This flight provides an opportunity to explore the NASA Space Centre in Florida. Pilots using X-Plane have some additional scenery to compliment the existing default for the area. This scenery is set post Shuttle and depicts the current practice of launching unmanned vehicles. Those flying legacy FSX have default scenery depicting the launch and retrieval of Shuttle missions.
Atypically, pilots are encouraged to fly a small jet aircraft. This is to emulate the use of the Northrop T38 Talon used by NASA astronauts as their personal qualifying and taxi service. So pilots with the aircraft in their personal hangar are encouraged to use it for the flight.
Simulation Date/Time : Current date set to daylight.
Weather : Real World / Fair weather if real world is unsuitable for VFR operations.
Distance : 160 nm
Est Flight Time : approx 65 mins
Aircraft : Small single or twin engine jet aircraft such as Cirrus Vision, Pilatus PC-24, Northrop T-38 Talon or similar capable of up to 250 kias below A10,000.
United States uses Unicom 122.80 for radio comms at all airfields.
VATSIM pilots connecting to the network using FSCOPILOT/FSINN can install an additional file that provides the ability to tune the CTAF frequency and make voice announcements to other pilots on frequency. These files can be obtained via this link.
Swift is a recent VATSIM Pilot Client alternative now released to the public as a beta release candidate. This pilot client is a one fits all alternative and will work with FSX, P3D V3/V4 and XPlane in either 32 bit Windows or 64 bit Windows, Mac and Linux. The client is a little challenging to get installed and configured. Some further guidance can be found in this video tutorial for those with X-Plane on Windows x64).