Welcome again to our annual Mudspike Christmas Flight – 2021 Edition! For our seventh year running, we will deliver packages, hopes, (beverages), and spread good will across the globe as we make our way from our homes to our target location.
This year, by general consensus, we have decided to head for the historically significant, brutally windswept Falkland Islands and the famous Port Stanley airfield.
Operational Navigation Charts (ONC) (though dated) can be found: HERE
Fly the sim of your choice (FSX, X-Plane, P3D, MSFS).
Fly any aircraft you like on your “mission” – fighter, transport, seaplane, helicopter – it’s up to you!
Take off from the airport closest to your home location with a load of gifts.
Fly to Port Stanley (SFAL)
Encouraged to use real time weather to make things interesting.
Fly as much of the route as you like, time accel if you want, or just do the takeoff and landing – there really are no rules – just have fun!
Flights can be flown at any time up to New Year’s Day.
Post your flight progress in this thread.
In the interest of being inclusive, your flight does not have to be a “Christmas” flight – instead, celebrate the New Year, or Hanukkah, Festivus, or whatever you feel represents the spirit of the event.
SkyVector.com – Great online general flight planning tool with maps and enroute charts (you’ll have to find individual country IAPs along your route though)
METAR/TAFS – Quick METAR/TAF information for many international airports
Global Winds – General wind patterns for the entire planet
AWC International Flights – Oceanic Winds Aloft
With the release of MSFS - obviously you have scenery for almost all of the world.
X-Plane users can generate their own Ortho or perhaps use a lower resolution package such as the EOX Global scenery package (bring a some HD storage!)…
MSFS Port Stanley scenery:
For those wanting to take a deeper dive - Think Defense has an absolutely superb article on the history of Port Stanley with many historical photographs and detailed information about both pre-invasion, invasion, and post-invasion Port Stanley. It is a fascinating read that may require a few days and a few cups of Mudspike coffee to complete: