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December 2008


Editorial

Vybhava Srinivasan IVAO Public Relations Director editor@ivao.aero

IVAO Virtual Sky December 2008 Dear All, Welcome to the December 2008 edition of IVAO Virtual Sky magazine, the closing edition for 2008. This year has been a thrilling first year for the Virtual Sky magazine. We have seen 4 releases during the year and also witnessed cumulative downloads of around 65,000 copies, which is a stupendous achievement considering this is the very first year. We have only “you� our readers to thank for all the support and encouragement. During the past few months we saw the customary round of flight simulation conventions around Europe, which helps spread word of the flight simulation hobby and IVAO to more people. In this edition we bring you a report on these conventions and also the interest generated by these events amongst participants. For the World War II fans, we bring you a unique sneak preview to the latest upcoming Aerosoft add-on. And for the Home Cockpit builders, we have a special section you would not want to miss. December 2008 has also been an important month since IVAO completed ten glorious years of its flight. To commemorate this grand occasion we bring you a special article featuring messages from our very own IVAO members and also reflecting on some noteworthy milestones. IVAO Virtual Sky welcomes the New Year by reaching out to cover the latest developments in the world of flight simulation and IVAO. As the year goes by, we will deliver another four editions of useful flight simulation related information to enhance and kindle your passion to reach the skies. See you next year!

Publisher: International Virtual Aviation Organisation Editor: Vybhava Srinivasan Layout and Design: Marco Meerkerk Yigit Yildirim Website: www.ivao.aero/publrelat/ General Mail: editor@ivao.aero Logo and cover Design: Robert Gottwald Disclaimer: Any information, suggestions or illustrations published in this magazine are exclusively for use with computer flight simulation. All views expressed in this magazine are the views of the respective authors. The publisher does not accept any responsibility for those views. Copyright None of the information in this magazine may be reproduced in any form without prior permission from the publisher.

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IVAO Presents

1 Year of Virtual Sky Vybhava Srinivasan

IVAO Virtual Sky December 2008 edition marks another significant achievement for IVAO, it symbolizes the completion of one year of the magazine. Our aim was to reach out to the entire flight simulation community and shower the community with some of the best of the information on virtual flying/ controlling. We believe the last few editions have helped us to achieve the same.

Yigit Yildirim

We have been fortunate to receive amazing support from readers who are not only IVAO members but also from the flight simulation community in general. You readers have constantly showered us with your inspiration, which has kept our spirits high to deliver the best editions. Some of comments we received are: “Good work. Like the overall content. Really interesting! Was fun to read it. Not too much not too less exactly a good size, continue with it.....” Mathias Meyer

Marco Meerkerk

“This magazine makes me feel really happy!! As i started out in 2004 on IVAO the organization was already large and professional as we all are hobbyists creating this community. After seeing the developments in the last years this magazine adds again a touch of professionalism to IVAO. Very very nice job done..............” Dennis Steinfort “Congratulations for the excellent publication, it is world class, keep it up! The only downside is that it appears only once in every 3 months….” Gergely Kosa

Robert Gottwald

We are fortunate that we do not have just nice words from our readers but also have an amazing statistics to show your stamp of approval. The graph below summarises our cumulative downloads after each edition, which is around 65,000 in just 3 editions. This is just one of the many reasons to thank “you” the readers Finally sincere thanks to IVAO senior staff for the continued support and guidance to make this dream a reality and also the editorial staff who work hard behind the scene to make this possible . Let me introduce them to you: Yigit Yildrim, is the creator of the magazine design , so all appreciations about the magazine looking good should largely go to him. He has worked very hard on the design and the concept of the magazine Marco Meerkerk, in a large respect the savior of the virtual sky, he ensured the continuity of the IVAO Virtual Sky through his amazing contribution to the October 2008 edition and has ever since been a great value add to the team.

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VIRTUAL SKY MAGAZINE

DECEMBER 2008

I VAO TA LKS IVAO 10 Years Celebration

WE SAY THAT... JEFFREY SHEN When I first joined IVAO, I never though that I would stick with it for long..... SAMY JAY GREVE When I joined IVAO many years ago, I was glad that my flight simulator was able to connect to the old sqauwkbox.... STEFAN LODEWYCKX I started my online simulation career at GlobalSim. Due to the fact there wasn't any traffic... SOTIRIS SOULAKIOTIS IVAO is know to most as the place to be for its stable network, excellent software and open structure.... NICCOLÒ MELCHIONNE I joined in IVAO at the age of 16 years old in 2003..... IVAN TIMTCHENKO I joined IVAO at 11, in November 2006. At first, I didn't understand anything....

We are now on the verge of an historic milestone. Our beloved "IVAO" is about to complete 10 Glorious years on December 15, 2008. The ride over the last ten years has had its shares of lows and highs, but as you all will agree has been an amazing and fruitful journey. We have witnessed an awesome growth. A growth from a network of just 2 servers to about 16 servers now, a growth from a few divisions to about 61 divisions around the world, a growth from a few members to about 96,000 members around the world. This period has also witnessed the release of our amazing in-house software for Pilots and Controller, a realistic weather server and many more. We have also seen some amazing tours, breathtaking events, with traffic only you can expect to see in the real world (not to mention we hold the record for maximum simultaneous connections). IVAO's training has also blossomed over the years with skill testing exams but also tons and tons of knowledge delivered by our academy. We have seen the creation of IVAO NPO, which has made our network and structure more accountable . Our experience over the past 10 years has set us up on a launching pad to achieve the unimaginable and to make ourself an even more distinguished online flightsimulation community.

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All this would not have been possible but for the hard work and commitment by the IVAO staff members spread across the globe. Some who we see on a day to day basis and some who work unnoticed for hours to make sure our software’s are the best, our network functions with minimum breakdowns, our tours are validated periodically, our events are organized, our exams are validated and our divisions run well. These men and women have ensured the network has been ticking and ticking well. All this just for a passion beyond their day-to-day real world commitments. Of course, this would have been impossible but for the support of you beloved members. You kept the skies o f I VA O b r i g h t a n d y o u a r e responsible for this phenomenal growth of this network. Friends, “10 years of IVAO” is our success. It is a success which each one of us have achieved through our individual and collective contributions, through our: 1) Participation in Events, Tours, Exams, etc 2) Participation in forums, your nice words have motivated people and your criticisms have allowed staff and others to sit back and take corrective action I salute each one of you for this amazing contribution. Lets join together and celebrate our achievements i.e . “10 years of IVAO” Vybhava S!nivasan

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VIRTUAL SKY MAGAZINE

DECEMBER 2008

I VAO TA L K S When I first joined IVAO, I never though that I would stick with it for long. It was an experiment to see how many people actually would fly online. It was amazing to find that it exceeded my expectations, to find at least a few members online at any time of the day and to find that people from all walks of life, old and young, have congregated together due to their love of flying/ controlling. IVAO has also led me to know many people from around the world and it is interesting to know more about places and people that you have not come across before. Although flight simulation is catered for a niche of people, I believe that we have all great times on the network, and are looking for many years to come. Jeffrey Shen - GB Division I joined SATCO before 1998, after SATCO I joined Vatsim, after I was invited by Olivier Barrois to join an event, I said to myself " Alain, that's the place to be " and I never returned back to Vatsim.For me is IVAO the best place to relax, the place were I meet my friends, it's my hobby, my second life. In other words, I have everything here.Thanks IVAO for your friendship and it's a honnor for me that I can be here as a member of the community Alain Debrouwer - BE Division I started my online simulation career at GlobalSim. Due to the fact there wasn't any traffic and my father discovered IVAO, I created my account over here. Since then I've logged over 600 hours of pure flying pleasure. From flying lonely flights in Australia to the overcrowded and well organized events. IVAO has become part of my life as playing soccer is to others. The development of software, divisions and professionalism is unimaginable. I hope we can add at least another 10 years to

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IVAO, and get to our goal: 'where simulation meets reality' Stefan Lodewyckx - NL Division IVAO is know to most as the place to be for its stable network, excellent software and open structure.For me, IVAO is more than simulation at its best. It's a virtual home, where I have made friends, shared my time, taught and learned from, other fellow hobbyists from across the world. Where else can you start your day under Chinese controllers and finish it off thanking a guy New Zealand for keeping his sector open for you? And finally, something even more important. While IVAO in its early stages and even today has grown through the tireless contributions of several members, they never sought to control the organisation. IVAO is supported by an NPO in other words, its members and this democracy in action is for me the most important characteristic of our virtual home. Sotiris Soulakiotis - GR Division I j o i n e d I VA O i n 2 0 0 2 a n d recognized very fast that this is not just a normal Community. IVAO stands for friends from all over the world sharing the same Hobby. It is not always about as real as it gets but more about feeling like being at home. And yes, my experience so far is that i found a lot of new friends and feel like having a second family.IVAO and its Members a combination which allows you to say: "As Real As it Gets" Thank you IVAO ! Erol Bastürk - TR Division

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ALAIN DEBROUWER I joined SATCO before 1998, after SATCO I joined Vatsim, after I was invited by....... EROL BASTÜRK I joined IVAO in 2002 and recognized very fast that this is not just a normal Community.... STAS JESSY I started my FS career about 5 years ago when FS2004 was released. First it was only offline flying but.... REMI LESCURE I join IVAO in April 2001 in French Division. My first place as ATC was LFRS (Nantes Atlantique).... KYLE CHEUNG My flight simming career started when I was about 11 when I downloaded the open source FlightGear after curiosity took over me..... ERIC-JAN OUD Joining IVAO about one half year ago was a true eyeopener for me.... MEHDI AZHARI I was 13 when i joined IVAO (February 2006) in Moroccan division.I had a lots of difficulties in the firsts flights.... SAMIR GHATTAS I first joined IVAO, I was afraid of getting started as a network, a ball in the stomach to speak into a microphone....

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VIRTUAL SKY MAGAZINE

DECEMBER 2008

Around the World

IVAO Association Milestones

15 Network servers 16 Voice servers 61 Active divisions 96,000 members Over 10,000 downloads per issue of

December 1998

Virtual Sky Magazine

IVAO was first created on 16/12/1998 with as initial HQ, Morten Hansen, Erwin Lion, James Willan, and Pierre Lescure. Network online with 2 servers : 1 in Belgium and one 1 south africa.

5 Official video promotions under Youtube IVAO channel www.youtube.com/IVAOPublicRelations

August 2003 IVAO appoints the Software Development Team, which start the work on the new software clients for the IVAO network.

Click to watch the IVAO 10 Years video

January 2004 The first milestone from the Software Development team reached with the release of IvAc, the new ATC client.

October 2004 After several months of development, also the new pilot client, IvAp, gets released.

November 2005 We moved from ivao.org to ivao.aero.

September 2006 The IVAO Association was officially announced publicly on the forum.

October 2006 List of Founders becomes final

December 2006 Founders (General Assembly) meeting where Statutes were approved, and the Board of Governors was appointed.

April 2007 The statutes are approved by the Belgian Commercial Court: the IVAO Association exists!

December 2008 IVAO completed 10 successful years

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W E I V E R P SNEAK

CATALINA T A O B G N I Y L F ” T A C “BLACK N O D D A X S F T S E T A L S ’ T F O S O R E A

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By: Vybhava Srinivasan K Lets us travel down the memory

This was just the beginning. In

lane. I will take you to a scene in early

one month 41 thousand tones of

1940’s in the Pacific Ocean during the

Japanese Cargo vessels sunk, 43

World War II. This is the time when Japan was making a steady progress

thousand tones damaged. The next month, 13 Japanese ships attacked, 6

over its enemy United States of

damaged and 7 sunk.

America.

There were rumors in Japanese

Night Waters of the South West

circles of a new American plane

Pacific were used as sea roads for the passage of the Japanese war

reported in the pacific, surpassing anything known in speed and

equipments, on its journey south to smash the United State forces

maneuverability. The attacker was known as an unidentified American

fighting for the Island beaches.

plane, sitting at night, they bombed

This was the domain of the escort destroyers guarding convoys of anti-

the convoys, light cruisers, heavy cruisers.

crafts, machine guns, concrete propel boxes, etc.

It was a question in the minds of every Japanese Soldier. What is this

Then one night suddenly and

ORIGINALS

Super Plane?

mysteriously two ships were wiped out of the convoy, one ship left burning and other sunk.

Sources: Aero clippers & en.wikipedia.org

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A ‘Black Cat’! What is that? This is a story of the patrol-

Caribbean, in geophysical survey, and

bomber flying boat with extended

mostly, in fire-bombing for the U.S.

range and immense load capacity, the

Forest Service until its retirement.

one and only ‘the Consolidated PBY

That was some real history. Not to lose this beauty, Aerosoft is now

Catalina’ The Consolidated PBY Catalina

coming up with a model of the enticing

was an American flying boat of the 1930s and 1940s produced by

Catalina back to its glory in our virtual

Consolidated Aircraft. In the acronym PBY, "PB" stands

world. Aerosoft’s Catalina Package is expected to include 3 variants viz.,

code for "Consolidated Aircraft", as

PBY-5, PBY5A and PBY-6. Each model is expected to have a

designated in the 1922 United States

historical and a contemporary version

Navy aircraft designation system A total of approximately 4000

(meaning you will find the 'original' and the version as it flies today). Therefore

PBY’s were built between 1936 and

the package is will contain 5 or 6

1945. The PBY served with distinction and played an important role in the

models.

for "Patrol Bomber", and "Y" is the

war against the Japanese, especially

QUICK FACTS OF PBY’S

Consolidated OA-10 Catalina

Variants: There were number of variants manufactured, a few significant ones are PBY-1, PBY-2, PBY-3, PBY-4 and PBY-5. The PBY had also few amphibious versions in the form of PBY-5A, PBY-6A

during the first year of the War in the Pacific, because the PBY and the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress were the only two available aircraft with the

Role

Manufacturer

necessary range.

Flying boat patrol bomber Consolidated Aircraft

The package is expected to contain two cockpits, one partly historical and other one as the Catalina is flown these days by several organizations (so with

Designed by

Isaac M. Laddon

popularity, there was scarcely a

First flight

28 March 1935

maritime battle in World War II in which t h e y w e re n o t i n v o l v e d . S o m e

updated radios etc). In both versions the functions of the navigator and

Produced

1936-1945

flight engineer are expected to be

Number built

4,051 (est.)

Maximum Speed*

179 mph

Engines*

Two 1,200-hp Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92 Twin Wasp radial piston engines

Because of their worldwide

important roles played by the PBY’s: Anti-submarine warfare Maritime patrol Night attack and naval interdiction Search and rescue The PBY served a distinguished career as one of the most rugged and

Weight*

versatile naval aircraft in military history.

Empty 20,910 lbs., Max Takeoff 35,420 lbs

After World War II, the PBY continued as search and rescue

Range*

2,545 miles

service in many Central and South

Ceiling *

14,700 ft

American countries, also in Denmark, until the 1970's.

Dimensions*

Wing Span;104ft, Length; 63ft, Height; 20ft

The Catalina has also proved useful in civilian service: in scheduled passenger flights in Alaska and the

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merged with the main cockpit, something that was done by nearly any operator the moment it was possible. The reason for this was Aerosoft wanted the aircraft to be flyable by a single person, not with a pilot and a flight engineer who has his own compartment. The Catalina project involved some of the brightest brains of the industry, lets us meet the team, which made this team a reality: This team has had an amazing contribution in brining this project from the drawing boards to our flight simulators.

[Source: en.wikipedia.org] *specifications of PBY – 5A variant

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PROJECT SHOWROOM KEY FEATURES OF CATALINA ADD-ON FS Version

From

FSX only

Variants

PBY 5, 5A, 6

Liveries

12 (with paintkit)

to

CATALINA PROJECT TEAM Name

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Role/ Experience

Mathijs Kok

Project Manager

Stefan Hoffmann

Model + textures Flight model

Turbine Studio’s

Sounds

Finn Jacobsen

XML

Catalina PBY

Information and partner in this project

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I asked Aerosoft’s Mathijs Kok, Development Manager

being paid the complete sum for us to get access to the files

to answer a few questions in order to gain an better

that we done so far. Needless to say we will not deal with

understanding of the design process of the Catalina.

them again in any way. Now the development is internally

This is what he had to say…

completed.

Vybhav: Why did you decide to do a simulation of

Vybhav: Is this add-on only FSX or are there any plans

Catalina?

for FS9?

Mathijs: Internally we just love the less obvious aircraft. The

Mathijs: FSX only, things of this complexity are simply not

ugly ones, the aircraft that are decades old but still fly

possible in FS2004. Not only because FS2004 is limited in

because they are so reliable, so sturdy and because modern

so many way, but also because we will need a multiple core

design did not come up with something better. The Catalina

machine in the end. Aircraft development for FS2004 is

fits in perfectly with other projects we done like the DHC-2

hardly done at this moment. Some FSX projects are

Beaver, DHC-6 Twin Otter etc.

simplified for FS2004 but the new options of FSX are just too tempting for most developers.

Vybhav: When it came to flight modeling for the various aspects , how did you gauge the accuracy for each one?

Vybhav: What kind of basic system configuration would this add-on require?

Mathijs: Well FSX is rather good for these older types of gauges. Most of them just have to show FSX variables. So

Mathijs: We are actually experimenting a lot in this project

no problems there. The 1940’s Autopilot is bit more complex, but already looks very good. Very realistic as well.

with ways to make FSX shows things faster. The last beta runs 40+ fps on a 4 year old single core AMD machine,

The flight model is also not a major problem, we got

pretty amazing actually. Yet we’ll advise a solid Duo2Core

impeccable data, down to the NACA profiles of the wings. So we just have to enter all that data and then we’ll use a

machine, certainly as the new Core i7 machines drive the price of quad cores down so fast.

few people who know the aircraft to tweak it. We got 3 pilots who fly the Cat on hand for that.

Vybhav: When do we get to buy this addon and what is the expected price range?

Vybhav: Point out some of the features you particularly would like to highlight.

Mathijs: February 2009, we are right on schedule at this

Mathijs: Most of all the modeling. We are doing some

moment. Price should be below €30 ($30 as US folks don’t pay EEC sales tax). I’m not a huge fan of high end add-ons.

amazing stuff with the VC. As so much of the controls is done by levers and cables (and those are all visible) the animations play a major part. All gauges are 3d, it could very

So, friends in short looks like a great project. I can’t wait to get my hands on this new add-on.

well be that we won’t have any gauge file! This will make it very smooth and looking a lot better.

So wait with a abated breath for the Catalina.

Vybhav: Which aspects of the project were the most challenging to achieve? Mathijs: After the first step, getting the right manuals and drawings it becomes simply like most projects where it comes down to people. In this project however we had an additional major issue. We asked SibWings to do the modeling and texturing but after nearly 10 months delay they told us they could not complete it. They still insisted on

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Pilot Notes - Holding Patterns by Splendor Bouman and Iain Butler A holding pattern is a procedure used by air traffic control to regulate flow of aircraft into an airport and manage delays. Holds are very common in the UK, so a basic understanding of how to fly them properly is essential. A normal holding pattern last for four minutes. It consists of two 1 minute legs, and two 180º turns. The direction of the turns can be right December 23, 2008 Volume VII (standard pattern) or left (non-standard pattern). All holding patterns are based on a fix. A fix can be a VOR or NDB, or an intersection defined by crossing VOR radials, or an intersection defined by a VOR radial and a DME distance. Most major airports have one or more dedicated holding pattern. In addition, there are enroute holding patterns, employed at times of heavy congestion. Upon crossing the holding fix, the aircraft begins the turn to the outbound heading, which is the reciprocal (opposite) of the published inbound course. A one minute outbound leg is then flown, followed by another 180° turn to bring the aircraft back onto the inbound course. All turns in the holding pattern should be rate one – three degrees per second - or 25° angle of bank, whichever is less. This means that each 180° turn will take one minute. You start the timer outbound when abeam the holding fix, and inbound when you have rolled out on the inbound course. If there is a strong wind the outbound time should be adjusted so that the inbound time is one minute. Sometimes, the leg length is determined by a DME limit rather than by time. If the hold specifies a DME for the outbound leg you should commence the turn inbound upon reaching the published DME. The holding pattern used for this example is on the 180 radial inbound, standard right turns.

speed restrictions Altitude

Speeds may vary, for example in the London TMA holding speed below FL140 is 220 KIAS, not 230 KIAS. All propellor powered aircraft shall maintain no greater than 170 KIAS.

Inbound time

Max speed

Below FL140

60 seconds

230 KIAS

FL140 - FL200

90 seconds

240 KIAS

FL200 - FL340

90 seconds

265 KIAS

FL340 and above

90 seconds

Mach 0.83

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Hold Entries The type of entry an aircraft performs when entering the hold differs based on the direction from which the aircraft approaches the holding fix. Three entries exist: Direct, Parallel, Offset. The examples below assume a standard holding pattern, inbound course 360°. Reverse the figures for a non standard holding pattern.

In a direct entry the aircraft flies directly to the holding fix, and immediately begins the first turn outbound. This entry is used when approaching the holding fix on a track between 70° less and 110° greater than the inbound track - 110°-290° in our example.

In a parallel entry, the aircraft flies to the holding fix, parallels the inbound course for one minute outbound, and then turns back, flies directly to the fix, and proceeds in the hold from there. This entry is used when approaching the holding fix on a track between 70° less and the reciprocal of the inbound track - 180°-290° in our example.

In an offset entry, the aircraft flies to the holding fix, turns 30° into the protected area (holding side), flies for one minute, and then turns back inbound, proceeds to the fix and continues from there. This entry is used when approaching the holding fix on a track between 110° greater and the reciprocal of the inbound track - 110°-180° in our example.

There is a 5° tolerance either side of each boundary. For example if approaching the VOR on track 183° both the offset or parallel entries may be used.

Coping with wind in the holding pattern When dealing with windy conditions, the pilot should adjust the heading and length of the outbound leg to ensure that the inbound leg is the correct length and on the prescribed track. Remember, all turns in a holding pattern must be flown at rate one or 25° angle of bank, whichever is less. On the first circuit of the holding pattern, the pilot should make reasonable estimations of the times and wind correction angles required for a perfect inbound leg. On subsequent circuits, these estimations can be refined.

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Useful rules of thumb: • Double (or sometimes even triple) the wind correction angle (difference between heading and track) required to track the inbound leg. This approximates the wind correction angle you’ll need on the outbound leg. • Fly the first outbound leg for one minute, then time the resultant inbound leg. If the inbound leg was ten seconds too short, add ten seconds to the next outbound leg to correct – and vice versa. Do this right, and you should find that a perfect rate one turn from your corrected outbound leg will result in an on-track inbound leg of the prescribed length.

Holds and ATC There are two distinguishable types of holding with regard to ATC – holding for the approach, and holding enroute. Since holding for approach is far more common, we’ll cover that first. Holding for the approach “Fastair 345 hold at Bovingdon FL80, delay less than five minutes” The details of the hold will be published on the STAR chart. Note that the controller gives an approximate indication of the delay. If the delay is greater than twenty minutes, an expected approach time (EAT) must be passed. “Fastair 345 hold at Bovingdon FL80, expected approach time 32” The EAT is the time at which the pilot can expect to leave the holding fix and commence the approach procedure. Holding enroute “Fastair 345 hold at North Cross FL360 expect onward clearance at time 40” The controller gives an expect further clearance (EFC) time. This is required for all enroute holding, no matter the duration. Holds are marked on IFR enroute charts. However, these are difficult to obtain, and a pilot would be justified in requesting the ‘holding procedure’. A typical response might be “Fastair 345 hold on the Marlow VOR/DME at 20 DME FL 100 inbound track 260 degrees turns left, limiting outbound distance 24 DME, expect onward clearance at time 40” This gives all required parameters for the pilot to fly the holding pattern.

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Air Traffic Control, Communication

ATC is all about communication it is an interaction between pilots and ATC. Proper communication is the key and hence is usually in accordance with strict standards. History has proven such standards and proper communication is necessary to prevent disasters like the one in Tenerife. These events remind you the importance of correct communication. Recently, I was listening into a frequency and trying to follow the traffic and the communication between ATC and pilots. After just a few minutes, I had to check my equipment to see if , I was at the correct place and with the right equipment. You know why?? I thought, I was connected to a real life ATC scanner radio. I have a strong objections, when I hear such a thing as ‘IVAO is not real life but virtual’. IVAO has highly trained pilots, not all of them are trained, many of them are in the process of learning and some are newbies. IVAO has highly skilled ATC, but most of them have never been professionally trained to speak through a microphone and on a radio. IVAO pilots and ATC are not trained professionals in the use of proper aviation English. In short, imitating what you hear on the scanners is wrong. It may serve as an example, but should not to imitate it. Let me add what ICAO, our real life big brother tells us: a) before transmitting, listen out on the frequency to be used to ensure that there will be no interference with a transmission from another station; b) use a normal conversational tone, and speak clearly and distinctly; c) maintain an even rate of speech not exceeding 100 words per minute.(!!) When it is known that elements of the message will be written down by the recipient, speak at a slightly slower rate; d) maintain the speaking volume at a constant level; e) a slight pause before and after numbers will assist in making them easier to understand; f) avoid using hesitation sounds such as “er” g) be familiar with the microphone operating techniques, particularly maintenance of a constant distance from the microphone if a modulator with a constant level is not used;

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h) suspend speech temporarily, if it becomes necessary to turn the head away from the microphone; i) depress the transmit switch fully before speaking and do not release it until the message is completed. This will ensure that the entire message is transmitted; j) while transmitting long messages, one should pause momentarily from time to time to permit the transmitting operator to confirm that the frequency in use is clear and, if necessary to permit the receiving operator to request repetition of parts not received. Like I mentioned earlier, on the scanner when you hear a trained professional, they know what and when to say. Therefore, they speak reasonably fast. Logical, because they are used to it. But, at IVAO we are a different community. This is a hobby and pleasure, for most of us regardless of our background or education. Here we try to enjoy our hobby and help other to enjoy the same hobby. Therefore, we have to adapt to the IVAO environment and we should, speak slowly and clearly. I would request all of you, please don’t imitate the scanner radio, but try to act in the IVAO way. This will increase your joy and similarly of the others around you. If a pilot is not acquainted with your local procedures or is not a regular visitor to your region, it would be difficult for the pilot to know what is meant by: “eight zero and pick up the hold at XXX”. Many who enter your airspace for the first time and are absolutely not used to your way of controlling. Do you want their first visit to also be the last one as well?? In addition, try to apply the procedures and radio phraseology in a correct manner. There are many of us, who after being introduced to this amazing aviation world through IVAO have a dream to extend this hobby as a real life career. But, if you would learn bad habits now, it will be very difficult to get rid of them later in their professional life. Thus, do it right the first time and every time. What I am indicating here is not new, because I mentioned this in my previous articles too and hence would like to re-iterate: “Please, speak at a normal speed not at fast speed.” There are several reasons for this. First being, as someone reacted to another article by me which underlined the importance of especially people who have hearing problems or those who are not fully aware of all the procedures (newbies), etc. It is not about showing how fast you are or how “experienced” you are in machine gunning. It is about clear communication and proper interaction between pilots and ATC for the safe conduct of air traffic. Many years ago, I had the honour of visiting the (Aviation) University of North Dakota (UND). I was impressed with their training system. I will never forget the way they educate pilots in an all-round way. Let me explain. You must be aware that before a pilot start the engines, he/ she has to do a lot of flight preparation. As a trainee pilot, as I prepare for my flight in this process there are number other agencies such as briefing, meteo, etc, which in real life are performed by different individuals. In this institution, the fellow students occupy these different positions. This gives them an insight on the work of various other positions and how these are done. Everything in aviation is a serious work, on which the pilot depends heavily. Therefore, these students work on both sides of the counter.

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One day these students are the official who provide briefing and meteo material, the next day they are the student pilots, who receive information. The important learning is not to fool around, because if you are fooled today by your mate, you will be in a similar position tomorrow. This is also exactly the way interactions between pilots and ATC should be. Think about how it would be, if you are next time at the other side of the line. If you are the pilot that has to listen to that ATC machine gunning lines and words, regardless whether you are able or trained to understand it....... There is an old saying: Don’t do to the other, what you don’t want to be done to you. A job of an ATC involves at all times to adapt to the changing situation and at the same time to prepare for the (un)expected one. Which now brings me to the next topic ‘the plan’. Every air traffic controller has a plan while they are at work. But, they also need to be very flexible to change their plan immediately if the situation changes. It means they will immediately adapt the plan to a new situation and continues from there. Traffic is not static, so air traffic control is not static, but flexible. A short one. I heard some time ago: Turn right heading 230 to ‘VOR’. That’s not possible. These are two different instructions that are not necessarily combinable. Or I turn right heading 230, or I turn right to ‘VOR’ on my own navigation. But both of them at the same moment cannot be instructed. Tips: - use “continue” for heading and “maintain” for altitude. “Continue heading 120, maintain FL120” - “Descent to FL60” Please use the word “flight level” here! Otherwise it may sound like: ‘Descent two six zero’ (260). Finally, a radio check is not requested. A radio check is made by saying: “Tower, ‘callsign’ radio check”. When I hear: “Tower, ‘callsign’ request radio check”, I would like to answer with a smile: “Radio check is approved”

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Virtual Sky December 2008

DREAM OF FLYING

True Story of a Dream Home Cockpit Project ,

By Yigit Yildirim

Imagine a home cockpit with: over a network of 6 computers connected via FSUIPC and WideFS Instrument and aircraft logics well simulated Cockpit loaded with all the instruments and switches similar to a real aircraft Topped with a shell of an aircraft for this home cockpit. Does this sound a dream? Let me take you through a journey of a man who made this dream a reality. Ivar Hestnes not many of you may know this enthusiastic gentleman but you may have read about his amazing home cockpit project. Ivar is a 33 year old from a small village in Norway and works in a construction company where he drives a Volvo hook-lift truck , excavators and wheel-loaders and some heavy transports. Ivar is single and has a cat. His interests are mostly aircraft as you can imagine, but he also likes to work in his garden. Ivar, firstly I wish to thank you accepting our request for an interview. We have been closely following your home cockpit construction from various websites and also Tommy Vierimaa's video. How is the progress on your cockpit?

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My progress has been very good and at the moment, I finished about 70% finished. I started building this cockpit around 2 years back. Currently, the Cockpit is finished on the outside. Yokes are installed but some minor work remains to be done on the MIP and Overhead. Currently, I am working on the inside of the flight simulator roof. Aft overhead needs to be assembled and wired also.

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DREAM OF FLYING

Since, I like to work with wood, hence that is the material which I mostly use. In summary, I need to build seats, rudder-pedal setup and curve the visual so it will wrap around the cockpit. Can you tell us about initial days of flight simulation? How did you begin flying? It all started when I was a teenager, on my commodore Amiga 500. Had F/A 18 Hornet to play with. But then the graphics was not like it is today, so I got bored of not having any nice terrain to fly in. Thanks to amazing development in the flight simulation community, the Interest has come back a few years ago. What inspired you to build such a home cockpit? I have been interested in aircrafts and aviation since my younger days. Grew up with divorced parents and travelling in airplane to meet them was the best option. So I made many flights With old Braathens SAFE. So when the interest for simulation came back a few years ago, I spent lots of time desktop flying. And then I saw a picture of a 737 simulator. Immediately , made my decision that I wanted to build a similar one.

You may have spent thousands of hours to come to this point. Can you give as an approximate time you have dedicated to this project? After I made the decision to build, I started planning. I spent several months on planning and collecting useful information. For sure I have passed 2000 working hours, but probably closer to 2500 hours now. So many details, to sort out all the time, difficult angles to figure out. It a lot of work than people can imagine. But a very educating hobby for sure. I love it:-) How similar is your home cockpit as compared to the professional versions? Did you ever find a chance to compare them?

motion system and advanced feedback to pilot. My simulator is what we call a fixed base trainer. It has no motion and will never have. Also the real simulators have collimated displays so you actually get a feeling of infinity on the visuals. Too expensive for me to afford. Instruments and aircraft logics are well simulated on my sim, so it does not differ too much from the CAE. But my simulator has some big advantages over the CAE. Graphics. I can fly more than 24, 000 airports in the world and it looks very good everywhere. I can fly on IVAO and can listen to controllers and act as per their command, this is something they cannot do in a pro simulator.

Actually I can give a comparison. I have tried CAE 737NG simulator for almost 2 hours. A professional simulator is actually a real plane. It behaves like a real plane, with its

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Can you give us some technical information about your cockpit.

DREAM OF FLYING

Fs 2004. PMDG 737-700 flight model without panel and logic. Project magenta aircraft-logics, instruments and sound. Running over a network of 6 computers via FSUIPC and WideFS. Flightdecksolutions Interface IT for switches and annunciators, phidgets for throttle and Flight illusion for gauges. Why did you pick B737-700NG as based model? Easy. 737 is the most common aircraft here in Norway and the plane which fly the most. Short and medium range aircraft give unlimited options for great simulator experience. Also there are good availability on parts. How do you supply the parts of the cockpit, are they originals from the planes or specially produced just for such projects? Most of the parts are replica parts from flightdecksolutions in Canada. But I also use some original parts when I find stuff which I can use. Latest catch is two brand new ashtrays for cockpit. Only eyecandy, but that is also important for the total immersion. Some real parts will also be wired for use in simulator. Do you use any special manual or tutorial for making various parts to work together? Lots of information to find on cockpit builder’s forums, and several webpages with good information. I am lucky and have got a set of brand new real 737-700 manuals. Very useful for sure:-) But still lots of things to figure out myself. Is the cockpit transportable? Absolutely. I decided from the start that it is vital to get the cockpit out of the house if I need to. Simulator is made in 6 modules and can pass through a 90 centimeter wide door. It

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is also made to fit perfect inside of a truck. So I can take it with me if If I ever have to move or take it to an airshow, I can with ease. Had the cockpit displayed at an airshow in May 2008. That gave me 7.5 hours free ride in a real 737:-) ( In observer seat ). A nice pilot asked me to join him. Just like winning in the lottery. Have you ever joined any flight simulation expositions with your cockpit? And How was the reaction of Simulator fans on your design? Yes I brought the simulator to FLG (flight-sim-LAN) at Gardermoen aircraft museum in September 2007. Lots of people tried the simulator and they had fun for sure. Can you express the feeling of a moment when you first tried the fully working concept? I remember when I first got an instrument working, and then a switch, and then a annunciator and then another switch and so on. It never stopped. I have that great feeling all the time with this project. So many small goals to complete, and big smile every time a new stuff is working. Do you have any advices to the new simulator builders? Where and how should they begin? The most vital asset is to be patient, Extreme patience. This is not for people that give up because of an obstacle. Spend lots of time on planning, and do your build good. It is very rewarding if you put some time and work into it. Also decide on an aircraft type and stick with that. If you do your planning good, you will find out any limitations or other obstacles, but also the positive sides. You do not need to be superman for building a simulator. But some logical skills and crafting skills are required. It can all be learned. Waiting time for replica parts can be very long due to exploding market. So plan the build in stages and be clever when ordering parts. Order

parts, so you never run out of work. And some cash is necessary. I get several e-mails from people that they want to build a 737 for 3000 euro. And I am truly sorry. That is not possible at all, if you want to build a simulator that look good and operates well. When do you plan to finish your project, and do you have any special ideas for presenting it to the FS community? I hope to be finished during 2009. At least that is my goal. No special plans for presentation when finished. But everyone can watch my progress continuously And one important question from us. Do you have an IVAO account and have you tested the simulator in our online world? I don’t have an IVAO account yet, but will get one very soon:-) At the moment the building is the most important and don’t have enough time to use the simulator like I want to and also build on it. So I have not used the simulator online yet. But look very much forward to it. That will be the biggest bonus with this simulator. As real as it gets:-) So when can our ATCs give you clearance for take-off? With desktop simulator, very soon. With full size simulator, when it is roughly finished. Hopefully before summer. I want to thank you for accepting and making this a great interview. We are looking forward to see you on IVAO once your cockpit is complete. Thank you very much for letting me talk about my passion. Hope it will encourage others to start their dream-project. See you on FL340 fellows:)

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It was November and time for the next edition of the great international Lelystad exhibition of flightsimming. As in every year, the event took place in the Netherlands. Again IVAO was a recognisable participant there. With the growing success of this event and the further internationalisation the IVAO international organisers took this opportunity to represent themselves as a leading world network for flightsimming. Not only they were the biggest representation, but they occupied the largest space and one of the best spots. With the help of professionally developed posters, shields and a newly designed international brochure a good looking stand was created. The amazing number of four beamers added considerable success of the presentations. Several European members had teamed up and with some good cooperation and understanding they participated actively in a program of VFR, IFR and SO (military) flying exercises to show what flightsimming is about. On a neutral airfield between the beautiful fjords in the far north of Norway a good mix of these different types of traffic was shown almost constantly by 6 pilots guided by the approach and tower controllers. On the full back wall 4 beamers visualised a realistic overview of this mix in all its aspects. Through one of the features of FSX a locked outside view followed the aircraft while at the same time the inside cockpit was made visible. That allowed the public to watch the interaction of the pilot and his airplane. In addition the ATC picture and the radio voices where presented to show the interaction between the pilots and ATC. And finally the forth beamer was either used for showing the different charts used or at other occasions some IVAO promotional material was presented. In a later stage we added the presentation of our HAL training instrument to show how an intensive training can be accomplished. An UK based Virtual Airline representative explained what one can expect from the VA side in IVAO. To compliment this all, there were speakers who voiced the necessary background information of the demonstrations and explained what IVAO is all about and how to become a member and more important, why and what makes IVAO different from and better than other Networks. Another result of the further growing of this Lelystad event is the fact that it has now become a more well known in surrounding regions. The participation now extends from the traditional Dutch borders to now attracting more and more people from further away regions. As far as Germany, France, Great Britain, Spain, Italy and Turkey. In addition, we were pleased to welcome the President of IVAO, its Secretary, BoG members, the Executive Director and a number of Department directors and other Senior Staff. A great opportunity for not only these senior staff to meet each other, but as well for the users of the IVAO Network to meet their Governors or other officials in person and exchange their ideas.

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The general feeling usually expressed is that it is an always an advantage to meet a person face to face. And two representatives of the Turkish division recorded their interviews for a TV program to be broadcast on airports and other main spots. We are looking forward to the results of this interesting PR initiative.

Although in the run-up it apparently was not fully clear for all involved what international cooperation means and how an international organisation like IVAO shall present itself at a superb occasion, like this multi-national Lelystad event. At the show all the active participants showed clearly not only their high motivation and understanding, but above all their skills. Yet another time IVAO was represented in Lelystad event as a truly amazing community. Great thanks to one and all who made this success possible. Looking forward to meet you in the next year.

Till then bye...

At 7th & 8th November 2009 this big Flight Simulation Event will be held in the Aviodrome at Lelystad Airport (the Netherlands). All aspects of flight simulation will be shown to an big audience. You’ll find all kinds of participants such as FSclubs, flightdecks, real motion stands, sales of parts and software and many demonstrations. And you will have full access to the exhibition of the museum. On the exhibitors page you will find a survey of the participants in 2008. We hope to see you in 2009!

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It was the 6th time, the biggest annual German flight simulator conference took place at the airport of Paderborn (EDLP) on 25th October 2008. This conference was hosted by Aerosoft, who provide flight simulation-related software not only within Germany, but to the flight sim community around the globe.

Around thousand visitors attended the conference to witness the participation of around twenty exhibitors, who presented their products and services in a three-hundred square metre space. The new FSX scenery for Paderborn by Aerosoft was also presented during the event and visitors were given the chance to relate the virtual aviation to the real aviation and join a bus tour across the aerodrome.

In a dedicated hall, every hour lectures, presentations or workshops were held by developers. Also there were general discussion on aviation which was actively participated. A presentation about the world of virtual pilots and controllers at IVAO was given by Peter Schott, a real-life 737 pilot. The public particpation on these lectures were high and attented by around three-hundred people with the room filled at its capacity limit.

The IVAO team this time presented themselves in a very elaborate stand: On an area of only four by two metres, the German division staff and a lot of additional helping hands assembled all the equipment with a total weight of over 800kg. More than 240 components eventually created a comfortable and nice atmosphere for the visitors who were always queuing at our stand. Flyers, pens and stickers with IVAO logo were available to our guests and distributed among them. Attracted by the large screens, visitors closely watched how a controller works at IVAO, and what online flying looks and feels like. Upcoming questions were answered by staff members who were in stand-by all the time. Those lucky were given the opportunity to be the pilot in a simulator flight around Paderborn – of course online and controlled by the ATC sitting next to them. There was overall steady online traffic at Paderborn –thanks to a lot of members supporting us in this way from home- added to the curiosity of the ‘not-yet-informed’ visitors. Although the conference lasted only for a day, the organisation and planning commenced weeks in advance. Most of the participants stayed for the whole weekend and enjoyed the real life meeting which is not only limited to Germans: This year, Alain Debrouwer (IVAO-PRE), Filip Jonckers (IVAO-SDD), Kenny Moens (IVAO-SDAD) and Bob van der Flier (IVAO-ACAM) also joined this event.

In the evening of the conference day, the results and experience were discussed at the Captains Dinner and the get-together in the restaurant ‘Deutsches Haus’ in Paderborn, which has become an essential part of every-year’s meeting. The positive feedback we got directly from visitors as well as indirectly, which was evident from the fact that our stand was one of the most visited, which shown that we were well received and we hope we are able to further improve our presence next year.

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Autumn’08

We were happy to welcome 90 participants to the event from all over Europe: Germany, United Kingdom, France, The Netherlands and of course Belgium itself.

On September 20, 2008, the 7th edition of the FS Lan Party was held.... It is an event with quite a long history, taking you back to late 2001, when three friends (Björn Comhaire, Bart Devriendt and Kenny Moens) who knew each other from IVAO got the suggestion from the community to organise a sort of LAN Party, but for Flight Simulator only. After several discussions and possibilities they decided to go on and organise the event, quite quickly they got the help of several other people who wanted to help in the organisation. The first organisation was an immediate hit, although it only had 27 participants, there were lots of visitors who expressed the interest in joining the year after. So it happened, the organisation continued and now 6 years later the

organisation team is largely expanded as the organisation itself. For the 7th edition, we were happy to welcome 90 participants to the event from all over Europe: Germany, United Kingdom, France, The Netherlands and of course Belgium itself. Added to that these participants, there were an number of visitors came to the FS Lan Party to learn more about Flight simulation world, but also to learn about online flying and also about our community. The organisation wanted to add a bit more fun to the event, by making the flights 'not the usual' online flights. The flights were done in Peru, Bolivia and Chile, selecting mostly high-altitude and n o n - p re c i s i o n a p p ro a c h a i r p o r t s ,

What is IVAO LAN party?

obviously speaking completely covered by ATC. If the pilots flew each leg between the open airports, they would find a special NDB station, if they combined the identifications of these stations to a word they could win a number of prizes offered by a huge lists of sponsors: Aerosoft, Ariane Design, Bruges Air College, CaptainSim, Flight Deck Software, FS2Crew, FSAddon+, HifiSim,justplanes.com and PCPilot. To wind up the exciting day, a BBQ was organised among the participants which everyone enjoyed. It was end of another successful FS LAN party thanks to the participants and organisers. Kenny Moens

Belgium Division of IVAO, presents an opportunity to the flight simulation enthusiast to not only fly or control with their own personal computers but also personally meet other flight simulation fans. This event has something for everyone, for our friends eager to learn about online flying, this party will be an ideal venue to learn the secrets of ‘Online Flying’ and be a part of the ever-growing online flight simulation community.  This party is not only about meeting friends, flying, controlling, learning but also is about having fun. The experienced team will ensure you enjoy a relaxed atmosphere during your challenging flight simulation activities and windup the day with a superb barbecue (BBQ). http://www.fslanparty.be/2008/info.php

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The Australia Division is responsible for about 11 percent of the world’s total airspace. With around 64 active members, the Australian Division may not be as big as compared to few Division in IVAO community. However, we do offer great support to our members. The Australian Division is also home to AVA (Australian Virtual Airlines), an IVAO member VA. We like to think, Australia is a great place, for the “newbie” pilots or ATC, to start their IVAO experience, since Australia does not experience the traffic volume like other European Divisions, there is ample time to assist all members by being able to talk to them and helping them to flying online. About our Tours and Awards We offer both IFR and VFR tours taking in all aspects of our great and vast country. Mr. John Smith the AU-EC has put together some wonderful VFR events which are not all about just flying from one point to the other, . With the help of Adam James AU-DIR we have incorporated a Kneeboard which gives information on the area you are flying into look up on google. They also have a story line to them.

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The overall tours offering of the division are: -2 IFR tours (1 Australian and 1 crossed tour). -2 VFR tours. -2 Helicopter tours. -1 ATC Award for Online Night. -1 Pilots Award for Online Night. Our Events The Australian Division holds a Events around the year. We always look forward to joint Events with our fellow pacific Divisions. Also, AVA (Australia Virtual Airlines) holds events weekly in which all IVAO members are welcome to fly. These are held in Australia and throughout the world. The Australian website is: http://au.ivao.aero For IVAO Australia, Ashley Butler (AU-ADIR)

The IVAO Desktop Calendar! Every month IVAO members can submit a screenshot to the Desktop Calendar system. One submission that fits the months theme is picked as the ‘screenshot of the month’ and will be eligible for the title of ‘the best screenshot of the year. More Information: http://ivao.aero/publrelat/

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The Netherlands Division has been around for a few years now. In these years the division has grown with around 2900 members today. The Netherlands division, is number 6 on the list of most on-line hours per division. Division Tours We offer a variety of division tours: - Division VFR Tour (Dutch VFR Rally); - Division IFR Tour (Holland and Neighbors); - we also hosted a Heli tour! This tour will guide you between regional field as well as some oil rigs stated in the North Sea. Most of the tour legs are within our FIR. These tours are flown by members all over the world. Since we have one FIR, our ATC services are available most of the time. Upto date we have validated 4455 legs. Events Every month we have a couple of events on our proud virtual main airport Schiphol (ICAO: EHAM) or at one of our regional fields. Professional ATC is guaranteed during these events. These events also witnessed heavy traffic and bring the virtual world closer to the real world not only in traffic but also the professionalism exhibited by ATC’s and pilots. Training In the Netherlands, we aim to achieve a high professionalism in our ATC as well as pilots. Our motto is: ‘As Real As It Gets, Within Limits’. To reach this aim we provide our members of some interesting training material made by the Division staff. These training material not only includes information relevant for our new members but also interesting write-ups for the advanced and experienced members, such as Descent Planning, Missed Approach procedures, etc. Every first Sunday of the month, we conduct an event called ‘Newbie Day’ where our new members get training on some of the most important things they need to know about the network, viz., filing a flightplan , communication with ATC and other essential skills. We welcome you to our FIR. Please feel free to visit our website: http://nl.ivao.aero. Regards from the Netherlands, Marco Meerkerk (NL-AOC, NL-TA4 and IVAO-PRA3)

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IVAO EXCLUSIVE

Filip Jonkers and Gustavo Hernandez

Interview with Gustavo Hernandez IVAO Founder, Executive Advisor 2 by Vybhava Srinivasan Gustavo Hernandez, is one of the founder members of IVAO and also like a father figure in IVAO. He is a well respected personality in the IVAO community. Gustavo has been with IVAO for about 9 years. As IVAO celebrates its 10th birthday, we thought it would only be apt if we interview the one and only Gustavo. Gustavo is married, with 2 children, a girl 14 years old and a boy 9 years old. He and his family live in a little city called Telde in Gran Canaria island in Canary Islands, Spain, very close to Gran Canaria Airport GCLP.. He studied Electronic Engineering and on graduation in 1986 started work in a French computers multinational called Bull Company (Bull Honeywell in those times) as Mainframes Technical Engineer. After few years from Bull to IBM where he was involved with IBM till 2001, when he decided to leave that world due to the time demanded by the work was good for IBM and for his bank account but not good for his family. A friend known in IVAO talked to him about a new job and encouraged him to apply for this job.

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Since 2002 he worked as a Coordinator Chief of Emergencies Coordination Center of the Canary Islands Government. With this job I have a lot of free time and I’ve came back to the University to study again. His hobbies are Flight and Air Traffic Control Simulation, reading novels, computers, Formula 1 ( I was rallies pilot with a Renault 5 Turbo) and science world. In a very young age he waas fascinated with the ablility to fly. A number of years ago he discovered FS ver. 1 but it was with version 5 when he commenced the simulation hobby. He recollects, he spent a lot of time taking off from Meigs and flying to close airports using the chart FS included in the box. He didn’t know too much about navigation at that moment.

Later, he discovered SATCO, a network where was able to fly or control online. It was an impressive and fantastic world. He spent a lot of time learning and flying there. This was the era when only few people flew/control online in Spain but it was a constant group. By the end of 1998/ begining of 1999 he discovered IVAO on internet and becaome a member. But very few people used IVAO because most of them were on SATCO then. He spend a number of days almost alone flying in Spain on IVAO. One day in the summer of 1999, SATCO due to internal problem closed the network. That day, at least in history of Spain simulation world, number of users moved to IVAO and when later SATCO came online they remained in IVAO.

One of his friends gave him a copy of simulator named Air Transport Pilot from Sublogic, which had a fantastic manual on how to use VORs, NDBs, etc, and to be able to enjoy instrumental flights.

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IVAO EXCLUSIVE Winfried Diekmann

In the early days of IVAO a friend and he had a contact then President of IVAO for a clearance to create the Canary Island FIR, GCCC, which was rejected since there was no Spanish Division. But he also declined the request to take on the task of creation of Spanish divison as he was short of time. In the year 2000 the Spanish Division was created and he started to work as a Division staff. In a few months, due to various circumstances he had to take over Spain DIR. He maintained a very close relation With some friends in Tenerife South Tower (GCXO). From right to left, Franwith the then DIR of IVAO Pierre cisco Urquía (IVAO-ATA3), Joan Freixas (ES-DIR), Ralph Henschen (IVAO-TD) and myself. Lescure. At the end of that year Pierre had to leave the position due Due to density of traffic he landed the aircraft but for to personal reasons and he prome it was an experience I would never forget. posed him to become IVAO-DIR, but since he had very limited experience in HQ issues, then Morten, Erwin and Pierre found a quick solution. They appoin- Vybhav: Do you recollect the first copy of flight sited Mike Kara as DIR to coach him about the HQ is- mulation that you owned? What was your experience sues and he was appointed as IVAO-ADIR. During 3 like? months Mike transmitted to him all about IVAO and in Gustavo: Yes, I have it in the box where I have all March 2001 he was appointed as DIR. He was in that things (software and addons) about simulation. I position for a few years along with his friend Alain don’t throw things, about simulation, to the trash bin. My sons don’t understand why I have things that will Debrouwer as ADIR. never run in the pc in that box, but it’s a feelings issue. In Nov 2005 some major changes came to IVAO and since that moment till about the end of 2007 he was Vice-President and President of IVAO. Those were some very important years for him because he and his team pushed to transform IVAO into non profit organization, NPO, and was really complicated and difficult process. The process started in Nov 2004 in a meeting in Belgium when they started to talk about a NPO. In Nov 2005 IVAO went through some major chanhes. Since then till about the end of 2007 he served as Vice-President and President of IVAO. These were some very important years for him because he and his team pushed to transform IVAO into non profit organization ( NPO) and which was really complicated and a difficult process. The process started in Nov 2004 in a meeting in Belgium when they started to talk about a NPO. Vybhav: What was your first experience with aviation? Gustavo: Well, my first experience with real aviation was with a friend who invited me to fly in a PA-28 from Gran Canaria to Tenerife and allowed me to fly the aircraft. It was really impressive and experience I will never forget. I took off from “El Berriel”, GCLB, and flew till Sierra point of GCXO.

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Vybhav: You have been involved with online flight simulation for a long time. How much has online flight simulation changed? Where do you see this heading? Gustavo: Things have changed too much. With improvement in technology this world is continuously moving forward too; it means each thing helps the whole world to go forward faster. The sceneries, aircrafts, bandwidth, servers, weather programs, simulators, yokes, rudders, etc; all programs and hardware are better with new versions and now it’s more simulation than a game. In the beginning the aircrafts were too much unreal, graphics were really bad, etc, and now when you look out of the cockpit it seems you’re looking the real world. We have more fans now and daily and it’s really fun to fly/control and see a lot of aircrafts flying closely. In the first years of the online fly/control the density was really low, and with these constant improvements in technology the hobby is only getting better. Vybhav: You have been through a number of senior positions in IVAO!. What has been your most cherished experiences and Why? Gustavo: The best experience has been to make friends.

December 2008


IVAO EXCLUSIVE Winfried Diekmann

In these all years in staffs I’ve learned about fly, control, programming and a lot of things, I’ve had fantastic experiences from the first real meeting in Belgium in Nov’04, ( the real first one was in Disney Paris in Aug’04 but with families ), real events in Spain or in Canary Islands, to see how a lot of serious people who arrived and became part of the team pushing IVAO into the future, it has been a pleasure to see how IVAO has passed the borders of simulation world to be more active in the real world in meetings, tv programs, etc, but the most important for me has been to know a lot of people and a lot of them have a position in my heart, that’s the better of IVAO. Vybhav: What do you think has IVAO’s biggest achievement over the last 10 years? Gustavo: I think the biggest achievement has been the consolidation of IVAO as a serious and structured organization able to offer

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services to thousand of users fully free and based in the free and professional work of a lot of persons who spend time from their free time to help others to have a the better time online flying/controlling. Thousand and thousand of hours of work have been spent in software, training, programming, coordination, administration, development, etc….and all to have a better organization and all fully free. This could be an example for a lot of commercial organizations. Vybhav: Do you like to fly online or be a controller online? Which would you prefer? Gustavo: Well, I really like both but lately I prefer to fly. Sometimes I like to fly alone (offline) too to practice procedures in airports where it’s more complicated to do that if there’s an ATC and traffic. Vybhav: Did you read the ‘Virtual Sky’? What do you think about the magazine?

Gustavo: Yes, I’ve read it. This magazine has taken IVAO a few steps forward. It’s a very serious and professional work, and as founder of IVAO I’m very proud of the work done by Public Relations Department team. Vybhav: Is there one thing that you dream about IVAO, What would that be? Gustavo: Well, the main dream is to have more and more people connected. Technology is powerful and getting better daily and in the future we will be able to have more and more connections and for me is a dream to open IvAe and see thousand of pilots and controllers enjoying IVAO. Vybhav: Many thanks for the interview. It was a pleasure to hear your views. Gustavo: The pleasure has been for me, and I want to say in public I’m proud of your work and thankful for the chance given to me with this interview. Thanks.

December 2008


Every issue in this section we will hunt down the hottest downloads available in the flight simulation community. We also take this opportunityto salute these freeware developers, who devote their time and efforts in creating some awesome add-ons, available to us for FREE. an ivas in a Sr

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BAe ATP v1.0 FS2004 Aircraft Filenames: bsmpatpv1.0.zip Authors: Blu-Sky Mine Productions Source: http://www.avsim.com/ The BAe ATP Advanced Turboprop V1.0, version includes wingviews, 3D Flight crew, accurate dimensions, many animations, push-back truck, airstairs, and much more! This base package includes both wingview and non-wingview models.

Enhanced Autogen Word FSX Utilities Filenames: fsx_enhanced_autogen.zip Authors: Nick Needham and Anthony Vos Source: http://www.avsim.com/ This package upgrades 522 world wide autogen building textures and changes the entire FSX world. As per the author, the enhanced autogen has a much more robust and realistic look from the building surface details, the roof details including roof utilities and weather wear, and, it adds an awesome night lighting enhancement to autogen.

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Citation x FSX Aircraft Filenames: fsx-sp2_citation_x.zip Authors: Alejandro Rojas Lucena Source: http://www.avsim.com/ FSX SP2 Citation X 2008 Package includes interactive virtual cockpit, full moving parts including leading edge flaps and passenger door. Custom sound set included. A second release developed for FSX-SP2.

T-34C Turbo Mentor Set FS2004 Aircraft Filenames: alpha_t-34c_turbomentor_fs9.zip Authors: Alphasim Source: http://www.avsim.com/ AlphaSim has released some older FS2004 models as freeware. Includes one model, two texture sets, and full sound set. Complete cockpit with 2D panel/gauges and VC. Paintkit included.

Zvartnots Mega Scenery FS2004 Scenery Filenames: zvartnots2008.zip Authors: Loai Hamad Source: http://www.avsim.com/ A scenery of Zvartnots International.

Mitsubishi MU-2 Solitaire FSX Aircraft Filenames: mu2s924x.zip Authors: Premier Aircraft Design Source: http://www.avsim.com/ Mitsubishi MU-2 Solitaire is a 6 seat twin turbo-prop corporate and executive transport. This New model is with full animation, dynamic shine & reflective textures. Includes a 2D Panel and VC with a complete passenger cabin. Full package for FSX. Compatible with Acceleration/SP2.

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Concorde Collection FS2004/ FSX Aircraft Filenames: concall.zip Authors: Libardo Guzmán García Source: http://www.avsim.com/ Concorde for FSX and FS2004, Includes new model, four new textures, VC, Passenger’s views, full animated parts.

Pitts S1S FS2004 Aircraft Filenames: pitts_s1s.zip Authors: Federico L. Morcillo Azofra Source: http://www.avsim.com/ The presented/displayed model with standard mobile parts, 2d panel and virtual cockpit.

F-86E/F Sabre FS2004 Aircrafts Filenames: sf86ef.zip Authors: SECTIONF8 Source: http://www.sectionf8.com/ or http://www.avsim.com/ F-86E/F ‘slatted-wing’ Sabre. A complete aircraft model, photoreal inside and outside, fully functional 2D panel and Dynamic VC, custom gauges and custom soundsuite droppable fuel tanks, automatic wing slats, etc.

Elblag (EPEL) aerodrome scenery FSX Scenery Filenames: elblag_x.zip Authors: Lukasz Kubacki Source: http://www.avsim.com/ Contributed by: Vybhava Srinivasan Elblag (EPEL) scenery for the MS FSX, contains phototexture with seasonal and night variations.

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Bydgoszcz Airport (EPBY2008) FS2004 Scenery Filenames: epby2008.zip Authors: Mateusz Stabryla Source: http://www.avsim.com/ MK Studios presents new Bydgoszcz Airport (EPBY2008) scenery. -High quality textures (five seasons + night textures), -Detalied autogen, -Realistic trees, -3D grass, -other details.

SmartFlight Professional FS2004/ FSX Utilities Filenames: setup.exe Authors: Smartflight Source: http://www.smartflight.eu/ Get a route between two airports and advanced information you may need to prepare your flight. Routes are updated regulary. The Airport Information tool: enter an airport and view detailed information about it.

Operational Flight Plan Miscellaneous Filenames: ofp0.9b.zip Authors: Michael Arnold Source: http://www.avsim.com/ Contributed by: Vybhava Srinivasan This is an operational flight plan form for Microsoft Excel. You can use it for flight planning, then print it out and use it in the cockpit to check navigation and fuel consumption.

“Traffic View Board� v16 FS2004 Utilities Filenames: tvbupv16.zip Authors: Hans-Juergen Merkel, Arnt Helge Haaland Source: http://www.avsim.com/ A useful traffic view board to give you information.

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GPS60 flight Logger FS2004/ FSX Utilities Filenames: GPS60Setup.zip Authors: Jasper Bussemaker Source: http://www.utr-online.com/ The GPS60 flightlogger is a stand-alone windows application. It serves as a black-box for you airplane logging flight events like flaps, gear, spoiler, T/O, T/D. Functions of it include realtime flightlogging (watch your airplane move realtime in Google Earth), TCAS and logging in animation mode (log your flight and be able to play it back in Google Earth, including other traffic.

WCG - World Clearance Generator FS2004/ FSX Utilities Filenames: WCGSetup.zip Authors: Jasper Bussemaker Source: http://www.utr-online.com/ The WCG (World Clearance Generator) is an application which generates clearances based on a script. It downloads IVAO data, then uses this data to generate clearances for airplanes which are on your airport (or on airports in your FIR!). It then gives the correct SID based on the set runway and the correct SQ code based on the destination.

Tolmachevo - 2008 ( Novosibirsk, UNNT) FS2004 Scenery Filenames: unnt-2008.zip Authors: Tolmachevo TEAM Source: http://www.avsim.com/ An improved Tolmachevo 2008, the scenery has been developed considering, changes that have taken place within the last three years and a photo-terrain of the airfield and surroundings.

If you have download tips for the ‘Freeware zone’, feel free to contact the Public Relations staff anytime or report your find on the IVAO forum. Page 39

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December 2008

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