Last week, the Executive Committee for the celebrated flight simulation challenge Round the World Race announced its 2015 date. Traditionally held on the first weekend after Valentine’s Day, (the race will start on the 21st February this year) the race is a relay-style team event in which pilots pass virtual batons to each other in an exciting bid to be the fastest team to circumnavigate the world. What better way to break in your copy of FSX: Steam Edition?!
Teams are comprised of simmers from each of the top flight simulation websites. This year, the contenders consist of AVSIM (last year’s winner), flightsim.com, and Sim Outhouse. Previous competitors include iFlyOnline.com and fs-mp.com.
To begin the race, each pilot is to choose an aircraft from the RTW Whitelist found on the official website, limiting race aircraft to either rotorcraft or propeller aircraft with a maximum of four piston engines or two turbine engines.
Each team must finish the race at the airport they started from, pass through all degrees of longitude, and make at least two full stop landings at least 1000nm apart on the following continents: Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, and South America. All pilots and wingmen must use real time and real weather settings on all flight legs.
The Round the World Race was founded in 2003 as a fun, competitive interpretation of the hobby. If you are interested in participating this year, go ahead and visit the official event website at www.fsrtwrace.com. We wish all three teams the best of luck, and we’ll see you at the finish line!