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VATSIM Cross the Pond Westbound 2021 Lottery System Now Open

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If you’re looking to join in and fly in this year’s Cross the Pond Westbound event, then you can now select from a variety of city pairs and times using the VATSIM lottery system. Taking place on Saturday, 24th April 2021, the event will see 850 pilots across the Atlantic ocean from parts of Europe to North America.

This year, departure airports include Manchester (EGCC), Amsterdam (EHAM), Brussels (EBBR), and Lisbon (LPPT). Pilots will then be heading west towards arrival airports such as Boston (KBOS), San Francisco (KSFO), Denver (KDEN) and Miami (KMIA). The full list of airports is listed down below.

To be able to fly an event route, complete with full ATC coverage, pilots will need to enter the slot lottery. You will be able to pick from three city pairs and two time periods which suit you best. The lottery will then close on April 13th and then the slots are allocated randomly based on your selection on the reservation page. If you are successful, you will be notified of the exact slot you have received. Those slots which remain unallocated will then be up for grabs on April 15th at 20:00z.

It’s worth noting that this time, the lottery will give a “slight bias” towards those pilots who applied for a slot last year but didn’t get one. This still doesn’t guarantee a slot for those who didn’t fly last year but supposedly gives those people a better chance of a slot allocation. That said, those who did pick up a slot and did not fly will have a negative weighting which will affect their probability of getting a slot.

In addition to the vast number of pilots, there will also be 200 controllers online ready to take you through the event. These volunteers combined with the event planning team are all vital in making this event a success and work hard to ensure this event is as fun as possible.

On the new Cross the Pond website, there is a section devoted to answering frequently asked questions. For example, if a virtual pilot wishes to fly out of a departure airport on a non-event track, they can do so but will experience delays. You can read the full FAQ here to familiarise yourself with some of the key information before the event.

As always, you can check out of previous pilot’s guide here* to help give you an understanding of the event before you fly on Saturday 24th April 2021.

*Note this is for the Eastbound 2020 event and we’ll update it before this year’s event.

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VATéir Charity Giveaway – 24 Hours on VATSIM

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The passionate team at VATéir will be hosting their annual charity event in support of the Irish Community Rapid Response (ICRR) team. The event this year will be bigger than ever with over 20 developers giving away numerous quality prizes for those that donate to the cause and take part in this year’s live stream event.

The event this year will take place over a 24-hour period, lighting up Dublin Airport like never before between 21:00z Saturday, 19th December right on through until the same time on Sunday, 20th December 2020. If you’re interested in flying this weekend, Dublin could be a pretty exciting and busy place to explore on the VATSIM network.

Of course, there will be many of you keen to know about what prizes you could potentially win as part of their raffle this year. They’ve partnered with some of the biggest names including Orbx, HiFi Sim Tech, FS2Crew, Aerosoft, Majestic, TFDi Design, and so many more. To be in with a chance to win, you will need to make a donation to the Irish Community Rapid Response via the VATeir JustGiving donation page. Those who donate will then be placed in to a draw and random winners will then earn themselves a nice prize.

You can find out more about the ICRR here, or check out the VATSIM event forum to learn more about the prizes available and how you can win.

You will be able to watch the event live on Twitch when it starts later this evening.

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