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DC-3 Airways World Tour 2023

Thank you for visiting DC-3 Airways and welcome to the DC-3 Virtual Airways World Tour 2023, which will begin in October the 2nd 2023.

As the title says, it’s a world tour and not a world rally. A rally suggests a competition and that’s not our goal. Nowadays there are so many different flight simulators and versions with different characters and especially different ways of setting and handling weather that comparing results is useless.

Our goal is to offer a selection of ten interesting and challenging flights from around the world to be flown in a DC3/C-47. The tour will be spread over thirty days giving each pilot a three day 'slot' in which to fly each flight. More details on when each flight may be flown are given in the World Tour Rules.

Some of the navigation is via NDB and VOR. For other flights there are visual waypoints and also a amount of navigation is by dead reckoning and maps. The goal is to have fun flying a DC3/C-47 and we strongly encourage you to fly the DC3/C47 by the numbers. To add more challenge, each flight has a calculated flight time that can be reached using the correct average climb, cruise, decent and approach speed. Some flights are more challenging by the addition of specific weather.

What can you expect?
We will provide for a series of ten flight descriptions and additional flight plans for LittleNavMap and other programs that use .pln format. For each flight there will be weather suggestions that you can either choose to use or not. The calculated flight time will be disregarding the weather, but you can calculate the effect of the weather by using a E6B Computer (link for one in the downloads). For FSX, P3D, X-Plane and MSFS there will be a World Tour Livery for the DC3/C47. We will maintain a roster that will give you an idea how many pilots are participating and where they are from.

There is also a forum to give you an opportunity to ask questions, give remarks and ideas we can learn from and furthermore a screenshot section. We will also use the forum for extra information and notams. We will ask you to send in your flight times that will be maintained in a spreadsheet, so we have an idea how many participants reach the end.

We encourage you to do one or more flights together. Members of DC3 Airways can use our own servers with the use of Swift (help can always be provided). For other participants we can advise the use of JoinFS (link in the downloads).

The menu gives you a series of self-explanatory buttons which will link you to the various pages of the DC-3 Virtual Airways World Tour 2023 web site. The first area you are advised to visit is the Rules page. If you are willing to abide by the few simple rules and wish to join us for the World Tour your next action is to register and enjoy!

If after the Tour you feel that you have enjoyed yourself, learned something new, or refreshed a few long forgotten skills, our aim will have amply been achieved. Also, if you like the experience, please feel free to sign on as a pilot for DC-3 Airways.

On behalf of the hard working staff and members of DC-3 Airways I sincerely hope you will enjoy our World Tour.

Andy Hatcher
DC-3 Airways Virtual Airline