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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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Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - 18:30 to 21:30 (UTC)
Welcome to the Zurich Night, the weekly onlineday of Switzerlands major airport! Enjoy one of total 4 IFR approaches or get yourself a spot as a small VFR aircraft between the big birds.


Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - 20:00 to 22:00 (UTC)
We will provide full ATC services and do our best for Fiumicino (LIRF) and Ciampino (LIRA) airports. Rome has a big airspace, but you might want to prepare for some holdings!


Friday, December 14, 2018 - 22:00 to Saturday, December 15, 2018 - 00:00 (UTC)
This Saturday VATNZ and VATSIM Hong Kong have arranged a long haul event that will see the sights of Auckland, Port Moresby, Indonesia, The Philippines and finally Hong Kong. Join us on this 5019 mile journey from the southern to the northern hemisphere.


Saturday, December 15, 2018 - 00:00 to 04:00 (UTC)
Come join the Denver ARTCC as we host the City Chasin' FNO! This is going to be a flight from Denver to O'Hare with staffing at both airports.


Saturday, December 15, 2018 - 12:00 to 15:00 (UTC)
Come join the Boston Virtual ARTCC and Dutch VACC for a long-haul, trans-Atlantic, inter-division jamboree! Bring your favourite long haul aircraft, your business jet, or whatever you want, and join us for 6+ hours of packed airspace and professional ATC.


Saturday, December 15, 2018 - 16:00 to 21:00 (UTC)
This event is from Tehran-Mehrabad Int Airport (OIII) to Dubai Int Airport (OMDB). All welcome to join and enjoy lovely route from Iran to Emirates. Fasten your seat belt and get ready for it captains!