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Enhance your flying - fly on the VATSIM network.

Compass is proud to be affiliated with VATSIM and the Oceania divisions of VATSIM, VATNZ & VATPAC. While flying online is by no means compulsory our feeling is that it is that it adds a wonderful dimension to the experience of flying with a virtual airline. The VATSIM network gives you the opportunity to interact with other virtual aviators and to get air traffic control from controllers who are also online on the network.

We have an extensive online guide to getting started with VATSIM, however the guide is in need of updating. As a result we have disabled it temporarily. In the meantime if you need help drop a line to any of our management team, all of whom have a multitude of experience in flying online, we'll be only too happy to get you going. We can even arrange to do a couple of buddy flights to get you started.

In the meantime...

To get started first register with VATSIM

  1. Go to the VATSIM website
  2. In the left hand frame click on the Join Now link or the Join Now image
  3. A new page will load in the adjacent frame. Click on the Join Now image
  4. Click Yes to agree to the Code of Conduct. Read it first, it's very American, and very legalistic. If you are a normal civilised human being it should pose you with no problems.
  5. Fill in the form, completing all fields.
  6. Put Oceania in for your preferred region (more on that later)
  7. Await your ID and password. You will need these to log into the VATSIM network, so keep them safe. Your initial rating will be Observer/Pilot.
  8. Forward your VATSIM ID to us, we are required by VATSIM to maintain a list of all our pilots who are VATSIM users


Then also register with VATNZ, the New Zealand VATSIM division:

  1. Go to the VATSIM website
  2. Click on the Join Now link or image in the left hand frame
  3. In the right hand frame click on Select a Division in a Region (Remember we chose Oceania last time as our region)
  4. You will need to enter your ID and password
  5. Choose VATNZ from the drop down list.


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