The CIX VFR Club is a group of Flight Simulation enthusiasts
who enjoy flying extremely realistic simulated
light aircraft, chiefly around the United Kingdom, across
a computer generated landscape made up of real photographs,
and within an Internet community environment. We have around
900 registered members in 65 countries, which reflects the
world-wide appeal of aviation simulation.
The Club now fully embraces
Microsoft's FS2020, with a number of members
regularly and some exclusively using this application
for their flights. Development seems to be
slow, however, and new features and aircraft
seem to be less important than continual correction
of bugs and glitches. It is a complex tool, no
doubt, but, apart from the enhanced visuals we
now see with scenery and cloud textures, the
number of available aircraft is still quite limited.
As we said last year, to have the broadest possible
appeal, the existing FSX and P3D developers
who have been creating superb aircraft and scenery
over many years MUST be included in Microsoft's
The Club has had a number of new members join us
recently, and a couple of dormant members return
to active flying. Welcome to them all. Join in and
have fun, because that is what we are here for.
The Club runs informal group flights on
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays
at present. These are mostly tours of interesting
places with spectacular scenery, with the occasional
tricky landing thrown in. Whilst flying, members
enjoy informal chat and banter on our Teamspeak
channel, which makes these events very sociable.
New members are always very welcome on these tours,
and beginners are given all the help they need to get going.
The current tours are listed on the simple calendar
on the right.
On Wednesdays, as well as the evening tour, we
operate lunchtime "on
flights for new members and new pilots when there
is a request for them, to ease them into the world
of on-line flying with other pilots and Air traffic
Control (ATC). It's
the ATC that often gets new pilots all nervous,
just the same as in the real world, and these sessions
are designed to help overcome nerves. Similar
help is also available on our other weekly
flight nights, but the workshop flights concentrate
specifically on getting new pilots airborne and
comfortable in the on-line world.
once again visited Oshkosh as they have several
times over the years. Once again, members took
part in the exciting flight into Wittman Regional
Airport (KOSH), in the state of Wisconsin, USA,
replicating and mimicking the real world OSHKOSH
event which takes place this year from 25th
to 31st July. This time though we added
the challenge of departing from under the
Chicago O'Hare International Airport
Class B airspace.
You can read the briefing on the Monthly
As the nights draw in closer and in preparation for winter
months, for the August Star event we will practice
night flying skills around a well-lit London and
South Coast. Remaining below the Class A London
TMA whose base is 2500ft, a simple short route
should be planned from EGKA Shoreham to EGHI Southampton
via a touch and go at EGKB Biggin Hill. You can
choose to transit Gatwick's and any other controlled
airspace, where this is permitted for light aircraft,
in order to shorten the leg to or from Biggin Hill,
or you can fly round the Gatwick airspace. The
Briefing is on the Monthly
Activities in August 2022
Hover the mouse over the Day to see the details.
Monday Nighters are flying west through Equatorial
Johnson & Friends are exploring the Western Isles of Scotland.
group are currently touring Alaska.
arranged activity in August
own Rotary Club are continuing their trips around
We normally offer two flight training courses: - a basic "get
you flying" course and a comprehensive General Flying
Course, which is modelled closely on the real world
Private Pilots Licence course. However, one-to-one
training availability is currently limited, so we are
running "newbie help nights" on Thursday evenings
commencing January 9th starting at 19:00UTC. We guarantee
that these evenings will be relaxed, fun and informative.
Join in on TeamSpeak. Other Informal training on specific
topics can also be arranged. Just post a request on
We can also run Radio Telephony courses, again modelled on
real world practice.
Click on the Training menu tab on the Menu Bar for full details.
Scenes from Our Flights
Some of the spectacular views available when flying light
aircraft, whether real world, or in a simulation. They reinforce
our enthusiasm for this hobby.
Neville Munro's UK
airfield datasheets were updated again
in July with MOD Boscombe Down EGDM, London Gatwick EGKK,
and Thruxton EGHO updated.
Click on the icon above to see which of our club members are online now
All About the Club
If you would like to know more about what we do, please browse this site at your leisure. A summary of what we do and why can be found
on this page.