By Ben Wright
VATSIM UK and VatSpa welcome you to the Great British Group Flight on the 19th of June! This event is a big thank you to the network and our community, which for many people has been a welcome escape over the lockdowns and boredom of the last year. Now there’s finally light at the end of the tunnel, what better way to celebrate than a group flight to the Canary Islands!
Bookings and Giveaways
We are excited to partner with BAVirtual, vEZY, vTUI, vRYR, and vEXS whose members will be in attendance on the day. Our flight booking system will open on the the 5th of June. Everyone who flies with a booking is automatically entered into our giveaway raffle - 10 lucky winners will have their choice of any Orbx product, and 3 more winners will enjoy a 1 year subscription to AviationSource.
Pilots Without a Booking
Pilots without a booking are also welcome to fly, however you may be subject to a delay at your departure airport. Aim to depart EGKK or EGCC between 1200-1400z, and arrive at GCFV, GCRR, GCLP, or GCTS.
All aircraft flying during the event are politely requested to file the following routes to alleviate airspace congestion:
EGCC-GCFV: SANBA UN859 CPT Y321 PEPIS Q41 SAM M195 LORKU UN866 BERAD UM30 ERWAN UN480 BALDA DCT ABUPI DCT BAROK UN873 GDV (Departures off 05L route LISTO P18 TELBA L151 KIDLI UN859 CPT) IFP/ERRRTECOORD EGCC-GCRR: SANBA UN859 CPT Y321 PEPIS Q41 SAM M195 LORKU UN866 BERAD UM30 ERWAN UN480 BALDA DCT ABUPI DCT BAROK UN873 SAMAR DCT LARYS (Departures off 05L route LISTO P18 TELBA L151 KIDLI UN859 CPT) IFP/ERRRTECOORD EGCC-GCLP: SANBA UN859 CPT Y321 PEPIS Q41 SAM M195 LORKU UN866 BERAD UM30 ERWAN UN480 BALDA DCT ABUPI DCT BEXAL UN866 KONBA (Departures off 05L route LISTO P18 TELBA L151 KIDLI UN859 CPT) EGCC-GCTS: KUXEM UP17 NOKIN N862 LAMAT N90 NOTRO UN32 ANNET UL722 KORUL DCT DEMOS DCT ORTIS (Departures off 05L route ASMIM UP16 NOKIN)
EGKK-GCFV: BOGNA UL612 BENBO UY47 DRAKE L151 SITET UN859 BALAN UL152 LMG UN857 PPN UN10 BAN UN857 HIJ UN10 SVL UN857 TERTO (Departures off 08R route SFD UY47 DRAKE) EGKK-GCRR: BOGNA UL612 BENBO UY47 DRAKE L151 SITET UN859 BALAN UL152 LMG UN857 PPN UN10 BAN UN857 HIJ UN10 SVL UN857 TERTO (Departures off 08R route SFD UY47 DRAKE) EGKK-GCLP: NOVMA L620 SAM M195 MARUK N621 LELNA UN621 BASIK UN90 NOVAN UN864 NEA UL14 ADINO DCT ELVAR DCT BAROK UN873 SAMAR (Departures off 08R route IMVUR N63 SAM) EGKK-GCTS: NOVMA L620 SAM N19 KOXOD N862 BHD L722 ANNET UL722 KORUL DCT DEMOS DCT ORTIS (Departures off 08R route IMVUR N63 SAM)
Controllers please note that this will be a rostered event.
By Alex Hodgkinson
You know that virtual airline that flies yellow and blue planes around the South West and other places around the world, the one that the posh London TMA controllers loathe? The one called "Severnair?" Well here is a little thread about how we all managed to host a successful one-day event despite Covid putting a downer on our traditional 'secret location' meetup.
For those of you that remember our ‘Weston’ events from years gone by, we have since turned the event from a ‘public’ display (as unfortunately the museum decided to route away from Flight Sim) to a ‘secret location’ where we all (as in, ATC and pilot types) sit in a big room with lots of ale and drink our way through two days of FS related activities.
Obviously due to this global pandemic, this usual routine obviously couldn’t happen, so we had to improvise.
So the first thing we had to do was invest in cleaning materials, so after our individual workspaces were thoroughly sterilised, we then upgraded the flight progress display.
Then, after the flight strips were done, we logged on. I was on Jersey Control for most of the day (I think from about 1100 till 2100). A familiar position for me but a not-so-familiar position for some others as it’s sadly a position that’s been neglected but is seeing a resurgence. Which is great to see!
After much drinking (I mean, what else do you do during lockdown?!) and a Chinese, I handled 108 individual aircraft across the Channel Islands (Including 4 from Alderney)
I would like to thank all the pilots who flew because you were all brilliant! Secondly, thanks to the adjacent ATC (East and West) who helped me out and stopped three ORIST arrivals arriving on top of each other.
Enjoy the pictures, here’s to the next event...
Well done BAW2216, first ac of the day!
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