For me, the joy of any hobby is in sharing. Although the anti-social hours of my flying may mean I cannot use online ATC as much as I would like to, it does not mean I do not enjoy the contact of others who do.
- Virtual Airlines
One way of doing this is by joining a Virtual Airline. There are dozens out there to choose from. Thereís a huge list on The AirNet Web Site.
Probably the best known online flying community. For some itís popularity is itís strength, for others itís weakness. While I wouldnít like to put anyone off giving it a go, I would suggest that you avoid the major airports unless you are comfortable with SID and STAR procedures. If you donít know what these are, Iíd advise you fly in and out of smaller fields for now. As your experience increases, so will your knowledge. Try a Virtual Airline (see above), many offer training programmes, an excellent way to improve.
International Virtual Aviation Organisation to give it itís full name. There seem to be two sites laying claim to the organisation. Iíve no desire to get involved in the whyís and wherefores of this, Iíll simply provide links to the sites and you can take it from there.
IVAO.Aero is the second big name amongst the online flying community. This is the preferred community organisation amongst fellow JHB pilots and controllers.
IVAO Org (Appears inactive for online flying)
As I said earlier, the joy of any hobby is sharing. The beauty of AVSIM is the huge resource library created by flight sim enthusiasts who are willing to share their work. Usually for free. But AVSIM is more than that, there are flight sim related reviews, forums, and an online store.
- FS2004 Freeware Scenery List
Looking for scenery to enhance that next flight? Then the FS2004 Freeware Scenery list is one of my favourite resources. While the site includes some links for route planning and obtaining charts, itís primary goal is to provide links to freely available scenery world wide. The site conveniently divides these down by country making searching for that particular piece of scenery a doddle.
Peter Dowsonís Utilities
FSUIPC and WideFS are two utilities essential to me. Their purpose and use is best explained by the author himself on his site
- For those who have difficulties setting up router or modems to allow Port-Forwarding (a necessary evil for online gaming) then www.portforward.com is a superb resource that may provide the answers you need to configure your system.
- Peter Dodds flightstick
Ever fancied building your own Flightstick cheaply? Hereís how Peter Dodds a member of the UKís CIX VFR flying club built his
- Contact Me
As I have said several times now, the joy of any hobby is in the sharing. I am only too happy to communicate with other enthusiasts. Be aware though, I filter all my e-mail and any contact should be sent as plain text only. All HTML mail and any other mail with unexpected or unsolicited attachments will be automatically deleted. I am sorry to have to take these precautions but thatís the way things are heading in todayís society.