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12 Hours During Christmas

Mark Trumble

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Starts: December 29th, 9:00am (local to each FIR)


VATCAN presents 12 Hours During Christmas, and we’re inviting you! It’s our premier and an inaugural event that we hope will continue year after year. We’re opening up all of our airspaces starting at 9 AM Atlantic Standard Time that’s 13:00 Zulu in a staggered fashion for 12 hours. What that means is you can enjoy full coverage across all of Canada for at least 8 hours.


So drag out your favourite piece of tin get her in the air, and we’ll be there to safely guide you and your piece of tin from departure to arrival and all points within. Schedule your flight strategically though to reap the benefits of full ATC coverage Coast To Coast. We’re going to try and convince some of our friends in our surrounding regions such as  Alaska, Greenland and parts of the USA to join the fun. We sure hope to see you there!


Each Of Our FIR’s will open as follows:


Moncton/Gander and Oceanic at 9 AM AST – 13:00z

Montreal, Toronto and Edmonton Radio (FSS) at 9 AM EST – 14:00z

Winnipeg at 9 AM CST – 15:00z

Edmonton at 9 AM MST – 16:00z

Vancouver at 9 AM PST –  17:00z


All FIR’s will close at 9 PM local time respectively, with the event ending with Vancouver’s closing at 05:00z on Sunday, December 30, 2018. (Edmonton FSS will close at the same time as Vancouver)

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I want to give a big thank you to every controller that helped participate in this event; it was amazing to see all of Canada lit up and it would have never been possible without everyone's help. We had some controllers go hours on end to keep all of VATCAN lit up as long as possible and I saw controllers lending a hand to help relieve those that needed a break. What a demonstration of camaraderie and dedication!


It was the first time I've ever seen so many controllers on at one time and it couldn't make me prouder to be a member of a group of such incredible people.


Thanks again for making this such an incredibly memorable event and I hope you all had fun as well!



Travis Chan (1402756)

Deputy Division Director



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