I'm very excited to say that our first ever Christmas in Chicago event is almost here. We've worked hours to get this event working, and it is getting better and better as December 15 arrives. In this press release, I'm going to go over everything you need to know for the event. I hope all of you are there, it is going to be a great time for all of us.
Date: December 15, 2013 (Saturday)
Time: 1500 CST to 1900 CST (2100z to 0100z)
Airport: Chicago O'Hare (KORD)
Pilots, you have the choice of choosing your own departure airport on our timetables. You may fly from anywhere into KORD for this event (that is on our schedules). Make sure, though, planning is your job. Please make sure you time your flight accordingly to arrive in the specific times for the event.
We have constructed a briefing document to keep you aware of all Chicago procedures. VATSIM ATC will be online, so please be on your "ball game" in regards with handling your aircraft. You can check out the document here: http://www.virtualua.org/downloads/Christmas%20in%20Chicago%20Event%20Brief.pdf. The document also provides many other things such as terminal maps and preferred routes.
As vaguely said above, VATSIM ATC will be online. We will have full coverage in Chicago, and also around Chicago in the Cleveland, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, and Kansas City. This should make for some exciting operations with our pilots and other VATSIM pilots.
We will be handing out prizes! Some of our sponsors include CLS, FS2Crew, and Majestic Simulations. We will announce how the winners will be selected on the day of the event. In order to receive a prize, you MUST be signed up! Log into our website and sign up here: http://virtualua.org/?content=event&id=88.
To explain more of what you can except for the event, and explain some of the procedures, we will be setting up "briefing conferences". Here are the two we have scheduled:
Sunday, December 8 at 7:00 PM EST
Monday, December 9 at 7:00 PM EST
Subtract one (1) hour for Central time. Subtract two (2) hours for Mountain time. Subtract three (3) hours for Pacific time. Add five (5) hours for London (GMT) time.
During these meetings, we will explain everything included in this email with a lot more. We will go over Chicago airport procedures, event times, prizes, Air Traffic Control, and more. If you want to know more about this event and some tips from our staff members, these meetings are the place to go! They will be held on our TeamSpeak server, and anyone can come, including both staff and pilots. Just show up on our server! Check the Communications tab, then TeamSpeak for the server information.
This event is going to be the biggest one of the year, so make sure you are there!
"Cleared for takeoff!"
Director of Events