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.
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.
Tickets are £109 (GBP). Book now
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.
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.
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.
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.
|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.|
Members will be arriving in the evening and late afternoon. Informal activities.
Lunch will be provided and includes both cold and hot options
17:00 Convention events conclude
Following an enjoyable and enriching day of convention content, we will enjoy an exclusive garden party in a nearby hotel (a short walk from the convention venue). Here we will have plenty of time for socialising and a BBQ buffet. We will sell tickets for this part of the event sometime closer to the date of the event. You will be able to purchase tickets for non-VATSIM members so as to be able to bring them along too.
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
Tickets for the Connexion weekend are priced £109 (GBP)
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: