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    • AKA995

      AKA (Alaska Adventures) Flight Legs – Overview and Update   12/12/2015

      AKA (Alaska Adventures) Flight Legs – Overview and Update Currently, we have almost 1600 various flight legs in our flight schedules database. In the past few months, I have been working on a rework of the integrity of our many, many flight legs as well as a better clarity in the numbering system of the various types of flight legs that are used on the site. In an effort to keep all informed, the following is a brief overview of our revised and renumbered flight legs. The Flight leg Numbering System Our flight leg numbering system will follow a simple structure outlined as follows:  The first flight Leg: We have Flight leg AKA001 which, as stated in the current Ops manual, is a new joining pilot’s first flight that he/she should fly after joining the site. It is a short and not very complex flight and will be maintained until such time that a new Ops manual is in place. Adventure/Tour Flight Legs: Flight Number Format: AKAxxx-T Flight legs that are comprised within the structure of our adventure/tours are designated with initials AKA then 1234 (xxx flight number), followed by – T. Currently, we have over 700 tour flight legs (AKA001-T through AKA704-T) which make up all of individual flight legs that are designed for the tours or adventures.    Any of these AKAxxx– T flights can be flown as single legs but their purpose is to be flown in conjunction with the series of adjoining flight legs which make up the various tours* or adventure components. (*Pilots must be an active participant in the said tour to have these flight legs accumulate towards the completion objective of that said tour.) Single Cargo Flight Legs: Flight Number Format: AKCCxxx        There are many flight legs which are just single flight legs designated as cargo flights legs that have various routes that pilots may wish to fly cargo. Cargo Payment for flying these cargo flight legs is made based on the weight of assigned cargo. The Initials for these cargo flights are now AKC – Alaska Adventures CARGO. Currently, we have over 100 cargo designated flight legs (AKCC001 through AKCC103). If flown in sequential order, for the most part, they are like sequential tour flight legs: they follow a route. Single Passenger Flight Legs: Flight Number Format: AKAPxxx There are many single flight legs which are just single flight legs designated as passenger flights that have various routes that pilots may want to fly passenger. Passenger payment for flying these passenger flight legs is made based on number of passengers and fare rate per passenger. These single passenger flight legs are now designated as AKAP + xxx flight number. (P indicates passenger flight so they are easily recognizable as single passenger flights) Currently we have hundreds and hundreds of single Passenger flight legs. These single flight legs are currently being numbered into the format: AKAP001 through AKAP999.   To view all the active flight legs, after log in, go to: Dispatch - Schedules - then <click> on Find Flights More details and updates will be forthcoming as I continue the flight leg rework.   Norm AKA995      
    • AKA995

      TOURS - Flight Legs - MUST READ - DEC 14, 2015   12/13/2015

      The tours that you see on the tour page are actually new versions of our tours which have been built to repopulate all the flight legs that make up each tour.  All pilots are requested to re-join and become participants on the "new" versions of the tours if not shown even if you have flown all the legs and have completed them.  Once you have joined the tours as a participant, all your stats, flown flight legs and tour completes will be repopulated and your statuses and completes will be reflected within the all the tours.  Again, just join the tours as a participant and will be able to refresh all the participating pilots and reflect all your statuses, flight legs completed as well as reflect all of your completions on the tours. You do not have to re-fly the flight legs on tours that you have completed, but we are asking all to join as participants on each of the new versions of the tours so we can complete the refresh of the pilot/tour statistics.    Norm AKA995
    • aka102

      New Blue Box Version 10 and updated manuals now available for download   10/29/2016

      Effective Oct. 29, 2016 New Blue Box Version 10 is available. New updated manuals for Blue Box v10, (updated Dec 1, 2016), are also available for download: For these Blue Box downloadable files: From the website main page: navigate to "Downloads" - "BLUEBOX". There are two updated manuals now available: One is a full and comprehensive manual, the other a quick start tutorial for the more experienced ACARS users but may still find it necessary to refer to the comprehensive manual as it contains all the functionality, items and features that are contained in Blue Box v10. Blue Box v10 is an upgrade from v9 to correct landing misinformation at a Stop Over airport. All please download the new Blue Box V10 and refer to the manuals to get acquainted with the features of our ACARS system.
    • AKA995

      Mid-Fall/Winter * 2016/17 Notices: Tour Updates, Closures, Flight Numbering Changes and New STOPOVER Tours *   11/01/2016

      Welcome back as we approach Mid-Fall 2016 and the Winter 2016/2017 Flying Season Here at Alaska Adventures. The following tours/adventures and/or excursions will kick off our Fall 2016 adventure/excursion tour lineup and later Winter 2016/2017. (The designer reserves the right to change this lineup as deemed necessary). NOTE: Commencing with Tour 61: We now have over 1000 tour flights. To maintain order in the database, flights numbered 1000 and over will be numbered and entered in Blue Box as AKAT-01000, AKAT-01001, AKAT-01002 etc.   (This will permit the database to maintain order and sequence upto AKAT-99999. (99,000 tour type flights). NOTE: Commencing with Tour 66: Have introduced New a tour type for "Stopovers" or an intermediate landing location within a flight leg.  The stopover or the intermediate landing stop within a flight leg is a designated stop- Landing and Take off) that is required after the initial departure location and before the final destination landing location. This results in two recorded landings in each -SO flight leg: using the new feature of "Continue" Flight in Blue Box. The tour download is a requirement to be able to run these new "stopover" tours as the tour document conveys the intermediate stop location. These Stopover type tours with -SO Flight legs contain a difficulty factor HARD: with the following condtions: 1) There is a -400fpm landing requirement for both the landing at the intermediate stopover location as well as at the final destination: so two landing per flight legs at or under -400fpm. 2) No autopilot use permitted 3) No GPS Use: Blue Box must maintain Navigation Mode "NAV". So the Stopover tour flight legs are intended to be a manual fly and manual navigation. (Sky-vector map links are provided in all tour downloads and are also prepared for the Stopover type tours for each -SO flight leg. "Stopover" tour flight legs are indicated by "-SO" after the flight number and are easily recognizable. _SO flight legs are entered into Blue Box as Follows: IE: AKAT-01089-SO    AKAT-01107-SO. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- "Tour Status"                  Tour #                                                                                                                                          Active Date/Opens                      Closures:           1 tour_001. Alaska Tour  Open Closes Dec. 21, 2016 2 tour_002. Water Hop Tour 1   Closed for Season 3 tour_003. Gulf of Alaska & Peninsula Floats Tour   Closed for Season 4 tour_004. DC-3 Hops Tour Open Closes Jan. 31, 2017 5 tour_005. DC-7 Long Haul   Closed 6 tour_006. To The Aleutians – Rotorcraft Run   Closed 7 tour_007. The Flight of the Halibut Tour Open Closes Dec. 21, 2016 8 tour_008. Cargo Dawgs 2  Open Closes Jan. 31, 2017 9 tour_009. Water Hop Tour 2   Closed for Season 10 tour_010. C185 Amphibious   Closed for Season 11 tour_011. 5 Year+ Anniversary Tour    Closed 12 tour_012. Aleutian Cannery Tour   Closed 13 tour_013. Gold Rush Tour Open Closes Dec. 21, 2016 14 tour_014. Gone Fishing 1   Closed for Season 15 tour_015. Gone Fishing 2   Closed for Season 16 tour_016. Norad 2 Open Closes Dec. 21, 2016 17 tour_017. Alaska Highways Tour Open Closes Dec. 21, 2016 18 tour_018. Spring Bear Hunt   Closed for Season 19 tour_019. Cruise Ship Tour (Orig 2014 Version)   Closed for season 20 tour_020. ERA Aviation Tour   Closed 21 tour_021. Turbo Prop  Open Closes Dec. 21, 2016 22 tour_022. Iditarod North   Closed for Season 23 tour_023. Iditarod South   Closed for Season 24 tour_024. Glacier Tour   Closed 25 tour_025. King Crab -1   Closed 26 tour_026. King Crab -2 Open Closes Dec. 21, 2016 27 tour_027. Disaster Aid Mission   Closed 28 tour_028. Disaster Aid Mission Home   Closed 29 tour_029. Remembering Hurricane Irene   Closed 30 tour_030. 9-11 NY Memorial    Closed 31 tour_031. Olympic Challenge    Closed 32 tour_032. Watson Hub Closure    Closed 33 tour_033. St. Petersburg Hub Closure (SPB)   Closed for Season 34 tour_034.  Nome Hub Closure   Closed 35 tour_035. Across the North in a Cub-1   Closed 36 tour_036. Across the North in a Cub-2   Closed 37 tour_037. Across the North in a Cub-3   Closed 38 tour_038. Across the North in a Cub-4   Closed 39 tour_039. PNW to the Land of Misty's   Closed 40 tour_040. Exploration in the RTMM (CIRP1) Opens Dec. 21, 2016   41 tour_041. To the Summit and Beyond (CIRP2)   Closed 43 tour_043. C-47 Short Field Hops - Glacier Region  (SF 1)   Closed 44 tour_044. Winter Getaway Adventure   Closed 45 tour_045. Winter Homeward Bound   Closed 46 tour_046. RTMM - Anchorage, Denali and the Arctic (SDT1) Open Closes Dec. 21, 2016 47 tour_047. RTMM - Along the Arctic Coastline (SDT2)   Closed 48 tour_048. RTMM - Vancouver Island Seaside Floats (VIP)   Closed for Season 49 tour_049. The Yukon-Alaska Cross Open Closes Dec. 21, 2016 50 tour_050. The Inside Passage SPB OPS   Closed for Season 51 tour_051. RTMM - Into the Interior - C-47 Short Fields  (SF2)  Open Closes Dec. 21, 2016 52 tour_052. RTMM's "Operation Barnstormers"  Open Closes Dec. 21, 2016 53 tour_053. RTMM’s “Dispatch 006 - The Lighthouses”   Closed for Season 54 tour_054. RTMM - Twin Otter Spotter - BC to the Gulf of Alaska   Closed 55 tour_055. Tongass National Forest Exploration  (Floats)   Closed for Season 56 tour_056. RTMM’s Dispatch 002: North of Yes Bay Cabins   Closed for Season 57 tour_057. BC Lighthouses - Ocean Falls to Vancouver Harbour   Closed for Season 58 tour_058. Prince of Wales Island – Fly-in Fishing   Closed for Season 59 tour_059. RTMM - Challenge of the Doratidi Trail (SDT3)   Closed 60 tour_060. Seward-Chenega Bay POI Excursion   Closed 61 tour_061. Exploration PFJ-Owikeno-Kimsquit Area Open Closes Dec. 21, 2016 62 tour_062. RTMM - The Lost Treasure of Timuquan Open Closes Dec. 21, 2016 63 tour_063. RTMM - Kenai, Chugach and Prince William Sound Open Closes Dec. 21, 2016 64 tour_064. Alaskan Tack to Milepost 33 Chitina- PC-6C-H2 Open Oct. 12, 2016 Closes Feb. 28, 2017 65 tour_065. Tack Two Barrow - U206G Soloy Open Oct. 22, 2016 Closes Feb. 28, 2017 66 tour_066. The Pacific Coast Stopovers in the Beech 18 Open Nov. 02, 2016 Closes March 31, 2017 67 tour_067. The Rocky Mountains Stopovers in the C-47 Open Nov. 09, 2016 Closes March 31, 2017 67C tour_067c. The Three Stars - 2016 AKA Christmas Expedition Open Nov. 25, 2016 Closes Jan 31, 2017 (All float tours are now closed until Spring 2017 due to ICE conditions!) ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The transition to the fall lineup began Sept 12, 2016 and will continue (Tentative), as listed above. We are now in Mid-Fall and the ice has closed the majority of waterways: so the floats and amphibious aircraft for the most part are now closed up. Bring on "Mid-Fall and Winter" as new excursions continue to come your way: Clean up and tune up your wheels and skis for the Mid-Fall and Winter season and get those floats and amphibians Winterized. Get ready to for a real challenger in the new stop-over Tours. Just a reminder that there is also a tour download for each tour: which includes 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.   The next transition will take us into the winter season should be on or about - Dec 21, 2016 and more "ICE" and/or "Real Colds" start to come out!. 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.     AKA Flight Director Norm Richards AKA995
    • AKA995

      2016-11-02 - Tour 66. The Pacific Coast Stopovers in the Beech 18 - Open Nov. 2, 2016   11/02/2016

      Tour 66: The Pacific Coast Stopovers in the Beech 18 This is the Pacific Coast Stopovers in the Beech 18 excursion and it’s one of the most challenging tours yet. This is a test of your flight skill: We are not only challenging you with a new aircraft: the Beechcraft 18 otherwise known as the “Twin Beech” multi, and flying it in the fantastic new AKA fleet livery painted by Stephan Faessler AKA1491 but also in this new tour introducing an intermediate or stopover location within each flight leg where you must land BEFORE proceeding to the final destination all intended to be done with no autopilot, no GPS used but only a manual type of navigation using sky vector maps, distance, time and landmarks and/or the use of NDB and VOR navigation to navigate your way. The tour download is required as the tour document provides you with the necessary information to successfully complete this excursion. (Now Posted) This Stopover excursion in the Beech 18 aircraft has 19 legs, (with 19 stopovers – one stopover per flight leg) so this actually equates to a total of 38 required landings: Flight numbers are: AKAT-01089-SO to AKAT-01107-SO. 
        Active now: Wed. Nov 2nd, 2016..     Note:  Tour 67 is COMING SOON and will featuring a similar stopover type excursion in another new fleet livery addition, C-47 in new fleet livery: painted by Bernie Stockwell-AKA1335. Stay tuned for more details.  
      Brought to you by your Flights and Tour director: Norm AKA995

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