VATSIM’s largest event, Cross the Pond, takes place twice a year: once in March and once again in October. As the name implies, the event is all about crossing the pond (the Atlantic Ocean) with full ATC coverage from departure to arrival. It’s an event that has grown year-on-year, with more and more people taking part.
Seeing hundreds of planes fly across the ocean with such unison is exciting and there’s a real sense of community and realism as you see plenty of aircraft light up your TCAS. With the event growing bigger and bigger, we wanted to provide a small guide to help you be as prepared as possible for the event.
The next event is taking place on Saturday 26th October and the primary direction is Eastbound. This means that the departure airports are primarily USA based, with the traffic due to head east to Europe.
Cross the Pond Eastbound 2018 // Credit: Reddit [User: CStoEE]
Excitingly, this is also the first time the all-new Audio for VATSIM codec is in place providing much clearer voice for both the pilots and the hard-working Air Traffic Controllers on the network.