Cross the Pond

VATCAN, VATEUD, VATSIM-UK, and VATUSA are pleased to announce Cross the Pond Westbound 2018!

The next edition of this long standing event will take place on Saturday 14th April 2018 with departures beginning at 1100z.

This edition has been extremely popular during the planning phase, with no less than 24 applications as candidate airports and nearly 4,000 individuals voting to help us choose between these candidates. The following airports have been selected:

Departure Airports

London/Heathrow (EGLL)
Amsterdam Schiphol (EHAM)
Warsaw-Chopin (EPWA)
Barcelona El-Prat (LEBL)
Vienna (LOWW)

Arrival Airports

Calgary (CYYC)
Toronto Pearson (CYYZ)
Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson (KATL)
Washington Dulles (KIAD)
New York John F. Kennedy (KJFK)
Miami (KMIA)
Chicago O’Hare (KORD)


As always, bookings are based on slot timings and city pairs determined by the planning team, whereby individuals can define a callsign and planning flight level. These slot pairs are then assigned routings 8 hours before departure, to ensure some organised traffic flows can be established. For the best experience, bookings are highly recommended. Our website will be available for bookings to be made at 1300z on Saturday 31 st March 2018. Bookings will no longer be changed after 2200z on Friday 13th April 2018.

You can expect the final information about your flight to be emailed to you a few hours before departure.

Further Information

Flying in Oceanic Airspace requires special procedures, which we ask all pilots to follow. If this is your first event of this nature or you are lacking experience – we highly recommend taking some time to do some self-study via one of the following resources:-

VATSIM UK Oceanic Procedures:

Virtual Norwegian Oceanic Procedures:

You can also follow and post in the event discussion thread, located here!

We expect that ATOs will also provide training to assist with this. Expect more information soon both here and via local organization websites.

We look forward to welcoming you to our skies in a few weeks for the busiest event of the VATSIM calendar!