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

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.

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. Whether you’re looking for a budget option with friends or something more upscale for a family holiday, you’ll be sure to find something in close proximity. 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 center locations. We are currently communicating with proximate accommodation to arrange where possible a discount for attendees. When this information is available, it will be provided here.

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.

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

    19:00 Dinner (optional) (details to be confirmed)

  • 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 available now. The ticket price is £99 (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.

Have your own? Post in the VATSIM forum.