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VATSIM Cross the Pond Eastbound 2020: A Retrospective

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It has been a week since Cross the Pond Eastbound 2020 took place on VATSIM. The bi-annual event is by far the most popular and most talked-about even in the VATSIM calendar and this year brought a handful of changes to how the system worked. Whilst Serge did a good job expressing how he felt about the changes (in particular to the lottery system), I wanted to reflect on the event itself and offer some further thoughts on what future events could bring.

This Year’s Event

Let me start by coming clean; I flew without a slot. I know, I know, the communication was clear that those who wanted to fly online during the Saturday should avoid the Atlantic, but I was prepared to be placed on a non-event track, have huge delays and be at the bottom of the queue for any push back slots. I had nothing better to do on a rainy Saturday afternoon after all.

Loading up at Chicago at 10:30z, the airfield was somewhat quiet with planes slowly spawning in and controllers coming online. Flying from one of the busiest airports on the network was bound to create some delays and issues, but the whole process was nice and smooth. All of the controllers did an amazing job at keeping their cool whilst dealing with requests and even the handling of some issues with slot times. So whilst I sat on the ground, I requested a slot and was initially told 11:44z I would be able to leave. Perfect, I thought, and get ready to leave 15 minutes beforehand to ensure I would take off as close to the slot as possible. For whatever reason, the slot time wasn’t then passed on to the ramp controller and subsequently, I then had to wait until 13:15z before I was cleared to take off to Heathrow.


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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
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VATSIM Cross The Pond Slot Booking Changes

VATSIM has published an important information note regarding the upcoming Cross The Pond 2020 - Eastbound event which will take place on November 14th. Slot AllocationThe slot allocation was previously done using a booking system on a "first come, first served" basis. In the previous events, the slots would be gone in a matter of minutes, letting on the side
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VATSIM Cross The Pond Eastbound 2020 Airports List

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VATSIM has revealed the final list of airports which will be featured in the VATSIM Cross The Pond Eastbound 2020 event. The event kicks-off on November 14th at 1100Z. A semiannual event, Cross the Pond sees pilots from all over the world make the trek over the Atlantic Ocean. One event generally happening in Spring sees pilots flying from Europe
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Pilots – Your Guide to VATSIM Cross the Pond Westbound 2020

A Guide To Vatsim Cross The Pond

VATSIM Cross The Pond is one of the most popular event the online network. The 2020 Westbound edition will start on April 4th at 1100Z. VATSIM CTP takes place twice a year, one time Westbound (from Europe to North America) and the other Eastbound (North America to Europe). The goal is to replicate at best the specific Oceanic procedures with full ATC from departure to arrival. The lack of radar coverage for traffic deconfliction above the Atlantic Ocean means that the aircraft must obtain a specific clearance, follow a given route and report their position regularly.

These procedures are not so easy to grab at a first glance, but worry not : here’s the FSElite guide to help you make your way across the pond and enjoy the experience as much as possible.

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VATSIM Cross The Pond 2020 Westbound Bookings Open

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. VATSIM has opened today the booking system for the slots of their upcoming popular Cross The Pond event. The first edition of the CTP event for 2020 will take place on April 4th and will start at 1100z. This Westbound 2020 event will take place at the following airports. Departures: EDDK, EGCC, EHAM, EIDW, LIRF, LOWW Arrivals: CYYZ, KBOS,
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VATSIM Cross The Pond Slot Bookings Open Today

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In a short tweet, VATSIM has confirmed the opening of the Cross The Pond Eastbound 2019 pilot slots booking. The reservations will start today (October 6th) at 1800Z. The booking opening is gradual and will be as follows: 1800Z - MCO/ORD slots 1830Z - MIA slots 1900Z - YYZ/BOS slots 1930Z - JFK slots The chosen airfield for this year's
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Cross the Pond Eastbound Airfields Confirmed

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On October 26th, the virtual skies will be full of flight simmers travelling across the Atlantic. The bi-annual event is one of the largest on the VATSIM network, with over a 1000 pilots taking part. Earlier this year, voting was open for the event airports and those votes have now been counted with the airports chosen now confirmed. The airports confirmed are
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