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Hello all and welcome to our fifth and final DOTW of our Happy Birthday to Us series. With this series, we celebrated the fifth anniversary of our domain registration. When this VA was launched, it never was management's intention to have the most members. Instead, we opted for a niche market of virtual pilots who would like to be treated as adults by being granted the freedom to select the mission of choice with the aircraft of choice at the time of choice. We call this policy Open Skies. In addition, to those who are interested, we offer additional content, such as DOTW, Military and Cargo missions, loads of suggested flights out of our hubs and one of the largest fleets. So what more can be done, you may wonder.

Frankly, as far as contents goes, we don't know at this point what we could add to our offering. But we trust that our pilots will come up with fresh ideas that will get sufficient support from our membership base to go beyond planning into implementation. This is how our latest addition, online flying via VATSIM, came about. Although, for some obscure reason, VATSIM deleted us from their VA list, despite the fact that we are still in compliance with their requirements. We are discussing with the online platform how they should reinstate us.

There is one major challenge for management at the moment: our website. It was built by one of the finest designers in the business, but Dusan no longer has the time to take it to the next level by upgrading our CMS. So if you would be a web designer with CMS experience and if you have time at hand and if you would like to improve our current web presence, please drop us a line.

Before we turn to our final Happy Birthday to Us mission, we'd like to point out that we'll keep on celebrating until we reach the fifth anniversary of our website launch on 15 June 2010. Flights between our five hubs can be filed as DOTW (with its 5% bonus) until that day. And if you decide to make it a multi-leg flight, please indicate so clearly in the comment box on our PIREP webform.

This week's DOTW mission is EBBR-KEWR. EBBR's charts and other info can be found in the DOTW archive underneath, #225. If you fly this route with stops, please indicate this clearly.

Newark Liberty International Airport (KEWR), originally named Newark Metropolitan Airport and later Newark International Airport, is an international airport which straddles the municipal boundary between Newark and Elizabeth, New Jersey. The airport is owned by the city of Newark and operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. It is about 15 miles (24 km) southwest of Midtown Manhattan (New York City). Newark Airport was the first major airport in the United States and is the New York-New Jersey metropolitan area's busiest in terms of flights. In 2013 Newark Airport handled 35 million passengers.

Newark opened in 1928 on 68 acres of reclaimed land along the Passaic River and was the busiest commercial airport in the world until LaGuardia Airport opened in 1939. During World War II the field closed to commercial aviation while it was taken over by the United States Army for logistics operations. The airlines returned to Newark in February 1946 and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey assumed control of the airport in 1948, later building new hangars, a new terminal and runway 4/22.

In the 1970s the airport became Newark International Airport. Present Terminals A and B opened in 1973, although some charter and international flights requiring customs clearance remained at the North Terminal. The main building of Terminal C was completed at the same time, but only metal framing work was completed for the terminal's satellites, and it lay dormant until the mid-1980s when for a brief time the west third of the terminal was equipped for international arrivals and used for some People Express transcontinental flights. Terminal C was completed and opened in June 1988.

Underutilized through the 1970s, Newark expanded dramatically in the 1980s. People Express struck a deal with the Port Authority to use the North Terminal as both its air terminal and corporate office in 1981 and began operations at Newark that year. It grew quickly, increasing Newark's traffic through the 1980s. Virgin Atlantic began service between Newark and London in 1984, challenging JFK's status as New York's international gateway. Federal Express (now known as FedEx Express) opened its second hub at the airport in 1986. When People Express merged into Continental in 1987 operations at the North Terminal were reduced and the building was demolished to make way for cargo facilities in the early 1990s. This merger started Continental's, and later United Airlines', dominance at Newark Airport.

Newark is a major hub for United Airlines (previously Continental Airlines before the 2010 merger). Today United has its Global Gateway at Terminal C, having completed a major expansion project that included the construction of a new, third concourse and a new Federal Inspection Services facility.

In 2004 Newark became the terminus of the world's longest non-stop scheduled airline route, Singapore Airlines' flight to Singapore; in October 2012 the airline announced that the non-stop Newark-Singapore would cease in 2013, which it did on November 23.

After the hijacking of United Airlines Flight 93 in the September 11, 2001 attacks while en route from Newark to San Francisco, the airport's name was changed from Newark International Airport to Newark Liberty International Airport in 2002. This name was chosen over the initial proposal, Liberty International Airport at Newark, and pays tribute both to the victims of the 9/11 attacks, but also to the landmark Statue of Liberty, just 7 miles (11 km) east of the airport.

KEWR has three runways:
4L/22R, 11,000 ft, 3,353 m
4R/22L, 10,000 ft, 3,048 m
11/29, 6,800 ft, 2,073 m

The following charts and scenery links might be useful:

Charts FS9 FSX X-Plane

And now our regular video selection. We'll start with a cockpit view of a landing on RWY22L.

Next, we have an A320 with an approach from the opposite direction.

If you have a bit more than an hour to spare, we can invite you to view this plane spotting video.

And we conclude with an A330-300 about to depart from 22R.

And that concludes our Happy Birthday to Us DOTW series.
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1 Destination of the Week#225 Sunday, 23 November 2014 11
2 Destination of the Week#224 Sunday, 16 November 2014 20
3 Destination of the Week#222 Sunday, 02 November 2014 59
4 Destination of the Week#221 Sunday, 26 October 2014 65
5 Destination of the Week#220 Sunday, 19 October 2014 72
6 Destination of the Week#219 Sunday, 12 October 2014 92
7 Destination of the Week#218 Sunday, 05 October 2014 118
8 Destination of the Week#217 Sunday, 28 September 2014 152
9 Destination of the Week#216 Sunday, 21 September 2014 189
10 Destination of the Week#215 Sunday, 14 September 2014 167
11 Destination of the Week Archive Monday, 20 June 2011 5212