What's this all about?
Welcome to the VATSIM New Zealand (VATNZ) Website.
The following pages are intended to guide you through some history of VATSIM and VATNZ and provide you with all the information that you should need to help get you started online, either as a virtual pilot, virtual Air Traffic Controller, or both!
VATSIM (Virtual Air Traffic Simulation Network) was created in 2001 by a group of individuals who came together with a goal of creating an organisation which truly served the needs of the flight simulation and online air traffic control community. With an eye towards more than just providing a network of computers for users to log into, VATSIM is an online community where people can learn and, at the same time, enjoy the pastimes of flight simulation and air traffic control simulation all while making new friends from all over the world.
VATSIM is not just for individuals who have experience in online flight simulation and ATC. It is perfect for both the new user, and the long time "simmer".
VATNZ is the local division of VATSIM for New Zealand and is responsible for all VATSIM activities throughout the New Zealand Flight Information Regions (FIRs) of NZZC New Zealand, NZZO New Zealand Oceanic and NZCM McMurdo.
VATNZ was formed from 1 January 2007 after New Zealand had been administered under the VATPAC (VATSIM Australia and Pacific) division for the first six years. As membership grew, New Zealand established it's own Division while VATPAC remains administering Australia and the remainder of the Pacific nations. VATNZ and VATPAC maintain very strong ties with regular inter-division events each year and with members of both divisions enjoying automatic visiting controller privileges in both divisions.
For pilots, you'll be able to fly with radar service provided by members certified to act as Virtual Air Traffic Controllers who issue instruction and assistance in all phases of flight from getting your clearance to arriving at your destination airport.
For Air Traffic Control enthusiasts, the entire New Zealand region and a large chunk of the Pacific Ocean is simulated meaning you can work ATC virtually anywhere from a general aviation airport to the busiest airport. All of the real world positions are available for you to choose and learn to work.