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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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Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 16:00 to 21:00 (UTC)
VATSIM Scandinavia and Finnish controllers invite and welcome you to fly in Finland. During the event, we invite you to fly from three different airports: Helsinki-Vantaa (EFHK), Oulu (EFOU) and Kittilä (EFKT).


Friday, November 23, 2018 - 16:00 to 19:00 (UTC)
So here we are, ready to go racing for one final time this year!


Friday, November 23, 2018 - 18:00 to 22:30 (UTC)
Dutch VACC presents another edition of their famous Friday Night Fly-in, the event in form of a real operations night at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (EHAM).


Friday, November 23, 2018 - 20:00 to 22:00 (UTC)
Join us to visit Sicily, the most beautiful Italian island is ready to receive people from around the world.


Saturday, November 24, 2018 - 12:00 to 16:00 (UTC)
Come join us in Macau, the former Portugese colony known for its tourism and gambling industry, for a fly-in and out!


Saturday, November 24, 2018 - 18:00 to 22:00 (UTC)
Hop on your light aircraft or jump into a heavy plane, you are more than welcome! The region of Westphalia invites you to discover the beautiful landscapes and airports in the neighborhood.