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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 700 registered members in 63 countries, which reflects the world-wide appeal of aviation simulation.

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With the launch of Flight Simulator 2020, a number of members have already accepted the challenge of learning the modus operandi of this latest offering from Microsoft. Like all versions of this perrenial favourite, it has its quirks, surprises and delights. The visual landscape is much improved over earlier versions, but there are as yet not many aircraft in the standard package, and no helicopters. This should change over time and many traditional favourites and some of the quirky aircraft found in earlier versions will hopefully appear. However, to have the broadest possible appeal, the existing developers who have been creating superb aircraft and scenery over many years MUST be included in Microsoft's expansion plans.

Autumn Display

Plans are well advanced for our traditional "airshow", to be held this year in November. This year the main effort is being put into producing a video of aerobatics and formation flypasts, so as to entertain the widest possible audience. The Monthly Events page will have the details shortly.


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.

We operate "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.  It's the ATC that 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.


September Event

We concocted our own Biggles story again for this year's September event. Biggles heroically smuggled a French Resistance spy, Emilie, out of south eastern France, and flew beneath the enemy radar via Lake Geneva along the river Rhône valley through the Swiss Alps below the mountain tops to safely deliver her to her friends in Locarno. You can read the gripping story on the Monthly Events page.

October Event

The Northern Isles of Scotland are served by 2 Airports; 12 Airfields and 6 airstrips with grass, dirt and gravel runways. The island economies rely on regular visits from aircraft, providing a variety of services including mail-runs and medical supplies deliveries, usually using aircraft with STOL capability as well as limited passenger accommodation. We will be serving this air-freight demand in October by delivering to every island. The Briefing is on the Monthly Events page.


Activities in October 2020

Hover the mouse over the Day to see the details.

Mondays: The Monday Nighters are continuing their tour of Kyrgyzstan.

Tuesdays: Don Johnson & Friends are touring Scotland.

Wednesdays: Another flight in northern Iran heading into glaciers at 14,500 ft.

Thursdays:Our Chief Flying Instructor hopes to be on the Club TeamSpeak most Thursday evenings to help beginners.

Fridays: Rotary Club are heading north up the west side of the UK..

Saturdays: Helicopter Basic Training sessions in the afternoons so our US members can join in.

Sundays: Nothing Scheduled

X-Plane Xperts

More and more members are flying with X-Plane since the launch of Version 11. X-Plane is constantly being updated with new scenery, new and improved features. Starting in Autumn 2019, the Club's X-Plane experts are responding to this by creating new website material for X-Plane  - tutorials, aircraft, tips and tricks from the world-wide user base. We hope to launch these pages later in 2020.

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 above for full details.

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September 2020

September 2020

Stephen Banks - Cumbrian weather closing in.

Airfield Updates

Neville Munro's UK airfield datasheets were updated again in September.

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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.