Caernarfon to Llanbedr: Learn the Mach Loop

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#Real-Life #Sightseeing United Kingdom Exclusive
Fly the Mach Loop (AKA "The Roundabout"), the world famous military low-level flight training route in North Wales, UK. Used by the RAF, USAF and allied nations for training in everything from F15's, F35's right up to C130s. Fancy your chances skimming below the mountainsides at 250ft AGL? We'll be cruising along in the Daher TBM 930 at a sedate 150 - 230 knots, far slower than the 500 knots achieved by some of the military jets.

This is a single leg bush trip with detailed instructions and visual references in the Navlog. It is flown in the TBM 930, and thus waypoint directions are shown in the navigation display if you get lost. Nonetheless flying the Mach Loop is a challenge due to the low levels and quick direction changes involved.  Typically you'll be at 250ft AGL like the military, but you could opt for 500ft AGL as a civiilian aircraft.

The TBM's maximum manouvering speed is 158 knots, and whilst it is possible (if not advisable) to exceed this for short periods, careful use of the throttle well ahead of upcoming sharp turns is required. The turbine will take a few seconds to spool up and down, thus making airspeed management part of the challenge. Bear in mind that millitary aircraft reach up to 500 knots in the loop, so this is very much a beginner's exercise by comparison.


To install copy the entire blackwaterskies-bush-machloop folder from the ZIP file to your MSFS 2020 community folder. The bush trip should then appear under the activities/bush trips menu in MSFS.

You can of course load the flight plan in the World Map if you fancy trying your hand in different conditions or with other aircraft from:


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  • Launched December 28, 2020

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  • drmckee
    1 month(s) ago
    Now that the Spitfire is out, this is great training ground for that Vintage War Bird. MSFS 2020 VINTAGE WAR BIRDS group

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