tours: open and closed date, please refer to The Tour announcements and note all the active tours are displayed on the main tour page and their accompanying tour download can be found under Downloads - Tour Downloads.  Again, just a reminder that there is a tour download for each tour: which includes specific tour details, most with prepared flight plans as well as sky-vector map links and some with special add-on scenery to enhance your sim scenic environment.  Tour downloads are a must requirement for the new Stopover Tours. Please be sure to download the tour package for each tour as they contain vital information and conditions that directly pertain to that said tour.  We hope you continue to join us here for a great year and if you want some great flying adventures in excellent scenery areas, with a great bunch of fellow pilots, "Bush at its best", so to speak, stay with us here at Alaska Adventures VA. Norm AKA995 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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      Tours: Winter 2018: Tour Lineup and Important Items – Updates to Jan 15, 2018*   09/02/2017

      Tours: Winter 2018: Tour Lineup and Important Items – Updates to Jan 15, 2018* The 2018 Winter at Alaska Adventures. Tour Lineup: Tentative Schedule Complete listing of our tours: and planned Open/Close Schedule Tour       Tour Name                                                                                                   Tour size                                   Open/Closed Status 1              Alaska Tour                                                                                          19 Legs, 2859 nm                         Closed on Jan 15, 2018 2              Water Hop Tour 1                                                                                 12 Legs, 968 nm                          Closed 3              Gulf of Alaska & Peninsula Floats Tour                                            16 Legs, 2345 nm                        Closed 4              DC-3 Hops Tour                                                                                    08 Legs, 1315 nm                        Closed on Jan 15, 2018 5              DC-7 Long Haul                                                                                    14 Legs, 5771 nm                         Opened Jan 15, 2018 and will run until March 15, 2018 6              To the Aleutians – Rotorcraft                                                            11 Legs, 1498 nm                         Closed 7              The Flight of the Halibut Tour                                                            10 Legs, 1603 nm                         Closed 8              Cargo Dawgs 2                                                                                     16 Legs, 4223 nm                         Opened Jan 15, 2018 and will run until March 15, 2018 9              Water Hop Tour 2                                                                                 12 Legs, 1055 nm                         Closed 10           C185 Amphibious                                                                                  09 Legs, 681 nm                          Closed 11           5 Year+ Anniversary Tour                                                                     17 Legs, 2760 nm                        Closed 12           Aleutian Cannery Tour                                                                           19 Legs, 2162 nm                       Closed 13           Gold Rush Tour                                                                                       20 Legs, 2939 nm                       Closed 14           Gone Fishing 1                                                                                         20 Legs, 1617 nm                      Closed 15           Gone Fishing 2                                                                                         20 Legs, 1298 nm                      Closed 16           Norad-2                                                                                                      19 Legs, 3642 nm                     Closed 17           Alaska Highways Tour                                                                            18 Legs, 1620 nm                      Closed 18           Spring Bear Hunt                                                                                      20 Legs, 3743 nm                      Closed 19           Cruise Ship Tour (Orig 2014 Version)                                                   20 Legs, 2252 nm                      Closed 20           ERA Aviation Tour                                                                                     20 Legs, 2941 nm                     Closed 21           Turbo Prop                                                                                                 16 Legs, 5452 nm                     Closed 22           Iditarod North             (Even Years)                                                         19 Legs, 795 nm                       Opens March 3, 2018 and will run until April 3, 2018 23           Iditarod South              (Odd Years)                                                         20 Legs, 834 nm                       Closed 24           Glacier Tour                                                                                                20 Legs, 2358 nm                    Closed 25           King Crab -1                                                                                                20 Legs, 2828 nm                    Closed 26           King Crab -2                                                                                                20 Legs, 3193 nm                    Closed 27           Disaster Aid Mission                                                                                 20 Legs, 2706 nm                    Closed 28           Disaster Aid Mission Home                                                                     05 Legs, 416 nm                       Closed 29           Remembering Hurricane Irene                                                                19 Legs, 10600 nm                   Closed 30           9-11 NY Memorial                                                                                      06 Legs, 824 nm                       Closed 31           Olympic Challenge                                                                                     06 Legs, 1487 nm                     Closed 32           Watson Hub Closure                                                                                  20 Legs, 4119 nm                    Closed 33           St. Petersburg Hub Closure (SPB)                                                           17 Legs, 989 nm                       Closed 34           Nome Hub Closure                                                                                     20 Legs, 3311 nm                     Closed 35           Across the North in a Cub-1                                                                     20 Legs, 1067 nm                     Closed 36           Across the North in a Cub-2                                                                     20 Legs, 500 nm                       Closed 37           Across the North in a Cub-3                                                                     20 Legs, 502 nm                       Closed 38           Across the North in a Cub-4                                                                     20 Legs, 846 nm                       Closed 39           PNW to the Land of Misty's                                                                      17 Legs, 1165 nm                     Closed 40           Exploration in the RTMM (RTMM CIRP1)                                               20 Legs, 510 nm                       Opened Jan 15, 2018 and will run until Feb 28, 2018 41           To the Summit and Beyond (RTMM CIRP2)                                           20 Legs, 609 nm                       Opens Feb 15, 2018 and will run until March 31, 2018 42.          The Spirit of Alaska                                                                                    16 Legs, 3217 nm                     Opens Feb 15, 2018 and will run until April 15, 2018. 43           C-47 Short Field Hops - Glacier Region (SF 1)                                         Closed 44           2016 Winter Getaway Adventure                                                               Closed 45           2016 Winter Homeward Bound                                                                 Closed 46           RTMM - Anchorage, Denali and the Arctic (SDT1)                                 Closed 47           RTMM - Along the Arctic Coastline (SDT2)                                             Closed 48           RTMM - Vancouver Island Seaside Floats (VIP)                                     Closed 49           The Yukon-Alaska Cross                                                                             Closed 50           The Inside Passage SPB OPS                                                                    Closed 51           RTMM - Into the Interior - C-47 Short Fields (SF2) (RTMM)                  Closed 52           RTMM's "Operation Barnstormers" (RTMM)                                            Closed 53           RTMM’s “Dispatch 006 - The Lighthouses”(SPB) (RTMM)                    Closed 54           RTMM - Twin Otter Spotter - BC to the Gulf of Alaska                           Closed 55           Tongass National Forest Exploration (Floats)                                        Closed 56           RTMM’s Dispatch 002: North of Yes Bay Cabins (RTMM)                    Closed 57           BC Lighthouses - Ocean Falls to Vancouver Harbor                              Closed 58           Prince of Wales Island – Fly-in Fishing (RTMM)                                    Closed 59           RTMM - Challenge of the Doratidi Trail (SDT3) (RTMM)                      Closed 60           Seward-Chenega Bay POI Excursion (RTMM)                                        Closed 61           Exploration PFJ-Owikeno-Kimsquit Area (RTMM)                                Closed 62           RTMMs The Lost Treasure of Timuquan (RTMM)                                Closed 63           RTMM: Kenai, Chugach & Prince William Sound (RTMM)                   Closed 64           Alaskan Tack - To Milepost 33 Chitina                                                    Closed 65           Tack Two Barrow                                                                                        Closed 66           The Pacific Coast Stopovers in the Beech 18                                        Closed 67           The Rocky Mountains Stopovers in the C-47                                         Closed 68           P001. Passenger Flight PANC-PAAQ and return                                   Closed 69           P002. Passenger Flight PAAQ-PAVD and return                                   Closed 70           P003. Passenger Flight PAVD-PACV and return                                   Closed 71           P004. Passenger Flight PACV-PAWD and return                                  Closed 72           P005. Passenger Flight PAWD-PAHO and return                                  Closed 73           P006. Passenger Flight PAHO-PAIL and return                                     Closed 74           P007. Passenger Flight PAIL-PAEN and return                                      Closed 75           P008. Passenger Flight PAEN-Z41 and return                                       Closed 76           P009. Passenger Flight Z41-PAEN and return                                       Closed 77           P010. Passenger Flight PAEN-PAIL and return                                      Closed 78           P001 to P010. Passenger Flights Circuit Tour                                       Closed 79           IP-S01E01 IP-NWT Intro Sked                                                                   Closed 80           IP-S01E01 IP-NWT Full Sked                                                                     Closed 81           IP-S01E01 IP-NWT Mackenzie Valley Run                                              Closed 82           RTMM BWEP - Southern Alaska (RTMM)                                               Closed 83           IP-S01E02 IP-NWT Pre-Christmas Rush                                                 Closed 84           RTMM BWEP - Richardson Highway (RTMM)                                        Closed 85           Iditarod - The Last Great Race 2017                                                        Closed 86           IP-S01E03 IP NWT - Fuel to Uranium City                                               Closed 87           AKA Getaway-Escape from Misty Moorings (EFMM)(RTMM)            Closed 88           AKA Escape from Hawaii (Return to Misty Moorings)(RTMM)          Closed 89           IP-S01E04A IP NWT - A Big Deal!  (Rankin Inlet)                                  Closed 90           IP-S01E04B IP NWT - A Big Deal! (CL215 to Turkey)                           Closed 91           AKA 10th Anniversary Tour Sept. 10, 2017                                           Closed 92           Vancouver Island Hops                                                                             Closed 93           AKA Ketchikan Sea Base Ops (FLOATS)                                               Closed 94           Journey Up the "Yukon"                                                                             20 Legs, 1475 nm                      Opened Nov 09, 2017 and will run until Feb 09, 2018 95c         AKA 2017 Christmas Spirit Excursion                                                    16 Legs, 1644 nm                      Opened  Nov 30, 2017 and will run until January 31, 2018 ONLY 95.          Valdez-Merrill Air Services                                                                        20 Legs, 2798 nm                      Opens Jan 15, 2018 and will run until March 15, 2018 96.          TBA ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Norm AKA995
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      Tour 095c - AKA 2017 Christmas Spirit Excursion - (4Nx) - Closes Jan 31, 2018   10/18/2017

        Tour 95c - AKA 2017 Christmas Spirit Excursion - (4Nx) - Opens Nov. 30, 2017 > Closes Jan 31, 2018 Tour 95c is AKA 2017 Christmas Spirit Excursion here at Alaska Adventures. We are delivering numerous special crates from the North Pole “Eielson (PAEI)” that was left there by a mysterious man in red! These crates are going to forty two different locations throughout the heart of Alaska for delivery to families that are in need at this time.    AKA was stated directly on the instructions to be the VA responsible for delivering to these forty two locations in this 16 leg excursion. So 16 legs, 42 stops. There are stop-over locations in each leg: some with one, two and some with even three stops to maximize our effectiveness and efficiency to get this task done before Christmas. Watch the flight legs closely as we don’t want to mess up the route or the stop-over locations.   So get out there and fly!! This the season that families need us most and are counting on us. And Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and more importantly Peace, Hope and Happiness to everyone at Alaska Adventures and your families.   Aircraft: The aircraft designated/recommended for this Christmas Spirit tour is the C185, DHC-2 or DHC-3: (In the case of the DHC-2 and DHC-3: you can use either the standard single prop version or the single engine prop upgraded/retrofit to the turbo model).   Tour Flight Leg Rating Conditions: Level 3/Hard difficulty-“4Nx”: 4=Max landing rate is -400fpm. (Harder to do on water) N=No Autopilot or GPS use permitted. x-# of Stop-overs in the flight legs.    Tour Download for this excursion is available in the Tour downloads section and is required. It contains the all the tour details, stop-over locations in each flight leg,  sky vector map links as well as the award for completion.  Make sure you obtain the tour download for all of the tour specifics.   STAY TUNED as we bring you some seasons greetings with 16 interesting flight Legs. Flights: AKAT01280-4N3 through AKAT01295-4N3 COMING on NOV 30, 2017. This 2017 Christmas Spurt Excursion will run until the end of January 2018.    COMING SOON.    Norm AKA995  
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      Tour 095c - AKA 2017 Christmas Spirit Excursion - DHC-3 Special Livery Released   11/20/2017

        Alaska Adventures VA – 2017 Christmas Livery: DHC-3 Otter (Virtualcol)                   Surprise! our AKA pilot and great livery painter Reiner Test AKA1384 has prepared a very special livery for this year’s Christmas excursion here at Alaska Adventures. This is only our third Christmas excursion ever at AKA and this year to celebrate the 2017 Christmas season we are flying the DHC-3 Otter as our recommended aircraft for this excursion. And Reiner has created this brand new 2017 Christmas for us: Registration#: N2017C, Ski-Wheel, (Model by Virtualcol).   The de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter is a single-engine, high-wing; propeller-driven, short take-off and landing (STOL) aircraft developed by de Havilland Canada. It was conceived to be capable of performing the same roles as the earlier and highly successful Beaver, but is overall a larger aircraft. The DHC-3 is not exactly an easy aircraft to fly, but once you get familiar with the aircraft dynamics and the handling speeds it becomes a vintage dream to fly.   The new 2017 DHC-3 Otter Christmas livery N2017C is available within this the Tour 95C download. Just follow Reiner’s instructions to add the livery texture folders for the DHC-3 folders and add the required livery txt to your aircraft.cfg and you will be able to fly the new 2017 DHC-3 Christmas livery for this year’s last adventure: Our Christmas Spirit Excursion.   DHC-3 REG# N2017C (Model by Virtualcol) Created by Reiner Test AKA 1384.  Reiner has painted many aircraft in AKA Livery: freeware aircraft as well as pay-ware liveries for us: and those make up a large part that comprises our AKA fleet!! And Hot off the press! The AKA DHC-3 Otter in 2017 Christmas livery.  Here are few pics:     A great looking paint and a sincere thank-you to Reiner Test AKA1384 for preparing this 2017 DHC-3 Otter in Christmas livery for use in this year’s Christmas excursion. We hope that you enjoy flying Tour 95c – The 2017 AKA Christmas Spirit Excursion.   Update as of Nov 27, 2017: Tour Download which includes the DHC3 Christmas Livery is now available in the Tour Downloads section (Tour95c.)   This Christmas excursion brought to you by:  Norm Richards AKA995 and special Christmas livery for the Virtualcol DHC-3 Otter by: Reiner Test AKA1384.
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      Tour 095 - Valdez-Merrill Air Service - (4Nx) - Opens January 15, 2018   01/03/2018

            Hot off the 2018 press: Tour 095 - Valdez-Merrill Air Service - (4Nx) - will opens on January 15, 2018: This is “Valdez-Merrill Air Service”. A scenic trip from Valdez Pioneer Field (PAVD) through the heart of Alaska to Merrill Field (PAMR) and return to Valdez Pioneer Field (PAVD). This is a mail run of sorts and we are making all regular stops so be prepared for multiple stop-overs in each flight leg. We will fly the “heart of Alaska” and RTMM scenery adds many scenics to this trip from portions of the BWEP to the Snow Dogs AKA-RTMM hangar scenery as many of the airport stops contain our special Hangars and signage. In this mail run, we will also pass over the Yukon River, travel to the west coast to the Bering Sea then make our way to Merrill Field (PAMR) for our final delivery before taking a short run back to Valdez Pioneer Field PAVD. Aircraft: Due the length of the flight legs and multiple stops we’ll need a twin multi aircraft: Either the DC3/C47, C46A, Rockwell AC Commander series or the Beech 18. (Standard prop: Non turbo). Tour Flight Leg Rating Conditions: Level 3/Hard difficulty-“4Nx”: 4=Max landing rate is -400fpm. N=No Autopilot or GPS/D use permitted. x-# of Stop-overs in the flight legs. (Variable > 0 to 4 stops per leg)       Tour Download for this excursion is available in the Tour downloads section and is required. It contains the all the tour details, stop-over locations for each flight leg,  flight plans and sky vector map links as well as the award for completion.  Make sure you obtain the tour download for all of the tour specifics.     Thanks to Ruberto Stutzer AKA597 for information as to the major route locations and sequence on which this excursion was created.   20 Legs: (67 Landings). Flights:  AKAT01296-4N3 through AKAT01315-4N3.       Stay tuned for this excursion coming on January 15, 2018   Norm AKA995      

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