Aerosoft discount

Everyone who attends our event will receive a 20% discount code for use with one of two highly anticipated upcoming Aerosoft projects: the CRJ 700/900 or the A330.

29–30 July 2017

Connexion 2017 will take place on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th July 2017. There will also be an informal social gathering on the evening of Friday 28th July.

Bookings

Tickets are £109 (GBP). Book now


VATSIM

VATSIM stands for Virtual Air Traffic Simulation Network. VATSIM hosts an online “world” which allows flight simulation enthusiasts to connect their simulator at home to fly with thousands of others in real time, simulating real air traffic procedures. The beauty of it is that VATSIM also has virtual air traffic controllers who are trained to guide you to your destination. It really is as real as it gets. Best of all, it is completely free. You can read more about the network and get involved at www.vatsim.net.

VATSIM has communities of pilots and air traffic controllers across the world. Although nearly everything we do is online, local VATSIM facilities regularly meet up to enjoy the hobby together and we frequently visit flight simulation events across the world.

In addition to this, VATSIM hosts a global convention semi-regularly. The purpose of these is to bring together as many of our members as possible in one venue, over one weekend, to share our experiences of VATSIM, network and learn about new developments on VATSIM and across the flight simulation community.

The Convention

On Saturday morning event registration will be 9am to 10am with an opportunity to meet other members over refreshments before the convention starts. On Sunday afternoon organised events will draw to a close by 3pm to allow those who need to travel to do so, but the venue will be available for members wishing to remain on site and socialise until 5pm.

Funding

VATSIM is completely free for all members; we are a “cash neutral” hobby organisation. However, as there are significant costs associated with hosting a convention, the price of the ticket is designed to cover only these costs on a not-for-profit basis.

The Organisers

Connexion 2017 is organised by a group of members from the UK, supported by members of VATSIM’s Board of Governors. This is undertaken with no remuneration from the ticket price and we will ourselves be purchasing tickets like every other attendee. We are intentionally creating this event with a broad appeal and will bring more members into the organising team to compliment our experience on the network.

Holborn Bars

Connexion 2017 will be held in the historic Holborn Bars meeting space. This central London location is not only a grand and inspirational location for the event; but is self-contained with everything for us to run our event in house. The building itself was constructed between 1885 and 1901 and offers a number of spaces for the conference itself and for delegates to relax and interact across the weekend. We are sure that this venue will provide an interesting and characterful backdrop that give Connexion 2017 a unique feeling.

Location:
138–142 Holborn, London EC1N 2NQ
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Travel

We strongly recommend travelling to the event via public transport. For public transport information within London, visit www.tfl.gov.uk

London Underground (‘Tube’):
Chancery Lane (Central Line)

Bus:
Holborn Circus (Nos 8, 25, 242, 521)

Air:
London Heathrow ~ 90 minutes (Piccadilly Line & Central Line, change at Holborn)
London Gatwick ~ 90 minutes (Train to Victoria, Victoria Line & Central Line, change at Oxford Circus)
London City ~60 minutes (Docklands Light Railway (DLR) to Bank, Central Line)

Rail:
There are many options, the central London location is easily accessed from any of the terminals within 30 minutes.

Parking:
There is no on-site parking, and this site is within the London congestion charge zone. This makes it an extremely costly enterprise. There is an NCP Car Park located at 14B St Cross St, Camden, London EC1N 8XA, UK which is around 500m from the venue.

Accommodation

London offers a wide range of accommodation to suit many budgets and types of visit. Transport to and from the venue is most convenient by bus or tube, and will take less than 30 minutes to get to almost all city centre locations.

We have compiled a list here of hotel and accommodation options (PDF) , which the organisers feel are in good central locations with good access to public transport for getting to and from the venue and airports/mainline train stations.

If you would like some assistance in finding accommodation to suit you, please do feel free to either post in the forum thread or email the organisers at convention@vatsim.net and we would be pleased to use our local knowledge to try and help you find something appropriate.

Saturday Evening Barbecue

On Saturday evening of the convention we welcome you to join us to relax and unwind at our unique space located in a secret, quintessentially English garden which backs onto London's British Museum, an idyllic setting for our BBQ garden party. This is available for everyone attending the convention, as well as their partners and families and any VATSIM members who wish to join us who cannot make it to the convention. This will be an enjoyable event where we can enjoy great food in a lovely setting with great company.

Provisional Menu

Tomato & Basil Salad
New Potato & Chive Salad
Grilled Vegetable and Couscous Salad
Coleslaw

Basil Marinated Salmon
Thai-spiced Chicken Kebabs
Sunblush Tomato and Coriander Beef Burgers
(Plus one more BBQ item to be confirmed)

Strawberry Eton Mess
Profiteroles with Chocolate Sauce

*Menu subject to change

Venue

Grange White Hall Hotel [Google Maps]
Montague Street, 15 minute walk from the Connexion venue

When

Saturday 29th July (drinks from 1800, food served from 1900)

Tickets

£36.75 for Connexion 2017 ticket holders, £39.75 for other guests. The ticket price includes buffet barbecue dinner, dessert and first drink from the bar. Other beverages may be purchased at the bar.

Tickets are available both for existing Connexion ticket holders and those still wishing to join us for either the convention or just the evening event. If you have any specific dietary requirements please advise us at the time of booking.

Book now a Convention weekend ticket or a ticket for the barbecue only.

Programme

Please note: this is not a definitive list other content will be added in the coming weeks and may be subject to alteration without notice.
A day in the life of… a Heathrow Tower Controller A long-standing VATSIM member and real-world Heathrow Tower Controller will give a perspective from the control tower of one of the busiest airports in Europe. We will find out about the logistics, planning necessary to accommodate nearly 1,300 flights each day, bringing over 200,000 people through the airport.
BAVirtual The CEO of BAVirtual will present to us the latest goings-on within one of the community’s longest standing virtual airlines. As they tackle new challenges such as pilot training it will be fascinating to hear this perspective.
Pilot’s Perspective: Life on the other side of the scope One of VATSIM’s experienced Enroute Controllers will detail the tools and techniques used to keep traffic flowing safely and efficiently. This session will provide useful situational awareness for pilots flying in complex and busy airspace during their future flights.
A day in the life of… a Eurocontrol Controller A VATSIM member and current Enroute Controller in Europe will present a perspective of life from the Maastricht UACC. This center handles approx. 5000 flights per day and this presentation will touch on some of the challenges involved in this operation.
Workshop: Controlling Techniques Learn some of the tricks of the trade in enroute and approach controlling with this interactive and informative workshop for controllers.
Panel Discussion: VATSIM and careers in aviation Three members of our community, one who is a Pilot for a large European business jet operator, another a Flight Safety Investigator for a UK based airline and the third an Air Traffic Controller will discuss how their time on VATSIM has influenced and affected their real-life career paths and in addition will provide some advice for those wishing to follow in their footsteps.
SimFest The fantastic SimFest team who own and operate a 747 simulator raising money for charity each year as participants of World Flight will bring a no-doubt entertaining segment in our event as they explain how they constructed their simulator and how they manage to raise such an incredible amount of money each year.
AeroNav We have a confirmed presentation from AeroNav to update us on their Global Nav Generator project.
Cross the Pond Several members of the central planning team for the Cross the Pond will provide a behind the scenes glimpse at the planning, logistics and execution of the busiest weekends of the VATSIM event calendar.
Network Supervisors There will be a talk on becoming a Supervisor and how the role of the Supervisor is changing on the network in the present day.
SWIFT Pilot Client We will hear from the development team of the Swift Pilot Client, who will provide an update for us on the progress of this project and their visions for the future.
Workshop: Flight Planning using PFPX Run by Vincent Stuart from BAVirtual, who’ll provide us some time to discuss and explain the intricacies of flight planning using PFPX; walking you through the steps to get from the dispatch office to the North Atlantic Track.
Panel Discussion: Pilot Training The pilot rating system, pilot training schemes and reflections from ATOs, we hope to have Vice President Pilot Training Divya Patel joining us for this discussion.
Panel Discussion: Events on VATSIM The evolving world of VATSIM events; including the increase of in-person events in addition to the well-established virtual ones. We’re lucky enough to be able to welcome Matthew Bartels from VATUSA who’ll provide a balance between the differences and similarities between the North American Region and Europe.
Panel Discussion: Board of Governors Your chance to pitch ideas, ask questions and generally get to know some of the members of the Board of Governors and find out how their role fits into making VATSIM tick.

Conference Times

28th–30th July 2017

  • Friday 28th July

    Evening

    Members will be arriving in the evening and late afternoon. Informal activities.

  • Saturday 29th July

    09:00–10:00 Registration

    10:30–10:45 Welcome

    Lunch will be provided and includes both cold and hot options

    17:00 Convention events conclude


    Evening

    19:00 Dinner
    Following an enjoyable and enriching day of convention content, we will enjoy an exclusive garden party at the Grange White Hall Hotel (a short walk from the convention venue). Here we will have plenty of time for socialising and a BBQ buffet.

  • Sunday 30th July

    09:00 Convention events begin

    Lunch will be provided and includes both cold and hot options

    15:00 Closing remarks, convention concludes

    15:00–17:00 Opportunities for socialising at Holborn Bars or elsewhere

    17:00 Holborn Bars closes

Booking

Tickets for the Connexion weekend are priced £109 (GBP)

Frequently Asked Questions

Check below for some questions we commonly receive.

VATSIM stands for Virtual Air Traffic Simulation Network. You can read more about the network and get involved at www.vatsim.net.
Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th July 2017
Yes the event is only open to members of VATSIM, with the exception of parents/guardians attending with young members (see below).
The cost of the ticket includes:
  • Entrance to the venue both days
  • A full programme of interesting and diverse talks, workshops and discussion panels
  • Hot lunch on both days
  • Complimentary refreshments throughout both days
Registration starts at 09:00 on Saturday morning. Information about accommodation can be found in the Venue & Travel section.
This event is designed around a series of talks, presentations, workshops and social times and therefore there will be no organised activities on the VATSIM network at the event over the weekend, and no facilities provided for this purpose at the venue.

Yes, the minimum age for attending is 13 as per VATSIM membership.

Members aged 13-15 at the date of the event are required to have a nominated appropriate adult on site throughout the event, this may either be a parent/guardian or another VATSIM member attending the event. In either case the appropriate adult must also purchase a ticket for the event.

Members aged 16 or 17 at the date of the event must have their parent/guardian complete a form (which will be emailed to members after booking) stating whether they require the member to have a nominated appropriate adult at the event or not, and in all cases providing emergency contact information.

Nominated appropriate adults:

  • must be at least 21 years old
  • may only be responsible for a maximum of 2 under 18s
  • must be approved by the event organisers

Just yourself and a piece of photo ID that includes your date of birth.
Driving to our event is not recommended. London has an excellent public transport network which starts early and ends late which we recommend using. The network uses a system-wide Oyster card system. Visit tfl.gov.uk for more information.
On Saturday evening, we have organised a dinner at a nearby hotel. Here, we will enjoy a garden party with food from the barbecue and they will be serving refreshing alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. More information is available here.
If you’re attending the convention, we’ll be in touch to ask you to provide this information. If you’re attending the Saturday evening dinner, please enter your dietary requirements when booking. In any case, you can always email us in order to ensure we have this information noted.
We’re still putting together the final touches – but registration is available between 9 am and 10 am on Saturday morning. The programme will conclude around 4 pm on Saturday and earlier on Sunday to allow travel. More details available soon.

Have your own? Post in the VATSIM forum.