By Phil Kendall
I just completed my second ever VATSIM flight about 15 mins ago, and felt compelled to write a quick thank you for the ATC I received tonight. I was flying under callsign GPHK from EGKK to EGHI and received excellent service from Gatwick Ground & Approach and SC_Control. So, thanks again to Richard and Ben (I think...sorry I didn't catch the ground controller's name), you made this very early experience with VATSIM extremely enjoyable!
Hopefully speak to you soon.
By Lee Machin
I am returning pilot and ATC. It has been a few years since I was here and can't remember on what to get download wise and apply to division. If anyone could help me here that would be great.
Thanks in advance
ps if not right area to put this my apologies
By Paul Albertz
I am new to VATSIM and I am trying to learn how to fly VFR in the UK. My biggest issue so far is, that I struggle to navigate to VRP to enter or leave controlled airspace. I am using FS2020 but the build in GPS and "VFR Map" do not show any VRPs (or cities or other landmarks). So when ATC tells me to enter via "Hulton Industrial Estate" I struggle to figure out what that might look like and where exactly it is. I know that the point of VFR is to fly visually but when I am unfamilliar with the area some guidance would be very helpful.
I tried using Navigraph which at least provides me with a useful street map but again without VRPs. Any other software what I could use?
Is it be possible to get a heading from ATC when I am unfamilliar with the area or lost?
By Arvin Abdollahzadeh
Hey All! I'm Arvin!
I've made a bot for vatsim which is very handy, called BriefBot.
The bot can get statistics and information about people via their cid, e.g .cid 1460924,
as well as get information about an ongoing or prefiled flight, via the .callsign [CALLSIGN] command.
Another command is the ability to add group flights, using the .add command. It's very interactive with prompts and intelligent solutions for example checking if you have provided a real airport, and retrieves metar, etc.
Another very great command is the .pack command, which retrieves almost ALL information about an aerodrome via the icao code, e.g .pack OIFM
It provides information about navaids, frequencies, runways, etc. It's a very nice command.
The standard .metar and .taf commands are there also, and a .suggest command to suggest group flights.
Please leave any feedback and suggestions!
The bot can be added here: https://discord.com/api/oauth2/authorize?client_id=725022640573513739&permissions=8&scope=bot
By Will Kinnaird
Quick question on who to contact when flying out of military airports. I've read the section on the ATC sectors page, and I'm a bit confused on when to communicate. Lets say I'm at Coningsby (EGXC), my first waypoint is a direct to WELIN and the relevant LON controller who would cover the top down civilian airports is online. Would I inform ATC via text/voice that I'm departing and will be inbound WELIN before I takeoff? Take off and then contact them with my position and intentions? Or wait for a contact me when I've departed?