What Do We Do?
We "meet" mainly on weekday evenings and some other organised occasions, to practise our flying skills and hold events such as group fly-outs to distant aerodromes or challenging navigation exercises. During these activities, we enjoy discussion and banter on our dedicated TeamSpeak VOIP application. Between meets we exchange news, views and ideas, and provide help and advice on a wide range of aviation related topics on our Club Forum. Members "fly" in FSX, FSX-Steam, X-Plane or Prepar3D, according to their preference.
How Is This Possible?
Using free Multiplayer software, we can see each other's aircraft as we fly. We even have our own virtual Airshows! We enjoy realistic, live, simulated Air Traffic Control, thanks to virtual Air Traffic Control Simulator networks VATSIM, and its UK Division VATSIM-UK or alternatively, the similar system IVAO, and its UK and Ireland Division.
Why Would I Want To Do That?
Because it is very much less expensive than flying real aeroplanes, but as realistic to the real world as we can achieve (except that we can magically switch off any bad weather!). We can also go where no real plane can go and see things one can never see in the real world. We fly all over the world, fly both modern and vintage aircraft, build online friendships and talk to many people in other countries. There are both national and international events in which we can take part.
A number of members are real-world pilots or air traffic controllers,
so we are well equipped to make flight simulation "As
real as it gets". Within VATSIM and IVAO, as well as
a number of groups like ours, there are many "Virtual
Airlines", some copying the routes and aircraft liveries
of real world airlines, whose pilots fly the aircraft they
have always dreamed about flying - Boeing, Airbus and many
more. We all meet in the virtual skies and at airports in the
simulators, managed by the air traffic control systems.