Yesterday several of us flew a cross-country race to various locations in Greece. We only had 5 participants as team members are so busy it's hard to find time to spend flying, but even with only 5 it was pretty cool. With 16 it would have been awesome. We have set-up a course in such a way that you need to use the navigation equipment in the aircraft to complete it, and some of the waypoints are visual landmarks with references to navaids for those that get lost. This type of racing isn't for everyone and is really designed for those that like to use real-world piloting skills. Definitely not friendly to the yank and bank crowd :)
We flew it in the Baron which felt pretty good. In a faster aircraft the race time would have been shorter and made the turnpoints a little tougher, but people (or the host) can pick whatever aircraft they want to use anyway.
Not sure if we will ship this particular race or not, but it's an interesting experiment. It certainly was clear to us that the shorelines around Greece are in desperate need of correction! Maybe we can get that in regardless of the race...
Today we are going to fly the sailplane race again (in about 2 hours) as it has proven to be a popular race event and we need to test out some changes recently introduced. I'm looking forward to it!
Don't tell me you guys did not follow the Round-The-World race in Feb? What a blast that was! See http://users.adelphia.net/%7Emattsmith19/RTW/ for more. Same time next year! Perhaps with more people using FSX? or perhaps with you guys flying a leg or two?
Schneider trophy races perhaps?
You say that for some races you need real-world piloting skills.
What do you mean, like heading and all of that stuff, that you can learn in Flight Simulator?
We do follow the RTW races with interest but I don't think any of us have participated yet. I've also enjoyed the FS2004.com RTW event and all the screenshots of the trip that resulted. It's all very cool.
The real-world piloting skills involve thinks like navigating to or from a VOR or NDB, analyzing the weather to figure out what altitude will gain the most ground speed, that sort of thing. It is forced on the participants because we aren't using the mission compass or pointer in the cross country race. All of of this is certainly in the domain of FS and doesn't require taking real-world flight lessons.