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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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Zurich Night

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 18:30 to 21:30 (UTC)
Welcome to the Zurich Night, the weekly onlineday of Switzerlands major airport!


Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 20:00 to 22:00 (UTC)
Come fly and discover Brittany with VAT France

Lisboa FIR Online Day

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 20:30 to 22:30 (UTC)
Every month's third Tuesday Lisboa FIR will be online, providing you with ATC at Lisboa, Porto, Faro, Madeira, and every other airfield in Lisboa FIR.

Shuttle to Santiago (SCEL)

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 22:00 to Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 02:00 (UTC)
We invite you to participate in our "Shuttle to Santiago" event, organized by the Virtual ACC of Chile.

Gatwick Midweek Madness

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 18:00 to 21:00 (UTC)
VATSIM UK is happy to invite you back to our staff up of Gatwick!

Madrid Wednesdays

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 18:00 to 20:00 (UTC)
VATSPA would like to invite you to the Adolfo Suárez Madrid Barajas (LEMD) airport.