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Aegean Seagull Flies to Santa’s Home !!! (Year #10)
A nice holiday flight from Athens Hellas to Rovaniemi Finland
Saturday December 18th, 2010
This is the well-known annual event in Aegean Seagull’s calendar and has become a nice tradition for all of us. This year is the 10th consecutive one we organize this flight to Rovaniemi. Something that makes us really proud, and as we have the honour to organize VATSIM's oldest event, this year we will fly exclusively from Athens Eleftherios Venizelos airport (LGAV) to Rovaniemi (EFRO) Santa'’s Home! As in the several previous times, our event coincides with Scandinavia vACC "Fly See Santa 2010" event (Finland vACC was absorbed by vACC Scandinavia-their event was announced just on 11/12), so we expect some fun up there. Everyone can take part in this event, no matter if he/she is pilot of Aegean Seagull. Please feel free to invite your fellow simmers to this flight…Let’s meet altogether and feel the Holiday Spirit in another dimension….
1. Organizing the Flight
We will fly our 737-700 or 727-200, but you can fly any of your favorite aircraft as long as you can cruise with minimum Mach 0.78 at FL390.
2. Scenery Files
a. For Rovaniemi Airport (EFRO) and other Finland related scenery check http://vacc.fi/seesanta/sceneries.php
It would be a good idea to dowload and install scenery for Ivalo (EFIV) and Kittila (EFKT) airports since experience shows that quite an amount of traffic diverts to these airports. Unfortunately Scandinavia vACC has chosen to man alternative airports in Sweden and Norway so in case someone decides to divert he/she will be probably with no ATC coverage. For the sceneries of these airports check here
Please note! The ILS frequency for EFRO rwy 21 has been changed. You must download the v.4.1 update to get the new ILS frequency 111,7 MHz active. Otherwise (and in default scenery also) the frequency is 109,1 MHz.
b. For Athens Eleftherios Venizelos Airport (LGAV) and other Hellas related scenery check here.
3. Registration - Is it obligatory?
By no means reservation is an obligation of yours. But by doing this, you make our planning efforts much easier and our feedback to the corresponding ATC will be more accurate and credible with the minimum possible surprises. On the other hand if you found out about this event some late never mind, just appear in LGAV and fly with us. This is what counts after all !! In case you register, you will receive your assigned gate to place your aircraft and an assigned time slot. Have we convinced you? Please send us your Full Name, Callsign, e-mail address, Country of Origin, Flight Simulator version, Aircraft you plan to fly as well as the time you wish to depart from Athens and e-mail them to email@example.com. We will try to satisfy your wish for your time of departure, but only if this slot is not reserved for another pilot that has opted for it prior to your registration. All registrations will be treated on the "first come - first served" basis. Have under mind that the first departure time slot is 16:00 UTC (18:00 Local Hellas Time). Rest will follow with a 2-3 minutes interval depending on the final number of registrated pilots. It will be quite difficult to intervene in this slot procedure once it is started and if you would not like to expect your turn after all pilots have departed. So Please Do Register !!
4. Pre – Connection Procedures - On Line flight
Be advised that our flight planning has been made on the basis of the AIRAC Cycle 1012. Be sure to have this AIRAC data installed in your system, or check for possible incompatibilities with older or newer cycles. Also if you use FS Navigator 4.x or any other AIRAC compatible addons take care and update it, dowloading from NavData.
Prior to your connection here is a piece of advice that could be proved to be wise. We urge you to utilize the ServInfo, a MUST HAVE utility created by Michael Frantzeskakis (check our Links Page) and find out which of the active servers has the smallest ping time for you. You should choose to connect to this server in SquawkBox/FSInn. Although this is already a standard procedure for the regular and experienced On-Line Flight Simmers, we mention it, so that we reduce the lag factor to the minimum possible level.
As mentioned above, we will connect to VATSIM network and having contacted the vACCs engaged in our two routes, we expect ATC coverage up to a satisfactorily level. For the record, you are supposed to have at least a fair knowledge of on-line flying otherwise you better leave it for next year when you will be more experienced :-).
5. Meeting Point-Communications-AVC usage
First of all : The date of flight is Saturday December 18th 2010.
We will meet at the apron of Athens Eleftherios Venizelos (LGAV) at 16:00 UTC (Zulu), which is 18:00 Local Greece Time. The whole procedure (clearance delivery) will start at 16:10 UTC (Zulu) and the first departure slot (take off) will be 16:20 UTC (Zulu).
Bear in mind that we will apply time slots and assigned gates for our departures to honour our registered pilots. On connect with VATSIM be sure that you have your Squawk on stand by mode and please have your aircraft positioned in the assigned gate prior to this event. Not a big deal after all…
We will meet in ASe’s event company frequency which is rw.liveatc.net/ase
This will be our check-in frequency where we just announce our presence and confirm our details. When time comes we all switch to the ATC for the rest of our Event.
PLEASE set your reality preferences to “IGNORE CRASH” while on the ground. No reason why we should lose time by unpredictable aircraft (pilots ?) behaviour in LGAV's or EFRO’s Apron.
Connecting to VATSIM network does not mean that voice capability is mandatory. All controllers will provide ATC services even to text-only-able pilots. But… voice makes things much easier for all of us and is one step closer to reality.
Try to use radio laconically and speak loud (not too loud) and clear. You must have your system well tuned in order to take the maximum out of it. Make some testing of your settings. You must also understand that not all of people have English as their native language…. Just for this reason please use standard ATC phraseology as it will facilitate things a lot. Clear, Simple and Effective communication!
In FIRs that their ATC is not manned we will return to our company official frequency (rw.liveatc.net/ase) and we will return to ATC voice frequency when ATC is again available.
6. Aegean Seagull Log Book and Santa Claus
We remind you that you do not have to be a qualified Aegean Seagull pilot to participate in our flight, BUT you must be good at flying your aircraft. Have under mind that ASe is an advanced virtual Airline System, the very first that introduced the exclusively on-line flying in its operations, and its pilots fly with the highest standards available in the FS community. That means that the fun factor will be greatly enhanced. It is a good opportunity to have a good taste of our operations level and perhaps apply to join us. ;-)
7. Flight plan
Here are the flight plans in all their details .
LGAV NEVRAxx.NEVRA UG33 KOROS UN133 EVRIK UZ317 RUMUK UM977 SUW UM985 BOKSU UM857 PVO UM854 KEKOX.KEKOXxx EFRO
And here is our Navigation Log :
Aegean Seagull flies to Santa’s Home Year #10
LGAV-EFRO FLIGHT LOG
A/C : 737-700, 727-200 or any a/c type able to cruise with at least M0.78 at FL390
FLIGHT LEVEL 390 - CRUISE SPEED : M 0.78 - FLIGHT’S DURATION : 4,0 hrs
Airway Country/FIR Athens Eleftherios Venizelos LGAV Airport Hellas/Athinai FIR/LGGG NEVRAxx SID 32.6 Hellas/Makedonia FIR/LGMD NEVRA NEVRA ISEC - 61 32.6 UG33 KOROS KOROS ISEC - 014 58.3 PEREN PEREN ISEC - 008 99.9 UN133 EVIVI EVIVI ISEC - 332 53.6 Exit/Entrance VANET VANET ISEC - 355 53.6 Bulgaria/Sofia FIR/LBSR DOTAM DOTAM ISEC - 355 3.7 EDADA EDADA ISEC - 355 7.1 SOFIA SOF VOR/DME
355 13.4 TODRO TODRO ISEC - 352 13.4 OGOTA OGOTA ISEC - 352 17.7 RESLA RESLA ISEC - 352 6.9 ERDOM ERDOM ISEC - 352 11.4 LOMOS LOMOS ISEC - 352 19.0 Exit/Entrance ABRED ABRED ISEC - 342 50.2
LANOM LANOM ISEC - 342 14.1 PIBOL PIBOL ISEC - 341 8.6 NEKUL NEKUL ISEC - 342 32.1 VASIS VASIS ISEC - 341 27.2 BESET BESET ISEC - 341 13.5 EVRIK EVRIK ISEC - 341 11.4 ODREN ODREN ISEC - 022 26.6 UZ317 OBARA OBARA ISEC - 023 18.6 RONOT RONOT NDB
023 12.1 RIMER RIMER ISEC - 023 11.4 RAVEK RAVEK ISEC - 023 10.5 EPAVA EPAVA ISEC - 023 6.9 RUMUK RUMUK ISEC - 015 24.2
DIBED DIBED ISEC - 351 112.3 UM977
OSMAT OSMAT ISEC - 355 21.3 Poland/Warszawa FIR/EPWW BALBA BALBA ISEC - 355 37.1 ETUBO ETUBO ISEC - 355 96.5 BESOT BESOT ISEC - 355 27.2 BUGUM BUGUM ISEC - 355 4.7 SUWALKI SUW ISEC - 355 64.1 UM985 BOKSU BOKSU ISEC
018 15.4 UM857
Exit/Entrance VAKAL VAKAL ISEC - 005 34.1
GUNTA GUNTA ISEC - 007 92.0 Exit/Entrance ATRAK ATRAK ISEC - 008 13.5 Latvia/Riga FIR/EVRR RIGA RIA VOR/DME 112.05 007 20.2 SOKVA SOKVA ISEC - 006 59.7 Exit/Entrance ANAMA ANAMA ISEC - 006 31.5 Estonia/Tallinn FIR/EETT KEMET KEMET ISEC - 005 18.7 TALLINN TLL VOR/DME
005 42.1 BEKNA BEKNA ISEC - 017 7.6 INTOR INTOR ISEC - 018 19.6 BALTI BALTI ISEC - 018 5.0 Exit/Entrance PORVOO PVO VOR/DME
ROVIL ROVIL ISEC --- 331 34.4 UM854 ANTON ANT VOR/DME
355 2.5 TILDO TILDO ISEC - 354 28.7 EMLIS EMLIS ISEC - 354 18.4 LUKAT LUKAT ISEC - 354 17.7 DIPAR DIPAR ISEC - 354 8.2 EPESI EPESI ISEC - 358 36.8 VAVIX VAVIX ISEC - 355 16.4 MIMLA MIMLA ISEC - 355 51.7 Exit/Entrance OSTOS OSTOS ISEC - 356 36.6 Finland/Rovaniemi FIR/EFPS OULU OUK VOR/DME
356 29.8 IRKUN IRKUN ISEC - 356 28.6 BILSA BILSA ISEC - 356 27.4 KEKOX KEKOX ISEC - 356 10.9 KEKOXxx STAR
Total Distance is some 1790 nm.
FSNavigator 4.X format flight plan and PMDG FMS flight plan can be found here.
Note: Although we would very much like all of our event pilots to have the suggested flight plan, the Final Route is definately up to pilot's discretion.
8. IFR charts
You can find all nessecary IFR charts for Athens Eleftherios Venizelos (LGAV) here and for Rovaniemi (EFRO), Ivalo (EFIV) and Kittila (EFKT) airports here. ( Official Finland AIP Aeronautical Charts).
Last year as in all recent years, the event was a huge success on pilots participation terms and holding stacks were heavily loaded. For the record the first holding stack was located in Estonia's FIR !!!!! It would be a good idea if you could refresh your holding procedures knowledge, to avoid causing any kind of inconvenience to the overstressed ATC or yourselves ;-).
9. Flight Duration - What to expect in Rovaniemi.
Duration of the flight will be approx 4,0 hours, from engine start up to engine shut down, not counting the delays that may happen due to increased traffic on ground in Athens.
All pilots be advised that Scandinavia vACC announced on the 11/12 that it is organizing a Christmas Event on 18/12 weekend, so expect quite a lot of traffic on EFRO arrival. To be more accurate expect traffic congestion on your arrival to EFRO, so be sure to have your fuel tanks full, and also take the time and be updated on the holding patterns in the area. Our experience from all these years shows with no doubt that this may be well the busiest approach you make for all your around the year flights.
A good friend flightsimmer and real life commercial pilot, Mr Vangelis Hasiotis ASe411 was lucky enough to fly the LGAV-EFRO flight in Christmas 2004 period. To see a photo-report from his visit to EFRO Rovaniemi, click here.
10. Cruise Flight Level and Mach Number
First of all we would like you to participate with aircraft that are able to cruise with M 0.78. The suggested Flight Level is FL390. This way we will ensure that the final Finland ATC will receive our flight within the specified time window and will not have to wait for us being widely dispersed. Now if you insist to fly with a slower aircraft then you should select a lower FL to keep clear of the M 0.78 main stream. In a case a faster aircraft is your choice, please select a higher Flight Level.
11. Alternative Airport
Usually Our Alternative Airport was Oulu EFOU around 100 nm south of Rovaniemi. As our past years experience shows it would be also good to be ready for diversion to one of the EFIV Ivalo (128nm northeast of EFRO) or EFKT Kittila (72 nm northwest of EFRO) airports. After all these years Finnish vACC was absorbed to VATSIM Scandinavia vACC, which will man alternative airports in Sweden and Norway. Keeping our tradition, we will continue having EFIV and EFKT as our alternative airports, because we just don't travel to the north, but to Finnland.
12. Fuel on board
For Boeing 737-700 flyers such as Aegean Seagull’s “Island of Skiros” or "City of Chania" 45.000 lbs of fuel should be enough to cover the flight plus 45 mins of holding plus diversion to the alternative airport of Oulou (EFOU), Ivalo (EFIV) or Kittila (EFKT) plus medium delay on Athens ground. Expect long holding times approaching EFRO so take care to have as much fueal as you can in your tanks. Although it is very good to plan carefully your fuel load, our events experience shows that 100% full fuel tanks will keep you out of agony's way.
13. Missed Approach
Some details about missed approach…
This is something that every pilot, who respects himself, should pay some, at least some, attention. We, Aegean Seagull pilots, pay much, really much, attention to it. As weather conditions are not a controlled parameter to a flight, you can very easily be engaged a situation well under the minima for the decision altitude in your destination. In that case we execute a missed approach and we either go for a holding pattern and a second approach later either climb and fly direct to the alternative airport. The latest happens when the main destination airport is closed or there is no chance for the weather to become better. We also execute a missed approach when communication with ATC is lost prior to our landing clearance.
This is the reason why you should study the missed approach pattern at both the destination and alternative airports. If a controller has many aircraft in his area of responsibility, it will be quite difficult for him/her to pay the extra attention needed to you. Besides this way we are as real as it gets…
14. Saving your flight regularly - Reconnection procedures
We strongly suggest you to save your flight in regular time intervals. This way you can ensure that even if a reboot is inevitable, then you will be within close range of the other aircraft. There is an EXCELLENT freeware utility by Peter Dowson called AUTOSAVE. Its a DLL that goes into the MODULES folder and it does things like saving your current flight status (in standard MSFS situation files) and then if it crashes it just resets your flight back to "10 seconds ago" status. You can have as many sequenced files saved (say last 10 or each 10'') and choose where to start from again. If you crash the aircraft FS will restart from last saved file. If FS itself crashes you can just go and select the situation (flight) file you wish from the list of files when you reload FS. It can be found at www.schiratti.com -> DOWSON
15. Participant Pilots
In the table below you can find all participant pilots.
A Very Big Thank You to all of them.
Aegean Seagull Flies to Santa's Home Year #10 LGAV-EFRO
Departure Sequence #
Pilot's Full Name
Assigned Gate / Stand
Assigned CTOT (UTC)
A13 13:30 2. Dimitris Trakosas AEE196 Hellas 737-300 FS2004 A13 15:30 3. Toby Kerr FIN1812 UK 767-300 FSX A13 16:17 4. Babis Peribolas ASE300 Hellas 737-700 X-Plane A11 16:20 5. Makis Tsaparidis ASE299 Hellas 767-300 FSX A09 16:23 6. George Papanikolopoulos ASE011 Hellas 737-700 FS2004 A07 16:26 7. Eddie Armaos OAL331 Hellas 737-700 FS2004 A03 16:29 -. Themis Katakalos OAL331 Hellas 737-700 FS2004 A03 - 9. Konstantinos Siderakis AEO761 Hellas 737-800 FS2004 A01 16:32 10.
B17 16:35 11.
B05 16:41 13.
B07 16:44 14. Nektarios Chazirakis IBE904 Spain 737-800 FSX B09 16:47 15. George Kollias AEE621 Hellas 767-300 FS2004 B11 16:50 16.
B13 16:53 17. Nikos Terizakis ASE196E UK 767-300 FS2004 A30 16:55 18. George Dorkofikis OAL132 Hellas 767-300 FS2004 A32 16:58 19. Apostolos Damkalis AEE199 Hellas 737-700 FS2004 A34 17:01 20.
A36 17:04 21.
B13 17:07 22.
A34 19:00 23.
DNR 31. Mike Ionas OAL109 Hellas
DNR 32. Fotis Loucas AGJ137 Hellas
DNR 33. Alkis Anastasakis AGJ369 Hellas
DNR 34. Andreas Miaoudakis AGJ666 Hellas
DNR 35. John Kariotis AGJ001 Hellas
DNR 36. Vasilis Podaras AGJ101 Hellas
*DNR: Did Not Register
16. Bonus ASe Christmas livery plus a first for this year...
Available for long haulers is the PMDG 747-400 repaint based on our launch livery with Christmas graphics added. This repaint was produced by Mr Paschalis Katsiotis ASe287. You can find it here.
You can also have the "Bold & Beatiful" project livery for our PMDG 737NG created by Mr Babis Peribolas ASe300 here , or if you prefer ASe's launch livery you can find textures for PMDG 737NG here.
This year will be the very first in our history that an on-line flight of our event will be webcasted live! If you cannot fly, you will be able to watch Captains Eddie Armaos and Themis Katakalos already registered with the callsign OAL331, flying from Athens to Rovaniemi. For the record, Captains above will fly in their home cockpit, which is very much impressive as you can see here along with the link for the webcast.
17. Wrapping things up
Our dear Pilots and friends, we have established something special in the history of Aegean Seagull vAS, Hellenic vACC (the oldest event in its history) and also well known in the international FS community (the oldest event in VATSIM as well). Therefore we hope that we will see you flying with us. As it is a Special Event, please feel free to invite all FS friends of yours, even if they are not Aegean Seagull Pilots. We want to share this event with as many pilots as possible, because we want to celebrate the 10th anniversary for this strong tradition of our Virtual Airline System.
18. ATC Event coverage
Below you can find the names of Air Traffic Controllers that covered our event along our route. All ATCOs below were observed to mann the respective ATC posts from 13:30Z to 02:30Z. Thank you all.
Aegean Seagull Flies to Santa's Home Year #10 LGAV-EFRO
Air Traffic Controller
ATC Post Description
2. Fotis Myrintzos LGAV_APP Athens Approach 3. Apostolos Damkalis LGGG_CTR Athens Control 4. George Maloukos LGAV_APP Athens Approach 5. Theo Giourtis LGGG_CTR Athens Control 6. Alexey Zimin EURE_FSS Eurocontrol East 7. Kostas Petropoulos EURE_FSS Eurocontrol East 8. Alin Fusaru LRBB_3_CTR Bucharest Control 9. Maciej Lapoc EPWW_S_CTR Warsaw Radar 10. Martins Lezdins EVRR_CTR Riga Control 11. Artur Rodionov EETR_CTR Tallinn Control 12. Florian Harms EFES_CTR Tampere Radar 13. Matt Davies EFES_Y_CTR Tampere Radar 14. Juha Holopainen EFES_6_CTR Tampere Radar 15. Alexander Klink EFRO_X_APP Rovaniemi Approach 16. Luke Cunningham EFRO_APP Rovaniemi Approach 17. Callum McLouglin EFRO_R_APP Rovaniemi Approach 18. James Latham EFRO_TWR Rovaniemi Tower 19. Peter Nielsen EFRO_GND Rovaniemi Ground 20. Fotis Dimitropoulos LGAV_TWR Athens Tower
19. Event photos
Here are some pictures that were taken during the event.
Special Thanks to
- Mr Vangelis Hasiotis ASe411 for his contribution in the real-life LGAV-EFRO flightplan and EFRO approach/visit photo reportage. It feels really good to know that one of us flew this dreamy route as a real pilot !
- Mr Babis Peribolas ASe300 and Mr Pachalis Katsiotis ASe287 for painting ASe's 737 and 747.
- VATSIM's Romania, Latvia vACCs, Eurocontrol, Mr Florian Harms (No doubt the Star of the night!), Mrs Nikoletta Koukourouvli, Mr Apostolos Damkalis and Mr Fotis Myrintzos for their valuable support in our Event.
- Mr Eddie Armaos and Mr Themis Katakalos for their live streaming webcast of their participation in our event.
-Aegean Airlines Virtual and Maceconian VA for their kind words
-Mr Emmanuel Stefanakis (OAL537) and Mr Apostolos Damkalis (AEE199) for allowing us to publish their photos
Do not hesitate to contact us for any additional information or question you might have.
PLEASE, DO NOT FORGET TO INFORM US ABOUT YOUR PARTICIPATION.
Finally our best wishes for
Healthy & Happy New Year
to you and your family !!!.
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