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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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FIVB U23 Men World Championship
Thursday, August 17, 2017 -It’s time for the 2017 FIVB Volleyball Men's U23 World Championship! And if you are not a volleyball fan, you are very welcome to fly our skies in the way you like.
18:00 to 21:00(UTC)
Brisbane Flyin for Aus Aviation Expo
Saturday, August 19, 2017 -VATSIM/VATPAC has accepted an invitation to the Australian Aviation Expo this weekend
00:00 to 06:00(UTC)
Kaitaia & Wellington
Saturday, August 19, 2017 -This week we fly from the top, to the bottom, of the North Island.
07:00 to 11:00(UTC)
Mid Summer Madness XI!
I'm delighted to announce the latest rendition of the UK's longest running event.
Saturday, August 19, 2017 - 10:00 to Sunday, August 20, 2017 - 19:00(UTC)
Düsseldorf RealOps Noon2Midn
Saturday, August 19, 2017 -RG Düsseldorf kindly invites you to another Event of our traditional Noon2Midnight.
10:00 to 22:00(UTC)
Saturday, August 19, 2017 -As the summer nears its end, VATPRC would like to invite you to Ningbo Lishe International Airport, the third busiest airport in Zhejiang Province, China!
12:00 to 16:00(UTC)
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