How to Get Started With Online Aviation

The online aviation world has much more to offer than the single player environments available in at-home flight simulators. If you like to simulate a specific aspect of aviation like aerobatics or military operations, or if you just want to get in an airplane and fly, there are communities focused on just that. Or, if you want to more accurately simulate real-world operations, communities that are built around air traffic control offer pilots of general aviation aircraft and airliners a new level of realism. Ultimately, flying online is a free, fun, and easy way to expand your simulation experience. This website is designed to help you get started with flying online in four simple steps.

Step 1: Learn About Multiplayer

Flying in a multiplayer setting opens the door to a whole new set of experiences, communities, and people. If you're not convinced that multiplayer is right for you, this website helps explain why it provides a unique and engaging experience compared to a single player environment.

Step 3: Find The Community For You

After deciding which type of multiplayer experience best fits you, browse our list of established communities to help narrow down the options. If you'd like to get started right away, we also provide a live list of multiplayer sessions that are online right now.

Step 2: Explore Your Options

Most multiplayer organizations can be categorized as either Casual Aviation or Realistic ATC communities. Within those groups, options range from large, international operations to small, close-knit groups of friends. This website explains all of these differences so you can decide which type of community is right for you.

Step 4: Start Flying!

Now that you've picked a few communities to try, look at their websites for more information about actually logging on and starting a flight. Some communities even have guides to walk you through getting connected. Almost all communities are free, so it's easy to try out several groups and find the one you like best.

About This Site is sponsored by Boston Virtual ARTCC, an integrated community of realistic and professional pilots and air traffic controllers. Boston Virtual ARTCC supports connections from all simulators, including FSX, FSX: Steam Edition, and Prepar3D.

This website is about encouraging users of flight simulation like you to explore the world of online aviation and connecting them with the right multiplayer community. We want you to talk about this website online with your friends and together with your fellow student and rated pilots to help spread the word about the benefits of multiplayer in a desktop flight simulator.

This website is designed to be inclusive.

We’d love to add or modify content based on user input. Please Contact Us for more information about adding your community to our list, to suggest content additions, or to connect with us.