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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
The Northern Isles
of Scotland are served by 2 Airports; 12 Airfields
and 6 airstrips with grass, dirt and gravel
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
Activities in October 2020
Hover the mouse over the Day to see the details.
Monday Nighters are continuing their tour of Kyrgyzstan.
Johnson & Friends are touring Scotland.
flight in northern Iran heading into glaciers at
Chief Flying Instructor hopes to be on the Club TeamSpeak
most Thursday evenings to help beginners.
Club are heading north up the west side of the UK..
Helicopter Basic Training sessions
in the afternoons so our US members can join in.
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.
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
We can also run Radio Telephony courses, again modelled on
real world practice.
Click on the Training menu tab above for full details.
Screenshot Competition Winner
Neville Munro's UK airfield datasheets were updated again
Click on the icon above to see which of our club members are online now
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.