Mutley's Easter Bunny Air Rally 2017!

Mutley's Hangar is pleased to announce otheir latest flying challenge, the Mutley's Easter Bunny Air Rally (MEBAR) 2017.

Objective: Because MEBAR is a fun event, we'll be keeping it simple by asking you to select either a single or twin prop aircraft, that's the only real limitation but see the rules page for a definitive description. The MEBAR will provide an event for flight simulation pilots of all skill levels, from the novice to the more experienced pilots, and from all corners of the globe, to test their flight and navigation skills. MEBAR will be held during the Easter holiday in mid April 2017. Andrew Godden, who has organised the MEBAR since it's inception, has kindly agreed to help us again this year with the MEBAR 2017, so we're in very good hands.

The madness which has become this "Flying Circus" returns for its seventh year and this year we are on the road again as we travel to far, distant lands. Now, it is said by some in the flight sim world that "no one flies in South America". This is probably because their idea of flying is a morning little jolly up and down their home valley, back to the airfield for some procedural circuits, and home in time for afternoon tea. For those of us that have ventured farther afield to the South American continent, we know it to provide a wealth of flying adventures and experience that is as rich and diverse as the geography is wild and varied. MEBAR 2017 consists of five Flight Legs starting at Puerto Williams, Chile, the southernmost city in the world - here is a chance to tick another item off your flight simming "bucket list". We then head north, because in Chile there really are only two directions to travel, weaving a course between the mountains and the coast, to finish at the capital, Santiago. So, prepare yourselves and your aircraft to enjoy the journey, and remember, "It's not cold, but it is Chile".

There is a Test Flight to be completed prior to Registration, to establish your aircraft type and cruising speed. Further details of the Test Flight, Rally Route and Rules, PIREPs, etc., can be found by clicking on the navigation tabs at the top right of the MEBAR 2017 website pages. The home page has a few more links that we could not fit on the tabs so be sure to make our home page, your home page!

Event Format Overview: The flights involve either and / or a combination of VOR, NDB and "dead reckoning" navigating under day Visual Flight Rule (VFR) and / or Instrument Flight Rule (IFR) conditions. Variable departure times and weather conditions will also exist for each flight.

The dates and reporting times are detailed under the "Flight Schedule" link.

Eligible Aircraft Overview: Eligible aircraft include include any single or twin piston engine or turboprop engine aircraft. Turbojet, turbofan and other such engined aircraft are not eligible for entry in the event.

The actual choice of aircraft is entirely at the discretion of the individual participant, provided it falls within the guidelines. Other considerations should include the Flight Leg distance, runway length and surface, and altitude performance. More information regarding aircraft eligibility is contained under the "Rules" link.

Rules Overview: Unfortunately, there is a need to have Rules to successfully conduct events such as the MEBAR 2017. The Rules, including detailed explanation of eligible aircraft, flight dates, reporting times, and other requirements are contained under the "Rules" link.

Registration: If you are interested in registering for the MEBAR 2017, have completed the test flight, have read and understand the rules and requirements for participating, click on the "Pilot Reg" link. Please note: Pilot registration closes 23:59 UTC on Wednesday, 12th April March 2017. So, fire up your sim and get cracking on the Test Flight! MEBAR 2017, and the fun starts here!

Or as Mathijs Kok put it: "I can only say that you are a jerk if you don't participate. I have have said this before.. what makes Mutley's such a nice place to hang out is that it is not pretentious and one of the few places online without commercial interests. If people come here they know they get a Aerosoft view on things. Avsim, FlightSim, SimFlight etc they all got their own shops and need to make money. Joe has made Mutley's Hangar one of the last places where the flight sim spirit of 1990 still is tangible. And yes that is a comment from an old fart."