[jhb_airlines] Re: JHB037 hours and VATSIM

  • From: Alastair <algy.mcintyre@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: jhb_airlines@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 23 Sep 2005 15:05:24 +0100

Hi Mike

Accessed   http://www.vatsim.net/    at 1500hrs, no problem.


Mike Lucas wrote:
This thread prompted my to have another look at VATSIM - but I can't access their Web site except via my Citrix connection to my office network. Attempts at local connection using Windows or Linux,with IE, Opera and Firefox all time out. Anyone else having similar connection problems?

Mike L

Gerry Winskill wrote:

Hi Phil,
I took an initial look at the Vatsim site and, though not yet registered, downloaded sb235 and setup (avc).
Is there anything else I would need download?

Gerry Winskill

Phil Reynolds wrote:

Hi Gerry,

I must admit to not using the "diamond" callsign, simply because I don't
think any controllers would recognise the JHB callsign. I use EZY037 due to
the fact this is the only UK based airline I could find which use the
PMDG737-700 I fly. I hope Bones doesn't mind me and my a/c being wet
leaseed out to EasyJet!!


-----Original Message-----
From: jhb_airlines-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:jhb_airlines-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]On Behalf Of Gerry Winskill
Sent: 23 September 2005 07:28
To: jhb_airlines@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [jhb_airlines] Re: JHB037 hours and VATSIM

Hi Phil, I'd been toying with following the same route. Particularly if flying in the USA, it's frustratingto see so much Vatsim activity, whilst I proceed in silence. Like you I'd stick to FPI for Wednesdays; probably any European flying. Must look at their site for info. Do you still use your Diamond 037 callsign on Vatsim?

Gerry Winskill

Phil Reynolds wrote:

Hi bones,

A few hours to add, it's been a while!

JHB037G EGKK EGCC 1437 1534 00:57
Route - <LAM4M> N57 WELIN T420 TNT <DAYN2A>

JHB037H EHAM EGLL 1346 1443 00:57
Route - <VALKO1S> UL980 LOGAN <LAM3A>

JHB037J EGLL EHAM 1608 1712 01:04
Route - <BPK6F> UM185 CLN UL620 <REDFA>

JHB037K EGCC EGSS 1713 1813 01:00
Route - <HON1R> HON <LOREL1J>

The first and last of these flights were made on VATSIM, the first time


tried the network...I must say I'm extremely impressed. The new SB3
software was a doddle to install, just a single installation exe which


everything you need to get going. Connection (once the settings are
inputted, a one time job) is a single click and you're away.
Controllers can be contacted by dialling the frequency directly into the
radio stack and for many aircraft (my PMDG 737 included) the transponder
also sets mode standby/charlie via the stack. No dropping out to menus or
external programs!
Weather is a great online bonus (which FPI is still sadly lacking) but the
main plus point between the two networks for me was the amount of
controllers/traffic. For my last flight from EGCC to EGSS I was passed
for departure at EGCC, had multiple TCAS targets during the cruise (not too
close to activate a warning though!!!) and number 3 for landing at EGSS
(scarily busy with constant controller chatter all the way down from the


of the STAR). I parked up on stand literally sweating!
However, what I was surprised (and very pleased) to find was that the
controllers weren't as intimidating as I had imagined them to be. It's
taken me ages to finally take the plunge with VATSIM due to the various
tales/rumours I've heard in the past of VATSIM being full of professional
pilots/controllers with no room for the true armchair pilot to fit in.


I've found to be completely wrong. The only exception I've found was on my
first ever flight on VATSIM (JHB037G above) where I had a French controller
running EGKK_GND. He seemed intent on blurting clearances out so fast that
every pilot I heard had to request a "say again?" on at least one occasion.
This was the only exception however, and I will certainly be doing a lot
more flying on VATSIM in the future.

Of course, I shall still try to make as many FPI Wednesday evenings as



Phil Reynolds

Other related posts: