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  1. Set the parking brake on the airliner and knock the cobwebs off your favorite general aviation aircraft! The General Aviation Fly-In visits locales across the country that are famous for their scenery and general aviation influence. While anything from a single-engine Cessna to a regional jet is welcome in this event, ‘low and slow’ offers the best opportunity to experience the scenery. During the event, local air traffic control is staffed at smaller Class C and D airports, with overlying radar controllers to provide VFR Flight Following and IFR services. Fly VFR closed traffic, practice instrument approaches, or fly VFR or IFR between the featured airports: the choice is yours. This week's event features Burlington and Lebanon, two airports local to prime skiing territory in New England. Wake that piston or biz-jet up from its winter hibernation, grab your skis, and hit the slopes. There's plenty of fresh powder and great views as you fly into some of the more mountainous airports in the region. Don't forget your toque!   Local Time: February 25, 2020 8-11pm ET Zulu Time: February 26, 2020 0100-0400z
  2. BVA's Pack the Pattern gives pilots the opportunity to fly closed traffic at one of our busier airports and experience the realism of being sequenced with IFR and VFR arrivals. This event is designed to put both our most skilled pilots and controllers to the test. All traffic is welcome, from a piston prop remaining in the pattern to a long-haul airliner flying in from afar. Join us for a few touch-and-goes, low approaches, or a full-stop landing! This Pack the Pattern is hosted at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport (KMHT) Local Time: February 03, 2020 8-11pm ET Zulu Time: February 04, 2020 0100-0400z   Controllers signup via Lindbergh.
  3. In the Regional Circuit, we staff up two of our airports to provide pilots with an opportunity to receive 'gate-to-gate' ATC service for the duration of the event. Pilots are encouraged to fly between the two airports and make the return flight if time allows; however, traffic from other airports is welcome as well. The Regional Circuit always creates an immersive atmosphere with busy frequencies and congested airways between the host airports. This Regional Circuit features Boston Logan Airport (KBOS) and Bradley (KBDL).  Local Time: February 19, 2020 2000-2300ET Zulu Time: February 20, 2020 0100-0400z Controller signups via Lindbergh.
  4. The airspace along the Long Island Sound is a bustling corridor full of small sea-side airports, and scenic getaways from the big city. Boston and New York ARTCCs are teaming up to staff the airports between Islip-Mac Arthur and Providence, including all the Class D airports (BDR, HVN, HTO, GON, OQU, and FRG).   02/15/2020 2-6pm ET, 19-23Z
  5. Boston, New York, and Washington ARTCC's are teaming up for the annual Northeastern Corridor event on January 24th. Join us from 7-12pm ET (and maybe a bit after) for a heavy rush of traffic along one of the most congested corridors in the world. We'll be fully staffing Washington, JFK, and Boston-Logan for the evening, some come join the rush and make sure to leave enough time to visit all three.
  6. Set the parking brake on the airliner and knock the cobwebs off your favorite general aviation aircraft! The General Aviation Fly-In visits locales across the country that are famous for their scenery and general aviation influence. While anything from a single engine Cessna to a regional jet is welcome in this event, ‘low and slow’ offers the best opportunity to experience the scenery. During the event, local air traffic control is staffed at smaller Class C and D airports, with overlying radar controllers to provide VFR Flight Following and IFR services. Fly VFR closed traffic, practice instrument approaches, or fly VFR or IFR between the featured airports: the choice is yours.   This week's event features Portland and Bangor, two Class C airports in the great state of Maine. Enjoy the frosted coastlines of Maine, and the scenic Casco bay while making the short jaunt between both cities. Maybe event stopover in Bar Harbor for a warm bowl of clam chowder and a lobster roll.   Local Time: January 20, 2019 8-11pm ET Zulu Time: January 21, 2019 0100-0400z
  7. In the Regional Circuit, we staff up two of our airports to provide pilots with an opportunity to receive 'gate-to-gate' ATC service for the duration of the event. Pilots are encouraged to fly between the two airports and make the return flight if time allows; however, traffic from other airports is welcome as well. The Regional Circuit always creates an immersive atmosphere with busy frequencies and congested airways between the host airports. This Regional Circuit features Burlington (KBTV) and Boston (KBOS). Local Time: January 7, 2019 8-11pm ET Zulu Time: January 8, 2019 0100-0400z
  8. Boston Virtual ARTCC will be hosting FNO on 12/6 as part of our 60 Hours weekend.
  9. Begins: Friday, December 6, 11am ET (1600z) Ends: Sunday, December 8, 11pm ET (0400z) 60 Hours Kickoff FNO: Friday, December 6, 7-11pm ET (2400-0400z) Join us for this one of a kind ATC marathon event! Boston Center will be staffed continuously for 60 hours throughout the first weekend in December. As part of this unique tradition, we will also be hosting Friday Night Operations (FNO) to kick off the first night of this amazing weekend. This is one of our favorite events and we look forward to talking to you all throughout the weekend of continuous ATC coverage. There are no sign-ups or special actions required for pilots to participate: just connect and fly, any time you want, between 11:00am ET on Friday, December 6 through until 11:00pm ET on Sunday, December 8. How many flights can you get in before the end of the night on Sunday?
  10. Thanksgiving is a time to count your blessings, not your carbs. On the Friday before Thanksgiving (Nov 22), Boston Virtual ARTCC and Cleveland ARTCC will be stuffing as many planes as we can into Boston Logan Airport (KBOS) and Detroit Metro Airport (KDTW). We hope to see a smorgasbord of traffic with more fixin's than Grandma's squash casserole, and there will be plenty of gravy and cranberry sauce to go around! The feast begins at 7pm ET / 2400 Z on Friday, November 22, and is scheduled to last for 4 hours. As always, we will try our best to stick around for leftovers, as long as the turkey hasn't gotten to us yet! Bring your empty belly and a full tank of Jet-A for a night that is sure to be sweeter than pumpkin pie!
  11. BVA's Pack the Pattern gives pilots the opportunity to fly closed traffic at one of our busier airports and experience the realism of being sequenced with IFR and VFR arrivals. This event is designed to put both our most skilled pilots and controllers to the test. All traffic is welcome, from a piston prop remaining in the pattern to a long-haul airliner flying in from afar. Join us for a few touch-and-goes, low approaches, or a full-stop landing! This Pack the Pattern is hosted at Martha's Vineyard Airport (KMVY). Local Time: November 12, 2019 8-11pm ET Zulu Time: November 13, 2019 0100-0400z

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