Online Flying

Online Flying - Basic Requirements - Last Updated: 29 Sep 2013

Basic Requirements to Fly Online:

Are you ready for online flying? Remember when flying online with a UKV callsign you are flying the flag for Fly UK so it is very important you know what you're doing.

You don't need to be an aviation expert. However it is important that:

- You are already familiar with your flight simulator software (FS2004, FSX, X-Plane)
- You are comfortable flying with the aircraft you want to use online.
- You have a basic understanding of Air Traffic Control.
- You are able to fly SIDs/STARs and fly an IFR flight plan with waypoints.
- You have a good understanding of Fly UK standard operating procedures.

We also strongly recommend pilots pass the Fly UK basic flying checkride before beginning online flying.

If you struggle with any of the above points then please let us help you. Before you begin online flying we strongly recommend you speak to our Training Academy to organise a few training sessions to prepare you.

It is a good idea to work your way through all the areas covered on the basics checklist. We have training sessions and documents available which cover all areas of basic training.

Contrary to popular belief, online flying really isn't that daunting. It is meant to add another dimension to your flight simulator experience in terms of realism but also in terms of fun and the way you enjoy it, so believe us when we say 'once you get started you will never look back.'

If you decide to fly online before taking training then you must include one of the following lines in the remarks section of your flight plan.

- RMK/NEW TO IVAO
- RMK/NEW TO VATSIM

Please do not include the word NEWBIE.

Online Flying - General Guidelines - Last Updated: 08 Jan 2012

At Fly UK we encourage a high standard of flying and we aim to help and support all our members to the best of our ability. If we all follow these guidelines when flying online, it will help Fly UK build a good reputation on the online networks.

If you are new to online flying, please start by reading our getting started page which will point you in the direction of all the information you need.

Communication:

All pilots flying online must be familiar with the information in the UKV-TRD-4.2 - IFR ATC Communication document which contains a transcript, ATC terminology & phrases, information on read backs & levels, phonetic alphabet & numbers, UNICOM and general hints & tips.


Flying in Uncontrolled Airspace:

If there is no ATC online in the area where you are flying, you should tune to the Unicom frequency of 122.800 (a text only frequency) and broadcast your intentions. When flying on Unicom, keep a good look out for other traffic that may be operating in your area.

Unicom is not to be used as a chat channel – It should be used for operational chat only.


Disputes with air traffic control:

Where possible, attempt to resolve a dispute with air traffic control when on the ground. Wait until the aircraft is safely shut down on the ground and then contact a network supervisor by private message or email in order to resolve the dispute.

Operations will be happy to advise and assist in any resolution between a company pilot and air traffic control organisation. We will at all times operate fairly and without prejudice.


Instant Replays & Other Simulator Settings:

If you wish to watch an instant replay, please make sure you disconnect from the network before you do so. Please make sure you follow simulator setting guidelines as described in (6.4) Simulator Settings.


Simulation Limitations:

It is not permitted to simulate the following whilst flying online.

- Hijackings
- Interceptions
- Ad-hoc emergencies


General Hints & Tips:

Always remember to check if there is ATC online. If when you depart the gate there is no ATC online, check again before you enter the runway.

Remember to use squawk mode STANDY BY on the ground until you enter a runway, then you should use squawk mode CHARLIE.

Never pause flight simulator while flying online.

Always connect with aircraft parked on a stand/gate.


Standard Operating Procedures:

All pilots flying online must follow information set out in Fly UK standard operating procedures.

We have included some of the most important information below as a reminder.


Charts:

All pilots flying online must have the relevant charts for their flight. Chart links can be found on the departure/arrival airport information tabs on the flight dispatch pages.

If you require help reading charts our training academy have an Understanding Charts course.


Callsigns:

Pilots should use the callsign stated on the computerised flight plan (CFP) unless the callsign is already in use on the network.

DO NOT put FL in your callsign, it must be UKV.

You should use your Fly UK pilot ID as your callsign, e.g. UKV1121, Skyways 1121, if you are flying online and:

- you are taking part in an event.
- someone else is flying the same flight as you (in which case the callsign is already in use).
- you are flying a Fly UK tour leg.
- you are flying a non Fly UK route.

For further information on callsigns please see: (6.12) Callsigns


Flight Plans, Downloadable Flight Plans & Flight Plan Remarks:

All pilots should use the downloadable flight plans available on the flight dispatch pages. This will help reduce errors in flight plans and improve consistency.

The following applications are supported:

- IvAp
- FSInn
- SquawkBox
- Microsoft Flight Simulator
- FlightSim Commander
- vasFMC
- PMDG products
- Level-D 767-300

For information on how to use the downloadable flight plans for each of the above applications please see: UKV-TRD-6.6 - Downloadable Flight Plans.

If you use the downloadable flight plans, the remarks will enter automatically on your flight plan.

In case you are unable to use a downloadable flight plan, here is an example of the standard remarks which should be used on Fly UK flight plans:

REG/GFLAX OPR/FLY UK RVR/200 DOF/091118 RMK/TCAS EQUIPPED

If you are unable to use a downloadable flight plan, you should still be able to copy and paste the remarks line from the ICAO section of the computerised flight plan.

If you wish to edit the remarks, you can do so providing you use the correct ICAO remarks.

For further information on flight plans and correct ICAO remarks please see: (6.11) Flight Plans


Alternate Airports:

You will find alternate aerodromes listed on flight dispatch pages for all our mainstream flights. However if you are flying a tour flight, you may need to search and enter an alternate aerodrome on your flight plan yourself.

For further information on alternate airports please see: (6.14) - Alternate Airports

IVAO Getting Started Guide

Your IVAO Online Operations manager is Carl Chamberlain.

Are you ready to fly online?

When flying online with a UKV callsign you are flying the flag for Fly UK so it is very important you know your stuff. Please read the basic requirements to fly online.


Registration

Firstly, please be aware that there is a pesudo-IVAO site that exists! It LOOKS exactly the same, but it is not. The official site of IVAO is at http://www.ivao.aero (note the aero domain). The pesudo site is located at ivao.org! (note the subtle difference?)

You can register for IVAO here


Local Division

The local division for Fly UK Virtual Airways at IVAO is IVAO United Kingdom.

Their website can be found at www.ivao.co.uk. You may also want to register on their forums which can be found here.


Network Guidelines

The rules and regulations for IVAO can be found here


Downloading & Installing Software

The software required to fly online on IVAO can be found here. You will need to login to the website with your IVAO VID & password to download the software.

IvAp - The software pilots use.
IvAe - Show pilots and ATC online on the network as well as various statistics.
IvAc - The software controllers use.

See links to documents and course below for help with setting up the software on your computer so you can connect to the network.


Documents & Resources

MUST READ - Important Fly UK Documents:

- UKV-TRD-4.1 - Online Flying Guidelines - Click Here
Contains guidelines and general hints and tips for all pilots flying online on IVAO & VATSIM.

- UKV-TRD-4.2 - IFR ATC Communication - Click Here
How to communicate with air traffic control (ATC). Contains a transcript, ATC terminology & phrases, information on read backs & levels, phonetic alphabet & numbers, UNICOM and general hints & tips.

Other Documents/Guides:

- IVAO UK - Get started in 5 minutes - Click Here
- IVAO UK - Connecting to the network using IvAp - Click Here
- IVAO UK - Frequently Asked Questions - Click Here


Training Academy Courses

Our training academy are here to help you every step of the way and offer the following one2one online courses.

- ATC Procedures & Phraseology - More Info/Book Session
The aim of this course is to help pilots new to online flying with standard ATC procedures and phraseology so you can communicate with ATC and complete online flights successfully.

- IVAO - Getting Started - More Info/Book Session
How to download, install and setup IvAp on your computer. Your instructor will show you how to use IvAp and run through the setup process step by step and verify you are able to connect to the IVAO network successfully.

- Assisted Online Flight - IVAO - More Info/Book Session
Complete a flight on IVAO with an instructor helping you along the way. You will be able to ask any questions throughout the flight and the instructor can give you hints and tips along the way.

VATSIM Getting Started Guide

What is VATSIM?

VATSIM is one of two major online networks that Fly UK Virtual Airways flies on (the other being IVAO). These networks provide a realistic environment for pilots to fly in, with features such as Air Traffic Control, many real world procedures, and a large surrounding community of Virtual Airlines and Organisations.


Are you ready to fly online?

When flying online with a UKV callsign you are flying the flag for Fly UK so it is very important you know your stuff. Please read the basic requirements to fly online.


Registration

You can find the direct link to join VATSIM here. Joining should be quite straightforward, if you have any trouble, please post a topic in this forum.


Local Division

Fly UK Virtual Airways' main bases are all located in the United Kingdom, which is run by VATSIM-UK, or in full, VATSIM United Kingdom Division. VATSIM-UK combines with VATEUD (European Division) and VATRUS (Russian Division) to form VATEUR (European Region). The VATSIM-UK website offers a lot of information to pilots



Network Guidelines

There are many documents outlining the policies of the VATSIM network, which can be found at the following page:




Downloading & Installing Software

There are two main pilot clients available for use on VATSIM: Squawkbox and FSInn. Squawkbox is widely regarded as the easier client to install and use, with FSInn being more difficult to use, but offering more features (automatic pushback etc...). We suggest you simply try both if unsure, and go for that which you personally like best. Below are the official pages for both software clients, which contain useful installation info as well as download links:



There is also the extremely useful program Vroute, which allows you to search for routes, see online air traffic controllers and pilots, view weather for your flight... the list is endless. It is completely free of course (there is an even better paid version if you want it) and can be downloaded here:


Do note that if you provide Fly UK with your VATSIM ID (if you didn't do so when you joined, you can fill it in under "My Controls" on your Crew Centre), you will automatically receive an invitation to join the Fly UK Community on Vroute when you next start up the program.

If you are also interested in the clients used by Air Traffic Controllers, then feel free to have a look at this page:




Documents & Resources

MUST READ - Important Fly UK Documents:


  • UKV-TRD-4.1 - Online Flying Guidelines - Download
    How to communicate with air traffic control (ATC). Contains a transcript, ATC terminology & phrases, information on read backs & levels, phonetic alphabet & numbers, UNICOM and general Fly UK Online Procedures.
  • UKV-TRD-4.2 - IFR ATC Communication - Download
    Contains guidelines and general hints and tips for all pilots flying online on IVAO & VATSIM.

Other Documents:





Training Academy Courses



  • ATC Procedures & Phraseology - More Info/Book Session
    The aim of this course is to help pilots new to online flying with standard ATC procedures and phraseology so you can communicate with ATC and complete online flights successfully.
  • VATSIM - Software Setup - More Info/Book Session
    This course will get you setup on Squawkbox or FSInn.
  • VATSIM - Getting Started - P1 Rating - More Info/Book Session
    An introduction to everything about VATSIM, from how it is structured, to the basics of online flying. Upon successful completion of this course you are awarded the VATSIM P1 Rating.
  • Assisted Online Flight - VATSIM - More Info/Book Session
    Complete a full flight on VATSIM with an instructor helping you along the way. You will be able to ask any questions throughout the flight and the instructor can give you hints and tips along the way.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to post in this forum, or alternatively, send an email to one of the VATSIM Online Operations staff.

Happy Flying!

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