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1926 Airway Route CAM5

A recreation of the CAM#5 airway route form 1926, with 51 concrete arrows with flashing lights on 51' beacon towers. 485 Nautical Miles, from Saltlake City to Pasco. Fly the old way, bare bones navigation from the dawn of commercial aviation… Flying really...

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Bare bones navigation from the dawn of commercial aviation…
Flying really low and slow in all weathers, day and night, no autopilot required…
Following in the slipstream of Leon D. Cuddeback & Elrey B. Jeppesen…

If this sounds like your kind of flying, then we might have something for you.

Inspired by a discussion on a MSFS forum thread we have been recreating an original US Air Mail airway for the sim.

In 1926 the US Postal Service & Department of Commerce began contracting air mail routes that would eventually criss-cross the USA.
Each route was marked approximately every 10 miles by a path of 51' long yellow concrete arrows with flashing rotating beacons mounted on 51’ towers, interspersed with landing fields. 
The beacons have a generator shed and a fuel tank, and the Airway and Beacon number on the roof of the shed. The arrow points in the general direction of where the next beacon is.

Some surviving arrows are visible on Bing Maps, meaning that they are also visible in the sim, if you know where to look.

So, we have decided to recreate the whole 485 mile Contract Air Mail 5 (CAM5) route from Salt Lake City UT to Pasco WA, using original maps and research by aviation historians.

The route is mapped, 51 individually numbered beacon sites have been built to scale, with a animated rotating beacon, positioned precisely using the original sectionals & surviving remains.

If you want to find out more about the airway system, then these sites are a great place to get started:
Arrows Acros America
thesurveystation

And for an account of how low you need to go to fly the mail check this interview with Elrey Jeppesen
Jeppesen interview

See you on the Airway!

A flightplan for the whole CAM#5 route is included in folder. To be able to select in MSFS, copy it here:
C:\Users\Gebruiker\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.FlightSimulator_8wekyb3d8bbwe\LocalState
Also the native LittleNavMap file is the forde. Copy that file into your LNM installation folder.

Acknowledgements notes and disclaimers:
Thanks to my wife, who helped with decal textures.
Thanks to the FS developer forum, especially rhumbaflappy, for his solution to place beacons.
Thanks to the youtube videos from Flying Theston, Federico Pinotti, MyPhysical World, helping with understanding Blender and the MSFS SDK.
Textures and effects are stock MSFS, used for these models. The beacons, inspite of carefull placement, can be off position, which is some kind of MSFS glitch.
Also, just before beacon 10, the beacon flashes stop, you can hold your course and pretend the light is out. When you reach beacon 11, all is good again, and you can see beacon 12 and later also beacon 13 flash in the distance. I need to figure this out, but at the moment it is the way it is.
For best results, if you have it installed, turn Puffin VFR Region 2 off (eg using Addon Linker). The new masts are often in the location of the old Airway Beacons. Those surveyors in the old days knew their trade well.

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This scenery is released as FREEWARE. You may use it for your personal enjoyment, but you may NOT use it in any kind of money-making endeavor, you may NOT modify it and you may NOT publicly distribute any copies of it, whether modified or not, without my permission.

Rob Cappers 

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Splasher6

5 month(s) ago / Thanked by Robcap

Thank you for this wonderful addon! I based a 4 part stream on my channel on this route! I sure hope you have more in the pipeline. Would love to see other routes!

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Megadyptes

7 month(s) ago / Thanked by Robcap

Thanks a lot for this brilliant mod!

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smitty97

7 month(s) ago / Thanked by Robcap

Awesome Idea! hope to see more routes in the future!!

2 things i noticed - are the arrows set pointing in true heading, using the magnetic heading values? they seem to be about 10deg off. For example you can see SL-P-8 before reaching SL-P-6 , and when you line them up (on 316 magnetic) and pass over 6 the arrow is to the left a bit, like its aligned with 316 true.. The other thing is- should the towers have lights pointing down, so that the arrow is visible in darkness?

There is a short YouTube video about arrows still there in Utah: https://youtu.be/-DfzbnW2DTI

Hi all, thanks for your support.

Just letting you know that we have started work on our first Intermediate Landing Field - more info on the forum - https://forums.flightsimulator.com/t/release-arrows-across-america-flying-the-air-mail/515303/32

Richard (aka PipsPriller)

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fStopper

7 month(s) ago / Thanked by Robcap

Took off at 5.00am with the Staggerwing, had a great time. Will try it again with the Waco or the Stearman, although the later will need 3 refuel stops and probably between 7 and 8h of flight. More if the pilot need or must to have a break 😉 Thank you for this addon.

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LarryJ

7 month(s) ago / Thanked by Robcap

More background on the mail route here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transcontinental_Airway_System

and

https://sometimes-interesting.com/concrete-arrows-and-the-u-s-airmail-beacon-system/

and

https://www.dreamsmithphotos.com/arrow/beacon_stations.html

Good fun in a piper cub at night with real weather! Thank you Rob and Richard and friends.

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easyraider1960

7 month(s) ago / Thanked by Robcap

Great,

thank´s

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victorfly635

7 month(s) ago / Thanked by Robcap

Thank you soooo much! Just a long time waiting for this!

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WaldoP3pper

7 month(s) ago / Thanked by Robcap

This is fantastic! 5 Stars!

Thank you, Rob, Ms. Rob, and Richard!

What a wonderful addition to MSFS.

Departing KSCL at 8:00pm in the Waco is a serene experience.

I love vintage aviation!


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