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External Information

Grow your Flight Simming Experience

There are a huge number of websites devoted to Flight and Flight Simulator. This page contains links to sources of information and add-ons which will be of interest to Club members. The CIX VFR Club is not responsible for the content of these websites. Members' suggestions for useful and interesting links will be gladly received. Please send any suggestions to the Webmaster - refer to Contacts for the address.

VATSIM Resources

VATSIM International

The main VATSIM web site. Worldwide event news, new developments, resources, statistics, forums and much more.

VATSIM UK Web Site

Keep up to date with what's happening on our patch of the planet

VATSIM UK Forum

Keep in touch with VATSIM life in the UK, outside the Club environs. CIX VFR Club members are welcome to air their views too of course, in their role as an individual or Club member, but please do not make statements on behalf of the Club without checking first with a member of the Management Team.

VATSIM Pilot Resource Centre

Training and help documentation on anything to do with flying with Flight Simulator and VATSIM.

VATSIM Statistics

VATSIM's own connection records, with various ways of looking at them. You login with your VATSIM id and password.

VATAWARE

Flight tracking history for VATSIM. The software records and stores data from every registered member's VATSIM flights. Some statistics may be viewed without registering, but the full extent of your personal data can only obtained if you log in as a registered member of Vataware. Note that Vataware login is not the same as VATSIM membership login. Some features still being developed.

CIX Indicator

Download our own CIX VFR Club VATSIM Indicator for use on the Club forum and VATSIM forums. Needs your VATSIM User ID and password to gain access to the file.

VATSIM Indicator

A more reliable source of an online/offline signature for use in forums or on a website. You can also build your own signature block if you register.

The History of VATSIM

A superb write-up by the Author of Squawkbox, Joe Jurecka, on the history of On-line flying.


Commercial FS Resources

ORBX-FTX Site

ORBX provides some excellent scenery add ons for FSX. These cover mainly Australia and North America. New Zealand is in plan for late 2011.

RealAir Simulations

This company specialises in producing aircraft with fine detail work and highly realistic flight characteristics. Their C172 (FS9), Spitfire, Saia Marchetti SF260, Citabria, Decathlon, and Scout are regularly seen at Club meets, and are extremely highly regarded. New additions include the Lancair Legacy. Still in development is an FSX version of the C172.

PC Aviator

On-line Flight Simulator shop - this site is a great source of hardware, books, videos and software etc. This collection is all commercial payware. Orders to the UK are shipped from the USA

RC Simulations The UK Flight Sim Shop

The UKs own Flight Simulator shop based in Bristol, but also on line. Theirs is another of those apochryphal businesses started in the proprietor's garage! Everything and anything you need for Flight Sim can be had from them. If you are also into Train Simulator, this is your site! Bob Sidwick can usually be seen demonstrating some of their stock, flying his helicopter on X-plane with Triple Head to Go (TH2G) at FS Shows around the UK.

SimFlight

On-line Flight Simulator shop - this site conatins a mixture of free and commercial products; hardware, books, videos and software etc.

UK2000 Airports for FSX

UK2000 VFR Airfields for FSX brings UK airfields and airports to a new level of excellence. Gary Summons has agreed a discount on purchases by CIX VFR Club members - for details see the announcement in the forum.

UK2000 Airports for FS9

Highly detailed scenery of most airfields in England and Wales, published in 8 areas. Includes buildings, structures, signs, lighting, fencing etc., as accurate to the real world as is possible in FS9. This scenery is highly recommended, particularly the areas which include our operating bases, which is almost essential to get the best out of Club activities.

UK Photographic Scenery

Playsims is one of several sources for the FS9/FSX UK scenery originally developed by Visual Flight for FS98, then Horizon Simulation Ltd. Based on aerial photographs covering the whole of England and Wales by Getmapping.plc in 1999 for the Millennium project. It was later re-worked for FSX. It's well worth shopping around for the latest Generation X VFR Scenery - at the time of writing, Flightstore were selling a set of volumes 1-3 for little more than the price of just one of them.


Magazines

Computer Pilot

A monthly magazine all about Flight Simulators. Published in Australia and printed and distributed from the USA, this is a truly international publication. One club member has been privileged to write a number of features for the magazine on VFR flying and related subjects. Most easily obtained from RC Simulations.

PC Pilot

The UK's own Flight Simulator magazine, with as formidable a content and reputation as its competitors.


General Flight Simulator Information

Bones Aviation Page

A fantastic source of flight and Flight Simulator information. Particularly valuable are the technical articles on how and why things are done the way they are done.

The History of Flight Simulator

Quite a nice resumé of the history of the worlds most sold software application, plus a lot about a less known but excellent sim - ATP.


Real World Aviation Material

CAA VFR Guide

The Civil Aviation Authority VFR Guide is mainly produced for pilots not familiar with UK airspace procedures, it has several sections which have been selected from the AIP, deemed pertinent to VFR flying. This link goes to the cover page which itself includes links to various sub-sections, some of which are listed separately below.

Airfield Diagrams

Part of the NATS - AIS site (see below). Once you have logged in, the index page is displayed. Select the aerodrome you want the information for and then select the individual file. Choose from Textual data, Airfield Diagram, or various Instrument Approach Procedures. Files are in pdf format.

Airfield Locations

Aerial views of UK airports and airfields. Makes use of google maps to display an area in the vicinity of any UK site, selected from a list, with latitude and longitude data. It covers disused sites as well as those which are still in use. You may have to drag the map around a bit to see what you're looking for.

Local Flight Guides

This is a link to the VFR Guide mentioned above, and to Local Flight Guides for Bristol, East Midlands, Glasgow, Manchester CTR, Manchester Low Level, Newcastle, Norwich, and Solent.

NATS - AIS

The new UK Aeronautical Information Service web site was launched in May 2008. This site does not require registration or login and is easier to navigate than the original UK AIS web site which has now been closed. All European countries will be providing their AIP data on the Eurocontrol European AIS Database (EAD) site at sometime in the not-too-distant future. (Registration & Login will be required)

Checklists

This is a wiki-type repository of checklists for many many different aircraft and aircraft systems. Because a lot of Flight-sim aircraft come with less than perfect checklists and performance data, this real world aviation site is extremely useful to us too.

Weather

Useful real world weather site to see what sort of conditions VATSIM is likely to present to for your on-line flights. Place your mouse over your nearest airport or destination on the displayed map of the British Isles and you can get a current weather report as well as wind history and predicted winds etc. You can also see an animated 24 hour weather forecast.

Aviation Weather Briefing

Various aviation weather situation and forecast details published by the UK Meteorological Office. The Forms 214 and 215 are the first documents pilots look at when deciding whether to fly. This service is free but requires registration to use.
Form 214 - UK Spot wind chart providing wind speed and direction and temperature for standard levels up to FL240, updated four times a day.
Form 215 - UK low-level weather chart providing a graphical display of areas of different weather plus text relating to surface visibility, weather and cloud up to FL100, updated four times a day.
Forms 414 and 415 provide similar information for Europe.

Weather Education

A really impressive guide to the weather and how it applies in the UK, how to read the charts, what's on them and why, how to spot trends etc. It is in the form of free education material aimed at three different levels: kids, teens, and teachers.

General Aviation Safety Council

Real world aviation organisation dedicated to flight safety. Their bulletins are always a good, and sometimes sobering read.

UKGA

Lots of very useful real world General Aviation information and onward links to other sources.

VOR Tracking

An educational tool which can help to understand and learn about using VOR navigation aids.


Mixed Commercial/Free Resources

AVSIM

On-line Flight Simulator download site and shop - this site contains a mixture of free and commercial products; hardware, books, videos and software etc. Almost every aircraft, utility or scenery package you could ever want for FS is very likely to be here. See also FLIGHTSIM. There are many other repositories, but we have found this to be the best. Downloads include freeware, shareware and commercial packages, aircraft, utilities, scenery, books, videos etc. Hosts a lively forum too.

FLIGHTSIM

Flight Simulator site with news, downloads and on-line shop - a mixture of free and commercial products. Downloads include freeware, shareware and commercial packages, aircraft, utilities, scenery, books, videos etc. Also has a lively forum.

Surclaro

Less well known, but excellent Flight Simulator download site and shop. Downloads include freeware, shareware and commercial packages, aircraft, utilities, scenery, books videos etc. Also has a forum which has a slight bias towards learning from real world aviation practice.

SImAir 2000 not FSX

Mainly aircraft, and mainly commercial passenger jets, but the site includes some interesting and unusual aircraft which members may enjoy.

Simviation

Site contains many interesting aircraft - with a bias towards military types.

Tony Meredith for FSX

Home page is for ARM-Computers. Follow the FSX Link for Flight Simulator downloads. Tony has to be the most well known of the freeware FSX scenery designers, and his output is prolific and excellent. Provides cross links to resources on Scotflight and Earth Simulations as well as those available on his own site.

UK Sceneries for FS9 and FSX

A very well organised site comprising almost only dozens of links to useful download site. Airport scenery is listed in alphabetical order. Scenery for FS2004 and FSX, some free, some payware. The site also contains links to charts and other aviation material.


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