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Flight Simulation in Light Aircraft

Welcome to CIX VFR CLUB!

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 700 registered members in 63 countries, which reflects the world-wide appeal of aviation simulation.

Latest News

With the launch of Flight Simulator 2020, a number of members have already accepted the challenge of learning the modus operandi of this latest offering from Microsoft. Like all versions of this perrenial favourite, it has its quirks, surprises and delights. The visual landscape is much improved over earlier versions, but there are as yet not many aircraft in the standard package, and no helicopters. This should change over time and many traditional favourites and some of the quirky aircraft found in earlier versions will hopefully appear. However, to have the broadest possible appeal, the existing developers who have been creating superb aircraft and scenery over many years MUST be included in Microsoft's expansion plans.

A New Decade; A New Year

With social activities much curtailed during the coronavirus pandemic, there is no better time to do more simulated flying. (You can't do any real flying, even if you have a licence). The Club has something going on most nights of the week, touring different parts of the world. During these tours, members enjoy a sociable chat on TeamSpeak (see below), so there's plenty of incentive to stay home and stay safe. New aircraft are also being added to the fleet all the time and can be downloaded from the site. Check out the Aircraft tab. We are planning to introduce a new training course, based loosely on the old VATSIM P1 course, which has now been discontinued. We already have courses which are roughly equivalent to VATSIM's old P2 and P3 courses.


Club Nights

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.

We operate "workshop flights" on a Thursday afternoon 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.  It's the ATC that 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.


September Event

We ran yet another of our popular Biggles adventures. This one entailed flying a 1940s period aircraft from Santorini in the Greek Islands, avoiding all land and flying over the sea at low level to avoid radar and then landing at an airfield near Athens for which the only clue was "The fight might be said to be something of a Marathon". The cargo was one of Britain's answers to the German Enigma code machine - a Typex II.

October Event

The Chief Flying Instructor invariably conjures up a cunning exercise and this one is no exception. Can you handle sudden brisk crosswinds when flying circuits. Here's your chance to find out! The Briefing is on the Monthly Events page.


Activities in October 2021

Hover the mouse over the Day to see the details.

Mondays: The Monday Nighters are exploring Egypt's ancient tombs and ruins.

Tuesdays: Don Johnson & Friends are heading south from Scotland, admiring Newcastle's architecturally interesting Control Tower

Wednesdays: The midweek gang are continuing a tour of Japan

Thursdays: Our Chief Flying Instructor is available on Thursday evenings by request to help beginners. Contact him on the Forum.

Fridays: The Friday Rotary Club are exploring the Rhine Valley.

Saturdays: Nothing Scheduled.

Sundays: Nothing Scheduled.

X-Plane Xperts

More and more members are flying with X-Plane since the launch of Version 11. X-Plane is constantly being updated with new scenery, new and improved features. The Club's X-Plane experts are responding to this by creating new training and help material for X-Plane  - tutorials, aircraft, tips and tricks from the world-wide user base. It is all available on the Club forum.

Training

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 by request. 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 the forum. As mentioned above, during 2021 we are planning to create a new basic flying course for beginners. We are also recruiting new instructors.
We can also run Radio Telephony courses, again modelled on real world practice.

Click on the Training menu tab above for full details.

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May 2021
October 2021 - John Garbett - Just enjoying the evening after a Monday night flight

 

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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.