Greetings pilots, coaches and flight historians!
The 2015 edition of the flight will take place the weekends of August 8 and August 15 (Sat morning through Sunday evening). As always, the public is welcome to drop in to observe.
WHAT IS IT: Students attempt to cross the Atlantic in real time, in real world weather using Microsoft Flight Simulator History of Flight and realistic flight controls.
WHO: If you have a child (aged 8- up) who is interested in participating in the flight simulation either this weekend or next, with one parent or legal guardian who will stay with with the child throughout the flight, we will try to get you one one of two flight teams for this weekend. We have six pilot seats; not counting coaches.
Since we have more supply than demand, here’s how we’ll choose the pilots.
- New pilots get first priority. If you’ve flown before, you can participate as a coach unless a seat opens up.
- Recommended ages are 8 to 18.
- One parent or legal guardian must be willing to be present or on call throughout the weekend.
- Parents should be willing to sign a media release form (this is a free, public event).
- All food allergies or medical information that might influence the 33+ hour flight must be disclosed in advance.
- Pilots will be assigned to a team with one or two other pilots.
This year, we’ll have two flights going going side-by-side, so we can have as many as six spots. Spots will be filled on a first-come, first served basis.
If you think you’re serious about attempting this flight, please do the following:
- Watch this movie https://youtu.be/oR1FkSasydM to better understand the historical context of the 1927 flight. Charles Lindbergh was a controversial person, and we choose to focus only on his flight rather than the Flemington trial, despite the local connections.
- If things go well we can expect a Paris landing early afternoon or as last as early evening depending on crashes and/or wind. Only one team has made the flight successfully with no crashes but don’t worry — we set the simulator on “bounce” so that the flight can continue — pilots are on an honor system to record any crashes in the flight log.
- Get ready to learn a lot about persistence, global navigation, work when tired, and working as part of a team. Here’s the historical timeline of the actual flight (all times local EST): http://www.charleslindbergh.com/history/timeline.asp
- Watch some previous teams https://youtu.be/v5dbPeTaooQ
- Practice taking off and landing when Mediatech is open. We have two flight simulators this year being used.
- Meet at Mediatech at 7:10 AM (Sharp) on Saturday morning of the flight. Takeoff is exactly 7:52 AM (when Lindbergh landed). Bring a pillow, sleeping bag, food and supplies for the flight. We’ll set up camp in the community room of the library.
- Read the flight log from the last flight, at: https://twitter.com/mediatechflight
- The landing will be approximately 4:30 PM on Sunday.
PICKING THE TEAMS
We’ll make either 1 or 2 teams; both will take off at the same time (7:52 AM on Saturday, which is the same time Lindbergh took off in 1927, on a rainy spring morning, only from Roosevelt field on Long Island).
MANAGING THE FLIGHT
Children will take turns flying and will work out their own flying schedule. Key decisions about the flight — including navigation, scheduling shifts and so on will be made by the pilots.
PARENTS ARE REQUIRED TO STAY WITH CHILDREN AT ALL TIMES TO HELP WITH SUPERVISION, SUPPLYING SNACKS AND SO ON.
Mediatech will stay open to the public during the flight, but doors will be locked at 9:00 PM; reopened the next morning at 8:00 AM. The public is welcome to come and visit.
REMIND CHILDREN — This is a long, serious, exhausting flight that requires full attention for 30 to 35 hours, flying in real weather conditions where surprises can spring up at any minute. In addition, this is a public event and is sometimes covered by media. Your child and/or name may appear on YouTube and/or in other forms of social media.
Lindbergh’s objective was to reach Paris. Ours is to create a supportive, fun, educational experience that the pilots will remember for years to come.
Let me know if you have any questions.
Warren Buckleitner, Ph.D.
Executive Director (Interim)
118 Main Street 2nd Floor
Flemington, NJ 08822