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Aegean Seagull Flies to Santa’s Home !!! (Year #8)

A nice holiday flight set from Athens Hellas and Zurich Kloten Switzerland to Rovaniemi Finland …

Saturday December 13th, 2008

           This is the well-known annual event in Aegean Seagulls calendar and has become a nice tradition for all of us. This year it will consist of a two flights set, with simultaneous arrivals in Rovaniemi. As always one flight from Athens Eleftherios Venizelos LGAV and another from a European city airport which is different every year. This year we have chosen Zurich Kloten LSZH airport. Select your departure airport and here we go flying to Rovaniemi Finland, Santa's Home! This year, as in the last several ones, our event coincides with our friends' Finnish vACC "Fly See Santa" event, so the fun is guaranteed. Everyone can take part in this event, no matter if he/she is pilot of Aegean Seagull. Invite your fellow simmers to this flight…Let’s meet altogether and feel the Holiday Spirit in another dimension….



1. Organizing the Flight

        We will fly our 737-700 or 727-200, but you can fly any of your favorite aircraft as long as you can cruise with minimum Mach 0.78 at FL390.



               2. Scenery Files

           a. For Rovaniemi Airport (EFRO) and other Finland related scenery check

    It would be a good idea to dowload and install scenery for Ivalo (EFIV) and Kittila (EFKT) airports since experience shows that quite an amount of traffic diverts to these airports. Finnish vACC will have both of them staffed as well. For the sceneries of these airports check here 

                Please note! The ILS frequency for EFRO rwy 21 has been changed. You must download the v.4.1 update to get the new ILS frequency 111,7 MHz active. Otherwise (and in default scenery also) the frequency is 109,1 MHz.

         b. For freeware Zurich Kloten Airport (LSZH) check here.

         c. For Athens Eleftherios Venizelos Airport (LGAV) and other Hellas related scenery check here.



              3. Registration - Is it obligatory?

         By no means reservation is an obligation of yours. But by doing this, you make our planning efforts much easier and our feedback to the corresponding ATC will be more accurate and credible with the minimum possible surprises. On the other hand if you found out about this event some late never mind, appear in LSZH or LGAV and fly with us. This is what counts after all !! In case you register you will receive your assigned gate to place your aircraft and an assigned time slot. Have we convinced you? Please send us your Full Name, Callsign, e-mail address, Country of Origin, Flight Simulator version, Aircraft you plan to fly as well as the time you wish to depart from Zurich or Athens  and e-mail them at We will try to satisfy your wish for your time of departure, but only if this slot is not reserved for another pilot that has opted for it  prior to your registration. All registrations will be treated on the "first come - first served" basis. Have under mind that the first departure time slot for  Zurich Kloten LSZH is 19:00 UTC  (21:00 Local Hellas Time) and for Athens LGAV is 16:00 UTC (18:00 Local Hellas Time). Rest will follow with a 3-5 minutes interval depending on the final number of registrated pilots. It will be quite difficult to intervene in this slot procedure once it is started and if you would not like to expect your turn after all pilots have departed. So  Please Do Register !!


4. Pre – Connection Procedures - On Line flight

        Be advised that our flight planning has been made on the basis of the AIRAC Cycle 0812. Be sure to have this AIRAC data installed in your system, or check for possible incompatibilities with older or newer cycles. Also if you use FS Navigator 4.x take care and update its airway and intersection databases. You can do this after dowloading from NavData

        Prior to your connection here is a piece of advice that could be proved to be wise. We urge you to utilize the ServInfo, a MUST HAVE utility created by Michael Frantzeskakis (check our Links Page) and find out which of the active servers has the smallest ping time for you. You should choose to connect to this server in SquawkBox/FSInn. Although this is already a standard procedure for the regular and experienced On-Line Flight Simmers, we mention it, so that we reduce the lag factor to the minimum possible level.

        As mentioned above, we will connect to VATSIM network and having contacted the vACCs engaged in our two routes, we expect  ATC coverage up to a satisfactorily level.  For the record,  you are supposed to have at least a fair knowledge of on-line flying otherwise you better leave it for next year when you will be more experienced :-).



5. Meeting Point-Communications-AVC usage

    First of all : The date of flight is Saturday December 13th 2008.       

     First group, which will fly the LSZH-EFRO flight,  will meet at the apron of Zurich Kloten at 17:00 UTC (Zulu), which is 19:00 Local Greece Time. The whole procedure (clearance delivery) will start at 17:10 UTC (Zulu) and the first departure slot (take off) will be 17:20 UTC (Zulu).

    Second group, which will fly the LGAV-EFRO flight, will meet at the apron of Athens Eleftherios Venizelos (LGAV) at 16:00 UTC (Zulu), which is 18:00 Local Greece Time. The whole procedure (clearance delivery) will start at 16:10 UTC (Zulu) and the first departure slot (take off) will be 16:20 UTC (Zulu).

     Bear in mind that we will apply time slots and assigned gates for our departures to honour our registered pilots. On connect with VATSIM be sure that you have your Squawk on stand by mode and please have your aircraft positioned in the assigned gate prior to this event. Not a big deal after all… 

     Advanced Voice Client is VATSIM's Official Voice Communication program so we will use it accordingly. You can download the latest valid version  here .    

         We will meet in ASes event company frequency which is for both flights 

      This will be our check-in frequency where we just announce our presence and confirm our details. When time comes we all switch to the ATC for the rest of our Event. 

    PLEASE set your reality preferences to “IGNORE CRASH” while on the ground. No reason why we should lose time by unpredictable aircraft (pilots ?) behaviour in LSZH's, LGAV's or EFRO’s Apron.

    Connecting to VATSIM network does not mean that voice capability is mandatory. All controllers will provide ATC services even to text-only-able pilots. But… voice makes things much easier for all of us and is one step closer to reality. So please take care and be  AVC able for this flight. 

    Try to use radio laconically and speak loud (not too loud) and clear. You must have your system well tuned in order to take the maximum out of it. Make some testing of your settings. You must also understand that not all of people have English as their native language…. Just for this reason please use standard ATC phraseology as it will facilitate things a lot. Clear, Simple and Effective communication!

    In FIRs that their ATC is not manned we will return to our company official frequency ( and we will return to ATC voice frequency when ATC is again available.


               6. Aegean Seagull Log Book and Santa Claus

        We remind you that you do not have to be a qualified Aegean Seagull pilot to participate in our flight, BUT you must be good at flying your aircraft. Have under mind that ASe is an advanced virtual Airline System and its pilots fly with the highest standards available in the FS community. That means that the fun factor will be greatly enhanced. It is a good opportunity to have a good taste of our operations level and perhaps apply to join us. ;-)



                7. Flight plan

      Here are the flight plans in all their details .

      a. LSZH-EFRO


      And here is our Navigation Log :

      Aegean Seagull flies to Santa’s Home Year #8 : LSZH-EFRO


    A/C : 737-700, 727-200 or any a/c type able to cruise with at least M0.78 at FL390









    Country / FIR

    Zurich Kloten LSZH Airport Switzerland/LSAS
    SA GERSA ISEC - 25.1 Z50
    URNAS URNAS ISEC - 118 4.9
    KELIP KELIP ISEC - 119 5.8 UZ651
    MOSIT MOSIT ISEC - 355 6.8
    MANEG MANEG ISEC - 355 8.1
    KESEX KESEX ISEC - 354 1.9
    KUDES KUDES ISEC - 019 18.1 UN851
    ROMIR ROMIR ISEC - 042 15.3
    VEDOK VEDOK ISEC - 007 4.6 Germany/ Frankfurt FIR/EDFF
    TINOX TINOX ISEC - 007 2.7
    HEUSE HEUSE ISEC - 007 12.6
    LOKTA LOKTA ISEC - 007 7.4
    LEBSO LEBSO ISEC - 007 4.8
    ESULI ESULI ISEC - 007 11.4
    TANGO TGO VOR/DME 112.50 007 11.1
    HAREM HAREM ISEC - 007 60.3
    LOHRE LOHRE ISEC - 007 27.1
    ARNIX ARNIX ISEC - 007 27.9
    FULDA FUL VOR/DME 112.10 007 3.8
    MASEK MASEK ISEC - 008 8.3
    BEBLA BEBLA ISEC - 008 18.9
    KEMAD KEMAD ISEC - 008 5.0
    DEKEL DEKEL ISEC - 019 74.5 Germany/ Bremen FIR/EDWW


    AMALI AMALI ISEC - 021 11.3
    IRKIS IRKIS ISEC - 021 49.3
    ABASO ABASO ISEC - 024 47.8
    ELKIM ELKIM ISEC - 024 20.6
    MAKEL MAKEL ISEC - 025 10.6 Exit/Entrance
    GESKA GESKA ISEC - 025 11.1 Denmark/ Copenhagen FIR/EKDK
    LEBDA LEBDA ISEC - 027 51.3
    MOSIN MOSIN ISEC - 028 12.2
    GORAX GORAX ISEC - 028 17.3 Exit/Entrance
    KEMAX KEMAX ISEC - 036 23.7 Sweden/ Malmo FIR/ESMM
    NEXIL NEXIL ISEC - 036 15.8
    ROXEN ROXEN ISEC - 036 16.8
    DEKIK DEKIK ISEC - 036 15.0
    BEDOS BEDOS ISEC - 036 44.7
    MIKNA MIKNA ISEC - 036 41.5 Sweden/ Stockholm FIR/ESOS
    PELUP PELUP ISEC - 037 28.4
    TROSA TRS VOR/DME 114.30 036 50.9 UM609
    RESNA RESNA ISEC - 008 87.2 UP609
    SIPRI SIPRI ISEC - 034 35.8
    BAKLA BAKLA ISEC - 029 36.5 Exit/Entrance
    ETANI ETANI ISEC - 028 99.6 Finland/Tampere FIR/EFES
    VAASA VAS VOR/DME 114.50 029 20.7
    TILTU TILTU ISEC - 020 20.6
    INKAT INKAT ISEC - 019 38.6
    VASUL VASUL ISEC - 019 39.7 Exit/Entrance
    BABUX BABUX ISEC - 018 102.0 Finland/Rovaniemi Control/EFPS





    Total Distance is some 1350 nm.

    FSNavigator 4.X format flight plan and PMDG FMS flight plan can be found here.

    Note: Final Route is up to pilot's discretion.

    1. b. LGAV-EFRO


      And here is our Navigation Log :

      Aegean Seagull flies to Santa’s Home Year #8 : LGAV-EFRO


    A/C : 737-700, 727-200 or any a/c type able to cruise with at least M0.78 at FL390








    Airway Country/FIR
    Athens Eleftherios Venizelos LGAV Airport

    Hellas/Athinai FIR/LGGG

    ABLON ABLON ISEC  - 323 23.7 UB1
    DILOP DILOP ISEC - 353 10
    OMIRO OMIRO ISEC - 353 25
    SKOPELOS SKP VOR/DME 113.40 353 26 UV652 Exit/Entrance
    PEREN PEREN ISEC - 008 87 UN133 Hellas/Makedonia FIR/LGMD
    EVIVI EVIVI ISEC - 332 53.6 Exit/Entrance
    VANET VANET ISEC - 355 53.6 Bulgaria/Sofia FIR/LBSR
    DOTAM DOTAM ISEC - 355 3.7
    EDADA EDADA ISEC - 355 7.1


    355 13.4
    TODRO TODRO ISEC - 352 13.4
    OGOTA OGOTA ISEC - 352 17.7
    RESLA RESLA ISEC - 352 6.9
    ERDOM ERDOM ISEC - 352 11.4
    LOMOS LOMOS ISEC - 352 19.0 Exit/Entrance
    DIROM DIROM ISEC - 342 58.0

    Romania/Bucuresti FIR/LRBB

    MOKRU MOKRU ISEC - 342 11.4
    ELBAG ELBAG ISEC - 341 22.1
    NEKUL NEKUL ISEC - 341 13.4
    EPOLA EPOLA ISEC - 341 19.4
    VASIS VASIS ISEC - 341 7.8
    BESET BESET ISEC - 341 13.5
    EVRIK EVRIK ISEC - 341 11.4
    DESAT DESAT ISEC - 341 22.4


    341 24.3
    NARKA NARKA ISEC - 341 9.3
    PERIT PERIT ISEC - 341 33.8
    ABTIM ABTIM ISEC - 341 8.2
    KEKED KEKED ISEC - 341 37.9 UM857 Exit/Entrance 
    PODAN PODAN ISEC - 004 53.7 Slovakia/Bratislava FIR/LZBB Exit/Entrance 
    RILAB RILAB ISEC - 007 82.4 Poland/Warszawa FIR/EPWW
    UBITO UBITO ISEC - 007 8.8
    VENES VENES ISEC - 007 14.6
    EGLON EGLON ISEC - 007 16.3


    007 45
    BULEP BULEP ISEC - 009 37.8


    009 79.7
    BOKSU BOKSU ISEC - 018 15.4 Exit/Entrance
    VAKAL VAKAL ISEC - 005 34.1 Lithuania/Vilnius FIR/EYVL
    GUNTA GUNTA ISEC - 008 92.0 Exit/Entrance
    ATRAK ATRAK ISEC - 008 13.5 Latvia/Riga FIR/EVRR


    008 18.8
    SOKVA SOKVA ISEC - 006 61.1 Exit/Entrance
    ANAMA ANAMA ISEC - 006 31.5 Estonia/Tallinn FIR/EETT
    KEMET KEMET ISEC - 006 18.7


    006 42.1
    BEKNA BEKNA ISEC - 018 7.6
    INTOR INTOR ISEC - 018 19.6
    BALTI BALTI ISEC - 018 5.0 Exit/Entrance


    018 25.5 UY75
    ROVIL ROVIL ISEC - 332 34.4


    355 2.5
    TENNI TENNI ISEC - 354 13.0

    Finland/Tampere FIR/EFES

    TILDO TILDO ISEC - 355 15.8
    EMLIS EMLIS ISEC - 354 18.4
    LUKAT LUKAT ISEC - 354 17.7
    DIPAR DIPAR ISEC - 354 8.2
    EPESI EPESI ISEC - 359 36.8
    VAVIX VAVIX ISEC - 355 16.4

    355 51.7 Exit/Entrance
    OSTOS OSTOS ISEC - 356 36.6 Finland/Rovaniemi FIR/EFPS


    356 29.8
    IRKUN IRKUN ISEC - 356 28.6
    BILSA BILSA ISEC - 356 27.4
    KEKOX KEKOX ISEC - 356 10.9






    Total Distance is some 1850 nm.

    FSNavigator 4.X format flight plan and PMDG FMS flight plan can be found here.

    Note: Although we would very much like all of our event pilots to have the suggested flight plan, the Final Route is definately up to pilot's discretion.


           8. IFR charts

     You can find all nessecary IFR charts for Zurich Kloten (LSZH) here , Athens Eleftherios Venizelos (LGAV) here and for Rovaniemi (EFRO), Ivalo (EFIV) and Kittila (EFKT) airports here. ( Official Finland AIP Aeronautical Charts).

       Last year the event was a huge success on pilots participation terms and holding stacks were heavily loaded. It would be a good idea if you could refresh your holding procedures knowledge, to avoid causing any kind of inconvenience to the overstressed ATC or yourselves ;-).



          9. Flight Duration - What to expect in Rovaniemi.

   Duration of the Flight #1 LSZH-EFRO will be approx. 3,0 hours, from engine start up to engine shut down, not counting the delays that may happen due to increased traffic on ground in Zurich.

    Duration of the Flight #2 LGAV-EFRO will be approx 4,0 hours, from engine start up to engine shut down, not counting the delays that may happen due to increased traffic on ground in Athens.

    All pilots be advised that Finnish vACC is organizing its Christmas Event  on 13-14/12 weekend, so expect quite a lot of traffic on EFRO arrival. To be more accurate expect traffic congestion on your arrival to EFRO, so be sure to have your fuel tanks full, and also take the time and be updated on the holding patterns in the area. Our experience from all these yeras shows with no doubt that this may be well the busiest approach you make for all your round the year  flights.

    A good friend flightsimmer and real life commercial pilot, Mr Vangelis Hasiotis ASe411 was lucky enough to fly the LGAV-EFRO flight in Christmas 2004 period. To see a photo-report from his visit to EFRO Rovaniemi, click here.



                                                     10. Cruise Flight Level and Mach Number

           First of all we would like you to participate with aircraft that are able to cruise with M 0.78. The suggested Flight Level is FL390 for LSZH-EFRO and LGAV-EFRO as well. This way we will ensure that the final Finland ATC will receive our flight within the specified time window and will not have to wait for us being widely dispersed. Now if you insist to fly with a slower aircraft then you should select a lower FL to keep clear of the M 0.78 main stream. In a case a faster aircraft is your choice, please select a higher Flight Level.


         11. Alternative Airport

        Usually Our Alternative Airport was Oulu EFOU around 100 nm south of Rovaniemi. As our past years experience shows it would be also good to be ready for diversion to one of the EFIV Ivalo (128nm northeast of EFRO) or EFKT Kittila (72 nm northwest of EFRO) airports as Finnish vACC will have them both ATC manned for easy to understand reasons.



         12. Fuel on board

        For Boeing 737-700 flyers such as Aegean Seagull’s “Island of Skiros” or "City of Chania"  35.000 lbs of fuel should be enough to cover flight LSZH-EFRO plus 45 mins of holding plus diversion to the alternative airport of Oulou (EFOU), Ivalo (EFIV) or Kittila (EFKT) plus medium delay on Zurich ground. For the same conditions in LGAV-EFRO flight 45.000 lbs of fuel are enough. Expect long holding approaching EFRO so take care to have as much fueal as you can in your tanks. Although it is very good to plan carefully your fuel load, our events experience shows that 100% full fuel tanks will keep you out of agony's way.


       13. Missed Approach

        Some details about missed approach…

        This is something that every pilot, who respects himself, should pay some, at least some, attention. We, Aegean Seagull pilots, pay much, really much, attention to it. As weather conditions are not a controlled parameter to a flight, you can very easily be engaged a situation well under the minima for the decision altitude in your destination. In that case we execute a missed approach and we either go for a holding pattern and a second approach later either climb and fly direct to the alternative airport. The latest happens when the main destination airport is closed or there is no chance for the weather to become better. We also execute a missed approach when communication with ATC is lost prior to our landing clearance.

         This is the reason why you should study the missed approach pattern at both the destination and alternative airports. If a controller has many aircraft in his area of responsibility, it will be quite difficult for him/her to pay the extra attention needed to you. Besides this way we are as real as it gets…


                                      14. Saving your flight regularly - Reconnection procedures

        We strongly suggest you to save your flight in regular time intervals. This way you can ensure that even if a reboot is inevitable, then you will be within close range of the other aircraft. There is an EXCELLENT freeware utility by Peter Dowson called AUTOSAVE. Its a DLL that goes into the MODULES folder and it does things like saving your current flight status (in standard MSFS situation files) and then if it crashes it just resets your flight back to "10 seconds ago" status. You can have as many sequenced files saved (say last 10 or each 10'') and choose where to start from again. If you crash the aircraft FS will restart from last saved file. If FS itself crashes you can just go and select the situation (flight) file you wish from the list of files when you reload FS. It can be found at -> DOWSON 



     15. Registered Pilots

        In the tables below you can find all up to the moment registered pilots. 

Aegean Seagull Flies to Santa's Home Year #8  LSZH-EFRO

Departure Sequence  #

Pilot's Full Name 



Aircraft Type

FS Type

Assigned Gate / Stand

Assigned CTOT (UTC)


Terrence Mooney







Aidan Rice







Panagiotis Papanikolaou









Aegean Seagull Flies to Santa's Home Year #8  LGAV-EFRO

Departure Sequence #

Pilot's Full Name 



Aircraft Type

FS Type

Assigned Gate / Stand

Assigned CTOT (UTC)

1. Christos Makris OAL260 Hellas MD11 FS2004 TBA 14:30
2. Vangelis Dokos ASE330 Hellas MD11 FS2004 B15 14:34
3. Vangelis Vaos ASE267 Hellas MD11 FS2004 A01 14:38
4. Vangelis Chasiotis ASE411 Hellas 737-700 FS2004 B17 CANCELLED
5. Savas Tsikkis HVA827 Hellas MD11 FSX B03 16:24
6. Panagiotis Verras ASE164 Hellas 737-800 FS2004 B07 16:28
7. George Dorkofikis OAL132 Hellas 767-300 FS2004 B09 16:32
8. Nikos Terizakis ASE196 Hellas TBA FS2004 B11 16:36
9. Nikos Christopoulos ASE181 Hellas 737-700 FS2004 B13 16:40
10. Panagitis Pantazis SX-PAP Hellas 737-700 FS2004 B15 16:44
11. Dennis Tzallas AEE945 Hellas A321 FS2004 A11 16:48
12. Konstantinos Siderakis AEO761 Hellas 737-800 FS2004 A13 16:52
13. Pashalis Katsiotis ASE287 Hellas 767-300 X-Plane  A05 16:56
14. George Papaioannou AEE292 Hellas 767-300 FS2004 A07 17:00
15. Makis Tsaparidis ASE299 Hellas 767-300 FSX 2 17:15 (LGSA)
16. Babis Peribolas ASE300 Hellas TBA X-Plane  3 17:19 (LGSA)
17. Dimitris Nisiotis ASE171 Hellas 737-700 FS2004 - -
18. Fotis Dimitropoulos ASE516 Hellas 737-700 FS2004 A09 17:04


16. Bonus ASe Christmas livery plus...

        Available for long haulers is the PMDG 747-400 repaint based on our launch livery with Christmas graphics added. This repaint was produced by Mr Paschalis Katsiotis ASe287. You can find it here.

        You can also have the "Bold & Beatiful" project livery for our PMDG 737NG created by Mr Babis Peribolas ASe300 here , or if you prefer ASe's launch livery you can find textures for PMDG 737NG here.


17. Wrapping things up

        Our dear Pilots and friends, we have established something special in the history of Aegean Seagull vAS, Hellenic vACC (the oldest event in its history)  and also well known in the international FS community. Therefore we hope that we will see you flying  with us. As it is a Special Event, please feel free to invite all FS friends of yours, even if they are not Aegean Seagull Pilots. We want to share this event with as many pilots as possible, because we want to share this strong tradition of our Virtual Airline System. 

      Many Thanks to 

- Mr Vangelis Hasiotis ASe411 for his contribution in the real-life LGAV-EFRO flightplan and EFRO approach/visit photo reportage. It feels really good to know that one of us flew this dreamy route as a real pilot !

- VATSIM's Finland vACC, Hellenic vACC, vACC-SAG (Switzerland) for their  valuable support in our Event. 

         Do not hesitate to contact us for any additional information or question you might have.


         Finally our best wishes for

  Merry Christmas and a Healthy & Happy New Year to you and your family !!!.



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