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Thanksgiving in Canada

Posted on October 10, 2014 at 7:05 PM Comments comments (0)

So I thought that this year, instead of focusing almost exclusively on the US Thanksgiving celebration, I would give Canada its salute as well.

After all, CYXQ (one of the focus points of this weekend's fun) is Beaver Creek, Yukon - in Canada.

... and uX-Pa HQ (EPOCH Alaska Air's real world home) is in Canada.


Maybe that means that the $100 TurkeyBurger flight, to be released later on Sunday, will be just over the border as well.


Stay tuned, and keep your float hatches tight,


bc

The Pilot-Friendly Iditarod

Posted on March 9, 2014 at 1:20 PM Comments comments (0)

So, how about that weather? :)

This year the weather (so far) over the Iditarod Trail has been exemplary for pilots; not so much for the Teams however, as they have battled rocks and warmth, at least as far as Ophir. Things cooled down nicely on the Trail north to the Yukon and now that the lead teams are pushing up the coast of Norton Sound from Unalakleet through to Koyuk, the temperatures are hovering around -18 to -20'C (~0'F) and the Trail is relatively decent, although there are regular reports of dirt as well as snow/ice.


But flying this as an EPOCH Iditarod pilot has been a joy. Even in my crosswind-unfriendly Cessna 185 I have had zero issues with ground operations all along the Trail, for which I am immensely pleased.


Hey, if you want to see how the race is faring from an EPOCH point of view, take a look HERE.


Dispatches continue as usual, with the first batch for morning fliers, the second for afternoon and the final batch for evening fliers. As per posting history, POP-UPS can, and do, occur at any time, so keep an eye ;)


Cheers, and keep your skis in the right position :D


bc

2014 EPOCH Iditaord UPDATE

Posted on March 2, 2014 at 9:45 PM Comments comments (0)

2014 EPOCH Iditarod UPDATE:

so, first of all, I want to share the real world microlook at the Iditarod. My main pick, Kristy Berington, is in 55th place at present (out of 69) and departed Willow for Yentna at 15:48 AKST (2 hours and a couple minutes ago). That's all I know right now, but I have my hopes up. I will have to log onto the tracker and see her on the trail.


But, back to EPOCH and its fine Iditarod Pilots. While EPOCH is donating some of the flying to the Iditarod, we are also being paid to transport media and politicians around as well as other sundry tasks. Enough to pay our line pilots who complete Dispatches on time.

What, you say? On time?

That's right. We now are running Near-real-Time Dispatches, which means that there is a Start Time, when pilots may begin flying, but also an Expiry Time, when the Dispatch no longer counts for Revenue for the pilot. Oh, everyone can (and do) still fly them after Expiry (there's even a separate topic to hold expired dispatches), but the fun is in seeing if you can get the flights done in time for sure :) .

Gosh, we even have a Special Assignment flight for Homeland Security (helicopter pilots only)!

Anyhow, as this day's flying nears an end (sunset happens in about 30 minutes), the Official EPOCH Iditarod Dispatcher (that's me :D ) has released a total of 28 Dispatches in 2 days. You should not run out of flight jobs!


So, keep an eye on the Forum here, even if you're not actually posting or maybe not even flying but just watching, and see the great PIREPS coming in from our pilots. And remember, the latest news from the Iditarod is not here... it's at http://iditarod.com.


Cheers,


bc

Iditarod Goes LIVE

Posted on March 1, 2014 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (0)

I suppose it's not much of a mystery, if you've logged onto the site anytime over the last couple of weeks.

We are doing the Iditaord, and it just went live.

Download links are on the News Page.

A new and improved Adventure process is at the top of the Forum.


... must sleep now. :roll:


Have fun,


bc

Beaver Creek gets a new Training Centre

Posted on January 18, 2014 at 10:30 PM Comments comments (0)

That's right! CYXQ, Beaver Creek Yukon has just gone Version 2. This full version was raised to accomodate a new Helicopter Training Facility, along with registered helipad. A number of other features have been included, and the one that should please many of you who have flown in and out of "The Crik" a number of times is the approval and addition of a taxiway entry to Runway 14. Finally!

Go and grab your copy today at the Downloads Page. Please be sure to read the "ReadMe.txt" file in the Documents and Maps folder within your download, as it contains important information. If you are interested in helicopter flight and wish to not only utilize this facility but also dig into some training, our member "gofigure" has just signed on as Training Staff for Helicopters. He has tons of experience in X-Plane helicopter models and is waiting for you at his own "hangar" in the Forum and at Beaver Creek.


We are getting closer to our big Forum move. A number of our fine members have been helping to sort and organize data to assist with clean migration while others have been keeping the flight pace at a fervour with back-to-back adventure opportunities. EPOCH Alaska Air is where it's happening - daily!


So surf around the Forum and see what's up. It's also interesting to watch the "Hubs of...", "Aircraft of..." and "Staff of..." pages (under the EPOCH AA VA Header in the top nav bar) as I slowly bring real data forward and collect it into easily readable table formats for your enjoyment and further knowledge.


Enjoy, and I'll see you in the winter skies - dirty side down, of course :)


bc

STATS

Posted on December 31, 2013 at 6:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Well, again, Happy New Year to one and all. The promised "Stats in Pictures" is posted now - right below - and comes without any commentary, analysis or descriptions. Most of it is self-explanatory and is meant to share the general trending here at uX-Pa and our EPOCH Alaska Air Forum.


I hope you enjoy this and ask you, if you have any questions or comments, to please post them in the General Discussion thread at the Forum under the topic that I have opened called STATS LOOK.


That's it folks. I'm AFK (away from keyboard) for the next 12 to 18 hours as I attend to my guests - the last of the year - and prepare for a brand new and exciting 2014.


Cheers,


Joel (bc)


TOTAL MEMBERS (12/31/13) = 248



Walk around the hangar spaces...

Posted on December 29, 2013 at 6:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Hello EPOCH pilots and all visting friends,


I hope you have been enjoying a bit of downtime over the holidays and have gotten a little more of our favourite hobby time in. It certainly has been quite a month. We started out in the middle of hauling massive amounts of cargo around the state with our Winter Preparedness Contract, then jetted off to New Zealand for a holiday adventure that nobody claimed was boring :P  Right on the heels of that, with me begging everyone to get back to Juneau quickly, we began our National Geographic TV contract for the Ultimate Survivor Alaska television series. When I count them in my hardcopy logbook, I see that I have flown an unprecedented 17 different aircraft types this month alone, not counting the boat which I don't log. My total flight time this month is 39.3 hours as of last night. Not a record, but considering all of the development I'm working on, it speaks well for my flying addiction for sure :D .


So, as we enter the last 2 days of the year, I'd like you to reflect on your hobby and the joy that it brings you, and others you are involved with. This is the power of a kind, compassionate and friendly Forum... that we can share our adventures with each other and learn from it as well. This entire site would be a shadow of what it is now if not for you, the EPOCH pilot. And you probably wouldn't be here if not for the hard work of all those that contribute; heck, you're probably in that group too. I would like to single out jetjerry, Zymurg and ottopilot9 for the adventures and training tutorials and processes, as well as our livery builders, our other developers - Altair43 comes to mind with that lovely Cicada, and those of you who worked behind the scenes helping out. Kudos to all of you.


I should also like to thank all of you who purchased Ultimate Glacier Pilot Scenery & Adventure Package, as the proceeds from that (and yes, they are substantial) goes directly into our hobby - notably in this case our new forum coming up along with other goodies. Thanks also to our sponsors, notably Carenado, Supercritical Simulations Group, Shade Tree Micro Aviation and SoulMade Simulations for the product supplied for prizes and/or the other forms of support provided. I must also heartily thank X-Plane.org and it's members for their phenomenal support of our bush flying VA site and keeping bush flying and EPOCH in the public eye. Flightsim.com (Dom) was also kind in bringing an interview forth from us and promoting our site and adventures.


One question I get asked often enough relates to our Hit Count, Visits, Hangtime, Downloads and other stats, which are not available to the general public nor, for the most part, the members. So, as a little pat on the back to all of us regulars who work the VA, post here, promote everywhere (like vsully who put in his sig at the Org that he flies for EPOCH) and find this whole EPOCH Alaska Air adventure fun, well, on Tuesday, the last day of the year, I shall post a complete stats "picture", mostly in graphic formats, so you can see just where we have all gone this year. Not giving anything away, but I think you shall be pleased :) .


Since I have already exceeded any reasonable word count for a Blog entry :D please allow me my one last sentiment for each and every one of you, whom I call friends...


Happy New Year


and may you and your families and loved ones be blessed with health, hapiness and prosperity in 2014.


Cheers,

Joel

Santa's in the Air

Posted on December 24, 2013 at 3:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Greetings Pilots,


The team here would like to wish you all the best of the season - safety, prosperity, health and joy. It's been a great year and we all look forward to our continued sharing in our phenomenal hobby.


As a little smile, how about checking out the following Approach Plate - valid for the next 24+ hours...


http://www.avherald.com/h?article=46d7a548&opt=0


HAPPY HOLIDAYS


TO ALL


Joel

Flying Time

Posted on December 13, 2013 at 11:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Yes, you know the old saying...

"My how time flies when you're having fun" :)

Well, it surely does.

EPOCH Alaska Air New Zealand Vacation DAY FOUR has just been released in the Forum, and it has been the most fun to develop of all that I have done to date.

I can hardly wait to read the chatter thread :)


Enjoy,


bc

The Vacation Begins

Posted on December 5, 2013 at 9:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Day One has begun.

Links right on the News Page.

btw... we are mirroring the announcements at the Org as well, to give others a chance to participate.

Here's the link for that.


Enjoy everyone,

bc