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  1. Hi All, My name is Gary Thomas I am representing Virtual Ryanair and vEZY. I have organised a charity flight for Sunday the 10th of December 2017 and have around 10 VA’s joining us. The charity chosen is the Children’s air ambulance (Registered Charity No. 1098874) who provide emergency air transportation for critically ill babies and children across the United Kingdom to specialist hospitals and care. (https://www.childrensairambulance.org.uk/) We are set a target of £1000 and ask pilots that conduct the flight to make a donation to help reach the target. The flight will consist of one leg from Prague in the Czech Republic to Birmingham in England (as this is the closets international airport to where the helicopter and team are based). We are asking you, if you would like to join us. You can fly any type of aircraft. You need to depart LKPH between 1700-1800z on VATSIM. We are asking all pilots to make a small donation. Every dontations of £5 will earn you 1 ticket for the raffle for the prizes. We are sourcing prizes all the time, the latest being the new 717 from TFDi. We hope you will join us in our adventure. Kind Regards, Gary Thomas Virtual Ryanair & vEZY Operations Director
  2. After filing my VATSIM flight plan it does not show any details on VROUTE after I connect through XSquawbox (I fly the X-Plane x737). VROUTE only shows that I am online flying from e.g. KSFO to KSEA and the altitude - but no other details. As a result, the controllers can not communicate with me. Looking for a solution to this problem.
  3. [VIRTUAL] OPEN POSITION Director of Public Relations | Amman, Jordan Public Relations is the heart and soul of an airline’s image. At Arabian Airlines, the Director of Public Relations is among the most important and demanding staff positions. Working closely with the airline’s CEO, the Director of Public Relations pushes the airline’s image out into the world and interacts with pilots and staff alike in keeping the airline’s high-class profile intact. Responsibilities include: (1) directing all public relations efforts based on criteria and coordination from the Chief Executive Officer (2) work with media outlets to publish timely company information (3) maintain all news items on the airline’s website (4) create and maintain social media strategies (5) grow online supporter base and traffic (6) manage social media accounts (7) build and sustain online communities (8) work directly with VATSIM Divisions and vACCs to publicize events and news (9) manage relationships with all media outlets (10) produce and publish mass communications and marketing campaigns (11) refine core messaging to ensure airline’s consistency in all aspects of com munition including development (12) organizing and education (13) publicize videos and other media materials (14) speak at meetings and events on behalf of Arabian Airlines (15) collaborate with all aspects of the company management to ensure consistent and effective branding and advertising Minimum Skills: (1) Professional Demeanor (2) VATSIM Membership & Familiarity (3) FSX/P3D Experience (4) 18 Years of Age or Older (5) Bachelor’s Degree or Higher (6) Real World Business / Office Experience (7) 4+ Hours Per Week Minimum Requirement (8) English Fluency (9) Arabic Fluency (Preferred) (10) Microsoft Word & Excel Proficiency (11) Adobe Photoshop Proficiency (12) Acceptable Moral Character Applicants interested in this position are required to submit a resume and cover letter for consideration. All applicants will be interviewed by the virtual airline’s hiring committee. Successful applicants will be required to sign a Volunteer & Non-Disclosure Agreement upon acceptance. Click here to Apply DISCLAIMER Arabian Airlines is an equal volunteer opportunity provider and does not discriminate on the basis of economic or social status, race, color, ethnic origin, national origin, creed, religion, political belief, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, political or legal status or age. Applicants understand that this is not a solicitation for employment. Furthermore, applicants understand that this is a volunteer only position with no compensation or reimbursement rights of any kind. No employer-employee relationship is created whatsoever by virtue of applying to this virtual airline.
  4. By Simon Kelsey Contributing Editor Gunnar Lindahl is the new man at the top of online flying network VATSIM. Elected in August to serve a two-year term as President of the network’s Board of Governors, he’ll be responsible for the day-to-day running and long-term development of the organisation, which has more than 76,000 members. He sat down with AVSIM’s Simon Kelsey to talk about his vision for the network. SK: Welcome to AVSIM! To start at the beginning -- what brought you to VATSIM? GL: It’s an interesting question. When I was at school, I was in to the simulation genre of games but I’d never really come across flight simulation. One of my school friends introduced me not to Flight Simulator but to VATSIM, so I actually discovered Flight Simulator through VATSIM, which I realise is a bit of a weird way of doing it, and yeah, hooked from there. So he was a pilot and a controller in the UK division, I joined as a pilot, bought myself a copy of FS9, got my head around the world of aviation, or at least the bits that I needed to know, and then basically became an active pilot, shortly followed by going down the controller route. So that’s how I got introduced to it -- very little, or zero aviation knowledge before being introduced to VATSIM, which is probably the other way round to how most people do it. SK: A lot of people say that VATSIM can be quite bureaucratic -- what do you say to them? GL: It is! I’ll be the first person to say yes, it is extremely bureaucratic. The way VATSIM was formed, and where it came from -- for example SATCO -- means that VATSIM has always been inherently hierarchical. It’s built on a structure which is based very much on relying on this pyramid of people, for better or for worse, and yes, absolutely accept the observation this it’s bureaucratic. It can be very difficult consequently to get things done and it can mean that some people can feel, maybe, excluded from the club sometimes and that’s one of the things I’m really keen to do -- to try and break down those barriers and make it more inclusive, and that’s really important to encourage VATSIM to go forward as well. SK: What do you think are the biggest challenges faced by the network? VATSIM President Gunnar Lindahl GL: Plenty of challenges! I think what we face generally is operating within the flight sim community, obviously development of flight simulation platforms generally has slowed down pretty dramatically which I suppose means that the market of flight simulation is not expanding as much as it might have done in the past. Saying that though, developers are still in full gear doing lots of stuff so I think there’s a risk there for VATSIM. On the other hand, we know that we have a huge untapped section of the flight sim community that don’t fly online at all, so regardless of that risk we still have a big opportunity to try and bring those people on board and get them using the network. Internally within VATSIM I think one of the biggest risks we have is not being able to get enough controllers through our ranks -- we have a reputation for providing extremely high quality training for our controllers and our controllers are generally known to be very good, but the flip side of that is that we sometimes can’t get people trained quickly enough. What needs to be acknowledged is that VATSIM is a hobby and, you know, some people don’t have the time or commitment to spend in some cases literally years training to become a certain level of controller and I think that needs to be worked on, and that’s certainly a long term thing that we need to work out. So generally I think the big risk is the flight sim community as a whole and how we maximise our exposure to that and internally the slowness of controller progression is a big problem. Ultimately people don’t want to fly in empty skies and one of the huge pull factors for VATSIM is the fact that you get air traffic control so I think that’s something we need to work on. SK: When I started on VATSIM and when VATSIM itself became a concept - at the time there was no AI traffic, there was only very basic ATC software and so on but ultimately whatever you could get out of an online flying network was going to be more than what you could get from software -- even if there was only one other aeroplane on the ground, that was more than nothing! Now that everybody has loads of AI and there’s programs like VoxATC, Radar Contact and so on that can give you ATC any time of the day anywhere in the world -- how does VATSIM deal with that? GL: You’re absolutely right -- obviously these are things which have materialised over time and certainly they might be an issue. For me personally, I will never be able to replace the human engagement factor that I get from controlling and flying on VATSIM with some sort of AI either guide me around, or me guiding AI planes around a virtual sky. For me it’s all about the human element -- interacting with people, being part of the community, knowing that I’m flying in to Heathrow as part of some wider event with other pilots - you know, we’re holding, it’s busy and that sort of immersive factor of virtual air traffic is what really got me in to VATSIM. Like I say, when I got in to VATSIM I didn’t have an aviation background so that wasn’t the spark for me -- the spark for me was that online immersive environment. So yeah, I suppose for some maybe it’s sufficient to replace that environment with something you can get off the shelf but for people like me - and I won’t speculate how many mes there are -- that’s certainly no substitute. SK: Anecdotally, people seem to be joining VATSIM on a fairly regular basis, you see plenty of new ID numbers on the forums and so on. At the same time though, looking at the “Who’s Online” data, the average number of people connected at any one time seems to have stayed fairly consistent over the years. Is retention an issue? GL: Retention is certainly an issue and that is a multi-faceted problem which VATSIM needs to tackle. Last summer I gave a talk at VATUK Live and I put together some statistics which show that in terms of gross hours spent of the network as ATC and pilots, that is pretty much stable - it’s not going up and it’s not going down, which sort of indicates that the number of members we’re losing are being replaced by members who are participating. What it doesn’t take in to account is regional variations or what levels controllers are providing ATC - so it wouldn’t take in to account for example an area controller leaving to be replaced by a ground controller. So talking very generally we are stable in terms of gross activity on the network as a whole. The problem that VATSIM has seen -- has always seen -- is that generally speaking you lose a number of members at the higher ATC ratings after a time. One reason is that there’s then not really anywhere else you can go in terms of ratings, some people simply drift on to other hobbies, some people have other reasons for leaving and I think that’s one area VATSIM really needs to work on - how to retain those people and how to make them feel as if there’s something else they can get from the network and deliver that expectation for them. SK: There’s always been a requirement for ATC training -- there’s a lot of talk on various forums about whether there is the right balance between what’s required of controllers and what is or isn’t required of pilots on the network, and how that might impact on the experience of a controlling or flying session. Is that something you feel needs looking at? GL: VATSIM’s a really interesting environment because lots of people have lots of views -- it’s a huge community and a balance needs to be struck somewhere. My personal view is that we expect too much of our controllers and a little bit too little of our pilots -- that’s my personal view. I can see an improvement if we were to bring the bar down just a tiny bit for our controllers -- make it a little bit easier for them to get through the ratings. That can be done through increased automation of training methods, maybe acknowledging that not every day is an event day on VATSIM so when they’re taking their controller exams and their over the shoulder checks they aren’t being forced to wait for a day when they get loads of traffic to demonstrate that. On the pilot side -- this is a really tricky one, and one that we actually discussed at the convention in July. How do we tackle the issue of some pilots -- and it is a small minority, but a significant enough minority that it is a bugbear for many controllers and pilots -- how do we tackle pilots who just log on to the network without having a clue? Some have mentioned compulsory pilot training -- the question is what level of training would be given and how would that training be delivered. We’ve seen from the controller world that that one-to-one training simply wouldn’t work for pilots for obvious reasons. There is the option of something like a short theory test, and for me - the ideal, what I would like to see going forward is a very short, very basic series of questions which every new member of VATSIM would simply go through when they join the network, which would basically allow them to demonstrate that they have read the most basic documentation about what VATSIM is, how they’re expected to interact with the network and interact with others, and that they know where to go to get help. I think that’s a really crucial thing - so whatever system would be introduced would be all about giving them the tools to learn what they need to do. For people who say, well why not make the testing more vigorous like we do for controllers, I think what we need to remember is accessibility to the network. You could have a 40 year old guy who’s got a PPL and flies a Piper in real life, and stumbles across VATSIM and he already knows a lot about aviation, and he wants an environment where he can jump in Flight Sim and fly around and maybe become a controller, but he’s faced with all these obstacles and what’s he going to do? Well of course he’s just going to forget about it, and I think that’s a really important thing -- we risk losing valued members who do want to learn if we do put up excessive obstacles, and that’s where the balance needs to be struck. So going back to what I originally said - we expect a little bit too much of our controllers and a little bit too little of our pilots, and I’m hoping that over time that balance will be rectified, but again that is a long-term process -- it’s always a challenge doing things at a global level on VATSIM, because VATSIM is made up of so many communities spread across the world that do things in very different ways, and we need to build as much consensus as possible across all those different regions. So it’s definitely a challenge, but one certainly that I’m keen to pursue. SK: You’re obviously just at the start of your term -- at the end of your two years, when you look back on your tenure, what would success look like for you? GL: For me success is a busier network and a network which is more enjoyable for our members, and I know that’s very generic but actually both of those things can be measured and very generally that is what I’d like to achieve. I’d like to make the network bigger and busier and I would like to have delivered some stuff which makes it better. One of the huge things that we’re looking at as a board at the moment is the planning of the new voice codec, which has been on the wishlist of the entire community for many years as I’m sure you know. Reducing delay, increasing voice quality I think is something that VATSIM absolutely 100% needs urgently, and I think that will add a huge element of enjoyment to a lot of people who have been tolerating the voice quality that we’ve had for many years, including myself. So I think that will be a huge boost, and I think it will help in lots of ways -- it will help with our existing members feeling like there’s a new dimension to their VATSIM experience and it will help our new members as well because it will make understanding controllers easier, understanding fellow pilots easier, and I think in general it just be a huge improvement to the network infrastructure as a whole. We also have to look at how we market ourselves. There’s a huge amount of people in the flight sim community who have Flight Simulator, have lots of kit at home and fly around the world, but in their own isolated world and haven’t yet discovered online flying, and I want us to go out to exhibitions, events and conferences related to flight simulation all around the world and get VATSIM shouting about what VATSIM is and what VATSIM can give to people. So that’s another really big part -- getting more people to join, and improving the ratio of people who join who then go on to connect to the network, because there’s a huge number of people who join the network and never connect, and that’s all part of the induction process -- getting people feeling that they can access the network quickly and without obstacles, I think is really important. I also think there’s a big opportunity in making VATSIM a little bit less hierarchical and making VATSIM more inclusive to get more a lot more people in to the circle who are generating useful things for VATSIM. The problem is when you have so many staff members with an extremely specific remit and responsibility is that anyone who isn’t a staff member doesn’t feel as if they are invited to, for example, make a sector file, a useful document or a guide, maybe make a website, things like that. I really want to change the culture so that anyone feels that they are welcome to put up their hand and say, “hey, do you know what, I think we’re missing this, I’ve got the skills to make it, do you want me to make it.” Ultimately VATSIM’s a community-driven organisation and I think it’d be really fantastic if we could get to a place where everyone feels that they could make that contribution. Again, that is a long process to change that culture but that is certainly something I’d really like to achieve. SK: IVAO has been around for a long time, but more recently we now have other networks such as PilotEdge -- do you think there’s more competition out there and is that a threat to VATSIM? GL: I think there’s always been an element of competition in the sense that someone comes in to the flight sim community, wants to dabble in a bit of online flying and has a choice to make, whether that’s between VATSIM and IVAO or VATSIM and PilotEdge or whatever. I’m not too concerned about that competition, that competition’s always been there and I think competition is always healthy because it encourages both parties to do the best they can. My vision and my goal for VATSIM is to make the network the best it can be so that when people do come to that crossroads, they look at what’s on offer and the majority think -- VATSIM’s a good thing, I think I’ll go with that. So not a threat, possibly even an opportunity for us to do things better. SK: On that note -- is VATSIM doing enough to stay ahead of the crowd in terms of software and development? GL: That’s a really good question. I think the clients we have both on the pilot and controller side are really quite cutting edge. There’s always room for improvement and there’s always more features that can be added and I’m hopeful some of those features will be prevalent in Swift and future releases of pilot clients. I think where VATSIM has a lot of room for improvement is the peripheral tools if you want to call it that -- so for example things like Vatspy, now Accu-map and Servinfo historically -- all these tools that we use to see who’s online, that we use to track people’s statistics and so on. I think VATSIM can be a lot better at driving the development of those tools, and driving developers to go in a particular direction that VATSIM as a whole wants them to go to make the experience better. For a long time we’ve relied on some fantastic developers coming up with ideas for what would be a good tool -- I think VATSIM needs to be more involved in those discussions, to provide ideas and provide ideas and innovation of what those tools should be, because I think in that particular area IVAO probably has the upper hand with their WebEye tool. SK: Is VATSIM open enough to developers? At the moment to develop anything for VATSIM there’s been a lot of hoops to jump through, things like non-disclosure agreements and so on. Are all these things necessary for a hobby organisation like VATSIM? Could it be more open to developers? GL: As a non-developer, I will always say that VATSIM is far too closed for developers and always has been. But it’s very easy for me to say, because I’m not a developer, I’m not a technical expert, that is not my forte, so I absolutely rely on and accept the past conventions which have made VATSIM what it is today. Which means that it can be at times difficult to develop programs and clients for VATSIM. I think there’s an acceptance generally that we can be less restrictive and I know that there are efforts being made to make us less restrictive, make us more open and particularly to allow people access to various parts of our infrastructure that aren’t critical to in terms of security and keeping our intellectual property secure et cetera. So there is stuff being done but, again, as a non-technical person I’ll always say there’s more that could be done and in an ideal world everything would be open source and everyone would be happy, but obviously that’s very much a different universe to the situation that we’re in at the moment. SK: Finally, if someone’s reading this and they’re thinking “I’m quite interested in doing some online flying” -- what would you say to them? Why should they join VATSIM? GL: So if you’re reading this article you’re probably a flight simulation enthusiast more than likely -- or you might not be, in which case well done for finding it! And I guess my question to you is -- you’ve invested all this time and money in to flight simulation, why not take it to the next level to experience the real immersive atmosphere of virtual air traffic, and VATSIM can give you that. You can be flying your plane in a world with lots of computerised planes flying round as AI, or you can be flying your exact same plane in a world populated by hundreds of others flying their own planes, and not only that, with controllers who are highly trained and will guide you to your destination. It’s just a huge immersive opportunity and it’s a massive opportunity for people to take their simulation experience to that next level, and for me personally that is a massive boost. I’ve never seen any attraction myself in not flying online -- it’s just such a huge enhancement to the experience as a whole. So come and join us, join the network, find your local community, introduce yourself to that community, get some pilot training and have a go and see how you like it. And good luck, and welcome if you do join!
  5. After years of work, I'm pleased to announce that the most in-depth freeware flight planning tool ever developed, "SimBrief", is now available for use! Planning a scheduled flight for a major airline is a complicated task with many factors to consider. In order to maximize efficiency, major airlines around the world employ specially trained Flight Dispatchers. Using specialized flight planning software, they check weather, select a route, make fuel calculations, choose suitable alternates, and check current NOTAMs to ensure the flight is conducted as safely and efficiently as possible. Once the dispatcher has completed their calculations, they use their flight planning software to generate a detailed "Operational Flight Plan" for use by the airline's pilots, who benefit from having all the pertinent data for their flight in one complete package. SimBrief effectively simulates the Flight Dispatcher's role, allowing virtual pilots to generate in-depth Briefing Packages containing the same layout and data as the ones used by real airline pilots every day. SimBrief is capable of generating flight plans which include: A detailed waypoint listing (i.e. Navlog) Accurate performance and fuel calculations for over 50 aircraft types Fuel figures satisfying all legal requirements, such as reserve and alternate fuel Step climb planning based on actual aircraft weight In depth ETOPS calculations, including entry, exit, and equal time points between ETOPS alternates Selection of suitable destination and ETOPS alternates based on current weather forecasts Real world weather and winds aloft forecasts Real world NOTAMs provided by the FAA A link to prefile the generated flight on VATSIM in just a few mouse clicks All you provide is the departure, destination, and route, and the SimBrief system calculates the rest! A sample flight plan can be viewed here: http://www.simbrief.com!
  6. I'm flying on VATSIM on P3D v3. I have the most up to date version of vPilot and I use Ryan Perry's AI. I haven't had an issue until purchasing the Aerosoft CRJ. Anyways, all my AI traffic shows up normally except CRJ 700s and 900s. I have my default vPilot model matching aircraft as the default P3D CRJ700. The CRJ7/9's on VATSIM as AI traffic are completely invisible. I can only see the aircraft's strobe, wing, and beacon lights. I saw that downloading the latest drivers for your GPU may help, but that did not seem to work for me. Any suggestions to fix would be greatly appreciated! Regards, Kyle
  7. Only 3 days to go until we welcome VATSIM members from all over the world to London for Connexion 2017! We'll be reporting live from the venue all weekend on our Facebook page ('like' us here!) and on our Twitter (follow us here!). Whether you'll be joining us in London or can't make it this time, join the discussion with the #VATSIMCon17 hashtag. We look forward to passing on your questions and getting you involved! You can find out more information on the event at the VATSIM Connexion 2017 website - if you live in or near London there are even a couple of last-minute tickets available to book. We're looking forward to meeting you!
  8. Welcome! This thread will be used to post rolling updates from the organisers of Connexion 2017, the global convention of VATSIM taking place in late July in London, UK. If you have a question please start a thread in this forum and one of the organisers will get back to you ASAP. Alternatively there is a VATSIM thread being used for discussion here also. Want to jump to the Connexion 2017 website? Click here. Want to know what VATSIM is all about? Click here.
  9. I've tried researching a fix for this but no joy. It would seem that the Hawker radios do not connect with VATSIM using the vPilot client. (Unknown if other clients work). Has anyone found a fix for this issue?
  10. LESS THAN 72 HOURS TO BOOK - it takes 2 minutes to secure your ticket right here. This summer, VATSIM will hold its next global convention event, and all VATSIM members are invited to attend. Connexion 2017 will take place on the weekend of 29 & 30th July 2017 at the prestigious Holborn Bars conferencing venue in London, UK. This event brings together VATSIM members from all over the globe to meet and network with one another. It will feature workshops and talks on a number of topical subjects related to our hobby, as well as speakers from across VATSIM and the wider flight simulation community. Tickets and further information, including accommodation recommendations, are available at the event website: connexion.vatsim.net. If you are thinking of booking and have further questions regarding the event and/or things to see and do in London when you're here, we're hosting a Q&A session on the UK Teamspeak. Register here: VATSIM UK Teamspeak The next (and final) Q&A session will be held on: Sunday 7th May 2017 - 19:30z - 20:30z If you can't make it, why not tweet your question(s) instead. We will be monitoring tweets to the @vatsimuk twitter with the #connexionQA hashtag during the session: @vatsimuk #connexionQA Remember that the booking deadline is on Monday 8th May 12:00z - so if you have anything you would still like to ask, please get in contact with us as soon as possible.
  11. Dear All We will be holding a further question and answer session on the VATSIM-UK Team Speak server this evening (30/04/2017) starting at 19:00z. Registering on the VATSIM-UK Teamspeak server is easy, just follow the instructions here.. This is an opportunity to speak with representatives from the Connexion planning team and is a good opportunity to find out more about the event. If you are waiting to book and looking for specific information this is a great time to ask those questions. As always you can find more details on the event at connexion.vatsim.net.
  12. UPDATE: Aerosoft discount for attendees, ticket sales deadline, Saturday evening plans and more programme items announced Aerosoft We are delighted to announce that Aerosoft have very kindly offered to provide an exclusive benefit to all attendees of Connexion 2017. Everyone who attends our event will receive a 20% discount code for use one of two highly anticipated upcoming projects: the CRJ 700/900 or the A330. This is a very kind offer from Aerosoft - we would like to thank them for supporting our event. Ticket Sales As you have probably seen, tickets are currently available for sale via our website (connexion.vatsim.net). There are a limited number of tickets available and we will be closing tickets for sale on Monday 8th May at 1200z. Please ensure you book before this date if you wish to attend. If you have begun booking a ticket and not completed payment or have not received an email from us containing your ticket details, please visit our website connexion.vatsim.net to finalise your booking in advance of this date. Saturday evening dinner Following an enjoyable and enriching day of convention content, we will enjoy an exclusive garden party in a nearby hotel (a short walk from the convention venue). Here we will have plenty of time for socialising and a BBQ buffet. We will sell tickets for this part of the event sometime closer to the date of the event. You will be able to purchase tickets for non-VATSIM members so as to be able to bring them along too. Conference Content We have just posted the latest items for the conference programme here and on our website, with more to follow. In addition to what was already announced, we are delighted to host the following sessions:- - A day in the life of a (real) Heathrow Tower controller - A presentation from BAVirtual - Pilot's Perspective: life from the other side of the scope - A day in the life of a (real )Eurocontrol Controller - Workshop: Controlling Techniques - Panel discussion: VATSIM and careers in aviation More details on these available in the thread above and on the Connexion website.
  13. The organisers of Connexion 2017 are pleased to announce the latest confirmed programme items for the weekend of 29th and 30th July 2017. In addition to the previously announced items, we are pleased to provide further information below (In no particular order) A day in the life of… a Heathrow Tower Controller A long-standing VATSIM member and real-world Heathrow Tower Controller will give a perspective from the control tower of one of the busiest airports in Europe. We will find out about the logistics, planning necessary to accommodate nearly 1,300 flights each day, bringing over 200,000 people through the airport. BAVirtual The CEO of BAVirtual will present to us the latest goings-on within one of the community’s longest standing virtual airlines. As they tackle new challenges such as pilot training it will be fascinating to hear this perspective. Pilot’s Perspective: Life on the other side of the scope One of VATSIM’s experienced Enroute Controllers will detail the tools and techniques used to keep traffic flowing safely and efficiently. This session will provide useful situational awareness for pilot’s flying in complex and busy airspace during their future flights. A day in the life of… a Eurocontrol Controller A VATSIM member and current Enroute Controller in Europe will present a perspective of life from the Maastricht UACC. This center handles approx. 5000 flights per day and this presentation will touch on some of the challenges involved in this operation. Workshop: Controlling Techniques Learn some of the tricks of the trade in enroute and approach controlling with this interactive and informative workshop for controllers. Panel Discussion: VATSIM and careers in aviation Three members of our community, one who is a Pilot for a large European business jet operator, another a Flight Safety Investigator for a UK based airline and the third an Air Traffic Controller will discuss how their time on VATSIM has influenced and affected their real-life career paths and in addition will provide some advice for those wishing to follow in their footsteps. Please note: this is not a definitive list other content will be added in the coming weeks and may be subject to alteration without notice.
  14. An update on hotel recommendations, ticket sale timelines & seeking feedback from attendees Dear all, A few important updates below. A reminder that you can find out all the information for the event here. Hotel recommendations published The event organizers are pleased to present ashort document with recommendations for those looking to stay in the vicinity of the venue during Connexion 2017. There are a range of options to suit your budget and we will do our best to answer queries in the discussion thread here. Ticket sales scheduled to close at end of April Tickets are currently available for sale via our website (connexion.vatsim.net). There are a limited number of tickets available and while we endeavor to sell tickets as long as possible, we anticipate that ticket sales will close at the end of April. It may be possible to offer late tickets after ticket sales have closed but these are likely to be at an increased price and will be limited in availability. To avoid disappointment be sure to book your ticket now! Feedback wanted In addition to the confirmed content posted on the website, we’re also keen to hear from you, the members and attendees of the convention. We have a few slots available for you to help us to fill. If you have ideas about which talks, workshops or panels you would like to see at the upcoming event please let us know. This can include individuals, companies, organisations or just a topic you would like to learn about. You do not need to have anything more than an idea, just let us know and we will do the rest! Of course, if you’re interested in presenting something, we would also be happy to hear from proposals at this stage.
  15. Mods: Kindly move this to a more appropriate board if deemed necessary. I thought it didn't fit in virtual airlines as this event is open to all on the VATSIM network and not a private VA affair. Hello everybody, Pardon the pun, but how time flies. Singapore Virtual Airlines Group is pleased to present a Southeast Asian event featuring a very iconic plane and two iconic cities. Skillfully guide your behemoth around the legendary IGS13 into Kai Tak, then bring her back to Changi Airport just in time for the weekend. This month is the fifth anniversary of our beloved Queen's retirement and to mark the occasion we are organizing a groupflight to Hong Kong and back. Bring along your 747s and commemorative tickets two weekends from now. ATC services will be provided. All are welcome so see you there! VHHX navdata: http://www.vapap.com/kai-tak-airport VHHX payware: http://www.flytampa.org/vhhx.html VHHX freeware: https://flyawaysimulation.com/downloads/files/8822/fsx-kai-tak-airport-scenery/ VHHH payware: http://www.imaginesim.com/vhhh01.htm VHHH payware: http://secure.simmarket.com/taxi2gate-hong-kong-international-airport-vhhh-fsx-p3d.phtml VHHH freeware: https://flyawaysimulation.com/downloads/files/11187/vhhh-hong-kong-international-airport/ WSSS payware: http://www.imaginesim.com/wsss01.htm WSSS freeware: https://library.avsim.net/esearch.php?CatID=fsxscen https://library.avsim.net/esearch.php?DLID=137348 Flight schedules: SIA860/SIA747 SIN-HKG Dep 1000z Arr 1410z SIA863/SIA748 HKG-SIN Dep 1430z Arr 1840z Additional notes: 1. Users with legacy "Samsoft" payware WSSS are advised to use alternative sceneries instead as that scenery has a large offset which will interfere with ATC operations. 2. Users who are not comfortable flying into Kai Tak can land at Chek Lap Kok airport, ATC services for both will be available. Warm regards, Nicholas Schuester VP, SVAG
  16. Virtualua.org is turning 5 on March 24th! We are having a special event that is sponsored by: Aerosoft, Imaginesim and Flightbeam! We will be giving away 5 PRIZES from the sponsors! To participate in the sponsor giveaway please join virtualua.org Here is the event information: On April 8th, from 2359z – 0400z, join us on VATSIM, as we all fly back to our beginning, at Chicago O’Hare Intl Airport (KORD). You can fly from anywhere, as long as the destination is KORD. CAT free, no route restrictions, just fly from any of our serviced airports to KORD. We want to crowd the KORD United ramp up! We will award 5 prizes from our wonderful sponsors and donors to 5 lucky pilots who arrive during the event. We will also offer dispatch services on our TeamSpeak server, from 1400z- 0400z for added realism. Sign-ups will be available on our website soon!
  17. Hello everyone, Everytime I fly a long range flight, after approximately 4 hours after takeoff, freezings start They freeze for around 10 seconds on 5 second intervals and goes on forever until I eventually have to save the flight and restart the simulator. This is bad because I cant leave my aircraft for an intercontinental flight while I sleep and when it starts freezing, the flight becomes 10x slower.... The programs I use are, vPilot, smartCars, FSXWX (Freemium weather engine), FSX VAS Monitor I only use REX Texture direct and addon airports in FSX, and fly 95% of the time in PMDG Aircrafts (737 and 777).
  18. Hello Fellas, Would like to attach two videos recorded last week flying real time flights with the 777. One is approaching and landing at Paris CDG While "interesting" winds of storm Doris are in full affect, and the second one is approaching and landing runway 09L at London's Heathrow with a bit of a crosswind. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Please feel free to leave comments about the flight or recording. Enjoy your weekend, Barak
  19. Hello my dear friends and fellow flight simmers! At least some of you know that I'm a veteran flight simmer and one of the few with 30+ years in our extremely unique and incredible hobby. Of course I'm also a veteran of VATSIM, and flying there has brought be countless hours of enjoyment, many terrific memories. VATSIM is terrific, especially during an event and MOST ESPECIALLY when you're flying a high end aircraft in shared cockpit because you operate the aircraft together and share the entire experience from the same perspective - though it's so much more than that. But my recent experiences on the network have been an OVER THE TOP EXPERIENCE! Just in the last three weeks I've flown many events that have been both incredible and ultra realistic. 50+ departing aircraft at different airports and countless arrivals, spot on Air Traffic Control, and (with the exception of a very few Special People who fly online as if everyone else is AI Traffic) it's just been EXCITING even for someone like me who makes 3 to 8 flights per week on the network! The recent San Francisco event was off the charts, LAX is always terrific, Atlanta and Memphis are kicking it hard, Amsterdam and Frankfurt have been banging almost every Saturday and Sunday and their events have been magical, U.K. and German airspace is routinely superb! I consider my flights during the week to be good practice for events, and Weekends are for enjoying the level of traffic and interaction that pilots experience every day. I would be remiss if I didn't say that the VATUSA leadership has really done a great job and they seen to have brought USA ARTCCs and major airports to an all new level of expertise - and activity!!! My hat's off to them! Anyway, I'm having a terrific time flying online and I just wanted to thank my fellow pilots and those who work hard to provide this terrific experience to guys like me.
  20. VATSTAR is proud to announce the unveiling of its Oceanic Training Certificate! This course covers everything you need to know to get started flying international, trans-oceanic flights on VATSIM, including basics of latitude/longitude and Great Circle routes, route creation including use of the North Atlantic OTS, tips on international procedure and terminology, filing your flight plan and obtaining your clearance, using SELCAL, announcing your position reports, and even some tips and tricks for participating in VATSIM's semi-annual Cross The Pond event! Pilots holding the VATSIM P4 rating are eligible to enroll now by visiting us at VATSTAR.com! If you don't have the P4, you can acquire it from us through our simple process of attending a Written Exam Review, taking and passing the exam, performing a practice flight, and performing two fairly brief (~1.5hr) checkride flights, each of these steps with one of our staff Instructors. (If you prefer a self-study method of obtaining the P4, Boston Virtual ARTCC offers it through their Pilot Rating Program; their P4 consists of five short flights you can do pretty much anytime ZBW ATC is staffed. Visit www.bvartcc.com/ for more details.) The VATSTAR Oceanic course is obtained by written exam only; there is no practical check-ride to fly. Because of that, the exam IS NOT A JOKE and should only be attempted once having THOROUGHLY reviewed the study materials. A Written Exam Review session with a staff Instructor is mandatory prior to attempting the exam. The exam itself is 40 multiple-choice questions with a 60-minute time limit. There are NO "joke responses" among the choices. You have to know your stuff to achieve this certificate! Please note that this Certificate is NOT a VATSIM Pilot Rating. The VATSIM Pilot Training Division does not currently officially recognize a rating for International and Oceanic flying, although a designation for one has been set aside for future expansion. If that changes, graduates of the VATSTAR Oceanic Certificate program will be contacted and advised what steps, if any, they must take at that point to convert their Certificate into an official VATSIM Pilot Rating. Anyone who wishes to enroll can visit us at VATSTAR.com. Questions about enrollment and access can be directed to hr@vatstar.com. Questions about the training material itself can be directed to cfi@vatstar.com. We look forward to serving your VATSIM Pilot Training needs. See you in the skies!
  21. About 6 weeks ago OVPA announced our hosting of a Introduction to VATSIM course for Aerosoft customers. Since then we've had a few openings due to people's schedules changing. This 3 hour course will be held this coming weekend, March 4th at 1600 GMT. We presently have three (3) open spots for people to attend, so we've opened the course up to the flight sim community. We will fill these spots on a first come basis. AGE LIMIT: For legal reasons, the minimum age to attend this course is 13 (we are obligated to verify this), though most of those registered for the course are over the age of 24. Thirteen years of age is also the minimum requirement for VATSIM Membership. The Course Syllabus and the rest of the information you'll need can be found HERE. Please address any question to me via the link provided in the Course Syllabus. Best wishes!
  22. Does anybody know how to use COM1 and COM2 at the same time for pilotedge and vatsim in the PMDG737? I can get them to work on there own by the mic square boxes under NAV1. I need this so i can pick up atis information while listening to the controller. P3D PMDG737 -Dillon L.
  23. I would like to give a big shoutout to Dimitri Ntistis for his extraordinary help in guiding me safely down to LGIO in what one would call nothing less than extraordinary conditions to fly in. My flight started of well at Skiathos, some clouds around but no biggy... once around 40 nm east of LGIO, I went in full IMC with major turbulance and major winds of up to 30-40 kts with lightning. As you might imagine, it wouldnt be a biggy if I haven't picked C-47 to fly in... which comes without auto pilot. So there I was, drifting though the wind like a plastic bag with Athens Radar being my eyes and only hope for survival. With my constant updrafts and downdrafts, and a bit of side toss - he upheld his patience for me and guided me down safely.... Even with the passangers puking around, a safe landing is better than no landing at all! This was by far the most difficult landing I've ever had to make. Best regards to you all vatsim and ivao aviators alike! /drago, JAT758
  24. Just read somewhere that the new update of Vpilot 2.0.11 enables IVAO mtl as custom rules set. Is it true :=)? Drago