By Aleck Covaci 1443372
#529923 Hello! First off before starting, I want to say sorry if this has already been asked, or posted somewhere. Just want to be sure from others so I don't make a mistake or bother anyone.

I've been doing a lot of Continental flights for a while. Only through the USA or Canada. Yet I see people flying for 15 hours straight, like from Vancouver to Sydney or Auckland to Dubai. Mind I ask, how does everyone do this while staying online? Don't you get tired sitting in front of your computer? Or are you allowed after take off and once you reach cursing altitude to go AFK for the majority of the flight, say I take off at 10 PM, and come back in the morning at 9 AM?

Or maybe you have to contact a center controller, tell them radio services terminated, and keep flying and acknowledge yourself to the center at your arrival airport? Never the less I'd appreciate the clarification. Thanks guys!
By Michael Mund-Hoym 1038942
#529932 VATSIM likes to see the members who are connecting as pilots or controllers actively participate. It is absolutely fine to take a short break while on a longer flight to get a snack and a drink, use the restroom or for any other reason really.

I would recommend taking breaks while flying in uncontrolled airspace. If you need one while flying in controlled airspace, ask ATC if you may step away. Usually they have no problem with that. Please do not however take extended breaks while flying under ATC.

Extended flights may be checked by Supervisors and Administrators. Repeated unattended connections may result in disciplinary action being taken against a member, and that is really not worth it. It is good that you have reviewed the CoC in this regard. Please note that in addition to CoC section A9, other sections also apply. Sections A14 and B3 come to my mind.

As long as you are at or in the vicinity of your computer during the majority of the flight, everything should be fine. If you are not able to conduct a long haul flight, opt for a shorter one, or disconnect for the period you are unable to remain at or near the computer.
By Peter Lund 835801
#529949 I do alot of long haul flights.
If they are overnights I normally take off and stay on for an hour or so before disconnecting for some rest and normally come back on 1-1½ hours prior to landing.

If it´s doing the day I tend to stay on the whole flight and watch some Netflix or DVD on my TV which is on the same desk or some other random stuff on my computer. If I need to be away for some time I´ll disconnect and reconnect when back.

I have seen alot of pilots flying online and staying online while sleeping ending up overflying their destination or running out of fuel.
By Aleck Covaci 1443372
#529965
Peter Lund 835801 wrote:I do alot of long haul flights.
If they are overnights I normally take off and stay on for an hour or so before disconnecting for some rest and normally come back on 1-1½ hours prior to landing.

If it´s doing the day I tend to stay on the whole flight and watch some Netflix or DVD on my TV which is on the same desk or some other random stuff on my computer. If I need to be away for some time I´ll disconnect and reconnect when back.

I have seen alot of pilots flying online and staying online while sleeping ending up overflying their destination or running out of fuel.


Alright, thanks for the help guys! I appreciate the tips! I'll make sure to check them out!
By Trent Hopkinson 812681
#529978 Longhaul Checklist

1: make flightplan
2: set up flight deck
3: Depart into oceanic airspace
4: put on washing.
5: cook dinner
6: mop floor
7: put away clothes
8: respond to Supervisor (making sure your private message alert tone is nice and loud)
9: eat dinner
10: watch TV on the couch
11: wash dishes'
12: prepare arrival details and insert STAR into the FMS, set ILS frequency
13: look at vatspy/vattastic
14: land.

I sometimes even do some of those things while under ATC control (better if it's Oceanic ATC with SELCAL) ... EVEN ON A LIVE STREAM HAHAHA. (turn facecam off before leaving the seat)