- Membership is open to anyone who uses Microsoft Flight Simulator or X-Plane. Membership of Collaborative Information Xchange (CIX) itself is not a requirement.
- To be eligible for CIX VFR Club membership, (see Rule 3 below), applicants will need to have registered with one of the following on-line Virtual Air Traffic Control organisations,
- Applicants must provide the following information with their application: -
Other optional information will be requested when the applicant receives their initial response from the Membership Secretary.
- Their real name,
- A valid email address,
- If a member of VATSIM, their VATSIM ID number, and
- If a member of IVAO, their IVAO ID number
- Their normal country of residence.
- There will be two categories of membership - Full and Associate.
- A member's Membership Category will be granted only by the Membership Secretary, and cannot be assumed by a member until confirmed by the Club.
- New Members will be granted Associate Member status until they have taken part in a Club flight, after which they will be promoted to Full Membership. Full Membership status remains as long as they comply with Rule 7 & Rule 12 below.
- Full Members must take part in at least one Club Flight, as defined in Rule 12 below, every three calendar months.
- Associate membership will be given to anyone who wishes to maintain contact with the club, but is unable to take part in Club activities for any reason.
- Associate members who do not visit the forum at least once in any rolling 12 month period will be registered as dormant and will need to reapply for active membership. An email will be sent to their registered email address advising them that they will become dormant on a date included in the email. If no reply is received within 14 days from that date, their membership will be made dormant.
- Lapsed members may apply to rejoin the Club at any time. Where possible, their earlier recorded Club activity may be restored, but this cannot be guarranteed.
- Flights may be conducted under Visual Flight Rules (VFR) or Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) as the pilot wishes. Flights in Controlled Airspace must take place in accordance with the ICAO regulations in force for that airspace.
- A recognised Club Flight for the purposes of Rule 7 must be conducted in a Light Aircraft, except where specific permission has been given by the Club Management for a heavier category aircraft to be flown for special reasons,
and must: -
- Be flown on either the VATSIM or IVAO networks, or
- Be a training flight, flown offline or on VATSIM or on IVAO, in shared cockpit mode with a Club Qualified Instructor, or
- Be a 2-4-CIX Display flight flown with other members of 2-4-CIX in a Multiplayer Session or on VATSIM or on IVAO, or
- Be a 2-4-CIX Training flight flown with other members of 2-4-CIX in a Multiplayer Session or on VATSIM or on IVAO, or
- Be any other flight for which express prior permission has been given by the Chief Flying Instructor that it may be recorded as a qualifying Club Flight. A brief reason for the granted permission must be included in the comments box of the submitted PIREP.
In addition: -
- For flights connected to VATSIM or IVAO, the Flight Plan must include the precise text "CIX VFR CLUB" (See Rule 16) in the comments section of the VATSIM or IVAO flight plan, in addition to any other necessary text, and
- The flight must be entered in the Club Pilot Reports (PIREP) system with the appropriate "Flight Category" (See PIREP Rule 4).
- Full Membership status will be reviewed each month. Full members who have not complied with the requirements of Rule 7 will revert to Associate Member status until they again fulfil those requirements.
- All members must comply with the rules of VATSIM or IVAO, as required under the terms of their memberships of those organisations; and the Internet.
- Copyright of any files made available for download from the Club web site or the Forum remains the property of the author, unless otherwise stated. Members must not make copyrighted material available for download unless they own the copyright or have the written consent from the owner of the copyrighted material.
- Members must always use the Club's full name "CIX VFR Club" in any communication with VATSIM, IVAO or other bodies, including the required comment in flight plans (see Rule 12 above). Abbreviations to "CIX" or CIX VFR" are not approved by the Club.
All members will be permitted to use the Club's Discussion Forum subject to the following rules:
- Members must register with their full name.
- The Forum is moderated, and posts may be withdrawn or moved to more relevant topics at the moderators' sole discretion.
- Members agree, through their use of the forum, that they will not post any material which is false, defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, vulgar, hateful, harassing, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, invasive of a person's privacy, adult material, or otherwise in violation of any International or United States Federal law.
- Members agree, through their use of the forum, not to post any copyrighted material unless they own the copyright or have written consent from the owner of the copyrighted material.
- Spam, flooding, advertisements, chain letters, pyramid schemes, and solicitations are forbidden on the forum.
- Posted messages are not actively monitored. The administrators and moderators of the forum are therefore unable to confirm the validity of posts and are not responsible for the content contained within and do not warrant the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information presented.
- Posted messages express the views of the author, and not necessarily the views of the forum owner, administrators and moderators.
- Anyone who feels that a posted message is objectionable is encouraged to notify an administrator or moderator of the forum immediately.
- The administrators and moderators and the owner of the forum reserve the right to remove objectionable content, within a reasonable time frame, if they determine that removal is necessary. This is a manual process, however, so they may not be able to remove or edit particular messages immediately. This policy applies to member profile information as well.
- Members remain solely responsible for the content of their posted messages. Furthermore, they agree to indemnify and hold harmless the owners of the forum, any related websites to the forum, administrators and moderators, and its subsidiaries.
- The owners of the forum reserve the right to reveal a member's identity (or any other related information collected on this service) in the event of a formal complaint or legal action arising from any situation caused by a member's use of the forum.
- At registration, members may choose their own username. We advise that you keep the name appropriate.
- By registering with the Forum, members agree to never give out their password to another person except an administrator, for their protection and for validity reasons. It is HIGHLY recommended that members use a complex and unique password for their account, to prevent account theft.
- Members must NEVER use another person's account for any reason.
- After registration and first login to the forum, members may complete a detailed profile. It is the member's responsibility to present clean and accurate information. Any information the forum owner, administrators or moderators or staff determines to be inaccurate or vulgar in nature will be removed, with or without prior notice.
- The Club Management Team reserves the right to terminate the Forum membership of any member who is in breach of these rules, at their sole discretion.
- Termination of Forum membership for breaches of the above rules will also automatically terminate membership of the Club.
TeamSpeak VOIP Server
- All members will be permitted to use the Club's Teampeak Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) server.
- Members will be given a user name and password by the TeamSpeak server administrator.
- Members must use their full name as their Nickname. Their normal aircraft registration may be added if desired,
e.g. John Smith G-ABCD.
- Members must not divulge the TeamSpeak password to non-members or invite non-members onto the Club's TeamSpeak server. Members breaching this rule may be removed from the Club forthwith.
- Inappropriate, abusive or disruptive use of the facility including false, defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, vulgar, hateful, harassing, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, invasive of a person's privacy, adult material, canvassing, promotion, commercial advertising, or otherwise in violation of any International or United States Federal law or any content deemed to be irrelevant or detrimental to the Club; or personal attacks on other members, will result in immediate cancellation of Club membership and removal from the Club's TeamSpeak server at the administrators' sole discretion.
What is a Light Aircraft?
Light Aircraft are listed by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in a download ZIP file, "EASA Product List - Small Aeroplanes" which.may be downloaded from the EASA Products List web page. EASA state that this file is regularly updated.
For club purposes, a Light Aircraft is defined as follows: -
- Aeroplanes and helicopters in the normal, utility and aerobatic categories that have a seating configuration, excluding the pilot seat(s), of nine or fewer and a maximum certificated takeoff weight of 5670 kg (12 500 lb) or less; and
- Propeller driven twin engined aeroplanes in the commuter category that have a seating configuration, excluding the pilot seat(s), of nineteen or fewer and a maximum certificated takeoff weight of 8618 kg (19 000lbs or less).
This definition is virtually identical to the EASA CS-23 definition (being amended 2012-2017), and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) FAR23 definition. The Club definition is stated in full here because the external links to EASA and FAA change from time to time.