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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 2.0.0.19 (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 2.0.0.13 and now V 2.0.0.18 with save ability.  (Jan 1, 2018 – all must use Bluebox V 2.0.0.19). 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 Feb. 09, 2018*   09/02/2017

      Tours: Winter 2018: Tour Lineup and Important Items – Updates to Feb. 09, 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 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 5              DC-7 Long Haul                                                                                    14 Legs, 5771 nm                         Opened Jan 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 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                       Closed 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. 41           To the Summit and Beyond (RTMM CIRP2)                                           20 Legs, 609 nm                       Opened Feb 09, 2018 (for James). 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                     Closed 95c         AKA 2017 Christmas Spirit Excursion                                                    16 Legs, 1644 nm                     Poof Closed - Santa is gone for another year 95.          Valdez-Merrill Air Services                                                                        20 Legs, 2798 nm                    Opened Jan 15, 2018. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Norm AKA995
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      Tour 095 - Valdez-Merrill Air Service - (4Nx) - Opens January 15, 2018   01/03/2018

      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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