Getting Started with our Network
Getting involved is as easy as preparing your simulator, installing a pilot client, selecting a location and connecting to the network using your VATSIM User ID and password.
First, visit the VATSIM website here and go through the sign-up process. Make sure you select the "Asia Pacific" region and "Australia (VATPAC) as the division. One will be from VATSIM giving you your VATSIM ID and your password, the other will be from VATPAC welcoming you to the division. Once you have those two emails you should be good to go.
When you do connect, be sure you have read and understand your responsibilities as a user of the VATSIM Network. The VATSIM Code of Conduct and User Agreement summarise these requirements to ensure everyone gets the most out of their experience.
Second you must configure your pilot or controller clients for use on the network, for this please use our getting started tutorials under the help section of this website. For beginners looking into observing ATC we recommend the use of vatSys as the client of choice, you can learn how to configure here. For pilots who use FSX/P3D/MSFS you can learn about vPilot here. For users of X-Plane the preferred client is xPilot, our tutorial is located here. vPilot and xPilot is the software used by VATSIM to connect your simulator to the network.
Another great place to start for some information on how to get ready is the VATSIM Getting Started page. This page offers a step by step guide for starting from scratch and getting connected to the network. It also offers some helpful links to pilot training resources. Although these training resources are based on American procedures, they are still a good stepping stone to understanding the basics of flight and online operations.
Getting Started with our Community
Here at VATPAC we offer some great services and information, along with hosting an enthusiastic community via our Forums (sign in using your VATSIM ID and password) and Discord. Please be sure to visit these places to get the most of your hobby. We also have plenty of tutorials available from the above section which range from GA IFR to the classic Melbourne to Sydney J-Curve which lights up around 0900z every Monday night for our famous Milk Run Monday.