Welcome to VATSIM Europe Division

Fellow members, dear newcomer, VATSIM Europe Division member or visitor,
dear flight simulation enthusiast,

On behalf of the entire VATEUD community I would like to welcome you to the European Division of VATSIM, the global network to fly online. VATEUD one of the largest and most active areas within the VATSIM network. It covers VATSIM in the European area, excluding the United Kingdom area (in VATSIM known as VATUK) and the Russiam speaking area (incorporated in VATRUS),

We have tried to compile all necessary information for you as virtual Air Traffic Controller or as computer based pilot as either new member in the VATSIM Network or advanced members of our local organisations. And for those of you just searching for information about flying with a computer around the globe under most realistic conditions: welcome too. 

As you know, VATSIM is a network of computer based pilots and virtual air traffic controllers. Via our network, we connect our sims to one virtual world with the same real conditions for every participant. This makes flight simulation to a real adventure. All services of VATSIM are free and donated, there are no fees to enlist or to use our net.

The main purpose of VATEUD is:

  • to organise and coordinate all VATSIM pilots and virtual Air Traffic Control Centers within the major parts of Europe,
  • to monitor and manage membership issues as well as ATC and Pilot Training across the area.
  • With that we ensure that the service provided across the Division is as seamless and similar as possible.
  • Our organisations and members provide you with all the necessary training you need.

Yes, you can learn to be a competent Air Traffic Controller and a sophisticated pilot. VATEUD and its organisations offer both. For those who prefer to fly in virtual skies we are also providing comprehensive training for VATSIM Pilot. Air Traffic Control training needs a complex catalogue of training.

VATEUD is a complex organisation encompassing more than thirty different Countries. These are organised in local structures, called VACC's and partly in Virtual Airlines. Our biggest challenge is to manage a large group of volunteers with different skills, nationalities and motivation. With all members of VATEUD, we try to let them learn and above all enjoy this hobby together in one airspace. So, our members are as versatile as the areas are they are coming from. 

This is what VATSIM is all about: to enjoy the adventure of flying or as controller in the ATC setup no matter where you are coming from. And furthermore: the highest goal is to have fun together. In this context, VATEUD defines as an entity that crosses borders and create one family of VATSIM members inside Europe.

I am proud to work with many unique teams and members of highly skilled and above all dedicated people in the VACC's and in the VATEUD managing staff. Flight Simulation and the online networks are mainly created and run by members in their spare time. So, some things might take a bit. As you already know, all VATSIM services are completely free. We are working as enthusiasts for enthusiasts in our free time to keep this network and the daily adventures alive. Therefore, I have to thank all sponsors who make this possible; either by donating in e.g. servers, hard- and software or by investing their time and skills to allow others to enjoy our hobby: virtual flying and controlling, as real as possible.

If you have any questions regarding VATEUD (which might be not answered by this site), please don't hesitate in drawing me a line via mail. 

Best regards,

Florian Harms
VATSIM Europe Division Director

A VATSIM Europe Division service.
Content updated: 28. February 2018.