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Flight Simulation in Light Aircraft

Welcome to CIX VFR CLUB!

The CIX VFR Club is a group of Flight Simulation enthusiasts who enjoy flying extremely realistic simulated light aircraft, chiefly around the United Kingdom, across a computer generated landscape made up of real photographs, and within an Internet community environment. We have around 900 registered members in 65 countries, which reflects the world-wide appeal of aviation simulation.

Latest News

VATSIM's Code of Conduct for members has been updated in July. See https://forums.vatsim.net/topic/33434-vatsim-updates-the-code-of-conduct-effective-august-1-2022/

The Club now fully embraces Microsoft's FS2020, with a number of members regularly and some exclusively using this application for their flights. Development seems to be slow, however, and new features and aircraft seem to be less important than continual correction of bugs and glitches. It is a complex tool, no doubt, but, apart from the enhanced visuals we now see with scenery and cloud textures, the number of available aircraft is still quite limited. As we said last year, to have the broadest possible appeal, the existing FSX and P3D developers who have been creating superb aircraft and scenery over many years MUST be included in Microsoft's expansion plans.

The Club has had a number of new members join us recently, and a couple of dormant members return to active flying. Welcome to them all. Join in and have fun, because that is what we are here for.


Club Nights

The Club runs informal group flights on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays at present. These are mostly tours of interesting places with spectacular scenery, with the occasional tricky landing thrown in. Whilst flying, members enjoy informal chat and banter on our Teamspeak channel, which makes these events very sociable. New members are always very welcome on these tours, and beginners are given all the help they need to get going. The current tours are listed on the simple calendar on the right.

On Wednesdays, as well as the evening tour, we operate lunchtime "on demand" workshop flights for new members and new pilots when there is a request for them, to ease them into the world of on-line flying with other pilots and Air traffic Control (ATC). It's the ATC that often gets new pilots all nervous, just the same as in the real world, and these sessions are designed to help overcome nerves. Similar help is also available on our other weekly flight nights, but the workshop flights concentrate specifically on getting new pilots airborne and comfortable in the on-line world.


July Event

The Club once again visited Oshkosh as they have several times over the years. Once again, members took part in the exciting flight into Wittman Regional Airport (KOSH), in the state of Wisconsin, USA, replicating and mimicking the real world OSHKOSH event which takes place this year from 25th to 31st July. This time though we added the challenge of departing from under the Chicago O'Hare International Airport Class B airspace. You can read the briefing on the Monthly Events page.

August Event

As the nights draw in closer and in preparation for winter months, for the August Star event we will practice night flying skills around a well-lit London and South Coast. Remaining below the Class A London TMA whose base is 2500ft, a simple short route should be planned from EGKA Shoreham to EGHI Southampton via a touch and go at EGKB Biggin Hill. You can choose to transit Gatwick's and any other controlled airspace, where this is permitted for light aircraft, in order to shorten the leg to or from Biggin Hill, or you can fly round the Gatwick airspace. The Briefing is on the Monthly Events page.


Activities in August 2022

Hover the mouse over the Day to see the details.

Mondays: The Monday Nighters are flying west through Equatorial Africa.

Tuesdays: Don Johnson & Friends are exploring the Western Isles of Scotland.

Wednesdays: The group are currently touring Alaska.

Thursdays: No arranged activity in August

Fridays: Our own Rotary Club are continuing their trips around Mexico .

Saturdays: Nothing Scheduled.

Sundays: Nothing Scheduled

Training

We normally offer two flight training courses: - a basic "get you flying" course and a comprehensive General Flying Course, which is modelled closely on the real world Private Pilots Licence course. However, one-to-one training availability is currently limited, so we are running "newbie help nights" on Thursday evenings commencing January 9th starting at 19:00UTC. We guarantee that these evenings will be relaxed, fun and informative. Join in on TeamSpeak. Other Informal training on specific topics can also be arranged. Just post a request on the forum.
We can also run Radio Telephony courses, again modelled on real world practice.

Click on the Training menu tab on the Menu Bar for full details.

Scenes from Our Flights

Some of the spectacular views available when flying light aircraft, whether real world, or in a simulation. They reinforce our enthusiasm for this hobby.

March 2022

Jonathan Taysum - Getting all Scilly on a Tuesday night with Don Johnson and friends.

Airfield Updates

Neville Munro's UK airfield datasheets were updated again in July with MOD Boscombe Down EGDM, London Gatwick EGKK, and Thruxton EGHO updated.

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All About the Club

If you would like to know more about what we do, please browse this site at your leisure. A summary of what we do and why can be found on this page.