POSCON Trips is a custom role-play system that is designed to encourage Network activity by assigning specific objectives to route pairings. Each month, the system automatically chooses 20 featured airfields by analyzing user activity from the previous month. The system then creates short, medium, and long range route pairings (Trips) between the featured airfields and assigns a certain amount of passengers that need to be transported between each.
Determining the Featured Airfields
In order to determine the featured airfields, the system looks at eligible flights from the previous calendar month. Eligible flights are defined as those flights that were actually completed. The system then sorts the eligible flights into departure and arrival airfields and picks the top 10 from each to determine the featured airfields for the current month.
Users can have a direct impact on which airfields are featured each month by flying to and from their favorite airfields during the previous month. By creating this activity, users can force the POSCON Trips system to feature their desired airfields. One thing to keep in mind though is that an airfield cannot be featured in back-to-back months; once it has been featured, it is discarded during the next month's selection process.
How to Access Trips
To find what Trips are active, simply open our Live Map and the featured airfields should be displayed by default, indicated by distinct markers. If you do not see the markers, click on Settings in the top-right corner of the page and make sure Show Trips is checked. You should see the map with Trips displayed as shown below.
To view information about available Trips from an airfield, click on the marker associated with that airfield. This will open a sidebar with information regarding the destinations available, how many passengers are waiting, and how many passengers are enroute to their destination. There are two tabs here:
Departures - shows how many passengers are waiting at this departure airfield.
Arrivals - shows routes that are inbound to this airfield and how many passengers are waiting there.
To see more details about a specific Trip, click on one of the rows on the table under Departures or Arrivals.
For example, from the image above if you click on LSZH, a route line is displayed and information about number of passengers waiting, enroute, and transported will be shown. In addition, it will show the total distance in nautical miles between the LMML and LSZH, the type of this flight (short), and a leaderboard of the top 10 pilots who have carried passengers on this route during this Trip month. A button to File a Flight Plan has been added on here as well to make it quick and easy to go directly to the create a flight plan page. The departure and destination will automatically be filled in for you when clicking this button.