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BAV Overnighter Event to São Paulo 27th-28th

Lorenzo Nesta 1111236

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Lorenzo Nesta 1111236

Hi All,


I am the Events Manager at British Airways Virtual, I am contacting you with regard to our Overnighter Event on starting on the 27th July, first departure slot starting 2000z with 5 min intervals, we will be journeying across to you first A/C arriving around 0755z on the 28th of July. We have 40 slots available at the moment, these Overnighters tend to fill up but we anticipate a small drop out etc. nil attendance people falling asleep. We estimate at least 30 arrivals keeping you busy for a couple of hours We hope to see you on the Morning and receive an ATC service.


Please do not hesitate to contact me.


Kind Regards

Lorenzo Nesta


Events Manager

[email protected]


Event thread below;




-------------------------OVERNIGHTER 23 - London Heathrow to São Paulo Guarulhos!--------------------------



BAVirtual is proud to present our Twenty-Third OverNighter Fly-In Event - Departing Saturday Evening of the 27th and Arriving Sunday Morning of the 28th July 2019.


Well overdue and well anticipated, our Overnighter long haul event routes us South of the Equator to the beautiful City of São Paulo located in the Southeast Region of Brazil. We will recreate the BA0247 service, departing from our beloved hub Heathrow. Scheduled Duration is 11 Hours 55 Minutes with slots starting at 20:00z (21:00 GMT) meaning first arrival should arrive around 07:55z (04:55 BRT). Being that this year we celebrate 100 years of our real world counterparts existence, 100 Experience Points will be up for grabs for those who do not give in to the temptation of sleep! We welcome you all for a night of laughter, banter and "controlled" misbehaviour. Join us for BAVirtual OVERNIGHTER 23!!!




São Paulo–Guarulhos International Airport


São Paulo/Guarulhos–Governador André Franco Montoro International Airport (IATA: GRU, ICAO: SBGR), often referred to as GRU Airport, or simply GRU, is the primary international airport serving São Paulo. It is popularly known locally as either comebica Airport, after the district where it is located and the Brazilian Air Force base that still exists at the airport complex, or Guarulhos Airport, after the municipality of Guarulhos, in the São Paulo metropolitan area, where it is located. Since November 28, 2001 the airport has been named after André Franco Montoro (1916–1999), former Governor of São Paulo state. The airport was rebranded as GRU Airport in 2012.


In Brazil the airport was ranked first in terms of transported p[Mod - Happy Thoughts]engers, aircraft operations, and cargo handled in 2012, placing it as the second busiest airport in Latin America by p[Mod - Happy Thoughts]enger traffic (36,596,326 in 2016) after Mexico City International Airport. Guarulhos has slot restrictions, operating with a maximum of 45 operations/hour and being one of the five airports with such restrictions in Brazil (the others are São Paulo-Congonhas, Brasília, Belo Horizonte-Pampulha and Rio de Janeiro-Santos Dumont).


Since 2012, the airport has been operated by a consortium composed of Invepar S/A, Airports Company South Africa, and Infraero. Some of its facilities are shared with the São Paulo Air Force Base of the Brazilian Air Force.


Runways and taxiways


GRU has two parallel runways. Runway 09R/27L is 3,000 metres (9,843 ft) long and 45 metres (148 ft) wide, while runway 09L/27R is 3,700 metres (12,140 ft) long and 60 metres (200 ft) wide, after being widened in 2015 to better receive the Airbus A380. The field elevation at the airport is 750 metres (2,459 ft) above mean sea level. Runway 09R/27L is used preferentially for landings and runway 09L/27R preferentially for takeoffs, but the Airbus A380 uses the longer and wider latter runway for both landing and taking off. There are high-speed exit taxiways on both runways that allow for traffic to depart the runway at higher speed to allow better efficiency for landing and takeoff traffic. As of 2014, there was an average of 650 takeoff and landing operations per day at the airport.




The airport has three p[Mod - Happy Thoughts]enger terminals, numbered 1, 2, and 3, according to their order along the airport access road when arriving from the city.


  • Terminal 1 is the smallest and simplest. It has only domestic flights, and as of July 2016, only two airlines operate there: Azul and P[Mod - Happy Thoughts]aredo. Terminal 1 has no jet bridges and no direct access to the other terminals, which can only be reached by a free shuttle bus.

  • Terminal 2 is the oldest and largest, and for many years was the sole airport terminal, although its two wings were considered different terminals at the time. It has the majority of domestic flights and to Latin American destinations, as well as a few intercontinental flights.

  • Terminal 3 is the newest and most modern. It has only international flights and concentrates most long-haul intercontinental traffic, in addition to the LATAM Group's Latin American flights. Five of the terminal's gates can accommodate the Airbus A380.


Terminals 2 and 3 are directly linked by a walkway.


The airport also has a large air cargo terminal with a built area of 97,000 square metres (1,040,000 sq ft) and capable of handling any type of cargo, including refrigerated and hazardous shipments.


Navigational aids


There are two navigational aids that GRU traffic uses. The Bonsucesso very high frequency omnidirectional range with distance measuring equipment (VOR-DME) is located 9.1 kilometres; 5.6 miles (4.9 nmi) to the east of GRU.






For this event London Heathrow - EGLL must be used for initial departure and São Paulo - SBGR for arrival


Flyin code will be OVN23



The following airframes are permitted for use during this Flyin, regardless of rank:

A380, B742, B744, B772, B77W, B788, B789 & CONC


*"OFF DUTY" WILL BE DISABLED* I'm afraid you will have to stay awake if you want the 100 points!




FSX/P3D Payware : (Tropicalsim) I own this and would highly recommend! - https://secure.simmarket.com/tropicalsim-so-paulo-guarulhos-sbgr-2017-fsx-p3d.phtml


Freeware : Untested but free option (use at own risk) - https://simviation.com/1/search?submit=1&keywords=zanolli




This will be released on the day, we hope to be able to provide you with the real deal.



The slot booking page will go live shortly. Slots will be available for VATSIM ONLY, due to the lack of IVAO users in our VA, we do not see it feasible to create slots for this network, however as always we welcome IVAO pilots and even the OFFLINERS to join us on Discord. (There is nothing stopping you from booking the normal flight anyway)




Will we all make it? Who will be the first to open a can of ZZZzzz? Can we all stay alert through hours of darkness and into the early hours to make a safe landing at the end? How many of you can rise to the challenge? More importantly... will Wilks finally manage to finish an Overnighter!?!?!?


Tune in on the 27th of July 2019 for the carnage....



Lonz, Dave & Chris,

BAVirtual Events Team

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