What is a VA?

A Virtual Airline is a member-driven group which aims to simulate the flights and the traffic of an airline. Some may be based on real world companies while others are fictional. Some virtual airlines cover countries, or continents, while some operate globally.


Each VA is different in terms of how "realistic" it is in different areas: for example; ranking structure, the amount of training required to fly different aircraft types, the corporate management structure, and standard operating procedures.  This wide variety almost guarantees there is a VA using our network that should suit your individual needs.


VATSIM maintains an extensive list of "approved" virtual airlines that meet basic guidelines encompassing size, longevity, and activity on this network. To browse our database of approved VAs please click VA & SOA partners to the left side of this page.