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Cross The Pond Eastbound 2020: Rien Ne Va Plus!


“Vancouver Approach, ACA27MD heavy, mayday mayday mayday! We have lost one engine, request emergency landing!”

“ACA27MD heavy, Vancouver Approach, copied your mayday, expect ILS runway 08L, I’ll have vectors for you in a minute.”

“Roger that, Approach, we’ve lost our second engine, we’re losing control of the aircraft!”

“Copy, ACA27MD, if have some time, can I get your souls on board and fuel?”

“Negative, no time, we try to keep the aircraft level, we’ve lost hydraulics too!”

“Copy, ACA27MD, turn left heading 180 and you’re a bit steep on the descent!”

“Yeah, Approach, we know! Request emergency vehicles standing by!”

“ACA27MD, roger, be advised, there’s a new procedure in place. Due to an overload of requests, we’re now offering a chance in our lottery. If you win, an emergency vehicles slot will be booked for you. If you lose, you’ll get priority over the others next time for sure. Please advise.”

My co-pilot and I look helplessly transfixed at each other while our plane is racing down at 489 knots and rising fast towards Whistler Mountain and then I wake up, sweating, shouting, dazed, heavily panting and slowly realizing it was just a bad dream.

From the moment a passionate pilot joins VATSIM, they very quickly learn some new certainties in their new life: “Aviate, navigate, communicate”, ATC instructions take precedence over any other command when online, including your partner’s, and you don’t actually have to be called “Roger” to be a controller. Oh, and two dates have become your new religious high days: Cross the Pond event dates.  The two sets of days that all VATSIM pilots join together to fly their biggest event across the Atlantic ocean.

In just one day, it’s happening all over again: hundreds of VATSIM pilots will ‘Cross the Pond’ Eastbound in an impressive big swarm, following on after the Westbound edition last April. Although for the first time in the eventful history of VATSIM, this edition will leave quite an annoyingly bitter aftertaste.

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Big News Round Up of April 1st 2019

For some reason, many developers, publishers and media outlets choose April 1st as the ideal date to announce exciting new products, new features or provide the community with an update to their existing product line. As a media outlet, we are always prepared to tackle this challenging day and as usual, we found a lot of great new announcements. New
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FSElite Original: In Review – March

March In Review Daan

It’s the end of another month, and that means it’s time to look back. Last month you were able to read how we post news articles here at FSElite. What goes into an article and what process it goes through before you can read it on our website. This month, we’re back with looking at the most popular (and controversial) news of the last month.

Let’s start with what you thought was the most interesting news in the last month. You can probably already guess it: Milviz. Not with their ATR Kickstarter, which I’ll come back to in a bit, but with their announcement of the ATR (Prepar3D) price. And right away, we get into a bit of a sensitive area, with addon pricing. Milviz announced they are looking to price their ATR between $120 and $150. However, it is entirely unsure what the currency is they were thinking of when giving this price indicator. Many believe, due to the context their comment was given, this was referring to CAD, – making the total between $90USD and $130USD (€80-€100). The confusion about the currency was pointed out to us after publishing the original article, though

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FSElite Original: In Review – February

Feb Month Review 2
FSElite is a team of many members, coming from a range of different backgrounds. Some of us are still students, others maintain steady jobs. We cover a large part of the globe to try and make sure we have people available to give you the latest news as soon as we can. To you, and to us, this all seems
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FSElite Original: In Review – January

Monthlyreview Jan
It’s the end of the month again, meaning it’s time to look back. And the first month of 2019 certainly has brought us some interesting discussions. About Aerosoft, for example, or Captain Sim, who seemed to develop a competition of who could get the community the most outraged. Luckily it wasn’t all outrageous, and a lot of good things happened
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FSElite Original: In Review – November

November was supposed to be a relatively calm month. Some releases to be expected, some updates here and there, and the big Black Friday sale. However, that should have been about it. It almost sounded too good to be true. And if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is. In all fairness, I might be slightly exaggerating.
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