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Manu
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« on: January 24, 2010, 01:52:21 pm »

We have since 3 years now a double page in the French magazine Micro-Sim.

Are you aware of other magazines speaking about VFAT ?

PS: Article in french only sorry...
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« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2010, 02:43:10 pm »

Awsome!

Maybe someone up for a translation? Would be great.  Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2010, 08:57:02 pm »

Yes, this Article seems to be interesting. Want to understand it Wink
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« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2010, 02:19:03 am »

Nice!!!

Is there anyone in our community behind this? Or do they do this on their own initiative?
Would be great if someone can translate the pages in short!

Seen that this is an "aftertalk", we should contact them before the 2010 edition  Wink
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« Reply #4 on: January 25, 2010, 08:05:18 am »

The first year Airone was the one who contacted them to announce the event (1st streaming year).

Since then I'm doing it.

A quick and dirty translation Smiley

Already the 5th edition! The virtual festival of aerobatic teams (VFAT) arrive to adulthood with a good control of the technical part, a great quality of the displays and some innovations appreciated by the public, like the pylons race.
 
The aeronautic fellows who do not know the principle of VFAT are always intrigued when you explain them that pilots of the whole world, in front of their PC and Lock-On, carry out a show worthy of the best airshows, while film directors and technicians, on other PC, elsewhere, are taking care of broadcast and that spectators also behind their computer are watching the show.
It is a perfectly achieved example of virtuality which deserves the largest public. However, while the 2008 audience often exceeded 1000 people watching simultaneously , event attaining a peak of 1300, the 2009 showed less interest, even on Saturday, best seen frequently day.
 
Since 2007, the event is broadcasted live, and this is what makes its charm. A chat allows people to speak together while waiting for the next display. This year, it was disabled during the displays to encourage people to watch in full screen, avoiding some technical problems, but not allowing people to discuss with their neighbor about a specific maneuver showing a less living ambiance. That being said, comments were going on at the end of each display.
 
A renewed decor
 
Changing to full screen was however a good thing, even more because of the landscape, especially with the audience around the parking, gave the impression of a video made with real planes, due to the usual decreased quality of the video when broadcasting live. The great work of the cameraman allowed seeing some great views without loosing any second of each aircraft display. Their work was not easy due to the speed of the planes and the necessity to switch between wide views to appreciate the trajectory and zooms to value the planes.
 
All those parameters were driven with a big professionalism and a good ground technology, even if some people complained about jerks, most probably due to their own connection. On the display side, the schedule was tempting, like last year around 30 participants coming from Asia, Europe and America. But the charm of the other VFAT editions was in the new teams, not knows but ready to give the best out of them, moreover European than ever with 19 teams without the 6 Eastern European teams, and this is what was missing this year
The Friday evening, with an opening of 11 aircrafts, was essentially devoted to the solos, with only one team, 2 duos like the Voltige Victor Virtuelle on Mirage, much appreciated by the spectators and 6 solos indeed very good but not replacing the team displays. But it was most certainly to fine tune a shining Saturday.
 
A superb innovation
 
In fact, the highlight of the evening - but you had to wait until 2 am in France - was the Red Bull Air Race, a pylon race, such as one rarely sees, even in real, and where planes are flying low, between big poles, squeezing bends to allow a minimum time on the way. Contrary to what one might think, it is a particularly difficult exercise and you often have crashes. Not having had the courage to stay up so late, it was refreshing to watch the video on demand next morning, while the meeting had not started that day. Unfortunately, the video on demand was not maintained due to the increasing viewers, it was the only missing video that was not available.
 
Replays
 
The Saturday schedule showed all the big teams - except those during the Sunday - including the Patrouille Suisse Virtuelle which contributes to the organization of the VFAT. This time, every performance was unique, with display between 30 minutes to 1 hours, the evidence of the professionalization of the meeting. If you missed your preferred display, or even the full airshow, no problem: All the displays are online, even the ones of preceding years. It takes a lot of work to come to thee level of these great teams and solos, but everyone started one day.
 
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