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Aegean Seagull Flies to Santa’s Home !!! (Year #5)
A nice holiday flight set from Athens Hellas and Prague Ruzyne Czech Republic to Rovaniemi Finland …
Sunday December 18th, 2005
This is the first annual event in Aegean Seagull’s calendar and has become a nice tradition for all of us. As initiated last year, this event will consist of a two flights set, with simultaneous arrivals in Rovaniemi. As always one flight from Athens Eleftherios Venizelos LGAV and another from a European city airport which is be different every year. This year we have chosen Prague Ruzyne LKPR airport. Select your departure airport and here we come flying to Rovaniemi Finland, Santa’s Home! Everyone can take part in this event, no matter if he/she is pilot of Aegean Seagull. 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 Mach 0.78 at FL370.
2. Scenery Files
a. For Rovaniemi Airport (EFRO) and other Finland related scenery check here.
b. For Prague Ruzyne Airport (LKPR) check here.
c. 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, appear in LKPR or 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 Prague or Athens and e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 for Prague LKPR is 18:30 UTC (20:30 Local Hellas Time) and for Athens LGAV is 16:30 UTC (18:30 Local Hellas Time). Rest will follow with a 3-5 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 AIRAC Cycle 0511. Be sure to have this AIRAC data installed in your system. Also if you use FS Navigator 4.x take care and update its airway and intersection databases. You can do this after 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 received some confirmation that they (Czech, Swedish and Finnish vACCs for the LKPR-EFRO flight and Hellenic, Estonian and Finnish vACCs for the LGAV-EFRO flight) will provide ATC for our flight. For the record, you are supposed to know all details about 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 Sunday December 18th 2005.
First group, which will fly the LKPR-EFRO flight, will meet at the apron of Prague Ruzyne (LKPR) at 18:00 UTC (Zulu), which is 20:00Local Greece Time. The whole procedure (clearance delivery) will start at 18:15 UTC (Zulu) and the first departure slot (take off) will be 18:30 UTC (Zulu).
Second group, which will fly the LGAV-EFRO flight, 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 16:15 UTC (Zulu) and the first departure slot (take off) will be 16:30 UTC (Zulu).
Bear in mind that we will apply time slots and assigned gates for our departures to honour our registered pilots. If someone misses his/her time slot, he/she will have to wait until another one is available and assigned by ATC, SO BE PUNCTUAL. 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…
Advanced Voice Client is VATSIM's Official Voice Communication program so we will use it accordingly. You can download the latest valid version here .
We will meet in ASe’s event company frequency which is
- LKPR-EFRO flight group
UK-1.vatsim.net/ase/LKPR (or Europe-E2.vatsim.net/ase/LKPR if the primary frequency does not work).
- LGAV-EFRO flight group
UK-1.vatsim.net/ase/LGAV (or Europe-E2.vatsim.net/ase/LGAV if the primary frequency does not work) .
These will be our check-in frequencies 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 ?) behavior in LKPR’s, 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. So please take care and be AVC able for this flight.
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 (UK-1.vatsim.net/ase or Europe-E2.vatsim.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 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 .
LKPR HDOxx.HDO UM725 GERGA UZ400 ALM UM736 NEXIL UN851 TRS UM607 RESNA UP609 BABUX EFRO
And here is our Navigation Log :
Aegean Seagull flies to Santa’s Home Year #5 : LKPR-EFRO
LKPR-EFRO FLIGHT LOG
A/C : 737-700, 727-200 or any a/c type able to cruise with M0.78 at FL370
FLIGHT LEVEL 370 - CRUISE SPEED : M 0.78 - FLIGHT’S DURATION : 2,5 hrs
Prague Ruzyne LKPR Airport Czech Republic HERMSDORF HDO VOR 115.00 004 50 UM725 Exit/Entrance BUSIR BUSIR ISEC - 352 12 Germany KOBUS KOBUS ISEC - 352 24 LUROS LUROS ISEC - 352 23 BESKO BESKO ISEC - 352 21 GORIG GORIG ISEC - 352 4 TUVAK TUVAK ISEC - 352 5 GERGA GERGA ISEC - 352 12 UZ400 RENKI RENKI ISEC - 352 19 RAKIT RAKIT ISEC - 353 16 PEKIP PEKIP ISEC - 353 8 PADKU PADKU ISEC - 353 13 TORLO TORLO ISEC - 353 14 PENET PENET ISEC - 353 20 ARGAD ARGAD ISEC - 353 36 BAKLI BAKLI ISEC - 353 14 Exit/Entrance ALMA ALM ISEC - 360 30 UM736 Sweden MAXUM MAXUM ISEC - 006 15 NEXIL NEXIL ISEC - 006 41 UN851 ROXEN ROXEN ISEC - 036 17 BEDOS BEDOS ISEC - 036 60 MIKNA MIKNA ISEC - 037 42 PELUP PELUP ISEC - 037 28 TROSA TRS ISEC - 037 51 UM607 RESNA RESNA ISEC - 008 87 UP609 SIPRI SIPRI ISEC - 034 36 BAKLA BAKLA ISEC - 029 37 Exit/Entrance ETANI ETANI ISEC - 029 100 Finland VAASA VAS VOR 114.50 030 21 TILTU TILTU ISEC - 020 21 INKAT INKAT ISEC - 020 39 VASUL VASUL ISEC - 021 40 BABUX BABUX ISEC - 021 102
Total Distance is some 1089 nm.
LGAV NEVRAxx.NEVRA UZ507 TSL UR35 EVIVI UN133 KEKED UM857 PVO UY75 KEKOX.KEKOX EFRO
And here is our Navigation Log :
Aegean Seagull flies to Santa’s Home Year #5 : LGAV-EFRO
LGAV-EFRO FLIGHT LOG
A/C : 737-700, 727-200 or any a/c type able to cruise with M0.78 at FL370
FLIGHT LEVEL 370 - CRUISE SPEED : M 0.78 - FLIGHT’S DURATION : 4,5 hrs
Athens Eleftherios Venizelos LGAV Airport Hellas NEVRAxx SID NEVRA NEVRA ISEC 061 32.6 UN137 AGILA AGILA ISEC 353 15.7 KERES KERES ISEC 354 32.9 PELAS PELAS ISEC 307 30.3 THESSALONIKI TSL VOR/DME
324 83.3 UR35 DIKNI DIKNI ISEC 018 28.4 ODIKO ODIKO ISEC 018 4.6 EVIVI EVIVI ISEC 018 27.6 UN133 Exit/Entrance SOFIA SOF VOR/DME
355 77.8 Bulgaria ERDON ERDON ISEC 352 45.0 LOMOS LOMOS ISEC 352 23.3 Exit/Entrance MOKRU MOKRU ISEC 342 69.4 Romania ELBAG ELBAG ISEC 341 22.1 NEKUL NEKUL ISEC 341 13.4 EPOLA EPOLA ISEC 341 19.4 VASIS VASIS ISEC 341 7.8 EVRIK EVRIK ISEC 341 24.9 ORA ORA NDB
341 46.8 NARKA NARKA ISEC 341 9.3 UL618 Exit Romania/Entrance Hungary KEKED KEKED ISEC 341 79.8 UM857 Exit Hungary /Entrance Slovakia PODAN PODAN ISEC 003 53.7 Exit/Entrance RILAB RILAB ISEC 007 82.4 Poland SIE SIE VOR/DME
007 84.7 SUW SUW VOR/DME
008 117.5 BOKSU BOKSU ISEC 018 15.4 Exit/Entrance VAKAL VAKAL ISEC 005 34.1 Lithuania GUNTA GUNTA ISEC 007 92.0 Exit/Entrance ATRAK ATRAK ISEC 008 13.5 Latvia RIX RIX VOR/DME
008 18.8 ANAMA ANAMA ISEC 005 92.6 KEMET KEMET ISEC 005 18.7 SOKVA SOKVA ISEC 005 50.2 Exit/Entrance TLL TLL VOR/DME
005 92.2 Estonia BALTI BALTI ISEC 017 32.1 Exit/Entrance PVO PVO VOR/DME
017 25.5 UY75 Finland ROVIL ROVIL ISEC 331 34.4 ANT 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 MALIS MALIS ISEC 355 51.7 OSTOS OSTOS ISEC 356 36.6 OUK 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 1800 nm.
8. IFR charts
You can find all nessecary IFR charts for Prague Ruzyne Airport (LKPR) here , Athens Eleftherios Venizelos (LGAV) here and for Rovaniemi (EFRO) and Oulou (EFOU) airports here.. Also for official Finland AIP Aeronautical Charts check here.
Something else is that if the controller tells you that you under radar control and you will be given radar vectors, please abide by his directions avoiding any possible problems.
9. Flight Duration - What to expect in Rovaniemi.
Duration of the Flight #1 LKPR-EFRO will be approx. 2,5 hours, from engine start up to engine shut down, not counting the delays that may happen due to increased traffic on ground in Prague.
Duration of the Flight #2 LGAV-EFRO will be approx 4,5 hours, from engine start up to engine shut down, not counting the delays that may happen due to increased traffic on ground in Athens.
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 FL350 for LKPR-EFRO and FL360 for LGAV-EFRO flights respectively. 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 then please select a higher Flight Level.
11. Alternative Airport
Our Alternative Airport will be Oulu EFOU around 100 nm south of Rovaniemi.
12. Fuel on board
For Boeing 737-700 flyers such as Aegean Seagull’s “Island of Skiros” 25.000 lbs of fuel should be enough to cover flight LKPR-EFRO plus 45 mins of holding plus diversion to the alternative airport of Oulou (EFOU) plus medium delay on Prague ground. For the same conditions in LGAV-EFRO flight 45.000 lbs of fuel are enough.
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
If disconnected from VATSIM network, take care to ask permission to reconnect from the ATC to avoid being overrun from another aircraft passing the point you disconnect on the very same time with you. Even better would be positioning your aircraft in a higher FL and connect. After you are sure that everything is clear, you may descend again to FL350.
15. Registered Pilots
In the tables below you can find all registered pilots.
Aegean Seagull Flies to Santa's Home Year #5 LKPR-EFRO
Pilot's Full Name
Assigned Gate / Stand
Assigned CTOT (UTC)
Aegean Seagull Flies to Santa's Home Year #5 LGAV-EFRO
Departure Sequence #
Pilot's Full Name
Assigned Gate / Stand
Assigned CTOT (UTC)
1. George Maratos ASE268 Hellas 737-700 FS2004 B15 16:30 2. Sakis Papavasiliou ASE769 Hellas 737-700 FS2004 B13 16:33 3. Thomas Vasiliadis ASE310 Hellas 767-300 FS2002 B11 16:36 4. Sergio Vakirtzis ASE146 Hellas 737-700 FS2004 B09 16:39 5. Yannis Apostolopoulos ASE115 Hellas 737-700 FS2004 B07 16:42 6. Chris Makris OAV260 Hellas 747-400 FS2004 B05 16:45 7. Panagiotis Verras ASE164 Hellas 737-700 FS2004 B03 17:48 8. George Giomelos ASE152 Hellas 747-400 FS2004 A01 17:51 9. Nikos Christopoulos ASE181 Hellas 737-700 FS2004 A03 17:54 10. Aidan Rice ASE279 Ireland 737-700 FS2004 A05 17:57 11. Babis Perivolas ASE300 Hellas 737-700 FS2004 A07 18:00 12. Paschalis Katsiotis ASE287 Hellas 747-400 FS2004 A09 18:03
16. Wrapping things up - Our Surpise to the participants
Our dear Pilots and friends, we have established something special in the history of Aegean Seagull vAS and also well known in the international FS community. Therefore we hope that we will see you flying with us. As it is a Special Event, you are free to invite 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 share this strong tradition of our Virtual Airline System.
Many Thanks to
- Mr Vangelis Hasiotis ASe411 for his contribution in the real-life LGAV-EFRO flightplan and EFRO approach/visit phoro reportage. It feels really good to know that one of us flew this dreamy route as a real pilot !
- VATSIM's Finland vACC, Hellenic vACC, Scandinavia vACC (Sweden), Hungarian vACC, Esthonia vACC, Lithuania vACC, Bulgaria vACC and Czech vACC for their valuable support in our Event.
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
Merry Christmas and a Healthy & Happy New Year to you and your family !!!.
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