[jhb_airlines] Re: JHB037 hours and VATSIM

  • From: Mike Lucas <mhlucas@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: jhb_airlines@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 23 Sep 2005 15:57:43 +0100

I have Java enabled .... so can't think what the problem is???


Bones wrote:
Just got in myself but I had to enable Java first..


-----Original Message-----
From: jhb_airlines-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:jhb_airlines-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Mike Lucas
Sent: 23 September 2005 15:36
To: jhb_airlines@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [jhb_airlines] Re: JHB037 hours and VATSIM

Hi Al

Definitely cannot access thet URL.  I can reach www.vatsim-uk.org OK
though ...


Alastair wrote:

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

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
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
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


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
number 3
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
(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.
taken me ages to finally take the plunge with VATSIM due to the
tales/rumours I've heard in the past of VATSIM being full of
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
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
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

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