It was on this day, July 27, 2001, that the first pilot and controller connected to the new VATSIM online network.  A big thank you to the thousands of members presently here and the thousands more who have spent time and enriched themselves and other members in the shared passion for aviation and the art of air traffic control.  We especially want to thank all the members who volunteer their time to maintain the servers and web sites, provide training in ATC and flying, supervisors who help members enjoy the network, membership volunteers who answer hundreds of tickets every month, and the people who provide the leadership world wide to keep the whole thing moving forward.