I'm looking for the Mach Loop flightplan
I'm looking for the Mach Loop flightplan
It's something like this, although cunningly the only Low Flying map I have stops about half way across it so the Northern bit is an educated guess.
Your best bet is to take off from RAF Valley, head south down the coast and then turn in when you reach the right lattitude (~N52.55), at which point it should be fairly easy to pick up the valley, you're then just following the road in a counter-clockwise circle. Note I've only done it once and that was in a Jetstream which made the whole experience much more civilised.
I'm not sure of the exact flight plan, but if you take of from <st1lace w:st="on"><st1lacename w:st="on">RAF</st1lacename> <st1lacetype w:st="on">Valley </st1lacetype></st1lace>on Anglesey North Wales, Head east and cross over the Menai strait you will see the Snowdonia mountains. Find the largest passage, you will fly over a lake,and your on your way (although in the films they actualy go the other direction). <o></o>
You will find it very spectacular if you have the Horizon photo scenery for <st1:country-region w:st="on">England</st1:country-region> & <st1lace w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">Wales</st1:country-region></st1lace> installed.<o></o>
A while ago I made this feeble attempt - see attached, I'd be happy if someone could do a better one. It is a VFR FSX flightplan file, the idea is to depart from RAF Llanbedr, fly the Loop (counter clockwise) and land at RAF Valley. It helps to use the GPS...
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Tomorrow flying low, there...
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Joining from the Bwlch area (which is between Lake Bala, an obvious visual reference, and Cadair Idris) you head towards Cadair and look for the V shaped entry to the left of that mountain. If you are leaving the pattern you continue straight ahead over the Tal-y-Llyn lake towards Tywyn, however if you are going around for another run you should position yourself to the right side of the valley ready for a sharp turn just before the lake ('Corris Corner'). If you've positioned yourself correctly, it's between 90 and 100 degrees - too fast or a lazy turn will see you in the hillside. Follow the valley down to just north of Machynlleth, then turn to follow the Dyfi Valley north easterly until you reach Dinas-Mawddwy - turn just before there and drop over the top back into the circuit.
If you have google earth installed, have a look before you fly it. There are quite a few valleys around there and it's easy to follow the wrong one and find yourself with no exit if you've not planned it.
Not a flight plan, but MSPG Simulations have some interesting "spotters" scenery for the Mach Loop:
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good old LFA07.... one of my favourite places.... once you've done a few laps you start to remember it and keep finding it even if you don't mean to....
"Αίεν Υψικρατείν "
"Between This and Death By Bonga Bonga, You'll Choose Death"
It can be flown in any aircraft. Fast or slow.
And for really low - AW 109
The 109 is good for learning the route !
Here is a set of plans I downloaded from somewhere. There is one for a North Entrance and one for a South Entrance that originate from RAF Valley.
Has anyone not realised this thread is from 2012 and sprang into life again today??
lol, lol. . .I'm always irritated that people seem to only read the title and then the last post and simply add their 2cents. . . .and now I am irritated at myself, LMAO.
Yep, I saw it was old. Afterwards.
I'm gonna try flying it again - in the Franz Luftfahrt Paraglider.
When I was a teenager, I went to Outward Bound in Wales and we did a multi-day hike through part of this area. I was blown away at the number of aircraft screaming through the valleys....sometimes so close it seemed as if I could have reached out and touched them.
I never knew what it was called until now.
More informations here for those that are interested
Last edited by letourn; May 1st, 2016 at 18:01.
Maybe you should try looking back up the page several posts back. I posted the machloop flight plans.
I'm pretty sure I posted this here, but can't find it anymore, sorry...
I made last year a mission in the machloop : you begin at RAF Valley and the loop begins in Barmouth. 30+ doors : the first is an entry, the second is the beginning of the chrono. Once a door is passed, the next ione is activated. After the first loop, a second one is possible.
That's very challenging in a jet, my personal record is 4'21" with the M2K, but was unable to make the secound round (fuel consumption...)
Here a picture, at the last door :
So, here's the archive with two versions : https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/...314/copier.zip
You must copy them in the "mission" file of your fsx. The mission "machloop" is with the M2K. The "machloop aircreation" begins with the ULM. Don't forget to check the "enable changes in selected mission", and you can replace it with your preferred plane and also change the date. I made it with Hawk and F15 and it's pure pleasure...
Hope you'll enjoy !
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Leaves RAF Valley, for the 'Mach Loop'.
Chip, you better get a bit lower or you might get run over by one of the 'fast movers' !