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Welcome to the 7th edition of Mutley's Hangar Around The World Challenge! (aka ATWC 7even)

  • Do you love flying your Flight sim, but are stuck flying to the same destinations time and time again?
  • Want to join in a group activity for your favourite flight sim, but feel that other rallies are too strict and/or time consuming for your taste?
  • Do you enjoy telling a story of your flight, and publishing screenshots to enhance the story?

If the answer is yes to at least one of the above questions then the ATWC 7even is the challenge you've been waiting for!

Bid, Fly, and Post, it's as simple as that.


The ATWC is a relay "race" where the participants take turn in flying the ATWC Baton around the world along a predetermined route.


The route will be published as we progress through the Challenge, at this point all we are giving away is that we will start and finish at Southampton EGHI (the spiritual home of the Baton), and that the route will favour locations which loosely fit in our theme of "Come and fly the seven wonders of the world." beit the ancient world, industrial, middle ages, modern, natural, or new. This time around we can look forward to roughly the same number of flights as we had in ATWC SiX, but we will be heading to new locations (Southampton being the obvious exception).


The challenge is split into a number of sectors (5) which are then split into a number of legs, some with sub legs. Once a sector is announced, a bidding window will open during which all interested pilots can bid for the leg(s) they want to fly. A bid consists of an e-mail sent to atwc@mutleyshangar.com containing a list of the legs in the current sector you are interested in flying. The list should be ordered with the most desired leg at the top of the list. The only other thing needed in the bid is the type of aircraft you will be flying if you make a bid on a leg with restrictions (of course any bribes offered to the race organisers will benefit your chances of getting the leg you want).


Once you have been assigned to a flight it’s up to you to plan your flight and fly it. With a few exceptions (more on those later), it’s all a matter of the pilot's preference how you get from point A to point B. Pick any aircraft you want, fly any route you want to. You can even divide the leg into shorter flights with different aircraft with different aircraft for each flight!


As long as you end up at the planned destination we won’t mind the manner in which you get there. (as long as you do it in a flight simulator of course)


Once you’re done with your flight, all that is left is to post your PIREP in the form of screenshots in the ATWC PIREP forum. The storytelling bit is purely optional, but some sort of commentary to go along with your screenshots is customary.


The only thing we ask is that you wait until the Baton has been delivered to your departure airport by the previous pilot, and leave some time (about 36 hours) for others to view and comment on the previous PIREP before you post yours. There will also be a deadline, usually about 3-4 days after the previous PIREP was published, that we want you to keep in order to keep us moving along at a good pace. Once allocated a flight, you can fly it when it is convenient for you and keep it until it is your time to post.

Legs with imposed restrictions.


On a few legs we will impose some sort of restrictions on your choice of aircraft to add to the challenge of those specific destinations, i.e. it can be in the form of a MTOW restriction for the aircraft you pick.


What’s next?


Do you feel like joining in?

In that case no real action is needed from your end until a new sector is announced and the bidding window is open. The plan is to kick things off some time in July. However, if you would like a personal banner for use in the forum signature, e-mail notification of new sectors and bidding windows and your name on the Pilot Roster for ATWC 7even send us an email to atwc@mutleyshangar.com with your screen name, real name and home country.


Hope to see you all take part in this great adventure.


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