By Richard Robarts
I would like to practice navigation and ATC for both VFR and IFR with a view to possibly transitioning into real life general aviation flying in the south of England. I am wondering whether I should invest in some payware or possibly a new sim (xplane11).
I prefer light aircraft both single and twins, but also am interested in flying SIDS and STARS using heavier aircraft to increase my knowledge.
I already have FSX, Xplane 10, DCS world and Aerofly FS2
FSX is probably the easiest to practice instrument flying with, I love that it can simulate any part of the world, and download real weather conditions with no problem, the issue is that it is quite bland looking and i am hesitant to spend money on scenery or aircraft because it is a long way behind the others in looks. I don't have a lot of time to spend downloading and configuring free scenery either, although I might be able to add a couple of items. Aerofly FS2 is fantastic in VR, but the flight models are limited and Vatsim is not supported. What would you recommend?
By Jay Williams
Is there a way to stop VAT-Spy minimizing to the system tray?
Thanks in advance
By Stephen Simpson
Morning, I cant seem to connect to the network.
Are servers down?
By Alex Toff
I would like to present a new tool for pilots (😱 I know right?)
ChartFox is a free, digital chart solution for flight simulation purposes. For too long when flying on the network you have had to trawl through mis-matched AIPs, foreign languages and confusing websites to gain access to publicly available charts and airfield information. ChartFox attempts to solve these issues, by giving pilots quick and easy access to charts on-the-fly, across most devices.
It currently has around 20,000 charts accessible spanning over 1,200 airports, with more countries being supported over time. On average, 80% of flights on the network have at least one fully supported airport in their flight plan (and more have the AIP supported in lieu)! A full coverage map and live stats can be found on the homepage.
ChartFox has, for the past month or so, undergone a closed beta test with a handful of members, and their feedback has driven improvements to the software (if you were one of these people, thank you soooo much for your feedback). It has also recently been implemented on VATSIM UK’s airfield information pages (controllers, should be easier for you to point pilots to charts!)
Now, however, ChartFox is being rolled out into semi-public beta before total public deployment.
ChartFox is now accessible to home members of the GBR division of VATSIM by simply signing in through the VATSIM SSO service. If you are not a UK home member, and would like to give it a spin, feel free to send me a message via the forums or Slack.
ChartFox is now available to the whole of the VATSIM Membership!
For a full feature list, and access: https://chartfox.org
Any feedback you may have would be greatly appreciated, and can be submitted through this feedback form: https://goo.gl/forms/1iODWyqRyO2gkBIi1
So, what are you waiting for?
(To be clear, this is not a VATSIM UK service, so please don't submit helpdesk tickets for it...)
By James van Hankins
Just a quick note to apologise to the controllers whilst i've been flying the last couple of days... my dog has found a new comfy sleeping position right next to the power kill switch for my PC :o/
He's done it twice now just as I get away from Gatwick! - currently NOT mans best friend! :)
Anyway... sorry for any inconvenience - moving the wires around as we speak :)