If you haven't done so already, you should now create an IVAO account. Make sure you read and understand all the instructions when signing up. Ensure that you select the United Kingdom division as your division. It is also adviseable to add yourself to the division mailing list, so that you receive constant updates about the division from the staff. You can create your IVAO account here.
Note: There is a pseudo-IVAO site online at ivao.org which will allow registrations, but the information it provides is false. Ensure you only use the form without any adds - your personal data could be jeapordised otherwise.
To control online, you'll need to install the IvAc software:
IvAc is the Virtual ATC Client. This is your "radar" and will enable you to provide Air Traffic control services to pilots. Make sure you download the latest sector file(s) from the resources section. These will draw the map onto the radar screen.
WebEye gives an overview of the live network without having to connect. You can obtain information about flights in progress, ATC positions online, METAR's, events, scheduling, network statistics and much more.
To control, you don't need to be an aviation expert. However, it is important that:
If you have any doubts about any of these points, it would be best to ask for advice before attempting to control. The UK division has a reputation for its excellent training department, so make the most of it.
Here are some tips you may find useful when it is time to make your first connection to the network:
Once you've connected to the network for the first time, observed some ATC and explored IvAc little, we strongly recommend that you enrol on the Aerdrome course run by the training department. Over a period of 3 weeks, you will be guided through to your first full ATC rating (Controller 1). For more information, please read the Controller Training Overview.
The IVAO community is friendly, informative and laid back. Dont worry about making a fool of yourself - You won't. Everyone had to start somewhere. Be sure to sign up to our forum and launch yourself into the world that is IVAO.
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