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5 Jul 2018 Read the minutes of the meeting online
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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Belfast Overload

Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 18:00 to 21:00 (UTC)
We're making the short hop over the water from Scotland to Northern Ireland for our next event and not one but two airports for you to choose from!

Nizza - Munich Shuttle

Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 18:00 to 21:00 (UTC)
What is more breathtaking than a flight over the Alps?

Light Up the Middle East

Saturday, July 28, 2018 - 15:00 to 20:00 (UTC)
VATSIM Middle East presents you the annual Light Up the Middle East. Yes, it's back!

Frankfurt RealOps

Saturday, July 28, 2018 - 15:00 to 21:00 (UTC)
This one time of the year, you have the chance to take part in one of the largest events of VATSIM by flying from or to Frankfurt.

The Holland-America Line

Sunday, July 29, 2018 - 11:00 to 21:00 (UTC)
Come join the Boston Virtual ARTCC and Dutch VACC for a long-haul, trans-Atlantic, inter-division jamboree!