By Derek Waldron
I'm a newcomer to VATSim and can't convey how fascinating I find it, and how much more it brings to flight simulator use. But I am struggling to work out how to get the best out of it for the flights I am currently doing, and would welcome some advice.
I appreciate that ATC coverage is not going to be 100%, and that's fine, but from my limited experience it appears that the best interaction with a controller comes from setting up a flight that terminates in 'controlled' airspace to land at an airport that has ATC coverage.
At the moment my flights tend to be in private jets, so I guess would be considered GA, but they are capable of flying way above normal GA airspace. I was wondering what the protocol is for such a flight, taking off from an uncontrolled field, transitioning through a controller's area and then landing, perhaps at another uncontrolled airport. Is it a case of using the unicom frequency when taking off and landing to announce intentions, and as a courtesy contacting the controller on the appropriate frequency when entering their airspace, or is there something else I should be doing?
By Glen Coyne
I notice part of the Farnborough CTR is designated Blackbushe Local Flying Area, what is the significance of this when flying circuits at Blackbushe.
By Luke Hall
I'm wondering, with so many around the globe stuck at home self-isolating (working, cough) are we likely to see an increase in controllers and pilots online?
What's the general consensus?
By Brian Summers
How do I join the Midlands Club? (Or am I missing something obvious)
By John Park
Are there any rules about using audio instead of text on UNICOM? I tried to use it when landing at EGPF today only to be ridiculed by two pilots on the ground there.