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16 Aug 2018 USA - C to be retired, Replaced by USA - S
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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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Panic Stations Launceston

Sunday, August 19, 2018 - 04:00 to 08:00 (UTC)
The idea is devilishly simple. Get as many aircraft as possible to try and arrive at a destination airport, touching down at the same time.

Manila Fly-In 2018 - Ninoy Aquino Day

Sunday, August 19, 2018 - 11:00 to 15:00 (UTC)
vACC Philippines invites all pilots to come to the Philippines especially in Manila as we commemorate in advance the hero of democracy in the country.

VATSIM-Scandinavia Shuttle Series #2

Sunday, August 19, 2018 - 16:00 to 20:00 (UTC)
VATSIM-Scandinavia would like to welcome everyone for a series of shuttle events that will take you to all of our major airports within VATSCA.


Sunday, August 19, 2018 - 21:00 to 23:45 (UTC)
Jacksonville ARTCC welcomes one and all to join us for the return of our “Staff it up Sunday!” event.

FNO: Greater Detroit 2018

Friday, August 24, 2018 - 23:00 to Saturday, August 25, 2018 - 04:00 (UTC)
ZOB is pleased to bring back a good, old event which used to be held yearly. It’s Greater Detroit.

Cross the Arabian - Dubai to Karachi

Saturday, August 25, 2018 - 15:00 to 19:00 (UTC)
Emirates vACC and Pakistan vACC invites you to their collaborated event "Cross the Arabian - Dubai to Karachi"