On-Line Flying

Flying On-line is the ultimate experience for the virtual Pilot. You can now fly with other Pilots under Air Traffic Control (ATC). You will see the other Pilots in the aircraft they are using with it's proper airline livery and hear their communications with ATC. As in the real world, the Pilot must file a Flight Plan and be able to fly IFR (Instrument Flight Rules) or VFR (Visual Flight Rules), in short, you must know what you are doing. If you can fly on Instruments using MS Flight Simulator, you should get yourself online and fly in the virtual world on the VATSIM Network. But beware, it's totally addictive! and you'll never go back to the artificial ATC in MS Flight Simulator.

To get online you need to join one of the organisations who provide ATC:

Join VATSIM and download SquawkBox (FS2004 and FSX) - they are free.

Join IVAO, and download IvAp (FS2004, FSX, X-Plane) - they are free.

Read on, for more information:



The Virtual Air Traffic Simulation Network, known as  "VATSIM" was created in 2001 by a group of individuals who came together with a goal of creating an organisation, which truly served the needs of the flight simulation and online air traffic control community.  With an eye towards more than just providing a network of computers for users to log into, VATSIM is an online community where people can learn and, at the same time, enjoy the pastimes of flight simulation and air traffic control simulation all while making new friends from all over the world.

VATSIM is a free service which is not just for individuals who have experience in online flight simulation and ATC.  It is perfect for both the new user, and the long time Flight Sim user.

The best part of all of this is that VATSIM brings real people together who share your passion for flight and air traffic control.  When you contact that controller or pilot, you aren't contacting a computer generated voice or image - you will be communicating with a real person who shares the same interests as you! 

All it takes is a few moments to register and join VATSIM  Once you do, prepare to learn and be rewarded with friendships that will span the globe.  In addition, you'll receive the appreciation and thanks of the online flight simulation and air traffic control communities.




VATeir is the Irish Air Traffic Control service of the VATSIM network. VATeir provide a realistic Air Traffic Control service in Irish airspace making the virtual Pilot's experience as real as possible. Real word procedures (Departure, Approach, Enroute, Emergency) are also implemented at each airport. As in the real world, all Air Traffic Controllers undergo training and must pass examinations for each grade. The VATeir website contains all the information required by virtual Pilots for flying in Irish airspace.





SquawkBox is an add-on for Microsoft Flight Simulator that connects virtual pilots to online air traffic control networks. It adds tremendous realism to your flights by connecting you to an online world populated with virtual air traffic controllers. These controllers are real people that communicate with you on voice, handling every aspect of your flight: filing your flight plan, getting clearance, pushback, taxiing, takeoff and landing. Best of all, SquawkBox is free to download and use!

SquawkBox is a simple and unobtrusive application which provides the core functionality needed to get you connected to online air traffic control networks. Here is a brief list of the main functions of the software:

The SquawkBox website also has a user manual detailing everything you need to know on how SquawkBox works.


SquawkBox Images - an example of what other online aircraft look like



IVAO Ireland



IVAO Ireland is the Irish Air Traffic Control service of the IVAO (International Virtual Aviation Organisation) network. IVAO is a dedicated, independent, free of charge, service to enthusiasts and individuals enjoying and participating in the flight simulation community worldwide. You will find the IVAO Ireland website full of resources to make your online flying or controlling enjoyable. IVAO Ireland welcome members with with all levels of experience in aviation, from the seasoned pilot/controller to the desktop enthusiast. We provide comprehensive training to members on request.

The IVAO Pilot Client, the way to fly online on the IVAO network (including Teamspeak and MTL).