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  1. Do you like visiting the friendly maritime provinces of Canada? Own Microsoft Flight Simulator? Aerosoft has a sale on Stairport Sceneries' Moncton (CYQM) https://www.aerosoft.com/us/flight-simulation/continents-sceneries/north-america/3324/aerosoft-airport-greater-moncton Now through June 3rd.
  2. Please join me in congratulating Luc Arsenault on completing his S2 rating. He is now a fully rated Tower controller. Look out pilots!
  3. For anyone that missed it, Robert Randazzo made a long forum post in PMDG's forum with tons of juicy tidbits. https://forum.pmdg.com/forum/main-forum/general-discussion-news-and-announcements/126554-22may21-it-is-finally-time-for-a-bit-show-and-tell-related-to-microsoft-flight-simulator Among the details (all for MSFS): DC6 releasing likely within the next several weeks 737 by end of year 777 possibly by end of year 747 early next year As a wise friend of mine said: "Ouch, my wallet!"
  4. Interesting conundrum. The point of the Flying Circus is not to create a huge rules-based organization, but to just create a way of finding eager pilots who want to help controller training. In my vision, the target would be primarily GA aircraft flying a cross-section of VFR missions, such as circuits, local training/sightseeing flights, or even VFR cross countries. Helicopters would also be a welcome diversion. I don't want to say you can't fly VFR in a 767, but the goal is to challenge controllers with slower GA aircraft. They see plenty of airliner traffic in most cases.
  5. Hello Pilots! There has been some discussion lately of resurrecting the Flying Circus. The Flying Circus was an organization that existed about 10 years ago here on VATSIM. Their job was to provide VFR flights specifically targeted at airports where controllers were training to provide them with some VFR practice (which is usually the areas where controllers are weakest, as these flights are relatively rare on VATSIM). To be a member of the Flying Circus, there are very few requirements. Just the ability to fly and some knowledge of VFR procedures (even just flying circuits helps our students). Members can be solely pilots or controllers who wish to help their comrades learn. The most likely form this group will take is basically a mailing list. Instructors will post requests for the Flying Circus (possibly through the VATCAN Discord) to attend, and anyone who is free and willing to help out can log on and perform some circuits or other VFR flying to help provide the needed traffic. Please note that this is intended as a national organization. Members should be willing to fly in any FIR, not just their home FIR. The idea is to get a list of pilots who are willing to help out when required. (No minimum participation is required - just fly when you can.) If this idea sounds interesting to you, please drop a reply to this post and follow this post. We will try to organize an easy method of communication for instructors to send and pilots to receive notice of training. Rob
  6. Congratulations Josh. I look forward to working with you. 8)
  7. Felicitations Alex! Et Bon Chance!
  8. From an airport perspective, most Canadian airports, especially those with a Central Deice Facility will have a chart with information published about the CDF. Check your chart source. CDFs, like all aprons, are uncontrolled. They will usually have a pad controller though that provides direction much like an apron controller. Most of the time on VATSIM, pad control is not simulated. As far as aircraft, most aircraft have a specific deicing checklist as they must be configured a certain way. Things such as flaps staying up, trim full down, bleeds and packs off are some of the considerations so configuring and then reconfiguring for takeoff is a fun challenge. And lastly, timewise, application depends on the number of trucks in use, the size of your aircraft, and whether you need Type I or Type I and IV fluid. The real issue is that in active precipitation, the fluids are only effective for a limited time, known as the HoldOver Time or HOT. You must depart before your HOT expires. This can be a real challenge depnding on taxi routes, traffic, etc.
  9. This is going to be what puts it over the top for me. Microsoft, take my $$! :o
  10. Come to the land of Sea, Sky, and Professional ATC! Help Franklin Wu prove that he is ready to be a Tower Controller at Canada's 2nd busiest airport! Bring your favourite airplane to Vancouver International, CYVR. IFR and VFR Welcome! When: Sunday April 19th starting at 1900z Where: CYVR Vancouver International Good luck Franklin!!
  11. Come help Josh Perry EARN his S3 rating in the Toronto FIR! When: Sunday Evening, April 19th 2020 starting at 2300z. Where: CYYZ_APP (So fly CYYZ, CYTZ, or anywhere within the Toronto Terminal Control Unit.) [move]Good luck Josh![/move]
  12. Come to help Charlie Sun pass his Approach OTS. Stay for the beautiful mountain scenery of Vancouver. When: Saturday Afternoon, February 1st 2020 starting at 2359z. Where: CYVR_APP (So fly CYVR, CYYJ, or any of the smaller fields including CYCD, CZBB, CYPK and more!) [move]Good luck Charlie![/move]
  13. VATSIM has just announced that developers of clients for xPlane will be required to place an automatic disconnection feature in their clients if a user's framerate drops below 20fps and remains their for a specified period of time. The reason is that xPlane's flight model requires a minimum 20fps to run. If the framerate drops below the 20fps threshold, xPlane slows the sim down to ensure that the model calculates 20 frames per second of sim time, even if this is slower than real time. So the sim rate is being slowed below real time without the user being aware. This has been a long term issue, but as xPlane has become more popular, this has started to become a major problem during big events (FNO, CTP, etc) where aircraft are often issued minimum spacing. If one airplane is running at 70% speed (unbeknownst to the pilot), while the others are at 100%, this leads to loss of separation, go-arounds, and other headaches for pilots and controllers alike. As a result, the clients will be required to automatically disconnect from the network if this happens for a prolonged period of time. (The time frame is currently unspecified but momentary dips below 20fps are ok, as long as they are not sustained.) These disconnections are automatic and non-punitive. Users can reconnect right away, but may be disconnected again if the problem persists. The solution may simply be lower graphical settings. More information at the official release: https://www.vatsim.net/news/important-information-x-plane-users This issue does not affect FSX/P3D as their flight model runs in a different manner.
  14. Venez tous venir et rejoignez-nous pour le double titre OTS de Montréal. Regardez Alexandre Dufresne et Michel Robichaud s'attaquer à la communauté des pilotes VATSIM! Où: MTL_CTR et CYUL_APP (Volez donc partout dans la FIR de Montréal!) Quand: dimanche 8 décembre 2359z (19h heure locale) pour 2 heures Qui va gagner: il faut voler pour le savoir! [move]Bonne chance messieurs.[/move] -=-=-=-=-=- Come one come all and join us for the Montreal OTS Double-Header. Watch as Alexandre Dufresne and Michel Robichaud take on the VATSIM Pilot Community! Where: MTL_CTR and CYUL_APP (So fly anywhere around the Montreal FIR!) When: Sunday December 8th 2359z (7pm local time) for 2 hours Who will win: You have to fly to find out! [move]Good luck gentlemen.[/move]
  15. Hey all, Voting for the fall (eastbound) edition of Cross the Pond is now open. https://ctp.vatsim.net Visit the CTP site now to vote for your preferred departure/arrival airfields. Toronto/Pearson CYYZ is the only Canadian applicant this year - your support of your fellow division members is appreciated! Cross the Pond will be held on Saturday October 26th 2019. Regardless of who is nominated and chosen, it is always a busy event for at least a few Canadian FIRs. Stay tuned as the date grows closer. For those whose home FIR isn't being affected, your help is always welcome on the east coast. We will post information about how to volunteer in the affected FIRs as the date approaches. With the new Audio for VATSIM likely to be released very soon, (ie. before CTP), expect this to be the BUSIEST CTP EVER! 8)
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