Have you ever dreamed of being an Air Traffic Controller?
Well with VATSIM it is not only possible but can be quite easily achieved.
The VATSIM network is a realistic simulation of procedures followed by pilots and air traffic controllers everyday around the world. Each day there are hundreds, sometimes thousands, of aircraft flying on the VATSIM network with each pilot following real world procedures for their flight.
Pilots need Air Traffic Controllers to help them to conduct their flights as they takeoff off from A, fly hundreds of miles to B and land safely. All of this must be done while other aircraft are doing the same. The job of the Air Traffic Controller is to keep them moving but, more importantly, to keep them separated.
Can you imagine how it will be controlling at London, Frankfurt, Athens or Vienna?
There could be many aircraft in your airspace each needing precise instructions and clearance from you. Of course you will need a little training but that’s not a problem since VATSIM will provide the training and is there help you as you progress as a controller, see Controller Training.
An enthusiast's network
The Virtual Air Traffic Simulation Network, known as VATSIM.net or "VATSIM" was created in 2001 by a group of individuals who came together with a goal of creating an organization which truly served the needs of the flight simulation and online air traffic control community. With an eye towards more than just providing a network of computers for users to log into, VATSIM is an online community where people can learn and, at the same time, enjoy the pastimes of flight simulation and air traffic control simulation all while making new friends from all over the world.
VATSIM is not just for individuals who have experience in online flight simulation and ATC. It is perfect for both the new user, and the long time "simmer".
For someone who has just learned about online flight simulation and air traffic control and is interested in real world procedures, VATSIM and its members, many of whom bring real world experience and expertise to our community, offer an ideal environment to learn real world skills.
For pilots, you'll be able to fly with radar service by air traffic controllers who issue instruction and assistance in all phases of flight from getting your clearance to arriving at your destination airport.
For air traffic control enthusiasts, the entire world is simulated meaning you can work ATC virtually anywhere from a general aviation airport to the busiest airports in the world. Nearly all of the real world positions are available for you to choose and learn to work.
What's your benefit?
The best part of all of this is that VATSIM brings real people together who share with you the passion for flight and air traffic control. When you contact that controller or pilot, you aren't contacting a computer generated voice or image - you will be communicating with a real person who shares the same interests as you!
And VATSIM is even more than that. It is a worldwide community of approx. 200.000 members who share the idea, the fun and the adventure of flight simulation. The local communities around the world are really good places to meet and to share information, and of course: not everything we are talking about is about this hobby. The communities are real life member communities.
You can be a part of VATSIM
All it takes is a few moments to register and join VATSIM. Once you do, prepare to learn and be rewarded with friendships that will span the globe. In addition, you'll receive the appreciation and thanks of the online flight simulation and air traffic control communities.
So why not head over to the VATSIM Members page and sign up? It is free of charge but not free of time. You will love flying in our environment.