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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.

Upcoming Events More »

Holiday-Shuttle Shuttle

Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 18:00 to 20:00 (UTC)
Summer in Central Europe – holiday time!

Geneva - One by One

Friday, August 25, 2017 - 18:00 to 20:00 (UTC)
Last Friday night of the month? Put your kids to bed or place them in the right seat and start your engines...

Mainline Madness

Saturday, August 26, 2017 - 07:00 to 11:00 (UTC)
Get ready for a night of madness as we take VATNZ's most popular event to a whole new level.

VATSIM UK Live! 2017

Saturday, August 26, 2017 - 10:00 to Sunday, August 27, 2017 - 20:00 (UTC)
On Saturday the 26th and Sunday the 27th August, VATSIM members will gather in Birmingham for VATSIM UK Live! 2017.

Dales Duty Free Sweep

Saturday, August 26, 2017 - 11:00 to 20:00 (UTC)
Visit as many airports in the UK as possible during the event to become top of our leaderboard to win a prize.

Beijing-Shanghai Expressway

Saturday, August 26, 2017 - 12:00 to 16:00 (UTC)
VATPRC's iconic event, Beijing-Shanghai Expressway, makes its comeback!