Buffalo Airways Virtual encourages pilots to fly online, although we do not 'force' pilots to. We always like our pilots to have a choice in what they do, this is why we allow pilots to fly offline and online if they choose. We have many reasons for encouraging our pilots to fly online, please see below.


  • It helps to promote our VA.
  • We have proof of your flight hours.
  • Improves your confidence.
  • Provides a professional environment.

I Dont Want To!

If you do not feel confident, do not wish or have never flew online then our staff team and members are always happy to help! We will help you setup, register and connect to the networks or make alternative arangements to make your experience as realistic as possible!


The Virtual Air Traffic Simulation Network, known as VATSIM, was created in 2001 by a group of individuals who came together with a goal of creating an organization which truly served the needs of the flight simulation and online air traffic control community. With an eye towards more than just providing a network of computers for users to log into, VATSIM is an online community where people can learn and, at the same time, enjoy the pastimes of flight simulation and air traffic control simulation all while making new friends from all over the world. Buffalo Airways Virtual is an officially accredited partner of Vatsim.

VATSIM is not just for individuals who have experience in online flight simulation and ATC. It is perfect for both the new user, and the long time "simmer". For pilots, you'll be able to fly with radar service by air traffic controllers who issue instruction and assistance in all phases of flight from getting your clearance to arriving at your destination airport. Visit Vatsim -


The International Virtual Aviation Organisation™ is a dedicated, independent, free of charge, service to enthusiasts and individuals enjoying and participating in the flight simulation community worldwide. The International Virtual Aviation Organisation™ was formed to supply high quality services to its users on demand Providing the Flight Simulation community a highly realistic aviation environment, is IVAO's prime objective. This includes, a real-time system for online flying (as pilot) and controlling (as air traffic controller), databases with aviation information, and organizing training and online events.

New Members: IVAO™ allows you to fly or control in the most realistic environment available - with real world weather and ATC. The main goals are to provide: 1) A highly realistic simulation experience whilst maintaining a fun and friendly atmosphere, 2) Supply the required internet services, and 3) Information and training in real life procedures for both Pilots and Air Traffic Controllers. Visit IVAO -


Buffalo Airways Virtual and Vatsim

As we are accredited partners, our preferred platform for online flying is VATSIM. A vist to the VATSIM website will tell you all there is to know about flying on VATSIM, and it is recommended that pilots visit the site to find out what it's all about. We at BAV appreciate that there is a lot to take in, so to this end we have created guidance to get yoiu started. Initially, this will be at a basic level, including how to get started, and will be added to in due course. Please click on the links to find out more!

The Official Getting Started page from the VATSIM website:

 Click Here


 A must-watch series of extremely helpful Youtube videos on geting started on Vatsim:

Click Here


Click Here to view a file containing the phonetic alaphabet and how it is used.

Click Here  to view a file demonstrating how you should communicate with controllers when online. It is suggested that when you start out on VATSIM, print this file and refer to it when required.