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  1. You are now able to submit your preferences to be entered into our slot lottery: https://ctp.vatsim.net/reservation. You have from now until 2300 UTC on 13th April to submit your preferences. This post will explain what is available and how the lottery works therefore enabling you to make an informed choice as to what to select. To maximise your chance, we suggest you read my guidance on route pairs and times. How does the lottery work? After the 7 days are over, we will process out everyone's choices at random* and allocate out as many slots as possible. After this, we will open up the
  2. VATSIM is happy to announce that Tim Barber has been selected to serve as Vice President – Operations following the retirement of Mark Richards. In his new role, Tim will play a crucial role by ensuring all departments are working together to bring positive changes to VATSIM. Tim hails from Canada and joined VATSIM in 2001. He has held several staff positions on VATSIM, most recently as Vice President – Supervisors, a position he has held since 2016. In addition to his time in various VATSIM staff positions, he also helped start one of VATSIM’s first Authorized Training Organizations to p
  3. Continuing Tech Blogs Q1 2021 Continuing with our desire to utilize the technical team blogs more, we have some updates to give regarding our services and upcoming network changes. As we look forward to 2021, and back over the first quarter of the year, we have many exciting things coming, and many old services that are being retired to make way for the future of VATSIM technology! Infrastructure We have refreshed our load balancing layer to give us better insight into traffic, and allow more configuration options moving forward. As part of this project, we’ve moved more
  4. 14 March 2021 In readiness for the release of Velocity, VATSIM is announcing the upcoming retirement of 5 pilot clients and 2 controller clients effective 0000z on April 1, 2021. The pilot clients are Squawkbox, Squawkbox747, Squawkbox for Fly!, XConnect, and FSINN. The controller clients are ASRC and SPARC. These clients will no longer be able to connect to VATSIM servers after this time. Please note that xSquawkbox for xPlane is not affected and will continue to be compatible with VATSIM. The reasoning behind the decommissioning of these client
  5. Introducing VATSIM Velocity! VATSIM is proud to reveal our new position updating technology called Velocity. Velocity provides position updates more rapidly our current FSD solution. The position update frequency is what determines how other user’s aircraft move when you see them in your flight simulators. For most applications on VATSIM the once every 5 second reporting along with interpolation within the pilot clients provided a solution that worked well. Occasionally, users would see other aircraft make unrealistic jumps or stutters when a new position report was received. How
  6. Welcome to Cross The Pond: Westbound 2021! It's that time of the year again and you've had your chance to choose which airports will take part in this rendition of the iconic CTP event. Airfield voting has now closed and your votes have been counted! Below is the final list of confirmed airports that will facilitate your flights on Saturday April 24th! Departures: Manchester - MAN/EGCC with some supplementary flights from London Heathrow (LHR/EGLL) Amsterdam Airport Schiphol - AMS/EHAM Brussels Airport - BRU/EBBR Frankfurt Airport - FRA/EDDF Du
  7. 09 January 2021 Dear VATSIM Members, Today we were informed by the team at FLAI, who maintained the most robust model matching solution for our FSX & P3D users, that they are suspending their services with immediate effect. The reasoning for this is a disagreement between FLAI and the Alpha India Group, who have the ownership rights to about 90% of the liveries included in the FLAI package. As a result of this disagreement, Alpha India Group have revoked the permissions for their works to be redistributed via FLAI. FLAI takes having permission to redistr
  8. VATSIM New Year Message As another year draws to a close, we reflect on what has been an extraordinary and unusual year for all of us, wherever in the world we reside. First and foremost, we hope you and your families are safe and well. For our community, 2020 was busy. We clocked over 6.2 million flying hours and 630,000 controlling hours in the last 12 months. And in the summer, VATSIM hit 100,000 active members. In August, we saw the launch of Microsoft Flight Simulator, with VATSIM compatibility from day one. We also re-launched the pilot rating system
  9. 04 December 2020 The Founders and Board of Governors would like to take a few moments to thank our controllers and controller staff members for their hard work thus far in 2020 and their continued selfless contributions to our network. VATSIM would not be the best online aviation network in the world if it were not for the contributions and sacrifices our members who pursue air traffic control ratings make daily. The countless hours one puts into training for a new rating, providing air traffic services on the network for the pilots, and going even further above and beyond by trainin
  10. Welcome back to the re-ignited Technical Team Posts This is a long-overdue posting, and we will be aiming to do this more regularly as things go forward into 2021! There are many exciting plans for the network. We hope that by writing these posts, we can be more transparent with the network's membership about what has happened, what is currently happening, and where we can say what will be happening! We’ll split these posts out into sections where appropriate; such as Infrastructure and Development, to make things a little clearer. Infrastructure For a
  11. 29 November 2020 Effective 01 December 2020 a new global ATC policy takes effect that will change the experience for both pilot and air traffic control members. This policy titled “Air Traffic Control Frequency Management and Information Policy” cancels the old Global Controller / ATIS Information policy and provides Air Traffic Controllers the means to take further advantage of Audio for VATSIM’s capabilities to provide a more realistic simulation for both pilots and air traffic control. This policy will allow controllers to operate secondary frequencies for large airspaces a
  12. == UPDATE 3 == T-10 HOURS – FINAL INFORMATION FOR PARTICIPANTS It’s Friday night, which means the routes meeting has wrapped up and various teams from all over the VATSIM network are pulling together final plans. We look forward to seeing you tomorrow! Please do ensure you remind yourself of the important information already posted above in Updates 1 and 2, particularly relating to the requirement for pilots to be able to follow certain instructions during what will be a very busy event. If you are participating in the event, please read this post in its entirety as it
  13. FlightSim Community Survey 2020 Now Online! 13-23 November 2020 Navigraph is conducting a FlightSim Community Survey together with several major addon developers and organizations within the flight simulation community. The survey, the largest of its kind, aims to gauge the prevailing flight simulation trends and users' requests for future development. You can find the survey at vats.im/survey Like previous years, this survey has an emphasis on the major flight simulators such as Microsoft Flight Simulator, Lockeed Martin Prepar3D and Laminar Research X-Plane, but now also in
  14. == UPDATE 2 == T-3 Days - NEW INFORMATION FOR PARTICIPANTS 1. Slots now allocated All event slots for Cross The Pond have now been allocated via the lottery system - congratulations if you secured one! If you entered the lottery and were not successful, please note that you will be considered first in any future Cross The Pond lottery. The reason for the change to the lottery system is to recognise the advantage some members had because of slots being released in preferential timezones, meaning that some of our members were consistently missing out. This method is fairer becaus
  15. Please keep all discussion in the forums about the upcoming CTP in this thread. For slot trading, go to the #ctp-slot-trading channel on the VATSIM Community Discord server by assigning the Cross The Pond role in #role-selection. You can join the Discord at community.vatsim.net. Information thread: Related Threads:
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