Online Flying Information - Fly Online: IVAO, VATSIM, Gaming Zone, IP Game, LAN
Information about Online Flying
Online flying or flying online is flying on the internet.
But how 'on the internet'? Well, basically you either connect to another
computer at which one other person is flying with flight simulator
too, or you connect to a network server, to which many people are
connected, all flying in FS.
You share one virtual airspace with the other players, which you can
even see on your screen if they are close enough, such as on airports
but also in the air.
This airspace can sometimes be very busy, especially during the frequent
events around the world, organized on the major online flying networks
by their divisions.
Know this: after you have flown online, you'll never want to switch
There are several networks which you could choose from, to become
a member of, which is free. Three popular online flying networks are
(Virtual Air Traffic Simulation Network / International
Virtual Aviation Organisation)
Mostly, your flight hours and ATC hours are logged and you progress
in rank and so over time or after passing exams, so it may be wise
to stay with one organisation.
How connecting works
Every computer at which a 'player' or 'virtual pilot' is flying in
MS Flight Simulator (or sometimes other simulation software) connects
to central servers using special, free pilot client software.
The computers exchange a lot of data automatically, so your exact
position and speed and other facts are known on the network, and can
be received by others. This way you can also see all other people (aircraft)
flying online near you in the virtual airspace or on the virtual airports.
Live weather is also received from many networks, and simulated in
FS. This way you can talk about the dangerous crosswinds for the active
runway, or the clouds at 500 ft with other pilots online, who fly in
the same weather environment.
Other Online Flying Options
You could also fly online in many other ways than on the major networks...
-- The MSN Gaming Zone, for MS Flight Simulator users:
A more relaxed environment, and allows you to create game rooms and play
with any number of other people. This is never with ATC.
-- Direct connection with another player:
One player (the host) sets up a multiplayer session in the simulation
software used, after which the other player(s) (the client) enters
the IP address of
the host in the flight simulation software, which then connects
with the computer of the host. (players must use the same software
version; any firewalls may have to be turned off or configured).
is my IP address ?
-- Local Area Network, or LAN:
Create a local network with several computers, often used on public FS
events and by virtual flying clubs. The connection is very fast, as
data do not have to be transferred far over the Internet.
Air Traffic Control
On most networks not only pilots, but also Air Traffic Controllers
can connect, using special ATC client software, which shows a radar screen
with all aircraft within range, flight plans and more.
There are many people who love Air Traffic Control (ATC) and practice
this online just like you fly online. This is great, since pilots and
controllers need eachother and keep one another busy, and it obviously
greatly improve realism and fun.
ATC positions may cover an airport, approaching/ departing flights
or an area.
ATC is also very useful on busy airports, where many aircraft are
operating at the same time. ATC can bring order here. It requires a
lot of practice and can be a tough but very rewarding job - you may
want to give it a try some time!
Who does it?
People of all ages, men and women, from all cultures, and from around
the world. In other words: nearly everyone (could) do it!
The only things needed are a (modern) computer, flight simulation
software supported by online flying networks, and an internet connection
(preferably a fast one).
Many people flying online intend or want(ed) to become a pilot, many
are really interested in aviation and flying, and yet others love the
online flying environment where they can meet people from all over
the world and just have a lot of fun.
Many real world pilots can be found on the networks too. Flight Simulator
is a great way to practice many flying related skills and procedures,
especially in a simulated shared online environment with ATC (though
it can never replace real flight).
Getting started is easier than you might think.
You will have to join one of the online networks (or choose another
option to fly online), download any required software and install it,
read any important information first, and then... connect to the network!
Be aware however that before you can fly on the major networks mentioned
before, you will need a good amount of knowledge of your aircraft, basic
flying and procedures of the airport you plan to fly from and to.
It is recommended
to start at a smaller airport, and make short training flights. If you ever
need any assistance or tips, you can always ask one of the more experienced
users, including air traffic controllers at your airport (if they are not
Finally, we hope you liked this explanation by us about online flying.
And most important besides repecting any applicable rules and regulations
on networks, and your fellow players, is this that you will now:
HAVE A LOT OF FUN !!!
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