first steps

Prerequisites for flying online

  • A computer with internet connection
  • A headset with mic (optional but highly recommended) for vhf communication
  • A supported flight simulator and pilot client (Required Software)
  • Basic skills of the English language (For communication with ATC)

Is VATSIM suitable for you?

Next to a certain experience with Personal Computers (or Macs) you should be ready to learn something new.
As soon as you're connected with the network, you must accept VATSIM's rules and you should not disturb other pilots with your actions. But always remember “VATSIM is a learning environment!” It’s no problem to make mistakes, we all had to learn the basics when we started.
It's a main goal of VATSIM to simulate the aviation world as realistically as possible - This should be YOUR goal as well!
To make your way as simple as possible, vACC Switzerland has set up a Pilots Training Department. Do not hesitate and contact the Pilot-TD if you have any questions.


Before you can join vACC Switzerlend, you must create your account with VATSIM. This can be done here.
After the successful registration with VATSIM, join vACC Switzerland here either as pilot, or as Controller, or even both. You can always change this at any point if you decide to become a controller at a later point.
After completion of that, we warmly recommend you to read the "First Steps" document, which is an excellent Start point for your online career.


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