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  1. VATSIM's largest event series is Cross the Point East/Westbound. This year, for CTP Eastbound 2020, Boston-Logan Intl. Airport (KBOS) has been selected as one of the departure fields to host participating flights leaving across the Atlantic. If you would like more information on the event please see the official CTP website at ctp.vatsim.net.     Event Date: Nov. 14thh, 2020 1100-2300z (7am-7pm ET)   We will have full staffing at Boston beginning at approximately 6:30am ET. There will be delays at Boston for local and domestic flights given the high volume of international traffic we are expecting.   Please check back on this thread to view preferred routes for transatlantic flights.
  2. BVA's Minor Facility Showcase gives pilots the opportunity to experience one of our minor airports. Local and overlying air traffic controllers will be providing service for those looking to explore the area, practice instrument approaches, arrive from afar, or just remain in the pattern. With a single focus-airport, this is the perfect opportunity to experience being sequenced at a busier airport with both IFR and VFR arrivals. This week's event features the controlled airport of Portland Jetport (KPWM), in Portland, Maine. This scenic coastal city offers great views along the shoreline, a fun charted visual approach, and is just a short flight from Bar Harbor (KBHB) and Acadia National Park. It’s also a great time to try out one of our WINGS flights. Remember, many of the flights have published Alternate Airports, allowing you to earn your BVA pilot ratings at event airports!
  3. Due to the increase in traffic volumes over the past weeks VATUSA has created an Open Mic Night to supplement FNO nights. They are having the entire US staff up on some Fridays. Welcome to VATUSA's first installation of Open Mic Night!  For this event, we are encouraging ARTCCs to staff up (while not mandatory) and promote traffic to fly in the division as a whole and not just a couple of airports. Staffing will begin at 2300z and continue into the night.  Come and try it out!
  4. Welcome to Bradley Bash 2020! This year, along with our staff-up of KBDL, KORH, KHFD, KBAF, and KCEF, BVA members who fly into the event will be eligible to win a copy of LatinVFR’s newly-released KBDL scenery.    Staffing starts at 7pm ET and will run through 11pm (2300-0300Z).   If you are a BVA member: you already have access to a 10% off coupon for LatinVFR’s newly-released scenery for Prepar3D v4 or v5. Click here and login for instructions on how to claim the discount. By flying into the event and following the instructions below, you can win a free copy of either KBDL or, if you’ve already bought it, any other LatinVFR product for P3D.  If you are not a BVA member: by flying into any of the staffed airports on the VATSIM network during the event, you’re eligible to enter a draw for a free LatinVFR product (either KBDL or, if you already own it, another of their scenery products). Plus, by entering the draw for the free product, you’ll automatically receive a discount code to save 10% on a purchase of LatinVFR’s KBDL.    Contest Information & Rules:   All pilots who choose to participate in this competition agree to abide by the rules below. The competition rules may be modified for clarity or other reasons without prior notification to participants. Please refer to this page for any updates. These rules are current as of September 4, 2020. The Events Coordinator shall have final say in all questions or disputes regarding this competition, and will be responsible for determining the winners.   1. Event Duration: The contest and event starts at 7:00pm ET on Saturday, October 17 and ends at 11:00pm ET (2300z to 0300z).   2. How to Enter:          a. Land at a Tower-controlled Y90 Airport (KBDL, KORH, KHFD, KBAF, KCEF) within the Event Duration described above.     b. By 8am ET (1200z) on October 18, email [email protected] with the following information:  Email subject line formatted as: Bradley Bash Contest Entry - [Your VATSIM CID] Name used while connected to the network  VATSIM CID Flight Callsign Departure Airport Code Arrival Time 3. Notification of Winners and dissemination of Discount Codes: By entering the contest and providing your email address to [email protected], you consent to Boston Virtual ARTCC emailing you with regard to the contest and prize distribution. Winners will be notified at the email address provided within 14 days of the end of the competition. Winners must respond to their prize notification email within 48 hours to confirm their claim to a prize. Winners who do not respond within 48 hours will lose their claim to a prize. 4. Number of Entries: One entry is permitted per person. Additional landings will not change your odds of winning. For shared aircraft, both pilots may simultaneously enter the contest provided they each email [email protected] with the required information.   5. Disqualification: Pilots who are disqualified will not be allowed to re-enter the competition. The Events Coordinator will have the final say in any disputes regarding pilot disqualification. A pilot may be disqualified from the competition for: Failure to comply with VATSIM COC. Refusal to comply with ATC instructions. Attempting to cheat or circumvent the competition rules. Providing false/misleading information to the event officials. Attempting to enter the contest more than once.
  5. This week's BVA event features a special twist on our normal GA Fly-In series. Join BVA on October 5th from 8-11pm ET for a special military airport focused fly-in event featuring two of the military installations in our airspace: Quonset State (Rhode Island ANG), and Cape Cod CGAS. This is a great opportunity to practice helicopter operations or just go for a scenic flight around the Cape. This is also a great time to dive into the rules and regulations around Special Use Airspace. It’s also a great time to try out one of our WINGS flights. Remember, many of the flights have published Alternate Airports, allowing you to earn your BVA and VATSIM pilot ratings at event airports!
  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 this GA Fly-In event, local air traffic control is staffed at smaller 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. The event features the controlled airports in Maine: Bangor (KBGR) and Portland (KPWM). It’s also a great time to try out one of our WINGS flights. Remember, many of the flights have published Alternate Airports, allowing you to earn your BVA pilot ratings at event airports!
  7. Due to the increase in traffic volumes over the past weeks VATUSA has created an Open Mic Night to supplement FNO nights. They are having the entire US staff up on some Fridays. Welcome to VATUSA's first installation of Open Mic Night!  For this event, we are encouraging ARTCCs to staff up (while not mandatory) and promote traffic to fly in the division as a whole and not just a couple of airports. Staffing will begin at 2300z and continue into the night.  Come and try it out!
  8. In the Regional Circuit, we staff up multiple 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 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 (KBOS) and Albany (KALB) airports.
  9. The third edition of the "Montreal Monthly" featuring Montreal-Trudeau (CYUL) and Boston-Logan (KBOS), will take place on Tuesday September 8th, between 1900 and 2200 EDT (2300Z - 0200Z). Bring your favorite aircraft and enjoy complete and professional ATC service from start to end! Routing information: CYUL - KBOS (Jets): WARDS ENE OOSHN5 CYUL - KBOS (Non Jets): WARDS PSM STEVO LWM KBOS - CYUL (Jets): HYLND5 HYLND PBERG CARTR3 KBOS - CYUL (Non Jets): LOGAN2 HYLND PBERG CARTR3
  10. In the Regional Circuit, we staff up multiple 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 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 (KBOS) and Portland (KPWM) airports.
  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!
  12. 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 this GA Fly-In event, local air traffic control is staffed at smaller 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. The event features Manchester (KMHT), Nashua (KASH), and Portsmouth (KPSM) airports. It’s also a great time to try out one of our Pilot Ratings Program flights. Remember, many of the flights have published Alternate Airports, allowing you to earn your BVA and VATSIM pilot ratings at event airports!
  13. Cheers to 21 Years!   On Saturday, August 8, our controllers will bring you seven uninterrupted hours of ATC coverage across the entirety of the Boston ARTCC. That includes Boston (KBOS), Bradley (KBDL), Providence (KPVD), Manchester (KMHT), and The Cape. Staffing will be available from 4-11pm ET.   You don't need to make any bookings or do anything special to participate: just connect to the network and fly! We strongly recommend pilots avoid the delays at KBOS and help balance the traffic by flying to the regional airports with local ATC coverage. Plus, if you're flying in Tea Party Poker, a landing at KBDL or KACK will double your chances to win.   If you choose to participate in Tea Party Poker, you can request virtual poker cards for each landing. Pilots holding the best poker hands at the end of the event will have the opportunity to win great prizes from our sponsors. Read below for more information about the event and Tea Party Poker.
  14. In the Regional Circuit, we staff up multiple 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 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 Providence (KPVD), Manchester (KMHT), and Bradley (KBDL).
  15. 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 Albany (KALB), Burlington (KBTV), Rome (KRME), and Syracuse (KSYR) airports These airports border the Adirondack Mountain Range and provide a great backdrop for your flights in and between the event airports.

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