Short info:


  1. Read the User agreement
  2. Read the Private policy
  3. Read the Code of Conduct
  4. Join VATSIM

In adherence with the Children's Online Privacy Act of 1999, VATSIM requires all members to be 13 years of age or older at the time of registration.

Welcome to VATSIM!

Whether you stumbled across VATSIM on an internet search engine or if you heard about us through word-of-mouth, we are glad that you have taken the time to browse the site in an effort to learn about what the VATSIM network has to offer. We’re confident that VATSIM will meet your expectations whether you’re a real world pilot or controller, or just an aviation enthusiast looking to have an enjoyable online experience. 

In order to get started, you should first decide what you would like to do on the network. You can fly online as a pilot, control traffic as an air traffic controller, or you can do both! Located below is information that will assist you with joining VATSIM, how to get connected to the network, and how to make a seamless transition into the community. The information will serve as an orientation into all that VATSIM has to offer.

Welcome aboard!

New to VATSIM?

VATSIM is a free service. BUT before you start, you have to be registered with VATSIM. 
The registration process is quite simple and there are no join up costs.

Four steps:

VATSIM has in excess of 200,000 members, sharing their flight simulation and air traffic control adventures each day. VATSIM has established a Code Of Conduct and User Agreement which members must abide by. Please take the time to read and understand these documents.

Step 1: 

Read the VATSIM User agreement and the Privacy Policy

The user agreement and privacy policy are there for your protection, please read them both thoroughly.

Step 2:
Read the VATSIM Code of Conduct

VATSIM is an online community created for enthusiasts of flight simulation and air traffic control. To ensure that the members of VATSIM enjoy this enviroment it is necessary to have a Code of Conduct [CoC] which can be found here. By joining VATSIM and connecting to the network you are deemed to have read and to have accepted the CoC

Step 3: 

Sign up at VATSIM

The sign up process is quite simple and can be achieved in approximately 2 minutes. To join VATSIM, go to the Sign Up Page and complete the form. You will receive an email from VATSIM confirming your registration and advising you of your VATSIM User ID and VATSIM password.

Step 4: 

Connecting to VATSIM

Now that you are a new VATSIM member you will need to install some free software to be able to either fly online or to participate as a virtual Air Traffic Controller.

To logon as a pilot: VATSIM has three approved pilot clients.

Go to the Pilot Software page to see which one you prefer.

To logon as an ATC observer: Vatsim has three approved ATC clients.

Go to the ATC Controller Clients to see which one you prefer.