Firstly, you need to register on VATSIM network. Just follow our link here. We will bring you right to the registration form, where you just need to put some information about yourself. Please fill in all the fields with true information and choose “Africa / Middle East” as your region and then “Middle East (VATME)” as your division. As long as Iran is a member of a VATME division in VATSIM, to become a pilot here in Iran, your VATSIM account should have the following settings:
For changing your vACC to Iran, you should login to VATME Division website here using your VATSIM ID and password.
Get yourself a flight simulation software. Nowadays there are a plenty of different kinds of simulator – Microsoft Flight Simulator, Prepar3D and X-Plane. Which one you going to use is up to you. Unfortunately, this step you have to complete yourself. Just get your own copy of software and install it.
Download and install client software. Every version of software meant to be used with the proper version of simulator, so we provide you a few choices. Pick one according to simulator you are using:
|Flight Simulator 2004||Flight Simulator X||X-Plane||Prepar3D and FSX:SE|
Go to you flight simulator, open your client and adjust the settings: put in your name and callsign, and insert the correct VATSIM server IP address based on your current location.
|Australia and Oceania||188.8.131.52|
You are ready to fly now, what is left is to connect to network start your engine and take off!
Keep in mind that while flying on-line you should be sure you would not make any mistakes operating the plane. This requires you to study the aircraft you are flying, know its systems and how to control them. So, spend some time learning the manuals for the aircraft of your choice. If the manuals scare you away, you may try to find some tutorial videos on YouTube and try to follow them.
Before you take off you have to decide where you fly and how you fly there. Air Planes do not fly in a straight line, as any other transport they need route, which includes turning points and airways. As well as you need to choose the altitude, you going to fly, according to the rules. In Iran, all the westbound flights should be performed on even numbered altitude, all the eastbound flights should maintain odd numbered altitude.
As you are flying among other pilots you have to consider how not to cause a conflict. This includes adjusting the weather conditions, for example while choosing the runway - always remember that airplanes taking off with a headwind. Other thing to take into account is that there are many other pilots, and if there are no controller on-line, they cannot be coordinated. For those reasons, pilots report their actions via text chat on Unicom Frequency (122.800 Mhz)
Do not lazy around! This "big deal" hobby gives you limitless opportunities - from practicing your English to studying aviation laws and procedures. Always keep learning new things and improving your flying skills. We will help you on this way as long as you wish. And one day this may not only master your ability to flight in the flight simulator, but also may help you in your daily life.