What is VATSIM

VATSIM is the Virtual Air Traffic Simulation network, connecting people from around the world flying online or acting as virtual Air Traffic Controllers. This completely free network allows aviation enthusiasts the ultimate as-real-as-it-gets experience. Air Traffic Control (ATC) is available in our communities throughout the world, operating as close as possible to the real-life procedures and utilising real-life weather, airport and route data. On VATSIM you can join people on the other side of the planet to fly and control, with nothing more than a home computer.

Many flight simulators are supported by our pilot software including Microsoft FSX, FS9/2004, FS2002, XPlane and P3D. Our Air Traffic Control software is provided free, as is training wherever you wish to become a controller. For those that would like to start flying or would like to improve their skills, training is available as well as plenty of resources and guides to help you get started.

Whether you’re new or an experienced flight simmer, VATSIM looks forward to welcoming you to the community and a fantastic hobby. If you wish to join VATSIM, the process is quick and simple. If you wish to know more you can read about the VATSIM network, or have a look at our community forums. As VATSIM is a global flight simulation network, our Region and Divisions around the world have many more websites, resources and community links that you may be interested in.



VATSIM is a community of around 200.000 members who share a passion for aviation. It makes no difference whether you want to be at the controls of the latest airliner, or experience the rush of managing chaotic airspace, VATSIM is the place to do just that. VATSIM is made for individuals, so the voice you hear on your headset when on final approach into London Heathrow is an actual person and not a computer generated voice. In addition, VATSIM is a collection of aviation enthusiasts and you’ll find that people will do whatever they can to help newbies and ensure that all members have fun. You can also expect your circle of friends to become larger as you meet new people who share the same passion as you. VATEMEA consists of 6 divisions which are:

VATEUD – European (Except UK) Division
VATUK – United Kingdom Division
VATRUS – Russian Division
VATMENA – Middle East and North Africa Division
VATIL – Israel Division
VATSAF – South African Division

VATEMEA is home to thousands of controllers and even more pilots as well as Virtual Airlines. Our objective is to provide professional Air Traffic Control while ensuring a fun and friendly environment for all in our airspace. VATEMEA has jurisdiction over the greatest landmass and airspace in the world. Whether you want to fly an airliner from the Middle East to Britain, take a slow and lazy VFR flight in the Mediterranean or want to become an Air Traffic Controller at any one of the busiest airports in the world, VATEMEA is your home.

Simon Irvine
Vice President Europe, Middle East and Africa Region

Dear VATSIM member or newcomer,

On behalf of the entire VATEUD community I would like to welcome you to the European Division of VATSIM, international online flying network. VATEUD one of the largest and most active areas within the VATSIM network. It covers the European continent excluding the United Kingdom area (in VATSIM known as VATUK) and the Russian speaking area (incorporated in VATRUS).

The main purpose of VATEUD is:

  • to organise and coordinate all VATSIM pilots and virtual Air Traffic Control Centers within Europe.
  • to monitor and manage membership issues as well as ATC and Pilot Training across the area.
  • to ensure that the service provided across our Divisions is as seamless and consistent as possible.
  • to ensure our organisations and members provide you with all the necessary training you need.

You can learn to be both a competent Air Traffic Controller and a sophisticated pilot. VATEUD and its organisations offer both. We provide comprehensive pilot training for those who want to get more confident online, but also have a complex catalogue of training for our ATC.

VATEUD is a complex organisation encompassing more than thirty different countries. These are organised in local structures, called VACCs and partly in Virtual Airlines. Our biggest challenge is to manage a large group of volunteers with different skills, nationalities and motivation. With all members of VATEUD, we try to let them learn and above all enjoy this hobby together in one airspace. So, our members are as versatile as the areas they are coming from.

This is what VATSIM is all about: to enjoy the adventure of flying or as a controller no matter where you are coming from. And furthermore: the highest goal is to have fun together. In this context, VATEUD defines as an entity that crosses borders and create one family of VATSIM members inside Europe.

I am proud to work with many unique teams and members of highly skilled and above all dedicated people in the VACCs and in the VATEUD managing staff. Flight Simulation and the online networks are mainly created and run by members in their spare time. As you already know, all VATSIM services are completely free. We are working as enthusiasts for enthusiasts in our free time to keep this network and the daily adventures alive. Therefore, I have to thank all sponsors who make this possible; either by donating in e.g. servers, hard- and software or by investing their time and skills to allow others to enjoy our hobby: virtual flying and controlling, as real as it gets.

If you have any questions regarding VATEUD (which might be not answered by this site), please don’t hesitate in dropping me a line via mail.

Best regards,

Nick Marinov
VATSIM Europe Division Director

Dear pilots,

Bulgarian airlines virtual is the first official virtual hub of the main major airlines of Bulgarian. In this hub you are going to find five Bulgarian airlines (real and historical) – Bulgarian air, Bulgarian Air Charter, Balkan Holidays, Cargo air and Balkan Bulgarian Airlines. The main aim is to provide the real flights of those airlines and give you a realistic pleasure of flying with Bulgarian airlines, but even more with our ACARS system. We will provide you with the opportunity to feel as a real pilot with reaching ranks, reporting flights and the enjoyment of virtual flying. We would like to notice this is not a real airline and you can not book a real flight here! This site is only for virtual flying simulation on all platforms – FSX, P3D, X-Plane and Flight Simulation 2020!

We are welcoming you on board!
Best regards,

Svetlin Nikolov, CEO


LOTv.a. is a line with a rich history and traditions. This first virtual airline is based on the real carrier LOT Polish Airlines. Its goal is to simulate air operations as faithfully as possible. Our line includes, among others people who participate in the life of LOT Polish Airlines on a daily basis. We value, above all, the competence, responsibility and diligence in the actions of each user of our community. line is favorable to new users. He fully cares about their development. We act for the benefit of all through a strong group bond and mutual kindness. The origins of our line date back to 2000. We are a renowned Virtual Airline in the Polish skies that has always been appreciated.

We run a fleet based on a real carrier and a network of connections: local, international and intercontinental.

If you want to make your passion come true. You are willing to learn, gain experience and learn in our group, see the career path described in this document.

We are waiting for you!
Yours sincerely,