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The magazine is now on social networks ! Dear Reader, We are pleased to announce that the “Virtual Sky” magazine is now present on Facebook and Twitter. We would like to have a lively exchange of ideas on these social networks. We will briefly present some articles from the respective current online edition and link them, so you can read the complete article. We’ll also post about the next edition ! For the magazine team Stanislas Chareyre (MTM) - Kurt Hemmer (MTAM)

@IVAOVirtualSky Virtual Sky is published by: The International Virtual Aviation Organisation - Please send all article submissions via email to the magazine team: Editors: Stanislas CHAREYRE Kurt Hemmer Cover page picture: “Spanish Eurofighter - India Fox Echo Eurofighter” (IVAO VZW Image Collection)

/IVAOVirtualSky Public Relations Directors : Fares Belkhiria & Kalle Cedermalm Editorial Assistants: Henk Wolsink Mohammed Almuqbel Achilleas Moraitis Contributors: Alan Link, Andreas Preinsberger, Matt Torti, Seif Eddine Azoug, Marco Pache, David Flement, Dany Richmond, Yusuf Budi, Anas Amireh, Mahmoud Odeh, Craig Tyler, Goitseona Diale, Alix Fossé, Erwan L’Hotellier, Mike Wethereld

Contents 15th Flight Simulation Conference - Paderborn Flag exchange project 


Famous airline captain interview 



Transatlantic flying 

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Bon Bini 


Southern Africa Region

Event department 


Improve your knowlege in one minute  43

Public Demonstration Events 15 X-Plane 11 review 

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Oceanic Region 


IVAO Statistics 



15th German Flight Simulation Conference in Paderborn-Haxterberg For the last 15 years, our sponsor, Aerosoft, has arranged the “German Flight Simulation Conference” This year it was held for the first time at PaderbornHaxterberg airport (EDLR). The “German Flight Simulation Conference” features some of the largest names in the Flight Sim community. Companies such as Aerosoft, Just Flight, FSPS, ProSim, SimWare and FSMagazin all came together on the 6th of May to show their fantastic products and services in one of the airports hangars. As IVAO was specially invited by Aerosoft, we quickly assembled a workgroup to ensure a first-class performance. The Public Relation HQ department got the privilege to lead the work. Much had to be done in a short timeframe. First, we needed to get hardware and staffing we needed. Quickly, our work-group pitched in and all the needed hardware where secured. Next, we needed to get the PR material, such as roll-ups, banners, flyers and similar in place. For the occasion, HQ PR opted to produce new graphics that now will be used on future PDE’s. After weeks of hard work, we could finally present IVAO’s new PDE graphics to Executive who quickly approved it. Our new graphics clearly showed visitors what our world-wide organization do best, but also puts focus our sponsor Aerosoft.


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Throughout the day, we had a constant stream of visitors. Some trying out online flying for the very first time at our Pilot Station, or observing our ATC’s controlling the traffic at both Paderborn-Lippstadt and Paderborn-Haxterberg and some just wanted to talk or watch the amazing presentation being presented in our stand. In another part of the hangar several presentations were held during the day. Philipp Münzel from Laminar Research had a presentation about the new X-Plane 11. Aerosoft’s own Mathijs Kik’s presentation

“Realism, or why pilots hate horses”

took a look at the interesting phenomena of how virtual pilots use the different realistic systems integrated into the simulators. The company Aerofly gave the visitors an introduction to Aerofly 2. Kalle Cedermalm, IVAO-PRAD, had a presentation with the theme “IVAO – A place for your dreams” showing how IVAO can be a part of turning aviation dreams into actual reality, mentioning several examples of IVAO members starting out with just a dream but over time are able to become aviation professionals. The Public Relations Department


to thank everybody involved in this event. We thank Aerosoft for the invitation and all help they gave us. We also want to



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Interview of Alan Link (Director - Argentina) transcripted by Achilleas Moraitis (Magazine Team Advisor)


The idea came to me when I was going to travel to Israel and around Europe for my first time, in January 2015.

I thought it would be a nice idea to meet other people from other divisions, and to know that behind any screen, any IvAc, any IvAp, behind the badges and the staff signs, you have people. All over the world, you have people that are passionate about IVAO. You have people that are working for the same goals that you are working for. You are sharing a passion with somebody that you don’t know or that you only meet on TeamSpeak, or Skype, or through the network, so I thought it would be a very good idea to meet them personally, to talk to them, to have a nice time together, to meet each other. To remind people that sometimes forget that in IVAO it is more important to meet. It is more important, in my opinion, to know how other people feel inside the network than to get “as real as it gets”. Knowing the people, knowing that IVAO is not only about aviation, it’s not only about flying, it’s not only about controlling and training, about the events, IVAO is mainly based on the relations between loads of people, members, staff members, the BOG and the GA members and a lot of people are making IVAO what it is. So why not to meet with them, why not to make friends with them? We have to have in mind that the relations between people make us a community. And IVAO is a very big and global community. HOW DID YOU PLAN YOUR TRAVELS?

I travelled to Israel and then I decided to make a trip around Europe. It was the first time, I wasn’t familiar with Europe so I went to places that many of my friends wanted to go. For each city I was planning to be I contacted the local division, I made 6

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a topic in the staff forum and I began to get in touch with anyone who wanted to meet me. We arranged a time and place through WhatsApp or email and we had a great time together. HOW DID YOU MEET IVAO STAFF MEMBERS?

Well, since I’ve been the Argentnian Division’s Director since October 2014, I was able to read and post in the staff forums. I made contact with the staff through the forums or via email, we exchanged phone numbers, we got in touch through WhatsApp and Facebook and then we met. We talked about points of view inside the IVAO management, about the organization of the Divisions, about the Argentinian Division and we strengthened the relations inside IVAO. HAVE YOU DONE ANY ACTIVITIES TOGETHER WITH OTHER STAFF?

The first staff member I met was Daniel Shulga, Israeli Division’s Director. He visited me at the hotel I was staying in Tel Aviv, we had a chat, chatting is one of the most wonderful activities you can have with someone you want to get to know and he gave me a gift that I am looking at now. He gave me a hat of the Israeli Army. Since then we have a very good relation. Then I met Michal Vorel in Prague, the Assistant Director of the Czech Republic’s division. We signed the flags, that was the main idea of the IVAO Flags Exchange project : signing a pair of flags with the logo of each division. One of Daniel Shulga (left) and Alan Link

those is in my house and the other one is with


the local division. We went out for dinner with

the people of IVAO France and I had a coffee in Barcelona with Danny Garcia. The second time I went to Aeroteca, a place in Barcelona where lots of members of IVAO from the Spanish Division have a place to control. They invited me there, it was a very nice activity. After that we went to Barcelona beach, commonly known as “La Barceloneta” and then we saw planes landing and taking off from El Prat, Barcelona’s airport. When in Israel we tried to go for a flight with Daniel Shulga but we couldn’t due to the weather conditions but I hope we can make it next time. International Virtual Aviation Organisation


We travelled to Andorra with the Events Assistant Coordinator, we had lots of activities, each meeting with every staff member was very special, we exchanged advices and informations, we struck friendships and that was the most important activity, even more important than the Flags Exchange or signing on a T-shirt that I’ll be wearing this weekend on the second public demonstration event in Argentina. WHERE DID YOU MEET WITH THE STAFFS?

Barcelona and Madrid in Spain, Paris in France, London in the UK, Amsterdam in Netherlands, Berlin in Germany, Prague in the Czech Republic, Budapest in Hungary, Tel Aviv in Israel, Rome in Italy. I hope I’am not forgetting any place ! HOW MANY STAFF MEMBERS FROM HOW MANY COUNTRIES MET YOU?

Ok, let’s see! Daniel Shulga for Tel Aviv, then I went to Prague and I met the Director of the Czech Republic Division and the Public Relations Coordinator. After Prague I went to Berlin, it was very funny the first time I was in Berlin and I was trying to meet with the German Division’s staff I had no Wi-Fi connection so I couldn’t meet them in the central train station. I was with five or six friends of mine from outside IVAO and they were waiting for me because I was trying to find the German staff in the train station and then they told me “Ok, Alan, we have to go”. I did, however, meet the Webmaster of the German Division, Rene Wappenhans in Berlin. The second time I was there I met with Marco Pache, the Zurich FIR Chief and Events Assistant Coordinator to the Swiss Division. From Berlin I went to Amsterdam and met Jeroen Huisers who introduced me to syru waffles of which I became a fan. I gave some to my friends and they became fans themselves! We met twice with Jeroen at Schiphol International Airport. After that I went to London. The first time, in 2015 I met Jack Plumb, I believe he was the Special Operations Coordinator. I met him and and other staff members at the St Pancras railway station because I was leaving for Paris on the Eurostar. The second time I met Luke McKenzie and Shaun Ellis, we had great fan in London with them and Emilio Cloquell, the Argentinian Assistant Webmaster, they made me feel well 8

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because it was not a very good day as my girlfriend was ill and I was very concerned about her. The next stop in my trip was Paris, I met Christophe Delondre the





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Maxime Poncelet, one of the Shaun Ellis (left), Alan Link (middle), and Luke McKenzie (right)

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France at the time and I met Matthias Panebianco, the current Assistant Director of the French Division. The second time I tried to meet more people from the French Division as well as the HQ such as Stanislas Chareyre but due to having to go to the Netherlands I couldn’t meet them. After Paris I went to Madrid where I met Jorge Cabal, the Public Relations Coordinator of the Spanish Division and finally in Barcelona I met Danny Garcia who at the time was the Events Coordinator of the Spanish Division, together with Josep Vargas, the Argentinian Webmaster Advisor 1. On my second trip in 2017 I met Danny Garcia again together with the Events Assistant Coordinator of Argentina. I met lots of staff members from the Spanish Division. In Rome I met Davide Petroni, the Assistant FIR Chief of Roma together with Federico Balbo the Argentinian Training Assistant Coordinator. This project was, also, a good oportunity to meet other Argentinian Division staff members that live

David Petroni (left), Alan Link

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(middle), and Federico Balbo (right)


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every time that I visit a new place where there are IVAO members. I know that there will be friends there, the fact that we share a passion makes us friends. There will be someone to trust in a place where nobody knows you, where you are alone. But you won’t be alone, you will be a part of IVAO, you have some 150.000 of potential friends around the globe. Every time I travel outside of Argentina or even inside Argentina, because it is a very big country, I will try to do my best and to exchange flags, figuratively of course. As long as I continue travelling I will continue meeting members of IVAO. WHAT WAS THE MOST INTERESTING MEETING YOU HAD?

Oh, that’s a question I don’t want to answer! Each and every meeting had its interesting parts because you start to get to know people and you receive gifts from people that are meeting you for the first time and that’s amazing! They make you feel very welcome, it’s a very warm feeling, it’s great! If I had to pick the most interesting one it would be the last meeting in Barcelona because when I am there I visited Aeroteca, a virtual ACC (Area Control Center) room where you have lots of screens with IvAc and IvAi, with tower views and it looks exactly like a real control tower or ACC so that was very interesting to see, all the guys controlling on IVAO, one next to the other coordinating traffic. It was very exciting, I want to do this in Argentina! Argentina is a big country so there are lots of members who want to control, to be involved. Of course that would be very expensive but it was very interesting. A very interesting meeting. I would like to finish this interview with a message to the BoG and the Executive Council of IVAO. It would be a nice idea to encourage the sporadic meetings of members from all parts of the world and to create the IVAO Flags Exchange Award, so as to make it official and to set a precedent in the history of IVAO so it wouldn’t have to be called the IVAO Flags Exchange project, it would be just the IVAO Flags Exchange, it would be, of course, a meeting but the main idea of this public request is that this project becomes something that is not only an Alan Link project but something that’s owned by every IVAO member, whether a staff member or not. An institution that will encourage the friendly relations between members, one that will boost IVAO’s public image.


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Text written by Andreas Preinsberger - Photo: Fotolia, forcdan

Bon bini!

In addition we offer the following classic tours:


Skills Tour 17 (IFR/VFR) Being able to “fly” is not as simple as just handling the aeroplane skilfully. Piloting task priorities are traditionally set out as these: “Aviate, navigate, communicate”. Being a professional pilot demands complete and simultaneous skills in all three. - Do you?

Lesser Antilles are a group of islands in the eastern Caribbean, which extends from the Virgin Islands to the coast of Venezuela in the south and forms the West Indies together with the Bahamas and the Great Antilles.

Meet the Staff Tour 17 (IFR) With this Tour we will introduce ourself and give you a closer look to the people in the AN Staff

ot without reason, the Caribbean is THE dream destination, which is always first mentioned by tourists. The mixture of white sand beaches, turquoise blue sea, cheerful locals coupled with lively rhythms and an incredibly beautiful nature with a speciose fauna and flora, makes the Caribbean the holiday destination number one.

With TNCB – Bonaire, TNCC – Curacao and TNCM St. Maarten, the IVAO division of the Netherlands Antilles has 3 international airports and numerous smaller airfields. But it should not be concealed, that this small division is home of three airfields, which are among the top 10 in the Dangerous Airport Ranking. The ultra-short slope in TNCS (SABA), the dive on the Runway 10 in TFFJ (St. Barthelmy) and the offset VOR Approach Runway 10 to TNCM (St. Maarten). Outgoing from the airports in our division, we offer in our AN tour system numerous VFR and IFR flights to regional as well as international destinations, whether it is short VFR hopping to neighbouring islands or international long-haul flights to Africa, Europe, Russia, North or South America. Pilots can choose from a tour database either the flights which are of interest to them independently, or return to the starting point in the course of a classic Round Robin Tour. The DIV VFR and the IFR Award / LH IFR Award can already be acquired from the tour database. The Tours of the Division of the Netherlands Antilles are using a special Tour System. You find all Informations on our website For further Informations you may also contact our staff as shown at the website too.

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WinAir Tour 17 (VFR) Be a Winair Pilot and discover all real world destinations operated by WInair (incl. Codeshare). As this is a Winair Tour all Legs needs to be flown with the Twin Otter (DHC6) or similar twin propeller aircraft using Winair Callsign (WIA) ONLY! Caribbean Airlines Tour 17 (IFR) Be a Caribbean Airlines Pilot and discover all real world destinations operated by Caribbean Airlines. As this is a Caribbean Airlines Tour all Legs needs to be flown with the ATR-72 (AT72) or Boeing 737800 (B738) using Caribbean Airlines Callsign (BWA) ONLY! Air Caraibes Tour Be an Air Caraïbes Pilot and discover all real world destinations operated by Air Caraïbes. As this is an Air Caraïbes Turboprop Tour all Legs needs to be flown with the ATR-72 (AT72) or Dash 8-400 (DH8D) using Air Caraïbes Callsign (FWI) ONLY! The selection of the tours is made in our new modern tour system, where the flights are also reported. Only a free registration is necessary to participate in our tours. Are you interested now? Please do not hesitate to register yourself in our system. If you have further questions, our tour admins will be glad to help you. Di nada. You are welcome.


March non-edited screenshot contest winner

Juergen Kopelent - Austrian Alps with DHC-3 Otter Oldtimer (X-Plane 11)

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Marco Frosio & Matt Torti (Events Director and Assistant Director)

Dear IVAO Members, The Events Department has had quite some changes during the past year, from new additions in the team to introducing a new award at Headquarters level. Once again we would like to give a warm welcome to the following members who recently joined the Events Team: Alexander Clover (EA2), Adam Offra (EA3) and James Slater (EA4). This shows that the growth of our team will bring further positive inputs to IVAO. At the same time we would like to thank Sepehr Ebadi Borna for the great work he has been doing and still is serving for us. Last but not least, Dany Garcia who has left the department and has worked with us for around 1 year and has always produced good work.

Since 2017 we have set ourselves different goals, from the creation of an award (the Events HQ Award), which we hope will increase the traffic in divisions with less activity throughout the year. This award will be either requested by divisions for a major event in which they would like to have the HQ Events Department cooperating, or we of the HQ events will select the divisions in which we would like to cooperate and add this honorable award for members to achieve. More information regarding the award and it’s rules can be found on the dedicated forum thread : In short the main goal for us in 2017 is to grow and offer the most help possible to the IVAO community. We appreciate inputs at anytime, should you have any please feel free to drop us an email at 14

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Public Demonstration Events ALGERIAN DIVISION: 1 ST MEETING

IVAO Algeria was present on the 15th April to the famous Celebra Science Expo held at Polytechnic School of Algiers ENP. Members and staff, did a good job by promoting and presenting IVAO activities in form of simulation sessions and conferences to the public and students of ENP present there.

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IVAO Algeria division also participated to the ASC (Aeronotical Scientist Club) in the Aeronotical and Space Studies Institute in Blida.


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As every year, the Swiss division held its Geneva RFE. During this event, members were invited to join a real meeting to provide ATC from the same room. Enjoy the pictures posted below !

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For the first time in history, Skywonder took place at Kortrijk Xpo on 25th and 26th March. Skywonder is a fair for all kinds of people and handles everything that concerns free time flying, from drones over PPL training to simulators. Of course IVAO was present for 2 days in the simulator zone. Once again organized a fly in/out for EBBR, Ground, Tower and Approach have been handled from Skywonder.

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On a yearly base, the Flemish government organized their “Aviation Day� on 22nd April in Ostend, Kortrijk, Antwerp and Brussels. On this day, all important players in aviation get the occasion to promote themselves and make people warm to choose a job within aviation. Not only airlines, but ATC facilities and high schools for technical jobs open up their venue. Vives Oostende is one of the high schools in Belgium that offer a training in aviation technology, and they invited us to show what we can mean inside their educational program.

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Every year IVAO GB & IE MCD host their very popular Heathrow RFE, an event based on real life operations where flights happen as they do in real life and controllers meet in one location to control London Heathrow (EGLL) and the surrounding London TMA’s. As with every year the controllers worked out of 2 rooms to add to the realism, with Aerodrome and Area separated. All together we had 20 controllers who moved positions to experience it all and around 500 flights pass through London Heathrow which made the event as successful as ever, we would like to thank all who help organise the event and we look forward to next year!


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IVAO Indonesia once again supported Pusdirga organizing an event on 13th-14th May 2017 for the Aviation Enthusiast in Jakarta. IVAO was providing assistance to manage the simulator sessions for visitors. Our division also assigned trainers at the simulators where visitors were able to perform simple circuit around Cibubur Wiladatika Field (WIHC). Other than simulator session, we also share the information regarding IVAO network, yet educational atmosphere about the aviation, both as pilot or as an ATC. They can also watch directly the online activity performed by an IVAO Indonesia member on other corner of the room. This was the occasion where members can meet themselves in real, and as you might know, once the members gather in the real world, no serious things anymore, everyone are in laughter and jokes.

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X-Plane 11 review by Kalle Cedermalm

Since I was a kid, I have been fascinated with airplanes. In 1986 my father taught me how to fly radio-controlled airplanes which quickly became the main source of flying for me, and as close I could get to flying as well. But in 1989 my father bought an IBM and a copy of Flight Simulator




world opened up for a, then 9-year-old kid. For the time, the graphics was amazing, and just the general idea of being able to pick an aircraft, an airport and then just fly was truly awesome, and many hours was spent trying to master take-offs and landings. Ever since, I have been a true Microsoft Flight Simulator addict. 4.0, 5.0, FS95, FS98, FS2000, FS2002, FS2004 and finally FSX have all been installed and used to great extent. But a month ago I got the privilege to be given a copy of the new X-Plane 11, and even if I felt a bit hesitant in abandoning FSX, especially after I tried X-Plane 10 when it was released, I decided to give it a try. Do I regret it? Let us get back to that question later on in this review. I was given the DVD version of the software. The 11 DVD’s are housed in a steelbook, along with a Quick Start Guide and a key for updates and 15% discount on Aerosoft X-Plane 11 add-ons. The steelbook really gives it all a nice quality feeling to it, and it really looks good in my DVD shelf.


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The installation was easy and quick. One thing that strikes me immediately is how different the interface looks compared to its predecessor X-Plane 10. It’s much better organized and easier configure the graphics, key-bindings and my joystick. Checking the settings, I quickly realized the potentials of X-Plane 11. Through the settings menu I am able to receive and send output data via my network to my laptop, I can link a Garmin GPS to my computer and thru it enable moving maps, showing my position in X-Plane 11 and I can easily configure my three monitors to display either the cockpit or something else on each one of them. It all is easy to setup and gives a really nice touch to the entire simulator. I quickly configured the graphics and started a flight. I selected my favourite aircraft, the Boeing 737-800. A few things quickly stroke me. The graphics without any addons are simply stunning! Everything from the heat waves behind the jet engines to the detailed cockpit, airport, apron vehicles, area around the airport and reflections from the sun looks very nice and crisp.

X-Plane 11 includes 12 very good-looking aircrafts.

The B738 has a, much to my surprise, functioning FMC with almost everything my payware add-ons have. The programming is slightly different, but overall, the

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FMC is functioning as intended, is easy to use and gives the pilot every chance to fly full SID’s, STAR’s and IFR routes. Even if I’m not able to use all buttons on the overhead panel, it gives a nice level of simulation without the need of purchasing an expensive add-on. It just does what it is supposed to do. After all pre-flight preparations have been made I start my pushback. The built-in push function works very well, not as good as pay ware, but it gets the job done. At V1 I switch over to an external view, pull back my joystick and my wings starts to flex, the nose lifts and I am on my way to my destination, Amsterdam. En-route I discover a couple of issues. First, when setting the altitude on the MCP, it is done in increments of 10 feet, which means it takes a while to set the wanted flightlevel. This does become a bit frustrating, but there is a fix for it on the X-Plane forums. Secondly, at cruise, the B738 seems to have some issues with maintaining the selected level. While on cruise, the sun starts to set, and out comes one of X-Planes real fortes, the night lightning. I find myself constantly admiring the reflections of the sun in the fuselage, how the last sunrays shining thru the cockpit windows reflects in the cockpit instruments and how the aircraft lamps light up the logos on the aircraft. Every angle I try just looks gorgeous, and I just can’t stop taking photos with the built-in screenshot function. It’s so easy to take a snapshot, just press shift and space, and you get a perfect shot every time.


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I plan my approach and starts my descent. The aircraft follows the descent profile almost perfectly and I get lined up and then established on ILS 18R at Amsterdam. I turn of the autopilot and hand flies the aircraft until touchdown. I really starts to appreciate X-Plane with its flight-dynamics, I constantly needs to adjust my flightpath to remain on the centreline, just before I reach my decision height I overflies a highway, and I quickly takes a snapshot. I pass the threshold, pulls back the throttles and eases down the aircraft onto the runway. While taxing to my gate I met several other IVAO pilots, and I just can’t stop enjoying the beautiful lightning and scenery. I park at my gate, switches off the taxi-light, which fades out, just like a real light bulb should do, I run my shut-down checklists and secures the Boeing. A few days after my flight, I decided to go for another flight, I loaded up the B738, lined up and started my take-off roll, but to my surprise, a few seconds later I encounter a large flock of birds, and my very first “real” bird strike occurs, my number two engine gets hit and I must abort the take-off. My first reaction was: WOW! It just adds that extra level of authenticity.

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As the VFR addict I am, I also took the stock Cessna 172 for a spin. Also this aircraft works very well. The stock GPS is easy to use and enables the pilot to fly fully IFR if needed. I took off from a local airport in Norway with a very good friend of mine, Fritz. The scenery was spectacular. It truly felt like flying there for real. On final, the second of X-Planes many fortes came into play, its flight dynamics. With a crosswind on final, I had a hard job to keep the small aircraft on track. Just an astonishing sensation when the Cessna rocks from side to side.

So, do I regret giving X-Plane 11 a try? Not at all!

The entire experience has been nothing but pleasant. Sure, X-Plane do have a few drawbacks. For example, the current range of add-ons for X-Plane is way smaller than what you would find for FSX or P3D. But, as FSX has been around for such a long time, and due to the fact that P3D is built on the same code, it comes as no surprise that there are more add-ons for these two simulators, they just had much more time on the market than X-Plane has. But, with time, X-Plane 11 will, for sure, be hard to beat. Try it out today, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.


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Famous airline captain interview

by Mohammed Almuqbel (Magazine Team Advisor) and Mahmoud Odeh (Assistant Director - Middle East Region)

If you are active on the social media, especially Instagram, then you are more likely to have heard of Pilot Anas Amireh. Captain Amireh is one of the most famous instagram pilots with over 180 thousand followers. His account is replete with aviation photos and selfies of him while he is on duty! He has also recently launched a piloting blog ! You can find him on Instagram (@pilotamireh), Facebook (Pilotamireh), and Youtube (PilotAmireh). COULD YOU TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF AND WHY HAVE YOU CHOSEN TO BECOME A PILOT?

My name is Anas Amireh. I’m Jordanian, 33 years old, and a captain on the Airbus A320. My dad is a pilot and I have 4 siblings, 3 brothers and 1 sister. I was the only one of my siblings who became a pilot beside my dad. I’m an outgoing person and I like to travel, make adventures, read books and draw. Moreover, I do care about fitness and positive thinking. WHY HAVE YOU CHOSEN TO BE A PILOT?

It all started when I was 5 years old. Having seen my father wearing his glamours pilot uniform and heading to the airport on a daily basis had inspired me to follow his footsteps and be who I am today. When I grew older, I started to ask my father a lot of questions about aviation and I used to frequently accompany him to the airport. My favorite time was whenever I travel with him, he used to get me inside the cockpit to watch the take-off and the landing. Obviously, at that time, the aviation law did not ban non-crew members to visit the cockpit. And as I became more matured, I enriched my knowledge through reading until I’ve made my final decision to have a different life and job, and working in the flying office! 28

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Every job has it’s pros and cons. To me, I really enjoy the day time flights and sometimes when I’m tired I don’t like night flights. Also when a special family occasion coincides with my flying duty, I always wish I can take that day off to be with family and friends. Despite that, I knew all of these cons when I decided to become a pilot. At the end I really love my job and I am very passionate about it.


I have visited too many cities in various countries around the world. Since I fly the A320, It gives me the chance to visit countries up to six hours away from Doha, my base. In Africa, I’ve been to Addis Ababa, Nairobi and Dar Es Salaam. In Europe, I visited Larnaca, Athens, Rome, Paris, London, Moscow, Kiev, Bucharest, Sofia, Belgrade and Brussels. In Asia, I’ve been to India, Pakistan, and most Arab countries. My favorite destination so far is Amsterdam, when I used to fly there with Royal Jordanian. International Virtual Aviation Organisation



My favorite aircraft is the Airbus A320. It is the only jet airplane I have ever known in my life and I have shared a lot of memories on this aircraft. I started on it as a first officer then I got promoted to a Captain. It has a spacious cockpit compared to its size and it’s the mother of Airbus technology. On this aircraft you don’t have to worry much about the operational limitations as some bigger jets do (ACN-PCN / wing tip clearance…etc) so it can go almost anywhere. In addition, getting the A320 type rating would open prospects and gain you very good chance to work in many airlines around the globe. FAVORITE AIRPORT APPROACH?

Beirut international Airport ILS Runway 16 when we used to fly through the Syrian airspace. I loved that approach because we used to stay at a high altitude (13,000ft) and it was very challenging because as soon as we get the descend clearance, we had to descend with a high vertical speed. On descend, you can see the Lebanese mountains covered in snow and you see the famous Lebanese cedar trees. After passing by these scenic mountains we used to fly over the Mediterranean Sea and along the approach we would have the sight of the beautiful city of Beirut. That is my favorite approach so far. WHAT’S YOUR MOST MEMORABLE FLIGHT?

This is definitely my first flight as a Captain. It was from Sharjah to Amman, my hometown. My father was a passenger with me onboard and I did a Public Announcement welcoming my father as a colleague, without mentioning him as my father, rather, I welcomed him as a Captain. That was a very special moment to me because I had my father onboard and I made my dream come true by having the four golden stripes on my shoulder while flying the airplane for the first time as a commander. WHERE DID YOU DO YOUR FLIGHT TRAINING? WHAT’S THE BEST PIECE OF FLYING ADVICE GIVEN TO YOU DURING YOUR PILOT CAREER/TRAINING?

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The best advice I got during my flight training that knowledge is power and the more you read, the more knowledge you will gain, thus the more power you will have. I have seen the fruits of this advice during my flying career. You need great knowledge in order to manage your airplane in the best possible way. A LOT OF YOUNG IVAO MEMBERS ARE PLANNING TO START THEIR CAREERS AS PILOTS, HAVE YOU GOT ANY TIPS FOR ASPIRING PILOTS?

Do what you love, if you think that this career is what you want then do it and don’t hesitate. Plus, you have to keep in mind the pros and cons for this job. Also, take it seriously, it’s a serious job! Study hard, and always have a positive attitude towards your life and your job. Think about your future, your family and your life. Choose a profession that you love and you will never have to work a day in your life. DO YOU FLY ON FLIGHT SIMULATOR OFTEN? WHAT FS SOFTWARE DO YOU USE?

I don’t fly Flight Simulator lately, but I used to play Microsoft flight simulator. I used to spend lots of hours doing flights and practicing but I used to fly offline. I did not have internet connection back in the day as things were not as developed as nowadays. I have a brother who flies on Flight Simulator now and he flies with people around the world. I don’t know anything about the new Simulators (P3D/ X-Plane v10) but I tried Microsoft Flight Simulator X and really love it, it was really fun. HAVE YOU TRIED ANY ONLINE FLIGHT SIMULATION NETWORK? AND WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ABOUT IVAO AND ITS MEMBERS?

Honestly, I have never tried it, but I would love to, and I’m sure that there are a lot of people who follow me on instagram who usually fly on such networks. I have a lot of youngster followers who want to become pilots and they try to do their best to learn in every possible way. I think it’s a good way to spend time learning about something you love. At the end of the day if you learned one thing is better than to know nothing. Thank you for this interview, and I wish everyone in this network all the best. Work hard on yourself and don’t think about failure. Always put a goal in your life and don’t hesitate or feel down. Don’t let anyone to set you back. And for the aspiring pilot, trust me, there is a space for you in the sky, and one day you will have the golden stripes on your shoulder and you’re going to be a pilot.

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Transatlantic flying By Craig Tyler (Shanwick FIR Chief Advisor)


The North Atlantic airspace between the United Kingdom and the United States of America comprises of two main FIRs – Shanwick (UK side) and Gander (State side). As there is no radar controlled service over this vast amount of airspace, we resort to a procedural service which is based on pilots reporting their positions to the controller who then records them and uses this information to separate traffic. This particular way of controlling isn’t something that the domestic pilot will be used to, or even, in fact, exposed to. It is for this reason that the Shanwick team, in conjunction with the IVAO XU division, are able to offer training to pilots which helps them prepare for the procedural service that the controllers provide.


In brief, I’ll outline how a pilot should approach entering the North Atlantic under procedural control. There are two ways in which to cross the North Atlantic, either 34

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via a set North Atlantic Track (NAT) or via a pilot generated random routing. The best way, by far, is to enter the airspace following a NAT track (A-K for Westbound flights and L-Z for Eastbound flights). Every day, sets of waypoints are created that are pre-defined by North Atlantic planners which give the best routing depending on your entry and exit point of the airspace taking into account expected traffic levels and the weather etc. The other method of crossing the North Atlantic is by a pilot generated random routing – exactly the same as you would do on any domestic flight.


NATs are published each day for both directions and can be found through various sources and flight planning software – they start with an entry point and will end with an exit point and consist of 3 to 7 waypoints. NATs A to K are valid for Westbound flights between 11:30z and 19:00z. NATs L to Z are valid for Eastbound flights between 01:00z and 08:00z. Outside of these times, a random route must be flown. The final piece of information you shall need is the TMI. Each track comes with a TMI number that identifies to the controller that you have the correct NAT waypoints on board. Once you have decided International Virtual Aviation Organisation


your method of crossing, filed your flight plan and are within 30 to 90 minutes of your Oceanic entry point, you can request clearance. CLEARANCE REQUEST (USING A NAT)

Requesting clearance for a NAT is simple and very easy to do despite it sounding complicated to some. Your clearance call will contain the following information (in order): •

Your call sign,

Where you want clearance to,

The NAT you are flying,

Your planned flight level during your crossing,

Your planned Mach speed during your crossing,


The entry point for your NAT, and

Your estimated time over that waypoint (be sure to be accurate, the controller

will follow up after 3 minutes!). It is courtesy to call the controller by saying: “Shanwick control, BAW123 is requesting a NAT clearance”. The controller will then respond and ask you to pass your message. To which, you will respond giving the details of what you want: “BAW123 requests clearance to Boston, NAT B, FL320, Mach 0.86, TMI 148. Estimating GOMUP at time 20:03z”. The controller will respond by clearing you via either what you requested or via an alternative, so listen carefully as he will also expect you to read the clearance back! After this, your clearance has been processed and approved leaving you to continue with the rest of your journey – don’t forget to make position reports at each point of the NAT! CLEARANCE REQUEST (USING A RANDOM ROUTING)

Crossing the North Atlantic via a NAT is the most efficient way. However, sometimes, this isn’t possible and random routing needs to be flown. Your clearance call will contain the following information (in order): •

Your call sign,

Where you want clearance to,

Your whole Oceanic random route,

Your planned flight level during your crossing,

Your planned Mach speed during your crossing,

The first Oceanic entry point of your random route, and

Your estimated time over that waypoint (again, be sure to be accurate as the


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controller will follow up after 3 minutes!). As for the NAT, it is courtesy to call the controller by saying: “Shanwick control, BAW123 is requesting a random routing clearance”. The controller will then respond and ask you to pass your message. To which, you will respond giving the details of what you want: “BAW123 requests clearance to Boston, GOMUP, 59N020W, 60N030W, 60N040W, 59N050W and AVUTI. FL320, Mach 0.86. Estimating GOMUP at time 20:17z”. The controller will respond by clearing you via either what you requested or via an alternative, so listen carefully as he will also expect you to read the clearance back! After this, your clearance has been processed and approved leaving you to continue with the rest of your journey – as with NATs, don’t forget to make position reports during your crossing! POSITION REPORT

What are these things called position reports, you may be asking? Position reports are little snippets of information given to the controller so he is able to track your crossing – we don’t have the luxury of a radar scope like domestic positions do! A position report will include the following information: •

Your call sign,

The waypoint you have passed,

The time you passed that waypoint,

Your current flight level,

Your current Mach speed,

The next waypoint you are flying to,

The time you estimate passing over that waypoint, and

The waypoint that is after the one you are flying to.

Firstly, you would call up: “Shanwick control, BAW123 with a position report”. The controller will then ask you to pass your message. To which you will reply: “BAW123 passed GOMUP at time 20:17z, FL320, Mach 0.86. Estimating 59N020W at time 20:32z. 60N030W is next”. The controller will read this back to you and you will need to confirm that what the controller has read back is correct. As with the clearances that you request, make sure that your times are accurate otherwise the controller will follow up. You may need to make a second position report even if you are not at a specific point along your route. The main reasons are if you haven’t made a position report within the past 45 minutes or the time that you are estimating a waypoint as changed by more, or less than, 3 minutes. International Virtual Aviation Organisation


These are some of the basic points that will ensure you have a successful crossing. More detailed and fuller information can be found on the Oceanic website that is availaible here : You will also find the Oceanic team’s contact details on this page should you need any further assistance. Pilot training takes place through the IVAO XU training academy which can be found on their website – CONTROLLERS

What about if you are a controller and wish to control over this fascinating piece of airspace? You can! Simply visit and request a GB GCA for an Oceanic position. Controllers are validated for both Shanwick and Gander during our course which consists of a theoretical element, taken at your pace, and a practical element to ensure that you can apply the knowledge. Once you and the instructor feel confident, you will be put forward for a checkout. Get a head start and checkout this page for the theory knowledge: I hope this has been a helpful and informative insight into the workings of the North Atlantic and how it operates. If you would further information on how the North Atlantic operates from Prestwick, an insightful film on the process can be found here:

Shanwick and Gander airspace as viewed on IvAc 2.


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Southern Africa Region – A new beginning By Goitseona Diale (Public Relations Assistant Coordinator - Southern Africa Region)

Just like any take-off a lot of preparation needs to happen before the magic of flying happens, that is exactly what the Southern Africa Divisional Staff did for many months, leading up to the expansion of the old South African division (ZA division) to the brand new and bigger Southern Africa Region (XZ Division). We are very excited to have reached this milestone. Above all we are excited about the new beginnings of virtual aviation in Southern Africa on IVAO.

The new Southern Africa Division consists of 5 countries namely South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. This expansion opened many doors to the virtual community in Southern Africa. The new Division expands our FIR regions and creates room for a wider platform for our Virtual ATCs to control and Pilot’s to fly in controlled airspace with quality service across 5 countries. The vision behind the creation of the new Multi Country Division was to expose and widen horizons in Africa on IVAO. Now that we are official and ready to welcome the world to Southern Africa, we are very happy to announce that we will schedule more events in this part of the world than before. These events will cater for all types of pilots. The Southern African Division boasts a great community of VFR pilots who love exploring the African bush and enjoying a variety of scenery. From the Drakensberg mountains in South Africa, with limited manoeuvring space to the wide-open space of the Kalahari Dessert in Botswana. To the tropical landscape of Zimbabwe and Mozambique while enjoying lots of coastal flights from the north tip of Mozambique across the South African shores until the tip of the Namibian coast. Our IFR community is expanding rapidly, we invite you to come and fly from/ to our busy African hubs and file your flight plans, that can include transporting International Virtual Aviation Organisation


large cargo of elephants from Zimbabwe to the Kruger Park in South Africa or flying busy passenger routes from Maputo to Johannesburg and from Johannesburg to Windhoek. We also have an active Special Operations community in the South African Virtual Airforce that constantly push the boundaries of flight and constantly test a pilot’s ability. We welcome everyone on IVAO to visit us and navigate through our revamped website to explore our tours and learn about flight regulations in Southern Africa. Our Division Staff with our Public Relations team are committed to bringing you constant updates about the Division from latest events to live ATC updates on Facebook (IVAO - Southern Africa) and Twitter (@IVAOXZ). One more thing, because we love IVAO and strive to create an enjoyable platform new IFR, VFR, Special Operations and Long Haul tours are on the way in celebrating the new Division. Always remember to visually inspect our bush runways before landing as a herd of giraffes or a pride of lions may be waiting for you on the Apron! We are excited to promote the Southern Africa Division to the IVAO community and we hope to see you in Southern Africa very soon.

CDG 2.0 by Alix Fossé (LFFF-CH) The Paris FIR Staff of the French Division is proud to announce their new project for the already famous airport Charles-de-Gaulle (LFPG) in Paris. This project came from the analysis that ATC coverage was insufficient due to the rating restrictions (FRAs) which was set to ADC 24/7. We thought that such an important European airport would deserve more ATC coverage and thus more pilots flying in and out. And we decided to open the restrictions to AS3 excluding during evening to allow more controlers in and revitalize the airport. But we didn’t only open the FRAs, we also needed to ensure sufficient ATC training would be provided to the new controlers, and thus, we hired three “mentors” for the newcomers. In the meantime we will also schedule busy events with major foreign divisions and continue to improve the documentation for our controlers. So make sure to fly more often at Paris CDG (LFPG) we will be very happy to welcome you!


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Improve your knowlege in one minute by Erwan L’Hotellier (IVAO Training Documentation Manager)

As for each edition, the training department of IVAO is proposing you in the Virtual Sky magazine a training article in order to improve your knowledge on a subject.

When filing a flightplan, aircraft operators are required to submit the list of equipment aboard their aircraft for declaring: • Navigation capabilities dedicated to ATC management • Regulatory equipment depending on flight type, flight rules… • Type of advanced surveillance systems for airport and airspace infrastructures management. By default, the IVAO Pilot Interface (IvAp) provides some equipment that may be included automatically in your flight plan, independently of your cockpit instruments.

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IvAp provides for a normal IFR flight: • VHF receiver (2 channels): you should alswys add letter V in the flight plan equipment section (see note 1) • VHF receiver possess 8.33kHz frequency spacing: you should add letter Y in the flight plan equipment section • ACARS interface (METAR/ATIS request): you should add letter E2 in the flight plan equipment section • Text interface, basic data link (CPDLC system) VHF DigitaL Mode 2 (VDL2): you should letter J1 in the flight plan equipment section • Mode S transponder: you should set the letter /S in the flight plan transponder section If you use as pilot in command any TCAS instrument onboard the aircraft or by using TCAS from IVAP interface: • TCAS: letter Z in the flight plan equipment section + NAV/TCAS in remark section

If you perform as pilot in command an ocean track over Atlantic and Pacific: • Text interface in order to transmit position report for overseas tracks: you should add letter E1 in the flight plan equipment section • Text interface for basic CPDLC system which include the transmission of air traffic control clearances, pilot requests and position reporting: you should add letter J4 or J5 or J6 or J7 in the flight plan equipment section (depending of the satellite network chosen; see note 2) If you perform as pilot in command a polar track: • Text interface receiving basic CPDLC system which the transmission of air traffic control clearances, pilot requests and position reporting, High Frequency Data Link for polar track: you should add letter J2 1

Standard (S) equipment regroups following equipment: VOR(O) + ILS(L) +

VHF(V). S equipment shall replace the combination “LOV” in the flight plan declaration; you may not declare LOV in combination with S. S equipment should be inserted as first letter in the flight plan equipment section. 2



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If you use as pilot in command advanced features that some airports on IVAO offers, you can include: • Text interface receiving Pre-Departure Clearance ACARS on ground: you should add letter E3 in the flight plan equipment section

Caution: Please remain logical when selecting equipment! Adding CPDLC equipments or ACARS equipments whne flying a general aviation aircraft or VFR flight rules should make no sense. Some examples of aircraft equipment extracted from real flight plan: B77W/H-SDE2E3FGHIJ3J5J6M1M2RWXY/LB1D1 A321/M-SDE2E3FGIRWY/H A388/H-SDE2E3GHIJ4J5M1RWXYZ/LB1D1 DR40/L-S/S Note: In the complex aircraft “/S” transponder equipment can be replaced by more complex equipment combination like /H, /L, /LB1D1 In addition to IVAP, the most forgotten equipments in the flight plan are: All aircraft operating between FL285 and FL415 shall be RVSM since almost all airspaces are RVSM. You must therefore include equipment letter W. Whenever operating between FL285 and FL415 over North Atlantic and entering specified control areas, a MNPS certificate is required for all flights. You must then include letter X. In order to complete your equipment list, you should now list your navigation equipment and insert them in your equipment list with the others in your flight plan, full procedure and documentation about this subject is available by clicking this link :

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The Oceanic Region expansion by Mike Wethereld (Assistant Director - Oceanic Region)

New Caledonia joins the Oceanic Multi Country Division !

Its one of those moments, like David and Goliath, except in this case they become great life long friends. That is the case of the Oceanic Multi Country Division (XO). The XO MCD now consists of 4 countries joined together with a common goal and community, to service the needs of the division.

Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and New Caledonia, the new kid on the block.

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Sydney Airport (YSSY) as viewed on IvAc 2 Combined they make up 35% of the worlds airspace, a huge challenge logistically for the staff and members alike when it comes to flying or controlling here. Mergers come about mutually from one division to another. Always for the betterment of both. After extensive consultation and a vote of all members from both sides, a unanimous decision sees a merger go ahead. Administering a division is a lot of work, and very time consuming. Many of our hobbyists have commitments beyond virtual aviation and sometimes a smaller division with fewer members finds it difficult to continue to provide a full staff list. As a merged division the staff are welcomed to join in the ranks and continue there selfless service to the members, a side effect being that the larger parent has a greater ability to provide more input into the members of the smaller regions. It also helps to foster new ideas, and community spirit, as some members can feel isolated with a fear that there old support structure is missing. Which ends up not being the case. Transitions in a merge can be problematic. Deleting a division is one thing, but moving everything over takes a huge amount of effort. GCA’s need to re-qualify

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for the new areas, and take on the new division title. All the members data, charts, procedures, frequencies, FIR information, and staff need to get integrated into the host site. Staff need to be settled into new positions. Mails and informations to all members must be carefully considered. There is a lot of back end work that goes into a merger. We then need to consider that a controller here may need to learn 4 sets of local procedures. For example, Australian TA/TL is 10,000ft and FL110 with a North to South odds and evens rule, where in New Zealand the TA/TL is 13,000ft and FL150 with an East to West odds and evens rules. So where we stand on the ability of controllers to pick anywhere in the division to participate must be carefully considered. The benefits however are huge and make it all worthwhile.

The up and coming introduction of IvAc 2, we are able to provide data preparation for areas where support may not have been available.

We are now more able to easily host air bridges, fly ins, online days, and a myriad of events where planning is much more simpler to organise than with multiple division departments. With 35% of the globe’s airspace in our sectors, we hope that one day it can all be lit up in one massive event! We are currently actively looking for committed individuals who may have a few hours a week to lend a hand and join the staff ranks. Many positions are open and we encourage anyone who feels they can contribute to apply. Historically the Oceanic has been a pretty quiet place on the IVAO network, but with a group of talented controllers and pilots, we hope to usher in a new age for this part of the planet.


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IVAO Statistics by Stanislas CHAREYRE (Magazine Team Manager)


Readings : 1608 Views : 3302


Registered members


171658 +2,15%


9882 15029 3484 1273 862 63 26 11 202288

Total ATC

+1,19% +1,88% +1,01% +1,27% +0,35% 0 -10,34% 0 +2,05%

Active members

18058 -3,77% 1709 5325 1255 550 362 33 26 7 27325

-6,36% -2,15% -3,31% +4,96% -0,82% +3,13% -10,34% 0 -3,40%

Pilot Rating

Registered members


107775 +2,33%


57346 27857 5739 1886 1502 144 28 11 202288

+1,81% +1,92% +0,61% +0,59% +0,87% +2,86% -3,49% 0 +2,05%

Active members



8955 9000 2243 754 652 71 26 7 28308

-1,93% -1,86% -3,86% -3,95% -1,66% -10,13% -7,14% 0 -3,41%


The 11th June on the ISSUU website


The 5th June, comparison done with the 8th March

Registered members include : inactive, active, suspended, supervisor and administrator status

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Virtual Sky - Volume 10 Issue 2