The CIX VFR Club is a group of Flight Simulation enthusiasts, who
enjoy flying extremely realistic simulated light aircraft around the
United Kingdom and across the world, over a computer generated
landscape made up of real photographs and within an Internet community
environment. We currently have around 800 members, of whom 80 are
currently active, in at least eleven countries, which reflects the
world-wide appeal of aviation simulation. Our TeamSpeak forum now
resides within the Digital Theme Park Community.
of Conduct was updated in July 2022. They require we read
and inwardly digest.
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, but improving
as more and more 3rd party developers introduce new aircraft and
scenery products, especially now that they can upgrade their
classics from other platforms. As we said last year, to have the
broadest possible appeal, the existing FSX and P3D developers
MUST be included in Microsoft's expansion plans. It would seem
that this is now happening. The Club continues to welcome new
members, as well as one or two returning dormant members.
Welcome to them all.
We are very happy with the new Teamspeak Server within the
Digital Theme Park organisation. Thank you Norm and Zoolander
and team for their continued assistance. The concensus is that we
are very happy to be part of the DTP community.
The Members Online map
that shows club members currently flying/controlling (linked
further down the homepage), has been updated and fixed. If you
find any issues with it, please report details in the forum.
The Club's Air Traffic Control manual
gets an update! The manual that defines how we all operate with
ATC when online has been brought up to date and now incorporates
all the changes to RTF phraseology that have taken place in the
real world since the last version as well as many other
amendments to UK airspace descriptions and minor errors.
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 demand" workshop 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.
A bit of a flying and navigation challenge, visiting some
classic bridges in the West Country and Wales. I hope you all
checked there were no 'watchers' before flying under any bridge.
Thanks Colin, another good event.
A number of members joined the memorial flight on the 24th in
respect of our late member, Len Henning. It was decided that
this should be designated a 'special Event', earning a Star for
those members who flew it during the week of the 24th. Thank you
Ed and Ingar for organising it.
This is part 1 of a tour of some of the 'AltiAlps' - challenging
aifields and strips of the French Alps. I have flown most of it already,
VERY challenging. Plan your flight with care and select your aircraft
with care as well. For instance you will need to valley fly up to A8000
(or up to A1000ft if wimping over the top). Many of the strips are in
one way, out the reverse, not level and short. Especially if you try to
stay below the peaks (valley fly) it WILL be a challenge and great fun.
Activities in February 2024
Hover the mouse over the day to see the details.
Mondays: The MMMT'ers continue their tour of
the south African countries, with Mozambique.
Tuesdays: The group, in Scotland, have
turned south, criss crossing the country as they go.
Wednesdays: The Wednesday group continue
their tour of the Rockies, in Nevada.
Fridays: The Rotory group continue their
journey north, up the west coast of Canada.
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 "new pilot help flights" on Wednesday lunchtime These
flights are 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.
We can also run Radio Telephony courses, again modelled on real world
Click on the Training menu tab on the Menu Bar for full details. We
are looking for Assistant Flying Instructors
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.