Mosquito Meeting 2003
aivalkoski 3-6. July 2003
Some photos from the meeting:
Day 1 |
Alert: we're still missing movie theatre systems - vhs recorder, dvd player, audio system. (video projector & screen already found). If you can help please announce in the discussion group.
Mosquito Meeting '03 is the Nordic Euro Convention for
WW2 online flight sim fans. Come to see, feel and taste the atmosphere, some real aeroplanes
and history on site. Get to meet the other dweebs of the skies and share your tactics in the
scandinavian light and warm summer! Experience the unique midsummer nights, lakes and Finnish
The traditional 9th annual Mosquito Meeting is arranged by Virtuaalilentäjät r.y. / Finnish Virtual Pilots Association. Mosquito Meeting is the oldest existing WarBirds/virtual pilots' convention in the world. All WW2 online flight simulator fans are welcome to share the summer fun in this Thursday-Sunday meeting and see other virtual pilots in person.
Virtuaalilentäjät r.y. / Finnish Virtual Pilots Association is a registered society that aims to bring the Finnish virtual pilots from different simulators and communities together. After all, it is the same hobby, it is no matter what simulator you fly. Our only requirement is that you are a online pilot who flies in the Internet. The society arranges meetings, conventions and other happenings, not forgetting our attempt to collect and store real aviation history. By bringing the virtual pilots and war pilots together we hope that both sides gain something. You can see the results of this action from our World War II History section.
Discussions and more information
If you need to ask anything, want information or just want to chat before the convention, you can join us
in the Virtual Pilots Finland general discussions forum: virtualpilots.general general
In case that link above doesn't seem to work, try this backup link.
Program and events during the convention
There will be plenty of activities to choose from, reports from previous meetings will give an rough figure on what to expect. Even if there is a lot to do, there is also time for socializing and relaxation.
Primary programme will consist of various competitions and hopefully R/C airplane flying.
We also have already confirmed veteran visitors, real World War II aviators who'll be visiting us. We hope to have visits from pilots who've flown also later planes, like dweeby likes such as Draken or Hornet.
|Sauna management: ?|
|xx:00||Arrival, convention begins|
|xx:05||Network setup, finding accommodation, setting up the camp|
|20:00||Introduction to Aces High (LLv 34)|
|22:00||Aces High Snapshot event, using Kanttori's FinRus
|Sauna management: LLv 34|
|xx:xx||Optional field trip to the "Raatteen tie", Winter War battle area.|
|18:00||Paper plane competition (CO Camouflage)|
|21:00||Virtuaalilentäjät ry vuosikokous|
|23:00||Projektin aloitus. Ohjelmointi-, mallinnus-, grafiikka-, ja audiotaitoiset paikalle. (Cosmo)|
|24:00||Organized Warbirds-operations (ÜberFinns perkele)|
|Sauna management: ?
|16:00||Forgotten Battles co-op missions (LLv34)|
|18:00||Forgotten Battles Brewster furball competition (LLv34)|
|23:00||Organized WW2OL-operations (Kuhlmey)|
|Sauna management: ?
|xx:xx||Powering off, speeches and prizes|
|All times in local time: GMT+2, CET+1, UTC+3|
Mosquito Meeting location and how to get there
Mosquito Meeting returns to the northern area, out of all civilization, after visiting southern Finland during 2001/2002. The place is located at Taivalkoski, northern Finland. Distance by road from Helsinki is 760 km, from Tampere 641 km, from Kuopio 372 km and from Oulu 153 km.
Roadmaps: Taivalkoski general area.
MM'03 exact location maps and how to find your way:
MM'03 GENERAL LOCATION
MM'03 EXACT LOCATION
There are several possibilities of arriving to MM:
1: Come by your own car or other traveling system.
2: Come to Oulu by airplane or train and join the rest of the people travelling from Oulu to Taivalkoski.
3: Organize a car pool or rent a minibus for travelling together with friends. Check the discussion group for contacts.
Take notice, that you can arrive to Oulu by Wednesday and sleep in MM'03 early arrival's accommondition, then travel together to Taivalkoski Thursday morning.
You will find EXACT, DETAILED driving guide from the discussion group virtualpilots.general.
If approaching the site from general direction of Oulu, drive towards Taivalkoski. The site is approximately 50km from Pudasjärvi, on right side of the road, five (5) kilometers before Taivalkoski itself. There will be a MM sign (easily recognizable because the mosquito) on the roadside.
From direction of Taivalkoski, site is about 5,7km from the city, on the left side of the road.
Oulu-Pudasjärvi-Taivalkoski, road number 20.
From direction of Kajaani, following route is suggested:
Kajaani-Paltamo (roads 5, 22)
Paltamo-Puolanka (road 78)
Puolanka-Road 20 crossing
Road 20 crossing - MM03 (right turn, MM03 on right side of the road after approximately 45kms)
How does one register to the event and how much does it cost?
REGISTRATION IS CLOSED. For last minute registrations please contact registrations officer, information below.
If you have questions about your registration or you are a latecomer please contact the registrations officer
BlauKreuz. If you have any kind of problem with registration
form, please contact BlauKreuz.
The convention charges are as follows:
The price covers food, drinks (beer, etc. - soft drinks for youth, and this policy is
enforced, kids), accommodation, networking and other nescessary costs. In theory you don't need any cash, but in practice you
need it for bonus entertainment like flights or if there happens to be some stuff for sale you would like to buy.
- 70 euros - Virtuaalilentäjät ry member (membership fee paid for 2003)
- 80 euros - a non member
- 50 euros - foreigners and youth price for Virtuaalilentäjät ry youth members. Contact us
to apply for youth price before registering/paying.
The convention charge is to be paid to the bank account Nordea 125730-513202, 20.06.2003 at latest.
Recipient Virtuaalilentäjät. Please DO remember to mention following in the money transfer: MM03 fee, your name,
handle and email. Foreigners see note below.
NOTE! Foreign participants must send us their passport and possible visa (not the credit card) number in beforehand!
Note! Your registration is not valid until you have paid the participation fee
(exception: Overseas travellers may pay on site) and sent the registration information. All of the registration
form fields are mandatory. If you selected "Other" simulator you will need to send a separate email and explain what is the "Other" simulator and why YOU should participate, unless you are Virtuaalilentäjät ry member who has paid his membership fee. MM is open for all online flight simulator fans are welcome. The general rule for participation is that you need an active pay-to-play account in a online flight sim host (WB/AH/WW2OL), or you are member of an active online squadron (IL-2, EAW, CFS) or member of a well known, long term online squadron. And preferably a member of the association.
In order to get Virtuaalilentäjät ry member discount, you must have paid the Virtuaalilentäjät ry annual membership fee by 1.6.2002. If you haven't yet joined the club and don't remember how see
The Virtuaalilentäjät r.y. reserves the right to limit the number of participants
should there be too many registrations, late comers may or may not be dumped. To be on safe side, please sign in in time.
What to pack with you?
Accomodation will probably be in nice inside quarters. Finnish Army half platoon tents will be
available as well. But remember, Mosquito Meeting is no hotel. Casual clothing is fine, you don't need any special gear. A sleeping
bag is highly recommended for comfort. The Finnish summer can be very warm, even +30 celsius in the shade during the hot hours. On the
other hand, it can be chilly +10 and raining... Also, the nights are very warm and light since the sun hardly goes below the horizon.
Note that you are not insured by arranging team, it is recommended that you have a freetime insurance that suits your needs
when you come to the meeting - not that we would have had any incidents ever, but it is always good to be on the safe side.
This means that you will attend the convention at your own risk (eg. of injury or your own equipment). We recommend that you
consult your own insurance company for further details.
To ensure you own flight experience and the times you desire we suggest you bring your own
hardware (220V/50Hz) to the meeting. Bring all possible electrical and network cables (RJ45, preferrably 3m or more) and extension
cords if you really WANT to be in the network or use your computer. Otherwise we can't guarantee you power or network. Further
information about the network configurations will be mailed to you after registration. MARK YOUR STUFF!
||Essential equipment to pack:
Secondary items to pack:
- Sleeping bag, matress
- Money in some form
- Casual clothing
- Towel, tools of personal hygienia
- Insurance, travel documents, eg. passport and tickets
- Personal Computer
- Personal gamegear
- Rain gear, other than umbrella
If you need further instructions or help on what to pack with you, please contact us and we
will help you out.
General instructions for the convention
Network and hardware, what to bring:
- RJ45 cables, long ones preferred, as we have to spread around
- Computer, minimalistic configuration is practical
- Extension cord
- Prefer earphones over speakers
- Drivers and configuration software for your hardware (specially network card)
- HUB or SWITCH if you have one
Note: check before arriving that your network card is in 10M half duplex, just to minimize
the amount of problems.
Most likely many people will be flying with your computer. So it is very kind to prepare your
flight equipment with a premade paper that shows how you have programmed your stick. Most high end sticks can be programmed on the
fly to one's favored settings. Machine owners should therefore keep their own programming files readily at hand, so you won't be at
loss if someone has reprogrammed the stick. It is always VERY kind to ask permission first. CH stick users can find ready stick
templates here for example: F-16 Fighterstick and
A request from the organizers: If you can select from a huge, large or normal monitor - please
bring the normal monitor :-) It is hard to cram the computers into a limited space. Also any electric fans would be very useful. As
you can imagine - or remember - the main convention room had som ewhat poor air conditioning and the heat even caused some computers
to run badly. So bring your own air conditioning if you really intend to fly a lot.
|Arranging team: Mosquito Meetingorganizers|
|Sami Kukkonen (BlauKreuz)||int+358-(0)50-505 7576
| Tuomas Haarala (Lart)|| |
|Addressed scrambled to avoid spam.|
| MM CO: ? |
| MM XO: Marko Enkenberg (Charge)|
| MM arrangements: Tuomas Haarala (Lart)|
| MM registrations: Sami Kukkonen (BlauKreuz)|
| MM network: Tuomas Haarala (Lart)|
| MM chef: Mika Lilleberg (Xlillex)|
| MM general: Jussi Soini (Birra) & VirtuaaliTukiLentoLaivue|
| MM online-reporter: position available|
Practically all Finns understand and most also speak English so you should not face any
language problems nor do you need to learn Finnish to get around. In Helsinki most hotels, shops and offices can server you
also in French, German and Russian languages. Also, 5% of Finnish people speak Swedish as their native language and a great
majority of people will understand and speak Swedish well. Truly a language enabled coutry!
Finland is the Promised Land of cellular phones. Coverage is good, and this is about the
normal way to make a call here. If you have a GSM card of your own, you can use it in here. (US phones do not work, though -
GSM cards should fit local phones which can be rented from eg. the Helsinki railway station).
Food and drink:
Food will be served in the convention place. We have a dedicated, professional chef taking care of the nourishment needs from breakfast till the nightly snacks.
All food is included in the entrance fee, of course, but if you want fancy things you need to bring your own with you or from the shops in the general area. As traditionally, the beer is included in the the fee.
Breakfast at MM98, it may not be this fancy always but...
Making of FPO, only partial truth shown.
Food is safe in Finland, water in most lakes and normal faucet water is good for drinking too.
Beer differs in taste and in strength from US beers, typical percentage is 4,5% of alcohol. Strong alcohol can only be bought from
special shops, which can be found from almost everywhere. There is no such thing as decaffeinated coffee. Coffee is strong when
compared to US coffee-like product. Drugs are highly illegal and not permitted in the meeting.
FPO stands for Flack Panzer Oil and it is world famous amongst the online simulator community.
No, you will not be told how FPO is manufactured...
|Rules for the use of hardware:
| §1 ||You must respect the wishes of the hardware owner in all circumstances.
| §2 ||Do not touch to any hardware unless you have a written personal persmission
from the hardware owner. Prior to the permission the owner will train you to use the unique hardware set (sticks etc). Each computer
will have a list of allowed users.
||Computer configurations may not be changed in any way even if they seem funny or unlogical,
many of us use the computer for work too.
| §4 ||Eating and drinking is prohibited while using the hardware. The hardware
owner can make exeptions to this rule.
||Respect other people using the hardware and do not disturb them or enter the no-go-zone
around the hardware unless they ask you to.
In order to make Mosquito Meeting '01 a memorable and pleasent experience for all participants
the arranging team has set up eg. rules for the use of computers and other hardware that all participants are expected to follow.
The tents are for sleeping and silent meditation, respect other people wanting a moment of peace.
Additionally to the rules written in here common sence and set of unwritten social behaviour rules apply.
The MM Duty Officer can and will take necessary action to maintain peace and good
atmosphere. In the worst case the participant may be excluded from the meeting and sent home at his own cost. No fees will be
refunded in such a case.
Last minute checklist
Things you ought to remember before taking off in the trusty Junkers transport towards Mosquito Meeting:
- If you're bringing computer, take the smaller monitor. Remember all your cables for power and network. Doublecheck. Take extra extension / dividing cords.
- A big fan to cool off yourself and the con room is always useful. Bring hubs and switches for network. Make sure you got your Windows/OS system disks and drivers for your graphics adapter and network card, and that your network settings are ok.
- If you don't like snoring people - remember your earplugs!
- Mark your property, otherwise you might forget it when you leave the con.
- Take your cutlery (plate, spoon, fork etc) if you intend to eat in the con place ;-)
- If you bring a computer - before just putting it someplace check with organizers where is most convenient location so available space is used most logically.
Our highly honorable sponsors (carefully unsorted):
|The information on this page is subject to change without further
notice. The Virtuaalilentäjät r. y. reserves all rights to change the pricing, programme and any other detail as necessary.
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