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No Hosted NightFlight this Saturday ( 6/16/18 )
Pilots, it is my sincere hope to be able to resume these and other activities in the near future. Please use the infrastructure here to carry on. -bc-
1st Place: Joar Ulsom - Mar. 14 - 0300
2nd Place: Nicolas Petit - 0515
3rd Place: Mitch Seavey - 0811
Red Lantern: Magnus Kaltenborn
Congrats to the Winners!

The final Dispatches have been made. Please feel free to fly them and/or any Expired Dispatches that are of interest.


It has been another memorable flying experience for many of us, and we would be remiss not to once again Thank Deeply our Iditarod volunteers, led by the amazing gofigure!
Starts Saturday March 3
IDITAROD 2018 Prep Flight


We're having a preparation flight for the 2018 Southern Route Iditarod, which launches next weekend in all its fun and glory.


OPERATION: BRAVE SOULS
NightFlight for Saturday - Post 5
OPERATION: Brave Souls                                        Live Mission: 27.01.18
"The toughest mission you have ever flown for EPOCH"
Priority NOTSAM
In preparation for the active mission this weekend (see below), there are a few tests and a setup to know and/or practice.
1. The 2 airstrips you will be working from include the following:
     - The False Flag strip is ~ 900' long by ~ 35' wide with zero overrun
        possibilities.

     - The LZ (where you pick up load) is ~ 1,200' x 50' but is on a 5% slope, side to
        side. Wingtip strikes pose a hazard.

      - Running off the downside of the LZ strip will put you in the river.
2. There will be an aircraft attempting to interdict your flight. Ensure you know
     how to add
an enemy combatant to your sim experience (Aircraft Menu) and
     pick an older jet
from your collection that has Air-Air and, optionally, Air-
     Ground missiles. (Optional mission feature for the very advanced simpilot)

3. There is a detailed .kzm file included with the Custom Scenery download, all
     which will
be released on Friday night (01-26-18). If you wish to view and plan
     with this, you will
need to ensure that you have the Google Earth Client on
     your system.
The JetJerry Intel
There will be ground forces aligned against your incursion. If you get within range of their guns, they will shoot your aircraft from the sky. Ensure your visual nav skills are keen enough to stay in the safe corridors shown by the flight path plan. The .kzm file is invaluable for memorizing terrain features!
A 2 week EPOCH Mission in support of a United Nations Initiative
Pre-Briefing Notes:

1. Training Mission 13Jan2018.  Actual Flight Mission 27Jan2018
2. Aircraft Choices: dhc-6 Twin Otter, C-208 Caravan,  dhc-4 Caribou
3. Details & Full Briefing afternoon of 13Jan2018 in Forum Post.
4. Next NightFlight (with this mission) on [email protected] (2200EST)

"Preparation Is The Key To Success"
Wishes to all for a wonderful 2018.

Thanks for a fantastic 2017 and see you all soon (after my eyes unglue this morning) LOL
Friendship Flight

Saturday December 30th, 2017

Click the Pic to go to the Details in the Forum!
A TOAST TO ALL OF YOU FINE SIMPILOTS OF THE BUSH AND COAST!

May you enjoy the next week of festivities in health and wellness with your family and loved ones close by, in heart if not body. It is with pride and pleasure that I shall raise a glass to each and every one of you, my friends, who have shared flights and fun here at our Forum over the last year, sticking with us through thick and thin!

An adventure will be posted during the week between Christmas and New Years and the next NightFlight is slated for the 30th of December.

Oh... don't forget your W&B calculations - Christmas dinner can make your craft rather nose-heavy! Cheers all!!!  bc
 

DAY ONE     DAY TWO     DAY THREE


We're Back!
October 28, 2017
Took long enough eh?
Sorry folks for the seemingly constant delays but things are settling down now, so...

1. Structural and Security changes are Done.
2. Bit of a facelift and of course the Forum Posts thingy is different.
3. Some content is being or has been changed. Partly a bit of a re-focus on adventure.
4. More significant additions coming in the near future.
5. Changelog for these tweaks will be available later in the week.

Coming This Week
1. Teaser campaign for our annual EPOCH Alaska Air ( and EPA ) Vacation
2. Vacation Launches on the Weekend ( Nov. 4th & 5th )

NightFlights Resume...
on the 4th of November, with our usual last-chance beta test of the start of the EPOCH Vacation. TeamSpeak as usual but we'll try for 2200 Eastern to cut us some slack :P

Thank you all once again for your patience and kindness. The discussion thread that I have opened for this can be found HERE, aptly titled "Airworthy Again"
Saturday NightFlight - September 2, 2017

Come on and all with your fabulous DC-3 aircraft for a great flight in the mountains, complete with a bit of adrenaline to keep you on your toes!

Click the Picture Above or Here to go to the details.
Follow The Salmon

Historical Tour
NightFlight
July 8, 2017

2200 EDT
Come and fly a historical salmon run in Southeast Alaska either with the NightFliers, on your own or host a DayFlight.
Best results in scenery are with HD Mesh V3 and Tom Curtis' Final Frontier and Inside Passage Payware scenery. Click the pic to go to the details.
Please note the early start at 2200 EDT (0200 GMT 07/09).
Coming July 1st, 2017
Celebrating Canada's 150th & USA's Independence Day
This will be a 2½ hour NightFlight hosted by bc

Starting @ 2200 EDT (0300 GMT) - 1 hour earlier than usual.

Fly at night with the gang or host a Dayflight or fly it solo.

Discover More Alaskan History - Right Here at EPOCH Alaska Air!
Exciting News
Classic NightFlight 04-15-17

This one is for all of you Beaver drivers (DHC-2) out there. An iconic flight, lasting a bit better than an hour and one that has already been flown in the real world 17 times today (as of 1400 PDT).

This is a classic 'light', in that we will be using custom scenery by another - namely Tom Curtis' Inside Passage. So whether you fly it tonight during our Online flight or another time on your own or with others, know that this is as close to the real deal as you can get with your trusty Beaver!

Watch for the NightFlight post in the Forums late this afternoon and either click the pic to go there or select it from the Recent Posts to the right!
EPOCH's 2017 Iditarod Ends

That's right fliers. We have come to the end of a fantastic Iditarod. All of the needs of the mushers, teams and the Iditarod Committee and its myriad of volunteers have been met with skill and efficiency.
Congrats Team & THANK YOU!

The screencap to the left shows what a well-oiled machine looks like. The three Iditarod volunteers for EPOCH were doing their 'thing' on the day I captured this. Look at the timing-unrehearsed of course but sublime in their efficiency!
 
Ain't Over Yet !


Hey Iditarod Bush Pilots, this is no time to retreat to the hangar. There's still work to be done.

Keep an eye for the next few days on Pop-Up Dispatches as the Iditarod Team dispatches you to return things back to where they belong.

Winner:


Mitch Seavey
8d,3h,40m,13s


Red Lantern

Cindy Abbott
12d,2h,57m,31s
PREP Flight

In preparation for next weekend's (02/11/17) EPOCH Classic Flight installment, we have designed a 'close to home' practice flight that will be detailed and offered in this Saturday night's Night Flight in the Forum.

Not an " InsomniPilot "? No worries, give this exercise a GO as a solo flight or bring a few Dayfliers for a daytime tryout and get the run in - you'll be glad you did when you go forward next weekend with the classic flight.

The skills that you sharpen or attain in the exercise will serve you well in a week as you will require all of this with at least 5X the drama !!!
Burning Man

The 2016 EPOCH Vacation

Welcome Pilots to our latest Vacation - the 5th Annual!

The scenery package (hosted at the Org) can be downloaded by clicking the pic above or the formal package download pic in Downloads.

The Vacation Information and all related Forum topics can be found by Clicking This Link. This includes information on our Contest for a free X-Plane Version 11 when it is released at the Org Store!

Enjoy!

HOT

Almost 200 solid adventures, some with custom scenery, await you
HERE in ONLINE
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