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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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Pandemic Weekend

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 18:00 to Sunday, June 24, 2018 - 22:00 (UTC)
Join us for a highly immersive real-time game of Pandemic set in New Zealand.

VATSAF Vanilla Triangle

Saturday, June 23, 2018 - 07:00 to Sunday, June 24, 2018 - 18:00 (UTC)
VATSAF presents the Vanilla Triangle event, connecting 3 Southern African countries with Mauritius and the Seychelles islands.

The Expedition - Dubai to Vienna

Saturday, June 23, 2018 - 13:00 to 21:00 (UTC)
Along with the Austrian vACC, the United Arab Emirates vACC is proud to present The Expedition - Dubai to Vienna!

Explore Iberian Peninsula: leg 6

Saturday, June 23, 2018 - 15:00 to 18:00 (UTC)
VatSpa and vACC Portugal are proud to announce “Explore Iberian Peninsula” event.


Saturday, June 23, 2018 - 18:30 to 21:00 (UTC)
It's back for another year as VATSIM UK staff up the largest two airports in the Essex Radar coverage area as we declare that The Only Way Is Essex!

Discover the Midnight Sun

Sunday, June 24, 2018 - 16:00 to 20:00 (UTC)
VATSIM Scandinavia is happy to present Discover the Midnight Sun