The CIX VFR Club is a group of Flight Simulation enthusiasts, who
enjoy flying extremely realistic simulated light aircraft around the
United Kingdom and across the world, over a computer generated
landscape made up of real photographs and within an Internet community
environment. We currently have around 800 members, of whom 80 are
currently active, in at least eleven countries, which reflects the
world-wide appeal of aviation simulation. Our TeamSpeak forum now
resides within the Digital Theme Park Community.
Another year draws to a close, busy as usual. Our thanks to the
Digital Theme Park for their welcome and help. The Management Team
wishes all members a happy Christmas and a better 2024.
VATSIM's Code of Conduct, was updated in July 2022 - see their
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, but improving
as more and more 3rd party developers introduce new aircraft and
scenery products, especially now that they can upgrade their
classics from other platforms. As we said last year, to have the
broadest possible appeal, the existing FSX and P3D developers
MUST be included in Microsoft's expansion plans. It would seem
that this is now happening. The Club continues to welcome new
members, as well as one or two returning dormant members.
Welcome to them all.
We are very happy with the new Teamspeak Server within the
Digital Theme Park organistaion. Thank you Norm and Zoolander
and team for their continued assistance The concensus is that we
are very happy to be part of the DTP community.
The Members Online map
that shows club members currently flying/controlling (linked
further down the homepage), has been updated and fixed. If you
find any issues with it, please report details in the forum.
The Club's Air Traffic Control manual
gets an update! The manual that defines how we all operate with
ATC when online has been brought up to date and now incorporates
all the changes to RTF phraseology that have taken place in the
real world since the last version as well as many other
amendments to UK airspace descriptions and minor errors.
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.
This years Club Airshow was attended by 15 members who were
treated to an excellent display, put together by Ben, thanks
Ben. An opening, exiting sequence by the BBMF Group was followed
by an impressive series of aircraft, displayed by Colin's
amazing flying skills. The Tiger Group then treated us to a
review of the team's development over the year. A most
impressive series of displays, well done, the Tigers. Thank you
to all who participated.
The Christmas Caper is a tour, north along the East Coast of Australia,
including some very challenging airfields and strips (mostly dirt). The
challenge, this year, is the distance and surrounding scenery, which
some members will want to explore. Excellent first event by Daan, if a
bit long in original form, thanks Daan.
Activities in December 2023
Hover the mouse over the day to see the details.
Mondays: The Monday group are currently
exploring Botswana, southern Africa.
Tuesdays: After a break to attend the
airshow, the Tuesday group continue north.
Wednesdays: The Wednesday group continue
their love of flying in the mountains of Idaho.
Fridays: The Rotory group are taking a break
for Christmas and the Christmas Caper. Re-starting in Alaska on 5th
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 "new pilot help flights" on Wednesday lunchtime These
flights are 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
Click on the Training menu tab on the Menu Bar for full details. We
are looking for Assistant Flying Instructors
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.