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  1. 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.
  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!
  3. 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!
  4. Cheers to 21 Years: save the date for the 21st Annual Boston Tea Party presented by Boston Virtual ARTCC! On Saturday, August 8, beginning at 4pm ET, 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), Syracuse (KSYR), Portland (KPWM), Albany (KALB), and The Cape. Pilots are highly encouraged to read Boston Virtual ARTCC's Letter to Airmen and have up-to-date scenery before flying. During the event, pilots may also participate in Tea Party Poker. Participating pilots can receive virtual poker cards after completing eligible flights. Pilots holding the best hands at the end of the event will have the opportunity to win prizes from Honeycomb, Just Flight, LatinVFR, Orbx, and TFDi Design! More information about rules and participation will be posted here shortly.
  5. 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).
  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 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.
  7. 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 Nantucket (KACK), Martha's Vineyard (KMVY), Hyannis (KHYA), Cape Cod CGAS (KFMH), and New Bedford (KEWB) 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!
  8. Due to the increase in traffic volumes over the past weeks VATUSA has suspended the FNO events. In the meantime, they are having the entire US staff up each Friday. 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!
  9. Due to the increase in traffic volumes over the past weeks VATUSA has suspended the FNO events. In the meantime, they are having the entire US staff up each Friday. 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!
  10. Due to the increase in traffic volumes over the past weeks VATUSA has suspended the FNO events. In the meantime, they are having the entire US staff up each Friday. 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!
  11. 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 Bangor (BGR), Burlington (BTV), and Portland (PWM).
  12. 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 Albany (ALB), Burlington (BTV), and Bradley (BDL) airports.
  13. 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 the Providence Intl. and Quonset State airports. This is a great time to try out one of our PRP flights. Head over to https://forum.bvartcc.com/bvaportal/prp/index/ to check out our VFR/IFR PRP series. With Quonset staffed, you can do PRP VFR2 with full staffing into the airport.
  14. VATSIM's largest event series is Cross the Point East/Westbound. This year, for CTP Westbound 2020, Boston-Logan Intl. Airport (KBOS) has been selected as one of the arrival fields to host participating flights from across the Atlantic. If you would like more information on the event please see the official CTP website at ctp.vatsim.net. Event Date: April 4th, 2020 1100-2300z (7am-7pm ET) Departing airfields: EDDK, EGCC, EHAM, EIDW, LIRF, LOWW Arriving Airfields: CYYZ, KBOS, KJFK, KMIA, KORD, KSFO We will have full staffing at Boston beginning at approximately 11:00am ET. We are also providing full coverage at Bradley/Hartford (KBDL) from 1-5pm ET for international diversions and local flights. We strongly encourage BVA members to FLY BDL! 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 on April 4 to view preferred routes for transatlantic flights.
  15. Perhaps no sound more clearly evokes an image of wilderness than the honking of migrating geese. Canada geese have passed through Massachusetts on their journeys to and from their arctic breeding grounds in Canada for centuries. - Mass. Div. of Fisheries and Wildlife On April 17th we're taking flight for BVA's spring FNO. In partnership with CZYZ we're staffing up Boston (KBOS), Toronto (CYYZ), and Bradley (KBDL) airports for the flocks of planes bound to be about. Prepare for migratory bird activity, because this event will be is bound to be a honk'n good time!

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We are a free, immersive, and realistic air traffic control community for pilots and aviation enthusiasts. We provide air traffic control within the Boston ARTCC on VATSIM. We are not affiliated with the FAA, or the real-world Boston Center facility.

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