For years theUK Virtual Gliding Association (UKVGA) have been providing twice weekly multiplayer (MP) virtual gliding events on Tuesday and Friday evenings in UK time and using VATSIM as the MP hosting service. This works very well for the club because they have members with a range of different MP capabilities that are compatible with VATSIM and most members live in time zones aligned with, or close to, the UK. Unfortunately the time scheduling of these events are not suitable for the time zone in which I live.
Late last year, Harry Osh, another virtual gliding enthusiast like myself and member of the UKVGA, contacted me via my blog and suggested we try some multiplayer flights together since we both live in time zones that are not too dissimilar. Since then we have been testing various FSX multiplayer options for members of the UK Virtual Gliding Association that live in Oceania time zones like ourselves.
Because there are only two of us currently involved in this project, we have agreed to make the task of setting up these events more interesting by trialling some new and sometimes radical ideas including: use of real-weather injection programs, trialing of various MP hosting alternatives and the addition of other AI gliders to our events. Moreover, we chose to base our tasks on Orbx FTX scenery for Australia and New Zealand to make our virtual cross-country gliding tasks even more convincing and enjoyable. The Orbx scenery is ideal for cross-country gliding and low VFR flights in general. Continue reading