Canadian Xpress October Fly-In – Northern Lights

The bright dancing lights of the aurora borealis (Northern Lights) are actually collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun that enter the earth’s atmosphere. The lights are seen above the magnetic poles of the northern and southern hemispheres. 2013 is the peak period of an eleven year cycle.

Canadian Xpress® would like to invite all pilots & virtual airlines to join us with your favorite turbo-prop on Saturday, October 19th at 21h00edt (Sunday 01h00z) for our October 2013 fly-in where in this season of Northern lights chasing, we will depart Iqaluit (CYFB) in Nunavut Canada and head north east to Thule Air Base (BGTL) in Greenland. We will fly in real Continue reading


Canadian Xpress August Fly-In – Lobster & Crab

For your summer vacation, why not visit the Canadian Maritimes on the east coast? Aside breath taking views and sights, do not forget that you can sample the best crab and lobster there is!

Canadian Xpress® would like to invite all pilots & virtual airlines to join us with your favorite turbo-prop on Saturday, August 17th at 21h00edt (Sunday 01h00z) for our August 2013 fly-in where we will fly from Sept-Iles (CYZV) to Moncton (CYQM) and then on to the jewel of the gulf of St-Lawrence: Iles-de-la Madeleine (CYGR).
This is an open invitation to all pilots no matter what your flying experience to attend this Canadian Xpress® sponsored event that will be flown on Continue reading


Canadian Xpress June Fly-In – San Diego

San Diego International, also known as Lindbergh Field, is the busiest single-runway commercial service airport in the United States and second busiest single use-runway in the world with approximately 550 departures and arrivals, carrying 50,000 passengers each day for a total of 17,250,269 passengers in 2012.

Landing at the airport from the east (Rwy 27, the most common approach) offers dramatic close-up views of skyscrapers, Petco Park (home of the San Diego Padres) and the Coronado Bridge from the left side of the aircraft. On the right, Balboa Park, site of the 1915–1916 Panama-California Exposition, can be seen, along with the San Diego Zoo and several freeways.

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Canadian Xpress May Fly-In – Kamchatka

Kamchatka is a peninsula situated in the Russian Far East. It is situated near two tectonic plates and therefore shows a rather high volcanic activity. The Volcanoes of Kamchatka have been declared a National Park and were recognized as an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. Volcanoes are the main attractions of the Kamchatka in which the largest active volcanoes are located on the peninsula – Shiveluch, Klyuchevskoy, Ichinsky, Koryaksky, Avachinsky, Karymsky and Kronotsky.
Canadian Xpress® would like to invite all pilots to join us on Saturday, May 18th at 21h00edt (Sunday 01h00z) for our May 2013 Fly-In where we will depart from Khabarovsk (UHHH), the largest city and the administrative center of Khabarovsk Krai, Russia and fly to Kamchatsky (UHPP).
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Red Flag, the largest military aerial training event in America. The call to attend is heard by numerous air forces throughout the world. Pilots’ mettle is tested on a daily basis as they train and fight with their brothers and sisters in arms from across the world.

We’re looking for skilled pilots to join up with the Virtual United States Air Force for our Red Flag exercise. By enlisting now, you can potentially complete the program just in time for Red Flag Nellis, one of the biggest events on VATSIM!

Our training program through our Air Education and Training Command will ensure that you learn the basics of your airframe before you move on to SUPT, Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training, where you’ll learn how to fly in formation, to fly complicated approaches, and to maneuver your airframe in a way that puts you a step above the rank-and-file pilots of the airlines!

From SUPT, your final training phase is Mission Qualification Training (MQT). In this phase, most airframes will work directly with an Instructor Pilot in a one-on-one setting that will iron out your skills and instincts to make you a formidable force for air superiority.

After you have proven yourself, you will be one of the elite pilots who are eligible to participate in Operation Red Flag. In an arena as large as Switzerland, operations will be conducted in the Nevada Test and Training Range (NTTR) where your piloting skills will be tested against Continue reading


Canadian Xpress February Fly-In: Fresh Powder Snow

Jackson Hole has become the home to many of the world’s best skiers as the terrain is considered to be some of the most challenging in North America. In addition to the skiable terrain inbounds, there is an even larger area to be explored off-piste (out of bounds). These areas are accessed through marked gates by expert skiers/boarders who are equipped with avalanche safety gear. The terrain has not only attracted the top skiers in the world but also one of the leading ski film companies, Teton Gravity Research. Jackson Hole is home to one of the most well known expert ski runs in the world, Corbet’s Couloir.

Canadian Xpress® would like to invite all pilots & virtual airlines to join us for our January fly-in on Saturday, February 16th at 21h00est (02h00z) where we will depart from another fine ski area, Kelowna British Columbia (CYLW) and head south to Continue reading


Platinum Airways visits Golden Slopes in January

Honouring a tradition, Platinum Airways’ Destination of the Week will be visiting ski country in January. In a series called On Golden Slopes, the very virtual Open Skies airline will touch down at four special runways in the heart of winter sport country.

On Golden Slopes builds on Platinum Airways’ tradition to visit ski resort destinations during the month of January. This year’s destinations are no exception. On Golden Slopes kicks off with a visit to St Johann in Tirol (LOIJ), a short runway airfield near Austria’s famous Kitzbühel region, where the world’s most challenging downhill race will be run at the Hahnenkamm on 26 January. The series continues at the other side of the Atlantic, with the private Buckhorn Ranch Airport (0CO2) near Crested Butte, CO, a former coal mining town now called the last great Colorado ski town. The third Golden Slope area of St Moritz, Switzerland is near one of Europe’s most challenging airfields: Samedan or Engadin Airport (LSZS). On Golden Slopes concludes with Heber City Municipal Airport or Russ McDonald Field (36U), close to Utah’s skiing country.

DOTW missions qualify for a 5% bonus if completed within the allotted time span. They come with charts, links to Continue reading


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