September is The Joy of VATSIM Month!

Back in June, Dave Nichols tried his hand at it and now he’s hooked! Since then, Dave has been actively seeking more and more MetroAir pilots to join us in the ONLINE skies of VATSIM.

An excerpt from June’s Blog post on Daves Big Adventure! (June 2013)

Tired of being all alone when you fly with FS ATC? Tired of being vectored 40 miles out of your way to get to an ILS final? Why not try your hand at the wonderful world of VATSIM. Just as there are thousands of pilots flying around in the virtual world, there are hundreds of controllers just waiting for you to join them in a full blown simulation. Live pilots, live controllers, and no more AI runway incursions on departure roll!

The month of September is going to be a full blown Hub Competition month with each hub competing for bragging rights as the most active MetroAir Hub. Since VATSIM flights score a bit more for each flight, what better time to get your feet wet with a little online flying. The entire staff will be making efforts to be available to help anyone and everyone interested in taking the plunge! (Downloading and configuring the software necessary to interact with live controllers, what to listen for, what to say and so on…)

AND there is a BONUS…..Yours truly, Derrick Medlin, is now a controller at vKansas City ARTCC. I am currently endorsed to work MCI Clearance Delivery, Ground and Tower.  I am also feverishly working on earning the Approach/Departure Control endorsement. vZKC is staffed with friendly and well trained controllers ready to assist us in any way posible. My goal is to begin to build MCI as a VATSIM training base for MetroAir pilots. I will be making myself available as many evenings as possible to provide you with ATC service (without judgement of your experience level). Maybe you are reluctant to give it a try. Maybe you already are a member of VATSIM but haven’t flown online on a while.  Have no fear! There will be a friendly voice in the tower or approach control to help you along.

There is also another benefit to this endeavour. Coming in November, WORLDFLIGHT 2013 kicks off on the 3rd @ 2200z in YSSY. It is a totally online VATSIM event where 11 teams, flying fully enclosed cockpit sims, span the globe in 47 legs flying 24 hours a day for 7 straight days, raising money for charities around the world. September will give us all a chance to prepare for this huge annual event. MetroAir will be making a major announcement in September about participation in WORLDFLIGHT 2013. Trust me you don’t want to miss this!

So, join Dave, me and all of the gang on VATSIM during the month of September!


Derrick Medlin

Derrick Medlin has been a pilot with MetroAir Virtual Airlines since March of 2008. He has served as Allegius Hub Manager and mainline Hub Manager in each of it's hub cities and is currently serving