VATCAN, VATEUD, VATSIM-UK, and VATUSA have announced the long-standing Cross the Pond Westbound 2018 event will take place on Saturday April 14. Departures will begin at 1100z
This year has been extremely popular during the planning phase, with more than 24 applications as candidate airports and nearly 4,000 individuals votes to help us choose between these candidates.
The following airports have been selected:
• Departure Airports
• Heathrow (EGLL)
• Amsterdam Schiphol (EHAM)
• Warsaw-Chopin (EPWA)
• Barcelona El-Prat (LEBL)
• Vienna (LOWW)
• Arrival Airports
• Calgary (CYYC)
• Toronto Pearson (CYYZ)
• Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson (KATL)
• Washington Dulles (KIAD)
• New York John F. Kennedy (KJFK)
• Miami (KMIA)
• Chicago O’Hare (KORD)
Bookings are based on slot timings and city pairs determined by the planning team, whereby individuals can define a callsign and planning flight level. These slot pairs are then assigned routings 8 hours before departure, to ensure some organised traffic flows can be established. For the best experience, bookings are highly recommended. The VATSIM website will be available for bookings at 1300z on Saturday March 31. Bookings will no longer be changed after 2200z on Friday April 13.
You can expect the final information about your flight to be emailed to you a few hours before departure.
Flying in Oceanic Airspace requires special procedures, which all pilots are asked to follow. If this is your first event of this nature or you are lacking experience – we highly recommend taking some time to do some self-study via one of the following resources:-
VATSIM UK Oceanic Procedures: https://vatsim.uk/oceanic-procedures/
Virtual Norwegian Oceanic Procedures: https://www.virtualnorwegian.net/oceanic/
ATOs (Approved Training Organisations) are also expected to also provide training to assist with this. Expect more information soon both here and via local organization websites.