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21 May 2018 VATSIM is updating our Privacy Policy in preparation for the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which comes into effect on 25th May 2018
20 May 2018 Agenda for the Board of Governors Meeting to be held on 26MAY18 at 20:00UTC
19 May 2018 We are looking for experienced developers to help us bring the network into the future!
3 May 2018 Update on how VATSIM is preparing for the introduction of GDPR on 25MAY18

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What is VATSIM

VATSIM is the Virtual Air Traffic Simulation network, connecting people from around the world flying online or acting as virtual Air Traffic Controllers. This completely free network allows aviation enthusiasts the ultimate as-real-as-it-gets experience. Air Traffic Control (ATC) is available in our communities throughout the world, operating as close as possible to the real-life procedures and utilising real-life weather, airport and route data. On VATSIM you can join people on the other side of the planet to fly and control, with nothing more than a home computer.

Many flight simulators are supported by our pilot software including Microsoft FSX, FS9/2004, FS2002, XPlane and P3D. Our Air Traffic Control software is provided free, as is training wherever you wish to become a controller. For those that would like to start flying or would like to improve their skills, training is available as well as plenty of resources and guides to help you get started.

Whether you're new or an experienced flight simmer, VATSIM looks forward to welcoming you to the community and a fantastic hobby. If you wish to join VATSIM, the process is quick and simple. If you wish to know more you can read about the VATSIM network, or have a look at our community forums. As VATSIM is a global flight simulation network, our Region and Divisions around the world have many more websites, resources and community links that you may be interested in.

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Nigerian South-North Air Bridge

Sunday, May 27, 2018 - 16:00 to 19:00 (UTC)
West African Virtual Aviation Simulation Club Presents: Nigerian South-North Air Bridge.

The Annual Umrah OPS

Sunday, May 27, 2018 - 17:00 to 20:00 (UTC)
Once again VATSIM SAUDI ARABIA brings you The Annual Umrah OPS!

Stuttgart Flexops

Thursday, May 31, 2018 - 16:00 to 20:00 (UTC)
You can enjoy your flight and our controller crew provides full ATC coverage from delivery to radar service in keeping with the motto "as real as it gets".

Hawaii Friday Night Operations

Friday, June 1, 2018 - 23:45 to Saturday, June 2, 2018 - 04:00 (UTC)
Come fly into the Hawaiian islands where we have something for every type of pilot...

VATNZ - Nelson and Hamilton

Saturday, June 2, 2018 - 07:00 to 11:00 (UTC)
This week the action is centred on two busy regional airports: Nelson at the top of the South Island, and Hamilton in the North Island's Waikato region.

Kiev Moscow Shuttle

Saturday, June 2, 2018 - 17:00 to 20:00 (UTC)
We will be glad to see you at the event between Moscow and Kiev.