What is VATSIM?
VATSIM (short for the Virtual Air Traffic Simulation Network) is a completely free online platform which allows virtual pilots, wherever they are in the world, to connect their flight simulators into one shared virtual world. VATSIM also simulates air traffic control in this virtual world, creating the ultimate as-real-as-it-gets experience for you, the virtual aviation enthusiast.
With over 76,000 active members in 2014, connecting your flight simulator to VATSIM allows you to join hundreds of other pilots in our virtual skies, flying all kinds of aircraft all over the world. As a VATSIM member, you can join our many communities across the world to enhance your flying skills and flight simulator experience in a shared virtual airspace. You can also become a virtual air traffic controller, adding that extra bit of realism for you and your fellow enthusiasts. The real beauty of VATSIM is that it caters people who are completely new to the hobby as well as to the seasoned flight simmer.
VATPAC is the Australia and Pacific Division of the VATSIM network! We coordinate simulated flying and air traffic control throughout Australia and the Pacific Islands. All operations are designed to mirror real life and anyone can participate as either a Pilot using - P3D, FSX, FS9 or XPlane with their associated connection clients (FSINN, Squawkbox and vPilot) or as ATC using virtual radar clients such as VRC & Euroscope (with our specially designed TAAATSmod).
VATPAC is built on the principles of: Community - Education - Fun!
How do I join?
If you are not yet a member of VATSIM, you need to first sign up for an account here. It costs nothing to register and all necessary software is provided free of charge. To participate, all you require is a computer with a flight simulatior installed, an Internet connection, and preferably a microphone to communicate.
Join VATSIM by signing up for your free account here
Download and install free software to connect your flight simulator to the VATSIM network here