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VATSIM Compatible with Microsoft Flight Simulator on Release Day

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In an exciting announcement made by VATSIM today, it is confirmed that VATSIM will be compatible with the new Microsoft Flight Simulator on day one once the new simulator releases on Tuesday, August 18th 2020.

Matthew Bartels from VATSIM said that today is a big day for VATSIM. Alongside the reveal that the online network will be ready for the new sim on day one, the team also shared it’s first  look of the new branding.

“As we celebrate the next generation of Flight Simulation with Microsoft, we’re announcing the start of VATSIM’s next chapter with a fresh new look. Over the next few weeks, we will be announcing some amazing updates to our community that will really drive the meaning of our new tagline, “Aviate. Educate. Communicate.””

You can read more here.

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VATSIM Event – Cross the Land This Weekend

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On Saturday, 13th June 2020, VATSIM will be hosting Cross the Land. Pilots will be taking to the virtual skies to fly across Europe and the Middle East with the hope to test both pilots and ATC's skills in handling a large amount of traffic. Pilots will be able to depart from Amsterdam, Zurich, Riga International Airport and Belgrade heading for Dubai,
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XSquawkbox Updates Vatsim Client to Version 2.0

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Vatsim client developer XSquawkbox has updated their Vatsim client to version 2.0 for X-Plane. XSquawkbox is a plugin that is used to communicate between the simulator and the Vatsim network to allow you to fly online. XSquawkbox has been in development since 2011 and has been improved no end and has become one of the most recommended Vatsim Clients for
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Free Webinars to Learn How to Fly Online

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Our friend Sebastian Knoop-Troullier is hosting a series of webinars to help those learn the ropes of flying online. Whilst many are staying at home during the current pandemic, it's meant that many are able to fly online with friends and communities. To help those who may be unfamiliar or just need a helping hand, Sebastian is going to provide
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VATSIM Cross The Pond 2020 Westbound Bookings Open

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[Update 21MAR2020 @1430Z : all slots have been booked in a matter of minutes. In the mean time, VATSIM has broken the record of connections on the network. Definitive figures will be published this week-end].

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, KJFK, KMIA, KORD, KSFO

The bookings are opened today in the following order :

12:00z – EDDK & LOWW bookings open
12:30z – EGCC & LIRF bookings open
13:00z – EIDW bookings open
13:30z – EHAM bookings open

Pilots can still fly if they have not been able to grab a slot ; however, they might expect very long delays for departure.

Slot reservation can be found at VATSIM dedicated Cross The Pond website.

 

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VATSIM Announce Restructuring of Pilot Rating System

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In a post over on their website, VATSIM has commented on the new revised Pilot Rating System used to grade their pilots who use the online network. VATSIM currently grades both pilots and air traffic controllers by the user's experience and knowledge about their chosen area, but the revised system will be aligned with real-world operations and the natural progression
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VATSIM Server Migration in Progress

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Announced through a Facebook and a VATSIM forums post, Matthew Cianfarani, the VP for Network Infrastructure of the VATSIM network, has indicated that VATSIM was starting a migration of "most of websystems onto a new infrastructure". The time window for the migration is set from Monday, March 2nd @1700Z through Wednesday March 4th @1700Z. Some services will be disabled and
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VATSIM Cross The Pond 2020 Westbound Date Set

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Given to pilots through a broadcast message on the network, the VATSIM Cross The Pond 2020 Westbound will happen on Saturday April 4th, 2020. The dedicated website is currently being updated with all the relevant information. The airport application should happen early March, and voting will follow shortly thereafter. A semiannual event, Cross the Pond sees pilots from all over
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VATSIM Implements New Auto-Disconnect for Low-FPS X-Plane Users

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In a statement on VATSIM's website, the organisation has announced that they have instructed X-Plane client developers to implement code which will disconnect users from the VATSIM network automatically if they fail to maintain an average of 20 frames per second. The new change implemented with immediate effect from the Board of Governors has been established to prevent issues from
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