NoelG From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 4261 times:
Okay I've given in and finally had a go using VATSIM!
I was very sceptical but actually was pleasantly surprised! Such a high level of realism, actually talking to somebody from where you're flying too and getting real instructions! Wow!!
Only thing I'm worried about is am I going to lose all my AI traffic when I fly online? I saw a few flights (U2 at LTN, ZB at LGW), would these have been online people or AI (they were with my FlightOne aircraft so think maybe AI?), but when I landed there were no aircraft on the ground at LGW!
Is coverage generally good when doing say a UK-Middle East run, and are there any "chat" channels as in the real world?
Generally I'm really impressed though, although I admit to being very nervous when I first held down that "Ctrl" button to talk!!
FlyMIA From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7450 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 4202 times:
I always wanted to try Vatsim but just can never get all the programs set up correctly or have a stable Internet connection. Well I have a good connection now so maybe when I have alot of free time I try to set it up.
Do you get real ATC from all major airports 24/7? Also if there is no ATC in the area what do you do?
"It was just four of us on the flight deck, trying to do our job" (Captain Al Haynes)
A3204eva From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 1060 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 4179 times:
All you need to connect is a flight sim, and Squawkbox 3 from www.squawkbox.ca and it's easy from there. It has a built in voice client too.
ATC is people like me, who in their spare time log on different positions around the world. If there's no ATC at the airport you're at, or en-route etc. you monitor a frequency called UNICOM (122.8) so you know where other aircraft are and so you don't end up crashing
Although VATSIM does have many real world controllers, most are not. Whether the controller is a real ATCO or not, REAL WORLD procedures are used, which is why newbies should ALWAYS read up BEFORE connecting (and get appropriate charts).
And a very important note: NEVER load up on an active rwy! If you do, the controller will send a private message yelling at u to get off the rwy asap either that, or a SUP will come and have a word with u.
"They have lady pilots......... they're not that good, but they have 'em"