Hopefully by now many/most will have got SB3 working to one degree or another and have used it online . . .
I'd now like to strongly suggest that "NEWBIES" to the VATSIM network, or those returning from a long absence should visit http://www.vatsim.net/prc
- the marvellous PILOT RESOURCE CENTRE, where you will find a huge amount of invaluable information on how to fly with correct procedures on VATSIM and just as important what NOT to do . . . .
One thing I would say here is - after you've had your initial "fix" of "traffic watching" at EGLL, KORD, EHAM, KJFK - wherever in the world you've found busiest - perhaps now would be a good time to go "back to basics" and pick a quieter field, with ATC where you can learn without getting in the way of 200 other users . . . Also - if you haven't already done so - go and get "SERVINFO" a marvellous programme that will amongst other things help you get a real handle on who's controlling where and what else is going on . . . SERVINFO is available from http://www.avsim.com/hangar/utils/servinfo
Also if you're after charts for the airspace or airfields that you're flying to/from (a real MUST to be honest at busy commercial fields) then try this site which has links to most international chart sources http://www.d-s.demon.co.uk/charts/index.htm
The key thing is here that we want people to enjoy their flying on VATSIM and have fun - but if you've just joined - VATSIM is NOT just another Multiplayer "zone" it thrives on the SIMULATION of ATC hence the title "Virtual Air Traffic Simulation Network" and everyone will enjoy themselves much more if we all know and understand a little about what we're all trying to do.
Finally - the main VATSIM front page http://www.vatsim.net
has links to all the global VATSIM regions/divisions who will all have their own websites with tons of useful information for pilots .
Try not to get put off - it's a wonderful place to be here on VATSIM and all the more wonderful for the fabulous new client software - but please try and take a little time out to learn a little of what is required . . . you WILL enjoy it MORE that way . . . . .
Very Best Wishes
VATSIM UK Director Of Training
former "real world" ATCO