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  1. 09 January 2021 Dear VATSIM Members, Today we were informed by the team at FLAI, who maintained the most robust model matching solution for our FSX & P3D users, that they are suspending their services with immediate effect. The reasoning for this is a disagreement between FLAI and the Alpha India Group, who have the ownership rights to about 90% of the liveries included in the FLAI package. As a result of this disagreement, Alpha India Group have revoked the permissions for their works to be redistributed via FLAI. FLAI takes having permission to redistr
  2. VATSIM New Year Message As another year draws to a close, we reflect on what has been an extraordinary and unusual year for all of us, wherever in the world we reside. First and foremost, we hope you and your families are safe and well. For our community, 2020 was busy. We clocked over 6.2 million flying hours and 630,000 controlling hours in the last 12 months. And in the summer, VATSIM hit 100,000 active members. In August, we saw the launch of Microsoft Flight Simulator, with VATSIM compatibility from day one. We also re-launched the pilot rating system
  3. 04 December 2020 The Founders and Board of Governors would like to take a few moments to thank our controllers and controller staff members for their hard work thus far in 2020 and their continued selfless contributions to our network. VATSIM would not be the best online aviation network in the world if it were not for the contributions and sacrifices our members who pursue air traffic control ratings make daily. The countless hours one puts into training for a new rating, providing air traffic services on the network for the pilots, and going even further above and beyond by trainin
  4. 29 November 2020 Effective 01 December 2020 a new global ATC policy takes effect that will change the experience for both pilot and air traffic control members. This policy titled “Air Traffic Control Frequency Management and Information Policy” cancels the old Global Controller / ATIS Information policy and provides Air Traffic Controllers the means to take further advantage of Audio for VATSIM’s capabilities to provide a more realistic simulation for both pilots and air traffic control. This policy will allow controllers to operate secondary frequencies for large airspaces a
  5. == UPDATE 3 == T-10 HOURS – FINAL INFORMATION FOR PARTICIPANTS It’s Friday night, which means the routes meeting has wrapped up and various teams from all over the VATSIM network are pulling together final plans. We look forward to seeing you tomorrow! Please do ensure you remind yourself of the important information already posted above in Updates 1 and 2, particularly relating to the requirement for pilots to be able to follow certain instructions during what will be a very busy event. If you are participating in the event, please read this post in its entirety as it
  6. FlightSim Community Survey 2020 Now Online! 13-23 November 2020 Navigraph is conducting a FlightSim Community Survey together with several major addon developers and organizations within the flight simulation community. The survey, the largest of its kind, aims to gauge the prevailing flight simulation trends and users' requests for future development. You can find the survey at vats.im/survey Like previous years, this survey has an emphasis on the major flight simulators such as Microsoft Flight Simulator, Lockeed Martin Prepar3D and Laminar Research X-Plane, but now also in
  7. == UPDATE 2 == T-3 Days - NEW INFORMATION FOR PARTICIPANTS 1. Slots now allocated All event slots for Cross The Pond have now been allocated via the lottery system - congratulations if you secured one! If you entered the lottery and were not successful, please note that you will be considered first in any future Cross The Pond lottery. The reason for the change to the lottery system is to recognise the advantage some members had because of slots being released in preferential timezones, meaning that some of our members were consistently missing out. This method is fairer becaus
  8. Please keep all discussion in the forums about the upcoming CTP in this thread. For slot trading, go to the #ctp-slot-trading channel on the VATSIM Community Discord server by assigning the Cross The Pond role in #role-selection. You can join the Discord at community.vatsim.net. Information thread: Related Threads:
  9. == UPDATE 1 == Important information for participants for Cross The Pond: Eastbound 2020 VATSIM is looking forward to welcoming you to the next bi-annual Cross The Pond event, which takes place on Saturday 14th November 2020. Cross The Pond has been a VATSIM tradition for many years, and over this time it has grown in popularity, making it by far the busiest day in the VATSIM calendar. This growth has also brought challenges for controllers, pilots and the organisers alike. It is obvious that our community wants the event to continue, so for this reason we are making
  10. Welcome to Cross The Pond: Eastbound 2020! Airfield voting is closed, your votes have been counted and the results are in; here are the airports for Cross The Pond: Eastbound 2020! This year we are setting new standards, with no fewer than 16 participating airports! We are excited about the results, making up a staggering 54 city pairs across the North Atlantic ocean! With no further ado, here are the airports that will facilitate your flights on November 14th! Departures: CYYZ (Toronto Pearson intl.) CYYC (Calgary intl.) KATL (Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta
  11. Major Revision to VATSIM’s Code of Regulations As previously announced, VATSIM is completing a major change to its governance structure with a primary goal of simplifying the organization’s hierarchy, thus bringing the membership even closer to the Board of Governors and ensuring better collaboration and alignment throughout the organizational structure. Effective 01 October 2020, a new revision of VATSIM’s Code of Regulations (CoR) will go into effect. This revision incorporates twenty-one amendments to the Code of Regulations, the largest single change to this document in VATSIM’s his
  12. It's once again time for the annual Worldflight charity event! Departing on October 31st, participants will circumnavigate the globe in just seven days, and they need your help! To ensure full ATC coverage during the event, Worldflight is recruiting a team of devoted and experienced controllers who can step in should local controllers be unavailable. Being a part of the Worldflight ATC team is independent of your assigned division, meaning you can control wherever needed at the time. Controlling during Worldflight is an exciting opportunity to help support a noble cause! Interes
  13. 13 September 2020 An Incredible Milestone for VATSIM I am writing to you today to announce and congratulate all VATSIM members on an amazing accomplishment for our network. As of last Saturday, 05 September 2020, VATSIM has eclipsed 100,000 active members! We are in the middle of the busiest development cycle that VATSIM has seen in its almost 20 year history as we continue to work to ensure you, our members, have the best experience possible with your hobby - but it would be remiss if we did not stop and take pause at this accomplishment and what it means.
  14. VATSIM announces Nicola Felini has been elected to VATSIM’s Board of Governors as Vice President, Conflict Resolution. We’re excited to announce that VATSIM North America Region Director, Nicola Felini, has been appointed to the VATSIM Board of Governors as the Vice President, Conflict Resolution. VATSIM strives to maintain consistency and fairness throughout the conflict resolution process, and as such, Nicola will be responsible for reviewing, modernizing, and maintaining all aspects of the Conflict Resolution division. Nicola was appointed to the position of North America Region D
  15. With Microsoft Flight Simulator on final approach, we are excited to announce the release of vPilot version 2.6, adding compatibility for this new simulator. We are aware of a performance issue that was not present during beta testing, where if you run certain types of SimConnect applications (of which vPilot is one) then it causes frame rate reduction and stuttering. We are in contact with Asobo and Microsoft who are investigating, and we'll update you when we have more information. vPilot users will automatically receive an update upon opening the client, whereas new users can fin
  16. VATSIM is delighted to announce that Matt Bozwood-Davies has been elected to VATSIM’s Board of Governors as Vice President, Technical Development. Matt works in web and software development in his real world job, and has a strong background in the online flight simulation community. Many of you will know him from previous staff positions in Jacksonville ARTCC, or more recently from his involvement with BAVirtual, as well as being a VATSIM Supervisor. Matt has been an active VATSIM developer for many months, mostly focussing on myVATSIM which is the hub for the new registration process and
  17. VATSIM is happy to announce that our new logo assets and branding guide are now available for public use. Members are free to use our logo in accordance with our branding guide for their marketing needs. Exceptions to the branding guide may be approved with prior approval from the Vice President Marketing & Communications by emailing vpmkt (at) vatsim.net The branding guide is available at https://vats.im/brand The logo assets are available at https://vats.im/logo
  18. Message from: Gunnar Lindahl, VATSIM President Date of Release: 9 August 2020 Like any organisation, VATSIM needs to constantly review the way that we deliver our services to our membership. It’s important that we adapt to the way our organisation is evolving, whilst recognising that VATSIM remains a hobby, above all. The past twelve months have seen some of the biggest changes in our history. In October 2019, VATSIM delivered a new voice platform that has revolutionised the experience for both pilots and controllers. Since then, we have delivered a new pilot client for X-Plane and our
  19. Important Links Pilot Resource Center: https://vats.im/prc vPilot: https://vats.im/vpilot Air Traffic Controller Training: https://vats.im/atc Code of Conduct: https://vats.im/coc Frequently Asked Questions "I’m new to VATSIM and I want to get started flying as fast as possible" Before you get started flying please ensure that you’ve ready through our pilot resource center on how to file a flight plan for VFR or IFR flight → https://vats.im/prc "How can I connect to VATSIM with Microsoft Flight Simulator?" VATSIM uses an app
  20. Q. I forgot my password. How do I get it reset?A. Go to the Member Help page of the VATSIM website. The fourth option under "Membership Links" is "Forgotten your Password" which will take you to a page where you can reset your password.------------Q. I've changed my email address. How do I update my account?A. Go to the Member Help page of the VATSIM website. The third option under "Membership Links " is "Update your Email Address " which will take you to a page where you can update your account.------------Q. I have a problem with my account. Can I just create a new account?A. No! The Members
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    VATSIM Servers

    Q. What server do I connect to?A. All of the VATSIM servers are connected to each other to create the network. If you are connected to any server, you can see and interact with people connected on any other server. To minimize lag caused by transmission times to and from the server, you should connect to the server closest to your location. Servinfo provides the ability to ping each of the servers and see what the transmission times are. We recommend connecting to the one with the lowest times from your computer.------------Q. What IP address do I connect to in my multiplayer session?A. VATSIM
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    Donations

    Q. I'd like to donate money to support VATSIM. Why can't I?A. Finances are a serious issue and have been the downfall of other online networks in the past. The Founders (who own VATSIM) are aware of the pitfalls and have made the decision not to accept donations at this time. If you are interested in giving back to VATSIM, they encourage you fly on-line or to consider becoming a controller and contributing to the network in that manner.------------Q. I have a web server and would like to donate it to the network. How do I do this?A. There are specific technical and access requirements VATSIM s
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    Supervisors

    Supervisor FAQQuestion: "What is a Supervisor?"Answer: VATSIM Supervisors monitor on-line simulation activities to provide help to members and ensure smooth on-line operations.Any network which serves for a high number of members need a couple of members, who take care for the members. VATSIM Supervisors are elected members, who are taking care for the smooth interaction of members online in the network. But they do more: they help members, who have questions and are online authorities.Without Supervisors, the network simply would not work. If you have any questions, need some help, or see som
  24. FAQ: Vehicles on the network Q: Why can't I operate a pushback tug on the network?A: The VATSIM network exists to simulate air traffic control and flight operations. Our bandwidth is donated by people and organizations who support that effort. The VATSIM Founders have determined that operating non-aircraft vehicles on the network is outside the purpose of the network and therefore a misuse of the donated bandwidth. As such, non-aircraft vehicles are not allowed on the network.------------Q: Why can't I operate a "follow-me" truck/fuel truck/boat/train on the network? Software for a
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    Fundraising

    Q. Can I hold an event to raise money for my new home cockpit?A. NO; the VATSIM network cannot be used to raise money for personal gain.Q. My local charity is looking for more funds; can I solicit money over the VATSIM network by approaching the VATSIM membership?A. NO; VATSIM does not allow a direct approach or soliciting donations in this manner.Q. Can I raise money for my local charity by holding an official VATSIM approved event?A. VATSIM will consider an application of this type provided that your application meets all criteria described below.(i) You must be able to show evidence that yo
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