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there are indeed! it's not the same airport every night, but you will find Tuesdays are very popular with light aircraft, with Gloucestershire, andWellesbourne(EGBW - AFIS only) usually open. Hawarden (EGNR) is open most nights. There is frequent ATC which welcomes VFR at Bristol, Stansted (and sometimes Luton), Leeds, East Midlands, Southampton/Bournemouthand Biggin Hill. I've probably missed some. Just to confuse matters, if there's no TWR online, Stansted and Luton are covered by Essex Radar, and Biggin Hill by Thames Radar.


The best source of information on events is http://www.vatsim-uk.org/forum/index.php?board=22.0 A new venture is the LARS/GA weekend promised for 18-20th March. There will be controller training for this event most Sunday evenings, so if you fancy coming to give the guys in the tower some practice, feel free. This starts on 23rd January at Biggin Hill, Further details at http://www.vatsim-uk.org/forum/index.php?topic=3381.0


Ruth McTighe

Deputy Director, Vatsim-UK

Ruth McTighe

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Last Tuesday for example at Gloucesstershire (EGBJ) we had a lot of fun with about 6 pilots. Five in the circuit for a while, gusting winds and 40 movements altogether. But you're right Gordon, it's best enjoyed collectively. One pilot circuit bashing isn't so much fun for pilot or controller, but 5 or 6 together is very satisfying for all concerned.


EGBJ is always open every Tuesday from 2000z (1900z in summer). It is a full ATC service with IFR procedures as well but no ILS. traffic is predominantly VFR.



Mike Pike


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Hi Gordon,


Hawarden is open most nights from 1930 if its me who's got it open as Ruth says, I also run a website for Hawarden and a Virtual-Pilot UK website for newbies wanting to learn how to setup all the software to fly online with, both links can be found in my signature at the bottom, enjoy.

Andy King-Magee

Hawarden Virtual UK

CEO ChauffAir VA

Hawarden UK & Virtual-Pilot UK


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