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  1. Cross the Ditch 18: Only a day and a half to go! Check out the details at the official Cross the Ditch website Apply to provide ATC Book your Flights now! View the Full Event Schedule Check out the Virtual Airline Leaderboard Grab the recommended add-on scenery for each of the event airports Get the official promotional material and promote Cross the Ditch within your community/organisation/contact list! Two Day Weather Forecast The latest forecasts suggest relatively dry conditions in Auckland and Christchurch, with showers in
  2. Cross the Ditch 18 is this weekend! Check out the details at the official Cross the Ditch website Apply to provide ATC Book your Flights now! View the Full Event Schedule Check out the Virtual Airline Leaderboard Grab the recommended add-on scenery for each of the event airports Get the official promotional material and promote Cross the Ditch within your community/organisation/contact list! Weather Forecast As predicted, the weather forecasts for the event are evolving quite quickly as the event day nears. The large anticyclon
  3. Cross the Ditch 18 is next weekend! Check out the details at the official Cross the Ditch website Apply to provide ATC Book your Flights now! View the Full Event Schedule Check out the Virtual Airline Leaderboard Grab the recommended add-on scenery for each of the event airports Get the official promotional material and promote Cross the Ditch within your community/organisation/contact list! Long Range Weather Forecast The first long range weather forecasts are in, and they are showing a relatively calm situation for most of th
  4. Hi there, Kevin, Picking the airports and scheduling the routes is one of the toughest parts of the CTD planning process. There's really three major airports on the Australian eastern seaboard and three again on the New Zealand mainland, so as I'm sure you'll appreciate, it's a challenge to make sure that we don't repeat ourselves too often - especially when most CTD events have five separate sectors! (When we do revisit routes, we try hard to ensure we do so at a different time of day so that pilots for the same part of the world won't be forced into flying the same route again.) Th
  5. Details on Cross the Ditch 18 are available in this forum and at the Cross the Ditch 18 website. If you're flying for Virtual United Airlines (or any other VA), make sure to mention them when you book your flights so that your support will show up in the Virtual Airline Leaderboard. Look forward to seeing you all on the day: we've got a great series of flights lined up for this edition of the event.
  6. Cross the Ditch 18 is just over two weeks away! Check out the details at the official Cross the Ditch website Apply to provide ATC Book your Flights now! View the Full Event Schedule Check out the Virtual Airline Leaderboard Grab the recommended add-on scenery for each of the event airports Get the official promotional material and promote Cross the Ditch within your community/organisation/contact list! Pilots: Bookings are running ahead of where they usually are at this point in the lead up to a Cross the Ditch, so it looks li
  7. Cross the Ditch 18: Winter 2020 Winter has returned to the Southern Hemisphere, and even as the nations of the South Pacific begin their recovery, the region's skies are eerily quiet. But on VATSIM, pilots from around the world will once again pack Oceania's skies as they continue their mission to Cross the Ditch! Check out the official Cross the Ditch website Apply to provide ATC Book your Flights now! View the Event Schedule Check out the Virtual Airline Leaderboard Grab the recommended add-on scenery for each of the event airports What's it
  8. Cross the Ditch 17 is underway! Our tenth anniversary event is on right now. Wellington Weather As is often the way, Wellington has defied the weather forecasts and thrown up some spicy flying conditions: NZWN 142300Z AUTO 36022G37KT 9999 BKN032/// 18/11 Q1009 NOSIG It's not too late to come and join the fun - head over to the Cross the Ditch website to grab the official flight plans and get in on the action. Check out the details at the official Cross the Ditch website Apply to provide ATC Book your Flights now! View the Full Event Schedule Check out th
  9. Cross the Ditch 17 is in two days! Our tenth anniversary event is this weekend. Weather Update The three-day weather forecasts are still suggesting relatively calm, warm, and sunny weather. This is pretty much in line with the long-term forecasts above. The only noteworthy change is that the Canberra forecast is now showing Smoke Haze from the nearby bush-fires, which could significantly reduce visibility for pilots at the end of the event. A final weather forecast will be sent to all pilots who have booked flights, as part of their flight briefing emails, around this time tomorro
  10. Cross the Ditch 17 is this coming weekend! Our tenth anniversary event is less than a week away. Long Range Forecast Having posted last time about the wild weather that Wellington has been experiencing of late, the long range weather forecast for the this weekend's event is suggesting near perfect flying conditions not only in Wellington, but in the three Australian airports as well. Wellington's forecast is for a fine day with relatively light northwesterly breezes. What cloud there is will remain offshore affording pilots fantastic views of the mountain and coastal scenery of ce
  11. Cross the Ditch 17 is just ten days away! Excitement is building for our tenth anniversary event. Why Wellington? For the first time ever, we're running the Wave format with a single airport on the VATNZ side of the Tasman - each of the five waves starts or ends in Wellington. One of the questions we've received was why we chose Wellington to be the focus airport. There's a number of reasons, including the availability of quality scenery for the airport across all of the major sims, but the largest factor is that Wellington is one of the most exciting airports to fly into acro
  12. Cross the Ditch 17 is three weeks away! Check out the details at the official Cross the Ditch website Apply to provide ATC Book your Flights now! View the Full Event Schedule Check out the Virtual Airline Leaderboard Grab the recommended add-on scenery for each of the event airports Get the official promotional material and promote Cross the Ditch within your community/organisation/contact list! Join us as we celebrate TEN YEARS OF CROSS THE DITCH!
  13. Cross the Ditch 17: Summer 2019 Celebrating ten years of Crossing the Ditch! All eyes are on Wellington, as VATSIM's pilots connect New Zealand's capital to three great Australian airports. December is the time for all pilots to taste the Southern Summer and Cross the Ditch! Check out the details at the official Cross the Ditch website Apply to provide ATC Book your Flights now! View the Full Event Schedule Check out the Virtual Airline Leaderboard Grab the recommended add-on scenery for each of the event airports Get the official promotional material and promote
  14. Cross the Ditch 16 is this weekend! Latest Update: 14 June 2019 0600z Controllers: The revised ATC roster was published this afternoon. There were a few changes so please check your shifts again to make sure you know where and when you're expected. If you have any problems, please contact Eric via the website ASAP. Pilots: Flight bookings have more than doubled in the last few days! There are still a selection of good flights available, so make sure you Book your Flights to claim your spot before they're all gone. Weather Forecast This weekend is shaping up as a good one fo
  15. Cross the Ditch 16 is now less than one week away! Latest Update: 9 June 2019 0700z Controllers: The initial ATC roster was published on Friday. If you haven't received a copy, please contact Eric via the website. The roster is pretty much full however there are usually a few changes that take place in the final week leading up to the event, so if you want to be part of the controller team for the event, please make sure to contact Eric as soon as possible. Pilots: Flight bookings have accelerated in the last few days, and are likely to surge again as everyone's schedules for ne
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