- Fri Nov 06, 2009 7:47 pm #324893 I am new to VATSIM and not used to communicating with live ATC. I'm only fairly decent at flying and prefer the larger planes (737) over small GA planes. Is there anyone that would like to do some training, either as ATC or a flying partner that can work with me and get me up to speed on ATC communications and flying procedures? I'm not new to flying, but I would like some additional practice with a human to reiterate what is taught in the in-game tutorials. Special attention given specifically to holding patterns and intercepting courses. I know the basics, but would like some help to get more comfortable. I want to be able to fly with VATSIM but not mess anyone up that is more experienced. I also need to work on ATC communications and my listening skills. It seems from my first flight last night that I must have been nervous about communicating because I stumbled my words and had to stop to think, and I had trouble hearing ATC clearances and instructions (I think my engine sound was too high -- I fixed that today). Is there anyone that has extra time one or two nights a week that can assist me with this? It would be appreciated.
- Fri Nov 06, 2009 9:08 pm #324907 I was in the same boat as you a few months ago, I now fly all over the place with great confidence. I don't know how your fixed for time, but I started off at EGFF, both TWR and APP will give you all the help you need. I went from flying VFR circuits in a cessna to transatlantic crossing in a 757 within a month. I sat for days listening in at airports and writing things down to make myself a worksheet to follow.
The stumbling block is that your in the USA, an some of the 'ATC Chatter' is different to that of Europe. Just depends on where you plan on doing most of your flying.
As I said if you want a starting place, hunt down Wycliffe or Mark at EGFF, i'm sure they'll be as willing to help you as they were me. Just remember, Patience................... Is doesn't happen in a heart beat.
If you want PM me, I'll try and send you a copy of what I used in the beggining.