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  1. We’d like to thank everyone who participated in Cross The Pond Eastbound 2020 today, whether as a pilot or controller. A huge thanks also to the many dozens of volunteers who make Cross The Pond happen: from the local facility coordinators, to the marketing team, to the Oceanic coordinators and of course our technical experts. It wouldn’t be possible without you. This event was a little different for a number of reasons and in many ways it was an experiment in a number of initiatives to see how we can keep this event sustainable for the future. As always, there were a few hiccoughs along the way, but as the event draws to a close the initial feedback seems to be that the traffic levels have been more manageable than previously. We’d love to hear your feedback, whether you were a pilot or controller. Please leave your constructive thoughts below – positive or negative – with as much or as little detail that you feel comfortable with.
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  2. I can fly IFR out of Kai Tak (closed for over 20 years). I can't fly IFR out of Tegel. Considering the only time I'm going to be flying to Tegel is when IFR from another European destination, it still confuses me why IFR is totally 'gone'. Furthermore, the original post takes the line of 'if you fly into Tegel after the 9th, you're getting in the way' - not the sort of environment I feel that VATSIM should be promoting.
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  3. My $0.02 on that matter: the lottery is hands-down the better system; what caused this "frustration" was mainly this quirk of the human psyche where anything you receive repeatedly will be perceived as a habitual right, and changing it feels like something is taken away from you. And so any CTP veteran who got used to just grabbing a slot ASAP when the booking opens would get this subtle feeling of being "cheated" out of "their" slot. Apart from this weird psychological effect, the bottom line is the same in both events: some people get a slot, others don't, and those who don't will feel disappointed or frustrated. This cannot be helped; but the lottery at least avoids unfair advantages.
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  4. It´s an interesting perspective from pilot´s that they want to do the position reports. Sure it´s fun to do as a pilot, then throw off the headset, maintain SELCAL watch and then do another one in an hour or so. If you flip the view to the ATCO side, now imagine having to do constant position reports for the duration of your session, non stop check-ins and position reports. The frequency congestion would be astronomical and it´s just not humanly sustainable for such a long session, i.e. for 8 hours or more, we had the absolute minimum staff needed in Reykjavik CTA to pull our part and everyone´s butt´s were sore. There is a reason why ATCO´s are typically not allowed to sit on the scopes for an extended period of time without a break. That real world rule certainly started to make allot of sense towards the end of the event. Having to do position reports would´ve easily flipped it over into unbearable. 🙂 Just something to think about. Do also consider that position reports in the real world are mostly non-existant south of 70°N due to ADS-C and CDPLC, so your experience is not unrealistic. Just because the frequency is not jammed, certainly does not mean that the sector isn´t busy 🙂 The event was a blast and allot of fun to partake in. I think it´s also important to note that without AFV this would´ve been impossible. Kudos to the AFV team!! Now we just need landlines!! 🙂 One tip to pilots: When you call up for the initial check in - don´t just jump in with "ABC123with you" Speak a little more slowly, be extra clear on your callsign, include your flight level ( sometimes got check-ins that were invisible to me because they were supposed to be in another sector and were thus altitude-filtered out), spending way to much time looking for you , meanwhile 5 other aircraft check in which also need to be handled... you see where I´m going with this.. ). Keep situational awareness of where you are, so when you´re asked, don´t say "approximately 300nm east of Greenland (or whatever)... " if you just passed 65N030W at FL350 🙂
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  5. From a domestic U.S. ATC perspective, this was the first CTP I can remember that we were not absolutely hammered. And when we're hammered, Moncton, Gander, and Oceanic have it way worse than the rest of us. Having spoken to several of our controllers from Boston Tower through to the enroute controllers, the feedback is that this year's event was so much more manageable in the past. Having fewer pilots on frequencies (the result of both adding more airports and reducing the number of non-event aircraft) really improved the system for everyone. It meant no delays for slot aircraft, reasonable on-frequency experiences for everyone that passed through our airspace, and hopefully contributes to making this a year-over-year event we can sustain. Although some might have missed out this round through the lottery system, I really hope those who chose not to fly realize how much better they've made the experience for those who did...and also hope they can take advantage of the chance to fly the next one. From our perspective, we're most grateful to the pilots who didn't get a slot and followed VATSIM's advice to fly local hops around the area. You made this event from what is often a big strain on people's nerves into a more enjoyable experience. I hope the same holds true for the Europeans working the last few arrivals as we speak.
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  6. Things to improve (from what I saw on my flight from KORD-EDDH) 1. Parking management. The airport never got full, KORD is a huge airport, and as such can hold hundreds of aircraft. I think if you guys added a stand with the slot and the times that you can use that stand (11:30-12:10, etc) it could increase the amount of aircraft that are able to depart. By assigning non-slots stands and runways it could also lead to more takeoffs (especially in KORD since it has more than 2 parallel runways). 2. Not much a vatsim issue but pilot related, people were connecting 20 mins prior to their slot time, and since requesting clearance takes a long time during CTP, it would be advisable sending a message saying be connected 40mins prior to departure time. 3. in more than 2 occasions I heard the controller saying that their client/ whatever was buggy and unreliable, this lead to further delays. fix the client 4. A person without a slot trying to depart from KORD (time 1130z) was told that his “slot” was at 1400z. Instead of having to do this, if the problem is spacing assign an extra NAT to non-event traffic that might be more further north or south of the event NATs. If the problem is the arrival, by talking to other FIRs that are not taking part in the event and persuading them to stay online could by itself reduce the number of people that want to fly from and to an event airport, to only from an event airport to a non event arrival airport.
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  7. One thing that has worked for me has been switching genres. After five years on VATSIM logging airline flights, I started learning GA IFR. Once I got comfortable with that I started trying my hand at VFR. Within the last year I've started getting into back-country bush-style flying. It's helped me to keep things fresh and also gives me lots of things to revisit, giving me more overall variety.
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  8. People should fly/control because they want too, not because there is an award on offer.
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