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.
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 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 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.
It is not permitted to simulate the following whilst flying online.
- 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.
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.
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:
- Microsoft Flight Simulator
- FlightSim Commander
- 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
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