VATSIM Pilot Ron Oines Achieves 25,000 Virtual Flying Hours

I got an email today letting me know I had a promise to fulfill to this gentleman, Ron Oines 810755, who has just gone over 25,000 hours (25,001 to be exact) that I would make him the 25,000 hour Pilot badge when he crossed it. Ron has been a member since July 2001.

25,000 hours is 1,041.67 days, or 148.8 weeks, or an astounding 2.86 YEARS in the cockpit while flying VATSIM.

Thanks Ron, the order for the new badge is off to the design group!


Kyle Ramsey

Mark Richards Selected as VP Operations (VATGOV2)

It is with great pleasure that I announce that the selection process to find our next VATGOV2 has concluded and we found quite a gem.

We had several good candidates and the final vote was with three qualified contenders. The vote was concluded and Mark has accepted the job and of course the generous pay raise.

Please join me in welcoming and congratulating Mark Richards, formerly RD and EC Chairman, who today joins the BoG as VP Operations!

Postings to replace Mark's RD position will follow shortly. Interested parties, please prepare your CV's.


Official Screenshot Contest November 15 Underway

The monthly VATSIM Screenshot Contest has re-launched as a quarterly event, making the contest more competitive and bringing fantastic prizes to the winner and runner up. We are now accepting entries via our forum and dedicated e-mail address and encourage all VATSIM members to get involved. Two members have the chance of winning a selection of products as they are kindly sponsoring the event.

Worldflight 2015 Underway!

Worldflight 2015 is underway!

More than 150 aircraft, including the 11 official fixed based Sims departed Sydney (YSSY), Australia at 23:00UTC on the first leg of Worldflight to Adelaide (YPAD).

ATC were online from Delivery up to Center and back down to Ground in Adelaide with multiple frequency changes and lots of radio traffic challenging the crews.

Board of Governors Meet and Greet in VATUK 1st November 1900z

Next Sunday the 1st of November at 1900z, Kyle Ramsey (VATSIM President) will be live in a Meet and Greet session hosted by VATUK on the VATSIM UK TeamSpeak. Kyle is keen to listen to members and take questions regarding VATSIM and its operations.  He will be joined by other BoG and EC representatives there to answer questions and listen to member feedback on building the future vision for VATSIM.

Look for other similar events happening worldwide over the next few months.  Region Directors are leading the scheduling effort.