WHAT IS WORLDFLIGHT?
Worldflight Australia is a
“virtual” round the world flight to raise money for the Australian Royal
Flying Doctor Service.
The concept of a virtual, round the world flight for charity was started
by a team in the United Kingdom and has spawned an annual event with
participants all over the globe. Our very own 'World Flight Australia'
was started in 2001 and over the years World Flight Australia teams have
raised over $180,000 for the RFDS, helping with the costs of avionics
and providing funding for Fly Around Clinics in the essential Air
Ambulances used to ferry nurses, doctors and patients around rural
The popularity of conducting a World Flight for charity is growing; over
the years teams in Canada, Ireland, Scotland, England, USA and Austria
have joined the simulators in Australia. Each team selects their own
needy charity, raising funds through donations and corporate
15 Pilots and crew will man the Boeing 747-400 simulator built by Matt
Sheil of Sydney. Each of the volunteer crew will have contributed a
donation to the RFDS fund to take part, kicking off the contributions.
The flight will be conducted online on the VATSIM network, providing
live Air Traffic Control through most of the countries that we visit. A
45-60 minute turn around is allowed at each stop and during that time
the incoming crew will be fully briefed as to weather conditions along
their route as well as other operational requirements. Interested people
will be able to follow the progress via interactive flight tracking,
instrument displays and streaming video and audio during the event.